No. 19 Nashville - America's Best Cities for Winter Travel | Travel + Leisure: Thanks to the music scene, Nashville has its fair share of edge. But the traditional holiday season also offers lots of country-Christmas charm, starting with tours of Belmont Mansion and Belle Meade Plantation, and wrapping up with football at the Music City Bowl. Of course, having some of the country’s friendliest locals never hurts.
No. 31 Portland, OR - America's Best Cities for Winter Travel | Travel + Leisure: What's not to love about this outdoorsy city? Walkable streets, fabulous street food, and a pet-friendly attitude—but its soggy winters put a damper on all of that. Pack enough Gore-Tex, however, and you can still find your way to the acclaimed coffeehouses and micropubs.
No. 10 Providence, RI. The diverse Rhode Island capital is the only northeastern city to make the budget-friendly top 10 this year, perhaps thanks to its crowd-pleasing dining, arts, and theater scenes. No-cover-charge events are especially common in summer: on the third Thursday of the month, for instance, you can take part in the free Gallery Nights, which feature free rides on an Art Bus. In summertime, it’s also free to stroll through the WaterFire displays.
No. 32 Boston - America's Best Cities for Winter Travel | Travel + Leisure: The original Boston Tea Party happened on a December night in 1773—proof that you can whoop it up here during the winter. But today’s preferred activities are inside and near a heating vent: cheering at a Bruins or Celtics game, or taking in a concert.
No. 15 Denver - America's Best Cities for Winter Travel | Travel + Leisure: The Mile High City will always be a magnet for winter sports lovers, as well as travelers who like to use it as a base for day trips. For fewer ski crowds, check out Wolf Creek, near Salida, or head to Estes Park for great sledding, snowshoeing, and skating. Après-ski here means enjoying the local microbrews.