Polar Bear New Year’s Plunges
Did you spend New Year’s Eve overindulging? Plunge into the New Year with a refreshing dip, washing away all the bad juju from the year before. One of the most iconic New Year’s dips is the annual Coney Island Polar Bear Swim. If the icy Atlantic Ocean is too cold for a January swim, don’t worry; there are New Year’s plunges in warmer waters, too.
Are you a film fanatic? Head to Park City for the annual Sundance Film Festival, America’s largest independent film festival. See world premieres of the most-anticipated indie films of the year. When you’ve had enough celeb-spotting and movie biz schmoozing, hit the slopes nearby to experience Utah’s epic powder. And once Sundance ends, draw up your next travel wish list with our annual look at movies that inspire travel.
Caribbean Winter Getaway
After the holiday excitement is over, winter doldrums set in during January. Escape winter’s wrath and get a dose of Vitamin D bychasing the sun to warmer climates. A short flight from the US, theDominican Republic is an ideal Caribbean hot spot if you’ve got a serious craving for sunny skies and white-sand beaches this winter.
Key West Food and Wine Festival
Food lovers should flock south to the annual Key West Food and Wine Festival to savor sunny skies and standout seafood dishes. Stroll through the funky streets of Key West, tasting fresh seafood, unique local ingredients and stellar vintages from around the world. In typical Key West style, this event doesn’t take itself too seriously — enjoy some foodie fun with wacky events like coconut bowling!
HOtel de Glace
Looking for a unique romantic getaway in a winter wonderland? Spend a night to remember in an igloo! Every January, Quebec’sHôtel de Glace is rebuilt entirely with ice and snow — everything from the walls down to the beds are carved into an original ice sculpture edifice. After such an unforgettable night, get the blood pumping with a day of dog sledding.
North American International Auto Show
Calling all auto aficionados! Rev up your motor with a peek at the sexiest and sleekest new rides of the year on display at the annual North American International Auto Show in Motor City. You’ll be inspired to plan your next road trip after seeing all these hot wheels.
Chinese New Year
Just when you thought all the ringing in of the New Year had stopped, the Chinese Lunar New Year makes it time to celebrate again. On Jan. 31, Chinatowns around the world will ring in 2014 as the Year of the Horse — symbolizing speed, perseverance, class and nobility. If you can’t make it to China, then check out spectacular Chinatown celebrations in San Francisco, Vancouverand Honolulu.