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Life and living: Active holiday vacations

Ahh...sitting by the fireplace, snuggled under a warm blanket with a hot cup of cocoa. Snow falling. Sounds idyllic, doesn’t it? 

But if that image makes you feel restless rather than festive, you’re in luck. We’ve gathered six adventured-filled destinations in the United States that are sure to help you create memorable experiences.

Aspen, Colorado 

BEST FOR: Adventure enthusiasts and families
ACTIVITIES: Skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing
HIGHLIGHTS: Picturesque mountain views, a vibrant nightlife and four ski areas.

Nestled in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, Aspen is the epitome of a winter wonderland. Visitors can partake in world-class skiing and snowboarding amidst the stunning alpine scenery. Plenty of snowshoeing and cross-country skiing trails are available to adventurists, along with sleigh rides and snowmobile tours.

Lake Tahoe, California/Nevada

BEST FOR: Families and couples
ACTIVITIES: Skiing, snowmobiling, ice skating, snowshoeing
HIGHLIGHTS: A stunning, clear-blue lake surrounded by snow-capped mountains.

Straddling the borders of California and Nevada, Lake Tahoe is a pristine winter destination that promises adrenaline-fueled adventures. Visitors can participate in skiing, snowmobiling and ice skating.

Sedona, Arizona

BEST FOR: Wellness enthusiasts and families
ACTIVITIES: Hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing, yoga retreats
HIGHLIGHTS: Numerous trails for biking and hiking and beautiful red rock formations.

Renowned for its striking red rock formations, Sedona transforms into a serene winter escape during the holiday season. With milder temperatures at play, visitors can enjoy hiking and mountain biking, along with yoga retreats and spa resorts for a bit of relaxation after a day of adventure. Experience the Red Rock Fantasy Festival of Lights to add a little magic to your holiday travel.

Anchorage, Alaska

BEST FOR: Adventure seekers and nature lovers
ACTIVITIES: Dog sledding, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, northern lights viewing
HIGHLIGHTS: Magical northern lights and the grandeur of the Alaskan wilderness.

Anchorage is where rugged wilderness meets urban sophistication, offering adventure seekers a blend of winter activities along the Alaskan landscape. Visitors can participate in dog sledding and cross-country skiing, with a high chance of experiencing the magic of the northern lights dancing across the sky.

Jackson Hole, Wyoming

BEST FOR: Families and adventure enthusiasts
ACTIVITIES: Skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, wildlife tours
HIGHLIGHTS: Close to Yellowstone National Park and Grand Teton National Park.

Home to renowned ski resorts and snuggled up to the Teton Mountain Range, Jackson Hole beckons both nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts alike. With slopes of all skill levels, visitors can experience the thrill of world-class skiing and snowboarding among breathtaking views.

Park City, Utah

BEST FOR: Sports enthusiasts and families
ACTIVITIES: Skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, bobsledding
HIGHLIGHTS: Home to the largest ski area in the United States and the Utah Olympic Park.

Park City is a vibrant winter destination offering a rich blend of adventure and culture. It boasts the largest ski area in the United States, where visitors can enjoy a range of winter sports including skiing, snowboarding and bobsledding. When the thrill of the slopes has worn off, tourists can head to historic Main Street, where they’ll see a town adorned with festive lights along with a delightful array of shops, galleries and restaurants. 

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