Winter Road Trips to Take in the US This Season

With stunning landscapes and breathtaking views, the U.S. offers endless opportunities for sublime road trips. Winter road trips are a perfect way to get yourself festive.


Whether you’re setting off with friends or taking a break with family, there is no better way to bond! There is an endless number of movies that have the most epic road trips and there is no reason why your life shouldn’t have those exact same moments, that’s if you want them.


If you’re looking to plan your festive season, then these top 5 winter road trips are the perfect way to enjoy the season.


Preparing for Your Road Trip


Before you set off on your trip, you’ll need to take some extra considerations to travel during the winter season. Much like preparing yourself with warm parkas and snow boots, preparing your car for winter conditions is vital.


Low temperatures and snowfall can make the roads treacherous, so you’ll want to ensure your vehicle is ready for the elements. Switching out your regular tires for winter tires improves your ability to handle snow or ice, while antifreeze will help prevent water from freezing in your radiator. 


You might be driving over rough terrain during your winter road trip, so make sure you have a tire inflator, patch kit and pressure gauge in the trunk.


Once you’re fully prepped for the journey, it’s time to plan your itinerary and set off on your winter road trip! The question is, here will you be setting off to!


Below we’ve broken down 5 destinations with different activities that you can have a go at. Hopefully, there will be something that suits your needs. 


5 Winter Road Trips to Take This Season


Hudson Valley, New York


Starting in Nyack, you’ll take in the rolling hills of Stony Park, the mountainous vistas of Bear Mountain State Park and the Goshen Historic Track. Stop off at New Paltz for word-class mountain climbing before heading on through Kingston, Rhinebeck, Hyde Park and West Point.


With the weather in New York you might even be lucky enough to have some snow which would be ideal to feel festive but probably one to make sure you’re prepared for. 


Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee and North Carolina


Miss the crowds and enjoy the alpine season in one of the country’s favorite locations, Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Skiing, snowshoeing, hiking through the forest, and curling up by the fire will make this a trip to remember. 


Pigeon Forge, The Old Mill, winter road trips

The Old Mill is the oldest part of Pigeon Forge.


These beautiful destinations are ideal for those looking to enjoy a snowy mountain trek and explore the best that rural America has to offer.


Florida Keys, Florida


Starting in Miami and taking you right through to Key West, you can learn to sail in tropical waters, snorkel off the coast of Fort Zachary Taylor State Park, and marvel at the stunning sunsets when you take this classic road trip route.


You can also make your way up to the Sarasota Bradenton area for an island-style Christmas!


Anna Maria Island, Florida, winter road trips


By visiting Florida on your road trip, you can enjoy a unique, sun-filled adventure without traveling halfway around the world. A road trip is always exciting for everyone when you involve adventure.


What a perfect way to bond with your friends and family, making memories that last a lifetime. 


Arches National Park, Utah


If you can brave the chill, camping and hiking trails remain open at the Arches National Park all year round. There are around 2,000 natural sandstone arches in the park, and as such it’s a great place to explore and learn more about this unique natural wonder.


With the opportunity to explore this stunning environment without the crowds and blistering heat, it’s the perfect winter road trip.


arches national park

Arches National Park


Fitting in a feel-good activity like hiking will surely get everyone in a good mood and feeling fit before indulging for the holidays.  Plus imagine the Instagram posts on top of those sandstone arches. Views for miles, you’re bound to have moments that will stay with you for a lifetime.  


Death Valley National Park, California


You can begin this memorable road trip in Las Vegas, Nevada before heading to the infamous Death Valley. Known for searing temperatures, the winter season makes daytime in Death Valley almost bearable.


Death Valley, winter road trips

Death Valley


The perfect time to explore the sand dunes and canyons, winter in Death Valley is a must. With a variety of landscapes including the Devil’s Golf Course, a series of pointed salt mounds, and Titus Canyon, home of the famous ghost town, there’s something for everyone in this spooky space, making it great for those who want to take an unforgettable trip. 


With these 5 destinations taken into consideration, you’re bound to find an epic winter road trip for you and your loved ones.


Here’s to a great holiday with family and friends this winter. Filled with adventure and memories that we’ll hold on to for years to come. So whether you end up in New York or California, have a great one! 

About Christa Thompson

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Christa Thompson is the Founder and Chief Editor of The Fairytale Traveler. She started traveling the world in 2003 when she attended a summer abroad study at the University of Cambridge in England. Since then, her wanderlust has been fierce. Her three passions in life are her son, traveling, and being creative. The Fairytale Traveler brand gives Christa the opportunity to do all of these things and to live intentionally every day. "It's never too late to believe in what you love and to pursue your dreams." -Christa Thompson

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