While snow is beautiful to look at, not everyone loves the idea of shivering through each winter season. So, whether you need to fly south for a little break or you’re California dreamin’, here are five hotspots to wait out Old Man Winter this year.
1. Austin, TX
While not quite the south, and not quite the southwest, Texas can be blistering hot or it can see snow in many areas. Austin is ideal, however, as the temperatures stay mild throughout late fall and through the end of winter. Better still, winter is almost always dry, and in the unlikely event it snows, it won’t be very much.
Austin always has fun events being hosted, giving you plenty of opportunities to have your cool day in the sun while listening to live music too.
2. Scottsdale, AZ
Scottsdale is a unique part of the southwest, being less “home on the range” and more “Rodeo Drive”. Surrounded by mountain views, upscale shopping, and mild temperatures during the day, many call Scottsdale their winter home away from home. The city also hosts plenty of weekly art and family events to check out.
To help give the college football fans something to take their mind off of, Scottsdale hosts their annual art walk through the downtown area. McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park is also an enjoyable stroll any time of year.
3. Pasadena, CA
Known for being one of the more posh spots in California, Pasadena is home to many local artists, warmer winter months, and many things to see and do. The city regularly has comedians, artists, and musicians perform throughout the year, and especially throughout the winter season.
Even though the weather is mild, Pasadena still celebrates winter with a plethora of fun and festive events. If your children are feeling left out of having a Snow Day, the Kidspace Children’s Museum has real snow brought into their museum for children to play in. From late November to early January, the Descanso Gardens hosts their nightly illuminated display synchronized to music, making a hauntingly beautiful even stroll through the botanical gardens.
4. Myrtle Beach, SC
Weather on the coast is always a little unpredictable, but most winters are generally mild. Myrtle Beach has a great mix of beach days and typical family-friendly tourist fare to enjoy while offering more adult options in entertainment as well, such as gambling cruises and salons. Myrtle Beach certainly offers something for everyone and is a great way to swap sand for snow during the holidays.
The Grand Strand plaza has numerous outlets stores, shopping malls, and unique offerings.
5. St. Simons Island, Georgia
There are busier, more touristy parts of Georgia and then there are quieter parts. St. Simons Island falls in the latter category.
It’s a pretty tranquil area to visit any time of year, with mostly only local traffic and the occasional visitors. On the island, you can find plenty of outdoor opportunities including biking, kayaking, and fishing. There are also nearby shops, restaurants, museums, and golf courses to explore too.