As the holiday season comes to a close, some of us are left thinking, “I need a vacation.” We compiled a list of some of the best places to visit in February in the USA so that you can get away for a while. Whether you and your honey need some quality time to yourselves or you’re looking into a solo trip, we’ve got you covered. For those of you planning a Valentine’s Day retreat, be sure to check out our Romantic Getaway Guide for more tailored suggestions!
6 of the Best Places to Visit in February in the USA
For the Mountain Mamas
“High on a mountain top. We live, we love, and we laugh a lot” — Loretta Lynn
When the mountains call, you go. Revel in the what’s left of untouched, natural beauty. Awe-inspiring views remind you that all of the things that matter most in the world aren’t on your phone. In fact, we recommend unplugging and getting back in touch with yourself when you visit the following destinations.
The Great Smoky Mountains & Blue Ridge Parkway
Encounter a myriad of natural wonders ranging from towering snow-capped peaks to frozen waterfalls in the Great Smoky Mountains and the Blue Ridge Parkway. A sense of calm and serenity sweeps over you as you take in breathtaking views of cotton candy skies melting over mountaintops. At the same time, excitement rises within you at the thought of all the outdoor adventures to be had.
Best for: Nature enthusiasts and photographers looking to snapshots of the region’s preserved beauty.
The Appalachian Mountains
While researching February vacation ideas, consider a visit to Virginia’s Appalachian Mountains. It comes as no surprise that Virginia is for mountain lovers. In the heart of the Appalachia, misty skies, frosted pines, and mountain-studded horizons set the scene for a vacation of a lifetime. Additionally, food and wine enthusiasts can plan on visiting an array of award-winning wineries during your getaway.
Best for: Wine lovers with a knack for adventuring or couples looking to relax in the great outdoors.
Escape the Snow & Freezing Cold
Sure, snow has its charm. But, for those who have to shovel the driveway and bundle up just to get a bottle of wine from the store during the winter months, the snow gets old! Wouldn’t it be nice just to leave your snow boots at home and bask under the rays of the sun? Yes. Then, escape to one of these warm places to visit in February in the US!
St. Marys, Georgia
St. Marys, Georgia, is known as the gateway to Cumberland Island National Seashore where maritime forests, undeveloped beaches, and wildlife abound. In addition to visiting this famed seashore, you can also check out the Okefenokee Swamp. Or if you prefer, simply stroll along the tree-lined streets of the village of St. Marys and learn about the rich history of the area. What more could you ask for in a warm weather retreat?
Best for: Snowbirds who enjoy searching for seashells and feeling the sand between their toes as much as they like visiting history museums.
Santa Barbara Wine Country
Horseback riding, fine dining, and, of course, wine tasting, are just a few of the many exciting things to do in Santa Barbara Wine Country. Furthermore, February brings with it some of the region’s most highly anticipated events. Art and culture aficionados come for the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. On the other hand, foodies travel to the region for Santa Barbara Restaurant Week.
Best for: Those embarking on a Pacific Coast road trip to eat the best food, taste the finest wines, and soak in the salty air.
New England Winter Getaways
New England boasts some of the best February getaways in the US! Appeal to your inner explorer and go alpine skiing, snowshoeing, sledding, ice skating, and maple sugaring. You can also attend one of the region’s largest winter extravaganzas, the Newport Winter Festival. Whatever draws you to the winter wonderland that is New England in February, rest assured you’ll have the time of your life!
North Conway, New Hampshire
See for yourself why National Geographic named North Conway, New Hampshire, one of twenty-five best ski towns in the world! With five area mountains for alpine skiing and six touring centers for Nordic skiing, winter sports enthusiasts can get their fix out on the snow. In addition, visitors can indulge in other adventurous activities such as snowboarding, snowmobiling, ice climbing, and ice fishing!
Best for: Novice and experienced skiers who enjoy being out on the snow, feeling the cold kiss their cheeks, and taking in breathtaking views.
Newport, Rhode Island
The Newport Winter Festival draws visitors to the Newport, Rhode Island, in the month of February. It’s an excellent opportunity to attend wine tastings, area tours, workshops, concerts, sports events, and more! Furthermore, visitors can explore the ins and outs of the famous Newport Mansions and marvel at their intricate decor and elegant ambiance. There’s simply nothing like it!
Best for: Outgoing couples looking to try something new at one of the many events held during the winter festival.
Valentine’s Day Retreats
To celebrate Cupid’s favorite holiday, couples carve out some time for the two of them to reconnect. Which is why some of the best places to travel to in February revolve around romance! Even if you’re trying to escape the love-ridden holiday, we have some great suggestions for where to go this Valentine’s Day!
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