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Cabin Fever Setting In? Hit the Road to one of These Fantastic Winter Getaway Destinations

As the cold, dark days of winter drag on, it is easy to get cabin fever. If you’re tired of looking at the same four walls, it might be time to for a weekend getaway. The good news is you don’t have to travel to far away exotic places to escape. A ton of winter fun is well within reach via a short road trip. Here are four winter destination suggestions for you and your family:

Branson, Missouri

Branson isn’t just a great place to visit during the summer months: The entire family can find entertainment during the off-season. Voted one of the best Midwestern vacation towns for families, take in a day at the Hollywood Wax Museum Entertainment Center that has characters so lifelike, it will leave you in awe. More than a museum, you can also enjoy mini golf there, as well as Hannah’s Mirror Maze and the 5-D ride at the Castle of Chaos. Spend the whole day being amused in one place, or practice your sharpshooting skills at the Perfect Shot Virtual Reality shooting range.

And when the day is done, return for some rest and relaxation while the kids keep on going at the Grand Country Inn and Waterpark. Who says that winter is all about sitting around and doing nothing?

Dundee, Iowa 

Miss camping season and the chance to escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life and get back to nature? You don’t have to wait for spring. Winter might not seem like an ideal time to sit under the stars and share ghost stories, but when you visit Backbone State Park, you just may change your mind! Backbone State Park is known for its steep hiking inclines and narrow ridges.

Spend some time together in the great outdoors by taking a trek through the snow-covered trails, going ice fishing or doing some ice skating. Worried about it being too cold? You don’t need to. There are heated cabins for you to sleep once the chill gets the best of you.

Paoli Peaks, Indiana

If skiing is your thing, you don’t have to travel west to find the perfect powder. Take a trip to hit the slopes of the Paoli Peaks. Try your hand at skiing, take up a snowboard, or try snow tubing. The Arctic Blast Snow tube is one of Indiana’s favorite past times. And once you’re done on the hills, you can head over to the Big Splash Adventure Waterpark for an evening of more fun and excitement.

The Big Splash Waterpark is home to a 40,000 square foot waterpark with tons of stuff to do. Even if you stay elsewhere, you can buy a water park day pass. The price of admission is just $14 for adults and $12 for youngsters under 46 inches. One thing is sure: There is no shortage of fun in Paoli, Indiana!

Kohler, Wisconsin

If it is just the two of you looking for a romantic getaway winter road trip, Kohler is a perfect destination. Located in the heart of Kohler, Wisconsin is one of the most exclusive resort spas in the Midwest. The American Club is a full-service spa that is an oasis for a post-holiday stressed body. Before your rejuvenating spa treatment, spend your morning detoxing at the Sports Core Health & Racquet Club.

Ready to shop or enjoy some food? You don’t have to leave the resort. Check out the Shops of Woodlake or choose from dining options like the Horse & Plow, The Immigrant Room, and Take 5 Cafe. This getaway allows you to run away, and find the “chi” to take you all the way to spring break!

Before You Go

As you plan your winter road trip, try to remember the last time your vehicle was in for service. If it’s been awhile, schedule an appointment with Auto Lab. We can help ensure you get to your winter destination safely and without disruption. 

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