The Best Winter Holiday Destinations This Season

Some people welcome the chill while others follow the sun. But fewer travel options may be available to warm-weather fans this winter season — at least domestically — considering forecasts of lower temperatures, more rain throughout the U.S. and extra snow in some regions compared with the previous winter.[slideshow:102793]

To help Americans plan their travels over the colder months, WalletHub's analysts developed a ranking of the cheapest U.S. destinations that are also the easiest to reach.

In total they examined more than 60 of the largest metro areas — grouped as "warm" or "cold" — based on 32 key metrics, including two weeks of flight data, safety indicators and weather predictions.

Many Americans travel far during winter either to escape or enjoy the cold, which can be a costly ordeal depending on multiple factors.

Compared with other rankings that focus on each destination's scenic quality, the latest study focuses primarily on the cost and convenience of traveling to each location as well as its affordability. It also ensures that the number of attractions and variety of activities in each destination will keep everyone busy and entertained throughout the trip.

Click here to see the 10 best cold and the 10 best warm holiday destinations this winter

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