Best U.S. Cities to Escape the Snow
Everything has a limit. Even the biggest winter lovers have had enough of snow at one point. Carrying 20 pounds of layers of clothes, hats, gloves, and big boots can be discomforting. Suddenly warm-weather trips for the holidays sound very appealing as opposed to going to a ski resort.[slideshow:81687]
This winter is likely going to be similar to last year’s, according to Farmers’ Almanac. So if you have bad memories from 12 months ago, pack your bags. Most of the North Central States, the Great Lakes, New England, and parts of the Ohio Valley will be snowier than usual (again).
We’ve compiled a list of cities in the U.S. – so you don’t have to spend a lot on traveling abroad – where you’re most likely to find refuge from the cold and unpleasant winter weather.
1. Palm Springs, CA
This water desert resort city in California is an ideal place to escape to if you’re craving for some popular summer activities such as golf, hiking, biking, horseback riding, or swimming. With about 350 days of sunshine per year, comfortable sunny weather is almost guaranteed in Palm Springs. The resort is a paradise for adventures out in the open. You can hike through ancient palm groves and along stunning scenic trails, go to the top of Mount San Jacinto, and enjoy spectacular Native American heritage and modern architecture at the same time.
2. San Juan, Puerto Rico
This vibrant city in Puerto Rico has a lot of Spanish colonial buildings, mostly in El Viejo San Juan (Old San Juan). You can visit a UNESCO World Heritage Site there – the El Castillo San Felipe del Morro, a 16th century citadel. San Juan National Historic Site includes forts, bastions, powder houses, wall and San Juan de la Cruz, defensive fortifications that once surrounded the old, colonial portion of the region. Then you can relax your brain after processing a lot of history information at any of the city’s wonderful beaches. A free water taxi can take you to Palomino Island, a place to sunbathe, hike to the top of a small mountain, and snorkel.