If you are looking at frigid temperatures, lots of snow, and miserable living conditions, visit a place where you can warm up. The good news about winter escapes in the United States is that many cities on the continent provide warm temperatures without breaking the bank regarding air travel, hotel or house rental stays, and other essential items.
Here are six cities that make for great winter escapes that you can visit for a week or more during the year's cold months.
Where the US meets Mexico in Texas, Brownsville offers a warm, welcome respite from cold temperatures. The best part about Brownsville is that during the winter months, the rainfall is infrequent, which means you can enjoy more days on the beach, playing golf, or having a good time outside without fear of being in a sudden deluge of rain. Many festivals happen during this time of the year.
Corpus Christi, Texas
The only city on the list where snow is possible, for the most part, this southern Texas city along the Gulf Coast offers warm temperatures, sea breezes, and a remarkably sunny climate. Lots of things to do in Corpus Christi, including laying out on the beach, playing tennis, and going shopping. However, you can run into inclement weather if you are unlucky.
Fort Myers, Florida
You'll find lots of "snow birds" or vacationing tourists in this area for a good reason. Fort Myers offers warm temperatures, spectacular beaches, and plenty of outdoor activities with little chance of rainfall. Despite its popularity, it is less crowded than Miami and other south Florida cities.
No need for a coat when visiting Kahului, as the lowest average temperature during the Winter is 63 degrees. This area offers plenty of sunshine, though rain is still possible, and some spectacular locations, including Iao Valley, the "Yosemite of the Pacific, and some wonderful beaches.
Key West, Florida
Easily one of the most popular tourist sites during the Winter, Key West is the southernmost point in the lower 48 states. Key West is also the home to a vibrant, off-beat culture that may catch you by surprise. Still, it does offer the home of famed author Ernest Hemmingway, spectacular beaches, and plenty of things to do.
If you want a change of pace from the ocean, the warm desert of Yuma offers beautiful, sunny weather. Keep in mind that there is a chance of cooler weather, although it will be a welcome relief from the cold, frigid climate of the north.
You can make any of these six Winter escapes your vacation location during the cold months while not spending much money.