While millions of Americans will fly to the warm Caribbean to escape the biting weather, others will prefer to travel domestically this year.
TripAdvisor just named a small town in the southern United States this season’s top travel destination.
Popular travel site TripAdvisor has finally released a list of the hottest winter vacation destinations in the United States for late 2022-early 2023, and they’ve come to an unexpected conclusion. In fact, the specialists have examined the data of a group of places that are expanding rapidly, namely those most searched for and most clicked on.
Contrary to popular belief, this year’s booking trends aren’t being driven by traditional favorites Orlando and Miami (at least on TripAdvisor). In the wake of rising hotel prices and over-tourism, they’ve officially ceded the title to Chattanooga, Tennessee’s lesser-known “Scenic City,” a title that’s quite appropriate.
In addition to learning about the city’s history, visitors can take a 13-mile scenic walk along the river, view wildlife at the zoo, visit the Tennessee Aquarium, one of the nation’s best, and stroll through the charming North Shore neighborhood, Home to many local amenities such as family run restaurants and boutiques.
Visitors can also take day trips to Rock City, a Notable Natural Landmark in Lookout Mountain. The tour includes a ride on the now-famous funicular, which travels from its base in the St. Elmo Historic District to the top of Mt. Once at the top, explore the Battles for Chattanooga Museum and admire the views from the lookout.
TripAdvisor lists Lookout Mountain as a must-see attraction, largely because of its convenient location. From the top of the hill Seven states can be seen: Tennessee of course, neighboring Georgia, North and South Carolina, Kentucky, Virginia and Alabama.
Nooga also competes with New York for Christmas lights:
Many attractions in Nooga are adorned with “millions of lights” as part of the Holiday Trail of Lights initiative, similar to the East Coast metropolis where the annual decorations have become an attraction. Plus, There are Santa sightings, ice skating rinks, outdoor Christmas parties, and a Walnut Street Bridge with “snowflake cords.”
Finally, TripAdvisor editors caution that a winter vacation in Chattanooga is not complete without a ride in a vintage railroad car at the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum. There are options like the Holiday Christmas Lights Train and the North Pole Limited Christmas Train, both of which offer “majestic mountain views.”
Other hot spots in the US this winter include:
- Virginia Beach, Virginia
- Milwaukee, WI
- Indianapolis, IN
- Hilton Head, SC
- Minneapolis, Minnesota
- Albuquerque, New Mexico
- Jekyll Island, GA
- Charlotte, NC
- Myrtle Beach, SC