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St. Bart’s

St. Bart’s

Boasting some of the world’s top-rated beaches, as well as numerous spas, high end restaurants and luxury resorts, St. Bart’s offers a true escape from cold climate winters.  960 1280

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St. Martin

St. Martin

An island divided, the northern part of St. Martin is a French territory, while the southern part is Dutch. French St. Martin is known for luxury resorts and shopping, while Dutch St. Maarten is famed for its nightlife.  960 1280

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Curacao

Curacao

Nightlife and the anonymous blue liqueur draw many winter travelers to Curacao in the Dutch Antilles. The island’s coral reefs are popular among snorkelers. 960 1280

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Tortolla

Tortolla

The largest of the British Virgin Islands, Tortolla is a popular destination for winter travelers. Visitors enjoy hiking and seeing the volcanic island’s historic sites. But Tortolla’s best known for the beaches along its northern coast, including Brewer’s Bay. 960 1280

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Grand Cayman

Grand Cayman

Twenty-two miles long and eight miles across at its widest point, Grand Cayman is home to varied wildlife, beautiful beaches, and plenty of resort activities, especially along Seven Mile Beach, the most active tourist area.  960 1280

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Barbados

Barbados

Southern Atlantic or far eastern Caribbean? Who cares? Barbados continues to be one of the most sought-after winter island destinations. In addition to beaches, tourists can enjoy golf, the botanic gardens and visit historic plantations. 960 1280

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Jamaica

Jamaica

If you’re seeking a little culture with your Caribbean escape, check out Jamaica, birthplace of reggae and home to January’s annual Jazz and Blues Festival. Numerous other arts activities including dance and museums are available as well.  960 1280

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St. Lucia

St. Lucia

The most prominent natural feature of this volcanic island in the eastern Caribbean are the Pitons, two steep mountain peaks on its west coast. Famed for luxury resorts and pristine beaches, adventurers can also hike the trails of St. Lucia’s interior rainforest.   960 1280

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Bonaire

Bonaire

Bonaire, the Dutch island off the coast of Venezuela, is widely regarded as a premier diving destination. Its coral reefs are protected by a national park and the island features 54 shore diving locations.  960 1280

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Belize

Belize

Located on the eastern coast of Central America, Belize offers Caribbean beaches on its east and rainforest in its west. Adventurers can explore Mayan ruins, trek through the jungle or dive in Belize’s Barrier Reef.  960 1280

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Alabama

Alabama

Praised for the Alabama white sauce, Saw's BBQ is THE place to go for barbecue in this Southern state.  960 1280

Saw BBQ  

Alaska

Alaska

The Southern barbecue joint Black Jaxx BBQ has locations in Soldotna and Homer where they serve brisket, pulled pork and even bologna with sides like coleslaw, potato salad and baked beans out of a food truck. Due to Alaska's cold temperatures, they're only open during the milder spring and summer months, so get it while you can!  960 1280

Black Jaxx BBQ  

Arizona

Arizona

Standout meat at Little Miss BBQ in Phoenix? The pulled pork. They're open Tuesday - Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. or until they sell out. 960 1280

Little Miss BBQ  

Arkansas

Arkansas

The original Sim's Bar-B-Que in Little Rock opened in 1937 where it has since become a tradition. When you go, try the ribs. 960 1280

  

California

California

If you're ever in San Diego, you have to give Phil's BBQ a visit at one of their four locations and try the baby back ribs. 960 1280

Phils BBQ  

Colorado

Colorado

Georgia Boys BBQ Company brings Southern flavor to its two locations - The Shack in Longmont and The Smokehouse in Frederick. At The Smokehouse, they have what they call the Barnyard Challenge, which is six pounds of meat in a cast iron skillet. If you don’t finish the dish, you’ll earn a spot on their wall of shame. 960 1280

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Connecticut

Connecticut

Bear's Smokehouse serves up barbecue at three locations: Hartford, Windsor and South Windsor. Jamie "Bear" McDonald, originally from Kansas City, brought his love of barbecue to Connecticut - and the locals approve; Bear's Smokehouse won first place for "Best New Restaurant" and "Best Ribs and BBQ" in local weekly paper CTNow's Reader's Poll 2015. 960 1280

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Delaware

Delaware

Philippine Smoked BBQ and Grill is a family owned and operated restaurant in Wilmington. Try their most popular sandwich: the smoked beef brisket. 960 1280

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Florida

Florida

At 4 Rivers Smokehouse, the Texas-style, 18-hour-smoked brisket is their signature dish. In addition to their many locations across Florida, 4 Rivers Smokehouse will open their first out-of-state location in Atlanta in 2017. 960 1280

  

Georgia

Georgia

Jonathan and Justin Fox, Texas natives and the brothers behind the name and the barbecue, opened Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q in 2007 and now have a "Que"-osk, a fast service walk-up location on Ottley Drive, too. Their most popular menu items are the beef brisket and macaroni and cheese. 960 1280

Fox Brothers BBQ  

Hawaii

Hawaii

Me Bar-B-Q is a hole-in-the-wall joint, serving up authentic Korean BBQ in Honolulu. Try the kalbi beef barbecue plate and bibimbap. Note: this is a cash only place. 960 1280

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Idaho

Idaho

Visit BBQ4Life in Boise and try their meat sampler, which includes a 1/2 rack of baby back ribs, 1/2 pound tri-tip and 1/2 pound pulled pork. Also, BBQ4Life has vegan options like a spaghetti squash sandwich. 960 1280

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Illinois

Illinois

Specialty dishes at Smoque BBQ in Chicago include BBQ beans, brisket, macaroni and cheese and ribs. Food Network has featured Smoque BBQ in Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. You can read up on their "view on the Q" in their BBQ Manifesto. 960 1280

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Indiana

Indiana

If you find yourself in need of barbecue in Indianapolis, where they have two locations, or in Mooresville, Ind., head to Squealers Barbeque Grill and try the Southern-style baby back ribs or pulled pork. 960 1280

Don Daugherty / Squealers Barbeque  

Iowa

Iowa

The Mosley is where to get barbecue and a brew in Iowa City. Featured dishes include The Mosley, bone-in pork butt, slow pit-smoked over a hickory fire for at least 12 hours, and the ribs, meaty, St. Louis-style ribs, hand-cut in-house, rubbed with their "Iowa Dirt" rib rub. 960 1280

Mosleys Barbecue and Provisions  

Kansas

Kansas

Joe's Kansas City Bar-B-Que is praised as one of the best barbecue joints in the nation. The Kansas City location offers a unique atmosphere, serving up award-winning barbecue in a repurposed gas station. When you go, order the legendary Z-Man, a pile of brisket, provolone and onion rings on a kaiser roll. The sandwich is named after an old-school radio jock named Mike Zarrick. 960 1280

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Kentucky

Kentucky

When you think of barbecue, beef brisket or pulled pork probably come to mind, but what about lamb?In Owensboro, Moonlite Bar-B-Que Inn is known for their smoked mutton, which is mature lamb (older than one year). When you go, order the chopped mutton plate to taste the region's barbecue tradition for yourself. 960 1280

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Louisiana

Louisiana

True to the region, The Joint in New Orleans offers barbecue with Cajun influences. Go for the pork ribs that come coated in a Cajun rub. 960 1280

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Maine

Maine

Salvage BBQ opened in 2013 in Portland and serves North Carolina-style barbecue. Standout dish? The Meat Coma tray, 1/4 rack of pork ribs, 1/3 pound of brisket, chopped pork and a cup of chili - perfect for sharing. Salvage BBQ has communal seating and hosts live musicians every Saturday night. 960 1280

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Maryland

Maryland

Grab some barbecue at Big Bad Wolf's House of Barbeque in Baltimore. They have seven sauces, ranging in style and spice, from Kansas City Sweet to Texas Pit. And you can't miss it - it's in a little yellow brick house.  960 1280

Nicholas White / Big Bad Wolfs House BBQ  

Massachusetts

Massachusetts

If you're in Massachusetts, head to Winthrop and try Blackstrap BBQ. Blackstrap BBQ is named after the blackstrap molasses used in their cornbread, baked beans and barbecue sauce.   960 1280

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Michigan

Michigan

Union Woodshop in Clarkston is where to make a pit stop for barbecue. They also serve wood-fired pizzas. 960 1280

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Minnesota

Minnesota

Big Daddy's Old Fashioned Barbeque in St. Paul is the barbecue spot to try in Minnesota. When you go, try the tender rib tips. 960 1280

Big Daddys BBQ  

Mississippi

Mississippi

Head to The Shed Barbeque and Blues Joint to enjoy some barbecue and music. The original Ocean Springs location was constructed out of junkyard treasures, giving this joint its name. 960 1280

  

Missouri

Missouri

Head to one Sugarfire Smoke House's six locations in Missouri to taste their famous succulent brisket, pulled pork, ribs and signature sandwiches. Chef Mike Johnson's barbecue has been featured on Food Network's Burgers, Brews and 'Que, Beat Bobby Flay and American Pitmasters. 960 1280

Green Olive Media / Sugar Fire Smoke House  

Montana

Montana

Head to The Notorious P.I.G. in Missoula. The name alone grabs your attention, but so will the barbecue.  960 1280

The Notorious P.I.G  

Nebraska

Nebraska

Swine Dining in Bellevue serves up ribs, brisket and pulled pork that locals love. Also, the burnt ends, which are not on their regular menu, they serve as a special on Fridays are quite popular; they even take out an entire row of tables because the lines go all the way to the back wall. 960 1280

Swine Dining BBQ  

Nevada

Nevada

A father and his two sons from Arkansas opened Rollin Smoke Barbeque in Las Vegas. They now have a second location in Pawn Plaza next to the famous Gold & Silver Pawn Shop on The Strip. When you go, try the hickory-smoked brisket burger. 960 1280

Steve Verweyst / Rollin Smoke Barbeque  

New Hampshire

New Hampshire

Craving Southern barbecue in New Hampshire? Head to KC's Rib Shack in Manchester. 960 1280

  

New Jersey

New Jersey

The folks behind Local Smoke BBQ started out as a competition barbecue team called Fat Angel BBQ in 2007. The team fared well, including winning first place for their ribs against 488 teams at the American Royal BBQ contest in Kansas City, also known as the World Series of BBQ. They opened a catering business and eventually two restaurant locations in New Jersey.  960 1280

Local Smoke BBQ  

New Mexico

New Mexico

Head to Carlsbad to taste the barbecue at Danny's Place. 960 1280

Dannys Place  

New York

New York

In the foodie mecca that is New York City, Mighty Quinn's Barbeque does barbecue right. Try the Brontosaurus Beef Rib, which are seasoned with just three ingredients - salt, pepper and Hungarian paprika - before hitting the smoker.  960 1280

Mighty Quins Barbeque  

North Carolina

North Carolina

At Skylight Inn BBQ, they've been cooking up whole hogs since 1947. The structure on the roof reflects their nickname as the "capital of 'cue". Their specialty is whole hogs, which they cook in open pits over oak and chop on a wood block with the skin on, creating a signature texture. 960 1280

Harry Taylor / Skylight Inn BBQ  

North Dakota

North Dakota

If you're in North Dakota in search of barbecue, head to Spitfire Bar & Grill in West Fargo and try their award-winning 'cue. 960 1280

Eric Wiinanen / Spitfire Bar and Grill  

Ohio

Ohio

Eli's Barbeque started as a tent location at Cincinnati's Findlay Market and has grown into two brick-and-mortar restaurants. In addition to serving up quality 'cue, they often host live musicians. 960 1280

Krista Fisher / Elis BBQ  

Oklahoma

Oklahoma

Leo's Barbecue has served Oklahoma City barbecue since 1974. They offer hickory smoked barbecue including ribs, brisket, hot links and bologna. Finish off your meal with their popular strawberry banana cake. 960 1280

Sriram Srinivasan  

Oregon

Oregon

Looking for Southern barbecue in the Pacific Northwest? Head to Podnah's Pit Barbecue in Portland. 960 1280

Dustin Tolman  

Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania

Percy Street Barbecue brings a little bit of Texas to Philadelphia by way of barbecue. They smoke their meats over a local red oak and serve them with Southern sides like macaroni and cheese, buttermilk biscuits and pecan pie. 960 1280

Michael Perisco / Percy Street Barbecue  

Rhode Island

Rhode Island

Since 1998, Becky's Real BBQ in Middletown has offered hickory-smoked meats and a laidback atmosphere; it's located in a historic house. When you go, try the rib plate. 960 1280

Beckys BBQ  

South Carolina

South Carolina

Although the meat can stand alone, Southern Belly BBQ in Columbia offers all kinds of sauces, from Alabama white to a St. Louis and Kansas City-inspired brown sugar, tomato and molasses blend, to please palates from any region. 960 1280

The Southern Belly BBQ  

South Dakota

South Dakota

If you're looking for barbecue in South Dakota, make your way to Big Rig BBQ in Sioux Falls where you'll find Texas flavor in their barbecue food truck. 960 1280

Big Rig BBQ  

Tennessee

Tennessee

With five locations across Tennessee, one in Mississippi and two in Arkansas, Corky's BBQ is Southern staple in barbecue. Corky's has been voted the best barbecue joint in Memphis countless times.  960 1280

Chicago Tribune  

Texas

Texas

Franklin Barbecue in Austin is the spot you want to visit in Texas, even Anthony Bourdain thinks so. 960 1280

Hutton Supancic  

Utah

Utah

At R&R BBQ, they pride themselves on their slow-cooked barbecue. You can get the award-winning barbecue at two locations: Salt Lake City and South Jordan. 960 1280

Nellie Park / R and R BBQ  

Vermont

Vermont

Looking for barbecue in Vermont? Head to Bluebird Barbecue in Burlington where they offer Carolina-style pulled pork, Kansas City-style ribs and Texas-style brisket.   960 1280

Bluebird Barbecue  

Virginia

Virginia

Virginia is for (barbecue) lovers! Praised for their Texas-style brisket, Alamo BBQ in Richmond is the barbecue joint to check out. 960 1280

Matthew Wimberly  

Washington

Washington

Peco's Pit Bar-B-Que has been in the barbecue biz since 1980 when they opened in Seattle. Now they have two locations, the original in the SoDo Seattle neighborhood and a West Seattle spot. 960 1280

Pecos Pit Bar B Que  

West Virginia

West Virginia

At Dem 2 Brother's and a Grill in Charleston, the ribs are the way to go. They’re prepared with a brown sugar spice rub and a mustard sauce and slow-cooked to smoky perfection.
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Dem 2 Brothers and a Grill  

Wisconsin

Wisconsin

Smoky Jon's in Madison is the place to fill your plate with ribs. Jon Olson, the man behind the barbecue, has been in the business most of his life and has the claimed countless world and national awards for his barbecue and sauce.  960 1280

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Wyoming

Wyoming

Pokey's BBQ & Smokehouse in Gillette is the spot to visit for barbecue in Wyoming. If you're an adventorous eater, you might even check out their "Wild Thing" menu, which features ostrich, gator and python. 960 1280

Pokeys BBQ  

Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C.

A little outside the city but worth the trip, Vanish Farmwoods Brewery is located at Black Hops Farm in Lucketts, Virg., serving up killer beer and BVQ - barbecue from Chef Bryan Voltaggio. The fresh BVQ is served Friday, Saturday and Sunday. 960 1280

The Washington Post  

Igloo rooms in the snow with aurora overhead
Kakslauttanen, Finland

Kakslauttanen, Finland

Kaklsauttenen is one of a handful of resorts catering to Northern Lights tourists. Their igloo rooms offer in-bed viewing of the spectacular lights overhead.  960 1280

Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort   

Jukkasjärvi, Sweden

Jukkasjärvi, Sweden

For even more ephemeral lodgings, Jukkasjärvi Sweden’s Ice Hotel, is rebuilt from snow and ice each winter for Northern Lights tourists. 960 1280

: MARTIN SMEDSÉN and ASAF KLIGER, courtesy of Ice Hotel  

Frederick Sound, Southeast Alaska

Frederick Sound, Southeast Alaska

The Northern Lights are visible from almost anywhere in Alaska north of Fairbanks. The University of Alaska even offers a Northern Lights forecast so you can plan your trip.  960 1280

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Abisko, Swedish Lapland

Abisko, Swedish Lapland

Some consider Sweden’s Abisko National Park the premier locale for viewing the Northern Lights. The area’s unique microclimate, which generates little precipitation, practically ensures clear skies. 960 1280

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Tromsoe, Norway

Tromsoe, Norway

For Northern Lights with a little nightlife, show up in Tromsoe for the Northern Lights Festival, a celebration that features music, dance and more, for eleven days in late January and early February. 960 1280

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Aberdeen, Scotland

Aberdeen, Scotland

Though the Northern Lights (or Merry Dancers as locals call them), can be spotted in much of the U.K., Aberdeen is probably the best British viewing locale.  960 1280

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Iceland

Iceland

Iceland’s become a popular tourist destination in recent years, with plenty of activities, including aurora viewing. But if your sole purpose for heading to Iceland is the natural light show, be sure to leave a few buffer days; Iceland is notorious for overcast skies. 960 1280

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Lapland, Finland

Lapland, Finland

Safely within the Arctic Circle, Lapland, Finland enjoys Northern Lights nearly 200 days of the year. 960 1280

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Northern Hudson Bay, Canada

Northern Hudson Bay, Canada

You can get your Northern Lights and ogle polar bears on a single trip to Churchill, Manitoba, where the lights are visible 300 nights a year, and the polar bears are plentiful.  960 1280

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Greenland

Greenland

A lengthy Northern Lights season (from September to April) and limited light pollution make Greenland an ideal viewing spot for aurora seekers.  960 1280

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