'Tis the season—for holiday traveling, that is. As we wrap up this year, we can’t help but to think of ways to fit in a quick getaway. The end of the year also signifies well-deserved time off, after all, you’ve earned it this year. What better way to spend it than traveling with your friends and loved ones? 

With December in full swing, it might feel as if there isn’t a lot of time to plan a quick getaway, but fear not, we’ve got your back. Whether you prefer the chilly New York air or the spicy Miami heat, there are plenty of options to choose from. Here are a few U.S. destinations to check out for an escape over the winter holiday.


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Chicago may be known as the windy city but there are other noteworthy accomplishments. One in particular? The boast-worthy holiday decorations. If you’re looking for a destination with great restaurants, winter weather and a festive spirit, look no further. If you’re into theatrical productions, check out A Magical Cirque Christmas or get your shopping on at ShopColumbia’s 14th Annual Holiday Market. Book that ticket now and thank us later.

Brooklyn, New York

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New York’s Christmas celebrations are always fabulous, and how could they not be? With neighborhoods like Dyker Heights in Brooklyn displaying vibrant decorations, it’s no wonder many people travel to NYC during the holiday season. This residential area makes it easy to get in the holiday spirit with its beautifully decorated homes and more.

New Orleans

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Generally speaking, New Orleans is always a fun city to pop into. That’s why it makes all the sense in the world to travel there for a quick getaway this season. You can still get in the Christmas spirit and unlock your inner Kris Kringle without the inclement weather that’s typically present in colder places. 


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Denver may be home to the fictional Carrington family from Dynasty, but it can also be your next vacation spot this month. We can’t promise the elaborate fashions popularized by Diahann Carroll in the hit show, but we can promise a good time. Whether you’d like to get a taste of European holiday traditions at the Après Ski Holiday Market or stroll through the Trail of Lights, there’s something for everyone to do.


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The vibes are always present in Miami. What better way to celebrate some well-deserved time off, than by trading in the snow and frigid air for a beach and warm weather? Not only is the weather impeccable, but you’re bound to indulge in some cool activities too. You may be interested in Santa’s Enchanted Forest, or a little retail therapy at Time Out Market Miami. Either way, you’re sure to have a jolly good time.