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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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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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Reykjavik, Iceland
Reykjavik, Iceland

Reykjavik, Iceland

"It may seem counterintuitive to consider Iceland in winter, but hear us out. It's the off season and therefore surprisingly affordable. The mere 6 hours of daylight only up your chances of witnessing the majestic Northern Lights. And the 40-degree temps shouldn't stop you from taking a dip outside -- it's famous geothermal spa, the Blue Lagoon, offers mineral-rich waters averaging 100 degrees." -- Sara Gilliam, Senior Interactive Producer 960 1280

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Telluride, CO

Telluride, CO

"Most places in Colorado offer top-of-the-line skiing and first-class resorts -- Telluride is no different. However, for those who don't ski (like myself) and are still looking for a cozy winter getaway relaxing by a warm fire with a nice glass of scotch or a some hot apple cider, look no further then the Franz Klammer Lodge at the Fairmont Heritage Place. Boasting an impressive private spa, fire pits, an outdoor heated pool, several hot tubs and much more, this may just be the perfect place to keep warm in the cold face of winter." -- Ben Breslerman, Interactive Producer 960 1280

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Winter Park, CO

Winter Park, CO

"The epitome of cozy, the Zephyr Mountain Lodge is comprised of rustic condos situated right at the base of Winter Park Ski Resort and located mere feet from the lifts. With outdoor hottubs and plenty of fireplaces to gather around with a cup of cocoa, this resort is a perfect escape in the snow-covered mountains of Colorado. And as the gateway to the Winter Park Village, there's no shortage of things to do, from shopping to ice skating." -- Amanda DiGiondomenico, Interactive Producer 960 1280

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Hot Springs, MT

Hot Springs, MT

"Skip glamping, skip glowing posh fireplaces at cozy winter resorts, it’s time to get back to nature … and warm up naturally! This coming winter, I’ll be hot spring-hopping through Montana. Lots of hot springs dot the Big Sky winter landscape, and offer a welcome reprieve when temperatures plummet to 20 degrees … and below. On my list so far are Bozeman Hot Springs, White Sulphur Springs, Chico Hot Springs, Mammoth Hot Springs, the Firehole River Swimming Area and Norris Hot Springs. Bring your bathing suit, no wetsuit needed." -- Lisa Singh, Interactive Producer 960 1280

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Quebec, Canada

Quebec, Canada

"If you're not afraid of a little cold, then Quebec City is a beautiful place to visit in winter. Last January,  I visited this cozy (albeit bitter cold) Canadian city, during a blizzard no less, and even was convinced to spend a night in an ice hotel! While sleeping in an igloo might not sound so inviting, the historic area of Quebec City, surrounded by fortified city walls, is brimming with charming bistros and cafes, and super friendly french-speaking locals. Right outside the old city gates is an ice rink, worth at least one skate around in all your thermal layers." -- Kathleen Rellihan, Interactive Producer 960 1280

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Beaver Creek, CO

Beaver Creek, CO

"For the quintessential ski village, my family chooses Beaver Creek, CO. Roughly 2 hours from Denver International Airport, the resort is large enough to cater to the entire family, especially young children – offering activities like Cookie Time, tubing, ski and snowboard lessons (ages 3-14) and a play school and nursery for the young ones (ages 2 months to 6 years)." -- Rani Robinson-Kiganda 960 1280

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Grand Marais, MN

Grand Marais, MN

"Grand Marais is the perfect winter getaway for those who enjoy outdoor activities, including cross-country skiing, snowmobiling and ice fishing. In addition to its quaint lodges, shops and pubs, this small town is a popular destination for spectators who come out to see mushers and their dog teams make the 400-mile trek along the Gunflint Trail for the annual John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon. Take the 2-hour drive from Duluth, MN, along the North Shore Scenic Route, to see amazing vistas overlooking Lake Superior." -- Kwin Mosby, Managing Producer 960 1280
New Paltz, NY

New Paltz, NY

"Steal away to Mohonk Mountain House, a stunning Victorian castle resort surrounded by more than 2,000 acres of natural beauty, nestled along the banks of Lake Mohonk in New York’s Hudson Valley. Bundle up and sip your morning coffee from one of the rocking chairs that line the resort’s many porches, skate into the sunset at the open-air skating pavilion, or drink in the house’s turn-of-the-century elegance as you cozy up in front of one of the many stone fireplaces." -- Allee Sangiolo, Interactive Producer 960 1280

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