With winter break quickly approaching, some of you may be scrambling to find plans that are both exciting and affordable. But how do you choose a destination? Go too far and you’re out of your price range, stay too close to home and it doesn’t feel like a real vacation anymore. The solution is the Four-Hour Rule: choose a traveling distance of less than four hours to have an affordable and exciting winter trip. Below are a few suggestions for making the most of your winter break, all within four hours of East Lansing.
(3.5 hours) The Windy City is an ideal spot for the break. Check out a frozen Chicago River, get a true Chicago deep-dish pizza or stroll through their Winter Wonderfest at Navy Pier.
Boyne Mountain, Boyne Valley, Mich.
(3 hours) A place where you can go snowboarding and skiing one day and swim in a heated pool the next, Boyne Mountain has all your winter and non-winter needs.
Great Wolf Lodge, Sandusky, Ohio
(3 hours) Enjoy 84-degree weather in the middle of December with Great Wolf Lodge’s summer in winter this break. Offering deals of up to 25 percent off, it’s truly a college student’s dream.
Campus Martius Park, Detroit, Mich.
(1.5 hours) Spend this winter season ice-skating under the light of a 60-foot Christmas tree. Usually open until 9 p.m. or later, end your day of exploring Detroit’s various attractions with this classic
Tahquamenon Falls State Park, Paradise, Mich.
(4 hours) This winter wonderland is the perfect place to find dog sledding, snowmobiling, cross country skiing, snowshoeing and just about every other outdoor winter activity that you can call to mind.
Tyler Austin is a senior journalism and Spanish major with a concentration in editorial reporting. He longs for a life in the Big Apple where coffee dates with Beyoncé are a weekly occurrence. In addition to writing for ing he also writes for Men’s Fashion in VIM.