Lacing up skates for a smooth glide around an ice rink is a quintessential winter pasttime. Here's a roundup of the best places to skate in some of North America's major destinations.
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From Ottawa's Rideau Canal (the world's largest outdoor ice rink) to Winnipeg's Red River Mutual Trail (the world's longest) to Quebec City's St. Jean's Gate (arguably the most beautiful), Canada offers plenty of superlative skating.
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Heading to Philadelphia this winter? With a splendid outdoor rink on the riverfront at Penn's Landing and another nice rink in South Philly, the City of Brotherly Love offers several places to hit the ice.
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Yosemite National Park
With stunning views of the Half Dome and Glacier Point as a backdrop, the Curry Village ice rink in Yosemite National Park offers a breathtaking place to glide.
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New York City
The Big Apple during winter months brings an opportunity for frozen fun. With a backdrop of skyscrapers and city lights, Manhattan's ice rinks deliver oodles of drama. Glide around Wollman Rink in Central Park, take a lap on the famous rink on Rockefeller Plaza or practice your spins on the charming rink in Bryant Park.Continue to 5 of 12 below.
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At the National Mall, the ice skating rink at the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden is surrounded by extraordinary sculptures by artists such as Louise Bourgeois, Roy Lichtenstein, and Claes Oldenburg. Discover more of the capital's most beautiful rinks here.
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Texas and ice skating go together like oil and water, or so you'd think. Yet Ice at the Galleria shopping mall in Dallas is an unexpectedly fun find, thanks to public skating sessions and weekend night skating parties with DJs.
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In Colonial Williamsburg, Liberty’s Ice Pavilion opens from mid-November to mid-February on Duke of Gloucester Street between Nassau and Henry Streets. Festive music and live performances will also be played throughout the season.