From freezing temperatures and heavy snowfall to expensive airfare and hotel costs, there are plenty of reasons why you should avoid certain travel destinations during the holidays.
We found the most overrated travel destinations to avoid during Christmas by looking at cost, weather, and crowds. We consulted travel website Kiwi.com's Christmas Price Index from 2016, which ranks the most expensive cities to visit during Christmas, and GO Banking Rates' list of the least affordable places to spend your holiday vacation.
Here are 12 places you should steer clear of during the holiday season.
New York City is beautiful during the holiday season, although over the actual Christmas holiday, it is one of the most crowded and expensive places to be.
On average, 798,000 people visit Rockefeller Center during the holiday season. And if the masses of tourists aren't enough, the average cost of spending Christmas Day in the Big Apple is a whopping $762.34, according to Kiwi.com.
You're much better off visiting New York before Christmas to avoid the cost and crowds, but still enjoy the city's beautiful decorations and traditions.
Honolulu, Hawaii, is one of the most expensive vacation destinations in the country all year, but it's especially expensive during Christmas.
The average hotel rate in Honolulu during the Christmas season is $241 per night, according to GO Banking Rates. And while the weather may be beautiful this time of year, that also means loads of tourists flock to Hawaii to escape the cold, crowding beaches and hotels.
Winter in Iceland, as you might expect, is cold and icy.
On average, Reykjavik experiences temperatures in the 20s and 30s Fahrenheit during the month of December, providing less than ideal conditions for sightseeing. Plus, the city only has about five hours of daylight in December, which gives tourists visiting for Christmas less time to enjoy the holiday.
Iceland is also an expensive vacation destination year round, but prices can rise even higher during the holiday season.
Since Christmas falls during the summertime in Australia, it is a popular and expensive time to travel. The peak travel season means that airfare can cost up to nearly $3,000 for a trip from the US to Sydney.
Plus, the beautiful weather brings crowds of tourists and locals to the cities beaches, making it far from a relaxing beach getaway.
The Twin Cities are beautiful during the summer months, but in the winter, Minneapolis-St. Paul is one of the coldest places in the US.
The average monthly minimum temperature in Minneapolis-St. Paul is 7.5 degrees Fahrenheit, making December one of the coldest months of the year. Plus, the city experiences an average annual snowfall of 50.4 inches.
It may not be an expensive or crowded vacation destination, but the winter weather is enough to keep visitors at bay during the holiday season.
Ski resorts are popular vacation destinations during the holiday season, which means they can be both pricey and crowded.
Park City, Utah, experiences a dramatic increase in nightly hotel rates in late December. According to GO Banking Rates, hotel rates average $116 per night around Thanksgiving and $534 around Christmas.
December is the summertime in Cape Town, South Africa, which means it's peak travel season. The weather is beautiful in the city around Christmas, but you'll have to pay the price — and deal with the crowds.
You'll have to shell out quite a bit of cash if you want to spend Christmas in Washington DC, according to Kiwi.com's Christmas Price Index from 2016.
The average cost for a "Christmassy day" in Washington, DC in December is $589.44, making it the second-most expensive city to spend the holiday, behind New York. Plus, the city is known for its beautiful weather in the spring time, so you're better off waiting until the snow melts for a trip to the nation's capital.
Geneva, Switzerland, is known to be a particularly expensive city all year round, for both residents and tourists. The wintertime brings chillier temperatures and high prices for a trip to this Swiss city.
Unsurprisingly, if you're looking to travel to Geneva for Christmas, it'll cost you a pretty penny. The average total cost for spending Christmas Day in Geneva is $548.30, according to Kiwi.com.
Denali National Park in Alaska is a breathtaking destination for adventure-seekers, but it is also incredibly cold during the holiday season.
The average monthly high temperature in the month of December is five degrees Fahrenheit. Plus, on average there are only 5.7 hours of daylight per day during the month.
It's best to save your vacation to Denali for the warmer months.
You probably won't get a white Christmas if you visit San Francisco during the holiday season, but you can expect to pay a hefty price. The city has many festive celebrations, although this also means that crowds of tourists and locals alike flood downtown.
On average, spending Christmas Day in San Francisco will cost you $540.45, according to Kiwi.com.
London is beautiful during the holiday season, but you're better off visiting the city during another time of year because December is one of the most expensive times for tourists.
And if you want to see the city's Christmas decorations, you'll have to be willing to battle crowds, since December is a busy month for tourism in the city.
According to Kiwi.com, it'll cost you about $477.75 to spend Christmas Day in London.
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