In Minnesota's capital, the biggest festival of the year comes in the depths of winter, started in 1886 in response to a New York City reporter's gibe that St. Paul was "the Siberia of North America.''
Winter also is a good time to visit a museum or catch a play or concert in the compact downtown.
What to do: See a show at the Ordway Center on Rice Park, the Fitzgerald Theater or the History Theatre. Visit the Science Museum of Minnesota or Minnesota History Center.
Events to catch: Through Feb. 2, Winter Carnival.
Details: For more, see Sightseeing in St. Paul.