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Whether you're looking to escape or embrace the cold, here are six best destinations to visit this winter.
Why we love it: Though Chilean Patagonia is no longer a savvy traveler’s secret, Chile’s many other riches—lava-spewing, snow-capped volcanoes; salt-rimmed, painted deserts; century-old vineyards in the shadows of the Andes Mountains—remain largely untouched by the masses.
As the Southern Hemisphere moves into summer, explore the diversity of this long and narrow country through local outfitter Upscape, specialists in exposing travelers to Chile’s less-trodden paths. Don't miss wine tastings and overnights at family vineyards in the Colchagua Valley; explorations of active volcanoes, glacial lakes, and the farm-to-table restaurants of the south at new, experiential Relais & Chateaux member Hotel Vira Vira; and hikes through the Atacama Desert’s Valle de la Luna, a moonlike canyon encased by billions of salt crystals and mounds of ground salt (this is just one of more than thirty complimentary excursions available to guests of Alto Atacama Desert Lodge & Spa).
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Why we love it: A picture-perfect resort town, Jackson is what winter dreams are made of. And thanks to new non-stop service from Houston, Seattle/Tacoma, and JFK, this wonderland is more accessible than ever.
Revel in world-class downhill skiing—with slopes suitable for beginners, experts, and mid-level skiers—plus plenty of après-ski fun. If you love the snow but skiing isn’t your thing, try your hand at other winter pursuits like snowshoeing, ice-skating, dogsledding, sleigh rides, or even heli-skiing. Head out on a winter wildlife safari through Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park, snapping images of elk and buffalo. Retreat to the lap of luxury at the Four Seasons Resort Jackson Hole in Teton Village and enjoy the best of the après-ski scene at The Handle Bar, a high-end twist on pub fare and drinks by celebrity Chef Michael Mina. If traveling with the entire family or a large group, considering opting for a villa through The Clear Creek Group, which has exclusive agreements with several of the area’s most beautiful homes.
The formation of Subtropical Storm Leslie and Tropical Storm Kirk may only be the start of a busy next couple of weeks in the tropical Atlantic.
The newest storm in the western Pacific Ocean will track through the Philippine Sea, continuing to gather strength before impacting land later in the week.
Following a brief lull in tropical weather across the Atlantic Basin, several areas of interest have developed this weekend, including the season's newest named storms.
The start of Oktoberfest 2018 is upon us and big changes in the weather are expected for the opening days of festivities.
The same storm system that produced deadly flooding in Texas late last week will channel rounds of heavy downpours into the lower Mississippi Valley throughout much of this week.
The NASCAR Playoffs will continue tonight at the Richmond Raceway amid warm and potentially unsettled weather.
The arrival of cooler, less humid air in the northeastern United States will coincide with the first days of fall this weekend.
On Monday, Sept. 17, a series of tornadoes from Hurricane Florence struck Virginia and caused heavy destruction in the Richmond area, including a tree that was housing 70,000 bees.