Two factors make winter travel in the U.S. ideal. First, rates for flights and hotel rooms are typically lower, save for a few exceptions, such as travel to some destinations at Christmas, New Year's Eve in New York City, and Mardi Gras in New Orleans.
A second reason to travel in winter is because there are a number of holidays and long weekends during the months of December, January, and February. In addition to Christmas and New Year's, there are two long travel weekends during the winter. The holiday to celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., takes place on the third Monday of each January. The third Monday of February is Presidents Day.
In this article on winter travel, I've separated destinations into "hot" and "cold" categories. Which type of traveler are you? Follow the links below to start planning a winter vacation.