When the temperature drops and the winter boredom set in, it’s time to escape. You don’t need to go far to get tropical with your next vacation. Plenty of places in the United States offer enough sunshine and warmth to cure even the worst winter blues, so you can leave your passport and your parka behind.
Ojai lies nestled in a valley about 90 minutes north of Los Angeles. Known for its spas and hot springs, it’s the perfect spot for those who need a little R&R in a warm — but not too warm — location. In the winter months, Ojai’s temps tend to stay in the 60s and 70s during the day, with enough sunshine to make even the most dedicated sun worshipers happy. The town itself is small, with fun and quirky boutiques, art galleries, and restaurants all within easy walking distance of hotels.
Orange Beach, Alabama
Orange Beach is a hidden gem on Alabama’s Gulf Coast, with mild weather all year long to ease your winter woes. With its white-sand beaches and clear blue water, this area is perfect for family getaways or weekend breaks from the cold. Orange Beach also claims it has the biggest artificial fishing reef in the United States, along with historic forts and famous restaurants, such as the Flora-Bama Lounge and Oyster Bar, which has been operating since the 1960s.
The U.S. Virgin Islands
Ready for reggae, rum, and sun-drenched days on white-sand beaches? The U.S. Virgin Islands offer a taste of tropical paradise, all without the need for a passport. There are three main islands to choose from — St. Croix, the largest; St. Thomas, the most popular; and St. John, the most private. If you prefer hustle and bustle and nightlife, you’ll want St. Thomas. If unspoiled nature and privacy is more your thing, St. John is for you, with its pristine beaches and miles of national parkland. St. Croix lies somewhere in the middle. There aren’t as many tourists as on St. Thomas, but it’s more populated than St. John, with great snorkeling and historical sites to visit.
Whether you want fun in the sun, a soak in hot springs, or the chance to fish all day and dance all night, the U.S. has it. When you’re ready to ditch your winter boots and say hello to flip-flops and tank tops, the perfect spot is waiting, ready for you to visit.