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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Quebec City, Canada( Mathieu Belanger, Reuters / January 29, 2011 )
Distance from Baltimore: 703 miles, about a 5-hour flight (or a 12-hour drive)
Why it's cool: Québec City is known both for its host of winter activities, such as dog sledding, and its historic attractions. Visit Old Québec/Dufferin Terrace for a taste of European culture and a great spot for people-watching. The town is full of street entertainers, singers, artists and horse-drawn carriages. It even hosts Rue du Trésor, an open-air art gallery. Place-Royale/Petit-Champlain District, another historic town, displays cobblestone streets, boutiques and restaurants which will keep any visitor busy.
Don't miss: Every year, thousands of visitors attend the Québec Winter Carnival. The worlds largest winter carnival, this Québec City event features night parades, snow baths, snow sculptures, sleigh rides, skating and giant foosball.
Information: Québec City Tourism, 835, Avenue Wilfrid-Laurier, Québec, QC G1R 2L3; 418-641-6290 or www.quebecregion.com/en