America has done more than most any other country to shape our view of the modern-day Christmas. Whether it’s the shiny red costume of Santa Claus, the abundant Christmas movies or even the iconic songs of Mariah Carey and Bing Crosby, when we celebrate the season, we’re indebted to American traditions. Perhaps that’s why we’re so drawn to these US destinations at Christmas time. Here are our top picks for the most Christmassy places in America…
1. New York, New York
New York is evocative of many American celebrations and traditions. But more than at any other time of year, the season of goodwill to all men is synonymous with the city that never sleeps. From department stores such as Bloomingdale’s and Macey’s thronging with customers to ice skating beside the Rockefeller Center, the New York-style Christmas is still one to beat.
Leave the shopping crowds and iconic sights behind and visit the city’s many cultural centres and you’ll discover an outstanding range of festive performances to delight you on your trip to the Big Apple. The annual Radio City Christmas Spectacular, performed in Radio City Music Hall is an American institution in its own right.
You can visit New York with Grand American Adventures on our New York to Niagara Falls short break.
2. The Grand Canyon, Arizona
The Grand Canyon might not be your immediate thought when someone mentions an American Christmas. The desert landscape is more likely to inspire thoughts of sun and dry heat, but anyone that has been fortunate enough to encounter this natural wonder in the winter when it is covered in ethereal snow will know that there are few places more awe-inspiring to spend your Christmas.
Grand American Adventures visits the Grand Canyon on our popular Best of the West tour, which includes visits to many of the Western USA’s most outstanding parks.
3. Boston, New England and the Appalachian’s
Few regions of America come more homely and traditional than New England. The white picket fences and tranquil landscapes provide an idyllic backdrop for your Christmas celebrations. Boston, one of America’s oldest and most traditional cities looks delightful in quintessentially festive decorations, while the city’s incredible wining and dining options – we’re thinking of you, Quincy Market – are ideal for a mouth-watering Christmas feast.
Head out into the wilds of Northeastern USA and you’ll encounter the stunning Appalachians, America’s oldest mountain range. While the images on most tourist board websites and brochures will be of the vibrant auburn, oranges and reds of the Fall, the Appalachian scenery takes on an ethereal appearance in the depths of winter too.
Explore Northeastern USA on our Appalachian & New England Walk.
4. Yosemite National Park, California
Admittedly not the most accessible destination during the winter, Yosemite National Park is still one of the most beautiful places to visit in America. The opportunity to see this spectacular landscape in the snow is impossible to refuse. You’ll have gorgeous hiking trails all to yourself and the chance to view incredible wildlife among the sculptural mountains and plunging wild valleys.
Join us on our National Parks Walk adventure holiday to explore Yosemite National Park from Spring through to Autumn.
5. Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
America’s most famous and oldest national park, Yellowstone is an unadulterated delight to explore during the winter and will inspire the most festive spirit in even the most hardened souls. The national park’s world-renowned geothermal hot springs attract abundant wildlife throughout the winter and provide prime animal spotting for nature lovers.
Even the landscape, draped in white, has a vibrancy to it. Pack your camera because the outstanding scenery provides ample opportunity for enthusiastic photographers to show off their skill. You can’t help but being awestruck by the natural beauty.
Take the opportunity to visit Yellowstone National Park for yourself with Grand American Adventures on our thrilling Yellowstone Winter Wildlife In-Depth tour.