There's a certain kind of magic about a North American winter. The softly falling snow, the warm Christmas spirit, the cosy nights by candelight. And that moment on the chairlift when, still breathless from the ski run, you take stock of your incredible surrounds. Whether it's a cup of homemade eggnog, world-class poutine from a pop-up food truck, a skate under the stars in New York City or a dog-sled ride in British Columbia, this continent really knows how to turn it on in the colder months, so a winter tour is most definitely on the cards.

Our North America winter tours

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Get amongst Christmas markets and winter festivities in Canada and USA on a snow-filled...

Why visit North America in winter

More room to move

Many of our trips run all year round, and winter can be the best time to visit. Popular spots like the Grand Canyon are much less crowded, and national parks such as Yosemite and Bryce Canyon enjoy a snow-dusting and more powerful waterfalls. Hiking trails genrally remain open, but if they're not, snowshoeing is a fun (and easy) alternative - especially in places like Lake Tahoe which are stunning in the winter.

It's the festive season

Many North American cities go into full festive mode with lights and decorations, European-style Christmas markets (such as Chicago's famous Christkindlmarket) and outdoor skating rinks in public squares, like in NYC's Rockefeller Centre. Other cities, like New Orleans, host annual festivals such as Mardi Gras or Jazz Fest during these 'off season' months. 

Mild weather

Depending on where you go, it may not be as cold as you expect. The southwest states usually enjoy warm and sunny days and cool to cold nights in winter. In the southeast, it's less humid and hot than at other times of the year. Some places such as Atlanta do get quite chilly, but you can often expect comfortable conditions in New Orleans. 

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