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Make February Memorable with a Getaway to These 11 Wonderful Locales

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Escape the winter blues and make February unforgettable with a getaway to these 11 enchanting locales. Explore snowy splendor in Sapporo during its splendid Snow Festival, where intricate snow sculptures adorn the cityscape. Venture to Reykjavík for the Winter Lights Festival, a mesmerizing display of light against the backdrop of Nordic winters. For a tropical escape and some sunshiny times in winter, St. Thomas is ideal for soaking up the sun. Discover the unique celebrations of Chinese New Year in Malaysia, experience a vibrant and colorful carnival in Zurich, or immerse yourself in the dazzling display of Aruba's 70th Carnival anniversary. Thus, visiting these extraordinary locales will make February a memorable chapter in your travel diary.


Sapporo

Situated in northern Japan, Sapporo is the capital of the Hokkaido prefecture. Renowned for hosting the 1972 Winter Olympics and the internationally acclaimed Sapporo Snow Festival, the city attracts tourists from various corners of the globe. Boasting a population exceeding one million, Sapporo is famed for significantly contributing towards bolstering Japan's tourism sector. The city's landscape is adorned with historic buildings, landmarks, beaches, zoos, museums, and aquariums, creating a vibrant cultural mosaic. Notable attractions include the iconic Sapporo TV Tower, the expansive Odori Park, the Historical Village of Hokkaido, and the Sapporo Brewery.

Sapporo, Sapporo, Japan
Reykjavík

An urban, thriving capital that rests on the waters of the North Atlantic Ocean, the city of Reykjavik is scattered with indicators of Viking history, a blossoming cultural realm, iconic architectural marvels, and a gorgeous sprawl of natural beauty. The city is one of the many cornerstones of the Viking Age, semblances of which can be seen in the Saga Museum and the The Settlement Exhibition. It is also the proud home of the geothermal wonders of the Blue Lagoon, the remarkable Hallgrímskirkja and the unique Perlan building. A wealth of bars, superb restaurants, nightclubs and cafes dot the streets of Reykjavik's center, expressing their newfound cosmopolitan energy. At the edge of its modern outskirts, Reykjavik also hosts incredible landscapes and stretches of unspoiled wilderness waiting to be explored.

Reykjavik, Reykjavík, Iceland, 101
Mexico City

Cupped by the Valley of Mexico, the nation's capital city is a monumental revelation. Its many layers are shaped by ancient Aztec-dominated history, a riveting culture, a varied architectural landscape, and distinctly shaded colonias or neighborhoods. Mexico's most densely populated city, this cultured namesake, centers around its historic heart, the Centro Historico, where its exciting buzz is the most pronounced. Zocalo, or the Plaza de la Constitución, one of the world's largest squares is the hub of all activity and is home to the Aztec Templo Mayor, one of its most revered historical landmarks. The rest of its periphery brims with the same bustling spirit, from the lush greenery of the Chapultepec colonia and the affluent ambitions of Polanco to the canal-clad allure of Xochimilco and the cosmopolitan essence of Juárez.

Mexico City, Mexico City, Mexico
Valle de Bravo

Nestled high in the mountains of central Mexico, Valle de Bravo captivates with its enchanting beauty. Perched beside the crystalline Lake Avándaro, this charming town is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts and culture seekers alike. With no shortage of activities and attractions, this town lures many. Hence, travelers can enjoy water activities on the lake, hike through pretty trails surrounded by lush pine forests, or visit the iconic Parish of Saint Francis of Asisi that presides over the town's historic square. When here, exploring the cobblestone streets adorned with vibrant bougainvillea, leading to artisanal markets and quaint cafes is a must. Thus, a beautiful blend of nature, history, and adventure makes Valle de Bravo irresistible for those seeking an idyllic escape.

Valle de Bravo, Valle de Bravo, Mexico
St. Thomas

Jade forested cliffs offset the brilliant blue of St. Thomas' lagoons, instantly setting the tone for the diverse range of vistas that this indulgent Caribbean island packs in. Sprawled across 32 square miles (82.8 square kilometers), one would be forgiven for thinking that a vacation on St. Thomas could be limiting. The sheer diversity of the island's attractions sweeps aside such notions. From Danish charm in Charlotte Amalie and the crescent allure of Magens Bay, to high-rolling with elite crowds at Frenchtown and a hip nightlife in the East End of Red Hook, there is more to St. Thomas than meets the eye. The island, the most commercialized of the Virgin Islands, is also its most celebrated shopping destination. With duty-free stores at every turn on the island's capital, several shops line Havensight and Crown Bay, making it a vacationer's shopping delight.

St. Thomas, St. Thomas, Virgin Islands (US), 00802
Sun Valley

Sun Valley is one of the most exotic places tourists are attracted to in Idaho. This resort city in Blaine County offers a plethora of opportunities for skiing, ice skating, tennis, trail riding, and cycling. The area is adjacent to the City of Ketchum, located within Wood River Valley. Nestled in the lap of the majestic Bald Mountain and Dollar Mountain, this city makes for a beautiful skiing resort town. Apart from winter sports, it also offers fantastic avenues for golfing, hiking, and biking, along with quaint lodging and delicious dining options. Thus, Sun Valley is an ideal retreat in the state for a fun family time or an adventurous trip.

Sun Valley, Sun Valley, ID, United States, 83353
Cape Town

While the Table Mountain may be the single most defining feature of Cape Town, the city is a stalwart of multiculturalism that has withstood that nation's troubled past. The legislative and parliamentary seat of South Africa, Cape Town is also its second most populous, outstripped only by Johannesburg. Table Mountain and Cape Point are the natural anchors of the city, each bestowed with wondrous scenery and ideally placed for a host of outdoor adventures. From hiking and mountain biking to paragliding, abseiling and surfing, Cape Town celebrates its natural heritage with genuine fervor. Named the Design Capital of the World in 2014, the city is a hub of innovation, centered mainly around the neighborhoods of East City and Woodstock, although you'll find superb street art throughout while Bo-kaap astounds with its prismatic architecture. Nestled between mountain and sea, awe-inspiring vistas are a given, but Cape Town also boasts all the perks of a cultural hub with world-class sports venues and countless museums that recount the city's history. Just offshore is Robben Island, the former prison where Nelson Mandela spent 18 years for his role in the anti-apartheid revolution alongside several other noted political figures. From shopping for souvenirs at Long Street and touring the First South African Perfume Museum to embarking upon whale watching tours and lounging at the beach, Cape Town strikes the perfect balance between culture, history and nature.

Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa, 7400
Kuala Lumpur

Malaysia's capital alpha world city amalgamates a host of cultures within its sprawling landscape. A warren of ambitious architecture, intermittently speckled with Mughal motifs and colonial splendor decorates its rapidly changing skyline, while along its outskirts, Kuala Lumpur flourishes as a natural enclave. Kuala Lumpur's beginnings can be traced back to relatively modest roots, when it started as a tiny tin-mining town, only to be made the capital of Peninsular Malaysia by the British in the 19th Century. Aspects of its colonial occupation still shine through and are most pronounced in its Old Town neighborhood. Northeast of the historic heart of Kuala Lumpur, the Golden Triangle neighborhood is home to the city's financial hub, and is also the place where the iconic Petronas Twin Towers soar high above the city. Like other newly arrived tourist hotspots, Kuala Lumpur also savors a seething passion for good food and shopping, one that manifests in the grand assemblage of designer malls and street food alcoves that dot its vibrant streets. Most of all, Kuala Lumpur is most adored for its lovely contrast of gleaming modernity and soothing nature.

Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 50490
Zurich

Perched on the northern shores of Lake Zurich, Switzerland's largest and wealthiest city is also one of the world's leading financial centers and is regularly named as one of the most livable cities across the globe. Zurich bears witness to over 2000 years of history, its Medieval old town a beautifully preserved chronicle of its past, while its post-industrial streak for revitalization is best observed at Züri-West where old warehouses have been seamlessly transformed into vibrant cultural centers. Of its collection of over 50 museums, the Kunsthaus and the Rietberg Museum harbor some of the world's finest art collections, while the Swiss National Museum exhibits the nation's cultural heritage. Zurich is also a world renown destination for shopping, the bustling Bahnhofstrasse and Niederdorf host to the world's foremost designer labels as well as trend-setting, local brands. Besides stunning vistas of the distant Alps and the shimmering waters of Lake Zurich, this city is the place to experience Swiss nightlife at its best, its numerous clubs and bars more flamboyant, flashy and fashionable than any of its sister cities. Parties rarely start before 11p and go on well into the wee hours of the morning. From its historic quarters to the vivacity of its post-industrial enclaves, Zurich is Switzerland's cultural icon.

Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland, 8001
Oranjestad

Located on the scenic southern coast of Aruba– Oranjestad is the historic capital city of this island nation. The charming city is best explored on foot and makes for an intriguing touristy place with it's old buildings and heritage sites—each with a distinct history. Founded in 1796 and built around Fort Zoutman, this city is renowned for its Dutch colonial architecture. Oranjestad also serves as a tax free harbor and is a great place to shop for authentic Aruban artifacts.

Oranjestad, Oranjestad, Aruba
Providence

The history of Rhode Island's state capital and its most populous city dates back to 1636 when it was established by Roger Williams. Providence may have been forgotten as nothing more than the relic of an industrial past, were it not for a visionary endeavor to revitalize the city spearheaded by Providence's two-time Mayor, Buddy Cianci. Today, the streetscapes are a seamless blend of architecture spanning the city's 300-year history and modern-day attractions. Brown University's historic campus sits atop College Hill, while the scenic Riverwalk hugs the sinuous banks of the Blackstone River. Award-winning restaurants, sprawling open spaces and plentiful public art tie together attractions like the Rhode Island School of Design Museum of Art, the Roger Williams Park Zoo, and the state's only Museum of Natural History, alongside Governor Henry Lippitt House Museum, the First Baptist Church in America and other historic sites. For shopping head to Providence Place or browse the vintage boutiques that throng downtown, while the Providence Performing Arts Center is your best bet for quality live entertainment. Kept on its toes by a youthful populace of college students, there's always a new restaurant to sample or a premier to catch in Providence, Rhode Island's "Culture Capital."

Providence, Providence, RI, United States, 02903
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