For a winter-season thrill, ice skating is a swish-swish sure thing. But we’ll let you in on a little secret: the best way to kick your ice skating experience up a notch is to add an unbelievable scenic backdrop. From the heart of Manhattan to seaside San Diego, we’ve gathered up rinks that boast winter wonderland views, postcard-pretty panoramas, and more.

Rockefeller Center (New York, NY)

The Rockefeller Center rink is pretty much a holiday icon when it comes to ice skating—it’s appeared in its fair share of movies and TV shows and continues to be a NYC fave, even after 80 years. And who can resist skating beneath that world-famous sparkly tree? Fair warning: crowds can be crazy but you do get an hour and a half of skate time to make the most of it.

photo: Peter Cruise via flickr

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— Abigail Matsumoto