Best Winter Vacation Destinations

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  • Chateau Frontenac © Marite Sganga | Dreamstime
    While some travelers are enchanted by winter and its snow-covered charms, others look to escape the season altogether in search of sun and sand. If you’re looking for some inspiration for your winter getaway, U.S. News and World Report put together a list of the best winter destinations for every type of traveler.
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    Winter is the perfect time to visit the Eternal City of Rome. While temperatures drop a bit and you’ll want to bundle up, crowds are much thinner — making it easier to enjoy renowned sights including the Trevi Fountain, Roman Forum and St. Peter’s Basilica. Warm up after sightseeing with a classic cappuccino or plate of pasta.
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    The heat in Dubai most of the year can be intense, but in the winter the temperatures cool to the low 80s/high 70s — making it the perfect time to tour the Dubai desert or lounge on Jumeirah Beach. For a classic winter experience, visit the massive indoor Ski Dubai complex, boasting five ski runs, a freestyle snowboard zone, chairlift and toboggan runs.
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    The winter is a particularly special time to visit Honolulu. The season offers low humidity, great surfing and boating conditions and premier whale watching at Diamond Head or Waikiki beach. Several major hotels offer great seasonal deals including Hilton and Marriott resorts.
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    Embrace the winter and all the wonderful things that come along with it in Quebec City, where the weather is chilly and the holiday lights are bright. In charming Old Quebec, historic buildings are decked with decorations, and the city’s calendar is full of events and markets. Escape the cold in one of the city’s many charming French cafés and bakeries.
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    While you won’t avoid the crowds in the winter, Frankfurt is one of the most lively and festive destinations in the world at this time of the year. In December, the city hosts the Frankfurt Christmas Market at historic Römerberg, full of lights, music, shopping and traditional German culinary treats like hot mulled wine and gingerbread.
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    December to February may not be the cheapest time to visit Auckland, New Zealand, but the beautiful 70-degree weather makes it the perfect destination for winery hopping, architecture sightseeing and shopping on Queen Street. Take a boat to Rangitoto Island, hike through Waitakere Ranges Regional Park or enjoy a picnic in beautiful Cornwall Park.
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    Venture to Seville, Spain, in the winter for mild weather, affordable room rates and smaller tourist crowds. Take in the iconic Gothic architecture at Catedral de Sevilla, visit the city’s lively holiday market and partake in the Three Kings Day festivities. With lows in the 40s in the winter, warm up with a long, relaxing meal and local Andalusia wine at one of the city’s many tapas spots.
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