20 Icy Vacation Destinations For People Who Love Winter

Who doesn't love a winter wonderland?

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The cold weather is finally here and while everyone else is complaining and fleeing to warmer destinations, you couldn't be happier about it. Take your appreciation to the next level by embarking on one (or more) of these winter wonderland-style trips.

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Quebec City, Canada

A trip to is straight out of a holiday card: wintry strolls along cobblestone streets, views of the iconic Château Frontenac Hotel and Citadelle of Québec, and the natural wonder of the Montmorency Falls. Extreme winter devotees can enjoy a cocktail by the fire or even spend the night in the — a hotel made entirely out of snow and glass.

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Munich, Germany

You could spend an entire winter vacation eating and shopping your way through . Warm yourself up between jaunts in one of the city’s classic beer halls.

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Sugarbush, Vermont

If you like fresh powder and maple syrup, is a great place to while away a few winter days. Spend the sunlight shredding on its nearly 500 acres of skiable mountains, then cap off the night by eating and drinking in the .

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Alta Badia, Italian Alps

Vacationing in the six villages of is best for those who want to build up an appetite skiing, then gorge themselves on South Tyrolean specialities and wines in cozy restaurants and mountain huts.

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Duluth, Minnesota

is a next-level playland for outdoor adventurists. You can go nordic skiing, ice climbing, snowshoeing, and dogsledding — or sit back with something warm (and strong) in one of the area’s top-knotch breweries and distilleries.

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Nagano, Japan

is a wintry mix of good things: with cobblestone lanes and traditional wooden inns, an annual snow festival, renowned skiing, and — best of all — the famous Jigokudani Monkey Park, where Japanese macaques chill out in the steaming hot springs.

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Prague, Czech Republic

Hit 's historic cafés and , like the Praque Christmas market in the Old Town Square and the Three Kings procession. Or, later in the season, go for a spin on the ice skating rinks before saying farewell to winter at the Bohemian Carnevale parties.

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Salzburg, Austria

If you’re more of a music buff than a skier, you can hit museum and learn about the song’s storied history, visit , or go a little more contemporary and tour a home featured in The Sound of Music.

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Bavaria, Germany

Winter sport enthusiasts and snow lovers alike will find plenty to do in . The area's many snowy peaks offer visitors the chance to ski, sled, snowtube, and ice climb. If you do need a break from the cold, just head to the spa region for a little relaxation and pampering.

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New Platz, New York

A Victorian castle resort built in 1869, the is a picturesque winter retreat that can please a group. Adventurers can go snow shoeing, cross countrying skiing and ice skating before warming up in front of the resort’s 39-foot-tall stone fireplace. Indoor types can watch the snow from the spa or the farm-to-table restaurants.

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Aspen, Colorado

is one of the most quintessential wintery towns in America, so it's no surprise that it plays host to a number of cold weather-friendly activities. Visitors can enjoy the snow and brisk air with sleigh rides, snowmobiles and outdoor ice skating.

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Big Sky, Montana

Though is not technically its own town, the community that calls itself the gateway to Yellowstone has made a name for itself as a winter haven. Big Sky is home to the most skiable terrain in America, so winter sport enthusiasts abound.

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Chamonix, French Alps

Located in , is a vision when it's covered in powdery fresh snow. Hit up the charming town to enjoy unbeatable views of the snow-covered mountains, while staying in your own ski chalet.

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Fairbanks, Alaska

is not only home to a portion of the world famous dog sled race and the , you can also catch sight of the stunning Northern Lights in the town that saw its first snowfall in September this year.

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Kiruna, Sweden

A few miles sits the , an art exhibition and hotel made from fresh ice and snow from a river just north of the Arctic Circle. The 80-room hotel is only open during the winter months, and must be rebuilt each year after melting in the spring.

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Jackson Hole, Wyoming

transforms into a truly impressive winter wonderland each winter, when the town is covered in snow and visitors descend upon the area to take advantage of the skiing, snowmobiling, and stunning views.

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Park City, Utah

's two resorts — Deer Valley and Park City Mountain — offer visitors a combined 7,300 acres of snowy terrain to explore by ski or snowboard. The town is also home to the Sundance Film Festival, bobsled rides, and the world's only ski-in distillery.

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Patagonia, Argentina

Head to to experience the Andes Mountains in their snow-covered glory, or check out the to experience breath-taking icy glaciers.

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Reykjavik, Iceland

After serving as the backdrop for several integral parts of the Game of Thrones series, is on many travelers's bucket list. Beyond its Hollywood connection, the town offers visitors the chance to hike glaciers and escape the cold with a visit to natural hot springs.

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Whistler Village, British Columbia

The snowy mountains and charming small town vibes make in Canada's a must visit for any winter fans, especially for those looking to get in some quality outdoor adventures in the form of snowshoeing, skiing, tubing, or ice climbing.

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