Six Great Destinations to Visit Over the Holidays

Looking for a little escape this winter? Here are six destinations in the United States that are ideal for pumping up the holiday cheer.
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Rockefeller Plaza at Christmas, New York City
Rockefeller Plaza at Christmas, New York City  (Inti StClair/Photodisc/Getty)

For some people, the holidays are meant to be spent at home, surrounded by friends and family. While for others, they are a time to escape on vacation. And then there are those remarkable people who manage to work in both. To aid in that pursuit, here are six destinations across the country that are perfect for a quick holiday getaway.

Asheville, North Carolina
Asheville, named by Good Morning America as one of the country’s three most beautiful places, is a wonderful destination year-round, but in the winter, this town really turns up the cheer. Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains, the historic Grove Park Inn hosts the National Gingerbread House Competition, inviting contestants of all ages from across the country to enter their sugary masterpieces into this famous contest. The houses are on display throughout the resort until the beginning of January. Across town, visitors to the area will find one of the largest private homes in America, The Biltmore Estate. Built by George Vanderbilt in the late 1800s, this 8,000-acre property is still family owned, and each year during the holiday season the home is decorated with dozens of trees, hundreds of wreaths, and thousands of ornaments. It’s a special treat to take an evening tour when all the candles and fireplaces are lit.

New York City, New York
Visiting NYC over the holiday season is like dropping into a movie scene. The vibrant colors, soft white blanket of snow, and beautifully decorated trees set the scene for a picture-perfect Christmas. Get tickets to the famous Radio City Christmas Spectacular and watch the 36 Rockettes kick their way through the Parade of Wooden Soldiers and the Twelve Days of Christmas. Or head over to 5th Avenue and take in the holiday window displays at the famous department stores. Don’t miss the Rockefeller Christmas Tree, which has been a tradition for more than 75 years.  And if that’s not enough, several ice skating rinks and the holiday fair at Grand Central Station will surely fill out your vacation.

Published: 23 Oct 2012 | Last Updated: 31 Oct 2012
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication
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