10 Unusual Winter Travel Destinations You Might Not Have Considered
Amsterdam’s canals look lovely when they are fringed with green foliage, but wintertime in this city has a special, stripped-back appeal. Icicles cling to the iron bridges, and a dusting of snow lends the whole city a romantic feel.
As if that wasn’t already picturesque enough, Amsterdam outdoes itself in the winter months with the annual Amsterdam Winter Lights Festival, which runs from November to January. Canals and streets are transformed with artful light installations.
Plus the cold is a great reason to retreat into one of the cozy coffee houses that Amsterdam is famous for.
Atlas Mountains, Morocco
Morocco isn’t the kind of place you usually associate with snow: steaming medinas and the Sahara desert tend to spring to mind instead. Morocco harbors a big, mountain-sized secret, though.
The Atlas Mountains are spectacular at any time of year, but they really come into their own in wintertime. Trekking through the mountains is the best way to enjoy the wonder of the snowy peaks, but you can also find scenic ski fields near the town of Ifrane, which is often compared to Switzerland thanks to the lush natural beauty of the area.
Winter in Yosemite can be snowy and cold, but when the sun comes out it lights up a true winter wonderland. There are a multitude of ways to enjoy the solitude, from cross-country skiing, to hiking, to simply playing in the snow.
The silence and beauty of this park in winter only makes Yosemite seem mightier. With waterfalls and rivers frozen over, visiting Yosemite in winter is like seeing a unique snapshot in time, where reality is suspended.