Best Places To Visit In December In USA

December is known as the holiday season for all the right reasons. With Christmas and New Years right around the corner, there is no better way than to wrap up the year with an amazing get away.

December  brings with it a  sense of magic and wonder, and one of the best places to embrace the holiday season’s electrifying energy is no doubt the USA.

Whether it’s the snow-covered landscapes to celebrate the holiday, festive cities to explore the holiday season’s electrifying energy, National Parks for people seeking adventure and beaches for warm winters.

With so many options to pick and choose, it wouldn’t be wrong to say that the USA is one of the best destinations for a December vacation.

How to Pick A Destination

There is no doubt that the USA is the place to be in the month of December, but it’s up to an individual to pick what he /she wants to explore during the holiday season.

Here’s a small guide to help you choose a destination that best matches your interests.

Snow Lovers

USA is called the ‘Winter Wonderland"

If you’re a person who loves snow and wants to explore all adventure snow sport activities, there are plenty of options for you to choose from.

The USA is called the ‘Winter Wonderland’ and the following list of places only solidifies the name.

1. Aspen, Colorado

Aspen, Colorado

For someone to experience world-class skiing and snowboarding, Aspen, Colorado is one of the top most destinations for snow lovers.

Whether you are a beginner or an expert in skiing or snowboarding, Aspen has something to offer everyone.

The town has its own charm where it’s decorated with twinkling lights for the holidays, its cozy cottages and adorable streets that are click-worthy.

2. Lake Tahoe (borders of California and Nevada)

For all the adventure seekers, Lake Tahoe may be your ultimate calling. The lake is surrounded by snow-covered mountains that steal your breath away with its stunning views and endless outdoor activities.

Starting from skiing to snowboarding to snowshoeing to ice skating, you name it and Lake Tahoe has it all.

After you have exhausted yourself with the activities, you can relax in the cozy lakeside cabins or at the charming cafes enjoying some hot delicacies the place has to offer.

3. Fairbanks, Alaska

The first thing that comes to your mind when you think about Alaska is the awe-inspiring natural phenomenon – Northern Lights. December is one of the best times to bear witness of the Northern Lights.

The clear dark night sky acts as the perfect backdrop to view the mesmerizing display of dancing lights in the night sky. It is an experience of a lifetime.

Prepare to be amazed and awed by this breathtaking spectacle that will live with you forever.

Party And Festive Vibes

There are cities and towns in the USA that go all out in their festive celebrations. You can immerse yourself in the holiday spirit and have the best time of your life.

List of some cities that will make you want to come back and experience the festive vibes are:

1. New York City

Christmas is incomplete with the iconic Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center and ice-skating in Central Park.

The city literally transforms into a wonderland, with dazzling and sparkling holiday decorations, festive markets, candies stores, sweets stores, cakes outlets , chocolates stores, parties, open mics and Broadway shows.

A must visit is the world-famous department store windows on Fifth Avenue, showcasing holiday-themed displays. Also, explore the diverse city cuisine by trying various restaurants in New York.

2. New Orleans, Louisiana

If you are looking for festive vibes but not as loud as New York, Louisiana in New Orleans may just be our place.

With its unique way of celebrating the holidays, you will find yourself being surrounded by jazz music, delicious Creole cuisine, and festive parades.

The famous Reveillon Dinners, a traditional holiday feast that includes local specialties and live music is a must to experience.

3. Chicago, Illinois

Chicago, Illinois

A perfect blend of holiday cheer and urban excitement is what Chicago, Illinois has to offer.

The city’s Magnificent Mile lights up with millions of twinkling lights, and the forever  famous Christkindlmarket brings a taste of European holiday traditions to the city.

A slow stroll along the Chicago Riverwalk, admiring the festive decorations, or ice skating in Millennium Park could be one of the best ways to relax and take it the holiday feels.

National Parks

For people who want some kind of adventure or outdoor enthusiast, the National Parks have in the USA have all the rights things to offer:

1. Yellowstone National Park

The national park is located in Wyoming but also extends into Montana and Idaho. It is known for its geothermal features.

Yellowstone offers a unique winter experience where the park becomes a winter wonderland, with steaming hot springs, frozen waterfalls, frozen lakes and you will find wildlife roaming freely through the snow-covered fields, compelling reasons you should also visit Yosemite National Park.

2. Joshua Tree National Park

unique Joshua trees

Joshua Tree National Park is like a desert park. The temperature is milder compared to the scorching heat during summer months.

You can explore the unique Joshua trees, fantastic rock formations, and also hidden oases. The park is best known for its stargazing opportunity, prepare beforehand to witness the mesmerizing night sky.

3. Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon National Park in Winter

Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona is one of the best places for hiking during the month of December.

Make sure to pack warm clothing as the temperatures may be colder than expected and be prepared for changing weather conditions.

Hiking Havasu Falls in the Grand Canyon during winter provides a unique perspective and a serene solitude not easily found in the busier summer months.

How To Plan December In The USA

There are many factors that you will have to take into consideration when planning a trip to the USA in the month of december. 

  • It’s the peek of holiday season of prepare yourself to be comfortable in crowded or overcrowded places
  • Remember to always set your budget high cause chances of the prices going up due to rise in demand is very much possible
  • Try to book in advance all your travel and stay accommodations to make sure your provided amenities that are worth your money and to make sure you don’t lose the spot.
  • Choose destinations according to what you wanna explore.
  • Do not over pack. Less is more when you’re traveling.

List Of Places That May Interest You

  • Miami, Florida
  • Hawaii
  • Outer Banks in North Carolina
  • Leavenworth, Washington
  • San Francisco, California
  • Branson, Missouri
  • Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Williamsburg, Virginia
  • Park City, Utah

When planning a winter getaway in Utah, consider adding Ogden to your itinerary.


No matter where you choose to spend your December vacation in the USA, you’re sure to be surrounded with the magic and charm of the holiday spirit.

From snowy mountain getaways to warm coastal retreats, the options for you to choose from are plenty. Whatever choice you make, the country will surely provide experiences that will create lasting memories.

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