During the day, explore the city's many art museums and galleries (including the National Gallery of Iceland) and checking out the magnificent Hallgrimskirkja church. Of course, the ultimate place to warm up is a thermal pool or spa, which Reykjavik has in abundance. The most famous, the Blue Lagoon, is located near the airport, making it an ideal first or last stop on your trip to Iceland. Properties we love include the well-located Reykjavik Residence Hotel and the cozy Snorri's Guesthouse.
To enjoy the unforgettable winter scenery, head out of town and take a drive along the Peak to Peak Highway, which runs from Central City to Estes Park and offers stunning views of the Continental Divide along nearly its entire length. Not far outside of Denver is the laid-back college town of Boulder. At night, curl up in front of your fireplace at the cozy Gregory Inn, or go upscale at the stylish Hotel Monaco.
There are plenty of chilly pleasures to be found here -- like hiking or cross-country skiing through the crunchy snow in Mount Royal park, or strolling through an Old Town that looks even more magical with its gray stone buildings blanketed in white. When you're ready to come in from the cold, head for the Underground City, an enormous network of boutiques and other shops connected to the city's major downtown metro stations and hotels.
winter travelers can enjoy the off-season in the always lovely cobblestone streets of Charleston, with smaller crowds in the city's museums, estate homes and forts. You can also enjoy reduced rates at dozens of Charleston's historic inns and B&B's. Our favorites are the Governor's House Inn, boasting an elegant crescent staircase and opulent guest rooms, and the friendly King George IV Inn, which offers comfy, reasonably priced rooms with fireplaces.
This friendly, cosmopolitan city draw visitors with indoor (read: heated) sights like the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, the Science Museum of Minnesota in St. Paul, and the most visited attraction in the state: the gigantic Mall of America, about 20 minutes south of both cities. (Break out your credit card -- there's no sales tax on clothes!) Best of all? You may not even need to step outside to get around, as both cities have networks of climate-controlled skyways.
Winter in Salzburg brings smaller crowds around the city's major sights, which include the towering Fortress Hohensalzburg, the breathtaking Dom (cathedral) and the historic house where Mozart was born. Complete your cozy getaway with a stay at the historic (and reasonably priced) Altstadthotel Weiss Taube -- or splurge on digs at the more luxurious Hotel Sacher.