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Best Winter Holiday Destinations

by Katie Skrzek

Dec 3, 2019

Chicago offers low travel costs this time of year, making it the best cold-weather winter destination for both price and convenience. The best warm-weather winter destination is Austin, thanks to affordable flight costs and loads to see, do and enjoy. © Maxym022 – Dreamstime.com

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WalletHub recently revealed its ranking of the best winter holiday destinations. These destinations represent the cheapest and easiest to reach for warm- or cold-weather travel. WalletHub analyzed 70 of the largest metro areas in the United States using 37 key metrics including safety, flight options and scenic quality. Here is the top 10:


Best cold destinations for winter travel:

  1. Chicago
  2. Washington, D.C.
  3. Atlanta
  4. Philadelphia
  5. Denver
  6. Boston
  7. Louis
  8. Cincinnati
  9. New York
  10. Portland, Oregon


Best warm destinations for winter travel:

  1. Austin, Texas
  2. Dallas
  3. San Diego
  4. Las Vegas
  5. Tampa, Florida
  6. Houston
  7. San Antonio
  8. Charleston, South Carolina
  9. Phoenix
  10. Orlando, Florida


For cold destinations, Atlanta ranked high for lowest travel cost. Chicago came in first for most cold-weather activities. For warm destinations, Austin ranked at the top for both lowest travel cost and most attractions. For a full ranking of cities and more information about methodology, visit the website.


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