8. Elk Ridge Resort, Waskesiu, Sask.
The northernmost entry on this list has everything you'd expect: tobogganing, sleigh rides, ice skating and other snowy pursuits, either on the extensive property of this contemporary lodge or in the rugged wilderness of nearby Prince Albert National Park. And over the holidays, special events like bonfires and fireworks — and chance encounters with elk (pictured) — certainly won't seem out of place. But what you might not expect in these wild surroundings is the lodge's top-notch Salacia Spa, along with the resort's acclaimed restaurants which serve Rack of Wild Boar, Tenderloin Lobster Newburg — and on Dec. 25, a full Christmas dinner. Rates start at $179 a night.
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Photographer Steve Winter is used to working in tough terrain. But the urban jungle—Griffith Park, in central Los Angeles—has its own challenges, as he... More Photographer Steve Winter is used to working in tough terrain. But the urban jungle—Griffith Park, in central Los Angeles—has its own challenges, as he learned while trying to photograph an elusive big cat that calls the park home. Read the article, and see more photos, online in National Geographic magazine: http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2013/12/cougars/chadwick-text. National Geographic Photo Engineering and Remote Engineering contributed to the assignment.
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