The most popular winter destinations

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The beginning of the year is a winning time for many Americans to take a break, and TripAdvisor has put together a list of the top 10 most popular destinations for U.S. travelers through the winter season, including special deals on hotels and leads on off-the-beaten-path things to see and try.

Key West, Florida

An island famed its relaxed pace of life,
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An island famed its relaxed pace of life, Key West has been a vacation destination for U.S. presidents and a home for such iconic writers as Ernest Hemingway and Tennessee Williams.

Be sure to visit: Key West Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley Tour and the Champagne Celebration Sunset Cruise.

Honolulu, Hawaii

The least expensive time to visit Honolulu, Hawaii
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The least expensive time to visit Honolulu, Hawaii is in March, according to TripAdvisor.

Be sure to visit: The Oahu Submarine Scooter Adventure.

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Celebrities and students on spring break have made
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Celebrities and students on spring break have made Cabo San Lucas a getaway hotspot for its surfing and beaches.

Be sure to visit: The Luxury Sailing and Snorkeling Cruise.

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Playa del Carmen, Mexico

The underwater caverns and colorful marine life found
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The underwater caverns and colorful marine life found off the shores of Playa del Carmen make it one of the world's top destinations for diving, but guests can find lots to do on land, too, such as visiting The Jungle Place animal sanctuary, exploring ancient ruins or shopping at the many stores along 5th Avenue.

Be sure to visit: The Rio Secreto Underground River Tour with Crystal Caves.

New York City, New York

There's no way to take it all in
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There's no way to take it all in during a single day, but if you plan on tackling New York City, some good starting points include the Statue of Liberty, Central Park, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Empire State Building.

Be sure to visit: The One Day Guided Sightseeing Tour.

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Visit Puerto Vallarta, Mexico in January for the
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Visit Puerto Vallarta, Mexico in January for the best prices.
br>Be sure to visit: Puerto Vallarta Cooking Class: Market Shopping, Lesson and Tastings.

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Well appointed with 23 miles of golden beaches,
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Well appointed with 23 miles of golden beaches, blue-green waters and canals to sightsee, Fort Lauderdale also features a shopping and dining scene along its Las Olas Boulevard.

Be sure to visit: Florida Everglades Airboat Adventure and the Fort Lauderdale Segway Tour.

Cancun, Mexico

Its reputation as a place for college parties
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Its reputation as a place for college parties aside, Cancun has several family-friendly resorts, all of which give guests an opportunity to sample the Caribbean Sea-influenced Yucatan climate.

Be sure to visit: The Viator Exclusive -- Early Access to Chichen Itza with a Private Archeologist.

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Las Vegas, Nevada

Featuring a 24-hour casino scene and lots of
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Featuring a 24-hour casino scene and lots of nightlife options, trendy restaurants and live entertainment, Las Vegas has plenty to do, around the clock.

Be sure to visit: The Beatles" LOVE" by Cirque du Soleil® at the Mirage Hotel and Casino.

Orlando, Florida

Disney is perhaps its best-known draw, but Orlando
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Disney is perhaps its best-known draw, but Orlando has so much more -- including Universal Studios, SeaWorld and a dining scene that features restaurants serving award-winning, locally sourced edibles.

Be sure to visit: Florida Everglades Airboat Tour and the Kennedy Space Center.

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