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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Cape Town, South Africa( Mary Ann Anderson, MCT / January 22, 2010 )
Distance from Baltimore: About a 20-hour flight with stops
Why it's hot: Known as the most scenic and cosmopolitan of South Africa's cities, it boasts good restaurants and a stunning southern coast. It is surrounded by wineries and freckled with quaint towns such as Franschhoek, Stellenbosch and Paarl, with their pretty Cape Dutch homesteads. In Cape Town, tourists can climb (or drive up) Table Mountain for stunning views, or take a boat trip to Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned before he became president.
Don't miss: Take a dramatic coastal drive from Cape Town to Agulhas, the continent's southernmost point, taking in Cape Point and the rugged Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve and lighthouse.
Information: Go to capetown.travel.