It's January, a new beginning and the perfect time for setting goals. Perhaps you've resolved to spend more time in the outdoors, or maybe you want a romantic getaway with someone special. Whatever your motivation, don't wait to make good on those promises. Kick-off the new year with a proper vacation, or pack the car for a short road trip and hit the highway.

Aside from New Year's resolutions, cheap plane tickets and reduced hotel rates are also great reasons for considering a post-holiday escape. Some travelers take advantage of wintertime sports; others take part in local traditions celebrated for over 100 years.

Whether you are a snowbird or a winter lover, from the East Coast, West Coast, or somewhere in between, you won't have to go far to squeeze a vacation in before the end of winter break. Consider your many options, and visit one or more of the best domestic places to travel in January.

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01St. Paul, Minnesota

St. Paul, MN, sees a lot of snow during the winter, but that hasn't kept locals from enjoying the beautiful outdoors all season long. From dogsledding to cross-country skiing to snowshoeing by candlelight, they've embraced the deep winter and its mythology. Every January, the St. Paul Winter Carnival draws tourists from all over the world with ice sculptures, snow sports, and an ice palace made of bricks cut from the surrounding lakes. Most events are free of charge, with something new happening each day of the festival. Make sure you're aware of the weather conditions and any resulting schedule changes.

Snow and ice covered Mississippi River with railroad track and Robert Street Bridge. Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA 7Michael / Getty Images