Awesome Warm Winter Getaways in the US

Rolling out of bed partially frozen to go scrape the ice off your car? Or maybe you’re not freezing, but thrive in summer weather! Whichever person you are, I am sure we can all agree that warm winter getaways are some of the best getaways and we have quite a few in the US!

Below we are covering some of the best warm weather destinations in the US to escape the brutal winter that will make all your friends jealous!

Torrey pines beach is perfect for a weekend in San Diego. Looking down from the cliff at the ocean
San Diego

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Fort Myers Florida

Recommended by Samantha Oppenheimer of Find Love and Travel (Aka Editor)

One of the most incredible warm winter destinations is Fort Myers, Florida! After a ton of rebuilding from Hurricane Ian, they are ready to accept tourists this winter season.

Because it gets so hot during the summer time, visiting in winter makes for a great time to get our doors, whether that be hiking, kayaking, or even looking for manatees. With 3 days in Fort Myers, you can see and do a lot.

In fact, winter is one of the best times to see manatees, and they even have a dedicated park to do so. Don’t forget to enjoy downtown Fort Myers, with tons of great eateries and rooftop bars.

Where to Stay in Fort Myers: The Westin Cape Coral

Airport:  Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW)

Sunset at Bokeelia Fishing Pier with dolphin
Sunset at Bokeelia Fishing Pier

St. Augustine, Florida

Suggested by Samantha

If you love historic places, St. Augustine will give you just that! Known as the oldest city in the USA, you will have the opportunity to explore the Old Town, which still resembles Spanish culture.

Visiting around Christmas or early January? Enjoy their famous Festival of Lights, where the city is decked out in thousands of Christmas lights. You, of course, can’t miss touring some of the top museums and attractions, such as the Lightner Museum and Anastasia Island and Lighthouse.

If it’s not too cold, hit the beach, or go on a dolphin cruise and enjoy Florida’s warm winter weather! With a weekend in St. Augustine, you will have enough time to experience some of the best things this city has to offer.

Here is my guide on where to stay in St. Augustine

Airport: Jacksonville International Airport (JAX)

Lightner Museum outside

Honeymoon Island State Park, Florida

Recommended by Paula from Paula Pins the Planet

If you are looking for a warm US destination to visit, Honeymoon Island State Park is a great option for winter getaways. With 4-miles of amazing beaches to explore, the island also includes a 3-mile hiking trail through one of the last remaining virgin slash pine forests.

Located on the west coast of Florida, Honeymoon Island is an exceptional place for outdoor lovers since it offers many options, like soaking in the sun, swimming, fishing, kayaking, hiking, and biking.

Additionally, consider taking the ferry across the channel to Caladesi State Park. This island offers pristine beaches and turquoise water. Caladesi State Park may even be less crowded and rocky than the beaches of Honeymoon Island.

Honeymoon Island is a great destination to visit all year round, but if you visit in the wintertime, you have higher chances to see birds such as eagles, osprey, and great horned owls, along with ground animals including gopher tortoises, raccoons, and armadillos.

Also, during winter, it is easiest to spot manatees and dolphins close to shore, due to the temperate climate during this time of the year, with nice weather and temperatures between 59-70 F.

You can visit the Park 365 days per year, from 8 am until sunset. The park has an $8 entry fee per vehicle. Honeymoon Island State Park is located about 25 minutes north of Clearwater Beach on Florida’s west coast.

You can find 2 cafes on Honeymoon Island to buy food and beverages or you can bring your own for a nice picnic on the island.

There is no option for accommodations inside Honeymoon Island & Caladesi Island. However, it is just a short distance driving from Clearwater or Dunedin, where you can find several options for accommodations.

Where to Stay Near Honeymoon Island: Fenway Hotel, Autograph Collection

Airport: St. Pete–Clearwater International Airport or Tampa International Airport

Honeymoon Island in Florida is a perfect warm winter getaways
Honeymoon Island, FL

Key West, Florida

Recommended by Pauline from the Beeloved City

If you are looking for a warm winter destination in the US, Key West will be perfect for you!

Located at the very end of the beautiful Florida Keys, Key West is known for its unique atmosphere, beautiful beaches, and ghost stories!

You can fly directly to Key West from pretty much anywhere in the United States. However, if you can, going on a road trip from Miami to Key West is well worth your time!

With a weekend in Key West, you can enjoy watersports and beaches and explore the town.

Once you get to Key West itself, head to Duval Street. That’s where you will find all the bars and restaurants. It’s a very lively and unusual place where Texan saloons are right by Irish pubs, and wild roosters wander the streets!

Make sure to go to the Southernmost point buoy for photos and the Ernest Hemingway home. These are some of the most Instagrammable spots in Key West.

In the evening, make your way to Mallory Square for the sunset celebration. It can get quite busy, so it’s best to get there early to score a good spot. You are allowed to walk around with drinks so if you were in one of the bars in Duval Street, don’t feel like you need to rush, just take your glass with you!

After that, you can head to the bars and experience the Key West nightlife. Alternatively, you can also choose to go on a spooky ghost tour! It’s pretty fun!

In terms of accommodation, opt for a condo near Duval Street for convenience. If you’d like to stay near the beach, you can also book one of the beautiful beachfront rentals in the Florida keys.

Before heading to Key West, make sure to check out my Key West Travel Tips and Key West Packing Guide.

Where to Stay in Key West: Hyatt Centric Key West (Where I most recently stayed)

Airport: Key West International Airport (EYW) Miami International (MIA)

Weekend in Key West itinerary - Smathers Beach
Smathers Beach – Weekend in Key West itinerary


Maui, Hawaii

Recommend by Samantha from Find Love & Travel

Maui is likely one of the most popular Hawaiian Islands because it gives you a mix of Kauai and Oahu. You can find busy towns and shopping areas (Lahania) like in Oahu, while still being able to get that remote tropical vibe that Kauai gives you.

One of Maui’s best attractions is driving the road to Hana! The twisting, winding road of Hana is full of endless waterfalls, lava landscapes, a black sand beach, bamboo forests, and just overall stunning views! I highly recommend driving it!

Additionally, you can experience the sunrise at Mt. Haleakala, which was by far the most stunning sunrise I have ever witnessed!

Moreover, let’s not forget relaxing on gorgeous beaches, the chance of swimming with sea turtles, whale watching, snorkeling at Molokini island, surfing, and luaus!

Maui offers all the above and more, making it the perfect warm winter vacation.

The best way to explore Maui is by renting a car. If renting a car is not an option, there are tons of tours to help you explore Maui!

We loved our stay at the Sheraton Resort at Black Rock Cliff. With both mountain and ocean views from the same window, it feels like total paradise! I especially loved staying here because we saw Green Sea Turtles every day at the beach. The Sheraton is also located super close to town, where there are tons of amazing restaurants.

Find an epic Maui itinerary here!

Additional great places to stay in Maui include The Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa and The Westin Maui Resort & Spa

The black sand beach on the Road to Hana in Maui
Waianapanapa Black Sand Beach in Maui, Hawaii

Oahu, Hawaii

Recommended by Holly from Globeblogging

If you’re looking for sun, sand, and glorious warm weather getaways this winter, you simply can’t go wrong with a visit to the paradise that is Hawaii.

Probably the best-known collection of islands off the US mainland, Oahu is perfect to plan a jam-packed itinerary to cater to just about any traveler!

With an average temperature that ranges from 62 up to 77 degrees Fahrenheit and low average rainfall, February is the perfect time to visit.

Naturally, being an island paradise, there are plenty of water activities to choose from. Dive with sharks, snorkel in a nature reserve, head out parasailing, or take a walk along the ocean floor. Whether you choose to hang out on the beach or head on over to the North Shore to surf and enjoy a spectacular sunset, you can’t go wrong!

Movie buffs will love a visit to Hollywood’s Hawaii set, Kualoa Ranch, to check out filming locations from blockbusters including Jurassic Park, Jurassic World, Jumanji, and Godzilla, while Pearl Harbor is a somber but unmissable experience.

Additionally, a hike to the top of the Diamond Head crater will get the heart rate up and offer exceptional views of Waikiki from the top as a reward.

There are plenty of options for accommodations in the tourist hub of Waikiki, and no shortage of delicious food. Check out Dukes for a delicious buffet breakfast and Bills Waikiki for the best Australian-grade coffee in town.

Bargain hunters shouldn’t miss checking out the Waikele outlets for a day of shopping, something else that Oahu is famous for.

Where to Stay in Oahu: Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort

Airport: Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL)

Diamond Head Overlook of Waikiki in Hawaii
Diamond Head Overlook of Waikiki in Hawaii

Kauai, Hawaii

Recommend by Sam from Find Love & Travel

Kauai, known as the Garden Island, is another perfect US warm weather winter getaways to add to your bucket list! I mean, who doesn’t want to spend the holidays on a tropical island with temperatures in the 70’s, am I right?

Full of lush green jungles, beautiful beaches, waterfalls, and adventure, Kauai, HI has something for everyone! Some of the best things to see in Kauai include the famous Napali Coast, Waimea Canyon (known as Hawaii’s Grand Canyon), seeing Wailua Falls, and adventuring out to Secret Falls, to name a few!

The best way to explore Kauai, Hawaii, is by renting a car. By doing this, you will have full flexibility to see a ton of the Island! I would also suggest spending at least 3 days in Kauai if you are planning on island hopping!

The winter is high season in Kauai, so I would recommend booking your getaway in advance! We visited Kauai during our honeymoon and had an excellent stay at the Kauai Marriott Resort. The property is a beautiful beachfront property with giant pools, and several restaurants to choose from.

Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa is another top resort to stay at.

Kauai Hawaii is easily one of the best USA warm winter getaways
The Napali Coast in Kauai, Hawaii


Los Angeles, California

Recommended by Sam from Find Love & Travel

California dreamin? Los Angeles easily makes the list of perfect warm winter getaways with beautiful coastlines, great hiking, city vibes, and not to mention great non-humid temperatures.

There is also tons of fun to be had in Los Angeles, including hikes to the famous Hollywood Sign, watching the sunset at Griffith Observatory, walking down Santa Monica Pier, riding bikes down Venice, or looking for your favorite stars on the Hollywood walk of fame, just to name a few!

Los Angeles is perfectly located if you are interested in a day trip to Malibu, Palm Springs, or Santa Barbara.

Even if you plan to go on a road trip around California, make sure to spend at least 3 days in Los Angeles to experience some of the best things this city has to offer! Even as an expensive city, there are also tons of free things to do in LA.

The 3 most popular areas to stay in Los Angeles is Hollywood (attractions), Beverly Hills (luxury), and Santa Monica (more beachy vibes).

Where to Stay in LA: Omni Los Angeles Hotel California Plaza | JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE

Airport: Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and Hollywood Burbank Airport also known as Bob Hope (BUR).

Los Angeles is another great warm weather US winter Getaways
Hollywood Sign in Los Angeles, California

San Diego California in the Winter

Another Warm winter USA gem place to visit is San Diego! This California city has so much to see and do, and of course, the weather is fantastic! With average temperatures in the high 60s, feel free to leave those winter jackets at home!

One of the best things to do while visiting San Diego is exploring Balboa Park. This massive public park offers over a dozen museums, lovely gardens, and cool architecture.

Another thing you won’t want to miss in San Diego is a visit to La Jolla Cove to see the sea lions and seals! There are also great restaurants in La Jolla! Consider even doing some kayaking here.

Make sure to catch a sunset at the sunset cliffs, explore the Old Town San Diego, which is known as the birthplace of California, visit Coronado Island, and don’t forget to hit up the Gaslamp District!

Because San Diego has so much to do, it is also one of the best destinations for family vacations in December.

You can fly right into the San Diego International airport (SAN) and you will want to make sure to rent a car in San Diego. It is the best way to get around this beach town! For more about planning an epic trip, check my detailed San Diego itinerary and my Instagrammable spots in San Diego!

Where to stay in San Diego: San Diego Marriott Gaslamp Quarter | Omni San Diego Hotel

Airport: San Diego International Airport

Birdseye view looking down at the beach. visiting the beach is a must with a weekend in San Diego

Death Valley National Park, California

If Death Valley National Park is on your bucket list, then planning a trip during the winter is actually your best bet! This National Park is so hot during the summer that it is actually considered dangerous to visit due to the heat. Therefore, Death Valley is most popular during the winter and makes for the perfect warm weather USA getaway!

Death Valley National Park is the largest National Park in the Lower 48 and has so much unique landscape to offer. In fact, it is one of the most unique destinations in the US. During the winter months, you can still expect temperatures in the 70s and even 80s, but at night, this desert can get a little cold.

Some of the coolest places to visit in Death Valley National Park include Mesquite Sand Dunes, Badwater Basin Salt Flats, and Zabriskie Point.

For more Death Valley inspiration, check out my One Day Guide in Death Valley National Park, Death Valley Travel Tips, and Death Valley packing guide!

Airport: Las Vegas McCarran Airport (LAS); Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)

Mesquite Sand Dunes after sunrise with one day in Death Valley
Mesquite Sand Dunes

Joshua Tree National Park

If you are starting to feel these warm weather destinations are becoming a glorified California list, I wouldn’t blame you, but the truth of that matter is that California has a ton of warm places to visit in the winter!

Joshua Tree National Park is one of the more unique USA national parks, and wintertime is one of the best times to visit. That is because this park is made up of 2 deserts: the Colorado Desert and the Mojave Desert.

This park is slightly cooler than Death Valley National Park since it is at a higher altitude. You can expect winter temperatures somewhere between 50 F and the high 60s F.

What makes this National Park pretty unique is being able to see the Joshua Trees with giant granite boulders dotted across the park. The park offers a lot of fun hiking trails and rock climbing.

I must admit, however, that although the park is generally warm, once in a rare blue, the higher elevations may receive some snow. Joshua Tree is also just an hour away from Palm Springs California, which is another winter hot spot, therefore, you can visit Joshua Tree, Palm Springs, and even San Diego in one trip (we did)!

For more Joshua Tree Inspiration, check out these guides: One Day in Joshua Tree National Park | Joshua Tree Travel Tips

Airport: San Diego (SAN); Palm Springs (PSP)

One day in Joshua Tree - Joshua Trees National Park Road Trip itinerary
Road Trip to Joshua Tree National Park

Palm Springs

Suggested by Kathy Condon of Palm Springs Insider Guide

If you are looking for sun, one can be pretty sure you will find it in Palm Springs, with an average of 350 days of sunlight each year. Plus, you can find direct flights from over 13 cities in the US, making it accessible for weekend getaways.

If you enjoy hiking, you have 26 hiking trails crisscrossing Coachella Valley. They offer all levels of difficulty. Or, if you would rather ride a horse on some of our beautiful trails, that is possible too, with a ranch that leads tours that take you by a lovely oasis.

There is still another option to experience nature. The Red Jeep Tours have a variety of destinations. I enjoyed the Andreas Fault Tour, where one sees an oasis and the plates of the fault overlap.

There are 72 small boutique hotels within the city limits of Palm Springs. Many restored and showcase the modernist style popular in the 50s and 60s.

Your hardest decision regarding dining is to decide what kind of food you would like for your meal. Renowned chefs are making Palm Springs their home. You will not go hungry here. If you want a great snack, try Brandi Toffee, a sweet treat developed here and even in Award Ceremonies gift bags—it’s the perfect gift to take home to friends.

If you are coming to relax, pack your swimming suit and find your spot near one of our pools. Order a drink and sit and enjoy the distant mountain views while sipping your umbrella drink. You should also consider a day trip to Joshua Tree, which is about an hour away!

Airport: Palm Springs International Airport

Hotel: Casa Cody to be near downtown

Palm Springs to Joshua Tree - Wind Turbines

US Virgin Islands

St. Thomas and St. John

Suggested By Rachel of Caribbean Uncovered

There’s truly no better place to jet set to warm weather than in the Caribbean, and notably, there are only a few destinations you can visit without a passport. That’s what makes this duo of islands – St Thomas and St John – an amazing opportunity. And even better, they’re a mere 20-minute ferry ride apart, giving you two island getaways instead of one.

The beaches of St Thomas and St John in the US Virgin Islands are unparalleled and some of the best the Caribbean offers. Filled with prime spots for snorkeling, calm waters fit for swimming, and the added benefit of duty-free shopping.

For history buffs, take a climb up 99 Steps or explore Fort Christian in Charlotte Amalie, while the Reef Bay Trail in Virgin Islands National Park provides hiking, views, and outdoor adventure the whole family will love.

Water enthusiasts won’t run out of snorkeling and beach opportunities – particularly a trip to LIME OUT – the iconic floating taco bar – or wading through colorful schools of fish at Coki Beach.

Average temperatures in St Thomas and St John are in the 80s all year round. It’s always beach weather in USVI!

Where to Stay: Pink Palm Hotel

Airport: Cyril E. King Airport

St. John Virgin Island looking over the blue water - warm weather us destinations
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St. Croix

Suggested by Marian of Discovering Anew

If you’re dreaming of warm blue waters in the Caribbean and sand between your toes, Saint Croix, USVI, is the perfect place to escape the cold this winter in the USA. This idyllic island has it all: outdoor activities, breathtaking scenery, stunning beaches, a diverse range of Caribbean cuisines, and a fascinating history.

The largest and most rural of the US Virgin Islands, Saint Croix abounds in one-of-a-kind experiences. With year-round temperatures from the low 70’s to high 80’s, you will find true Caribbean paradise right in the USA.

Not only is the island well known for its 23 sandy beaches, but St. Croix is world-renowned for its snorkeling and diving trips. Set sail to Buck Island to explore this diverse underwater trail and view vibrant corals, tropical fish, and marine life.

The recreational activities are endless. Experience a glowing sea kayak trip through Salt River Bay Preserve. This bioluminescent phenomenon is only found in 7 other places in the world. Next, take a tour of a rum distillery or hike to the Annaly Bay Tide Pools for a thrilling adventure. Don’t want to hike the island, explore the jungle on a guided horseback ride instead.

So whether you want to be adventurous or not, St. Croix has you covered.

Airport: Henry E. Rohlson International Airport (STX)

Hotel: Buccaneer Beach and Golf Resort (an all-inclusive resort with top-notch amenities)

St. Croix Beach View Virgin Islands
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Savannah, Georgia

Recommended by Samantha Oppenheimer from Find Love & Travel

Full of history, charming streets, and great weather, Savannah is another perfect place to escape winter in the USA! Some of the best things to do in Savannah, Georgia, include exploring one of the original 22 Squares, walking along the live oak trees dripping in Spanish moss, exploring River Street, and more!

Temperatures in Savannah are generally in the 60s during winter months, making the weather quite enjoyable. This is also a great time to visit if you want to avoid the crowds!

You, of course, will need to check out some of the most photo-worthy Savannah places, including Wormsloe Historic Site and the famous Forsyth Park!

Savannah is also known as one of the most haunted cities in the USA, so if you are into ghosts and the paranormal, this is the place for you. Some haunted places you can visit in Savannah include the Mercer House, Bonaventure Cemetery, Colonial Park Cemetery, and the Pirate House.

So, does Savannah sound amazing? Check out this detailed Savannah itinerary that will help you plan your whole trip! Did you know Savannah is the oldest city in Georgia?

Where to Stay in Savannah: JW Marriott Savannah Plant Riverside District |  Perry Lane Hotel 

Airport: Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport (SAV)

Wormsloe tree line is perfect for a weekend in Savannah
Wormsloe Historic Site



Recommended by Samantha of PAonPause

Sedona, Arizona, is a premier warm winter getaway that draws visitors with its mild temperatures and stunning red sandstone formations. Average winter high temperatures range from the 50s to mid-60s during the day, perfect for being active outdoors without miserable heat.

Sedona is well-known for its arts scene, world-class spas, and fantastic dining options, ranging from delicious grab-and-go sandwich shops to five-star fine dining.
Additionally, you will be surrounded by hiking opportunities at trails like climbing Cathedral Rock, circling Bell Rock, and wandering Boynton Canyon.

You can even consider taking a drive through Oak Creek Canyon, north of Sedona. Though there might be some snow on the walls of the canyon, making it feel cold, the drive is still worth it, on your warm winter getaway!

We’d recommend taking a Jeep tour that takes you through the rugged terrain of Sedona’s Red Rocks. The Outback Trail is a great introductory off-road experience with a few fun terrain obstacles and is filled with amazing views. This tour is a fantastic way to see Sedona’s most iconic sights while learning about the area’s history and geology.

Sedona’s blend of outdoor activities, luxurious spa experiences, and comfortable accommodations make it a top pick for a US winter getaway. Its natural beauty and variety of things to do make it a destination for anyone.

Where to Stay: The Wilde Resort and Spa

Airport: Flagstaff Pullium Airport

Sedona Outback trails in winter


Recommended by Lisa Garrett of Waves and Cobblestones

Phoenix, Arizona, is the perfect choice for a warm winter getaway. I’ve lived in Phoenix nearly my entire life, and winter is the time that we brag about how great it is to live here. The beautiful weather is a major reason that snowbirds flock to Phoenix!

In the winter months, expect highs in the upper 60’s and lows in the mid 40’s. And with only a couple of rainy days each month, you’ll have plenty of gorgeous sunny days to explore the city and spend time outdoors.

Hiking enthusiasts will want to tackle Camelback Mountain or Piestewa Peak. Those who are interested in desert flora should head to the Desert Botanical Garden.

For a fun afternoon, you can rent a pedal boat and have a picnic at Tempe Town Lake. Or, if you are looking for an experience you’ll treasure, take a hot-air balloon ride over Phoenix!

Phoenix also offers some excellent museums to explore, including the Musical Instruments Museum, the Phoenix Art Museum, and the Heard Museum. Phoenix also hosts several big events in winter, including the Phoenix Open (for golf lovers) and the Barrett-Jackson classic car auction.

Where to Stay: The Westin Phoenix Downtown

Airport: Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX)

Phoenix Arizona city view at sunset

New Orleans, Lousiana

Recommended by Agnes from The Van Escape

Jazz on the streets, live concerts in every bar and restaurant, extraordinary vibrant energy, choice of excellent cocktails, and of course, delicious food. All of this is surrounded by stylish-inspired French and Spanish architecture and rich history. New Orleans, Louisiana, is the perfect US city for those looking for warm winter getaways.

The best time to visit NOLA is January and February when the famous Mardi Gras Carnival takes place. Officially, Mardi Gras begins on January 6th and runs until Fat Tuesday.

Most events, colorful marches, and concerts are held in the two last weeks before Fat Tuesday. How to prepare for Mardi Gras, where are the best spots to observe marches, and how to spend time, you can check in this Mardi Gras New Orleans Itinerary.

Louis Armstrong Park, Voodoo Museum, St. Louis Cathedral, Jackson Square, French Bazaar, and Jazz Museum are the best NOLA attractions for couples worth seeing during Winter Gateway.

On the Jazz Boat Cruise, dinner on the Mississippi River is a perfect idea for a unique romantic evening in New Orleans. Another great activity to do during a winter getaway is taking a plantations tour, or the Louisiana swamps tour from NOLA.

Additionally, New Orleans is famous for its cuisine and excellent cocktails. So, it’s worth trying Louisiana Creole cuisine with its specialties such as gumbo, jambalaya, and seafood. Muriel’s Jackson Square offers delicious Cajun cuisine with oysters, shrimp, crab cake, or gumbo.

Moreover, enjoy exceptional Hurricane cocktails that you will get in every bar on the famous Bourbon Street.

The best selection of hotels and apartments for any budget is at the famous “French Quarter.” This is by far the best area to stay in New Orleans to feel the city’s energy and be close to all the attractions.

Where to Stay in New Orleans: The Roosevelt Hotel New Orleans – Waldorf Astoria | Hyatt Regency New Orleans

Airport: Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport

New Orleans during sunset
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Puerto Rico, USA

Recommended by Samantha from Find Love & Travel

Dreaming of a warm US Caribbean getaway? Think no further than Puerto Rico! This Island seriously has so much to offer and is one of our favorite places to visit.

Enjoy the charming streets of Old San Juan, explore waterfalls in the El Yunque Rainforest, experience the Pink Salt Lakes in Cabo Rojo, and enjoy beautiful beaches, which are among some of the best things to do in Puerto Rico.

If you have the time, I’d suggest taking a road trip around the Island of Puerto Rico! Some top towns to hit include Ponce, Cabo Rojo, and Rincon. Check out this 4 day Puerto Rico itinerary and these Puerto Rico travel tips!

Where to Stay in Puerto Rico: Caribe Hilton | Airbnbs in Puerto Rico

Airport: San Juan (SJU); Ponce (PSE); Aguadilla (BQN)

Views from Yokahu Tower in Puerto Rico
Views from Yokahu Tower in El Yunque Rain Forest

Charleston, South Carolina

Charleston, South Carolina is a perfect place for a warm weather US winter getaway! This charming and historic town has so much to offer. From charming cobblestone streets and historic mansions to lovely beaches, there is something for everyone!

Charleston’s temperatures are usually around the 60s during the winter months making it perfect to really walk and explore the city comfortably. This is a city that is mainly best explored by foot!

Some of the best things to do in Charleston include visiting Rainbow Row, wandering down hidden alleys, visiting mansions, walking along the Battery, and touring Plantations while learning about their history. If the weather is nice enough, consider heading over to Folly Beach.

Charleston is also known as a foodie destination with tons of Southern Comfort food.

Charleston also gets quite festive during the holiday season if you are planning a December vacation.

For more Charleston travel inspiration, check out this weekend in Charleston itinerary, Charleston photo guide, and this Day Trip to Charleston!

Where to Stay in Charleston: The Vendue

Airport: Charleston International Airport (CHS)

Charleston South Carolina white church and street

Southern Oregon Coast

Suggested By Emily of The Mandagies

The Southern Oregon Coast is one of the best places to visit in the winter season. This is because it’s located in what locals call “The Banana Belt,” – a region of the coast that experiences warmer and drier weather relative to other locations on the Oregon coast. This is perfect for those who are sick of the gray Pacific Northwest weather and want to enjoy a little early spring sunshine!

The average temperature in the winter is in the mid-50s. This means that hiking, camping, and beachcombing can be enjoyed all winter long! Some of the best things to do on the Southern Oregon coast involve taking the many amazing coastal trails in the area.

One must-visit stop is Samuel H Boardman State Scenic Corridor. The cliffside views are iconic! If you find yourself with a sunny day, grab some picnic supplies in town and enjoy a picnic on the beach. Alternatively, you can venture out on the water and try your hand at an ocean kayaking experience! On rainy days, explore the darling towns of Brookings, Gold Beach, and Florence. Each has its own unique little shops, thrift stores, and local eateries to explore.

This southern Oregon Coast is an ideal winter getaway for adventurous folks!

Where to Stay: Driftwood Shores Resort

Airport: Rogue Valley International Medford Airport or Portland International Airport. There are also a few regional airports.

Oregon Coast during sunset with beach in the distance is a great warm weather destination in the US

Orange Beach, Alabama

Suggested by Kim of Traveling Swansons

Orange Beach, Alabama, is an excellent choice for a warm winter getaway in the US. The area enjoys mild temperatures averaging around 60°F during the winter months, making it comfortable for a variety of outdoor activities.

The beautiful beaches known for their stunning white sands draw people to Orange Beach. It is ideal for relaxing, strolling, or enjoying the scenic views of the Gulf.

One of the best things to do in Orange Beach is a dolphin cruise. It’s so fun to get out on the water and watch the dolphins jump in their natural habitat.

Another great outdoor activity in Orange Beach is exploring the Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail. This is a great trail to walk or bike and discover the local wildlife and natural landscapes. While on the trail, you might even spot an alligator or two.

Orange Beach and the neighboring town of Gulf Shores offer a wide range of indoor family-friendly activities, too. There’s entertainment for all ages, from mini-golf, escape rooms, arcades, shopping, and more.

There are also lots of great dining options, especially if you love seafood. Many restaurants serve fresh, locally sourced seafood against the background of beautiful water views.

Where to Stay: Perdido Beach Resort

Airport: Pensacola International Airport (PNS) is the most popular airport.

Ocean on gulf shoes of Alabama with sandy beach and building in the background

Best Warm Winter Getaways in the US Wrap-up

As you can see, there are quite a few awesome warm US getaways that are perfect for escaping the winter! From the East Coast to the West Coast and even Island life, I hope you have the best warm winter vacation!

Are there any additional destinations you would like to see on the list? Let me know in the comments below!

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7 thoughts on “Awesome Warm Winter Getaways in the US”

  1. I loved Key West! But Hawaii and Puerto Rico are soo high on my list! Really hope I can visit one day, sounds like a perfect winter getaway!

  2. I’ve never been to Puerto Rico, but visiting for a warm winter getaway would just make it all the more wonderful! I hope I can visit sooner rather than later – this cold is already starting to get to me *cry emoji

  3. So many amazing destinations! It’s so nice that you can enjoy warm weather all year long in the USA! I love to enjoy sunny places in Winter and would love to visit them all!

  4. I’m so jealous you guys have so many warm places in the US during winter! I went to Los Angeles in February last year and it was sooo warm compared to here in Austria. Would also love to see Hawaii soon 🙂

  5. I love this article Sam! I’m definitely looking to do a few warm getaways this upcoming winter. I definitely want to get to Hawaii (hopefully) after the New Year. Key West is also on my bucket list. 🙂

  6. Hi, Sam! I’m working on a road trip to Florida from Texas this winter and did not know about Honeymoon Island State Park. Love it as it’s not terribly far from Orlando (final destination). Thank you for the winter suggestions! Would love to know your top 3 girlfriends winter weekend US getaway destinations.


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