From Whitefish in Montana to Telluride in Colorada, these pretty towns with character are perfect for an America trip this winter!
Winter is right around the corner, and it’s getting really chilly. Sure you could head out to the city areas, but why not check out those cute little towns? There are charming towns all over the country that make for great photos and a good time for your America trip.
The state is filled with nature’s wonders, leaving you with amazing scenery just about anywhere you go. The resort town of Whitefish is located in Northwest Montana in the Rocky Mountains at the edge of Glacier National Park. Lesser travellers in winter means you can explore the serenity of the Avalanche Lake trail, one of Glacier National Park’s most popular and easily accessed hikes, in peace.
There you can find winter activities such as skiing, mountain biking and sleigh rides. If you’re not one for outdoor fun, there are plenty of indoor activities to do as well, such as spas, theatres, indoor rock climbing, and yoga. When the town is covered with snow, the view of the mountains won’t be the only breathtaking view in sight.
Dating back to the 1800s, Dutch immigrants settled in this area led by Dominee (Minister) Hendrik “Henry” P. Scholte. Dominee made the town name Pella because he and the other immigrants were seeking religious freedom and the name ‘Pella’ is a reference to Pella of the Decapolis, where the Christians of Jerusalem had found refuge during the Roman–Jewish war of 70.
Pella has the largest working grain windmill in America – the Vermeer Mill now restored from the 1900s and Iowa’s largest lake, Lake Red Rock. Pella always has events planned ready for anyone who comes to this historic town. Many of the events in downtown Pella, are very community based so it brings everyone together for the fun!
Park City, Utah
Park City allows people to do all sorts of activities ranging from athletic events to just sitting and witnessing theatre or visual arts. Mainly famous for its ski slopes, which was where the 2002 Winter Olympics was held, is where the more athletic events take place.
There you can go bobsledding, skiing, or you can go on simple walks on the trails to embrace nature. Snowshoe in the Uintas, a mountain range just east of Park City. For a unique experience try paddleboard yoga at the Homestead Crater, just outside of Park City, in Midway. This unusual crater is a geothermal hot spring within a beehive-shaped rock.
There are also shopping facilities and festivals on Main Street, which have buildings that were built during the 19th-century silver mining boom, so there’s a vintage feeling when roaming this area.
Located in Colorado’s San Juan Mountains, Telluride is perched at 8,750 feet above sea level and has been designated a National Historic Landmark District. This town is pretty famous for its golf courses and ski resorts. But considering its location and pretty cold climates, it’s the perfect place to enjoy the winter sport. You can also go sledding on Firecracker Hill.
There’s more to Telluride than its resorts, however. It is home to historic landmarks that date back to the 19th century such as the Sheridan Opera House which was built in 1913. Telluride also offers a variety of performing arts which include festivals, live performances, and cute activities for the little ones.
Mammoth Lakes, California
Located in California’s northern Sierra Nevada mountains, this town is all about activities that will let you be one with nature. You can go camping on the John Muir Trail, go biking on Mammoth Mountain, hike Devils Postpile the National Monument, or be at bliss admiring the water at Rainbow Falls.
Go skiing or snowboarding in Mammoth mountain and say hello to Woolly, Mammoth Mountain’s official mascot. No matter which activity you do, you’ll be sightseeing all the time in Mammoth Lakes on your America trip.
Cape May, New Jersey
Although this town is at the seaside, it doesn’t mean that you can’t travel to this area. Being able to witness the Victorian establishments, especially during the winter time, really brings out the charm in the town. There are also shopping centers on Washington Street, as well as cultural organization hosting events which let you witness the entirety of Cape May. If you’re into the ocean view, the Cape May lighthouse built in 1859 will allow your eyes to view the ocean like you’ve never seen before.
Enjoy these cool towns while also staying warm this winter on your America trip.