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MSN Poll: How each state feels about wintry weather

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MSN Poll: How each state feels about wintry weather

For many parts of the country, winter weather is here, and everyone is either embracing or coping with the cold in their own way. Some people love racing down a mountain after a heavy snowfall or relaxing in front of a fireplace with some hot coco and board games. For others, winter means shoveling the driveway, battling a cold that never seems to go away, and paying a fortune to stay warm.

Across the U.S. temperatures can vary drastically, and as it turns out, some states do enjoy the colder months quite a bit more than others. To help explore which areas enjoy the winter months the most, Stacker looked at MSN polling data which asked over 800,000 readers from all 50 states and the nation’s capital how they generally feel about wintry weather, what they look forward to the most, and what they dread.

For each place, we also included plenty of activities and festivals to help locals and tourists enjoy the winter months. The states are ranked from those who love winter the most to those who would rather skip it and go straight to spring.

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#51. North Dakota

How do you feel about wintry weather? I love it (12%), I like it (16%), Doesn't make a difference (14%), I don’t care much for it (36%), I hate it (23%)

What’s best about wintry weather? Beautiful scenery (46%), Getting cozy/sitting by the fire (25%), Hot chocolate/warm drinks (6%), Outdoor activities like skiing, sledding (8%), Other (15%)

What’s worst about wintry weather? Bad driving conditions (54%), High heating bills (16%), Feeling stuck indoors (16%), Colds and other illnesses (10%), Other (5%)

For a state where average winter temperatures dip into the negatives, it may not come as a surprise that only 12% of North Dakota respondents indicated a love for wintry weather. Still, residents have access to unique winter experiences like dogsledding in Prairie Isle and icefishing at Devils Lake. In January, Fargo kicks off their Frostival—3 days of outdoor activities like snow golf, cross country skiing, and other events.

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#50. Wisconsin

How do you feel about wintry weather? I love it (12%), I like it (16%), Doesn't make a difference (13%), I don’t care much for it (34%), I hate it (26%)

What’s best about wintry weather? Beautiful scenery (51%), Getting cozy/sitting by the fire (24%), Hot chocolate/warm drinks (6%), Outdoor activities like skiing, sledding (7%), Other (13%)

What’s worst about wintry weather? Bad driving conditions (55%), High heating bills (15%), Feeling stuck indoors (16%), Colds and other illnesses (10%), Other (5%)

Even with the beautiful ice caves of Wisconsin’s Apostle Islands, only 12% of respondents said they love winter. The super cold state is stuck in single digit lows from December through February, but there’s still quite a few cold weather activities including dogsledding, snowmobiling, and curling. In early February, Hudson hosts the Hot Air Affair, a hot air balloon festival along the St. Croix River.

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#49. Indiana

How do you feel about wintry weather? I love it (13%), I like it (16%), Doesn't make a difference (13%), I don’t care much for it (34%), I hate it (25%)

What’s best about wintry weather? Beautiful scenery (51%), Getting cozy/sitting by the fire (24%), Hot chocolate/warm drinks (6%), Outdoor activities like skiing, sledding (7%), Other (13%)

What’s worst about wintry weather? Bad driving conditions (55%), High heating bills (15%), Feeling stuck indoors (16%), Colds and other illnesses (10%), Other (5%)

Even though the average temperature in winter is a relatively mild 29 degrees, only 13% of respondents in Indiana say they love the winter. It’s also the ideal time of year for spotting bald eagles, and Indiana has no shortage of state parks to scope the skies from. There are also plenty of activities for kids and adults alike such as sledding, ice skating, and snow tubing.

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#48. Michigan

How do you feel about wintry weather? I love it (13%), I like it (16%), Doesn't make a difference (13%), I don’t care much for it (34%), I hate it (25%)

What’s best about wintry weather? Beautiful scenery (51%), Getting cozy/sitting by the fire (24%), Hot chocolate/warm drinks (6%), Outdoor activities like skiing, sledding (7%), Other (12%)

What’s worst about wintry weather? Bad driving conditions (55%), High heating bills (14%), Feeling stuck indoors (16%), Colds and other illnesses (10%), Other (5%)

Even though not many people in Michigan say they love winter, there are plenty of ways for everyone to warm up during the coldest season. To get into the holiday spirit, there’s the Holly Dickens Festival in December, and you can get all your shopping done in the idyllic Bavarian town of Frankenmuth. In February, Detroit hosts the Winter Blast festival with live music, ice skating, and ziplines.

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#47. Illinois

How do you feel about wintry weather? I love it (13%), I like it (16%), Doesn't make a difference (13%), I don’t care much for it (33%), I hate it (25%)

What’s best about wintry weather? Beautiful scenery (51%), Getting cozy/sitting by the fire (25%), Hot chocolate/warm drinks (6%), Outdoor activities like skiing, sledding (7%), Other (12%)

What’s worst about wintry weather? Bad driving conditions (55%), High heating bills (14%), Feeling stuck indoors (16%), Colds and other illnesses (10%), Other (5%)

Most people in Illinois did not say that they love winter, but there are still a ton of ways to embrace and enjoy the cold. Rockford hosts the Illinois Snow Sculpting Competition in January, and over 7,000 brave souls dive into Lake Michigan to raise money for Special Olympics Chicago as part of the Polar Plunge in March. Many find the best way to warm up is with a cup of hot chocolate at Mindy’s Hot Chocolate in Chicago.

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#46. Ohio

How do you feel about wintry weather? I love it (13%), I like it (16%), Doesn't make a difference (13%), I don’t care much for it (33%), I hate it (25%)

What’s best about wintry weather? Beautiful scenery (50%), Getting cozy/sitting by the fire (24%), Hot chocolate/warm drinks (6%), Outdoor activities like skiing, sledding (7%), Other (12%)

What’s worst about wintry weather? Bad driving conditions (55%), High heating bills (14%), Feeling stuck indoors (16%), Colds and other illnesses (10%), Other (5%)

In Ohio, there are numerous ways to cope with the winter temperatures, which are frequently below freezing. Kids can get into the Christmas spirit and hop on the Polar Express from Rockside Station in Independence, or check out the Alum Creek State Park Festival of Lights. For those with a sweet tooth, sugar shacks are open and harvesting maple tree sap to make delicious treats, including the local specialty: maple taffy on snow.

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#45. Maine

How do you feel about wintry weather? I love it (13%), I like it (17%), Doesn't make a difference (12%), I don’t care much for it (32%), I hate it (25%)

What’s best about wintry weather? Beautiful scenery (49%), Getting cozy/sitting by the fire (25%), Hot chocolate/warm drinks (5%), Outdoor activities like skiing, sledding (9%), Other (12%)

What’s worst about wintry weather? Bad driving conditions (50%), High heating bills (21%), Feeling stuck indoors (14%), Colds and other illnesses (9%), Other (5%)

Even with average winter temperatures in the high teens, Maine has something for everyone. For the adventurous, there’s skiing and snowboarding on Sugarloaf mountain, and winter hiking and snowshoeing in Acadia National Park. And for those who would rather stay indoors, there are many winter resorts and spas to get pampered. There’s also Maine’s Restaurant Week in early March, where locals get their fill of sweet winter lobster.

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#44. Vermont

How do you feel about wintry weather? I love it (13%), I like it (17%), Doesn't make a difference (12%), I don’t care much for it (32%), I hate it (25%)

What’s best about wintry weather? Beautiful scenery (49%), Getting cozy/sitting by the fire (25%), Hot chocolate/warm drinks (5%), Outdoor activities like skiing, sledding (9%), Other (12%)

What’s worst about wintry weather? Bad driving conditions (51%), High heating bills (20%), Feeling stuck indoors (14%), Colds and other illnesses (9%), Other (5%)

In Vermont, the average temperature in winter is below 20 degrees, so it’s not surprising that most people don’t love winter--32% of respondents don’t care for it, and 25% hate it. But, there are plenty of breweries and wineries to spend snowy days getting warm inside with friends. For those who want to get outside, there’s Alpine and Nordic skiing, and you can even track a moose if you can find tracks after a good snowfall.

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#43. New Hampshire

How do you feel about wintry weather? I love it (13%), I like it (17%), Doesn't make a difference (12%), I don’t care much for it (32%), I hate it (25%)

What’s best about wintry weather? Beautiful scenery (49%), Getting cozy/sitting by the fire (25%), Hot chocolate/warm drinks (5%), Outdoor activities like skiing, sledding (9%), Other (12%)

What’s worst about wintry weather? Bad driving conditions (51%), High heating bills (20%), Feeling stuck indoors (14%), Colds and other illnesses (9%), Other (5%)

New Hampshire comes in at #43 in the US ranking of states from warmest to coldest, so it’s no surprise that they rank in the same place on this list. Locals battle the cold by staying active and going snowmobiling, snowshoeing, and sleigh riding. Dartmouth students enjoy the annual Winter Carnival with bonfires, polar bear swims, and “human dogsled” races.

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#42. South Dakota

How do you feel about wintry weather? I love it (13%), I like it (17%), Doesn't make a difference (13%), I don’t care much for it (34%), I hate it (22%)

What’s best about wintry weather? Beautiful scenery (45%), Getting cozy/sitting by the fire (27%), Hot chocolate/warm drinks (7%), Outdoor activities like skiing, sledding (8%), Other (14%)

What’s worst about wintry weather? Bad driving conditions (54%), High heating bills (15%), Feeling stuck indoors (15%), Colds and other illnesses (11%), Other (5%)

South Dakota is also home to a ton of winter sports, including snowmobiling, cross country skiing, and hiking. Not many respondents say that they love winter, but they do look forward to getting outside to take in the beautiful scenery. Custer State Park in the Black Hills is a great place to find some peace and quiet, and maybe even a few buffalo.

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#41. Connecticut

How do you feel about wintry weather? I love it (14%), I like it (17%), Doesn't make a difference (12%), I don’t care much for it (32%), I hate it (25%)

What’s best about wintry weather? Beautiful scenery (49%), Getting cozy/sitting by the fire (25%), Hot chocolate/warm drinks (5%), Outdoor activities like skiing, sledding (9%), Other (11%)

What’s worst about wintry weather? Bad driving conditions (51%), High heating bills (20%), Feeling stuck indoors (14%), Colds and other illnesses (9%), Other (5%)

Most of those in Connecticut don’t love winter, but they cure their cold weather blues by pampering themselves at the Saybrook Point Inn Marina & Spa. There’s also numerous hikes and several wine, beer, and chocolate trails, for those who want to get out and explore a bit, and then indulge somewhere warm and cozy.

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#40. Kansas

How do you feel about wintry weather? I love it (14%), I like it (17%), Doesn't make a difference (13%), I don’t care much for it (34%), I hate it (22%)

What’s best about wintry weather? Beautiful scenery (44%), Getting cozy/sitting by the fire (27%), Hot chocolate/warm drinks (7%), Outdoor activities like skiing, sledding (8%), Other (13%)

What’s worst about wintry weather? Bad driving conditions (55%), High heating bills (15%), Feeling stuck indoors (15%), Colds and other illnesses (11%), Other (5%)

Since there isn’t much skiing or sledding to do in Kansas, it’s no surprise that most people don’t love the wintry weather. But hunters and fisherman head to the Timber Creek Wildlife Adventures family farm near Atlanta. Families get into the Christmas spirit at the Trail of Lights holiday display and ice skating rink in Great Bend.

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#39. Missouri

How do you feel about wintry weather? I love it (14%), I like it (17%), Doesn't make a difference (13%), I don’t care much for it (34%), I hate it (22%)

What’s best about wintry weather? Beautiful scenery (44%), Getting cozy/sitting by the fire (27%), Hot chocolate/warm drinks (7%), Outdoor activities like skiing, sledding (8%), Other (13%)

What’s worst about wintry weather? Bad driving conditions (55%), High heating bills (15%), Feeling stuck indoors (15%), Colds and other illnesses (11%), Other (5%)

Only 14% of respondents in Missouri say they love winter, but many cope with the cold weather by heading to the Brew n View to watch movies with specialty hot drinks in Columbia. All the major ballet companies perform Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker every year, to get everyone into the holiday spirit. The Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis is transformed into a spectacle of lights for Garden Glow during the last six weeks of the year.

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#38. Massachusetts

How do you feel about wintry weather? I love it (14%), I like it (18%), Doesn't make a difference (12%), I don’t care much for it (32%), I hate it (25%)

What’s best about wintry weather? Beautiful scenery (48%), Getting cozy/sitting by the fire (25%), Hot chocolate/warm drinks (5%), Outdoor activities like skiing, sledding (9%), Other (11%)

What’s worst about wintry weather? Bad driving conditions (51%), High heating bills (20%), Feeling stuck indoors (14%), Colds and other illnesses (10%), Other (5%)

With temperatures consistently below 30 degrees, it’s no surprise that most people in Massachusetts don’t love the winter. But there’s still a lot of great mountains for skiing and snowboarding, from Ski Butternut to Blue Hills. For those who would prefer to get cozy by the fire with a good book, the Brattle Book Shop in Boston will satisfy the hungriest readers. On February 23rd and 24th, Lowell hosts their annual Winterfest with free ice skating, fire dancers, craft beer, and great food.

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#37. Rhode Island

How do you feel about wintry weather? I love it (14%), I like it (17%), Doesn't make a difference (12%), I don’t care much for it (31%), I hate it (25%)

What’s best about wintry weather? Beautiful scenery (48%), Getting cozy/sitting by the fire (26%), Hot chocolate/warm drinks (6%), Outdoor activities like skiing, sledding (9%), Other (11%)

What’s worst about wintry weather? Bad driving conditions (51%), High heating bills (20%), Feeling stuck indoors (14%), Colds and other illnesses (10%), Other (5%)

 

There aren’t many people in Rhode Island who say they love winter, but they do have plenty of ways to stay warm and active. There are several places for ice skating, indoor and outdoor, such as the Alex and Ani Rink in Providence. They also have many museums for people of all ages to explore, from the Ecotarium to the Rhode Island School of Design Museum.

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#36. Nebraska

How do you feel about wintry weather? I love it (14%), I like it (17%), Doesn't make a difference (13%), I don’t care much for it (34%), I hate it (22%)

What’s best about wintry weather? Beautiful scenery (44%), Getting cozy/sitting by the fire (27%), Hot chocolate/warm drinks (7%), Outdoor activities like skiing, sledding (9%), Other (13%)

What’s worst about wintry weather? Bad driving conditions (55%), High heating bills (15%), Feeling stuck indoors (15%), Colds and other illnesses (11%), Other (5%)

 

In Nebraska, the average winter temperature is around 25 degrees, and they get an average of 30 inches of snow per year. This means lots of time stuck indoors, which they don’t love. One way they get outside to brave the elements is in the annual Polar Bear Tank Race in March, where teams dress up in costumes and raft down the Middle Loup River in a metal stock tank.

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#35. Iowa

How do you feel about wintry weather? I love it (14%), I like it (17%), Doesn't make a difference (13%), I don’t care much for it (33%), I hate it (22%)

What’s best about wintry weather? Beautiful scenery (44%), Getting cozy/sitting by the fire (27%), Hot chocolate/warm drinks (7%), Outdoor activities like skiing, sledding (9%), Other (13%)

What’s worst about wintry weather? Bad driving conditions (55%), High heating bills (15%), Feeling stuck indoors (15%), Colds and other illnesses (11%), Other (5%)

 

In the winter, Iowa temperatures hover around 22 degrees, but Iowans still find plenty of ways to enjoy the outdoors. They invented corn silo ice climbing, which looks as crazy as it sounds. Davenport hosts the Frozen Fat Fondo Fest on January 27th, a race exclusively for fat tire snow bikes. Locals and tourists rent cabins in one of their beautiful parks to get away for the weekend.

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#34. Minnesota

How do you feel about wintry weather? I love it (15%), I like it (17%), Doesn't make a difference (13%), I don’t care much for it (33%), I hate it (22%)

What’s best about wintry weather? Beautiful scenery (44%), Getting cozy/sitting by the fire (28%), Hot chocolate/warm drinks (7%), Outdoor activities like skiing, sledding (9%), Other (13%)

What’s worst about wintry weather? Bad driving conditions (55%), High heating bills (14%), Feeling stuck indoors (15%), Colds and other illnesses (11%), Other (5%)

 

Minnesota is the 3rd coldest state, with an average winter temperature of just 12 degrees, but many Minnesotans embrace the cold anyway. In Walker, the International Eelpout Festival is named after a rather unattractive bottom-dwelling fish. At this quirky event in February, more than ten times the population of Walker gather on Leech Lake for the eelpout fish derby, ice rugby, a polar plunge, and a fish fry of the event’s namesake, naturally. Also in February, Minneapolis will be hosting the 2018 Super Bowl at U.S. Bank Stadium.

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#33. Pennsylvania

How do you feel about wintry weather? I love it (15%), I like it (18%), Doesn't make a difference (12%), I don’t care much for it (31%), I hate it (24%)

What’s best about wintry weather? Beautiful scenery (51%), Getting cozy/sitting by the fire (25%), Hot chocolate/warm drinks (7%), Outdoor activities like skiing, sledding (6%), Other (12%)

What’s worst about wintry weather? Bad driving conditions (52%), High heating bills (16%), Feeling stuck indoors (15%), Colds and other illnesses (11%), Other (6%)

 

While only 15% of respondents in Pennsylvania say they love winter, there are many opportunities to seize the snowy days. The Presque Isle on Lake Erie is best experienced via ice boating, wind skating, or cross country skiing. In the Pocono Mountains, they head to Skirmish for winter paintballing, or go snow tubing and skiing at Blue Mountain Resort.

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#32. Washington, D.C.

How do you feel about wintry weather? I love it (15%), I like it (18%), Doesn't make a difference (12%), I don’t care much for it (31%), I hate it (24%)

What’s best about wintry weather? Beautiful scenery (51%), Getting cozy/sitting by the fire (25%), Hot chocolate/warm drinks (7%), Outdoor activities like skiing, sledding (6%), Other (11%)

What’s worst about wintry weather? Bad driving conditions (53%), High heating bills (16%), Feeling stuck indoors (15%), Colds and other illnesses (11%), Other (6%)

Most of respondents living in D.C. don’t love the winter weather, but there are plenty of ways to stay busy and warm in the capital city. The Washington Ballet performs an American Revolution version of The Nutcracker in Georgetown, featuring George Washington and King George III. Christmas shoppers head to the Downtown Holiday Market, one of the best in the country, and on warmer nights, families check out Zoo Lights at the Smithsonian National Zoo.

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#31 New York

How do you feel about wintry weather? I love it (15%), I like it (18%), Doesn't make a difference (12%), I don’t care much for it (31%), I hate it (24%)

What’s best about wintry weather? Beautiful scenery (50%), Getting cozy/sitting by the fire (25%), Hot chocolate/warm drinks (7%), Outdoor activities like skiing, sledding (6%), Other (11%)

What’s worst about wintry weather? Bad driving conditions (53%), High heating bills (16%), Feeling stuck indoors (15%), Colds and other illnesses (11%), Other (6%)

There aren’t too many New Yorkers who love winter, and with an average winter temperature of 23 degrees, that’s not a huge surprise. Locals and visitors can experience the holiday festivities all over Manhattan by ice skating under the big tree in Rockefeller Center, seeing the Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall, and window shopping on 5th Avenue. Outside the city, there are beautiful cabins in the Adirondack Mountains, perfect for getting cozy by a fireplace or exploring the snowy trails.

 

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#30. Delaware

How do you feel about wintry weather? I love it (15%), I like it (18%), Doesn't make a difference (12%), I don’t care much for it (30%), I hate it (24%)

What’s best about wintry weather? Beautiful scenery (50%), Getting cozy/sitting by the fire (25%), Hot chocolate/warm drinks (7%), Outdoor activities like skiing, sledding (6%), Other (11%)

What’s worst about wintry weather? Bad driving conditions (52%), High heating bills (16%), Feeling stuck indoors (15%), Colds and other illnesses (11%), Other (6%)

 

In Delaware, 32% of respondents say they love or like winter. The twilight tour of the DuPont family mansion at the Hagley Museum and Library is the perfect place to spend a cold wintry evening. The colonial buildings in the historic village of Odessa are especially picturesque after it snows.

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#29. New Jersey

How do you feel about wintry weather? I love it (15%), I like it (18%), Doesn't make a difference (12%), I don’t care much for it (31%), I hate it (24%)

What’s best about wintry weather? Beautiful scenery (50%), Getting cozy/sitting by the fire (25%), Hot chocolate/warm drinks (7%), Outdoor activities like skiing, sledding (6%), Other (11%)

What’s worst about wintry weather? Bad driving conditions (53%), High heating bills (16%), Feeling stuck indoors (15%), Colds and other illnesses (11%), Other (6%)

While winter may not be the favorite season of most people in New Jersey, there are many activities for everyone in the family to enjoy. The Lambertville Winter Festival begins on January 20th with ice sculpting competitions, pub crawls, lots of great food, and a parade. In February, there are polar bear plunges in in Brant Beach, Sea Isle City, and Seaside Heights, where brave souls dive almost-freezing 34 degree water.

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#28. Mississippi

How do you feel about wintry weather? I love it (16%), I like it (20%), Doesn't make a difference (11%), I don’t care much for it (33%), I hate it (20%)

What’s best about wintry weather? Beautiful scenery (49%), Getting cozy/sitting by the fire (26%), Hot chocolate/warm drinks (7%), Outdoor activities like skiing, sledding (4%), Other (14%)

What’s worst about wintry weather? Bad driving conditions (39%), High heating bills (23%), Feeling stuck indoors (17%), Colds and other illnesses (15%), Other (6%)

Mississippi doesn’t get too cold, with an average winter temperature of 47 degrees, but there are some things that are still better in the winter. Oysters, though available year round, peak during the winter months, and Biloxi locals fill up on them in all forms at Desporte & Sons Seafood before heading to the Top of the Hops beer festival in late January. Families enjoy imaginative displays at the Gulfport Harbor Lights Winter Festival through the end of the year.

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#27. Maryland

How do you feel about wintry weather? I love it (16%), I like it (18%), Doesn't make a difference (12%), I don’t care much for it (30%), I hate it (24%)

What’s best about wintry weather? Beautiful scenery (50%), Getting cozy/sitting by the fire (26%), Hot chocolate/warm drinks (7%), Outdoor activities like skiing, sledding (7%), Other (11%)

What’s worst about wintry weather? Bad driving conditions (53%), High heating bills (15%), Feeling stuck indoors (14%), Colds and other illnesses (12%), Other (6%)

There are many reasons we think that 34% of respondents in Maryland like or love winter. Wisp resort is one of them, with skiing, sledding, ice skating and snow tubing for the whole family. There are also several waterfalls that are worth hiking to in the winter, including Cascade Falls and Muddy Creek Falls. For a unique view from above, hitch a ride on a hot air balloon.

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#26. Wyoming

How do you feel about wintry weather? I love it (17%), I like it (20%), Doesn't make a difference (13%), I don’t care much for it (32%), I hate it (17%)

What’s best about wintry weather? Beautiful scenery (42%), Getting cozy/sitting by the fire (26%), Hot chocolate/warm drinks (7%), Outdoor activities like skiing, sledding (9%), Other (15%)

What’s worst about wintry weather? Bad driving conditions (48%), High heating bills (15%), Feeling stuck indoors (14%), Colds and other illnesses (14%), Other (9%)

Since Wyoming is home to some amazing mountains, including Jackson Hole, it’s no wonder there are many people who love (17%) or like (20%) the winter. You can find some of the best skiing in the country there, and for non-skiiers there’s dogsledding, wildlife tours, and spas. There’s also Yellowstone National Park, which is much more difficult to access in the winter, but those who are determined get to experience the beautiful mountains and steaming geysers in a more peaceful setting.

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#25. Tennessee

How do you feel about wintry weather? I love it (18%), I like it (21%), Doesn't make a difference (11%), I don’t care much for it (31%), I hate it (19%)

What’s best about wintry weather? Beautiful scenery (48%), Getting cozy/sitting by the fire (27%), Hot chocolate/warm drinks (8%), Outdoor activities like skiing, sledding (4%), Other (13%)

What’s worst about wintry weather? Bad driving conditions (40%), High heating bills (21%), Feeling stuck indoors (16%), Colds and other illnesses (17%), Other (6%)

Tennessee may not be as well known for their winter activities, but there’s still plenty to do in this southern state. The Great Smoky Mountain National Park is the perfect place for a winter hike, with less crowds and increased wildlife visibility in the colder months. In Nashville, there’s live music every night of the week in the countless restaurants and bars where people pass the time with barbecue, whiskey, and friends.

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#24. Alabama

How do you feel about wintry weather? I love it (18%), I like it (21%), Doesn't make a difference (11%), I don’t care much for it (31%), I hate it (19%)

What’s best about wintry weather? Beautiful scenery (48%), Getting cozy/sitting by the fire (27%), Hot chocolate/warm drinks (8%), Outdoor activities like skiing, sledding (4%), Other (13%)

What’s worst about wintry weather? Bad driving conditions (40%), High heating bills (21%), Feeling stuck indoors (16%), Colds and other illnesses (17%), Other (5%)

 

It doesn’t snow much in Alabama, but the state hosts several winter events and activities. There’s ice skating in many cities, including Huntsville and Montgomery, and skiing at the Cloudmount Ski Resort on Lookout Mountain, which is perfect for kids and beginners. For a more traditional Southern experience, the Harriott II hosts holiday dinner cruises up the Alabama river.

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#23. Kentucky

How do you feel about wintry weather? I love it (19%), I like it (21%), Doesn't make a difference (11%), I don’t care much for it (31%), I hate it (19%)

What’s best about wintry weather? Beautiful scenery (47%), Getting cozy/sitting by the fire (27%), Hot chocolate/warm drinks (8%), Outdoor activities like skiing, sledding (5%), Other (13%)

What’s worst about wintry weather? Bad driving conditions (40%), High heating bills (21%), Feeling stuck indoors (16%), Colds and other illnesses (17%), Other (6%)

 

In Kentucky, 40% of respondents say they like or love winter. There are numerous light festivals for them to celebrate the season, but arguably the most interesting is Lights Under Louisville, held inside the 17-mile man-made limestone cavern and boasting over two million lights. Winter is also a great time to spot some wildlife, including eagles and elks.

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#22. Hawaii

How do you feel about wintry weather? I love it (19%), I like it (24%), Doesn't make a difference (14%), I don’t care much for it (30%), I hate it (13%)

What’s best about wintry weather? Beautiful scenery (41%), Getting cozy/sitting by the fire (30%), Hot chocolate/warm drinks (8%), Outdoor activities like skiing, sledding (7%), Other (14%)

What’s worst about wintry weather? Bad driving conditions (43%), High heating bills (19%), Feeling stuck indoors (14%), Colds and other illnesses (16%), Other (8%)

 

There are very few respondents in Hawaii who say they hate winter (only 13%), and that’s probably because the average temperature is above 70 degrees, even in February. The most significant change in winter is the waves on the north shore beaches, where Pacific storms cause massive swells that create ways of infamous size. The most notorious is Pe’ahi, also known as Jaws, in Maui.

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#21. Montana

How do you feel about wintry weather? I love it (20%), I like it (21%), Doesn't make a difference (12%), I don’t care much for it (30%), I hate it (17%)

What’s best about wintry weather? Beautiful scenery (41%), Getting cozy/sitting by the fire (27%), Hot chocolate/warm drinks (8%), Outdoor activities like skiing, sledding (10%), Other (14%)

What’s worst about wintry weather? Bad driving conditions (48%), High heating bills (14%), Feeling stuck indoors (14%), Colds and other illnesses (15%), Other (9%)

 

Even though the average winter temperature in Montana is just over 20 degrees, 41% of respondents still say they like or love the winter. Skijoring is a unique pastime in this state, and involves a skier being pulled by dogs or horses. There’s also plenty of traditional winter activities like skiing, snowboarding, and snowmobiling, and numerous resorts with natural hot springs, such as the Sleeping Buffalo Hot Springs Resort, to thaw and unwind after a day on the mountain.

 

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#20. New Mexico

How do you feel about wintry weather? I love it (20%), I like it (21%), Doesn't make a difference (12%), I don’t care much for it (30%), I hate it (17%)

What’s best about wintry weather? Beautiful scenery (41%), Getting cozy/sitting by the fire (28%), Hot chocolate/warm drinks (8%), Outdoor activities like skiing, sledding (10%), Other (13%)

What’s worst about wintry weather? Bad driving conditions (49%), High heating bills (14%), Feeling stuck indoors (13%), Colds and other illnesses (15%), Other (9%)

 

Although New Mexico doesn’t get a ton of snow, they still find ways to ski, snowboard, snowmobile and sled, which means there are a good number of respondents who appreciate the winter. The White Sands National Monument offers a different type of sledding that is equally fun in a unique setting.

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#19. Arizona

How do you feel about wintry weather? I love it (20%), I like it (21%), Doesn't make a difference (12%), I don’t care much for it (30%), I hate it (16%)

What’s best about wintry weather? Beautiful scenery (41%), Getting cozy/sitting by the fire (28%), Hot chocolate/warm drinks (8%), Outdoor activities like skiing, sledding (10%), Other (13%)

What’s worst about wintry weather? Bad driving conditions (48%), High heating bills (14%), Feeling stuck indoors (13%), Colds and other illnesses (16%), Other (9%)

 

Arizona may not seem like a winter destination, but there are some great ways to experience this desert state during the colder months. Early December is the perfect time to visit the Grand Canyon, as the temperature is perfect for hiking and it is much less crowded. The snowy landscape isn’t terrible to look at either. Arizona also hosts a Rock n Roll Marathon in mid January, where you can race through Phoenix, Scottsdale, and Tempe.

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#18. West Virginia

How do you feel about wintry weather? I love it (20%), I like it (21%), Doesn't make a difference (10%), I don’t care much for it (29%), I hate it (20%)

What’s best about wintry weather? Beautiful scenery (44%), Getting cozy/sitting by the fire (27%), Hot chocolate/warm drinks (9%), Outdoor activities like skiing, sledding (5%), Other (15%)

What’s worst about wintry weather? Bad driving conditions (40%), High heating bills (18%), Feeling stuck indoors (16%), Colds and other illnesses (18%), Other (8%)

 

In West Virginia, 20% of respondents say they love winter, but 20% also say they hate it. For those that love it, there are winter sports on and the Winter Brew Fest on Snowshoe Mountain. For those who would rather stay inside, there’s the Green Brier resort and casino with natural hot springs, and the Ogleybay Resort, which has an annual festival of lights through January 1st.

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#17. Nevada

How do you feel about wintry weather? I love it (20%), I like it (21%), Doesn't make a difference (12%), I don’t care much for it (30%), I hate it (17%)

What’s best about wintry weather? Beautiful scenery (41%), Getting cozy/sitting by the fire (28%), Hot chocolate/warm drinks (8%), Outdoor activities like skiing, sledding (10%), Other (13%)

What’s worst about wintry weather? Bad driving conditions (48%), High heating bills (14%), Feeling stuck indoors (13%), Colds and other illnesses (16%), Other (9%)

 

In Nevada, there are plenty of casinos and clubs to pass the winter nights inside, but the state has a lot more than that to offer. The Magical Forest at Opportunity Village is a sparkling place full of lights, good food, and festive entertainment that’s perfect for families. Hiking Mount Charleston in Clark County is a great way to get some exercise with a view.

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#16. Idaho

How do you feel about wintry weather? I love it (21%), I like it (21%), Doesn't make a difference (12%), I don’t care much for it (30%), I hate it (16%)

What’s best about wintry weather? Beautiful scenery (41%), Getting cozy/sitting by the fire (28%), Hot chocolate/warm drinks (8%), Outdoor activities like skiing, sledding (10%), Other (13%)

What’s worst about wintry weather? Bad driving conditions (48%), High heating bills (14%), Feeling stuck indoors (13%), Colds and other illnesses (16%), Other (9%)

 

In Idaho, 42% of respondents have positive feelings about wintry weather. This isn’t too surprising, since they get over 30 inches of snow per year and there is no shortage of fun winter activities. Sun Valley is probably the most famous resort, but for beautiful open terrain with fewer crowds, head to Tamarack. For a thrill, rent snowmobiles and trek to Burgdorf Hot Springs, which aren’t accessible by car in the winter.

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#15. South Carolina

How do you feel about wintry weather? I love it (21%), I like it (21%), Doesn't make a difference (10%), I don’t care much for it (29%), I hate it (19%)

What’s best about wintry weather? Beautiful scenery (43%), Getting cozy/sitting by the fire (28%), Hot chocolate/warm drinks (9%), Outdoor activities like skiing, sledding (5%), Other (14%)

What’s worst about wintry weather? Bad driving conditions (41%), High heating bills (18%), Feeling stuck indoors (15%), Colds and other illnesses (18%), Other (8%)

Although South Carolina doesn’t have the mountains and winter sports that some states get excited about, the mild temperatures mean that locals don’t need to bundle up as much. They can also enjoy the Brookgreen Gardens in Murrell’s Inlet, and the Night of a Thousand Candles event during the first two weeks of December. In Charleston, the Original Pub & Brewery Tour is a great way to spend a cold afternoon trying craft beers and getting to know the city.

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#14. Florida

How do you feel about wintry weather? I love it (21%), I like it (21%), Doesn't make a difference (10%), I don’t care much for it (29%), I hate it (19%)

What’s best about wintry weather? Beautiful scenery (43%), Getting cozy/sitting by the fire (28%), Hot chocolate/warm drinks (9%), Outdoor activities like skiing, sledding (6%), Other (14%)

What’s worst about wintry weather? Bad driving conditions (41%), High heating bills (18%), Feeling stuck indoors (15%), Colds and other illnesses (18%), Other (8%)

 

In some southern areas of Florida, seasons are relatively meaningless, but there are a few things that are better during winter in the Sunshine State. At St. Mark’s Wildlife Refuge, there are more migratory birds to spot in the colder months. There are also many amusement parks, such as Disney World and Universal Orlando, that may be more fun to visit in the winter when it’s not quite as hot.

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#13. Colorado

How do you feel about wintry weather? I love it (21%), I like it (22%), Doesn't make a difference (12%), I don’t care much for it (29%), I hate it (16%)

What’s best about wintry weather? Beautiful scenery (40%), Getting cozy/sitting by the fire (28%), Hot chocolate/warm drinks (8%), Outdoor activities like skiing, sledding (11%), Other (12%)

What’s worst about wintry weather? Bad driving conditions (49%), High heating bills (13%), Feeling stuck indoors (13%), Colds and other illnesses (16%), Other (9%)

With some of the most beautiful mountains in the country, it’s no surprise that a lot of people in Colorado love the winter. From December through March and sometimes even April, the Alpine villages and striking mountains of Aspen and Vail are taken over by adrenaline junkies, spa lovers, and foodies. Telluride is considered by many to be the best ski resort in North America.

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#12. Utah

How do you feel about wintry weather? I love it (22%), I like it (22%), Doesn't make a difference (12%), I don’t care much for it (29%), I hate it (16%)

What’s best about wintry weather? Beautiful scenery (40%), Getting cozy/sitting by the fire (28%), Hot chocolate/warm drinks (8%), Outdoor activities like skiing, sledding (11%), Other (13%)

What’s worst about wintry weather? Bad driving conditions (48%), High heating bills (14%), Feeling stuck indoors (13%), Colds and other illnesses (16%), Other (9%)

With an average annual snowfall of 47 inches, it’s no wonder people in Utah embrace the wintry weather, with 44% of respondents saying they like or love it. There are several snowy mountains for winter sports, which are easily accessible from Park City. Utah is also home to Zion National Park, which is warmer than the rest of the state but still sees a decent amount of snow, making it the perfect destination for winter hikers.

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#11. Alaska

How do you feel about wintry weather? I love it (22%), I like it (25%), Doesn't make a difference (13%), I don’t care much for it (28%), I hate it (12%)

What’s best about wintry weather? Beautiful scenery (40%), Getting cozy/sitting by the fire (31%), Hot chocolate/warm drinks (8%), Outdoor activities like skiing, sledding (8%), Other (13%)

What’s worst about wintry weather? Bad driving conditions (43%), High heating bills (18%), Feeling stuck indoors (13%), Colds and other illnesses (17%), Other (8%)

 

Even though it’s the coldest state with an average winter temperature of 3 degrees, and the northernmost part of this state endures over two months without any daylight, almost half of respondents in Alaska (47%) say they like or love wintry weather. It’s the best place in the U.S. to check the stunning Northern Lights off your bucket list, which are best seen from Fairbanks or the Far North. In March, they also host the Iditarod--a long distance dog sled race that covers over 300 miles and can take 8 to 15 days, or longer.

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#10. North Carolina

How do you feel about wintry weather? I love it (22%), I like it (21%), Doesn't make a difference (10%), I don’t care much for it (28%), I hate it (19%)

What’s best about wintry weather? Beautiful scenery (43%), Getting cozy/sitting by the fire (29%), Hot chocolate/warm drinks (9%), Outdoor activities like skiing, sledding (6%), Other (13%)

What’s worst about wintry weather? Bad driving conditions (41%), High heating bills (17%), Feeling stuck indoors (15%), Colds and other illnesses (19%), Other (8%)

 

North Carolina is home to rolling hills and beautiful beaches, which are just as fun to visit in the winter when the average temperatures are in the mid 40s. Locals and visitors explore the lighthouses and dunes of the Outer Banks, keeping their eyes peeled for wild horses. They also enjoy hiking the Moore Cove Falls trail outside Asheville, and visiting America’s largest private home: the Biltmore estate. There are over 230 breweries and brewpubs for the craft beer enthusiasts and those who want to enjoy cozy afternoons indoors.

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#9. Georgia

How do you feel about wintry weather? I love it (22%), I like it (21%), Doesn't make a difference (10%), I don’t care much for it (28%), I hate it (19%)

What’s best about wintry weather? Beautiful scenery (43%), Getting cozy/sitting by the fire (29%), Hot chocolate/warm drinks (9%), Outdoor activities like skiing, sledding (6%), Other (13%)

What’s worst about wintry weather? Bad driving conditions (41%), High heating bills (17%), Feeling stuck indoors (15%), Colds and other illnesses (19%), Other (8%)

 

Winters are mild in Georgia, with average temperatures in the high 40s. In Cloudland Canyon, the waterfalls turn frosty, and the Chattahoochee Forest is beautiful when the trees are covered in snow. The Atlanta Botanical Gardens put on a festive holiday light display every year.

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#8. Virginia

How do you feel about wintry weather? I love it (22%), I like it (22%), Doesn't make a difference (10%), I don’t care much for it (28%), I hate it (19%)

What’s best about wintry weather? Beautiful scenery (43%), Getting cozy/sitting by the fire (29%), Hot chocolate/warm drinks (9%), Outdoor activities like skiing, sledding (6%), Other (13%)

What’s worst about wintry weather? Bad driving conditions (41%), High heating bills (17%), Feeling stuck indoors (15%), Colds and other illnesses (19%), Other (8%)

 

In Virginia, 22% of respondents love the winter and 22% like it. The Colonial Williamsburg Grand Illumination fireworks show is a great way for the family to get into the holiday spirit. Virginians can travel to Wintergreen Resort for skiing, hiking, archery, ziplines and a spa. On the way from Wintergreen to Charlottesville you’ll find delicious pulled pork at a no frills barbecue joint called Blue Ridge Pig in Nellysford.

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#7. Oregon

How do you feel about wintry weather? I love it (23%), I like it (25%), Doesn't make a difference (13%), I don’t care much for it (27%), I hate it (12%)

What’s best about wintry weather? Beautiful scenery (39%), Getting cozy/sitting by the fire (32%), Hot chocolate/warm drinks (9%), Outdoor activities like skiing, sledding (8%), Other (12%)

What’s worst about wintry weather? Bad driving conditions (43%), High heating bills (18%), Feeling stuck indoors (13%), Colds and other illnesses (18%), Other (8%)

 

The climate in Oregon varies quite a bit, but on average the winter temperature hovers around 34 degrees. The weather doesn’t prevent most of the state from getting outside to explore and socialize, which is why more people like it (48%) than dislike it (39%). Oregon’s High Desert has over eight million acres to get lost in, with various regions and landscapes that change with every season. Portland is known for its craft beer and has the most breweries of any city in the world, with 230 breweries to check out in search of the perfect pint.

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#6. California

How do you feel about wintry weather? I love it (23%), I like it (25%), Doesn't make a difference (13%), I don’t care much for it (27%), I hate it (12%)

What’s best about wintry weather? Beautiful scenery (39%), Getting cozy/sitting by the fire (32%), Hot chocolate/warm drinks (9%), Outdoor activities like skiing, sledding (8%), Other (12%)

What’s worst about wintry weather? Bad driving conditions (44%), High heating bills (17%), Feeling stuck indoors (13%), Colds and other illnesses (18%), Other (8%)

 

There are few Californians who hate the winter, probably because there is no shortage of activities and events, and the average temperatures are pretty nice in the mid 40s. There’s skiing and snowboarding in Lake Tahoe and Mammoth Mountain, and the winter storms typically create better surf for those living on the coast, especially in San Diego. It’s also worth traveling to Death Valley in the late winter, since temperatures there are scorching during the warmer months.

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#5. Washington

How do you feel about wintry weather? I love it (23%), I like it (25%), Doesn't make a difference (13%), I don’t care much for it (27%), I hate it (12%)

What’s best about wintry weather? Beautiful scenery (39%), Getting cozy/sitting by the fire (32%), Hot chocolate/warm drinks (9%), Outdoor activities like skiing, sledding (8%), Other (12%)

What’s worst about wintry weather? Bad driving conditions (43%), High heating bills (17%), Feeling stuck indoors (13%), Colds and other illnesses (18%), Other (8%)

 

It gets a bit colder in Washington, where the average temperature in winter is 33 degrees, but there are many ways for people in this state to embrace the cold or escape it. Mount Rainier National Park has lots of snow sports and hikes, and it’s less crowded in the winter than in the summer. For those who want a more pampered getaway, Doe Bay Resort on Orcas Island has hot springs for soaking with beautiful views.

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#4. Oklahoma

How do you feel about wintry weather? I love it (24%), I like it (24%), Doesn't make a difference (10%), I don’t care much for it (27%), I hate it (15%)

What’s best about wintry weather? Beautiful scenery (36%), Getting cozy/sitting by the fire (34%), Hot chocolate/warm drinks (11%), Outdoor activities like skiing, sledding (5%), Other (15%)

What’s worst about wintry weather? Bad driving conditions (46%), High heating bills (12%), Feeling stuck indoors (15%), Colds and other illnesses (19%), Other (8%)

 

In Oklahoma, winter is a season that many look forward to--48% of respondents love or like wintry weather. One of their biggest seasonal celebrations is Winterfest in Tulsa, which has something for everyone: ice skating, a giant tree, and even a Segway Santa. To get away for the weekend, you can rent a cozy cabin in Keystone State Park and warm up next to the fireplace with hot chocolate and a good book or some board games. For the best bald eagle spotting in the state, head to the Sequoyah Wildlife Refuge.

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#3. Arkansas

How do you feel about wintry weather? I love it (25%), I like it (24%), Doesn't make a difference (10%), I don’t care much for it (27%), I hate it (15%)

What’s best about wintry weather? Beautiful scenery (36%), Getting cozy/sitting by the fire (34%), Hot chocolate/warm drinks (11%), Outdoor activities like skiing, sledding (5%), Other (15%)

What’s worst about wintry weather? Bad driving conditions (46%), High heating bills (12%), Feeling stuck indoors (15%), Colds and other illnesses (20%), Other (8%)

 

Winter in Arkansas is all about Ozark, as the 49% of respondents who love or like winter undoubtedly know. The Buffalo Headwaters Challenge in late January is a three-day mountain biking event, covering trails in the Ozark National Forest. In Eureka Springs, Victorian bed and breakfasts offer cozy rooms in the Ozark Mountains. And the waterfalls of Richland Creek are especially beautiful in the winter.

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#2. Louisiana

How do you feel about wintry weather? I love it (26%), I like it (24%), Doesn't make a difference (9%), I don’t care much for it (26%), I hate it (15%)

What’s best about wintry weather? Beautiful scenery (35%), Getting cozy/sitting by the fire (35%), Hot chocolate/warm drinks (11%), Outdoor activities like skiing, sledding (5%), Other (14%)

What’s worst about wintry weather? Bad driving conditions (46%), High heating bills (11%), Feeling stuck indoors (15%), Colds and other illnesses (20%), Other (8%)

 

As the 3rd warmest winter state with average temperatures above 50 degrees, Louisiana doesn’t have to worry too much about the colder months. They still celebrate the season as much as any state, with outdoor light festivals and shows in Baton Rouge, Shreveport, Monroe, and Natchitoches. And of course, in February the entire state celebrates Mardi Gras with some of the biggest parades in the country.

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#1. Texas

How do you feel about wintry weather? I love it (26%), I like it (25%), Doesn't make a difference (9%), I don’t care much for it (26%), I hate it (15%)

What’s best about wintry weather? Beautiful scenery (35%), Getting cozy/sitting by the fire (35%), Hot chocolate/warm drinks (11%), Outdoor activities like skiing, sledding (5%), Other (14%)

What’s worst about wintry weather? Bad driving conditions (46%), High heating bills (11%), Feeling stuck indoors (15%), Colds and other illnesses (20%), Other (8%)

 

Even without many winter sports, 26% of Texan respondents say they love wintry weather. This massive state hosts light festivals in many cities including San Antonio, Austin and Galveston. They get into the holiday spirit Texas-style at Santa’s Wonderland in College Station with Santa’s hayride, live music, and a giant snow globe. There’s also plenty of football to watch in the winter, and with an average temperature of 48 degrees, it’s no wonder they love this season.

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