Top 7 Off The Beaten Path Places To Visit On The East Coast This Winter

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The East Coast is a beautiful, vibrant part of the United States which offers a little something for everyone. Whether you’re looking for a sunny warm weather getaway or a winter wonderland retreat, there’s something for you. Here are 7 off-the-beaten-track places to visit along the east coast this winter.

Top 7 Off The Beaten Path Places To Visit On The East Coast This Winter

1. Helen, Georgia

The small town in Georgia features a German theme. Yes, you read that right. Helen is home to Bavarian-style buildings and shops. For example, go to the Hansel and Gretel Candy Kitchen to taste delicious sweets.

Helen, Georgia, East Coast

2. Naples, Florida

This charming, upscale Florida town is certainly not as well known as cities like Orlando or Miami. However, it offers virtually all of the best parts, including gorgeous beaches, golf courses, and a wide variety of shops and restaurants. as well as a slightly slower and less busy pace.

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Naples, Florida, East Coast

3. Lake George, New York

This city, located in upstate New York, is a great place to visit for those looking for a winter destination. Lake George is home to countless winter sports opportunities, including skiing and snow tubing.

You’ll also want to check out some of the “ice bars” in town. Both a bar and a work of art, these unique winter attractions feature sculptures, and sometimes even the bars themselves, that are carved out of ice. An exact schedule for ice bars from winter 2022 to 2023 has yet to be released, but likely will be soon.

Lake George, New York

4. Howe Caverns (New York)

New York City is probably the first place that comes to mind when you think of New York State. However, the Big Apple isn’t all this East Coast state has to offer. Howe Caverns is a series of large limestone caves.

A visit to the caves includes not only a trip through the winding paths, but also a boat ride on an underground river. The Caverns are located in upstate New York and can make a great day trip from New York.

Howe Caverns

5. Stowe, Vermont

Venture to this charming town nestled in the Vermont countryside for great downhill skiing opportunities. After a day on the slopes, head back to town to warm up with a hot chocolate or a delicious meal at one of the local restaurants in townthen check out some of the many shops.

Stowe, Vermont

6. Manatee Springs State Park (Florida)

A visit to this state park in Florida is a great way to see, you guessed it, manatees. These majestic creatures flock to the warm waters of the spring in winter. The park is also a great place for other activities, such as spotting other varieties of wildlife, as well as nature walks.

Manatee Springs State Park (Florida)

7. Florida Keys

The Florida Keys are an ideal destination to escape the winter cold without the need for a passport or an international flight. Travelers can either fly to Miami International Airport and rent a car to begin a journey to the keys, or fly to Key West International Airport to begin their journey on the last key. Be sure to visit the southernmost point of the continental United States for a great photo opportunity!

Key West's southernmost point in the United States

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