Smart Travel and Incentives Celebrates With Some Top Holiday Vacation Ideas

Smart Travel & Incentives has put together a list of recommended vacation locations for this winter season.   For your convenience we have grouped them into 5 recommendations each for cold vacations and hot vacations.

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The autumn is here and vacation planning for fall and winter has begun. One of the top times for travel both in the U.S. is around Christmas. Festivals and holiday events can be found throughout the U.S. and offer many great ways to take advantage of some well earned time off for your vacation. Smart Travel and Incentives would like to take a look at this year’s top travel ideas. Let Smart Travel and Incentives offer you some great tips on travel and travel planning for your winter vacation as we take a look at 3 of the best ways to celebrate this year.

New York City

New York City is one of the U.S. most popular destinations for travel year round. Despite the fact that it is a great place to travel throughout the year, Christmas offers a whole different kind of experience for you to enjoy when traveling to this amazing city. Celebrations, fireworks, festivals, contests and events throughout the city keep visitors busy Christmas season and the weeks leading up to this spectacular day.

New Orleans, Louisiana

Caroling by candlelight in front of St. Louis Cathedral in Jackson Square; free jazz, gospel, and classical concerts inside the cathedral; free cooking demonstrations by top chefs; four- and five-course Reveillon menus at many restaurants—a Creole custom once served Christmas Eve after midnight Mass to break a day-long fast—and “teddy bear teas”: the Mardi Gras joie de vivre can be found here every day in December. Stroll the French Quarter, where the lacy iron balconies of pastel 19th-century homes are draped in greenery and lights. Shop Magazine Street, a 60-block stretch of shops and restaurants in quaint gingerbread cottages. Or admire the Southern-style mansions of the Garden District by streetcar. Rejoice that many hotels start at $99. In plantation country nearby, watch nightly bonfires along the Mississippi River help light the way for Papa Noel, to the tune of toe-tapping Cajun music.

San Antonio, Texas

The always-festive River Walk—festooned with more than 122,000 colored lights and 6,000 luminarias (candle-filled paper bags) at Christmastime—glitters with art installations like oversized fiberglass fish suspended over the river. A river barge is a scenic way to experience the River Walk, which seems to add more shops, restaurant, and other attractions each year. Shop for colorful folk art and crafts in La Villita, the Blue Star Contemporary Art Center, and outstanding museums like the McNay, San Antonio Museum of Art, and the Museo Alameda, a Smithsonian-affiliate Hispanic museum.

Smart Travel and Incentives invites you to enjoy the amazing festivals throughout the Christmas season. Make the most of your travels by knowing what is going on around your destination before you go. Christmas is one of the busiest holidays of the year and may require pre-planning on your part. Make sure you don’t miss the big events by planning early with tips on travel during the Christmas holiday season with Smart Travel and Incentives as your travel partner.


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