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Telluride Gay Ski Week

Telluride Gay Ski Week

Telluride Gay Ski Week
This is the most popular gay ski week in the US. Every year, Telluride, CO, plays host to 100s of gay and lesbian skiers. The ski town is surrounded by the majestic San Juan Mountains. It’s the perfect setting for the White Night Party and the Wig Run, where skiers, donned with big wigs and afros, hit the slopes for fun. This fun-filled ski week benefits the Telluride AIDS Benefit.
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Winter Pride in Whistler

Winter Pride in Whistler

Whistler’s Winter Pride
Celebrate LGBT WinterPRIDE in Whistler, British Columbia. Enjoy fun activities including snowboarding, inner tubing, the Up Yer Kilt Party, the Echo Valley Ranch Cowboy/Cowgirl Party, a tasting tour of fine food, the Gender Bender Drag Ball, a comedy show and a beer tasting event.
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QUAC Ski-n-Swim

QUAC Ski-n-Swim

QUAC Ski-n-Swim
It’s the perfect weekend getaway for outdoor enthusiasts, providing gays and lesbians interested in skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, swimming, and yes, even a relaxing trip to a spa. Queer Utah Aquatic Club (QUAC) Ski-n-Swim is usually hosted in Salt Lake City, UT, during the third weekend in February.
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Summit: N.C. Gay Ski Week

Summit: N.C. Gay Ski Week

Summit: N.C. Gay Ski Weekend
This popular ski week, hosted in Blowing Rock, NC, is the Southeast’s premier winter and travel event. Don’t know how to ski? Common across most ski destinations, you can take skiing and snowboard lessons for $12. There are usually 3 host lodges skiers can choose to stay during the week. Some of Summit: N.C. Gay Ski Week’s activities have included the Snowball dance party, WET-The Pool Party and Summit Live!, a show featuring popular comedians.
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Aspen Gay Ski Week

Aspen Gay Ski Week

Aspen Gay Ski Week
Head to Aspen Gay Ski Week if you enjoy skiing, snowboarding, dining, shopping, music and comedy. In addition to these fun activities, gays and lesbians can unwind and celebrate the best of the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s, at decade-themed parties. Prizes are given to the best costumes. This ski week is usually scheduled during the second week in January, and money raised goes to support various charities of gay and lesbian interest in Colorado.
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Winter Rendezvous

Winter Rendezvous

Winter Rendezvous
MJW Adventures has organized Winter Rendezvous in Stowe, VT. It’s 5 days of wintry bliss with hundreds of LGBT enthusiasts from across the country and beyond. Snow sledding, cross-country skiing, a downhill drag race, snowshoeing, spa treatments, shopping, dining, dancing and an outdoor pool party, are just a few things to keep you busy during the week.
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Arosa Gay Ski Week

Arosa Gay Ski Week

Arosa Gay Ski Week
Head to Arosa, Switzerland, for this gay ski week that started in 2005 with more than 350 participants from around the world. It’s now 1 of the top Gay Winter Events in Europe. Held during the second week in January, Arosa Gay Ski Week provides gays and lesbians with opportunities to enjoy a curling game with friends, Swiss fondue night, night sauna, single table, live concerts, cocktail parties and sunbathing on the Tschuggenhütte.
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Arosa Gay Ski Week  

Musher and dog sled team

Musher and dog sled team

Adventures in Good Company
Plan a relaxing winter getaway to northern Minnesota, with help from Adventures in Good Company. This LGBT tour company plans trips to Lutsen and Tofte, popular spots for dog sledding, skiing and snowmobiling. Take a day trip to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness via the scenic Gunflint Trail; get a spa treatment at WatersMeet Spa and Wellness Center ; or go for a sleigh ride with your significant other to enjoy the great outdoors.
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Skiers waving from ski lift

Skiers waving from ski lift

Vail Gay Ski Weekend
It’s not quite as popular as Colorado’s other big gay ski festivals in Aspen and Telluride, but it’s slowly become a key destination for gay and lesbian travelers. The annual event, organized by Rocky Mountain Vacation Rentals, include après-ski socials, an opening-night celebration, a “spa, wine and robe” party, Vail bar tours and plenty more to keep you busy.
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Scandanavian Ski Pride

Scandanavian Ski Pride

Scandinavian Ski Pride
This gay pride weekend, in Hemsedal, Norway, is usually scheduled for the first weekend in April. The Hemsedal Ski Center, the host resort, is Norway’s best ski resorts, nestled in the Hallingdal Valley, northwest of Oslo. Although this pride weekend is not during the winter, it is a hot spot for winter-weather lovers, who enjoy skiing, snowboarding and other winter activities. Participants, who pay for the festival pass, have access to all the events, including a hike, the shows, gala dinner and mixers.
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Rocky Mountaineer

Rocky Mountaineer

Take in Canada’s great outdoors aboard the Rocky Mountaineer. This fleet of 60 railcars offers passengers a choice of 4 breathtaking routes: 3 through British Columbia to Alberta, Banff or Jasper, and a fourth from Vancouver to Whistler. In 2013, a new route was added to connect Seattle to the Canadian Rockies — all aboard for the Coastal Passage! 960 1280

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Glacier Express, Switzerland

Glacier Express, Switzerland

Don’t let the name fool you: This train actually has a reputation for being the slowest express train in the world. And that’s just what passengers want. The leisurely 7-hour ride takes travelers from the Swiss municipality of Zermatt to Davos or the resort town of St. Moritz, with stunning alpine views of the Oberalp Pass as you ascend to heights of over 6,000 feet.  960 1280

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Alaska Railroad, GoldStar Service

Alaska Railroad, GoldStar Service

The best way to see Alaska is by rail, and this rail line proves it. Double-decker dome cars allow passengers to take in sights from multiple locations by stepping onto an outdoor balcony or settling in to a seat on the upper level’s interior space. Operating mid-May through mid-September, the railroad travels between Anchorage and Fairbanks, with stops in Wasilla, Talkeetna and the 6-million-acre wild land of Denali National Park.   960 1280

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Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express

Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express

How’s this for epic? The world’s longest train journey, a ride on this train spans 6,000 miles, 2 continents and 8 time zones! Equipped with plush, red-velvet seats, Champagne-topped tables and TVs in individual railcars, it offers a seamless journey between East and West. Take a 21-day trip toward Beijing, or enjoy shorter excursions to destinations in Mongolia, Kazakhstan or Russia. 960 1280

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Hiram Bingham Luxury Train

Hiram Bingham Luxury Train

Named for the famed explorer who discovered Machu Picchu, this luxury train takes you on a jaw-dropping ride from the city of Cuzco in southeastern Peru northwest to the 15th-century Inca site. The journey unfolds via the Urubamba River Valley, with pastoral views of llamas and shepherds just beyond your window. Upon arrival at Machu Picchu Lodge, relax over a cup of tea.  960 1280

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Danube Express

Danube Express

Explore Central and Eastern Europe aboard this luxury private train. Launched in September 2008, this veritable hotel-on-wheels journeys through Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria to Istanbul, Turkey, with amenities such as private bathrooms with constant hot water, as well as fine dining accompanied by premium wines, Champagne and spirits. 960 1280

  

Rovos Rail

Rovos Rail

Take a Cape Town journey like no other. Depart from Capital Park Station in Pretoria, South Africa, and embark on a 48-hour ride across nearly 1,000 miles. Awaiting you are stunning views of grasslands on the inland plateau of Highveld and the vast inland basin of the Great Karoo. Additional routes take you deeper into southern Africa to Namibia and Tanzania, with epic views enjoyed from the comfort of wood-paneled sleeper coaches. 960 1280

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British Pullman

British Pullman

Journey back in time to the golden age of travel. This vintage carriage evokes the elegance of the early 1930s and the romantic intrigue of Agatha Christie’s famous detective novel. Fully restored, the line offers day excursions from London Victoria station, as well as from Birmingham, Manchester and many other English cities and towns. Enjoy it all over a 5-course “murder mystery” lunch! 960 1280

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The Ghan

The Ghan

All aboard, mate! Embark on a journey Down Under courtesy of this memorable passenger train. Operating from 1 end of Australia to the other, the line travels through Adelaide, Alice Springs and Darwin on the Adelaide-Darwin railway for a journey that spans 54 hours and more than 1,800 miles. Exploring the outback never felt so good.  960 1280

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Royal Scotsman

Royal Scotsman

Discover Scotland’s spectacular countryside aboard this luxury train. Weaving through the Scottish Highlands, you’ll enjoy views of whitewashed villages and expansive lochs. Plus, enjoy the chance to get out and about: Disembark for a Highland distillery tour, an exploration of the Rothiemurchus Estate — described by a famous British broadcaster as "one of the glories of wild Scotland" — and more. 960 1280

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Elipsos Trenhotel

Elipsos Trenhotel

Take a night train between Spain and France, Switzerland or Italy — all while you sleep. Choose from a variety of sleeping accommodations, from reclining seats to luxury class. Come morning, passengers in first class (beds with washing facilities) and luxury class (private bathrooms and showers) enjoy a complimentary breakfast.  960 1280

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Cappadocia, Turkey

Cappadocia, Turkey

In Cappadocia, also known as the “Land of Beautiful Horses,” a horseback ride is a must. Riders can saddle up on Arabian or Barb horses, both native to the area, and meander along trails that wind through ancient Turkish villages past underground cities and Byzantine-era churches, to valleys surrounded by orchards and the region’s famous fairy chimney rock formations.  960 1280

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Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya

Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya

Known as one of Africa’s greatest wildlife reserves, Masai Mara is home to the largest quantity of big cats in the world. A part of the Serengeti National Park, Masai Mara, located in southwest Kenya, provides horseback riders with the ultimate safari experience as they get close-up views of the wildlife, including lions, leopards, cheetahs and zebras that roam the park.   960 1280

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Biltmore Estate, Asheville, NC

Biltmore Estate, Asheville, NC

Novice and experienced horseback riders alike can experience the majestic beauty of the chateau-inspired Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC. Guided private and group trail rides explore some of the property’s 80 miles of estate trails, meadows and brooks, which are often graced by wildlife of the Appalachian Mountains. 960 1280

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Loire Valley, France

Loire Valley, France

A World Heritage Site located in central France, the Loire Valley is known for its historic towns, chateau-inspired architecture and vineyards. Trail rides wind through the French countryside and forests, providing riders with stunning landscape views of rolling hills and castles that make for a riding experience that’s straight out of a fairytale. 960 1280

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Haleakala National Park, Hawaii

Haleakala National Park, Hawaii

Known as the “House of Sun,” Haleakala National Park is the highest peak on the island of Maui. Horseback riders can experience the Hawaiian culture as they travel across a tropical, volcanic landscape that’s surrounded by lush forests, waterfalls and streams that stretch out to the coast. 960 1280

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Torres del Paine National Park, Chile

Torres del Paine National Park, Chile

While horseback rides through Torres del Paine may be for the more experienced rider, the surrounding views of the Andes Mountains and Patagonia are ones you won’t want to miss. Trails winding along the rugged mountain peaks, colorful meadows, streams and glaciers provide riders with a breathtaking view of scenery you won’t get anywhere else.   960 1280

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Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

Located in southwestern Utah, Bryce Canyon is known for its unique and colorful rock formations called “hoodoos.” Horseback rides descend 2,000 feet into the canyon where riders can experience breathtaking panoramic views with up to 200 miles of visibility, rock formations, forests and wildlife. 960 1280

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Banff National Park, Canada

Banff National Park, Canada

Located in the Canadian Rockies, Banff National Park is Canada’s first national park. Mountainside or riverside trail rides provide novice and experienced riders alike with breathtaking mountain views and scenery as they wind through lush forest, past rivers, and the park’s historic sulfur hot springs. There’s even a good chance to spot some of the park’s wildlife, including black bears and elk.   960 1280

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Donana National Park, Spain

Donana National Park, Spain

Donana National Park, located on the Atlantic coast of Spain in Andalusia, is a World Heritage Site, one of Europe’s largest parks and the site that prompted the creation of the World Wildlife Fund in 1961. Riders can saddle up on majestic Andalusian horses and explore the Mediterranean region’s vast marshes, forests and sand dunes that are home to hundreds of species of wildlife, including the endangered Spanish lynx and Adalbert’s eagle. The sound of ocean waves crashing on the nearby shore, coupled with the scenery, make for an unforgettable horseback riding experience.  960 1280

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