The destination demand can change in no time. But for now, it seems like potential travelers have their eyes set on – well, every part of the country – from New England to the California coast, and everything in between.
Broadry analyzed the latest travel information from Google to highlight some states with the strongest growth in demand:
Vermont is a northern New England ski hub with plenty of outdoor winter events and activities, like the NE Rando Race series (where experienced skiers climb the mountain and back down, without the aid of chairlifts) . But it’s not just powder. Vermont hosts the Burlesque Festival and visitors can tour breweries and craft spirits distilleries. Metcalfe’s Vermont Maple Cream Liqueur is said to be the first maple cream liqueur produced and sold in the United States.
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With over 147,000 square miles to explore, winter enthusiasts are drawn to this landlocked mountain state. The state boasts of shorter lift lines at the area’s ski and snowboard sites, many of which lead to Glacier and Yellowstone National Park. After a day in the snow, relax and take a dip in one of the many hot springs.
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Florida’s marketing campaign to attract winter visitors is well advanced. Are you planning a visit? Websites like Visit Florida and TripAdvisor can provide insight into seasonal activities. And if you’re a beach lover, temperatures hovered around 80 in Miami. WorldTrips reports that warmer climates, like Florida, are also the most attractive to international visitors in January. In fact, Miami and Orlando are among the top US destinations online, according to the latest travel trends from Google.
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Nevada always manages to turn heads throughout the year. This month, gadget enthusiasts flocked to Las Vegas to attend CES, the premier tech event hosted by the Consumer Technology Association. But outside of Sin City, there’s still plenty of winter action. The annual Ely Fire and Ice Winter Festival kicks off Jan. 14 with festivities around Cave Lake State Park and the Northern Nevada Railroad, as well as the Ward Mountain Recreation Area and countless businesses in downtown Ely.
Search the hashtag #visitcalifornia on Instagram and find 2.3 million posts showcasing the great beauty of the state – from waterfalls and wildlife to landmarks. This month, the major theme parks in the Golden State – Disneyland, SeaWorld, Legoland, and Universal Studios – are all open. Yosemite National Park is also open (just check for road closures due to snow). If you head to Yosemite, you’ll find North America’s tallest waterfall at 2,425 feet tall and El Capitan, the tallest piece of granite. Rather be by the pool? Try Palm Springs and cross your fingers for the 70s.
With over 79,000 miles of highways and approximately 268,600 square miles – this second largest US state (Alaska is the largest with 586,000 square miles of land) offers endless adventures for the traveling warriors. Expect the temperature to fluctuate this month while crisscrossing the state as well. North Texas will be in the 40’s while the southern region (San Antonio, Galveston) tends to stay in the mid 60’s. In Texas there is plenty to do year round. Visit Natural Bridge Caverns in New Braunfels or browse the quirky shops along the historic Route 66 district in Amarillo or find your new favorite barbecue spot.
Thousands of people flock to Gatlinburg, Tennessee this time of year to witness the magnificent Lights Over Gatlinburg event. The light exhibition runs until January 29. While in town, try purchasing Ober Ski Mountain tickets and enjoy a day with family-friendly activities like skiing, tubing, and ice skating. Other hot spots include Memphis and Music City, aka Nashville. Bundle up, however. Temperatures can be chilly.
Do you think of Georgia? For many, it’s definitely that time of year. As for the weather, temperatures tend to stay in the 50s. Snow is falling here and there. The Chill Snow Island permit at Margaritaville on the Lanier Islands near Gainesville offers a variety of snow playgrounds for the coming weeks. In Albany, come inside for stargazing at the Wetherbee Planetarium or learn about native fish at the Flint RiverQuarium. And while in Atlanta, Explore Georgia suggests warming up with a Hampton + Hudson’s bourbon and brandy hot chocolate or stopping at one of the city’s neighborhood cafes and teas.