There’s no better way to kick off the holiday season than to hop in the car and explore spots that are an easy, fun drive away. These mini-trips are just a few hours and one tank of gas away from the metro areas of Syracuse, Denver and Tucson. This winter, pack snacks and make tracks!
One Tank from Syracuse
Natural Stone Bridge and Caves is the largest marble cave in the eastern US. In the winter, visitors can watch ice flows form constantly changing sculptures along the river. Even better, you can snowshoe through the woods and then come back to roast marshmallows at the bonfire!
December is a great time to visit Cooperstown and the National Baseball Hall of Fame. See the museum and exhibits but make sure to leave time to walk around charming Cooperstown.
Have you ever wondered why the inventor of Jell-O sold his rights for $450? Have you ever asked yourself who eats the most Jell-O? Get the answers to all this and more at the Jell-O Gallery and Museum in LeRoy, the definition of “off the beaten path.”
One Tank From Tucson
If you’re looking for a charming small-town vibe, plan a visit to Bisbee. Holiday magic, sweet treats and occasional snow enhance a winter visit to the well-preserved early-twentieth century downtown area that draws visitors from around the world.
Kartchner Caverns has been designated as an International Dark Sky Park due to its spectacularly starry skies. Winter is the perfect time to enjoy the view.
Just 50 miles from Tucson, Arizona’s Wine Country is a great way to spend a low-key, no pressure winter day tasting wine and taking photos.
One Tank From Denver
The city of Glenwood Springs offers world-famous hot springs and tons of winter activities. In December, the yearly Colorado Christmas event lights up the picturesque Hotel Colorado with over one million lights and a spectacular tree lighting.
Massive upright red rock formations – some up to 300 feet high – equestrian trails and dramatic views of Pike’s Peak are just a few of the standouts at Colorado Springs’ Garden of the Gods park.
With awe-inspiring views and guided explorations of the tallest sand dunes in North America, Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve is a true natural wonder. Winter is a great time to avoid the crowds, but don’t forget to check weather conditions before setting out.