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Now that winter is in full swing, it's time to think about where you can travel to keep the cold weather blues at bay.
Here are six destinations you don’t want to miss this winter season.
For the romantic
1. Travel to Lapland, Finland, for something romantic and exotic. Book a room at the Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort and let them handle the details — the resort offers everything from reindeer safaris to night trips for aurora borealis viewing.
2. In the mood for something warmer? Try Sedona, Arizona. The Northern Arizona city is a mecca of sorts for spiritual healers, so be sure to explore a series of renowned valleys near Sedona said to form energy vortexes. While you might or might not feel it, you can enjoy more than 100 hiking trails among rocks that look like the colors of a sunset.
Unfortunately, flights to Sedona aren't cheap. Google Flights says a February, two-person round-trip flight from NYC to nearby Grand Canyon City Airport costs roughly $880.
For the international traveler
3. Book a flight to St. Barts, West Indies, for a great international getaway. There are 14 public beaches, a fantastic lighthouse, museums and unlimited outdoor activities.
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For the family
4. Traveling with the whole family? Head to sunny San Diego. There are amazing beaches, but the kids will really love the San Diego Zoo. Day passes for kids 12 years old and under are $46, and passes for visitors 12 and older are $56. Sounds like a lot, but it's worth it. The San Diego Zoo has more than 4,000 animals, and a day pass grants you and the family access to every show that day.
For the budget-watcher
5. Sun Valley, Idaho, is a fun spot to visit on a tight budget. One-way flights from NYC airports to Sun Valley are under $300 — some as low as $150 if you travel midweek — and once you arrive, the main ski area is only a 15-minute ride away. Purchase a discounted, late season ski pass to get deals on lodging, lift tickets and more.
For the stateside adventure seeker
6. If you're looking to stay in the U.S., a great place to visit during the winter is Yellowstone National Park. The park closes most of its roads during the colder months but allows visitors to traverse them on skis or even snowmobiles. The smaller crowds allow for more animal sightings and untouched, picturesque views of the park.
How to maximize your rewards
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Flexibility, point transfers and a large bonus: Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card
No annual fee: Bank of America® Travel Rewards credit card
Flat-rate travel rewards: Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card
Bonus travel rewards and high-end perks: Chase Sapphire Reserve®
Luxury perks: The Platinum Card® from American Express
Business travelers: Ink Business Preferred® Credit Card
Planning a trip? Check out these articles for more inspiration and advice: The best national and state parks for solo travel this winter NerdWallet’s top travel credit cards This strategy is how I started earning major travel rewards