Spectators on the beach watch surfers ride Oahu's famous pipeline.

Wintertime Surf in Hawaii

Hawaii is known for its giant wintertime surf and December is one of the best months to be a surf spectator as waves on Hawaii’s north- and west-facing shores can easily reach 20 to 40 feet high.

Stuffed animals line booths at at temple fair in Chaoyang Park.

Chun Jie: Spring Festival in Beijing

Chun Jie celebrates the beginning of the new Chinese year. Like most Chinese holidays, its exact date varies slightly from year to year, depending on the Chinese calendar. Author Shannon Aitken discusses the holiday’s traditions and why this may (or may not) be a great time to visit Beijing.

A steep, narrow trail runs between dense snow-covered trees with more snow-capped mountains visible in the distance.

Vermont Skiing at Its Peak

Vermont’s mountains were practically made for all different types of skiers, with difficulty levels ranging from black diamond trails to bunny slopes. Discover which mountain is best for you in this helpful guide.

View down the slope at Sunshine Village with a beautiful mountainous vista.

Winter Adventures in the Canadian Rockies

The focus of your winter vacation in the Canadian Rockies will be very different than that of a summer trip. Instead of hiking and canoeing and barbecuing, you’ll be skiing and snowshoeing in a magical mountain setting purified by snow, then retreating to relax around a roaring fire. Andrew Hempstead outlines the possibilities for your trip, including activities like dogsledding.

At the water's edge, charming houses are built on pilings.

Coastal Maine’s Off-Season Escapes

Hilary Nangle offers up trip ideas for off-season travel along Maine’s coast. Although it’s true that some coastal communities all but roll up the sidewalks after Columbus Day, not all do. Visiting in the off-season, from mid-October through late May, has its merits, including winter recreation and an increase in cultural offerings.

Laura bundled up and ready to ride on a snowmobile.

A Southern Girl’s Wintertime Adventure in Yellowstone

Back in January, Laura Martone was fortunate enough to be invited on a press trip to Yellowstone National Park – and even though her husband, Dan, who just happens to be her favorite traveling companion, wasn’t able to join her on the trip, it was truly a memorable excursion into a fascinating winter wonderland.

People on ice skates glide travel along a track made among the snow.

Québec City Carnaval

Every January for the past 58 years, Québec City has transformed itself into a winter wonderland. The Carnaval de Québec is a two-week long celebration that helps fight the mid-winter blues by partying in the outdoors.

Cross-country skiing amidst trees heavy with snow.

Winter in the National Parks, Part 2

One of the best times to visit one of the US National Parks is during the winter. The crowds are lighter, the scenery is as beautiful as always, and there are typically good deals to be found on accommodations.