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10 Winter family destinations

Corie Russell is a Midwest-born writer living in New York City. After dabbling in the office life as an editor, she joined the ranks of full-time freelancers and writes about everything from home decor to the recession.

winter getaways

We all need a break from the hectic holiday season. And with all the great vacation deals to be had, why not dash to one of these places for a winter getaway? From extravagant shopping centers to ancient castles to boat tours, these places are sure to impress -- and relax -- the entire family.

Prague, Czech Republic

History buffs can travel outside of North America for a winter getaway to the majestic city of Prague, famous for the Prague Castle which is the largest ancient castle in the world. The castle was built in the ninth century and is the most popular site in the city.

Visitors can also explore Europe's oldest surviving Jewish cemetery, founded in 1478. The cemetery has more than 12,000 gravestones, and 100,000 people are thought to have been buried there.

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