11. Denver, CO
Why you should go: Denver gets an average of 64 inches of snow each winter, which looks especially pretty against that Rocky Mountain backdrop. It’s also a gateway city to some seriously good skiing, and not just in places like Vail and Aspen. Echo Mountain, Loveland, Arapahoe Basin, Keystone, Eldora Mountain, and Winter Park Resort are all a 90-minute-or-less drive.
Why it’s a steal: Despite the city’s popularity as a winter destination, airfare during the winter hovers around a reasonable $230 median rate, while hotel rooms average about $190, a 13 percent savings over the fall months.
Where to stay: Winter rates start at $155 per night at Le Méridien Denver Downtown. Take advantage of the Unlock Denver program, which gets you access to complimentary tours and tastings at places like the Clyfford Still Museum, Laws Whiskey House, Colorado Cider Company, Renegade Brewing Company, the Denver Athletic Club, and more.
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