6 places to travel for the holidays

The holidays are one of the best times of year to travel. Most people have no problem getting time off from work during the holidays, giving them the leisure time they need to enjoy a travel adventure. If you are ready for a great trip, then check out this list of the top six destinations to head to for the holidays.

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1. New York City

The Big Apple is on the bucket list of most travelers, and there is no better time to experience the city than during the holidays. The legendary grumpiness of New York City residents turns to Christmas cheer when the holidays roll around. Make sure that you visit Rockefeller Center during your trip to check out the amazing Christmas tree, enjoy some ice skating and witness the Rockettes in their fabulous Radio City Christmas Spectacular.

2. Christmas Town USA

Twenty minutes outside of Charlotte, North Carolina lies the small town of McAdenville. The residents are so full of the Christmas spirit that they change the town’s name to Christmas Town USA each December. The tiny town of 375 residents comes alive with 450,000 Christmas lights that 600,000 people come to see every year.

3. Charleston, South Carolina

Southern hospitality is on offer all year in Charleston, but they really turn up the charm when they are filled with Christmas cheer. You can enjoy bourbon-laced eggnog, roasted pecans and carolers galore in this beautiful southern city during the holidays.

3. Branson, Missouri

This amazing entertainment capital in the Ozark Mountains is a splendid place for a vacation any time of year. However, they really go all out during the holidays. You will enjoy loads of live music and entertainment in Branson. Make sure to check out An Old Time Christmas at Silver Dollar City, which features 1,000 Christmas trees lit up with more than 5 million lights.

4. Boston

Walking the snow-dusted streets of Boston’s historic Beacon Hill district will instantly put you in the right mood for the holidays. The city does Christmas right with lights and decorations everywhere you turn. There are lots of great shows you can check out during the holidays, including The Nutcracker performed by the Boston Ballet and the Boston Pops Holiday Concert.

5. Hawaii

If you want to enjoy true decadence during the holidays, take out a car title loan so you can afford a trip to Hawaii. Palm trees make perfect Christmas trees, and getting to enjoy the beach while you load up on Christmas cheer is a great way to spend your vacation. The chance to enjoy fabulous weather, surfing, hiking and beautiful scenery makes Hawaii an epic destination for the holidays. Plus, you haven’t lived until you’ve sung Christmas carols accompanied by a ukulele.

6. Chicago

The Windy City will almost always give you a white Christmas if that is important to you. The city embraces the holidays wholeheartedly. You can gaze at a million Christmas lights as you stroll along the Magnificent Mile and finish up your Christmas shopping. You should also make sure to check out Christkindlmarket, a German crafts market that will fill you up with great beer and delicious sausages. Another highlight is the Winter WonderFest at Navy Pier, a Christmas-themed amusement park complete with an indoor skating rink.

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