THESE CITIES ARE THE PERFECT PLACES TO RIDE OUT THE WINTER
Though the holidays have come to an end, winter hasn’t. There’s a brand-new year with plenty of roadside adventure in store. So whether you’re looking to head south to escape the cold with some beachside R&R or you’re ready to strap on the snowshoes and hit the powder head-on, these RV-friendly destinations are perfect places to enjoy the rest of your winter.
The temperate Oregon climate is a great destination to find nice winter weather. Especially because Portland’s warm and inviting January events will make any RV trip on the West Coast the best.
The nearby city of Eugene is home to one of the world’s top truffle festivals, on par with similar events in Italy and France that are dedicated to the delicacy. Love folk music? The Florence Winter Folk Festival kicks off on January 18 and features top music acts, an artisan craft fair, and some of the best food you’ll ever sink your teeth into. On January 23, the entire city of Portland transforms into the Fertile Ground festival, which features film, music, comedy, and art.
If you’re looking to embrace the snow while it’s here, head north to Canada. Montreal takes full advantage of the season with events like a winter rally at the city observatory, where you can explore the snow-covered “City of Winter” while perched high above the streets.
Would you rather play in the snow instead of look at it? Quebec is home to world-class snowshoeing and some of the best slopes in Canada. In fact, the city hosts the Slopestyle FIS World Cup on January 19, when professional athletes will compete on the downhill slopes in preparation for the 2014 Winter Olympics.
For something a little more colorful, head to Turbo Fest, where over 500 circus performers gather to show off their unique talents to awe-struck audiences.
Key West, Florida
Running as far away from the snow as possible? Look no further than Key West, where sunny beaches will make you forget all about the northern snowstorms.
Catch the Key West Classic Regatta, where boats big and small, new and old (and very old) parade through the waves in this weeklong event.
Foodies will be interested to know that the Uncorked Food and Wine Festival will be serving up the tastiest seafood in the Southeast. And those with a taste for microbrews will go wild at the Brew on the Bay Festival, where homebrewers gather to compete for your distinguished palate.
If you feel like absorbing some history, take a much-needed break after the holidays and journey to the Florida Keys Celtic Festival, where you can enjoy live Celtic bands, border collie herding shows, Celtic food vendors, and more. And hey, if you need to relax, there are miles of beautiful beaches with sand just begging for your toes.
If you like your heat a little drier, Phoenix is an RVer’s delight in the winter months. Visit the incredible Desert Botanical Garden, bring the kids to the world-class Children’s Museum of Phoenix, or take a hot air balloon ride.
After a fun drive with your family, there’s no better place to stretch your legs than a hike through the Phoenix Mountains Park, where 23,000 acres of mountain trails make for some spectacular picnics.
In the mood for a show? Whisk yourself back to the days of vaudeville at the Carnival of Illusion, an intimate magic show that will leave you laughing and having tons of fun.
There’s a reason why Lake Tahoe has a reputation for being a winter wonderland. Strap on skis (or hop in a tube) and hit some world-class slopes at any one of the local resorts, or visit Lake Tahoe Adventures for a day of snowmobiling in the mountains.
Take the family on a winter boat tour of Emerald Bay aboard the Tahoe Queen or the M.S. Dixie II, or go ice-skating at the South Lake Tahoe Ice Arena. Feeling lucky? Hit the slots at the Lakeside Casino.
There are so many things to do at Lake Tahoe that you’ll genuinely have a hard time choosing from them all.
No matter which direction you find yourself headed for the remainder of the winter months, these destinations will keep you and your family busy, happy, and warm.
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