Feel like walking — or skiing or snowshoeing — in a winter wonderland? We’ve got a few ideas on where to spend the frostiest months of the year.
Bergen, Norway
Nestled among some of Norway’s most famous fjords, Bergen is a picture-perfect destination come winter.

1. Get off the beaten track in Bergen

Tucked in a picturesque bay in southwest Norway is the charming town of Bergen. Bergen is worth visiting for its quaint architecture and rich history alone, but once you’re there, you shouldn’t miss the fjords. Beautiful Nærøyfjord and rugged Flåmsbanen are a stone’s throw from the city. This iconically Norwegian landscape is even more beautiful under a blanket of snow.

Snowmobile in Lapland
Explore the Arctic forests of Rovaniemi on an exciting snowmobile safari.

2. Feel festive year-round in Lapland

It’s always the most wonderful time of the year in Finnish Lapland. This breathtakingly beautiful Arctic destination is home to Santa Claus himself. Once you’ve visited Santa and his elves, partake in more of the region’s delights: snowmobiling and meeting husky pups.

Woman standing on a bridge in Prague
Discover the awe-inspiring splendor of Prague Castle on a 3-hour guided tour.

3. Experience a fairytale come to life in Prague

No matter the season, Prague always looks like it’s sprung from the pages of a picture book. But the city is especially magical under a dusting of snow. Visiting this popular destination in the cooler months means you’ll have stunning sights like the Charles Bridge and Prague Castle all to yourself.  

Classical concert in Mirabell Palace
Enjoy seasonal concerts in the Marble Hall of Mirabell Palace.

4. Banish winter blues in Salzburg

Salzburg is a gem of a city, brimming with palaces, gardens, elegant patisseries, and convivial beer halls. Once you’ve strolled Salzburg’s charming streets, head to the Baroque Marble Hall at Mirabell Palace to enjoy a classical concert. Performed throughout the holiday season, the skilled ensemble plays some of Vivaldi, Mozart, and Händel’s greatest hits.

People standing in the Swiss mountains
Enjoy the breathtaking panorama surrounding Mont Blanc on a day trip from Geneva.

5. Feel the alpine spirit in Chamonix

Winter is made for skiing in the French Alps, and the ultimate alpine destination is Chamonix. The resort is perched on the slopes of majestic Mont Blanc, Europe’s highest peak. As you might expect, the skiing here is superb. Best of all, it’s an easy day trip from Geneva. Snow-bunnies, pack your skis!

Man standing in Hotel de Glace
Explore Quebec’s acclaimed Hotel de Glace and enjoy a beverage at the ice bar.

6. Enjoy winter on ice in Quebec City

Winter-sports fanatics, meet your new dream destination! Quebec City has a buzzing historical downtown surrounded by world-class slopes. If that’s not enough, it’s also home to the stunning Hotel de Glace. This unique structure is built entirely from ice and its grounds are filled with ice sculptures and snow arches. Live your winter fantasy on a guided tour of this one-of-a-kind building.

Person pointing to the sky on a mountain
Nature lovers bound for Whistler can look forward to hiking, ziplining, and more.

7. Supercharge your adrenaline in Whistler

Whistler is the ideal winter destination for extreme thrill-seekers. The gateway to Canada’s rugged British Columbia province has lots to offer adrenaline-junkies. From snowboarding and ziplining to ax-throwing (yes, really) there’s no shortage of wild and wonderful winter activities in Whistler.

Person walking in a valley in the Rocky Mountains
No matter what time of the year you visit the Rockies, you will always walk away with a unique experience.

8. Get back to nature in Denver

If you’re after a winter break that leaves you refreshed and recharged, make for Denver, Colorado. This laid-back city lies in the shadow of the majestic Rocky Mountains. Take an easy day trip from the city to explore glacial lakes and alpine landscapes, all covered in pristine snow.

People walking down a dock at Lake Tahoe
A trip to Tahoe is about so much more than epic scenery. Learn about the past on a historic tour or sample local wines.

9. Have a gold-medal break in Lake Tahoe

Ever since it hosted the Winter Olympics in 1960, Lake Tahoe has been on the radar as a must-visit winter destination. But there’s more to Lake Tahoe than incredible ski slopes. Take a break from your sessions in the snow with a day trip to the historical silver rush town of Virginia City or sample the mouthwatering wines of El Dorado county. 

People walking underneath ice
Japan might not be at the top of your winter getaway list, but it’s home to one of the most-celebrated snow festivals in the world.

10. Wonder at winter in Sapporo

Every February, Sapporo, Japan, is home to one of the world’s most spectacular winter festivals. The Sapporo Snow Festival features a stunning array of ice and snow sculptures. Travelers from around the globe flock to marvel at the ice artistry. From one winter wonderland to another, cap off your Sapporo Snow Festival visit with an excursion into the nearby Hokkaido mountains.

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