The US has a unique and diverse geography, including plains and deserts, lakes and coastlines, and a plethora of mountain ranges. With the major ranges, the Rocky Mountains, Sierra Nevada, and Cascades on the west and the Adirondack and Appalachian Mountains on the east, there are countless spectacular locations to visit in the winter.
Nestled in these mountain ranges, with stunning views and snow-capped trees, sit some of the best places in the US for a romantic winter weekend getaway.
From December through February, you can experience “Village of Lights Christmastown” which is a three-month festival, showcasing over half a million lights. Take a stroll down the Bavarian-style streets in the evening and let the dazzling colors enchant you. The town itself can be quite busy with tourists, but Mountain Home Lodge offers a secluded romantic getaway.
Mount Hood, Oregon
Dive into nature when you drive into the Mount Hood region, part of the Cascade Mountain range and home to Oregon’s highest peak. If you enjoy skiing, then there is no better place with six ski areas to choose from. Or explore the surrounding landscape by snowshoe, featuring majestic waterfalls.
There are many accommodations to choose from, including cozy cabins perfect for a romantic weekend.
Mount Shasta, California
In the state known for its coastlines, there are some gems to discover in the mountain regions of California in the winter months. At the southern end of the Cascade Mountain range, about halfway between Portland and San Francisco, is Mount Shasta, a once-active volcano.
Embrace romance with a hike to Heart Lake or a soak at the Stewart Mineral Hot Springs. For a serene experience, check in to Mount Shasta Resort with cozy gas fireplaces and views of the mountains. To unwind, be sure to book a treatment at the resort’s Sacred Mountain Spa.
There is no wrong way to explore this beautiful state; carve the downhill slopes, glide the cross-country ski trails, or enjoy a peaceful horseback ride as snow falls from the trees. Triple Creek Ranch is a romantic hideaway that boasts a spa, wine tastings, and private cabins with stunning views.
Beaver Creek, Colorado
For those looking to ski, Osprey is a ski-in/ski-out hotel that is steps away from the chairlifts, or for those wanting to take in the town, MarketSquare Lodge overlooks the year-round ice-rink. Soak in the view of the mountains while you skate, or enjoy a walk through the streets and marvel at the art sculptures spread throughout the quaint town.
Bryce Canyon, Utah
For a change in scenery, the snow-capped hoodoos in Bryce Canyon are a magnificent sight to behold. Since the winter is the off-season, you can expect smaller crowds and cheaper rates without feeling like you are compromising anything on your romantic weekend.
Hike one of the many trails, relax in a horse-drawn sleigh, or book a horseback ride to experience the hoodoos up close. Bryce Canyon Winterfest takes place in February every year and has something for everyone to enjoy.
The iconic City of Rocks formation, located just outside of Almo, Idaho, is a magnificent location for a romantic weekend getaway. Relax in the hot springs, take in the sights by snowshoe, or pull out the binoculars for some birdwatching, the options are endless.
Fully experience Castle Rocks State Park with a stay at the century-old ranch house at Castle Rocks Ranch, or take your pick of the many private cabins in the area.
Lake Placid, New York
Lake Placid is an ideal romantic getaway, offering stunning views of the lake and Adirondack mountains. With rustic secluded cabins, stone fireplaces, and hand-carved wooden beds, you can not go wrong with a stay at Lake Placid Lodge.
For cross-country skiing enthusiasts, this region boasts some of the best cross-country ski trails in the Adirondacks. You can also find fantastic downhill skiing at Whiteface Mountain. If you would prefer not to ski but still want sky-high views, try a ride on the Cloudsplitter Gondola, only a short drive down the road.
As a National Historic Place, and host to many weddings, Castle Hill Resort and Spa provides beautiful historical architecture and romance tied into a bow. With a spa on-site, fireplaces in the rooms, and views of the Appalachian mountains, you will not want to leave the resort.
Situated picturesquely at the base of the White Mountains, part of the Appalachian mountains, is the beautiful mountain town of Bethel. Here you will find countless romantic outdoor adventures awaiting you from sleigh rides to horseback riding. There are many resorts to choose from such as Bethel Inn Resort which features a heated outdoor pool.
Regardless of where you live, the US offers countless destinations, perfect for a romantic winter weekend getaway. Whether you prefer the bustling city life or the serene small-town vibe, the winter landscapes are sure to impress. Bask in the view of snow-capped mountains from the comforts of a luxurious hotel or take in the scenery on a horse-drawn sleigh, each one of these locations is a winter paradise.