Many travelers feel overwhelmed with so many possible travel locations, but when it comes to the winter, some destinations are certainly better than others.

Some travelers may want a nice getaway at a cold location during winter, while others obviously prefer a warm-weather place. Well, WalletHub has made things easier for those looking to book a winter vacation.

In the study, WalletHub examined close to 70 major "metro areas," and they used "37 key metrics" to come up with convenient and bargain travel locations for the winter season. The locations were also ranked in different areas: Travel costs and hassles, safety, local costs, attractions, weather and cold-weather activities.


The Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, Illinois area was ranked as the best cold-weather location, earning a 68.32. There's a reason Chicago is called the Windy City. It wanked first in the cold-weather activities category, and fourth in both attractions and travel costs and hassles.

Second on the cold-weather rankings was Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, D.C., with a score of 68.19. It was fifth in weather and fourth in cold weather activities. Known for its long list of museums and national monuments, Washington is certainly a must-see for travelers.

Rounding out the top 10 on the cold-city rankings were Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, Georgia, the Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington area, Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, Colorado, Boston-Cambridge-Newton area , St. Louis, Missouri, Cincinnati OH-KY-IN, the New York-Newark-Jersey City area and the Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro area.

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As for the warmest cities? The Austin-Round Rock, Texas area was first on WalletHub's rankings. It was ranked first in travel costs and hassles, first in attractions and sixth in both weather and safety. Second on the list was another Texas region in Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington. The NFL's Dallas Cowboys play at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, and the beautiful venue is a must-see for travelers.

San Diego-Carlsbad, California, Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, Nevada and Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, Florida, rounded out the top five in WalletHub's warmest-city rankings.

A recent survey from WalletHub found that two-in-three Americans will travel this winter. It's going to be a very busy traveling winter season in the United States, and thanks to WalletHub, undecided travelers now know the perfect cold and warm-weather locations to head towards.

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