Travel Destinations by Seasonby Mariève Inoue
published May 02, 2013
Our recommendations from winter through fall
Planning your next vacation? The world is at your disposition, and choosing where to go is not always easy. Given the option, some places are even more interesting to visit during a specific time of the year. Here, we’ve got six great destinations and when we’d recommend going. Bon voyage!
In winter, visit…
If you’re a fan of winter sports, an ideal cold-season destination is the state of Vermont, with its many ski resorts, lovely hotels, and recommended eats. Comfort food after a day of hitting the slopes: to some people, it’s bliss, and if you’re one of them, Vermont in winter is not to be missed! Read more about Sugarbush and Stowe.
From a Canadian perspective, the Land Down Under is on the other side of the world: Australia being located in the southern hemisphere means their seasons are opposite to ours. So while we’re subjected to subzero temperatures here at home, it’s actually summer over there—making it the perfect time for a visit. Wouldn’t you agree? Read our guide to Sydney.
In spring, visit…
Every spring, people in Japan impatiently await the arrival of cherry blossom season, as they have for centuries. The light pink flowers make an appearance for just a couple short weeks, but what they lack in longevity, they more than make up for in utter beauty. If you’ve been dreaming of a trip to the Land of the Rising Sun, check out the cherry blossom forecast (yes, there actually is such a thing!) and plan your voyage accordingly! Read our guide to visiting Japan.
When we think of spring, we think flowers; and the City of Brotherly Love boasts the world’s biggest and longest-running indoor flower show. Over 200,000 people make it to the show each year, and different themes are showcased. Also in spring is the Festival of the Arts, a celebration of creativity that takes over the entire city. Our guide to visiting Philadelphia.
In summer, visit…
Although Montreal’s winters are harsh, its summers are filled with back-to-back festivals, the season starting with the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal at the end of June. The biggest jazz festival in the world, it attracts world-class artists every year, and the many free outdoor concerts and mere atmosphere make for a good time. Enjoy a drink or an entire meal on a terrace downtown, and let yourself be charmed by the sights strolling around Old Montreal. Our guide to visiting Montreal on the cheap.
In fall, visit…
For fans of witches, ghosts and all things Halloween, Salem, the scene of the famous Salem Witch Trials in the late 17th century, is a dream destination come October. The annual Festival of the Dead, family-oriented activities, and many more celebrations take place all month long, so if you’ve been thinking of visiting New England town, make sure not to miss its peak fun season. Our guide to Halloween in Salem.