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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Dubai, United Arab Emirates( Ahmed Jadallah, Reuters / December 2, 2012 )
Distance from Baltimore: About a 13-hour flight, nonstop
Why it's hot: Dubai's warm weather and status as a regional luxury shopping and tourism hub creates an extremely diverse set of activities that are sure to please. It's the only place in the world where you can cool off at the Wild Wadi Waterpark and then bundle up for snow sports at the indoor Ski Dubai attraction. You could also go from a safari through the Arabian Desert right to lounging on a white sand beach with a fruity cocktail. Like to shop? Visit one of Dubai's tax free malls or Eastern Markets for a bargain. Want to be amazed? Check out the observation deck for the Burj Khalifa, standing at 2,717 feet it is the world's tallest manmade structure.
Don't miss: Jumeirah Beach Dubai's old town magically remade as an upscale resort complex. It includes the Burj Al Arab, a luxury hotel that has a unique sail shape.
Information: Dubai Department of Tourism, 888-584-7070, www.dubaitourism.ae.