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Salt Lake City
Salt Lake City

Salt Lake City

For those who check ski conditions on the daily, you don’t have to leave the country for world-class skiing. Get thee on a direct flight to Salt Lake City, and you’ll be minutes from Utah’s premier ski village of Park City. At the site of the 2002 Olympics, you’ll find black diamonds fit for the US ski team, which has made Park City its permanent home base. Stroll along the main street, and you’ll see that it’s not lacking in century-old buildings, twinkling lights or exceptional restaurants. 960 1280

Adam Barker  

Washington's Methow Valley

Washington's Methow Valley

Take ski-in/ski-out lodging to a new level and experience the European tradition of hut-to-hut skiing in northern Washington’s Methow Valley, near the US-Canadian border. For novices or those more familiar with its downhill sibling, cross-country skiing is a thrill in its own right, and Methow Valley is home to more than 125 miles of tranquil, well-marked trails. If indoor plumbing is a must after a long day on the trails, you may want to trade camping for other mountain accommodations, such as the Sun Mountain Lodge, where you won’t sacrifice the scenery or vast view of the stars. 960 1280

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Bahamas

Bahamas

If blue skies and tan lines seem like a distant memory, a quick Caribbean vacation may be what you’re craving. Consider the Bahamas, a chain of more than 700 islands, cays and reefs, which will feel downright balmy compared with East Coast temps. This year-round island paradise just off the Florida coast is in its peak season, allowing you to choose to splurge on a luxurious resort with all the trappings at Atlantis Paradise Island or escape to one of the more remote Out Islands. 960 1280

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Miami

Miami

Every winter, the promise of sunny, 72-degree weather beckons visitors to Miami. Beyond the requisite Cuban sandwich in Little Havana, in Little Havana, foodies will find memorable cuisine at the annual, star-studded South Beach Wine and Food Festival. With high season in full swing, you’ll see many a scantily clad European spend the nights dining at 9 p.m. and traipsing along Ocean Drive and sleep the days away in cabanas or on a bed of soft, white sand — that is how Miami is meant to be enjoyed. 960 1280

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New Orleans

New Orleans

There are good times to be had in New Orleans year-round, but things get kicked up a notch when Mardi Gras and college bowl games roll through town. Not that you need added reasons to visit — snacking on beignets at Café du Monde and listening to jazz on Bourbon Street should be reason enough to check into the elegant Hotel Mazarin in the French Quarter. 960 1280

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Orlando, Florida

Orlando, Florida

When you think of Orlando, you think of theme parks — and for good reason. It is home to Universal Orlando and Walt Disney World, each with myriad parks and resorts. Whether it’s a special parade or fireworks display over the holidays or a much-needed break from frozen temperatures back home, there are countless reasons why winter is an ideal time to visit. The period just after the holidays and before spring break is, in particular, the least crowded and will have the shortest lines.  960 1280

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Paris

Paris

While the chilly temps in Paris may keep throngs of tourists at bay, put on your rose-colored glasses and take advantage of cheaper rates for an extra-long-weekend stay — to make up for the travel time — at hotels such as the intimate (and conveniently located, near the Louvre) Hotel Relais Saint-Germain. Enjoy a leisurely breakfast over café au lait and a chocolate croissant (clichés for a reason) before strolling along the light-strung Champs-Elysees and taking advantage of the semiannual soldes, or sales. Longchamp or Hermès at 50% off, n’est-ce pas? 960 1280

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Phoenix/Scottsdale

Phoenix/Scottsdale

Sun worshippers, take heart; you’ll find your oasis in the middle of the Sonoran Desert. With more than 300 days of sunshine a year, the Greater Phoenix area has earned the nickname “Valley of the Sun” honestly. Most come to hit the links, as the area is dotted with more than 200 golf courses. But the Desert Botanical Garden is another year-round highlight. Like a relic of the Wild West, Old Town Scottsdale lures tourists, but most visitors will value a relaxing stay filled with shopping, golfing and lounging at the spa. 960 1280

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Savannah, Georgia

Savannah, Georgia

While chilly during the winter months, visitors will find Southern charm in spades in Savannah. The low-season prices also mean it’s a great time to splurge on a romantic Valentine’s stay at the Green Palm Inn. Indulge in comfort food, including cheesy grits, fried green tomatoes and Lowcountry cuisine, as well as cocktails. Thanks to lenient open-container laws, you can take that hot toddy to go as you stroll through the historic district downtown. 960 1280

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Argentina

Argentina

One of the world’s prime ski areas, you might not think of heading to Argentina’s Patagonia region for July skiing. The Bariloche ski resort sits on the shores of Lake Nahuel Huapi in the foothills of the Andes and boasts some of Argentina’s best skiing.  960 1280

Stephane Godin  

Morocco

Morocco

One of Africa’s few ski destinations, the Oukaimeden resort earns high marks from skiers who love the natural and un-Westernized ambience.   960 1280

Christian Aslund  

Israel

Israel

Believe it or not, there’s enough snow in the Golan Heights between January and March to support an active and growing ski resort at Israel’s Mount Hermon.  960 1280

JALAA MAREY  

Tasmania

Tasmania

Australia’s mountainous island state has snow during most of the southern hemisphere’s winter. The ski village at Ben Lomond National Park sits near the mountain’s 1,570-meter peak. 960 1280

Jodie Griggs  

North Carolina

North Carolina

North Carolina’s southern Appalachians are hardly synonymous with skiing, but cross country skiers can enjoy the trails in Roan Mountain State Park, while alpine enthusiasts can ski downhill at nearby Beech Mountain.   960 1280

Joel Carillet  

Iran

Iran

Just 55 minutes from Tehran, Iran’s Shemshak ski resort tends to draw more advanced skiers than the country’s bigger, better-known ski destination, Dizan. 960 1280

Christian Aslund  

New Zealand

New Zealand

If you want to ski between June and October, New Zealand’s got lots of choices. Mt. Ruapehu in Tongariro National Park is home to the country’s highest peaks. 960 1280

Mark Sedon/Hedgehog House  

Japan

Japan

Though it’s rarely sunny, Niseko is considered by many to be Japan’s best ski locale, thanks to its varied terrain and abundant natural powder. 960 1280

Ryan Creary  

Afghanistan

Afghanistan

One of the least likely ski destinations in the world, Afghanistan’s Hindu Kush Mountains require an hour trek on foot to reach the peak. Still, the Bamiyan Ski Club, a charitable organization set up to promote skiing in the area, is attracting more adventurous skiers every year.   960 1280

MASSOUD HOSSAINI  

Slovakia

Slovakia

With 125 ski resorts, 474 kilometers of slopes and 535 ski lifts Slovakia should be top of mind when we think of skiing. Jasná Nízke Tatry is widely consider the country’s premier ski resort. 960 1280

Richard Nebesky  

Giant Onion Drop, St. George’s, Bermuda

Giant Onion Drop, St. George’s, Bermuda

Each year in St. George’s, Bermuda, a giant paper mache Bermuda onion festooned in holiday lights is dropped in front of the town hall. 960 1280

Dennis Martins  

Guitar Drop, Memphis, Tenn.

Guitar Drop, Memphis, Tenn.

The Hard Rock Cafe on Beale Street rings in the New Year in Memphis with its annual guitar drop. The ten-foot Gibson guitar is dropped more than 100 feet as part of a televised event that includes live music performances for a crowd of more than 50,000 revelers. 960 1280

Hard Rock Memphis  

Giant Potato Drop, Boise, Idaho

Giant Potato Drop, Boise, Idaho

For this year’s annual potato drop in Boise, an Idaho-based design firm is fabricating a brand new 17-foot long, high-tech internally lit “Glow-tato.” Reps from Idaho’s New Year’s Commission insist it will be more realistic and more durable than previous years’ potatoes. To see the animated build process visit: www.GlowTato.com. 960 1280

Idaho New Years Commission  

Orange Drop, Miami, Fla.

Orange Drop, Miami, Fla.

It may look like a ball from a distance, but in Miami, revelers ring in the New Year with the dropping of The Big Orange.  960 1280

Joe Raedle  

Giant Acorn Drop, Raleigh, N.C.

Giant Acorn Drop, Raleigh, N.C.

Each December 31 a giant copper acorn, the official monument commemorating the bicentennial of “the City of Oaks,” is transported from Raleigh’s Moore Square to the roof of the Civic Center where it’s dropped to celebrate the New Year.  960 1280

Mark Haynes  

Peach Drop, Atlanta, Ga.

Peach Drop, Atlanta, Ga.

At the biggest New Year’s Eve celebration in the Southeast, Atlantans drop a giant peach at midnight.  960 1280

Paras Griffin  

Electric Moon Pie Drop, Mobile, Ala.

Electric Moon Pie Drop, Mobile, Ala.

Moon Pie Over Mobile is the annual New Year’s celebration in Mobile, Ala. Festivities include  the cutting of the world’s largest moon pie and the dropping of a 600-pound, electric, fully-lit moon pie at midnight.  960 1280

Mike Tabb  

Pickle Drop, Mount Olive, N.C.

Pickle Drop, Mount Olive, N.C.

Described by the sponsor as “dill-lightful,” the Mount Olive Pickle Company hosts an annual New Year’s Eve fundraiser to benefit the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina. Festivities include live music and the 7 p.m. drop of a giant, fully-lit pickle at the corner of Cucumber & Vine. 960 1280

Mt. Olive Pickle Company  

Cow Drop, Marietta, Ga

Cow Drop, Marietta, Ga

Marietta’s New Year’s Eve festivities include ice sculpting, "cosmic golf" and the dropping of the Georgia-born franchise Chick-fil-A Cow. 960 1280

Lindsey Wiles  

Clam Drop, Yarmouth, Maine

Clam Drop, Yarmouth, Maine

Every December 31, Yarmouth's First Universalist Church lowers a giant clam named Steamer 25 feet from the bell tower. 960 1280

Portland Press Herald  

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