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12 Enchanting Winter Wonderlands

From snowy holiday markets shimmering with lights to tree branches heavy with fresh morning frost, the world looks wonderful when dressed in white. Transport yourself to these 12 real-life winter wonderlands, where snow falls serenely against twilit skies and endless icebound landscapes.

Kingston, Washington


An apple a day: In the quaint area of Kingston along the Puget Sound, a doe finds a winter nibble.

Fussen, Germany


A castle, wild swans, and a bitter-cold Alpine lake make this a storybook-worthy scene in southern Bavaria.

Quebec City, Canada


You may recognize picturesque Place Royale from Catch Me If You Can, when main character Frank Abagnale, Jr. (Leonardo DiCaprio) gets nabbed. Here, the historical heart of Vieux Quebec sits blissfully unpeopled.

Dolomites, Italy


A hazy shade of winter cloaks Italy’s Alpine Dolomites and their narrow, icebound valleys.

Kyoto, Japan


Some of the most beautiful scenic photographs are of Japan and Japanese Temples – especially when the cherry blossom is in full bloom. These places also become beautiful in their winter coats – sometimes, if you’re lucky, you get the double whammy of cherry blossom and snow! The Golden Temple in Kyoto is a sight, anytime.

North Vancouver, Canada


Each year, the Capilano Suspension Bridge, bedecked in thousands of twinkling lights, welcomes visitors to take a festive stroll 100 feet above the ground.

Banff, Canada


Banff’s picture-perfect main drag rests at the foot of the snowcapped Canadian Rockies.

Oulanka National Park, Finland


Oulanka is always a popular family destination: with rave reviews about charming accommodation and wonderful leaders, this is definitely a winter trip…

Pagosa Springs, Colorado


Wintry clouds roll in at Colorado’s Wolf Creek Ski Area as skiers look on—from above.

Poconos, Pennsylvania


Dusk—and snow—falls on a farmstead in rural Monroe County, giving the powder a pink glow.

Tallinn, Estonia

Christmas Market, Town Hall Square, Tallinn, Estonia

Sip mulled wine and explore medieval Tallinn’s Christmas Market as it sparkles with holiday lights.

Blue Lagoon, Iceland


There’s something very special about the juxtaposition of fire and ice and hot and cold, and it’s rarely typified so well as Iceland’s Blue Lagoon. You could say that the whole of Iceland becomes one of the world’s best winter wonderlands but the Blue Lagoon is exceptional. People flock to the spa for the healing properties of the geothermic waters, while photographers are happy to spend hours perfecting the best shots of the frozen landscape and the oh so blue lagoon.

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