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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Tucson, Arizona( Ritz Carlton Photo / December 14, 2012 )
Distance from Baltimore: 2,307 miles, about a five-hour flight
Why it's hot: From rock climbers and bird watchers to gamblers, shoppers and history enthusiasts, Tucson attracts visitors of all kinds. Learn about the cosmos at the world-class Fred Lawrence Whipple Observatory or the Pima Air & Space Museum. Explore the city at a leisurely pace on the Old Pueblo Trolley that circulates from downtown Tucson to the University of Arizona entertainment district. Get up close with cacti by hiking at the Saguaro National Park.
Don't miss: Luxury accommodation at the Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain. The resort, above, sits 30 minutes northwest of Tucson in the Sonoran Desert. Amenities include a signature Jack Nicklaus golf course and an eco-holistic spa. Explore the desert by foot or bike, or take in the panoramic views of the Tortolita Mountains from the comfort of your room.
Information: Go to www.visittucson.org, 800-638-8350