Winter Destinations For Your Budget Friendly Summer Vacation
One of the best ways to save money on your vacation is to go to your destination in its offseason. For instance, rates at ski resorts are generally much lower in summer than in winter. To enjoy breathtaking beauty and budget-friendly fun, check out what the following ski resorts offer when they do not offer skiing.
Whiteface Lake Placid
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This resort is near Lake Placid in New York State, which holds a place in history as a two-time host of the Olympics. While winter wonders abound at Whiteface, it keeps its charm throughout the entire year. Hungry for adrenaline? Get into a wheeled bobsled and whoosh down the actual track used in the 1980 Olympics. If biking strikes your fancy, there are 27 mountain bike trails at Whiteface, with a trail to fit every skill level.
Less intense activities include guided nature hikes, a ride in a glass elevator that offers stunning views, and Cloudsplitter Gondola rides.
Winter Park Resort
In the west, you will find the Winter Park Resort not far from Denver, Colorado. With its 33 miles of trails, Winter Park will please anyone who loves the thrill of mountain biking. Also, let Colorado’s longest alpine slide steal your breath away with its 3,000 feet of “wow!” which includes a 610-foot vertical drop.
When you are ready to slow down the pace, Winter Park is ready to accommodate. There are free outdoor movies at night, and a live music series.
The Crestwood Resort and Spa
Crestwood’s website calls the resort a “year-round escape for sightseers, vacationers, and skiers.” With stunning views, a classy restaurant, and an amazing spa, Crestwood is North Carolina’s ultimate spot to unwind. Not far away is Blowing Rock, where you can immerse yourself in the town’s rich history. Travel to one of the nearby wineries for a refined experience.
The Little Nell
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The Little Nell is one Colorado resort that is big on adventure. Summer activities include the obvious like biking and hiking. In addition, they offer geocaching for those who want to try their hand at hunting treasure. If the spirit of adventure is particularly strong in you, take advantage of the overnight Cowboy Camp which takes you on horseback to the beautiful Snowmass Lake.
Even if you choose not to stay at a resort, most of their activities are open to the public. Search for low rates at nearby Colorado hotels so you can save even more money on your summer vacation.
Big Sky Resort
The sky isn’t the only thing that’s big at the Big Sky Resort in Montana. Enjoy big summer fun as you go hiking, play golf, or bounce on a bungee trampoline. Adults can relax at the spa while the kids enjoy themselves at the on-site daycare. A day trip to Yellowstone is easy because Big Sky is only 18 miles from the park’s north entrance.
If the goal of your summer vacation is to have an unforgettable adventure or just get away from the rush of everyday life, mountain resorts can help you reach your goal. Plus, you will have the peace of mind that comes with knowing you’ve been kind to your wallet.