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Bundle Up and Venture Out

Whether you like to embrace the season by hitting the ski slopes or escape it by heading off to someplace tropical, winter can be a great time to travel. You may even find fewer crowds and cheaper flights. But if you choose a cold-weather destination, you’ll need a good coat, hat, gloves and scarf!

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Royal Gorge Cross Country Ski Resort - Lake Tahoe
Royal Gorge Cross Country Ski Resort

Royal Gorge Cross Country Ski Resort

Hit the slopes at Royal Gorge Cross Country Ski Resort. With 65 trails, and 121 miles of skiable terrain, the property is the largest cross-country ski resort in all of North America. Find it in Soda Springs, CA, roughly 45 minutes from Lake Tahoe. 960 1280

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MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa

MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa

For a little gambling fun, head to MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa. Nestled on the Nevada side of South Lake Tahoe, the resort doubles as a casino and health spa, where you can indulge in saunas, whirlpools and eucalyptus steam rooms. The resort is also a great place to catch a live show. 960 1280

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Paddle Boarding on Lake Tahoe

Paddle Boarding on Lake Tahoe

Come summer, rent a stand up paddleboard and paddle around the perimeter of Lake Tahoe. You’ll get in some good exercise: The lake is the 27th largest lake (by volume) in the world, with a perimeter that stretches 72 miles long. 960 1280

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Burger Me

Burger Me

Grab a burger and onion rings at Burger Me. This family-owned-and-operated burger joint in nearby Truckee, CA, serves everything fresh and made to order. Hearty options include the “Dirty Bird” (made with 5-oz. free-range chicken) and a good ole hamburger, except this one grass-fed, with no antibiotics. Fast food just got a little healthier. 960 1280

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Hiking (Tahoe Rim Trail)

Hiking (Tahoe Rim Trail)

Lace up your boots for a hike along Tahoe Rim Trail, a 165-mile-long hiking trail that forms a loop around Lake Tahoe. Other great hikes include Bayview Trail, a 4- to 5-mile-long trail for experienced hikers, southwest of Lake Tahoe; and Eagle Falls Trail, a family-friendly, 1.5-mile hike in Tahoma, CA, located right by Lake Tahoe. 960 1280

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Take a spiritual break from the cold weather to visit the Shiva Hindu temple on Grand Bassin Lake on the island of Mauritius. 960 1280

  

Located 1,242 miles from New Zealand, Fiji is a great spot to explore a soft coral reef while you scuba dive in the South Pacific Ocean. 960 1280

  

Join hundreds of sunbathers who flock to Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. 960 1280

  

Stay at an over-water bungalow, enjoy the beautiful blue sky and take a relaxing swim when you visit the Maldives. 960 1280

  

Sand, surf and sun are all good reasons to visit Kauai, HI. 960 1280

  

In addition to great weather and beaches, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, has a booming resort business, making it a perfect winter getaway. 960 1280

  

Tourists can explore the Jardin Menara, a lush garden with orchards, olive groves and a pavilion, located west of Marrakech, Morocco. 960 1280

  

A couple enjoys the warm Caribbean Sea at a beach along the Mayan Riviera near Playa del Carmen, Mexico. 960 1280

  

The white-sand beaches, Dunn's River Falls and the Coyaba River Gardens are just a few reasons why Ocho Rios, Jamaica, is a fun winter hot spot for families. 960 1280

  

Winter is the perfect time for fishing in the Florida Keys. Book a charter to catch a variety of fish, including mackerel, sea trout, blue marlin, swordfish and red snapper. 960 1280

  

Winter Hot Spots  10 Photos

Multnomah Falls
Multnomah Falls

Multnomah Falls

Multnomah Falls, Oregon
After an ice storm, freezing cold water continues to plummet an impressive 620 feet into the Columbia River. Visitors can take in the spectacular view from the Benson Bridge, built in 1914 for scenes like this one.
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Yellowstone

Yellowstone

Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
Snow coats the ground around the Belgian Pool, a hot spring in the Upper Geyser Basin of Yellowstone National Park. You can look, but don't get too close! Originally named Oyster Spring, the natural wonder was renamed after a Belgian visitor who fell into it in 1929 and suffered fatal thermal burns.
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Bryce Canyon National Park

Bryce Canyon National Park

Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah
A snowy shot of Bryce Canyon's hoodoos, tall rock structures that form from water, wind and ice erosion.
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St. Joseph Lighthouse

St. Joseph Lighthouse

St. Joseph Lighthouses, Michigan
The St. Joseph Lighthouses attempt to withstand the elements on frozen Lake Michigan. The 2 lighthouses were built in the early 1900s, and the outer light is one of the oldest on the lake.
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Yosemite

Yosemite

Yosemite National Park, California
The setting sun illuminates El Capitan monolith in frozen Yosemite National Park. A favorite for advanced rock climbers, "The Chief" is the world's largest solid granite block, rising an awe-inspiring 3,500 feet above the ground.
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Coyote Butts

Coyote Butts

Coyote Buttes, Arizona
Jack Frost puts an icy touch on "The Wave," an incredible sandstone rock formation in Coyote Buttes North, a section of the Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness. In order to preserve the spectacular sight, only 20 hikers (with permits) per day are allowed to visit.
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Joshua Tree National Park, California
The sun rises over snow-clad Joshua trees in California's Mojave Desert.
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Best Destinations for Winter

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Hottest Towns for Winter Sports

See our picks for some of the best towns around the world for winter sports.

The town of La Parva, Chile, is a winter sports hot spot in the Andes Mountains. 960 1280

  

A quiet night on the streets of Quebec City, Canada. 960 1280

  

Whistler Village is a major stop for boarders and skiers in British Columbia, Canada. 960 1280

  

Alpine chalets on a steep hill in Chamonix, Switzerland. 960 1280

  

A skiers' paradise above the town of Breckenridge, Colorado. 960 1280

  

The Lucerne, Switzerland, skyline with the famous Chapel Bridge. 960 1280

  

Rows of deckchairs at the top of a mountain in the ski resort of Courchevel, France. 960 1280

  

Some serious ski slopes in Mont-Tremblant, Quebec, Canada. 960 1280

  

Sous-le Fort Street and Château Frontenac in Quebec, Canada. 960 1280

  

Tubing Hill Recreation Winter Wonderland in Vail, Colorado. 960 1280