If there is one thing that we all are looking forward to this year, it’s spending time with family and a much needed holiday getaway. Coronavirus has obviously changed travel as we know it, but for those that are ready to travel in a safe way I want to share my Best Holiday Getaway ideas with you. There are still many restrictions and safety protocols that must be followed so be sure to research your destination before you book. Also, know the safest place to be is close to home but if you’ve got that itch, then this list is for you.
1. New York, USA
One cannot just ignore New York when it comes to finding a holiday destination. The city truly provides a fantastic experience to those who are after a lively vacation. From lush parks to arts to history to dining out, you’ll never get bored when in New York (even during a pandemic). And not to forget, the ultimate shopping experience in New York is like no other in the world. Since the New Year’s Eve celebration will be digital due to Coronavirus, you may still enjoy the open-air holiday markets of New York, ice-skating and admire the Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center.
2. Sante Fe, New Mexico
Colorful and artistic; these are the words that come to mind when talking about Santa Fe. The state of Santa Fe was once known as the “Dancing Ground of the Sun” by the natives. Now, it is regarded as one of the top tourist destinations in the world. Santa Fe is famous for its rich history, ancient cultures, culinary delights and endless adventures to suit the needs of people of all ages. Spend your Thanksgiving or Christmas holiday here, and enjoy the festivities to kick off the holiday season. The entertainment and holiday décor in Santa Fe allows its visitors to take a stroll, sing carols and immerse themselves into the lighting ceremony and many other exciting things happening throughout the town.
3. Stowe, Vermont
Tree lightings, wagon rides, a lantern parade, Carolers and Santa; this is what you should expect when you visit Stowe in Christmas. Stowe is one of the most fascinating places to visit during holiday season. Around Christmas time, there are live performances, ice skating, cookie decorating and many more exciting things going on to mark the end of year. Stowe is a gorgeous town in Vermont that is famous for its magnificent ski slopes and snowy trails. While winter is an ideal time to visit Stowe, the town is incredibly beautiful in other times of the year as well, including fall. If you are into picturesque landscape and adventures, then Stowe is a place to go. Here you can ride in a hot air balloon, go ice skating, enjoy hiking and last but not the least; taste delicious culinary delights of Vermont.
4. Maui, Hawaii
When it comes to finding a beach holiday getaway, Maui tops the list. Imagine yourself zip lining the stunning green canopy or going through bamboo forests, and lava flowing, magical, isn’t it? The island of Maui offers incredible scenery and a plethora of adventurous activities to visitors, along with a top-notch dining experience. The excitement doubles during Thanksgiving when families enjoy a delicious turkey meal cooked with Hawaiian rock salt, wrapped in taro and banana leaves. If you plan to visit Maui near Christmas, visit the Valley Isle where many interesting festivals and events take place. Book your stay here and enjoy your holiday to the fullest!
5. Washington, DC
Washington is widely known for its stunning skyline, but there is much more to this state. Washington D.C. is home to world’s most famous monuments, temples, statues and many other landmarks. Although you have to buy tickets to enter museums and halls, you can visit so many places for free (be sure to check reopening information). Washington hosts countless holiday markets and one-of-a-kind lighting displays on the streets and monuments. One of the major things to do here is to visit the National Christmas Tree – a grand tree set on the White House Ellipse every year surrounded by musical performances and other events throughout the festival.
6. St. Lucia
If one has to describe St. Lucia in two words; it would be: beautiful and mystique. As you set your foot on the stunning coastline of St. Lucia, you’ll fall in love with its natural setting. If you’ve never been to St. Lucia before, plan your next holiday getaway here. You’ll find plenty of things to do here; soak yourself in the mud baths, swim in the white sandy beaches, zipline through the rainforests and indulge in delicious island food. St. Lucia celebrates Thanksgiving on the first Monday of October – the date is different from Canadian and US holidays.
Curacao – a breathtaking Dutch Caribbean Island well known for its incredible beaches nestled into coves and coral reefs. Don’t misunderstand Curacao as a typical Caribbean island as it has been influenced by Europe since it was inhabited by the Dutch. Once you arrive there, you’ll notice Dutch snacks sold everywhere as souvenirs. If you want to plan your next beach getaway, Curacao is a perfect spot. The island offers wonderful opportunities to dive and snorkel into its rich ocean. Another reason to visit Curacao is the biggest fireworks show that takes place at the Pietermaai District by the end of December. The streets are covered by red carpet of fireworks for hundreds of meters. The show starts at around noon and goes on until late night.
8. Highlands, North Carolina
Not many people are aware of this breathtaking small town known as “Highlands”. Located in North Carolina, the town is famous for hiking trails, waterfalls, park, shopping, food and much more. It’s a perfect spot for Thanksgiving or Christmas getaway. If you are planning a trip to Atlanta, you can spare two to three days to visit Highlands. Here you can climb various mountains and reach Highland’s plateau. During the festivities, there are light shows, parades, gingerbread houses and more to celebrate the season.
Jamaica is undoubtedly a precious jewel of the Caribbean that is home to breathtaking landscapes, rich culture, delicious food and warm and friendly people. Though you can visit Jamaica anytime of the year, Christmas is a very special time here. During the holiday season, people paint their houses and decorate for Christmas, radio stations play carols all through the holiday and delicious foods are made during Thanksgiving through the end of year. Like all the Caribbean countries, Jamaica offers a plethora of other things to do to people of all ages. From long sandy beaches, gorgeous waterfalls, beautiful rainforests, vibrant nightlife and mouthwatering local food, Jamaica surprises its visitors with its unique landscape and vibe. Even a week will not be enough to explore all of Jamaica. So plan wisely!
10. Florida Keys
In the Florida Keys, you'll enjoy a tropical vacation without having to leave the U.S. If you want to spend your holidays here, be prepared to come early and enjoy Christmas at a tropical winter wonderland. This coral cay archipelago is also perfect for adventure-seekers who wish to dive or snorkel with tropical fishes. You can also enjoy stand-up paddleboarding or kayaking through the stunning mangrove caves or stroll around the boutiques and art galleries. In the night, enjoy fresh seafood with surreal views of the sea.
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