Top 10 Best Winter Vacation Destinations: America's Hottest Cold Cities
8. Bangor, ME
A gateway to winter adventures with a dozen downhill and Nordic ski areas nearby, Bangor, ME, captivates visitors with its historic homes and buildings, especially when they are covered with freshly fallen snow. Streets dating to the early 19th century lead to a variety of entertainment options including live music, bars, theatrical performances, museums and restaurants throughout this cozy New England town of approximately 33,00 people.
Downtown, visitors will find an array of arts and cultural experiences unusual for a city this size. Most restaurants and pubs offer nightly entertainment, while the Penobscot Theatre Company, Bangor Symphony Orchestra and Robinson Ballet stage seasonal performances. People fill the downtown area for several winter events including a holiday festival and parade. Even in cold weather, the Waterfront area along the Penobscot River is a beautiful place to walk, as is the Broadway Historic District, an area filled with homes built by lumber barons of the 1800s.
Many visitors try their luck at slot machines and card games in the Hollywood Casino Hotel. Those looking for more family-friendly fun can explore three floors of exhibits at the Maine Discovery Museum, the largest children's museum north of Boston. History buffs enjoy the Bangor Museum and Center for History's collections, which include more than 10,000 photographs documenting local lifestyles from the 1840s to present time. Perhaps the most well known attraction in Bangor is the 31-foot-tall statue of Paul Bunyan, denoting the area's past designation as the "Lumber Capital of the World."
Outdoor Activities: Downhill skiing and snowboarding, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, dog sledding, snow tubing, ice fishing
Average Annual Snowfall: 67 inches
Winter Temps: 15 to 30
Must Try: Snowmobiling on the Bangor-Aroostook Trail
Bangor also made our 2011 list of the Top 10 Winter Cities for residents.