18 Winter Wonderlands That Put the North Pole to Shame

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You don’t need to trek to the Arctic to catch a glimpse of what makes the winter season so magical — crisp and clean air, blue skies set against a sea of white and enough snow activities to keep you off the couch and busy for weeks on end. From the craggy peaks of Twizel (you’ll recognize them from Lord of the Rings) and South Tyrol to the more charming views of Shirakawa, Japan, there are views and landscapes for just about anyone. To keep you in the seasonal spirit for months to come, we’ve rounded up some of the most impressive winter images from around the globe.

Salzburg, Austria

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Shirakawa, Japan

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Leavenworth, Washington

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Bled, Slovenia

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Tromso, Norway

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Lapland, Finland

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Girdwood, Alaska

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Twizel, New Zealand

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Anchorage, Alaska

Dolomites, South Tyrol, Italy

Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada

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Purcell Mountains, British Columbia, Canada

Yellowstone National Park, USA

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Estes Park, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

Jackson, Wyoming

Harbin, China

Lochaber, Scotland

Skaftafell, Vatnajokull National Park, Iceland

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Ashley Bess is an editor turned freelancer writer who describers herself as short, opinionated, recently repatriated, lover of gin and travel and with a head full of useless song lyrics and movie quotes.

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