100 hot and cold winter getaways [Pictures]
By now we're all three layers deep into our down-filled parkas and up to our ankles in slushy, cold white stuff. Perhaps a winter getaway is not in order. Maybe a beach vacation? But whether you like it hot or cold, here are 100 destinations sure to hit the spot.
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Grand Canyon National Park( Robert Galbraith, Reuters / December 3, 2012 )
Distance from Baltimore: 2,300 miles, about a four-hour flight or a 35-hour drive
Why it's cool: The crowds, for the most part, are gone in winter. During the off-season, some facilities, as well as the North Rim, may close bu the South Rim remains open year-round. Most activities are the same in off-season, including bike rentals, hiking and camping. Lodging remains open year-round - and even though it's not as crowded, you will need to reserve in advance. And snow is possible, so come prepared.
Don't miss: Sunset at Yaki Point. Located on the east end of the South Rim, this viewpoint is a quiet place at sunrise or sunset compared to the popular Hopi Point. Yaki Point is not accessible by private vehicle, so plan to use the parks free shuttle bus service that departs from the visitor center. A visit to the Grand Canyon West outside the park, where a skywalk is cantilevered 4,000 feet above the canyon floor, is an exciting side trip.
Information: http://www.nps.gov/grca, 928-638-7888