The air might be cooler and the days might be shorter, but the passion for traveling is still just as strong as it was during the summer. Because of that, you might be itching to organize a winter group travel adventure for you and your group to take in all that these snowy months have to offer.
Where to #GroupForward this Winter
To help you along with your planning, below is a list of hidden (and not so hidden) winter group destination gems across the states – winterized places that are worth venturing to during this naturally spirited and beautiful season.
When you're looking for a winter group destination that offers luxury shopping, outdoor activities, and endless events (skiing and non-skiing related), Aspen is the right choice for your group. Overall, Aspen is home to three illustrious peaks: Aspen Highlands, Aspen Mountain, and Buttermilk, as well as Aspen Snowmass located about 10 miles away from the town. Along with that, Aspen is a celebrity-favored area known for its shopping/museum extravagances and 5-star dining, so be sure to keep your eyes peeled for some icons walking around!
Bonus Tip: If you plan your winter group travel here during certain times, you can partake in some festivities, such as the Aspen's Ullr Nights at Snowmass every Friday from December to April and the Winter X Games hosted in January.
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
Yellowstone National Park is a wonderful landmark to experience as a group destination in winter. Not only are the crowds less dense during the winter because many roads are closed off, but you and your group can take in the natural area by navigating via snowmobile, snowshoes, or cross-country skis. There are also snow coach tours you can opt for and many cozy log cabins and lodges you can rent to amplify the winter vibe. That, along with the winter backdrops filled with frozen lakes, white forests, and steaming geysers all make Yellowstone a breathtaking winter group destination.
New York City
Between the ball dropping in Times Square on New Year’s Eve; the massive Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center, to the horse and carriage rides and skating rinks throughout Central Park, New York City is quite literally a picture-perfect winter group destination. There is endless shopping, both holiday-themed and amazing year-round shows on Broadway, and outdoor activities surrounded by gorgeous city views. The best part is that after all the hustle of enjoying the city life and winter events, you and your group can relax at one of the many rooftop bars or fireplace lounges to unwind and relax.
Bonus Tip: If you have a bunch of fashionistas in your group, then think about taking them to NYC in February during the annual Fashion Week events.
Washington DC is one of those places that is amazing to visit any time of the year, as each season brings its own charm to this historical spot. When it comes to winter, the city is an ideal group destination that features beautiful white-coated views and frozen lakes that paint the ideal seasonal scene. Furthermore, DC has several annual winter events you can enjoy before or after visiting the WWII memorial, the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument, or seeing the Declaration of Independence up close. Some of those include the Festival of Lights, witnessing the National Christmas Tree, skating at Georgetown ice rink, and shopping at the countless seasonal markets.
Find Your Winter Wonderland
There are tons of wonderful winter group travel destinations you can opt for during these colder months that make for the perfect seasonal experience. As long as you head to a winter group destination that matches your groups' wanderlust desires, then you can best bet that everyone will have an epic time. To make sure that your planning process is just as epic as your trip, let GroupTools make it safe and stress-free. Visit GroupTools to learn more or jump right into your planning today.