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Alaska Places Among Top Spots in Gogobot Travelers' Favorite Awards' Best Winter Destinations

Gogobot’s Community of Passionate In-the-Know Travelers
Name the Top Winter Destinations, Spas and Ski Resorts

The Gogobot Travelers’ Favorite Awards, determined by users and their friends,
Name South Africa, Blue Lagoon Spa in Iceland,
And Whistler Blackcomb Mountains in Canada among the top picks

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 15, 2014 – Gogobot, a global community of in-the-know travelers, announces latest round of its Gogobot Travelers’ Favorite Awards, which recognizes the top destinations according to recommendations and visits by Gogobot’s 3.7 million users, their friends and like-minded travelers in their network. Based on the top places trending among the more than 580,000 reviews on Gogobot, the awards name South Africa as the top winter destination, The Blue Lagoon Spa as the best spa, and Whistler Blackcomb Mountains as the best ski resort in North America.

South Africa topped the winter travel destinations for its vibrant mix of culture, nightlife options, and stunning natural wonders – as well as the warm weather to provide relief to frostbitten natives of the Northern Hemisphere. World-class wineries, Kruger National Park, with its rhinos, leopards and gazelle, and the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg are among the attractions in this ever-evolving nation of contrasts.

Also on the list of winter destinations are Whistler, Rio de Janeiro, Dubai and Lake Tahoe. (Expanded lists below).

The Blue Lagoon near Reykjavik, Iceland, described as “one of those places you just need to do,” was hailed for its giant, otherworldly environment, made warm thanks to magic of geothermal runoff. Keep spa denizens safe is a staff of ski jacket-donning lifeguards. Also among the top spas are Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort in La Fortuna, Costa Rica; Széchenyi Gyógyfürdő in Budapest; Spa Grande at the Grand Wailea in Wailea, Hawaii; are Beitou Hot Springs  in Taipei, Taiwan.

The best ski resorts in North America were topped by Whistler Blackcomb Mountains, which was praised for its variety of terrains and was called the “best ski hill in North America - if not the world” and that it “should be on your bucket list.” Other top ski resorts include Killington Resort in Killington, Vt.; Breckenridge Ski Resort in Breckenridge, Colo.; Heavenly Resort in South Lake Tahoe, Calif.; and Steamboat Ski Resort in Steamboat Springs, Colo.

Gogobot Travelers’ Favorite Awards annually recognize the best destinations, restaurants, hotels and attractions according to Gogobot’s passionate user base of more than 3.7 million avid travelers. The world leader in personalized trip planning, Gogobot recently overtook Travelocity as one of largest providers of travel reviews online. The company’s traffic has more than quintupled over the past 12 months, according to the most recent comScore figures.

Gogobot Travelers’ Favorite Awards winners <http://www.gogobot.com/awards>

Winter Destinations
1. South Africa
2. Whistler, Canada
3. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
4. Dubai
5. Lake Tahoe, Calif., U.S.
6. Thailand
7. Yellowstone National Park, Montana, U.S.
8. Bali, Indonesia
9. Alaska, U.S.
10. Cancun, Mexico
11. New Zealand
12. Prague, Czech Republic
13. Maui, Hawaii, U.S.
14. Buenos Aires, Argentina
15. India
16. Costa Rica
17. Salzburg, Austria
18. Park City, Utah, U.S.
19. Miami, Fla., U.S.
20. Norway
See the full list:  Winter Destinations

Best Spas
1. Blue Lagoon, Reykjavik, Iceland
2. Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort, La Fortuna, Costa Rica
3. Széchenyi Gyógyfürdő, Budapest, Hungary
4. Spa Grande at the Grand Wailea, Wailea, Hawaii
5. Beitou Hot Springs, Taipei, Taiwan
6. Ten Thousand Waves - Houses of the Moon, Santa Fe, N.M., U.S.
7. Spa at Pagosa Springs, Pagosa Springs, Colo., U.S.
8. Gellért Baths, Budapest, Hungary
9. Roman Baths, Bath, UK
10. La Costa Resort & Spa, Carlsbad, Calif., U.S.
See the full list: Best Spas

Best Ski Resorts in North America
1. Whistler Blackcomb Mountains, B.C., Canada
2. Killington Resort, Killington, Vt., U.S.
3. Breckenridge Ski Resort, Breckenridge, Colo., U.S.
4. Heavenly Resort, South Lake Tahoe, Calif., U.S.
5. Steamboat Ski Resort, Steamboat Sprints, Colo., U.S.
6. Squaw Valley USA Ski Resort, Olympic Valley, Calif., U.S.
7. Deer Valley Resort, Park City, Utah, U.S.
8. Mammoth Mountain, Mammoth Lakes, Calif., U.S.
9. Bear Mountain, Big Bear Lake, Calif., U.S.
10. Northstar-at-Tahoe, Truckee, Calif., U.S.
11. Camelback Mountain Resort, Tannersville, Pa., U.S.
12. Keystone Ski Resort, Keystone, Colo., U.S.
13. Grouse Mountain, B.C., Canada
14. Ober Gatlinburg, Gatlinburg, Tenn., U.S.
15. Big Sky Resort Ski Area, Gateway, Mont., U.S.
See the full list: Best Ski Resorts in North America

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