Western U.S. Winter Destinations: Seattle Museums, Montana Snow
(Seattle, Washington) – Two western U.S. states offer two divergent but equally engaging winter vacation possibilities. Seattle, Washington is working the museum angle with a special festival of sorts that offers great discounts to its mesmerizing roster of ways to stimulate the brain, while Montana is the Mecca for skiers in the west with some of the best powder in the country.
For a winter destination from a temperate climate and one with lots of culture, Seattle will soon be holding its fourth annual Seattle Museum Month, running February 1-28. It also offers downtown Seattle hotel guests 50 percent off the admission price to participating museums and cultural institutions. To see the full list of participating museums, guests can visit the Seattle Museum Month website at seattlemuseummonth.com.
Dinosaurs, fossils and indigenous artifacts are waiting for your discovery at the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture. The oldest public museum in Washington State, The Burke is one of 40 museums participating.
More than 60 downtown Seattle hotels are part of this year’s Seattle Museum Month.
A Seattle winter getaway in February is the perfect opportunity to visit Seattle's most fun and diverse museums. New this year to Seattle Museum Month are the Tacoma Art Museum and the Seattle Children's Museum, in addition to returning museums including Seattle Art Museum, Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI), Museum of Flight, Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP), Seattle Aquarium, Woodland Park Zoo, Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience, the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture and Chihuly Garden and Glass.
These discounts are only valid for guests staying at one of the participating hotels, up to four people, during hotel stay dates. Visitors must present an official Seattle Museum Month guest pass at participating museums to redeem the discounts.
For more information, visit www.visitseattle.org.
Looking for the ultimate ski destination with plenty of powder? Montana may be your ticket. With many states reporting record low snow, Montana has seen the most consistent snowfall across the western U.S. and snowpack is being reported at record highs around the state.
As of January 5, numerous resorts around Montana are reporting base depth of 40 inches or more.
This makes Montana's overall snowpack the deepest in the rocky mountain region. Snow conditions are great and the temperatures are ideal for outdoor recreation.
To help skiers chase the snow and catch the next flight to Montana, the Ultimate Ski Trips section of the www.VisitMT.com site offers ski trip ideas and itineraries for four areas of the state as well information about 16 of the state's ski areas and resorts. The site also provides visitors with plane, train, automobile and bus travel information with booking a trip to Montana just a click away.
Skiers looking for the best powder and views in the west without the crowds should head to Montana and check the Montana Snow Report for current conditions at http://www.visitmt.com/places-to-go/ski-areas-and-resorts/extended-snow-report.html.
For more information about Montana ski towns, what to do and where to stay, go to VISITMT.COM.