There are many benefits of taking a trip in February in the USA, including fewer crowds, better deals, and atmospheric scenery that I think often verges into the truly spectacular.
You have a few choices if you want to take a beautiful winter US break; either embrace the cold and have as much fun as possible in the snowy landscapes, or head to states where you’re guaranteed warmer weather. From my many trips taken in this month, here are my favorite incredible places to visit in February in the USA…
1. Big Sky, Montana – one of the best US winter destinations for outdoor lovers
Why visit Big Sky, Montana in February? Explore wide open spaces and make the most of the fantastic snow cover.
I personally think that Big Sky, Montana is the perfect US winter destination with the amazing levels of snowfall it receives and the abundance of winter activities it offers.
February is a good time to visit Big Sky because snow levels provide great slopes for skiing and snowboarding. I highly recommend getting involved in all the winter activities on offer which include sledding, snowmobiling, snow-go bike rides, ice trekking, and cross-country skiing.
For those less adventurous, the après ski scene is extremely happening and well worth a visit. Other activities include nature zip lines, hikes, and escape rooms, and visiting the famous Yellowstone National Park which is just an hour’s drive away.
- Visitors’ Center Address: 88 Ousel Falls Rd Unit A1, Big Sky, MT, Phone: 406-995-3000
- Average temperatures in Big Sky Montana in February are around 2 to -13 degrees
My must-do highlights of Big Sky, Montana
- Get your adrenaline pumping and fly through the air on one of the zip lines.
- Explore the slopes in a unique way by taking a headlamp night skiing tour underneath the starry skies.
- Enjoy a delicious fine dining experience at one of the many restaurants.
- Stay in one of the area’s gorgeous boutique hotels or cozy lodges.
How to get to Big Sky
Located midway between Bozeman and West Yellowstone, Big Sky is serviced by Bozeman International Airport (BZN): around an hour away along scenic, relatively quiet road.
Perhaps the easiest and most popular means of traveling to the park is to fly into Bozeman and then hire a car.
This also allows you to explore more of Big Sky and the surrounding landscapes of magnificent Montana, a state which, by the fact of its sheer size and unspoiled wilderness, is not well-serviced by public transport routes.
2. New Orleans, Louisiana – offers fun and partying on a great weekend getaway in February
Why visit New Orleans in February? The city plays host to the world-famous Mardi Gras this month.
The best time to visit New Orleans is from February to May when the weather is comfortably cool and the celebrations are in full swing. February in New Orleans is host to a number of events, celebrations, and holidays.
Of course, the famous festival of Mardi Gras typically falls during the month of February, and I personally think partaking in the celebrations and parades is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Other festivals in Crescent City are the Vietnamese New Year which features traditional Vietnamese food, performances, music, and activities; Valentine’s Day which is celebrated by lovers across the country; and Black History Month which honors African American history.
Nicknamed the “Big Easy,” New Orleans is known for its vibrant nightlife, unique boutique hotels and live music scene, and spicy, singular cuisine that comes from its history of French, African, and American cultures. Some interesting sights that I would recommend visiting include the French Quarter, Garden District, and the National WWII Museum.
- Visitors’ Center Address: 339 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70130, United States
- Average temperatures in New Orleans in February are around 19 degrees
My must-do highlights of New Orleans, Louisiana
- Visit one of the Mardi Gras parades which are free to attend and filled with fun.
- Taste the wonders of a king cake filled with cinnamon and topped with icing.
- Discover the music events being held and go to watch a live performance by an array of famous musicians.
How to get to New Orleans
The city is a melting pot of culture and has a conveniently located airport just 15 miles west in the town of Kenner.
Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY) was recently renovated in 2019 and has flights arriving from most domestic airlines as well as some regional lines.
From the airport is it possible to rent a car or travel by shuttle bus to the French Quarter and the Central Business District which takes roughly 30 to 45 minutes depending on traffic.
3. Mendocino, Northern California – a gorgeous coastal destination to explore in February
Why visit Mendocino in February? It’s a gorgeous gem of a place and in the winter months, it takes on a unique and tranquil atmosphere.
With sunshine and scenic views all year round, the Mendocino Coast is a beautiful destination at any time of the year.
Although I personally think February is the ideal time to visit for those looking to get away from the cold snowy winters and bask in the warm sun and fresh ocean breeze. Temperatures usually range from the low 40s to high 70s here.
I’m always enchanted by the picturesque landscapes, which feature stunning shorelines, magical sea caves, cliffside trails, and breathtaking beaches.
This coastal city offers lots of land and sea adventure activities and is home to the Mendocino Headlands State Park and Museum, Mendocino Art Center, Russian Gulch State Park, and the 1909 Point Cabrillo Light Station.
- Visitors’ Center Address: Ford House Visitor Center & Museum 45035 Main Street, Mendocino, CA 95460
- Average temperatures in Mendocino in February are around 12 degrees
My must-do highlights of Mendicino, Northern California
- Take a ride on one of the USA’s best rail tours, The Skunk Train, to admire the most picturesque landscapes.
- Enjoy a hike along the Headlands State Park coast to catch some Insta-worthy shots.
- Stroll down Main Street and discover several art galleries which have been collecting works since the 1960s.
How to get to Mendocino
From here the most popular way of transport is by car which can take between a 2-to-3-hour journey along a scenic route. Another option, which is one of the most recommended and cheapest, is to take a direct bus from Charles M. Schulz–Sonoma County Airport to Mendocino.
The travel time is slightly longer, taking up to 3.5 hours but it gives you a chance to soak up the beautiful landscapes.
4. San Antonio, Texas – one of the best places to visit in the USA in February
Why visit San Antonio in February? The weather is mild and February is party season in this fun city.
Situated in south-central Texas, the city of San Antonio is known for its rich colonial heritage. Sights to visit include the Alamo, an 18th-century Spanish mission preserved as a Museum, the San Antonio River, and the miles-long River Walk.
The promenade is filled with cafes, boutique hotels, restaurants, and shops and I’d recommend exploring them all. February is a good time to visit as there are so many events going on including the Bud Light Mardi Gras Festival & River Parade.
Because of its historical importance to the state and its family-friendly theme parks, San Antonio attracts lots of families with kids during the summer break.
However, Texan summer is almost unbearable with high humidity and temperatures exceeding 90F. The lesser crowds and pleasant weather make February a far better time to visit this incredible destination.
- Visitors’ Center Address: 317 Alamo Plaza, San Antonio, Texas 78205
- Average temperatures in San Antonio, Texas in February are around 20 degrees
My must-do highlights of San Antonio, Texas
- Enjoy a wander along the River Walk, Paseo del Rio, which is known for being one of the city’s most significant attractions.
- For those who love fun, spend a day at the Six Flags Fiesta Texas theme park, a great activity to do with family or friends.
- Experience the sound of true country music at a live performance event.
- Experience the colorful and fun Bud Light Mardi Gras Festival & River Parade.
How to get to San Antonio
Located only 10 miles away from Downtown, flying into San Antonio International Airport is one of the most convenient ways to travel to the city.
Thirteen airlines use this airport, flying in from across more than 35 locations. From here you can rent a car, take a taxi, or hop on one of the shuttle buses.
If your location isn’t on the flight list, don’t worry. The Amtrak passenger train arrives directly downtown from over 500 destinations and is located one street away from the Alamodome in a rustic building.
5. Death Valley, California – February is a much safer time to visit this famous National Park
Why visit Death Valley in February? It’s a much cooler and safer time to visit this extraordinary place.
At the edge of the Great Basin Desert is a desert valley located in Eastern California. Known to be one of the hottest places on Earth, Death Valley is often compared with deserts in the Middle East and the Sahara.
As one of the hottest, driest, and lowest national parks and places in the world, Death Valley has unbearably blistering summer temperatures. Therefore, I believe winter with one of the months February is the best time to visit. Temperatures in this month are still very warm 23 degrees in February but they’re nowhere near the soaring temperatures of the summer.
The national park in the valley is known for its unique wildlife and I suggest trying to spot the desert bighorn sheep, lizards, and tiny pupfish, which live in pools saltier than seawater.
The valley offers breathtaking views by day and stargazing across this mesmerizing landscape by night.
- Visitors’ Center Address: Airport Rd, Furnace Creek, CA 92328, United States
- Average temperatures in Death Valley, California in February are around 23 degrees
My must-do highlights of Death Valley, California
- Take a hike along Zabriskie Point Trail that leads to an Instagrammable viewpoint overlooking the landscape.
- Borrow some binoculars and visit the Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes to experience the magical stargazing skies.
- Explore the Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes where you will feel transported to the other side of the world.
How to get to Death Valley
Straddling the border between California and Nevada, you have a choice of airports in either state to fly into, depending on where you wish to enter the valley.
Given its somewhat unforgiving landscape (not to mention its ominous name), public transport is not available in the area and although some do drive into it with private vehicles, the best, and safest, way of exploring this incredible desert landscape is with a pre-arranged tour group who can show you all the very best bits of Death Valley.
6. Palm Springs, California – one of the warmest vacation spots in February
Why visit Palm Springs in February? It’s a cool and quirky spot with fine and sunny weather.
I honestly think this is the perfect place to escape winter. Located 100 miles east of Los Angeles in the Coachella Valley region of the Sonoran Desert, the popular resort city is known for its clear blue skies, soft sunshine, natural hot springs, and luxurious amenities.
With gorgeous boutique hotels, fine dining restaurants, world-class golf courses, and amazing weather, it is no surprise that Palm Desert is a winter favorite pick, especially among celebrities!
Summertime can get extremely ho so February is a great time to visit because temperatures are not too hot, at around 80F, making it ideal for outdoor activities like hiking, biking, sunbathing, and spa pampering. I recommend trying the famous Spa La Quinta.
- Visitors’ Center Address: 2901 North Palm Canyon Drive Palm Springs, CA 92262
- Average temperatures in Palm Springs, California in February are around 24 degrees
My must-do highlights of Palm Springs, California
- Take a ride on the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway which is the world’s largest rotating tram car and offers amazing views.
- Take tours around some of the famous resident’s houses such as Elvis’s Honeymoon Hideaway, Marilyn Monroe’s House, and Dean Martin’s Home.
- Explore some history at Cabot’s Pueblo Museum, which took 24 years to build.
- Take a trip to the Coachella Valley Certified Farmers Markets, to purchase locally-grown produce.
- Relax at the incredible Spa La Quinta.
How to get to Palm Springs
With an array of options for traveling to the almost always sunny city, you can have your pick of what transport you would prefer.
The city has its own airport, Palm Springs International Airport (PSP) as well as being located one hour from Ontario International Airport (ONT) and two hours from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).
Traveling by train is a great option (from the airport or another city) with an Amtrak station being located directly in Downtown Palm Springs, where you will be surrounded by trendy bars, upscale restaurants, and vintage shopping.
Another option is to jump on a bus, which runs from early morning to late evening. There are three stops which are between a 9-to-16-minute walk to the city center and can also be used to get from the airport.
7. Vail Ski Resort, Colorado – for some of the best skiing in February in the USA
Why visit Vail Ski Resort in February? For winter fun, stunning scenery and powdery slopes.
Located near the town of Vail in Eagle County, Vail Ski Resort is a spectacular ski resort known for its quality of snow and slopes. Vail’s varied landscape offers over 5000 acres of skiable area.
Besides skiing and winter sports opportunities, Vail offers pristine conditions with the perfect combination of over 300 days of sunshine and over 370 inches of snow each year.
With plenty of fresh powder and tons of accessible terrain, I personally think February is prime time to visit Colorado and especially the ski resort of Vail.
Besides on-slope action, I suggest discovering all the gourmet restaurants, local pubs, high-class entertainment, shopping, and a lively après scene. The lovely Vail Village, designed with cobblestone streets and alpine-inspired architecture, is sure to charm any visitor!
- Visitors’ Center Address: Vail Welcome Center 241 South Frontage Rd., Suite 8150 Vail, CO 81657
- Average temperatures in Vail Ski Resort, Colorado in February are around -4 to -18 degrees
My must-do highlights of Vail Ski Resort, Colorado
- Go skiing or snowboarding across some of the 5317 snow-covered acres, suitable for all abilities.
- Spend the afternoon skating around one of the two scenic and charming outdoor ice rinks in the town.
- Experience some fun activities such as snow tubing, ski biking, and the alpine coaster at Adventure Ridge.
How to get to Vail Ski Resort
This mountain getaway is the 3rd largest single mountain ski resort in the USA and the journey there can be hassle-free by flying into one of the two airports nearby.
Eagle County Airport (EGE) is 30 miles away being roughly a 40-minute drive and has nonstop direct flights from all major cities.
Denver International Airport (DEN) is the second largest airport in the world and the second closest to the resort being 100 miles away, estimated at around a two-hour drive. There are both car rental options and bus shuttle transfers from either airport.
8. The Keys, Florida – a beautiful and warm winter vacation destination in February
Why visit the Florida Keys in February? For stunning scenery, beaches and warm weather!
The tropical islands of Florida Keys are situated between the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico, approximately 100 miles south of the state of Florida.
These fabulous islands are known for their relaxing atmosphere, seaside sunshine, and gorgeous scenery. There are plenty of activities like boating, kayaking, paddle boarding, snorkeling, and scuba diving.
Other attractions include art galleries, local boutiques, and fresh seafood. The southernmost city of Key West is famous for its bustling bars, Mallory Square’s nightly Sunset Celebration, and the Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum.
I personally think February is a great time to visit with winter crowds tapering off, hotel prices becoming reasonable in Key Largo and Key West and the weather conditions being optimal at the 70s and 80s.
- Visitors’ Center Address: 106240 Overseas Highway Key Largo, FL 33037
- Average temperatures in The Keys, Florida in February are around 24 degrees
My must-do highlights of The Keys, Florida
- Take a romantic sunset sail whilst admiring breathtaking views with a champagne toast.
- For those who love adventure, experience a parasail overlooking the crystal-clear blue waters.
- Take a stroll along the historic seaport boardwalk and taste some freshly prepared seafood.
How to get to the Florida Keys
Situated between the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico, the most popular way of traveling to visit is from Miami, located 66 miles away. From here you have the option of traveling by bus or car to and around the islands.
Traveling into the city of Miami is made easy with Amtrak trains running regularly and the option of being able to fly into Miami International Airport from over 167 domestic and international destinations.
9. Leavenworth, Washington – a snowy US winter destination with plenty of charm and gorgeous scenery
Why visit Leavenworth in February? It’s a charming and stunning winter wonderland.
Tucked in the Cascade Mountains of Washington, 100 miles east of Seattle, is beautiful Leavenworth. This charming U.S. town has full-on Bavarian vibes from architecture, and street names, to seasonal festivals and tourist attractions.
February in Leavenworth is full of fun activities like wine tasting, snowmobiling, skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, sledding, live music events, and other typical winter activities.
With beautiful architecture, cozy cafes, and gourmet restaurants, I love that Leavenworth is pretty much the perfect winter escape that takes you right to the heart of Europe.
- Visitors’ Center Address: 940 US Hwy 2 STE B, Leavenworth, WA 98826
- Average temperatures in Leavenworth, Washington in February are around 6 to -5 degrees
My must-do highlights of Leavenworth, Washington
- For a more relaxed way to explore the snow-filled wonderland, enjoy snowshoeing on the Icicle Gorge Nature Loop trail.
- Indulge in a tasty fondue on a colder day at the popular Pavz Café Bistro.
- Go sledding on the tubing hill or build a snowman at Lake Wenatchee State Park.
How to get to Leavenworth
Located in the heart of the Cascades between Seattle and Spokane, one of the most scenic ways to commute to Leavenworth is by Amtrak train to the Icicle Station stop which is then a 25-minute walk to the city entrance.
For a more direct route, another idyllic journey is by car via US Highway 2, which is voted one of the most stunning highways to travel along. If you’re looking to fly in, the nearest airport is Pangborn Memorial Airport, located 30 miles away.
10. Hot Springs, North Carolina – for a great alternative February break
Why visit Hot Springs, North Carolina in February? You get to warm up in the incredible hot springs!
Nestled in the mountains of Western North Carolina, along the banks of Spring Creek and the French Broad River, Hot Springs is a town rich in history and culture.
Only a short distance from Asheville, this charming town is the intersection along the historic Appalachian Trail. Surrounded by the Pisgah National Forest, Hot Springs is ideal for outdoor enthusiasts.
It offers various hiking paths, white water rafting, mountain biking, or a visit to Rich Mountain Lookout Tower.
However, as the name suggests, Hot Spring is best known for its hot mineral springs. Though the hot mineral springs are open year-round, the experience of soaking in hot water at temperatures of 102F in cold climates is truly unique and I would highly recommend it!
It is the perfect February destination for anyone interested in outdoor adventure, healing, and relaxation, or even a romantic getaway.
- Visitors’ Center Address: 106 Bridge St, Hot Springs, NC 28743
- Average temperatures in Hot Springs, North Carolina in February are around 11 degrees
My must-do highlights of Hot Springs, North Carolina
- Enjoy some time relaxing in the famous hot mineral waters at Hot Springs Resort & Spa.
- Taste the unique and creative cuisine at one of the locally owned restaurants.
- For those who like to party, have a glass of wine or craft beer at one of the live entertainment events.
How to get to Hot Springs, North Carolina
The closest airport is Asheville Regional Airport situated 51 miles away, taking only a 40-to-50-minute drive to the town center. The journey can be made from the airport by car or bus.
11. Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada – pleasant temperatures and incredible scenery
Why visit Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada in February? It’s less busy and doesn’t have the soaring temperatures of the summer months.
Valley of Fire State Park is known for its 40,000 acres of bright red Aztec sandstone outcrops that are tucked in gray and tan limestone. Key natural attractions include the Rainbow Vista, Pink Canyon, Fire Wave, White Domes, Seven Sisters, Fire Cave, and Beehives Cave.
This historic park houses ancient, petrified trees and petroglyphs that date back more than 2,000 years. A walk through this park is truly like walking through history.
Summers in the Nevada region can be extremely hot and harsh, making autumn and winter recommended times to visit. Here you can go hiking, or trekking, but I would just recommend exploring and taking in the incredible scenery.
- Visitors’ Center Address: Valley of Fire Visitor Center, Overton, NV 89040
- Average temperatures in Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada in February are around 18 degrees
My must-do highlights of Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada
- Take a hike on the Rainbow Vista trail to admire an Insta-worthy panoramic view overlooking the park.
- Explore Pink Canyon, well known for being one of the most stunning places in the valley.
- Enjoy a drive through the valley to discover the magnificent and natural landscapes.
12. Alta, Utah – one of the best US winter destinations to explore in February
Why visit Alta, Utah in February? It offers a great range of winter activities including skiing.
Located in the Wasatch Mountains of Utah in Salt Lake County, Alta is an amazing ski area, known for its wide array of slopes. I’m a huge fan of this snowy winter paradise.
Alta averages 550 inches of snow each year and its soft snow slopes offer incredible skiing opportunities for every level of skier. Alta is popular for its stunning snow-covered scenery and fresh powder snow terrain.
Alta is best visited in the peak winter month of February when they have received plenty of snowfall, and the snow is soft and powdery.
- Visitors’ Center Address: 10351 UT-210, Alta, UT 84092,
- Average temperatures in Alta, Utah in February are around 0 to -10 degrees
My must-do highlights of Valley of Alta, Utah
- Take a trip to visit the magical and magnificent frozen sculptures of the Ice Castles
- Explore in a different way by hiring a fat bike and taking the winter trail around Park City.
- Slow down to enjoy a hot chocolate at Hatch Family Chocolates, which can be upgraded with a shot of caramel, mint, or gingerbread flavor.
13. Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming – the park takes on a different kind of beauty in February
Why visit Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming in February? The crowds have gone and you’ll get to see a different type of scenery.
One of the most celebrated national parks in the US, Yellowstone is known for its picturesque natural beauty and exceptionally diverse wildlife.
Though summers are the most popular, I honestly think that winter offers a unique experience and pristine views of white frosted trees. Skis, snowshoes, snow coaches, and snowmobiles are the main modes of transportation as roads close, rivers and lakes freeze, and winter storms blanket the park with fluffy, white snow.
Outdoor activity options are endless. Yellowstone offers miles of trails that lead past frosty woods, steaming hot springs, and snow-covered meadows that can be explored on skis or snowshoes.
February is a good time to visit the national park because of the idyllic scenery, thinning crowds, and better chances of spotting iconic animals that tend to move to lower elevations in cooler temperatures.
In cooler climates, Yellowstone bears and wolves can often be spotted from the road, as they forage for food in preparation for hibernation. At Mammoth Hot Springs, I would recommend trying to spot bull elks and bison covered in snow, which is quite a sight!
Views of the steam from the geyser contrast against the snow and the blue skies are mesmerizing. Yellowstone’s winter white landscape is truly heavenly.
In February, Yellowstone becomes a quiet haven, where I suggest you reconnect with nature, relax, and renew your body and spirit!
- Visitors’ Center Address: Grand Loop Road
Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190
- Average temperatures in Yellowstone National Park in February are around 0 to -15 degrees
My must-do highlights of Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
- Go on a snowmobile-guided tour for an experience of a lifetime in the winter wonderland.
- Explore the park by cross-country skiing on the perfectly groomed trails.
- Discover the picturesque scenery on a snow coach tour where you will have several stops to grab some pictures.
14. Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona – a February break with fewer crowds and more pleasant temperatures
Why visit the Petrified Forest National Park in Arizona in February? Although chilly, you can avoid the crowds at this incredible beauty spot.
Petrified Forest National Park, in northeastern Arizona, is home to the beautiful world-renowned Rainbow Forest. The Rainbow Forest is filled with colorful petrified wood and logs and offers stunning views, I think it’s up there as being one of the most Instagrammable spots in the country.
I would suggest visiting the Rainbow Forest Museum which displays exquisite paleontology exhibits, petroglyphs of Newspaper Rock, and the ruined village of Puerco Pueblo.
The park also contains the 1930s Painted Desert Inn, a museum with Hopi murals. There are various hiking and trekking trails, on which you can find fossils, wildlife, and wildflowers.
February in the Petrified Forest National is definitely calming, and the serene beauty makes it worth visiting even in the winter/February.
- Visitors’ Center Address: 1 Park Rd, Petrified Forest National Park, AZ 86028
- Average temperatures in Petrified Forest National Park in February are around 13 degrees
My must-do highlights of Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona
- Check out Rainbow Forest Museum at the visitor center to see some dinosaur skeletons.
- Take one of the most stunning hikes in the park, Blue Mesa, and discover the colored badlands hills.
- Stroll along the short Crystal Forest loop to admire the beautiful wood log deposits.
15. Kirkwood, California – receives one of the highest snowfalls in the world so a great spot to vacation in February
Why visit Kirkwood in February? It’s a fantastic winter ski resort with high snowfalls.
Kirkwood Resort is a wonderful ski resort that receives one of the highest snowfalls in the world. It offers an extensive selection of terrain and several winter sports at affordable prices.
I personally think February is the perfect time to enjoy Kirkwood and its snow-covered surroundings. Kirkwood combines the conveniences of a destination resort with the laid-back atmosphere of a day hill. The quaint village is home to a handful of eateries, bars, and other shops which I’d recommend exploring at your leisure.
- Visitors’ Center Address: 1501 Kirkwood Meadows Drive Kirkwood, CA 95646
- Average temperatures in Kirkwood, California in February are around 5 to -7 degrees
My must-do highlights of Kirkwood, California
- For those who love to snowboard, practice some tricks at the park filled with tabletop jumps, quarterpipe, and various rails.
- Become surrounded by the stunning view of the mountains by taking the cross-country skiing trail.
- Experience the picturesque scenery on a snowshoeing adventure across 80 kilometers of land.
16. San Diego, California – for a beautiful and warm (and cheaper!) February city break
Why visit San Diego in February? Hotel rates are lower, you can avoid the spring and summer crowds and temperatures are still pleasant.
San Diego is an excellent destination to visit in February because it offers a great escape from cold dreary weather – but San Diego offers a lot more than just pleasant temperatures and clear skies in the winter.
It is known for its sandy beaches, ocean-side activities, and family-friendly parks. To really make the most of this incredible city I would highly recommend getting involved in the activities on offer such as swimming, surfing, kayaking, and bodyboarding.
San Diego offers almost picture-perfect year-round weather with sunshine and soft ocean winds. Average winter temperatures range from the mid-60s to 70s Fahrenheit making it ideal for more than seaside activities.
It also boasts 70 miles of pristine sand along its stunningly beautiful coastline, laden with cypress trees.
Other sights include the Immense Balboa Park, Japanese Botanical Gardens, Old Town San Diego, art galleries, museums, and gardens. With its rich cultural heritage and magnificent Pacific Ocean views, I honestly think San Diego is very deserving of its title of “America’s Finest City.”
- Visitors’ Center Address: 996 N Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101,
- Average temperatures in San Diego in February are around 19 degrees
My must-do highlights of San Diego, California
- Experience a breathtaking winter sunset either on land or by sail and look out for the famous green flash moment.
- Relax and rejuvenate with a Korean Massage at the Aqua Day Spa.
- Go for a hike along the trails in Torrey Pines State Park to witness panoramic views.
17. Magic Mountain ski resort, Vermont – a fun winter’s paradise
Why visit Magic Mountain ski resort, Vermont in February? It’s another skiing haven with some of the best snow storms known to hit in early February.
Located in Southern Vermont in New England, Magic Mountain is a ski resort on Glebe Mountain that features a 1,500-foot vertical drop.
This true skiing treasure is known for its steep narrow trails, glade skiing, and of course its affordable prices. The no-frills experience keeps the focus on the riding and the prices low.
Hiking is another popular activity in this scenic region and something I would also recommend if you take enough precautions.
With uncrowded slopes and fresh snow tracks that often last days, locals know Magic is the place to ski. The region is scenic with gorgeous views of the Green Mountains. And when it snows, Magic simply looks magical I promise!
- Visitors’ Center Address: 495 Magic Mountain Access Londonderry, VT 05148
- Average temperatures in Magic Mountain ski resort, Vermont in February are around -1 to -14 degrees
My must-do highlights of Magic Mountain Ski Resort, Vermont
- Ski or snowboard both the perfectly pisted runs and the off-piste trails.
- Take a hike to one of the summits where you can gain a token to redeem a free lift ride.
- Enjoy some food and drinks at the well-known Black Line Tavern.
18. Providence Canyon, Georgia – explore wonderful scenery with fewer crowds
Why visit Providence Canyon, Georgia in February? You can see the incredible landscapes without being hidden by the foliage.
Providence Canyon, a 1,000-acre Georgia state park, is often referred to as “Little Grand Canyon”. It is considered one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Georgia and I’m a seriously big fan.
The park is below sea level with 16 different canyons, exposing 43 different shades of soil ranging from light orange, salmon, and red to white, purple, and pink.
These magnificent colors make this one of the most beautiful and breathtaking hikes in Georgia. The trails along the canyon offer striking views and make a great place to view a glorious sunset.
Nearby attractions include Amicalola Falls and Tullulah Gorge. I can honestly say that winter is a lovely time to witness the fascinating Providence Canyon State Outdoor Recreation Area, without all the hardwood foliage and vegetation which usually covers it.
- Visitors’ Center Address: 8930 Canyon Rd. Lumpkin GA 31815
- Average temperatures in Providence Canyon, Georgia in February are around 17 degrees
My must-do highlights of Providence Canyon, Georgia
- Stay over at one of the camps along the Providence Canyon backcountry trail for a unique experience.
- Visit the colorful rock formations also known as Little Grand Canyon.
- Go hiking along to explore the canyons and capture some amazing views.
19. St Augustine, Florida – makes a charming and warm February destination
Why visit St. Augustine, Florida in February? The weather is mild, there are far fewer crowds and better deals on hotels.
Known for its marvelous beaches, St. Augustine is an amazing destination all year round. Winter is especially a great time because while the rest of the country is dealing with harsh cold temperatures and snow, St. Augustine is reveling in the sun.
In February temperatures are pleasant, fluctuating between 40 to 70F, crowds are less, and you can often find many off-peak season deals in the city’s best hotels.
Attractions include St. Augustine Fountain of Youth, the Spanish masonry fort of Castillo San Marcos National Monument, and St. Augustine’s Lighthouse and Maritime Museum.
I would recommend going on the spooky but interesting ghost tour, taking advantage of the golf courses, and exploring the wonderful San Sebastian Winery.
- Visitors’ Center Address: 10 S Castillo Dr, St. Augustine, FL 32084
- Average temperatures in St Augustine, Florida in February are around 21 degrees
My must-do highlights of St Augustine, Florida
- Have a wander down St George Street which is filled with an array of art galleries, shops, and restaurants.
- Learn about the history at Oldest House Museum and discover what life used to be like in St Augustine.
- Drink the water from Ponce de Leon’s Spring of Eternal Hope at The Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park.
20. Table Rock State Park, South Carolina – perfect for nature and outdoor lovers or a great family vacation
Why visit Table Rock State Park, South Carolina in February? If you wrap up this can be a great month to go hiking with far fewer crowds.
At the edge of the Blue Ridge Mountains in northern Pickens County is a 3000-acre park called Table Rock State Park. The park contains Pinnacle Mountain, the tallest mountain in the state, and is known for its remarkable natural beauty.
The towering mountain serves as a beautiful backdrop for the park and its facilities. The park contains cabins, a campground, and I love that there is an old-fashioned swimming hole on one of the park’s two lakes.
Pinnacle Lake and Lake Oolenoy are populated with diverse fish including bass, bream, and catfish.
Activities include camping, swimming, boating, paddling, kayaking, canoeing, hiking, biking, and bird watching are offered in the park, I highly recommend taking advantage of as many as you can while here if the weather permits.
Table Rock is also an access point for the well-known Foothills Trail and Palmetto Trail. Table Rock State Park is a classic getaway for any looking to enjoy the cool winter air and natural outdoors. Enjoy!
- Visitors’ Center Address: 158 E. Ellison Lane Pickens, SC 29671
- Average temperatures in Table Rock State Park, South Carolina in February are around 13 degrees
My must-do highlights of Table Rock State Park, South Carolina
- Hire a canoe or kayak and enjoy some time out on the waters of Lake Pinnacle.
- Take a hike to the top of Table Rock and Pinnacle Mountains whilst admiring lakes and waterfalls along the way.
- Go wading in the stream that is located near Carrick Creek Falls.
I hope you’ve enjoyed my round-up, a lot of people have asked me if I was going to choose just three of these places which ones I would select as my favorite. It’s a tough choice but it would have to be New Orleans for the incredible Mardi Gras, Leavenworth for its European-style cozy winter charm, and Mendocino for its unique atmosphere in the winter months. Enjoy!
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My first true adventure began as a six month voyage around South East Asia as a fresh faced backpacker and ever since I’ve lived a semi nomadic existence, clocking up visits to over 40 countries. I’m a lover of US Road Trips, deserted beaches bathed in warm glow of a sunset, Cuban mojitos, travel destinations far away from the tourist crowds and all things Scandinavian – from cloudberry liquors to Nordic noirs. When not wandering the world and running Global Grasshopper, you’ll find me walking my ex Athens street dog in leafy South West London, strolling around the Brighton Lanes on random day trips, hunting for photogenic landscapes or daydreaming about my favourite places; Havana, Copenhagen, Italy, Borneo, Finland, Greece, Berlin, Laos, California and the surreal and beautiful landscapes of a wintry Iceland.
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