Now is a great time to start considering your winter travel options. Whether you are looking to warm up on a beach or hit the slopes here is our winter travel destinations list. From the islands to the mountains and everywhere in between, winter travel is a great way to spend the holidays.

Best Winter Travel Destinations

Check out our list of the best winter travel destinations for you to visit during the winter season.

1. Vail, Colorado

One of Colorado’s most popular ski towns, Vail is an excellent options for skiing, snowboarding, among other winter sports. Set at the base of Vail Mountain, this small town is a dream for outdoor enthusiasts, foodies, and world class shoppers. This is one of the best locations for winter travel USA.

South Padre Island, Texas

Although generally bustling with crowds during spring break season, this island in Texas is a lovely winter escape. With weather ranging from 70 degrees and up in the winter, and little to no crowds during the colder months South Padre is a great option to feel the warmth and escape from it all. When looking for winter travel ideas, keep South Padre high on your list.

San Juan, Puerto Rico

If your looking for winter travel in USA, experience island in Puerto Rico. San Juan is a mixture of Caribbean culture, history European architecture, and more. This island offers world class cuisine, gorgeous secluded beaches, excellent nightlife, and adventures water sports. 

Stowe, Vermont

If you think you can only find great skiing in the western part of the United States you would be highly mistaken. Mount Mansfield offers excellent trails and ski slopes with unrivaled views. You can also see the Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum here. Vermont will give you winter travel in Canada vibes all while enjoying winter travel in U.S. 

Joshua Tree, California

If you want an escape from humanity, try the remote location of Joshua Tree, California. This desert location can offer excellent secluded locations for a family trip, romantic getaway, or even a solo adventure. 

Bottom Line On The Best Winter Travel Destinations

Now that you have some ideas on where to go during winter time let’s take a look at a winter travel checklist. Winter travel outfits will keep you looking and feeling good on your winter travel adventure. Here is our checklist for winter travel must haves. 

MAST’s Essential Packing List For Winter Travel

Wine Accessories 

 Pick up a local bottle of wine in town and enjoy back at the resort with this wine tumbler and glasses set. This should be on you winter travel essentials list. 

A Car Shovel 

 Whether you are driving cross country or renting a car at your destination a car shovel can be a real life saver in the snow. This is a winter travel safety tip. Keep a shovel in the trunk for digging out of a snowy parking spot or other snow related incidents.


Winter travel shoes are a must if you are doing any outdoor activities. These boots from The North Face will keep your feet warm and dry and have you enjoying the great outdoors for hours. Shoes for winter travel can be the difference between a good vacation and a great one! 

A Rash Guard

If your winter travel takes you to the beach a rash guard should be an essential on your winter travel packing list. Great for keeping the sun off your skin and keeping you warm in cooler waters.

A Doggy Camera

You’re heading out on your winter travel getaway and leaving your furry friend at home. A doggy camera is great for knowing what fido is up to while you are out of the house. This will also give you peace of mind and allow you to relax on your winter travel vacation.

Amber Zakem

Amber Zakem has worked in the travel industry since 2014. Although, her love of travel began far before that. Amber grew up visiting cousins stationed throughout Europe and worked as an Au Pair in Germany for a year between High School and College. She started working at a local travel agency in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, after graduating from Central Michigan University. Amber began working for MAST Travel Network in 2016 and is the Social Media Specialist. She runs the MAST Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest and Snapchat and she teaches twice monthly webinars to travel agents on using social media to promote travel. Amber has continued her passion for travel and social media by also teaching a course at Moraine Valley Community College in their Hospitality program.