Get out of the city with these five easy winter getaways

camelback mountain

(Credit: Camelback, just an hour and a half outside of New York. (Camelback Mountain))

Itching to get out of the city for just a bit this winter? Here are five local spots that are close enough for even a day trip if you don't feel like spending the night.

1. Philadelphia, PADistance: About 1.5 hours

The City of Brotherly Love is an appropriate place to visit this time of year. Check out Independence National Historical Park, site of Independence Hall, where the Declaration...

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Luxury for less in Piedmont

Piedmont views with Alps (Photo by - MICHAEL

(Credit: A view of Piedmont with The Alps in the background. (Michael Tulipan))

Tucked into the northwest corner of Italy, Piedmont brings to mind luxury and history, from the great Barolos and white truffles that adorn its tables to the seat of Italy’s first king. While luxury often comes with a price tag, Piedmont’s riches can be enjoyed on any budget.

What to do and see

Regional capital Turin is well known for hosting the 2006 Winter Olympics and for the mysterious...

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Romantic places for getaways this Valentine's Day

Relax by a pool in Miami this Valentine's


This year, Valentine's Day is the kick-off to President's Day weekend, so surprise your special someone with a great getaway. Whether near or far, simple or grand, we have some lovely options:

Mohonk, N.Y.

If you don't have much time to spare, check out the Romantic Getaway Special at Mohonk Mountain House. The grand, Victorian castle resort, located just 90 miles north of the city,...

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Philadelphia: Not just for historical attractions

A cast of "siamese twins" at The Mutter

(Credit: The Mütter Museum)

When it comes to American history, Philadelphia is mostly identified for its colonial past through such famous landmarks as Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell. While those historical attractions and others are popular draws, the City of Brotherly Love has its own rich tradition in art, science and food. The best part about Philly is its proximity to New York-it's only a two-hour bus ride each...

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History and heritage: Visit the South for Black History Month

B&O Railroad

(Credit: Visit the B&O Railroad Museum to learn about the railroad’s place in history. (B&O Railroad Museum))

The contributions to American history and the rich cultural heritage of African-Americans are celebrated every year in February during Black History Month. And when it's cold in New York, a trip down south, especially one where you might learn something, can sound very enticing. These family-friendly events and historic sites are a must.

Savannah, Georgia

The theme of this year's Savannah...

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Florida hit list: nine hotspots you won't want to miss

EcoTrail Turtle

(Credit: Baby turtles at the Eco Trail will turn anyone in your party into an animal lover. (DJ Zemenick))

Next time you're thinking about escaping to the Sunshine State, don't focus your fun solely on the likes of Miami, the Keys or Orlando. Florida has much more to offer. From dude ranches to alligator farms to one-of-a-kind exhibitions, there's something extraordinary to entertain you off the beaten path. Here are some ideas to get you going:

Jonathan Dickinson State Park

Located just...

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