Hot Spots for Southern Winter Vacation

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Who says a vacation has to take place during the summer? This winter, gather the family and call up your friends because we’ve made a list of some of the best southern winter vacation hot spots! Whether you’re looking for a relaxing week with views or a fun-filled busy schedule, these destinations have plenty to offer.

1.) Asheville, NC -- While Asheville is a beautiful vacation spot year-round, it is truly magical in the winter. Nestled in the scenic Appalachian Mountains, Asheville provides plenty of lodging that offers panoramic views so you can enjoy stunning mountain sunrises and sunsets during the entirety of your stay. Enjoy one of Asheville’s most famous highlights as you walk through the historic Biltmore Estate. Children and adults of all ages can relish the ornate decorations of the traditional estate. In December, Asheville offers limitless Christmas lights, quaint festivals, and an annual gingerbread competition! Throughout the winter season, visitors can take advantage of breweries, restaurants, hiking, skiing, and shopping!

2.) Myrtle Beach, SC -- Take it to the coast with a getaway to Myrtle Beach. Though many families take to the beach during the heat of summer, Myrtle Beach has so much to offer all year round! This winter, you can experience Myrtle Beach without the heat or crowds. The town offers plenty of holiday entertainment, lights, and of course, endless shopping! The mild temperatures during the early and late winter months provide a comfortable opportunity for lounging on the beach. Whether you want a vacation with a full schedule or a relaxing escape, Myrtle Beach is the place to be this winter.

3.) Williamsburg, VA -- Round up the history buffs because Williamsburg, Virginia, is the perfect historical vacation for people of all ages. Take a step back in time and see extraordinary colonial reenactments, museums, and festive decorations! The whole family will love the town’s restaurants and quaint shops. If you visit in November or December, make sure to secure tickets for one of the largest light displays in the world at Busch Gardens Christmas Town!

4.) Gatlinburg, TN -- Visit the small town of Gatlinburg, nestled cozily in the Great Smoky Mountains. This wonderland truly comes to life in the winter with holiday celebrations, frozen waterfalls, and unbeatable views. Plan your trip around Winterfest and get the whole family in on skiing, snow tubing, bumper cars, and indoor ice skating! Stay tucked away in a luxurious mountain lodge or situate your accommodations in the middle of all the activity. Whatever you decide to do, Gatlinburg is sure to impress all winter long.

5.) Charleston, SC -- Among all of Charleston’s great features, the weather might be the most enticing! With average temperatures around 60 degrees, sightseeing has never been so comfortable. You’ll avoid the summer crowds and experience authentic southern charm as you journey along Rainbow Row and splurge at the Holiday Market at Middleton Place. Make this an adult-only getaway and bar hop along King Street, or bring the kids to hang out with dolphins at the aquarium. With a mixture of indoor and outdoor activities, Charleston is the place to be this winter, no matter the weather --- although we’re pretty sure that won’t be a problem!