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Wintertime for many Americans means waking in the dark, going home in the dark and spending most of the day inside at work or at home. Oh, the monotony of it all.

Maybe you live in a state that sees plenty of snow and you’re over it and can’t wait to visit someplace warm. Maybe you live in a state that is still fairly warm during the winter and crave some ski action on some fresh powder. Either way, we’ve put together a list of 10 cities that might strike your fancy as the perfect getaway this winter season.

Savannah, GA


The oldest city in Georgia is known for its parks and squares, so every step you take amid Spanish moss-covered trees looks like you’re walking through a postcard. In fact, I don’t think it’s possible to take a bad photo in this town. Featured in movies and the setting for bestselling books like “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil,” Savannah is brimming with antebellum history, modern art, scenic views, delicious food and delightful shopping venues.

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Colorado Springs, CO

Colorado Springs

The state’s second-largest city is home to natural landmarks, family-friendly attractions and museums geared toward tourists and nature lovers alike. Aside from beautiful Pike’s Peak, one of the most dramatic scenes is at its foothills – the Garden of the Gods. The park is all the more stunning when you stay at the Garden of the Gods Resort and open your drape in the morning to reveal the red rock landscape. The city is also close to Manitou Springs where shopping and dining is nestled in a small-town setting and where visitors can see ancient cliff dwellings of the Anasazi, the ancestors of modern Pueblo culture.

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San Antonio, TX

Riverwalk San Antonio

With a blend of history, culture, modern amenities, music and food, it’s no wonder San Antonio sees north of 25 million tourists per year. Remember the Alamo when you go to this major city in south central Texas. The 18th-century Spanish mission has been preserved as a museum of Texas independence. The River Walk, composed of restaurants, hotels and more has expanded and continues to grow, allowing for additional walk and bike access. There is so much color to see, music to hear and cuisine to taste as you make your way from beloved missions to amazing cultural shows.

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Pittsburgh, PA


For sports fans it’s all about the black and yellow, but Pittsburgh has some pretty interesting things to see and do, especially in the winter. For example, you can ride a century-old cable car and see views of the city on the Duquesne Incline, or take a look at some serious pop culture art at the Andy Warhol Museum. Don’t forget to check out Gobbler’s Knob in Punxsutawney about 1.5 hours away from Pittsburgh to see Phil, the famous spring forecasting groundhog! If you can’t make it in time for the Feb. 2 weather prediction, you can still see him in a terrarium built into the town library.

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St. Augustine, FL

St. Augustine, Florida

If you love history, this town is for you, as it celebrated its 450th anniversary in September 2015! See some of Florida’s most historically significant areas by visiting the Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park, the site of the first 1565 Menendez settlement and the Castillo de San Marcos National Monument, the oldest masonry fort in the continental U.S. For amazing scenery, check out the Lightner Museum and courtyard or visit Anastasia Island for some relaxation. Whether you want to sip on a drink by the palm trees or get a taste of colonial life, St. Augustine is a great combination of old and new, yesterday and today.

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Sedona, AZ


If you are interested in scenic views, a vibrant art and jewelry scene and relaxing spas, Sedona is an oasis in the middle of the desert. Hiking trails and vortex sites draw visitors even in wintertime when light dustings of snow rest on red rock formations. A special vantage point is the Sedona Airport Mesa where panoramic views are perfect at sunrise and sunset. Most stores and galleries close by 6 p.m. so be sure to get an early start and leave the evenings for a special dinner or drinks at some of the local bars. Not too far away is Montezuma Castle National Monument where you’ll find 1,000-year-old cliff dwelling ruins of the Sinagua, and Montezuma Well, source of water and wildlife, with 1.5 million gallons of water flowing into the well every day.

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New Orleans, LA

New Orleans

The “Big Easy” has so much to offer year-round, but it’s no secret that Mardi Gras is a draw for visitors from around the globe. With elaborate parades, costumes, beads and revelry, a trip to New Orleans will take you from winter blues to singing the blues in one of their live music nightclubs. Walk through the French Quarter and the Garden District to see architecture unique to the area and enjoy antique shops on Magazine Street. Historical places are virtually everywhere, from elaborate cemeteries to a bar as old as Captain Jean Lafitte, serving drinks since the 1700s. Creole and Cajun food is available at many fine restaurants, but no trip is complete without a plate of classic French beignets and coffee at Café Du Monde, open 24 hours for that late-night craving.

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San Diego, CA

San Diego

There is no shortage of things to do in this Pacific coast city. Balboa Park is the epicenter of San Diego, with museums, gardens, performing art centers, a carousel and perhaps, the most beloved, the San Diego Zoo, which is celebrating 100 years in 2016! One of the coolest places is the USS Midway Museum, where restored planes, flight simulators and more are located on the longest-serving U.S. Navy aircraft carrier of the 20th century. Take in some shopping and live entertainment at Seaport Village and experience ocean views from Cabrillo National Monument and Old Point Loma Lighthouse on the peninsula. Did I mention that there is more sunshine there in winter than summer? Bonus!

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Bozeman, MT


Located in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, this southwestern Montana town is perfect for skiing and snowboarding. Get close to grizzly bears or see Palisade Falls while it’s frozen for amazing photographs that will make you feel like Ansel Adams. Just 1.5 hours away is Yellowstone National Park where geysers, forests and wildlife attract millions of visitors each year. If you need a break from outdoor activities, boutiques, restaurants, coffee shops and more await you in downtown Bozeman, or you can see one of the largest collections of dinosaur fossils in the world at the Museum of the Rockies.

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Las Vegas, NV

Las Vegas

In the middle of the Mojave Desert is a city that never sleeps. You can walk the four-mile strip and observe spectacular buildings, lights, water fountains and shops, but there are plenty of other things to see. Besides trying your luck in any of the casinos, visit the original Vegas by heading to Fremont Street, take a tour of the Hoover Dam or see an elaborate show or concert from popular artists who have residencies there. Food options are endless, but there’s nothing quite like the over-the-top buffets offered at many of the top casinos and hotels. Enjoy nightly attractions like the Bellagio fountains, ascending to the top of Paris’ replica Eiffel Tower, the erupting volcano at the Mirage or swashbuckling atop a pirate ship at Treasure Island. Last but not least, since it’s wintertime, prices are ridiculously low for hotel stays during winter (as low as $17 per night), giving you plenty of dough to spend on entertainment!

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Whether you want to escape to a warm climate or make the most of icy weather on the slopes, these cities are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to finding the perfect getaway this winter season.

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