February isn’t exactly the most pleasant month when it comes to weather for most of the United States.
With the excitement of the holidays long gone, perhaps you are dreaming of a winter escape this February to somewhere warm and pleasant or maybe you don’t mind the cold as long as it is accompanied by some beautiful snow and involves curling up by a fireplace with a glass of wine or some hot cocoa.
Regardless of what type of winter escape you are looking for, we’ve got a few ideas for you in this round up of the best places to travel in February in the United States.
If the the long cold days are beginning to wear on you and you need a weekend escape
from the kids er, I mean with your sweetie, get grandma on the hook for the childcare and book that romantic weekend you’ve been dreaming about this February.
Most Romantic Places To Travel In February in the USA
Let’s start with something for the lovebirds who don’t mind cooler temperatures or maybe even some snow.
These US travel vacation spots may not be the warmest places to travel in February, but they are certainly among some of the most romantic February getaway destinations.
If you are looking for a parents getaway this winter, consider one of these romantic places to travel in the USA.
Savannah is such a romantic spot for a parents getaway!
February is an ideal month to visit, because it’s considered off-season and you can often find better rates.
The weather is typically rather mild — even during the winter months — and it’s not uncommon to find spring blooms as early as Valentine’s Day.
The beautiful squares make the perfect place to stop and just enjoy each other’s company while strolling through the Historic District!
Savannah is known as a foodie town, so you won’t have any trouble finding romantic places to dine. The Olde Pink House is a classic date spot, as is Elizabeth’s on 37th. Try Lulu’s Chocolate Bar for dessert, or grab a nightcap from the rooftop bar at Peregrin or The Grove as you watch the sunset fade into night. (Both offer outdoor heaters when the temperatures drop.)
Finally, a stroll down River Street is the perfect way to end a date night. You can watch the ships come and go as the sounds of street musicians echo in the background while you kiss under a starry sky! You might even consider booking a romantic river cruise while you are there.
-Erin at Sand, Sun, and Messy Buns
Virginia Beach, VA
Did you know that February is a great time to visit Virginia Beach? While you won’t be able to hang out on the beach in a bathing suit, it is a popular time to book a whale watching adventure! Last year, we spotted 3 juvenile humpback whales during our two hour boat tour just a few miles off the coast.
The best part was hearing the excitement of everyone on the boat when the first whale was spotted! Two tour operators to check out are the Virginia Aquarium and Rudee Tours—both participate in the Whale Sense program which promotes responsible whale watching.
February is also a great time to find a deal on an oceanfront hotel, check out a restaurant or two without the huge summer crowds, or take a hike at First Landing State Park. We choose not to book too far out so that we could monitor the weather, and lucked out with a sunny, 40 degree day (but we still needed winter coats, hats, gloves and warm boots when we were on the water).
-Kath at familyTravelsUSA
Nashville is a wonderful city for a romantic getaway because of the food scene, nightlife, and overall ambiance. One of the highlights of Nashville is definitely the food. There are many Southern food variations of their signature Nashville hot chicken, barbeque, and biscuits at restaurants around the city.
At night, people flood Broadway’s bars and lounges to grab a drink and listen to country music or cover bands. If you are a country music fan, then Nashville is the place to visit. It is considered the birthplace of country music and tourists can visit famous locations such as the RCA Recording Studios, the Grand Ole Opry, and Ryman Auditorium. Vanderbilt University is also located in Nashville too, as is the Hermitage, Andrew Jackson’s home.
The Belle Meade Plantation is another place to stop to soak in some history, and if you enjoy a glass of wine or beer, there are breweries and a winery around the city as well.
Nashville is a great city to visit in February, as the temperatures are usually rather mild. A weekend getaway in Nashville is perfect for those who would like to kick back, eat, drink, listen to music, and enjoy each other as a couple for a few days of peace.
-Margie at DQ Family Travel
Willamette Valley, OR
If you are looking for the perfect February Getaway with a side of small town charm and lots of wine then the Willamette Valley is the perfect place for you. Located about 48 miles south of Portland, Oregon, the Willamette Valley is home to over 500 wineries. Willamette Valley is best known for Pinot Noir and provides the opportunity to try some of the best Pinot Noir in the US.
February is a great time of year to visit the Willamette Valley. It’s a perfect time of year to weather get cozy in front of the fireplace with a nice glass of Pinot Noir. February is a slower time of year in Willamette Valley making it a great place for a secluded romantic getaway with some of the best wine in the country all to yourselves.
With so many wineries you will be sure to find yourself sipping Pinot Noir at some of the best wineries in the Willamette Valley. Some favorites are as follows:
- White Rose Estate and Winery–Beautiful Views. Cozy Tasting Room. Generous Tastings.
- Argyle Winery– A must visit if you like Bubbly. Try the Sparkling Pinot Noir Flight.
- Adelsheim– Great stop if you really want to learn about wine.
- Alloro– Beautiful Grounds. You will feel like you were transported to Tuscany.
- Stoller Family Estate- Large Expansive grounds, family friendly atmosphere, and friendly staff. This one is great for Chardonnay lovers as well.
-Taima at Poor in a Private Plane
Book a Winery Tour to experience the best of Willamette Valley so you can both relax and enjoy the day.
Breckenridge is the perfect winter destination, especially in February. Just a few hours driving from the Denver airport gets you to Colorado’s mountain country. In February, it’s winter wonderland. Picture snowcapped mountains, mature pines as far as the eye can see and a sprinkling of log cabins.
Breckenridge is the perfect destination for couples to get away and enjoy quality time together. It’s one of the best places to travel in February in the USA for snow sports. Offering skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, dog sledding or ice skating. There’s two mountain options including Breck (which is Epic Pass) or Copper Mountain (which is more affordable). You can also enjoy activities like tubing, snowshoeing and guided nature tours. With no shortage of activities, you won’t be bored in Breckenridge!
After the slopes, you can hit the charming downtown district. It’s bustling with bars, restaurants and unique shopping opportunities. Book a spa experience, or rent an airBNB with a hot tub. Make sure to pencil in some relaxation while you’re in Breckenridge.
-Valentina at Valentina’s Destinations
Adventurous Escapes In February
If you are looking for a little more adventure with or without the family, you might consider visiting one of these great February travel destinations.
Yellowstone National Park, WY
Want a unique experience and have a national park practically to yourselves? Then visit Yellowstone in the winter. The beauty and serenity of Yellowstone National Park in the winter is magnified in the winter. There are no crowds like you’ll see in the park during the summer. The landscape is blanketed with snow, which enhances the geysers, hot pools, bubbling mud pots and wildlife.
Vehicles are not allowed in the park from November to March, except the road from the North Entrance in Gardiner, Montana to Cooke City near the Northeast Entrance. In mid-December, the roads open to snowmobile, snowcoach, snowshoe and cross-country skiing.
As long as you are dressed for the weather, you’ll have a fabulous time exploring Yellowstone in the winter.
We enjoyed traveling along Yellowstone’s snow-covered roads in a bombardier snowcoach.
It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience to enjoy the quiet sounds of the park, see the bison with snow-covered faces, and photograph the beauty of geysers surrounded by snow.
-Jamie at Photojeepers
White Pass, Washington
If you can’t get away without the kids, but are really looking for some real family adventure, consider a ski trip to White Pass, Washington.
One of our favorite ways to beat the wintertime blues (other than a tropical vacation, of course ?) is to head to the local mountain for a day of snowboarding.
For us, that is White Pass Washington. If you’re not into snowboarding or skiing, try checking out the tubing hill.
Either way, it’s a great opportunity to get the entire family out of the house, work off some of that pent up energy, and give everyone a chance to enjoy the outdoors!
If it’s your first time snowboarding with kids, we highly recommend signing them up for a lesson.
All the instructors we have encountered over the years have been super knowledgeable, great with kids, and have what seems to be infinite patience.
They’ll have all kinds of creatively named tips and tricks for your kids like the falling leaf and the firehose.
Plus, if you can time it right, you may even be able to sneak in a few hot laps of your own! After their lesson, head back out and take some time to practice together.
When everyone is done, a cup of tea or hot chocolate in the lodge is the perfect way to end the day.
-Tiffany at The Stoke Fam
Glamping in California
Are you more into caming than skiing, but want the luxuries of a hotel? Enter glamping in California – which stands for ‘glamorous camping’.
It’s basically camping in style with all the annoying aspects of camping all taken care of!
Some reasons why glamping is so great:
Most glamping options are outfitted with luxurious beds, electrical outlets, wifi, and more. There is usually a clean and spacious bathroom and shower with hot water nearby as well.
You’ll usually be right in the middle of nature or near a river, so you’ll feel immersed in nature.
Forget about hauling in all your gear – everything is all set up for you so you can concentrate on outdoor fun with the family.
Most glamping sites have solar power generators, use less resources to build, and leave a smaller carbon footprint.
-Henry at The Life of Travel
Joshua Tree National Park, CA
If you’re searching for a more adventurous outdoor destination and warm weather in February, consider visiting Joshua Tree National Park.
It’s a super easy day trip from Los Angeles, though I prefer to camp in the peaceful desert and fall asleep to the sounds of coyotes.
Joshua Tree is a well-known US National Park, so my first piece of advice is to book your accommodations ASAP.
This holds true whether you’re camping in the park, glamping in a yurt or cabin, or staying in a hotel or Airbnb in town.
This is the Southern California desert, so winters in Joshua Tree are mild.
You won’t have to bundle up when hitting the trails. Still, keep in mind it is the high desert, so nights get chilly.
There’s nothing quite like getting cozy in a blanket next to the fire, though, right?
The silhouettes of the Joshua trees against the horizon are just as eerily magical as you’d think—and the stargazing once that sun sets is some of the best in the country.
-Kaisa at Glam Granola Travel
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Warm Places to Visit in February in USA
Okay, for those of you who may be more snow birds than love birds (or maybe a bit of both), we’ve got some of the best warm places to visit in February in the USA.
And even if you have to bring the kids along, how can being at the beach with your toes in the sand not be romantic?
Siesta Key, FL
If you’re looking an escape from the cold weather in February in the USA, Siesta Key in Sarasota, Florida should not be missed.
The weather in Florida is typically in the 70s F in February, and it’s the perfect time to visit before the humidity and Spring Break crowds roll in.
Siesta Key is an adorable beachside town with tons of great local shops.
There’s also a ton of awesome restaurants in Siesta Key Village, most of which have live music and outdoor seating.
Plus, you can’t beat the free trolley that takes you anywhere around Siesta Key.
Looking for one of the most beautiful beaches in the US?
Siesta Beach boasts white quartz sand, bright blue water and awesome amenities for the whole family.
There are also tons of fun things to do in Sarasota with kids (and kids at heart!) including the Ringling Circus Museum, the Marine Mote Aquarium and the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens.
-Amanda at Toddling Traveler
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico, dubbed the Island of Enchantment, makes the perfect winter escape.
Not only is it 80 degrees in February, but US citizens don’t need a passport nor do they need to change any currency!
This small, but charming island is like taking a trip to Spain.
Its capital, San Juan, is filled with colourful colonial buildings, and is home to two historic Spanish forts.
The cobbled streets are lined with museums, art galleries, cafes and quaint plazas built for people watching.
If you want to explore as much of the capital as possible, make sure you use the free trolley service that takes visitors to all the major landmarks in the city.
However, if relaxing is higher on your agenda, there are plenty of white sandy beaches only 15 minutes away, where you can try a traditional Piña colada in the rum capital of the world.
Palm Springs, CA
February is the ideal time to visit Palm Springs.
Unlike the summer, when temps skyrocket to over 100 degrees Fahrenheit, February days are all sunny blue skies and 75 degrees.
That’s why it’s my pick for a favorite place to visit in California during winter.
The first thing you may notice beyond the pastel hues of the desert here is the swank, old timey feel of some of the historic landmarks mixed in with newer ultra mod
ern digs. In its heyday, Palm Springs hosted everyone from Dean Martin and Marilyn Monroe (who had an infamous tryst with JFK here) to Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby.
The relaxed, luxurious vibe continues today with no shortage of beautiful pools, luxury spas, and unique resorts to while away the days. It’s the perfect place to press “reset” on winter blues.
This area also boats some of the best stargazing in the USA today due to the lack of light pollution.
In fact, you’ll find two international Dark Sky Parks—Joshua Tree and Borrego Springs—within a 60 minute drive of Palm Springs proper.
Feeling more active?
Hike Joshua Tree or the Coachella Valley Preserve (home to the famous summer music festival) or take the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway from the valley floor to the peak of the San Jacinto Mountains.
Palm Springs is a beautiful destination however you choose to spend your days here.
-Chris at Explore Now or Never
The small town of Page in Arizona is jammed full of bucket list experiences and in recent years the whole world has cottoned on.
This can make some of the top spots feel overcrowded and less enjoyable, but not in February.
February sees some of the lowest visitor numbers of the year and the weather is still good enough to get out and enjoy all the activities.
The first of the many things to do in Page that should be on everyone’s list is Horseshoe Bend – the famous viewpoint of the Colorado River that has created a horseshoe shaped canyon in the Navajo Sandstone.
It is a mesmerising spot and it’s hard to truly comprehend the scale of this natural wonder until you see it with your own eyes!
In February you’ll be able to get a parking spot and not face the thousands of tourists who turn up during the summer months.
The next bucket-list item is Upper and Lower Antelope Canyon.
These stunning slot canyons have shot to fame in recent years and walking through these narrow deep red canyons is an other-worldly experience.
You can only visit by guided tour, but in February you will find the crowds are at their lowest, we only had seven other people in our group when there would normally be 40.
There’s also a chance the canyons might even be snow-capped which is a magical sight.
February is also the perfect time to visit the area as the temperatures are much cooler than the stifling 100+ degree temperatures in the summer.
At this time of year it is a much more pleasant 60 degrees.
-Cat at Walk My World
What are your favorite places to visit in February for a romantic getaway or to escape the Winter weather? Tell us what we missed.
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