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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Phoenix/Scottsdale, Arizona( Christian Petersen, Getty Images / February 3, 2011 )
Distance from Baltimore: 2,275 miles, about a four-hour flight
Why it's hot: Scenery, golf, baseball, culture and chic resorts. For a cultural kick, check out the Heard Museum, with more than more than 32,000 pieces of American Indian native and fine art. Catch a Diamondbacks game at Chase Field, the first baseball facility in the world to feature the combination of a retractable roof, air conditioning, and a natural turf field. For outdoor enthusiasts, take a tour of the stunning 50 acres of desert plants, including many endangered species, at the Desert Botanical Garden in Papago Park. Or, opt for a mountain hike that offers stunning desert panoramas, such as Piestewa Peak or South Mountain Park. If your feet are flagging, hop in the car for the gorgeous Apache Trail scenic byway drive. On the way, you can stop at Saguaro Lake, Goldfield Ghost Town, and various state parks. For those in need of relaxation, venture just outside of Phoenix, to the Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain for a leisurely day surrounded by Arizonas striking beauty.
Don't miss:Scottsdale is a duffer's delight, with more than 200 beautiful and scenic golf courses. A few miles north of Scottsdale, you'll find Frank Lloyd Wright's desert masterpiece, Taliesin West. To get the full effect, take a guided tour to learn not only some architectural gems but about Wright's enduring cultural legacy. Since you won't be able to stay at Taliesin, check out any of a number of chic resorts in Scottsdale, including Hotel Valley Ho, The Phoenician and the W Scottsdale, which recently installed a roof-top ice rink.
Information: Go to visitphoenix.com.