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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, California, 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, California, 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, California, located right by Lake Tahoe. 960 1280

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Vikingsholm

Vikingsholm

Find this 38-room mansion on the shore of Emerald Bay in South Lake Tahoe. Built in 1929, Vikingsholm is one of the best examples of Scandinavian architecture not just in America but in the entire Western Hemisphere; among its striking features are round granite boulders fixed in mortar, something commonly found in stone churches and castles built in the 11th century in southern Sweden. 960 1280

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Resort at Squaw Creek

Resort at Squaw Creek

The kids will love the Resort at Squaw Creek. This luxury ski resort in Lake Tahoe offers a host of family activities, from snowshoeing and sledding to ice skating in the resort’s outdoor exhibition rink, where you’ll find the Sierra Nevada mountain range just beyond. Ask about Mountain Buddies, a supervised outdoors program for kids ages 4 to 12. 960 1280

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Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe

Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe

Bed down for the night at Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort. With a spa, casino and 500 feet of private lakefront beach, this AAA Four Diamond-property is on the pricier side, but if it’s alpine lodge luxury you seek, you’ll find it here. The 421 guestrooms, including 24 lakeside cottages, come decorated with natural pine, distressed wood and leather furnishings. 960 1280

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Franciscan Lakeside Lodge

Franciscan Lakeside Lodge

For something a bit more on the budget-friendly side, try the Franciscan Lakeside Lodge. Located on Lake Tahoe’s north shore, the property is home to lakefront and lakeside cottages, in a relaxed setting. Stroll along the nearby beach and take in the Tahoe sunset, or kick back in an Adirondack chair on your very own deck or porch. 960 1280

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Homewood Mountain Ski Resort

Homewood Mountain Ski Resort

Enjoy ski runs with epic views of Lake Tahoe at Homewood Mountain Ski Resort. This ski area, on the west shore of Lake Tahoe, comprises 1,260 acres of skiable terrain and eight lifts. Among Homewood’s 64 runs, experienced skiers will want to try “Rainbow Ridge” -- at 2 miles long, it’s the resort’s longest run. 960 1280

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Emerald Bay

Emerald Bay

Located on the southwest corner of Lake Tahoe, Emerald Bay State Park features the Scandinavian-style Vikingsholm mansion; California’s first underwater shipwreck park (scuba-dive to see this final resting place of many boats, launches and barges, used in the lake before the turn of the century); and Fannette Island, the only island in all of Lake Tahoe. Get here by boat; spots six and 21 are the best places to dock. 960 1280

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Gar Woods Grill and Pier

Gar Woods Grill and Pier

Dig into the daily seafood special at Gar Woods Grill and Pier. The waterfront restaurant, nestled in Carnelian Bay in North Lake Tahoe, features a menu of hand-cut steaks, fresh Pacific seafood and the famous “Wet Woody” (ask the waiter). The restaurant’s large deck and balconies, meanwhile, offer great views of Lake Tahoe and the Sierras. 960 1280

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M.S. Dixie Sunset Cruise

M.S. Dixie Sunset Cruise

On the Nevada side of the river, hop aboard the 520-passenger, M.S. Dixie II -- the largest cruising vessel in South Lake Tahoe that’s been voted the “Best Cruise in Nevada” by local Nevada Magazine. In North Lake Tahoe, hop aboard Tahoe Gal for a leisurely ride to Emerald Bay. 960 1280

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M.S. Dixie Sunset Cruise

M.S. Dixie Sunset Cruise

On the Nevada side of the river, hop aboard the 520-passenger, M.S. Dixie II -- the largest cruising vessel in South Lake Tahoe that’s been voted the “Best Cruise in Nevada” by local Nevada Magazine. In North Lake Tahoe, hop aboard Tahoe Gal for a leisurely ride to Emerald Bay. 960 1280

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Courchevel (France)

Courchevel (France)

The top of a mountain in the ski resort of Courchevel, France. 960 1280
Whistler Village (Canada)

Whistler Village (Canada)

Whistler Village is a major stop for boarders and skiers in British Columbia, Canada. 960 1280
La Parva (Chile)

La Parva (Chile)

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

Quebec City (Canada)

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

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Chamonix (Switzerland)

Chamonix (Switzerland)

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

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Breckenridge (USA)

Breckenridge (USA)

A skiers' paradise above the town of Breckenridge, Colorado. 960 1280
Mont-Tremblant (Canada)

Mont-Tremblant (Canada)

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

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Lucerne (Switzerland)

Lucerne (Switzerland)

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

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Tubing Hill (USA)

Tubing Hill (USA)

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

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Sous-le Fort (Canada)

Sous-le Fort (Canada)

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

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Yosemite
Yosemite National Park, California

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. 960 1280

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Multnomah Falls, Oregon

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. 960 1280

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Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

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. 960 1280

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Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

A snowy shot of Bryce Canyon's hoodoos, tall rock structures that form from water, wind and ice erosion. 960 1280

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St. Joseph Lighthouses, Michigan

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.  960 1280

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Coyote Buttes, Arizona

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. 960 1280

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Joshua Tree National Park, California

Joshua Tree National Park, California

The sun rises over snow-clad Joshua trees in California's Mojave Desert. 960 1280

  

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Fiji

Fiji

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
Brazil

Brazil

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

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Maldives

Maldives

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

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Hawaii

Hawaii

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

Mauritius

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

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Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic

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

Morocco

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

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Mayan Riviera

Mayan Riviera

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

Jamaica

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

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Florida Keys

Florida Keys

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

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