After a year that started with uncertainty, a carefully planned vacation this holiday season seems more achievable than last year.
With the most wonderful time of year upon us, Booking.com shares the best places American travelers can go during this festive time, because it is safe to do so.
Whether you’re looking to enjoy the twinkling lights of a party city like Chicago or Atlanta or looking to stay warm and cozy in a cabin in the Smoky Mountains, Booking.com has something to inspire everyone this holiday season. .
Known for its beaches and year-round warm climate, San Diego might not seem like a winter wonderland, but it is an incredible destination to celebrate the holidays as it offers so many activities and attractions to get you in the holiday spirit. Think ice skating on the beach, rent a car and ride through a true vacation wonderland at Del Mar Exhibition Center, or take a guided tram tour of the Old Town lights and attractions and admire the best lights Christmas party in one evening. Rather celebrate Christmas on the water? Go on a sunset sailing excursion and enjoy incredible views of twinkling Christmas lights throughout the city.
Where to stay: Surrounded by greenery, Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa is the perfect stay to enjoy a relaxing Christmas getaway. This cozy boutique hotel with Spanish architecture and luxurious rooms is a short drive from downtown San Diego and the Del Mar Exhibition Center, so guests can easily enjoy a variety of party activities that San Diego has to offer. Guests can also enjoy a festive lunch or dinner at any of the three properties’ restaurants or sip a holiday cocktail at the property’s bar. And for the little ones, there’s even a children’s hot chocolate station.
During the holiday season, the streets of Atlanta shine brightly with the haunting Christmas lights. And in addition to the beautifully decorated streets, Atlanta offers a variety of festive outdoor activities throughout the season, including pop-up outdoor holiday markets where visitors can enjoy hot drinks and shop for unique handcrafted goods. . A number of giant ice rinks and snow globes pop up throughout the season, making it an even happier holiday season.
Where to stay: Celebrate the vacations at the Candler Hotel Atlanta, located on one of Atlanta’s main streets, Peachtree Street. Originally built in 1906, this property features incredible historic decor combined with modern luxury. With its central location, guests can easily explore the city on foot or by public transport and visit party sites, including the Park Tavern or Ponce City Market ice rinks, and the Garden Lights, Holiday Nights festival. at the Atlanta Botanical Garden.
According to a Booking.com study, nearly 8 in 10 Americans (78%) * want to use their vacation to spend quality time with friends and / or family. And since the holiday season must be celebrated together, Gatlinburg is the perfect place for a festive family vacation. During the holiday season, there is magic all over the region. From the incredible Christmas lights of the Gatlinburg Winter Magic Festival to the Christmas carols of downtown Gatlinburg. To make it even more magical and the ultimate feeling of winter, travelers should visit Smoky Mountains National Park and experience frozen waterfalls. Travelers can also experience the incredible views of the Smoky Mountains by joining a tour of the Rocky Top Mountain Coaster Ride, the longest coaster in eastern Tennessee. If you choose to do this ride at night, you will be able to see beautiful lights as you move around for an even more unique roller coaster experience.
Where to stay: Bears Eye View is a beautiful cabin outside of downtown Gatlinburg but with incredible views of the Smoky Mountains. During the winter, guests can even enjoy the white landscape as snow usually falls in December, so dreams can come true for travelers dreaming of a white Christmas. Cozy up with your family around the fireplace and enjoy a homemade festive meal
During the holiday season, Chicago is full of entertainment and seasonal celebrations, including ice skating on the Millennium Park Scenic Rink, where you can also see the City of Chicago’s official Christmas tree. But the city is also perfect for Christmas shopping for loved ones as the city offers many shopping districts, including The Magnificent Mile, one of the most iconic shopping streets in the world. For those looking for more traditional Christmas shopping, head to the Christkindlmarket, an authentic German Christmas market for a unique shopping experience. Visitors can enjoy cheerful live entertainment and original dishes and drinks like imported mulled wine from Germany, Glühwein.
Where to stay: Located in Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood in the heart of Chicago, close to many of the party activities the city has to offer, Viceroy Chicago is a perfect getaway to celebrate the holidays. The property is even part of Booking.com’s Travel Sustainable program, which means the property has taken several steps to provide guests with a sustainable stay and make it easier for travelers to find credible sustainability information. Christmas shops are just around the corner as the Magnificent Mile and the Christkindlmarket are both within walking distance.
Step back in time in New Orleans on vacation as you discover long-standing vacation traditions that date back to the mid-1800s. Even traditional streetcars and steamboats are vacation-ready, making a cruise jazz and dine in New Orleans on the even more spectacular Mississippi River. One of the highlights of each year are the bonfires along the Mississippi River on Christmas Eve, built to guide Santa Claus. This tradition dates back to the first Cajun settlers in the area. In addition, New Orleans is the culinary heart of Creole and Cajun cuisine, and during the holiday season, visitors can enjoy a true New Orleans Creole dining experience called “New Years Eve Dinner.” The best restaurants in town serve up decadent holiday meals in the spirit of this classic tradition, inspired by traditional okra, soufflés and sumptuous desserts, and are a must visit for any foodie.
Where to stay: Located in the French Quarter, just steps from Bourbon Street, you can wake up to a view of the Mississippi River at the One11 Hotel. The property was a former 19th century sugar warehouse, and the original industrial elements of the building’s architecture are still in place, combined with luxury designer decor. A bistro and bar are available on-site, where you can infuse well-known classic dishes with a Creole twist and sip Sazerac, a classic New Orleans cocktail.
Celebrate a tropical holiday season in Honolulu. Perfect for travelers dreaming of a sunny Christmas instead of a white Christmas. And while it doesn’t directly look like a typical holiday season destination with a wintery backdrop, the holiday spirit is alive and well. During the day, travelers can sit and relax on the beach or take a downtown walking tour to explore downtown Honolulu as you walk through the city’s historic landmarks, but when the sun sets. layer, the island lights up with the Christmas lights that decorate the whole city. Visitors can also enjoy several Christmas parades and stroll the Waikiki Beach Walk while enjoying live music played every December night.
Where to stay: Halekulani is an amazing getaway to celebrate a beach vacation and a perfect accommodation for the 7 in 10 (71%) * American travelers who want accommodation near a beach. This resort is located on Waikiki Beach and overlooks one of the island’s best known landmarks, Diamond Head. The property offers three on-site restaurants, one of which is internationally recognized, perfect for enjoying an upscale Christmas festive meal. With all the festivities going, guests can also take the time to rest and enjoy a relaxing treatment in the on-site spa.
For those looking for a home away from home during the best time of year, Booking.com is sharing early 2022 deals that travelers can use when booking their trip during the holiday season. Discounts start at 15% and are valid for stays through March 31, 2022. Additionally, Booking.com brings the great value of its Genius program to even more customers by giving all account holders access to Tier 1 program benefits with no minimum number of previous bookings to qualify, including access to exclusive 10% discounts at hundreds of thousands of participating properties around the world. Travelers simply download the Booking.com app, log in, and search for the Genius logo to identify perks, discounts, and perks.
* Research commissioned by Booking.com and conducted with a sample of adults who plan to travel for business or leisure in the next 12-24 months. A total of 24,055 respondents in 31 countries and territories were interviewed (including 501 from Argentina, 1003 from Australia, 500 from Belgium, 1001 from Brazil, 500 from Canada, 1000 from China, 1007 from Colombia, 1001 from Croatia , 508 from Denmark, 1002 from France, 1000 from Germany, 1005 from Hong Kong, 1000 from India, 502 from Israel, 1003 from Italy, 1002 from Japan, 500 from Mexico, 501 from the Netherlands, 501 from New Zealand, 500 from Peru, 1000 from Russia, 1005 from Singapore, 1002 from South Korea, 1002 from Spain, 501 from Sweden, 501 from Switzerland, 504 from Taiwan, 500 from Thailand, 1000 from UK, 1002 from the United States and 501 from Vietnam). Respondents completed an online survey in August 2021.
** Based on Booking.com research data for research sessions between November 1 and 24, 2021, with recording dates between December 23, 2021 and January 6, 2022.