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Last minute deals for travel in December

Last minute deals for travel in December
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December is one of the most popular months for travel. Between the holidays and some much needed time off work, Americans are eager to visit many popular travel destinations around the world. Whether you love the snow, and are looking for a good ski trip, or you looking to escape the cold altogether, there is a travel destination for you.

Many winter vacation spots are used to travelers during this time of year and host special celebrations for tourists looking to enjoy the season.

Let's take a look at five great places to go in December!

New York City, New York

New York City is a winter wonderland in December, the lights and decorations are so breathtaking, you almost forget about how cold it is (almost). Despite the terse reputation, New Yorkers are actually quite friendly to tourists.

There are a lot of hotel deals in the center of the city, right next to the famous Rockefeller Center Christmas tree. We found deals for hotels as low as $150 per night between now and Christmas. Obviously those prices skyrocket if you want to ring in the New Year in NYC!

Sedona, AZ

The cold of New York City doesn't sound appealing? The Sonoran Desert in the southwestern United States is often referred to as the "Most beautiful desert in the world." The bi-annual rainfall pattern provides this scenic landscape with the largest variety of animal species of any desert on the planet. The Sonoran Desert locals won't hesitate to tell you that the town of Sedona is one of the area's greatest treasures.

With an average winter temperature in the mid to high 60s, Sedona is a nice happy medium temperature for the season. It is not rare to see outdoor mountain bikers and hikers in short sleeves and a t-shirt year round. Marvel in the natural beauty during the desert's most tourist friendly time of year with hotel resort prices as low as $120 a night.

Make sure you bring a nice camera to capture the most beautiful sunsets you will see anywhere in the U.S.!

Whistler, British Columbia

What better place to ski! Right in the middle of the Coast Mountains and just two hours north of Vancouver. Whistler is a great place to spend a Canadian white Christmas with a ton of FREE special events to get into the spirit of the season.  Whistler Olympic Plaza becomes a family fun zone with ice skating, crafts and entertainment. We found hotels for as low as $114 a night and a number of money saving ski packages.

Quebec City, Quebec

Quebec City has been often described as "a most elaborate Christmas village." Visitors will immediately know why when they experience the old French cobblestone roads with streets decorated by Christmas trees, wreaths and lights. The city design itself looks straight out of a holiday snow globe.

Make sure you pack for the cold though. Average winter highs in Quebec can struggle to get above 20 degrees Fahrenheit. Temperatures that low put-off some winter travelers, and that opens the doors for some of the best winter hotel deals you will find anywhere. Some of the nicest city hotels are as low as $100 a night!

The main attraction here, aside from the city itself, is the Quebec Winter Carnival, which is one of the largest in the world. A must see if you have enough clothing layers to stand the blistering cold.

Miami, Florida

Let's warm up a bit, just thinking about Quebec makes me shiver...Miami, Florida is the last stop on our destinations list, but certainly not the least.

Located just a bit north of the southern most tip of Florida, Miami winter temperatures are in the high 70s. It is a great place to hang out in a bathing suit and swim in the Atlantic while most the rest of the country is huddled by a fire in the cold.

With weather this nice the city is no stranger to tourism, but that doesn't mean you can't find a great deal. Some beach-side hotel resorts have rooms available for as low as $180 a night. What a comfortable way to spend your winter holiday.

I hope these suggestions help you plan your next winter break. If you have any favorite spots that you would like to share, feel free to let us know in the comments. Have a safe and snug winter vacation wherever you may choose to be, be it an exotic foreign destination, or just at home cozy with your family.

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