8 Worldwide Destinations That Are More Stunning in Winter

February 17, 2017


*This post is contributed by Ellie Jo for Blissful Snapshots. 

We are just coming to the traditional end of winter. In many areas around the world, spring will be just around the corner. But in a lot of places, the winter weather will be going strong for another couple of months. So if you are looking for a wintry vacation, then there are some locations that look even better with some snow and frost on them.

If you’re looking for a quick trip away in the next few months, or are planning ahead for next year, then make sure that you have a look at some of these stunning winter destinations. So wrap up warm and let's get to it. 


Chicago, USA

Chicago might not be a traditional destination that you would think of during winter. But it is a stunning destination, particularly in winter. It could be renamed the snowy city, rather than the windy city! 

The temperatures in Chicago get to their lowest in January and February, so you best get there quickly. But there can still be snow on the ground until well into May. Lake Michigan freezes over at this time of year, and it really is a sight to behold. Really stunning! 

*By Codo (Arctic Cold) [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons


Reykjavik, Iceland

It is a no-brainer that somewhere called Iceland is going to be pretty stunning in winter. But Reykjavik needs to be on your list of destinations if you are looking for some stunning views and the chance to see the northern lights. It is one of the best places to see the latter, so needs to be a destination of choice in winter. 

There are lots of different hiking trails, volcanos, and frozen lakes to enjoy too. So there are several things to do in the area. You just need to enjoy the outdoors for a trip to Iceland, though.


Canada

Canada is known for getting way below zero, so when it comes to a winter trip, it is well up on the list of destinations. It has some of the best skiing in the world, as well as other winter sports. So if you are looking to get active in the outdoors, then visiting one of the places that have hosted the Winter Olympics could be a good choice. So places like Vancouver or Calgary. 

There are other things to do aside from ski resorts, though. The Canadian Rocky Mountains are a sight to behold, particularly in winter. So it could be worth visiting them for a winter trip instead. If you’re not sure where would be best to travel to, then it could be worth booking a guided tour, through a site like Travelsphere. Then you’ll be hitting all of the most stunning spots, but keeping safe all at the same time.

Estonia

Cities like Tallinn in Estonia are pretty magical all year round. They are such cute European towns with adorable architecture. But the country has such long and cold winters. So seeing the towns and cities under lots of snow is not uncommon. 

But when everything is covered in snow, it takes it all to a new magical level. It really does look like something out of a fairytale. So taking a stroll around the city and all of it's pretty sights is a must in the snow. You’ll feel like you’re on the set of a movie as it is just so pretty, surrounded by all of the Rapunzel-esque towers and buildings.

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Richmond Park, London

London has many large parks, but Richmond Park is the largest. It is around three times the size of Central Park in New York City, so that fact that it is sat just on the outskirts of a bustling city like London is a feat in itself. 

But it is a place that is much more stunning when you visit in winter. London rarely gets snow. But it does get plenty of frost. So it is a pretty sight when you see hundreds of wild deer galloping around on the frosty grass on a morning. If there are any drops of snow in London, then taking a trip out to Richmond Park is a must. 

January is when temperatures in London get to their lowest. So you might want to plan a trip for next year.

Yellowstone National Park, USA

Yellowstone is a great place to visit in summer. But if you want to see all of the same sights in a much prettier form, then visiting in the winter is a good idea. As the park covers states like Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming, it gets pretty cold. 

So seeing all of the hills and high mountains covered in snow is truly a sight to be behold. As it is even colder high up, animals like the Bison move to lower ground. So if you are a nature or animal lover, then you will be in your element. You might even spot some wolves, elk and on the off chance, a bear!



Prague, Czech Republic

They don’t do Christmas markets anywhere else like they do in Europe. Prague is no exception and one of the best choices to visit for a festive market. You can shop to your heart’s content and feast on homemade mulled wine and dine on warm chestnuts and barbecued sausage. The city is really pretty, with many fairy-lit wooden huts and cute little cabins. 

There are some really stunning churches and sites in the city, so there are lots of other things to do too. Maybe a location for a bit of Christmas shopping at the end of the year?


New York City, USA

New York is busy and bustling at all times of the year. But as a result, it can make winter time a better time to visit, as you won’t have to deal with the sweat and humidity of a big city. You can wander in Central Park in the snow, as well as go ice-skating just like they do in the movies. 

When there aren’t snowstorms, the sky remains blue, but it is crisp and cold. So you can enjoy plenty of shopping in between grabbing a hot chocolate or a warm pretzel from a street cart. 




*Photo credits: Wiki and Pixabay

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