Most Affordable Winter Getaways in the U.S.

If you’re looking to book a vacation this winter you might assume that given the time of year it will be expensive as the popularity of seasonal getaways does tend to drive up prices. Thankfully there are lots of destinations in the USA that are ideal for a wintry escape and won’t push your budget to breaking point.

Here are some of the most affordable winter getaways in the U.S.

Miami, Florida

While plenty of people might want a winter break that involves snow and ice, others will prefer to chase the sun and steer clear of inclement weather as much as possible.

This is where the vibrant city of Miami comes to the rescue. With average highs in December sitting at an appealing 75°F, and very little rainfall at this time of year, you can have fun in the sun without having to put up with the crowds that descend during the summer.

There are also plenty of attractions to enjoy, as ranked by So whether you stroll through the Bayside marketplace, lounge on South Beach or dine out in Little Havana, Miami is the place to be this winter.

San Diego, California

If Florida isn’t your bag and you’d prefer to seek out the sun on the West Coast, then San Diego should be on your list of cost-conscious places to visit at the tail end of the year.

Top hotels in the city become a real bargain outside of the peak summer vacation season, and the fabulous food and drink scene will keep your belly full and the conversation flowing all night long.

It’s also easy to factor in trips to other Californian hotspots, including LA, if you book a trip to San Diego, so it is a good base of operations for the practically-minded traveller.

Breckenridge, Colorado

Skiing is a hugely popular wintertime pursuit, and Breckenridge is arguably the best place in the US to do it when the snow starts to fall.

There is no getting away from the fact that tourists pour into this resort town during the colder months, but because it is so well set up for accommodating the thousands of winter sports fanatics it receives, Breckenridge still offers some affordable vacation opportunities.

The most important thing to do is book early; the sooner you are able to secure your accommodation and arrange your ski passes, the less a holiday here will cost.

Las Vegas, Nevada

The desert climate of Las Vegas means that visiting in the summer is not the best choice, as you will need to scurry between air-conditioned casinos or else risk getting overwhelmed by the searing sun.

Luckily you can avoid this entirely if you book a getaway to Sin City in the winter when temperatures are far more manageable, and prices for hotels tend to be lower.

Like Breckenridge, there is plenty of competition in Las Vegas, and lots of choices, so whether you have a tiny budget or a huge one, there should be something for you. And you don’t just need to go to Vegas to gamble, as there are shows from world-class performers, amazing eateries and tons of other attractions to grab your attention.

Charlotte, North Carolina

In terms of overlooked gems for adventurous travellers, Charlotte has to take top billing. It is a modern and lively city with everything you could want from an urban break, including museums to visit, kid-friendly activities aplenty and of course a whole host of evening entertainment for adults.

Visit Charlotte and you can also head out to soak in the rural scenery of North Carolina, in all its wintry glory!