Franklin, Tenn. – Spokane, WA, has been named a Top 10 Best Winter Vacation Destination by Livability.com, a national website that highlights more than 500 of America’s best places to live and visit.
The list highlights those communities that embrace their cool climates and offer residents and visitors a wealth of outdoor recreation, arts and culture, dining and entertainment options.
To narrow down the list, editors started by identifying those cities with an average temperature below freezing and an average annual snowfall over 25 inches. Editors looked for cities that offer an ample number of outdoor recreation options – cities near ski slopes or frozen lakes or with large open areas perfect for snowshoeing or snowmobiling.
“Winter can be a great time to travel because often hotels and attractions are more willing to offer discounts to get people in the door,” says John Hood, spokesman for Livability.com. “But just because a city has cold weather does not make it a good winter vacation destination. We chose cities that offer the amenities tourists look for – good, local and independent restaurants, a thriving arts scene, nightlife, shopping, and plenty of outdoor recreation opportunities.”
Moonlit snowshoe hikes, snowmobile tours and downhill skiing are just some of the winter activities visitors and residents enjoy in Spokane. A hot nightlife scene, unique restaurants and a large collection of theaters, art galleries and museums provide plenty of ways to stay entertained and warm during Spokane’s coldest time of the year. Spokane’s location near five ski mountains, lakes and forests puts it in a prime spot for winter recreation. Spokane’s cultural and historic attractions music and art lovers from around the region. An annual Bach Festival, which begins in late January, showcases the city’s talented collection of orchestral musicians, while venues like the INB Performing Arts Center, Bing Crosby Theatre, and the Knitting Factory Concert House offers stages for popular rock, pop and country acts.
1. Anchorage, AK
2. Spokane, WA
3. Minneapolis, MN
4. Traverse City, MI
5. Reno, NV
6. Waukesha, WI
7. Missoula, MT
8. Bangor, ME
9. Concord, NH
10. Casper, WY