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Road Trip Explore! E-zine, Issue 11--Best Christmas Destinations
December 08, 2016

Best Christmas Destinations

Dear Friends,

Christmas destinations are among the top memory makers for holiday travelers. Take your celebration someplace different and fun.

‘Tis the season for a lot of winter play-time!



Leavenworth, Washington

The highlight of each year is the Christmas lighting Festival. Experience the delightful anticipation of Santa’s arrival and whisper wishes in his ear. A living Nativity celebrates Jesus’ birthday. Step back in time and enjoy a sleigh ride on a glowing winter’s night. Leavenworth is a winter playground! You name it . . . it’s done here: skiing, snowboarding and snowshoeing, dog-sledding, snowmobiling, sledding, tubing, ice fishing and ice climbing.

Yosemite National Park

Bring your camera and capture amazing winter images of Yosemite National Park. Ice skate in the shadows of Half Dome, play in the snow at Yosemite Ski and Snowboard area and snowshoe the back country at Crane Flat and Tuolumne Grove. There are plenty of winter events and programs to keep you busy.

Yellowstone National Park

Special Programs at the Christmas and New Year holidays delight visitors to America’s favorite national park. Enjoy winter wildlife watching and photography. Snowcoach and snow sports tours are available as are various venues for all kinds self-guided snow sports.

Grand Teton National Park

Winter in Grand Teton National Park is a new kind of adventure. Join a ranger-led hike using historical reproduction snowshoes. Whether you enjoy cross country or back country winter sports, you’ll find a stunning snow covered wilderness to explore.

Silverton, Colorado

Stay in one of the most famous mining towns in America. Located at the bottom of a caldera at the top of the world in the San Juan Mountains, Silverton is ringed by high snow-covered peaks, perfect for winter sports enthusiasts seeking a rustic holiday experience.

Ouray, Colorado

Ouray’s Winter Festival is on! Celebrate seven weeks of winter fun. It’s all about exploring spectacular ice, powdery snow, steamy hot springs and magnificent mountains.

Ridgway, Colorado

Spend Christmas nestled in one of the most scenic places in the world among some the most photographed mountains in the world. It’s all about western movie heritage and the great outdoors in unspoiled ranch country. We love it and so will you!

Portland, Oregon

While Portland is not a snowy Bavarian Village like Leavenworth, it knows how to celebrate Christmas! The most real Santa Claus we know is at Macy’s where beautiful window displays delight visitors. Cross the street to Pioneer Square to enjoy the city’s well-lit Christmas tree. Spectacular Christmas light displays get visitors in the spirit: Zoolights, Winter Wonderland a the Portland International Raceway (one of America’s top light displays), The Grotto Christmas Festival of Lights, the Christmas Ship Parades on the Columbia and Willamette Rivers, The Miracle of a Million Lights at the Victorian Belle, Peacock Lane and Pittock Mansion.

Wallowa Lake, Oregon

If you are seeking snow powder adventure for Christmas, then the Wallowa Lake area is the place to be. Brisk sunny days coupled with jaw-dropping scenery in a remote location, make the Wallowa’s the place to be for the holidays.




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