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Best Winter Trips 2013

January 16, 2013; 10:50 AM ET
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All content in this article is from the National Geographic Best Winter Trips 2013 slideshow

Yellowstone National Park, Montana

Photograph by Jehnichen, laif/Redux

Mid-December to early March, Yellowstone is a winter wonderland best explored on foot, cross-country skis, or snowshoes. The park stays open year-round, but in winter most roads are closed to wheeled vehicles. "Lodging and Learning" packages offered by Yellowstone National Park Lodges and the Yellowstone Association Institute make it easy to stay and play in the park.

Chena River State Recreation Area, Alaska

Photograph by James McClean, Chena Hot Springs Resort

The packed winter trails crisscrossing Chena State Recreation Area's 397 square miles of forests and alpine tundra are open for snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, snowmachining, and winter mountain biking (try the Colorado Creek Trail for a three- to four-hour ride). Located only 26 miles east of Fairbanks, Chena River puts Alaskan adventure within easy reach via scenic (and plowed) Chena Hot Springs Road.

Photograph by Win Initiative, Getty Images

When temperatures dip below freezing, residents in Canada's largest city head downtown and below ground to 17 miles of weatherproof walkways. Toronto's extensive PATH network offers slush-, ice-, and snow-free pedestrian access to parking garages, stores, subway stops, restaurants, hotels, and entertainment venues. During the Winterlicious foodie festival (January 25 to February 7), nosh your way through Toronto's diverse neighborhoods, including Little India, home to the Gerrard India Bazaar, North America's largest South Asian marketplace.

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