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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Panama City Beach, Fla.( Gary Bogdon Photo courtesy of Visit Florida / June 1, 2007 )
Distance from Baltimore: 817 miles, about a 13-hour drive or a two-hour flight.
Why it's hot: This popular vacation spot in Northwest Florida is home to white-sand beaches, temperate weather and it has some of the highest numbers of bottlenose dolphins in the world. It's also home to St. Andrews State Park, which was named the second best beach in the country by TripAdvisor. The park offers over a mile of beach, a lagoon for swimming, jet skiing and campgrounds.
Don't miss: New Year's Eve Beach Ball Drop. If you're planning on a New Year's vacation, you'll want to see the 800-pound beach ball drop in Pier Park, which rings in 2013 with a fireworks display.
Information: Go to visitpanamacitybeach.com