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A Guide to the Trendiest Holiday Travel Destinations in the U.S.

by Silah Saigol

The United States is home to some of the trendiest vacation destinations for the fall and winter seasons. These destinations offer something for everyone, from ski resorts, to national parks, to city lights. Some of these vacation hotspots include Aspen, CO., Zion National Park, UT., and last (but not least) New York City, NY.

Alizeh Saigol (COM ’22) said, “I visited Aspen in February of 2020. It was a once in a lifetime experience being in such a beautiful environment and exploring nature. Besides the incredible skiing there were also so many activities, places to go, and Michelin star restaurants.”

“Some of the activities I took part in were dog sledding, snowmobiling through Aspen Mountain, and attending the X-Games live,” said Saigol. There were also live performances and DJ sets on the mountain peaks, which was an incredible experience that I will never forget.”

She highly recommends Aspen, not only to those who love to ski, but also to adventure seekers. Although Aspen can be a pricey vacation, it is definitely a once-in-a-lifetime experience that is worth saving up for.

Another Boston University student, Sultana Kanoo (CAS ’22), expressed that she had never visited a more beautiful state than Utah. Specifically, the one-of-a-kind Zion National Park.

“Utah is so underrated. I randomly decided to book a flight and go over there for Thanksgiving break in 2019 with a few of my cousins, and it was the best spontaneous decision I’ve made in my life,” said Kanoo (CAS’ 22).

“We went hiking in Zion, and it was covered in snow, which is apparently rare, but it made the experience so much more memorable,” said Kanoo. “We went to different restaurants and cool spots that are unlike anywhere else I have been.”

She said the experience inspired more spontaneity, and the trip ended in a road trip to Arizona and Las Vegas, NV.

Last, but not least, if you are looking for less outdoor adventure and more city lights, there is nothing better than the one and only New York City! It truly is the “concrete jungle where dreams are made of.”

New York City is home to some of the world’s most famous tourist attractions. These include Central Park, the Empire State building, Broadway shows, the Statue of Liberty and ice skating at the Rockefeller Center.

“Fall and winter is the best time to visit New York City,” said Tayyab Maqbool (Questrom ’22). “The leaves at Central Park begin changing color, and soon the entire park becomes covered in snow. The lakes freeze up and ice skaters flee to Central Park.”

Maqbool said that over Halloween weekend when she last visited, he expected the city to be different because of COVID-19 restrictions, but “it hasn’t lost its charm.”

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