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25 Terrific Winter Vacations for Doctors

Alicia Ault | November 18, 2022 | Contributor Information

25 Terrific Winter Vacations for Doctors

Americans, and the world, are traveling again, with a vengeance. Popular vacation spots are reporting numbers of visitors almost on par with, or exceeding, pre-pandemic years. Even though short-staffed airlines are continuing to curtail their flight schedules — which is driving up fares — many people seem ready to take on whatever might come, just to get out and about. For winter 2022-23, we're presenting a list of vacation options both near and far. The list features popular destinations and tropical locales, family-friendly places, and adventurous trips.

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25 Terrific Winter Vacations for Doctors

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Yosemite National Park

Visits to one of America's most popular national parks drop steeply from a summertime peak of 600,000 a month to 100,000 during winter. You'll have first dibs on a room in one of the historic lodges and are almost guaranteed solitude hiking the 750 miles of trails. Snowshoe or cross-country ski to the famed Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias. No need to hike up to Half Dome; it looms over the Curry Village ice skating rink. Snowshoe, skiing, and tubing adventures can be had at California's oldest ski area, Badger Pass, which is fully in the park. Photographers flock to Horsetail Fall in February to capture the "firefall" — when the waterfall seems to be on fire from the setting sun. Another option: Pull up a seat in front of a roaring fire featured at most area lodges and hotels, whiskey or hot chocolate in hand. Have a four-star meal in a grand dining room, or grab a burger or pizza to top off your day.

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Asheville, North Carolina

Asheville's secret has been out for years, drawing thousands of new residents and visitors to its rolling hills, creative arts scene, and funky to fine restaurants. The throngs tend to steer clear in winter, so that's a good time to snag a reservation at a sought-after dining establishment, or book a salt cave treatment, a massage, or a scrub at one of the many spas or wellness centers. Take a craft brew crawl, exploring spiced ales, dark beers, and warm hard ciders. Wineries and distilleries are a growing presence. Indulge in a hearty brunch, then go to the Pisgah National Forest or the Blue Ridge Parkway for a vigorous hike. The Biltmore Estate and the Omni Grove Park Inn get gussied up for the holidays, offering gingerbread house displays, modern cuisine, and roaring fireplaces. Curl up and read a book at a combination bookstore/champagne bar in the Grove Arcade, or peruse the River Arts District's galleries.

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Whitefish, Montana

Perched on the five-square-mile Whitefish Lake, Whitefish is a home base for Glacier National Park, 25 miles to the east. Although much of the park is closed in winter, the Going-to-the-Sun Road — normally clogged — is open for skiing and snowshoeing. Hire a guide to ice climb; go cross-country skiing or snowshoeing; or take a ride, via a dogsled or horse-drawn sleigh, through the winter wonderland. Skiers can alight from atop 6800-foot Whitefish Mountain; it has 3000 acres of skiable terrain, 44% of which are black diamond runs. It's also known for being relatively affordable. A tourism rush during the pandemic led to a pause in promotion, but locals are welcoming visitors back to the quaint Old West downtown. For those not inclined to cavort outdoors, there are spas, indoor aquatic centers, art galleries, and theaters. Plus, Glacier County has more than 30 microbreweries. You won't be able to visit them all, but you could try.

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Hobe Sound, Florida

On a fairly undeveloped stretch of the Atlantic coast between Jupiter and Stuart sits Hobe Sound, renowned for its beaches, natural beauty, and winter waves. The 1000-acre is a jewel; it has the largest contiguous section of pristine beach in southeastern Florida and is a sea turtle nesting area. Blowing Rocks Preserve, a 73-acre limestone-strewn shoreline, offers easy access to hiking trails, as well as swimming and snorkeling. Downtown Hobe Sound is known for colorful murals, and every February it hosts an arts festival. Explore nearby Stuart or Jensen Beach, or rent a bike and cruise by the homes of the rich and famous on Jupiter Island. Want to get active? You can kayak or stand-up paddleboard at the Jonathan Dickinson State Park or paddle through the cypress forest of the Loxahatchee, Florida's first federally designated Wild and Scenic River.

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Scottsdale, Arizona

Winter months are optimum in the high desert; daytime highs of around 70°F, with chilly nights. The 200-area golf courses are a major draw. At least 50 spas offer everything from guided meditation to arnica-infused massages — a good coda to a day spent hiking Camelback Mountain or wandering through the McDowell Sonoran preserve. Pick up collectible Western or Native American art or jewelry or a designer dress downtown. Art is everywhere: the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art and Scottsdale's Museum of the West, a Smithsonian affiliate, are stellar attractions. Architecture fans will want a midcentury architectural tour, or to visit Frank Lloyd Wright's winter abode, Taliesin West, or his spiral-design home, the David and Gladys Wright House. Check out the 55-acre Desert Botanical Garden, with its thousands of cactus species. If you're ready to get the party started, Scottsdale has it all — from two-stepping saloons to poolside margarita blowouts to DJ-fueled dance clubs.

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Greenville, South Carolina

Greenville has been doing something right, because it's on many top-destination lists. Nestled in the Appalachian foothills, the former mill town has amped up the charm. Chilly at night but temperate during day means that you can ice skate at the outdoor rink without fear of frostbite. Satisfy your hiking jones at Paris Mountain State Park, Caesars Head State Park, or Jones Gap State Park. Or take a long walk on the 22-mile Swamp Rabbit Trail. Catch a thrill on the 345-foot-long Liberty Bridge, suspended over downtown's Reedy River Falls. Appetites of all stripes are easily sated, as chefs have migrated from Charleston and other pricier cities. Greenville has its own poet laureate, as well as a public art inventory of statues, sculptures, and murals. Attend a First Friday ArtWalk to explore Greenville's visual arts, check out the crafts at the weekly indoor farm and arts market at a local brewery, or catch a play at the Peace Center.

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Washington, Virginia

Well-heeled denizens of the DC power scene have long been wooed by the charms of what they call "Little Washington," even if the town emblazons itself "the First Washington of Them All," since it was the first town laid out by the first president. Since the late 1970s, chauffeur-driven passengers have made the 90-minute pilgrimage to the Inn at Little Washington, a dining and interior design extravaganza. The farm-to-table movement and a burgeoning wine, cider, liquor, and beer scene have expanded the area's repertoire. Washington, Virginia, is on the National Register of Historic Places. Landmarks from the Civil War, as well as antebellum inns and houses, dot the rolling countryside. Hike in nearby Shenandoah National Park or take a leisurely cruise along Skyline Drive. Pretend you're landed gentry on a guided horseback ride. Go further afield and check out the touristy-but-fabulous stalactites and stalagmites of Luray Caverns. Or delve into another chapter of the nation's past at Thomas Jefferson's Monticello.

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Russian River Valley, California

Sonoma County's Russian River wine region is home to arguably the most popular American varietals: pinot noir, chardonnay, and old vine zinfandel. Healdsburg, with chic shops and Michelin-starred restaurants at the northern end, or the quieter Guerneville are good stay-over options. Make your own wine-tasting trail out of the 70-plus vineyards, or pick one where you can settle in; some let you sip poolside. Group tours are easily found, or hire your own sommelier/driver, who will provide a well-informed ride along with charcuterie boards. Need to burn calories? Head to the rocky Sonoma Coast Park, where you can walk the Kortum Trail from December to April for spectacular views of the Pacific, harbor seals, and migrating whales. Wander the natural paths through the Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve and look for the 310-foot-tall Parson Jones Tree. Finish off the day with a detoxifying dandelion root–based tea and a muscle-soothing CBD-infused massage.

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Oahu, Hawaii

Tourism has not yet rebounded to pre-pandemic levels, but Oahu — with the big draws of Honolulu, Waikiki, Pearl Harbor, and Diamond Head — is still popular. The city has shopping, restaurants, and culture — like the Bishop Museum, which gives a primer on Polynesian history, and the restored 1882 Iolani Palace, home of Hawaii's monarchy until it was overthrown in 1893. Surf novices can get their sea legs at Waikiki beach. With 227 miles of shoreline, it's easy to find less populated areas, most with picnic-friendly public facilities, so bring some store-bought tuna poke. Hit up Kailua Beach Park on the windward side for kayaking, paddleboarding, and swimming in turquoise waters. Stay a few days on the North Shore, where you can explore 7 miles of beach and hike the Waimea Valley trail. To get the full breadth of Oahu, tour the island by helicopter — an unforgettable experience.

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Key Largo, Florida

It's a get-out-and-breathe brief stop for those driving down the island archipelago, but 30-mile-long Key Largo is an easy final destination. You can go from landing at Miami's airport to chilling at the hotel tiki bar in no time. Key Largo offers all-inclusive resorts to marina-side rooms to funky roadside motels. The keys are made for water sports; kayak on the Florida Bay, across from the Everglades. Book a diving or snorkeling tour in John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park. Take the kids to the Florida Keys Wild Bird Center for up-close encounters. Pennekamp's 30,000-gallon saltwater aquarium is another kid-friendly activity, as is swimming with dolphins or a glass-bottom boat tour. Take a cruise on the restored African Queen, from the 1951 movie. See if you can spot a crocodile at the Dagny Johnson Key Largo Hammock Botanical State Park, then head back to your digs for cold stone crab claws, an even colder margarita, and a slice of key lime pie.

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Austin, Texas

This state capital of 2 million keeps growing. Generally mild in winter, Austin combines Texas charm with a young, hip aesthetic. On any given night in the "live music capital of the world," there's country, blues, hip-hop, indie, jazz, punk, and metal. Get into the groove with a Western swing-dance lesson at the Broken Spoke. Don't forget to snag some boots — maybe on funky South Congress Avenue. Farm-to-table is central to Austin's food scene. Food trucks are go-to spots for breakfast tacos, organic coffee, smoked brisket, vegan hot dogs, Mexican street corn, a waffle cone, or a late-night pizza slice. Explore Zilker Park and its 28-acre botanical garden, or kayak on Lady Bird Lake. Take in modern works at the Blanton Museum of Art or the Contemporary Austin, or head to East Austin to explore African-American history at the free George Washington Carver Museum. Be sure to hit up a cool spot on the east side for a mezcal cocktail before returning to your hotel to prepare for a night out.

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White Mountains, New Hampshire

The White Mountains — punctuated by 6288-foot Mt. Washington — are a bountiful winter playground, with peaks that get 12 feet of snow annually. A dozen ski areas offer runs for skiers and snowboarders, plus tubing, zip-lining, and ice skating. Snowshoe, snowmobile, or navigate cross-country tracks in the 800,000-acre White Mountain National Forest. Adventurers seeking to experience some of the harshest weather in the world can drive to the summit of Mt. Washington or grab a seat on the Mt. Washington cog railway. Those who prefer to stay toasty might opt for a moose-spotting tour or a drive along the Kancamagus Highway, taking in the boulder-strewn Swift River and stopping to view icy waterfalls. End in Lincoln, where you can relax with a glass of New Hampshire–made red blend or hard cider. Kids and adults can put their game face on at the Funspot, also known as the largest games arcade in the world. Make sure to book that massage — maybe a ginger-root rubdown at a 19th-century resort?

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New Paltz, New York

Eighty miles north of Manhattan, the village of New Paltz has long been known to climbers, who come to scale the challenging pitches of the Shawangunk Mountains. Nonclimbers will love the historic downtown's gorgeous setting and culture, due in part to SUNY (State University of New York) New Paltz. Check the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art on campus, which features, alongside selections from its vast collection, works by thesis students. Look for vintage wares at Water Street Market or on Main Street. Head to the 8000-acre Mohonk Preserve for quiet cross-country or snowshoeing adventures that feature stupendous views. Take a leisurely walk or bike ride on the 23.7-mile Wallkill Valley Rail Trail. Grab a cocktail from an artisan bartender or have afternoon tea at the Mohonk Mountain House, a sprawling 153-year-old resort that looks suspiciously like a movie set. Savor a whiskey from the town's distillery, and load up on carbs at the town's famed Italian tavern.

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Breckenridge, Colorado

Perched high in the Rockies, Breckenridge boasts more than 20 feet of annual powder plus North America's highest chairlift, dropping skiers at 12,840 feet. Breathing may be a challenge when 40% of the skiable terrain is above the tree line. Backcountry and cross-country lovers have plenty of options. The laid-back Old West town — with its eight-block main street — is known for a chill vibe, some 200 unique shops, and restaurants featuring local bounty like elk. "Breck" is kid-friendly. Go sledding at the free Carter Park; try the Alpine Coaster on Peak 8; go ice skating; or check out the Breckenridge Vipers, a semi-pro hockey team. The Mountain Top Children's Museum offers interactive exhibits on local natural history and educational programming. Nonskiers can brush up on culinary skills at Colorado Mountain College or enjoy an ayurvedic spa treatment. Everyone can then meet for dinner at a private heated yurt.

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The Cayman Islands

A quick and easy getaway from the US, the Caymans offer sparkling turquoise waters and soft, sandy beaches. The vast majority of tourists come briefly, via cruise ship. The few who stay are rewarded. Snag an oceanside room at an all-inclusive resort on palm-fringed Seven Mile Beach. Budget offerings include moderately priced hotels, as well as jerk chicken and other creole foods from roadside stands. Tour Cayman Spirits Co. for a taste of Seven Fathoms Rum — aged 42 feet underwater. Book a dive trip to the artificial reef on the sunken USS Kittiwake, a Navy sub. Kayak through a mangrove tunnel. Sail to the often-crowded sandbar at Stingray City. Charter a snorkel trip to Starfish Point, a bay speckled with starfish. Lose the masses at Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park, drinking in the perfume of thousands of orchids. Kids will love the Cayman Turtle Centre, with its touch tanks, swim-with-the-turtles possibility, and water slide.

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Tamarindo, Costa Rica

Experienced surfers flock here for perfect breaks, but this 1.5-mile-long beach on Costa Rica's Pacific Coast is also known for calm, warm waters. Despite a deserved reputation as a touristy "party town," Tamarindo also offers options for those looking to explore Costa Rica's abundant nature. Zip-lining is a great way to observe jungle wildlife. Take a kayak tour; you might see spider monkeys, howler monkeys, crocodiles, or colorful macaws and toucans. At Las Baulas National Marine Park, rangers lead nighttime explorations, during which tourists can see giant — 5- to 8-foot-long — leatherback sea turtles lay eggs on the beach. These turtles are, sadly, an endangered species. Book a dive trip to the Catalina Islands to see sharks and rays, or go sport-fishing for mahi and yellowfin tuna. The intrepid can take to Costa Rica's notorious roads and discover remote beaches in Guanacaste province, or venture to the Arenal volcano.

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Mendoza, Argentina

Situated at the base of the Andes Mountains in central west Argentina — with the stunning 22,838-foot Aconcagua in the distance — Mendoza province is one of the New World's finest wine regions. Malbecs (introduced from Europe in the 1860s) are produced there, as are cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, and whites from the native Torrontés grape. You could start your journey in the colonial and sophisticated city of Mendoza, founded in 1561 by Spanish settlers. But it's worth seeing some of the 1500 wineries in the province. It's best to have a game plan that will accommodate hours-long multicourse, wine-paired outdoor lunches. Attend an asado — an all-day barbecue — to get a true taste of Argentina, with its fine grilled beef. Burn off the calories with a hike up to the Plaza Francia viewpoint at 13,800 feet in the Aconcagua Provincial Park or by zip-lining through the Villavicencio Park. Cool off with a whitewater joyride on the rapids of the Mendoza River.

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San Sebastian, Basque Country

The capital of the Basque autonomous region in Spain, San Sebastian is packed in summer with beachgoers but has fewer visitors during its mild winters. Foodies flock to the city, known in part for its pinxtos, the Basque version of tapas, best enjoyed while on a txiquiteo, essentially the Basque word for a pub crawl. Explore the 1000-year-old Old Town, with its Baroque and Gothic churches, plazas, and Belle Epoque architecture. Climb Mount Urgull — a forest-covered hillside overlooking Old Town — for panoramic views of the city and bay. The mountain is topped by Castillo de la Mota, a 12th-century military fortress. Stroll the iron-balustraded promenade along La Concha Bay, and explore Basque history and culture at San Telmo Museum, partly housed in a 16th-century convent. Use your discoveries at the 150-year-old La Bretxa market — where farmers and fishers sell ultra-fresh, high-quality meat, produce, seafood, and cheeses — to concoct Basque cuisine when you return home.

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Bequia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Described as "hidden," "secret," and "authentic," the 7-square-mile Bequia (pronounced bek-way) was a honeymoon getaway for Princess Margaret — thus her namesake palm-fringed beach. The lush tropical paradise is still part of the British Commonwealth, but Bequia is more reggae than royal. There are no brand-name resorts or restaurants, chain hotels, or fast-food restaurants. Accommodations are mostly family-run and small, with well-equipped villas that include Wi-Fi. Rusticity mixes with luxury: gleaming yachts share dock space with fishing boats in Port Elizabeth. Turtle hunting has given way to turtle rescue and recovery. Learn more about the Arawak and Carib peoples and the island's whaling history at the Bequia Heritage Museum, opened in 2020. Sail to Tobago Cays, a maritime park, or snorkel Horseshoe Reef. Grab a cold beer from a beachside shack, then lay back and listen to the rhythm of the steel drums and the sea.

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Saint Lucia

Noted for its two volcanic peaks — Gros Piton and Petit Piton — that jut 2500 feet out of the sea, Saint Lucia is the kind of island people dream about when seeking a tropical vacation. It's popular for weddings, honeymoons, and romantic getaways. Think cliffside infinity pools with stunning views, and all-inclusive resorts offering beachside rum punch. Many hotels are upping their culinary game, with native chefs exposing tourists to creole cookery that incorporates island elements such as cocoa, nutmeg, and breadfruit. Take a natural mud bath at Sulphur Springs Park. Hike one of the Pitons or visit Pigeon Island National Park, which in addition to trails offers a primer on the many battles fought for control of Saint Lucia. Snorkel or scuba at the foot of the Pitons. For a more laid-back underwater venture, wade in off Anse Chastanet Beach. Spy butterflies, tropical birds, orchids, and medicinal herbs at Mamiku Botanical Gardens. For a view of the island's complicated past, tour a plantation or sugar mill.

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Banff, Alberta

Throngs have returned to Banff National Park, among the most visited sites in Canada. Tourists usually come in summer, but winter is more civilized, drawing skiers, snowboarders, and others hungry to enjoy a snowy wonderland among 10,000-foot-plus peaks. Three resorts — Lake Louise Ski Resort, Mt. Norquay, and Banff Sunshine — ring the area with 8000 acres of terrain and more than 350 runs. Mt. Norquay has a tubing park for family fun. Take a guided ice walk through Johnston Canyon, reveling in its frozen waterfalls. Banff Gondola transports riders to the summit of Sulphur Mountain, where they can take in views of six mountain ranges and eat Alberta-raised beef at the mountaintop restaurant. Drive the stunning Icefields Parkway, which connects Banff to Jasper National Park, where you can see elk, wolves, and other wildlife. Visit the Buffalo Nations Luxton Museum to learn about the region's indigenous peoples. Warm up with a eucalyptus steam bath or a nip at Banff's distillery.

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Strasbourg, France

Situated on the Rhine River, this multicultural crossroads city is the seat of the European Parliament and home to a citywide Christmas market that dates to 1570 and offers regional specialties such as hot spiced white wine and unique cookie-like pastries. The town's canal-side half-timbered buildings speak to its Germanic and Alsatian history. Notre Dame Cathedral, a monument to Strasbourg's past, was begun in 1015 and finished in 1439; climb to the viewing platform and marvel at the 465-foot Gothic spire. The Grande Mosquée de Strasbourg is the second largest in France. Visit the Strasbourg Museum to understand its history, from the Middle Ages to the present. Explore France's oldest wine trail, which winds through the Alsatian countryside. Or take a food and wine tour in the city, where you can fill up on choucroute or enjoy the subtle tastes of scallops with black truffles at a three-Michelin-stars restaurant.

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Oaxaca, Mexico

The Oaxaca province is Mexico's culinary capital and is known for its moles — seven types of rich, smoky-sweet, chocolatey sauces. That's the tip of the foodie iceberg. Artisanal corn products, coffee, and mezcal are among the attractions. Start in the booming capital city, with its cobblestoned colonial-era center. Artists and other creatives continue to emigrate there, building on the region's well-established indigenous artisan traditions. Try a chapulines (grasshopper)-topped pizza. Eat a tlayuda (large fried or toasted tortilla) at a farm market. Try an Oaxacan chocolate-stuffed croissant, or a ceviche with seafood from the Pacific. Stay in a boutique hotel, a converted convent, or an inn. Get out of town and tour the ruins of the sixth-century BC Zapotec metropolis Monte Albán. Travel to Teotitlán del Valle to learn about Oaxacan textiles and buy directly from indigenous weavers. Or hop on a flight to the coast to visit the surf mecca of Puerto Escondido, the resorts of Huatulco, or the rustic Mazunte.

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Venice, Italy

If you can brave the cold and rain — and possibly temporary flooding from the acqua alta — winter is a good time to visit Venice. It's less crowded and everything is cheaper, with the exception of the annual festival Carnevale. Pre-holidays, the city — including Piazza San Marco and its gondolas — are decked out with Christmas and Hanukkah lights. Ice skate at the temporary outdoor rink in Campo San Polo. There still may be lines at the Palazzo Ducale — the residence of 1000 years of Venetian rulers — but a private tour is easier to book and includes trips to chambers and galleries featuring works by Tintoretto, Titian, and other iconic Venetian artists. More Venetian masterworks are on display at the Gallerie dell'Accademia. Check out 19th- and 20th-century art at Ca' Pesaro International Gallery of Modern Art, housed in a 17th-century palace. Warm up with a hot chocolate at the iconic Caffè Florian, opened in 1720. Dress your best for a night at the opera or symphony at the grand Teatro La Fenice.

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Prague, Czech Republic

Winter means snow-dusted cobblestone streets, unhindered sightlines to Baroque and Gothic facades, and unhurried selfies on the medieval Charles Bridge. Lines will be shorter for the Prague Castle complex, including the Royal Palace, as well as St. Vitus Cathedral and its 14th-century mosaic of the Last Judgment. Tour the 14th-century Wenceslas Square, with its shops and the National Museum; it also was a protest center during the 1989 Velvet Revolution. The 12th-century Old Town Square offers Old Town Hall, the Gothic Church of Our Lady before Týn, and the Rococo Kinský Palace. Classical music concerts are in full swing at opulent venues such as the Art Nouveau Smetana Hall and the 16th-century Lobkowicz Palace. Visit museums devoted to Prague natives Antonín Dvorák and Franz Kafka. Explore Prague's Jewish history with a walk through Europe's oldest Jewish cemetery and a visit to the Prague Jewish Museum. Take a lap around a scenic and free outdoor skating rink, then warm up with hot wine and a trdelník (a cinnamon pastry baked over charcoal), or a bite of slow-roasted Prague ham.

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