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Bison run near the entrance to Yellowstone National
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Bison run near the entrance to Yellowstone National Park in Gardiner, Mont. Yellowstone in winter is a wonderland: Steaming creeks curling through a snow-white landscape, frozen waterfalls, spouting geysers and bubbling mud pots ringed by ice, bison grazing through geyser-melted snow around Old Faithful.(Credit: AP, 2011)

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Eight cool winter getaways

When winter winds start blowing in, most residents of cold climes start thinking of warm-weather vacations. But some people take another tack. They deliberately head for places one might not normally think of going to in wintertime. Places with attractions that can only be seen at that time of year, places with special appeal despite the climate, places perhaps even colder than home, but not necessarily so. Here are eight winter destinations you might not have thought of before. --Jay Clarke, Special to Newsday