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18 Real-Life Places That Are Straight-Up Winter Wonderlands

🎶 Walkin' in a winter wonderland 🎶

1. Lofoten Island, Norway

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One of the greatest places in the world to catch the northern lights, the archipelago of islands known as Lofoten isn't easy to reach, per se. But if you're looking for a place to gawk at winter's beauty, it doesn't get much better than this.

2. Vik, Iceland

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Set on Iceland's south coast, the small village of Vik is close to a handful of popular tourist spots including the black sand beach of Reynisfjara, Skogafoss, and Seljalandsfoss waterfalls.

3. Tallinn, Estonia

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Estonia's capital city comes alive during the winter thanks to a giant Christmas market in the old town square.

4. Edgartown, Massachusetts

5. Park City, Utah

6. Vienna, Austria

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If you're hoping to get into the Christmas spirit, book your trip to Vienna. While the days are short this time of year, the Austrian capital is full of joy and holiday cheer thanks to dozens of festive markets that pop up all over the city.

7. Chamonix, France

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This French Alpine town is located at the base of Mont Blanc where France, italy, and Switzerland touch. During the winter, it's a popular ski town full of glamorous chalets and après ski bars.

8. Shirakawago, Japan

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This traditional village, part of a UNESCO heritage site, sits along the Shogawa River Valley in mountainous central Japan.

9. Banff, Canada

10. Strasbourg, France

11. Portsmouth, New Hampshire

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Winter in New England might be cold, but there's something calming and peaceful about the city of Portsmouth where the roofs are covered in the snow and the colorful sunsets reflect off the harbor.

12. Hallstatt, Austria

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An easy day trip from Salzburg or Vienna, the Austrian city of Hallstatt sits on a stretch of land where the mountains meet the shore in the region of Salzkammergut. You'll find colorful 16th century Alpine houses, narrow downtown streets, salt mines, and a shimmering lake.

13. Quebec City, Canada

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Quebec is so beautiful during the winter that you'll almost forget about the numbing cold. Visit during February to catch the annual carnival, and carve out some time to walk around the cobblestone streets of Old Quebec.

14. South Tyrol, Italy

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Set before a backdrop of the Italian Alps and the Dolomites, the small towns that make up the region of South Tyrol look like they've popped straight out of a postcard.

15. Kraków, Poland

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This Polish city is still relatively off the radar for many tourists. Visit during the winter and you'll the Medieval main square, castles, and basilicas are dusted with snow and decked out in holiday lights.

16. Suzhou, China

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West of Shanghai, this ancient city is known for its scenic canals, gardens, and ancient temples. It doesn't now often in Suzhou, but you visit during the chilly winter months you might see snow-kissed canal banks and pagoda rooftops.

17. Jackson, Wyoming

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Nestled in Jackson Hole valley before the snowcapped peaks of Grand Teton National Park, Jackson is a popular vacation town all year 'round. In the winter, it draws crowds for its winter sports, wildlife, and chic town with great art and dining.

18. Zermatt, Switzerland

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Just below the iconic Matterhorn peak, the town of Zermatt is an outdoor sports paradise. But even those who prefer to stay indoors will find plenty to do between the chic boutiques, cozy restaurants, and bustling après ski scene.