Number one, Palm Springs, CA
California is close, and if you have never visited there, now’s your chance. It is cold and and snowy here, and warm and sunny there. One good option is Palm Springs, CA. However, what does one do there? Well, golf, eat, relax by the hotel pool, drink, what more could you ask for? In addition, you can visit “living desert Palm Springs” for a closer look at the area’s plant and animal ” local color.” The average temperature in December, January, and February is a balmy 74 degrees.
Number Two, Scottsdale, Arizona
Since it’s average Winter temperatures are in the mid-seventies, Scottsdale is another lovely southern US destination for those of you tired of the current “Winter Wonderland”. Scottsdale has a vibrant culture which mixes traditional Native American with a trendy, hip and casual vibe. In Scottsdale, it makes a good mix. Go shop at a Native Arts shop, or check out local art at the many galleries, and when you get hungry, there is a whole food world to explore. However, if you need some exercise, you can try an early morning hike up Camelback mountain, or a visit to the ” desert Botanical garden.” It might be just what you need to warm up.
Number three, Silver City, New Mexico
Silver City was a thriving mining town turned exciting Winter getaway destination. It features restored turn-of-the-century hotel accommodations, as well as galleries, boutiques, and excellent dining. It is a great jumping-off point for visits to the Gila Cliff-dwelling monument. Or you can visit the town of Hatch, known for growing the best green chilis in North America.
If you are done with Winter and it’s only the end of December, try one of these warm vacation spots.