6 of the Best Winter Group Vacations in the U.S.

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From warm beaches to snowy mountains, there are many fun spots to visit during the coldest season. These winter destinations are perfect for everyone.

From warm beaches to snowy mountains, there are many fun spots to visit during the coldest season. These winter destinations are perfect for any group.

As the crisp winter air settles in throughout much of the lower 48, , it’s the perfect time to gather your closest friends or family for a memorable group vacation. Winter vacations offer a chance to escape the cold, short days and post-holiday blues that overcome many. There’s plenty to look forward to with winter vacations and no group has to miss out on spectacular sights and experiences just because the weather gets cold. Whether it’s somewhere warm or filled with snow, these are the best winter group vacations in the U.S. for seasonal adventures.

  1. Sun Valley, Idaho

Home of the country’s first ski resort, Sun Valley, Idaho, is a charming mining town filled with cozy shops and eateries. On the surrounding mountains, your group will find plenty of trails for skiers of all experience levels. Sun Valley beckons winter enthusiasts with its picturesque landscapes and world-class skiing opportunities. As one of the premier ski resorts in the United States, Sun Valley boasts immaculately groomed slopes, thrilling terrain parks, and cozy lodges perfect for après-ski relaxation. From beginners to seasoned pros, there’s something for everyone to enjoy amidst the snow-capped peaks.

  1. Scottsdale, Arizona

For those craving warmth and sunshine during the winter months, Scottsdale provides a welcome escape. With its abundant sunshine and mild temperatures, this desert oasis offers a wealth of outdoor activities, including hiking, golfing, and exploring the stunning Sonoran Desert. After a day of adventure, indulge in the city’s vibrant culinary scene and luxurious spas, ensuring a rejuvenating experience for all.

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  1. Palm Springs, California

Renowned for its retro charm and laid-back atmosphere, Palm Springs is an ideal winter retreat for groups seeking relaxation and leisure. Bask in the desert sunshine by the poolside of a chic boutique hotel or explore the city’s eclectic art galleries and boutique shops. With its stunning natural beauty and iconic mid-century architecture, Palm Springs promises a winter getaway filled with warmth and nostalgia.

  1. Key West, Florida

Key West is a dream destination for those who love warm weather. Though it’s busiest during the winter, the influx of tourists only amplifies the party life—and the warm temperatures and sandy beaches definitely make it worth the crowds. Embrace the tropical allure this destination, where winter feels like an endless summer. This vibrant island paradise invites groups to immerse themselves in its colorful culture, from lively street performances to fresh seafood feasts. Spend your days snorkeling in crystal-clear waters, exploring historic landmarks, or simply lounging on pristine beaches, savoring the island’s laid-back vibe and carefree spirit.

  1. New Orleans, Louisiana

Mardi Gras is, of course, the biggest draw of this Louisiana city. To avoid the crowds, book a trip earlier in the year. The French Quarter is just as fun and jazzy (and far less hectic) in January and early February when the city’s rich history and vibrant energy truly come alive. From festive celebrations to soulful jazz performances, there’s always something happening in the Big Easy. Indulge in the city’s renowned culinary scene, with its mouthwatering Creole and Cajun cuisine, and wander through the charming streets of the French Quarter, soaking in the sights and sounds of this iconic destination.

  1. Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

Escape to the wilderness of Yellowstone National Park for a winter adventure unlike any other. With its pristine snowscapes and abundant wildlife, the park transforms into a winter wonderland, offering opportunities for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and wildlife viewing. Marvel at the geothermal wonders of Old Faithful and the colorful Grand Prismatic Spring, and experience the serenity of the park’s tranquil winter landscape, creating memories to last a lifetime.

Related: Wyoming Itinerary Guide

Traveling in the winter presents a multitude of advantages, from smaller crowds and discounted accommodations to unique seasonal activities and breathtaking scenery. Whether you’re craving snowy escapades or sun-soaked getaways, these six winter group vacation destinations promise unforgettable experiences and cherished moments with loved ones. So, gather your group, pack your bags, and embark on a winter adventure to remember.

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