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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Glacier National Park, Montana( Susan Hegger, MCT / October 5, 2006 )
Distance from Baltimore: 2,395 miles
Why it's cool: The park's mountains, lakes and abundent wildlife attract millions of backpackers each year. In winter, crosscountry skiing and snowshoeing are popular here. Guided snowshoe walks are also available. For an adventurous approach, choose from more than 700 miles of trails and hike to one of Glaciers backcountry chalets for an overnight stay. For a more relaxing escape, reserve a room in one of the parks historic lodges, rustic cabins, or modern hotels. Cmaping is also an option and it's free in winter.
Dont miss: The Going-to-the-Sun Road. This winding road spans more than 50 miles, cutting across the park through some of its wildest interiors and mountainsides. Expect to see glaciers and wildlife, like Mountain Goats and Bighorn Sheep, during the drive. Visitors without a car can catch a ride on a park tour bus or shuttle. Only parts of the road are plowed in winter so check the park's road status.
Information: http://www.nps.gov/glac or call 406-888-7800