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Top 5 Affordable Winter Destinations in the United States

Winter season at the Mall in Central Park, New York, USA

“Where would you go if the price wasn't a problem?” That's a popular question that can lead to plenty of daydreams, but there a plenty of beautiful, affordable winter destinations in the United States. Not everyone has money to burn, and even those who do have it might even prefer one of these classic winter getaways.

In the USA we enjoy distinct seasons. While we can find a number of sandy beaches and freshwater lakes to spend the summertime, we can also head to pristine winter wonderlands.

VroomVroomVroom has put together a list of our favorite five affordable winter destinations in the US. You can easily access all these places with a rental car, so planning a trip could not be easier!

Aspen, Colorado

Aspen, Colorado in winter

Aspen is an idyllic resort town in the hills of Colorado. The city is easily reachable from Denver, which is one US city that actually offers lower rates for ski trips during the peak winter season. The cool thing about the Mile High City is that it has rocking nightlife and great restaurants, all within hours of the Rocky Mountain National Park, Loveland Ski Area and the Winter Park Resort.

How to get there?

Hire a car in Denver, or from Aspen itself. If you are approaching from Denver, take the I-70 W, passing through Georgetown and Copper Mountain. Take the exit for CO-82 E which will lead to Aspen.

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Jack Frost Ski Resort, Pennsylvania

For any beginners wanting to start exploring the slopes, the Jack Frost Ski Resort in Carbon County has some fantastic trails. While you're in the area, you can spend some time in Philly, a great winter destination where you don't have to empty your wallet. Visit the Independence Hall and the Benjamin Franklin Museum. The crowds will be much thinner in winter!

How to get there?

Pick up your rental car in Philadelphia and start exploring. You can reach the Jack Frost Ski Resort by taking the Schuylkill Expressway out of the city, and following the Pennsylvania Turnpike north. Exit 95 will take you to Jack Frost Ski Resort.

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Silver Mountain, Idaho

For a great family getaway in winter, head to the Silver Mountain Resort in Idaho. With affordable prices for skiing and snowboarding, the park also offers the largest indoor waterpark in the state.

How to get there?

You can rent a car in Spokane with VroomVroomVroom, and take the quick journey across the border to Idaho. Follow the I-90 E past Couer d'Alene, and take exit 49 onto Bunker Avenue.

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Caladesi Island, Florida

Caladesi Island, Florida

Just a short drive in your car rental from Tampa, Caladesi Island is one of America's best-kept secrets. The island features a three mile stretch of beaches, and enjoys pleasant weather year-round. There are no hotels on the island but booking in nearby Clearwater is recommended for a short daily drive to this winter getaway that you may have never heard of!

How to get there?

It is easy to get to Caladesi Island. You can hire a car and explore the Tampa region before driving north to Dunedin. Cross the Causeway Boulevard to Honeymoon Island where you can get the ferry to Caladesi Island.

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Big Bend National Park, Texas

See the amazing Santa Elena Canyon in West Texas, right next to the Mexican border! Another recommendation from the wise folks at BudgetTravel.com, this park is known for a very moderate Winter climate, and you won't have to worry about big crowds. A nearby hotel in Terlingua and a cheap rental car will let you experience calm, warm and dry weather and a ton of natural beauty, even as winter weather has an iron grip on the USA!

How to get there?

Make it a road trip! Big Bend National Park is very remote, and therefore it will involve a bit of driving to get there. Hire a car from Odessa or El Paso, and explore the highways of Texas.

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