Even if winter weather brings out the Grinch in you, pictures of snow probably make you smile. When you don’t have to shovel it, and there’s no chance of getting a cold nose or soaked feet, snow is one of the most beautiful natural phenomena.
This roundup also reminds us of one of the benefits of Instagram: you can be stuck at your desk, and still get to be an armchair traveler, traveling to real-world destinations you’d otherwise never get to see. Ever wondered what winter looks like in Turkey, wanted to see snowfall on Yosemite, or hoped to watch a reindeer shrug snow off his nose in an undisclosed location somewhere up north? (Santa’s house. We’re pretty sure he’s at Santa’s house.) You can do all that on Instagram, and never have to risk dropping your phone in a snowbank (though you really should get out there; here are 6 reasons to go play outside this winter). It’s the lazy—or busy—would-be traveler’s best friend.
Here are 50 gorgeous, show-stopping shots of winter wonderlands from around the world.
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