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Winter in the United States is a thing of beauty. Blankets of snow shimmer in the low, bright sun on mountains from coast to coast. Snowflakes fall amid the glow of twinkling holiday lights in many cities in the Northeast, Midwest and West. So many different experiences await, like skiing and snowboarding in the Rocky Mountains, ice skating in New York City’s Central Park and seeing the aurora borealis in the far north.

The wonders of winter are not all cold or snowy. Beat the chill during the holiday season by visiting warm, vibrant destinations like Miami, Florida, and San Diego, California, or the beaches of Hawaii. Those are just a few of the places in the United States where it’s warm enough in winter to walk barefoot in the sand, no coat necessary. See below for more about these and other ways to enjoy winter in the USA.