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.

Top 10 Best Winter Vacation Destinations

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