U.S. Cities That Make Great Winter Vacation Destinations

Winter can be long and bleak. The best way to make it ’til spring: Plan a fun vacation. Whether you prefer snow or sand, anticipating a winter vacation can get you through the colder months. The travel experts at Frommer’s compiled the top winter vacation destinations, and some may surprise you. Pick a snowy or sunny spot, then get planning!

1. Key West, Florida

Pier at the beach in Key West

Key West, a charming region of Florida | ventdusud/iStock/Getty Images

Be like Ernest Hemingway and escape colder climates for the “Conch Republic,” aka Key West, Florida. The southernmost spot in the continental U.S. is perfect for the laid-back traveler seeking a quirkier side of the Sunshine State. Pastel conch houses and turquoise waters greet visitors, who often come for Key West’s world-class snorkeling and parasailing. Don’t forget to try a famous slice of Key Lime pie while you’re there.

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