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Dreamstime

If winter weather has got you down, escape the snow by heading to the Gulf Coast of Alabama, a top American vacation spot where it's still warm and sunny even in the dead of winter. Enjoy oyster season and other delightful fresh seafood at local restaurants, or catch your own fish and bring it to a local restaurant that will prepare it for you. Other water activities include kayaking and dolphin watching. Take romantic and uncrowded strolls on the beach, and play championship golf courses that are open year round.