Vacations don’t have to end when the weather gets cold. Even though the Northeast part of the United States gets plenty of snow, cities like Boston and New York can still be enjoyable to visit during the colder months. Those who have a sense of adventure should consider checking out these five Northeastern cities this winter.
Providence, Rhode Island
Though sometimes overshadowed by the larger cities that surround it, the capital city of Rhode Island offers a lot to see and do. Attractions in Providence include nationally renowned Roger Williams Park Zoo, the historic John Brown House, and the acclaimed Rhode Island School of Design Museum of Art. Zagat recently named Providence one of the top under-the-radar food destinations in the Northeast, citing the influx of upscale downtown eateries and various ethnic restaurants around the city.
New York, New York
New York City becomes a different place during the winter. Central Park, Times Square, and all of the city’s iconic sights have a new feel when the snow is falling. Tourists can enjoy outdoor ice skating in Rockefeller Center from October through April, and the city’s many indoor art museums offer refuge from the cold. The winter months provide opportunities to find affordable NYC hotels since fewer tourists make the trip at that time of year.
Syracuse, New York
Every February, Winterfest heats up Syracuse, New York, with more than 100 events over 10 days. Scheduled activities include cook-offs, pub crawls, live music, culinary cruises, trivia nights, art gallery viewings, treasure hunts, and kids’ entertainment. During the other winter months, visitors can skate on one of the city’s ice rinks or head indoors to watch the Syracuse men’s basketball team, annually one of the elite teams in college sports.
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Brewery tours, museums, architecture tours, fine dining, and theater performances … Boston has it all when it comes to indoor fun. Visitors can also see historic sites like the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and the two-mile Freedom Trail that passes by Bunker Hill, the Paul Revere House, and the USS Constitution. In addition, sports fans know that Boston is a hotbed of winter sports action, with the Celtics, Bruins, and nearby Patriots almost always in playoff contention.
Lake Placid, New York
Best-known as the home of the 1980 Winter Olympics and the “Miracle on Ice,” Lake Placid, New York, is also one of the state’s top ski towns. Whiteface Mountain has a 3,430-foot vertical drop, one of the biggest in the Northeast. The Olympic bobsled run still exists and has now been listed on the National Register of Historic Places. For those with a sense of nostalgia, the Olympic Museum documents the history of the 1932 and 1980 Winter Games, including that miraculous American ice hockey victory over the Soviet Union and the eventual gold medal.
Traveling to any of these winter cities can be inexpensive if you plan accordingly. Begin searching a few months in advance, and keep your eyes open for affordable flights and hotel deals. You may find that you enjoy a winter vacation just as much as one in the sun.