Best Christmas Vacations in the USA
Christmas is literally "the most wonderful time of the year". And what would make it
even more memorable is a Christmas getaway at a good destination.
However, choosing a preferred vacation spot for the yuletide season can be a hassle.
There are thousands of vacation spots present all around the world to choose from.
Particularly in the USA, there are many vacation spots to choose from this Christmas.
From gigantic Christmas lights in the center of the town to beaches, and more
nature-friendly parks, here are the best locations for a vacation in the USA this
Cool Cities to Visit for Christmas Vacations in the USA
Being the capital of the United States, Washington DC never runs dry of activities to
engage in for the Christmas season. The highlight of the Christmas celebration in
Washington DC is the National Christmas Tree lighting near the White House. It has
been a tradition for about 100 years, where famous musicians and the spectacular
light and the gigantic tree make Christmas memorable around Washington DC.
There are handmade Christmas ornaments present on the Christmas tree representing
all the USA states and territories. Apart from the City Christmas tree, the Botanical
Garden Tree, Capitol Christmas tree, and the National Zoo's festive lights are
also beautiful sights to behold.
New York City
, has numerous ice skating rinks, holiday-themed
markets and beautiful decorations to give you the best Christmas feeling ever. The
most famous sight to see in NYC is the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree. The Holiday
Train Show at the NY Botanical Gardens is also worth your time. Still not satisfied
with these? The Bronx zoo gives you an ecstatic feeling like no other around Christmas
time. It feels like entering into a Christmas wonderland. With brightly lit Christmas
trees and classical carollers at every corner, it is bound to be a Christmas to remember.
Chicago is a very cold city, and it is an awesome place to spend the Christmas holidays.
There is an official tree lighting ceremony at Millenium Park that comes up every year.
Musical performances always go with the tree lighting ceremony. There are ZooLights at
Lincoln Park Zoo and the Magnificent Mile Lights. The Magnificent Mile Lights has
about one million lights beautifying Michigan Avenue. These lights illuminate and
beautify the whole of the avenue during Christmas.
Nature-Focused Christmas Trips in the United States
Those who have a thing for nature are not left out of the Christmas celebration either.
There are nature-focused locations in the US for your ideal Christmas vacations.
Yosemite National Park, California
Yosemite National Park, California
, is usually known
to be a summer destination. However, in winter, it is even more breathtaking. Winter
in Yosemite features a calmer atmosphere due to fewer crowds. The Christmas experience,
however, remains one of the best, regardless of the crowd. Ice skating, skiing and
snowshoeing are some of the adventures available for your pleasure at the National Park.
The Rocky Mountains, Colorado
When the Rocky Mountains of Colorado are concerned, you can never go wrong with your
Christmas celebrations. There are lots of places to visit and fun activities to be
carried out. The best part is that it can fit into any budget size. Beautiful mountain
scenery, skiing and snowboarding down the slopes are certainly available for you. A visit
to the four national Parks present in Colorado, winter hikes, a snowmobile tour and the
famous hot spring are some of the highlights of Colorado.
US Destinations for Christmas at the Beach
Winter doesn't necessarily mean the beaches are closed and frozen. There are wonderful
beaches you can visit for your Christmas vacation in the US.
Key West, Florida
Key West, and Florida
in general, is one of the warmest
places in the United States to spend Christmas. It has an average temperature of 67°F,
the atmosphere is warm and dry, making it the perfect beach getaway. Exploring the
coral reefs on the beach would have you snorkeling or diving right into the deep.
Mangroves and manatees are also visible on a paddleboard or kayak. Perfect Christmas
beach getaway? Key West is the place to be.
The island of Hawaii
is an excellent place to spend the
Christmas season. The island has one of the most popular areas for surfing in the world.
A road trip across the North shore also reveals the beauty and uniqueness of the island.
One of the most exciting sights to see is the Dole pineapple plantation. It is a beautiful
place to have pineapple ice cream. You could also stand by and watch athlete surfers
take on huge waves. This forms one of the best Christmas experiences ever.
ESTA Visa Process
Visiting the US
just became easier with the introduction
of the ESTA visa process. ESTA stands for Electronic System for Travel Authorization.
It replaces the American express visa system for some countries. The ESTA sorts your
entry through an online application process before your journey to the United States.
The duration of this visa process is 2 years, during which you are allowed to travel
to the US for pleasure or business purposes. It is valid if your journey does not
last longer than 90 days (3 months).
The process is the brainchild of the Department of Homeland Security of the United
States. It permits 40 countries access to the United States without having an official
American visa. The application for ESTA
is so simple. It can
be completed within 20 minutes online. The 40 countries are:
(only Taiwanese citizens with national ID number) and
British citizens in the United Kingdom