By Jennifer Vishnevsky for Redbook©
Although the winter season gets a bad rap for correlating with flu season and dark, gray skies, there’s also something beautiful happening around the world, all the way from Wyoming to Switzerland. These photos may even inspire you to start planning a winter getaway when it’s safe to do so. If seeing the Northern Lights is on your bucket list, the bitter cold temperatures of winter might just be your best shot at catching a glimpse. So grab the hot chocolate, sit back and enjoy a virtual tour to these inspiring winter wonderlands.
(Here is just a tease for those still in their jammies):
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A church and castle on a rock above Lake Bled in Slovenia.
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A polar bear in Kaktovik, a part of northern Alaska
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A group of horses running in the snow-covered hills of Shell, Wyoming.
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A rare snowstorm covers Yoyogi Park in Tokyo.
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An empty Red Square in Moscow, with St. Basil’s Cathedral in the background.
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St. Stephen’s Basilica and Zrinyi Street at dusk in Budapest.
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Spirit Island, a landmark in Jasper National Park. With a view of the Canadian Rockies, this island is only accessible by boat.
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The Northern Lights on display at Kirkjufell mountain
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A snowy owl perched in the sand at Jones Beach in Long Island.
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A fresh coating of ice at Yosemite National Park.
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Mount Cook and Mount Tasman reflected in Lake Matheson at sunset.