Top 10 Best Winter Vacation Destinations: America's Hottest Cold Cities
6. Waukesha, WI
A winter visit to Waukesha, WI, brings opportunities to ice fish, cross-country ski, try the sport of curling and race down a wooden run on an old-fashion toboggan.
For a unique experience when weather conditions are right, visitors can rent toboggans and race down a pair of wooden, 350-foot runs in Waukesha's Lowell Park, while snowboarders and sledders often zip down the park's hillside. Several other parks in and around Waukesha feature hills for sledding, cross-country skiing trails and ice skating rinks. Two nearby ski areas – Alpine Valley and Highlands of Olympia Ski Hill – have a mix of runs, night skiing and challenging terrain parks.
Besides its many outdoor activities, the city's collection of cultural attractions, restaurants, bars and indoor recreation facilities make it a top destination for cold weather fun.
Restaurants, shops and cultural attractions fill historic buildings downtown and draw visitors to the district, which includes a river walk. People can warm up with a drink inside one of the many downtown bars and pubs, peruse paintings and other artwork at more than a dozen galleries, or get a history lesson at The Waukesha County Museum.
Indoor water slides, tube rides and whirlpools at The Springs Water Park make for a tropical break from all the cold and snow. Other spots for indoor recreation include Adventure Rock Indoor Climbing Gym; Brew City Paintball, which has a 44,000-square-foot arena with all turf playing fields; Laser Tag Adventure, where players stalk each other in jungle ruins; and the Center Court Sports Complex, which has basketball and volleyball courts.
Activities: Cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, ice fishing, skating, curling, sledding
Average Annual Snowfall: 38 inches
Winter Temps: 11 to 32
Must Try: Toboggan run at Lowell Park
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