Whether you’re planning a romantic Valentine’s Day getaway or an exciting family adventure to remedy post-holiday blues, February is the perfect month for booking a stay at scenic vacation rentals in the United States. The month of February is generally considered part of the off-season, ensuring affordable rates and a lack of crowds. When deciding where to go for your February trip, consider these top American cities.
1. Honolulu, Hawaii
Escape the cold with a trip to Honolulu in February, where average temperatures reach 80 degrees Fahrenheit, and the chances of rain are much lower than the rest of the winter. February is also peak humpback whale season, so bring your camera and book a whale-watching tour. This month also falls in big wave season on the island of Oahu. You’ll see a lot of surf competitions in the area, or you can participate in one yourself if you’re an avid surfer.
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2. Vail, Colorado
If your holiday season wasn’t snowy enough, plan a trip to the Centennial State in February. This is peak season for skiing. Vail is the largest ski mountain in the state, so expect the slopes to be crowded and temperatures reaching the lower 30s. For an exciting evening out, snag tickets to the annual Black Diamond Ball, one of Vail’s most exclusive social events of the year. Hosted by the Vail Valley Foundation, this fundraising event offers dinner, drinks, dancing, and a silent auction.
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3. Orlando, Florida
Nothing gets you out of the winter doldrums like a trip to the theme park capital of the world. Orlando is home to Walt Disney World Resort, Universal Studios Florida, SeaWorld Orlando, and LEGOLAND Florida. Average daytime temperatures are in the lower 70s, so you can enjoy the parks without much heat and humidity. February kicks off Mardi Gras at Universal Studios, with incredible Cajun food, awesome parades, and concerts by some of the hottest names in music.
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4. San Francisco, California
When you need some down time to recuperate from the stress of the holiday season, plan a relaxing trip to the city by the Bay. Average high temperatures are in the upper 50s, but winds can make it feel chillier. San Francisco Beer Week takes place in February, celebrating craft beers with various events. Check out the Noise Pop Music Festival, an outdoor event promoting up-and-coming artists; the White Stripes performed there in 2001.
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5. Salt Lake City, Utah
Salt Lake City offers February daytime temperatures in the 40s. This is prime skiing season, and Deer Valley Ski Resort is a popular destination if you’re looking to hit the slopes. Take a drive to Antelope Island, about 25 minutes from your Salt Lake City vacation rental, to enjoy the spectacular views of the Great Salt Lake. There are easy hiking trails that are suitable for the whole family, and you might even catch a glimpse at the bison that inhabit the island.
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6. Savannah, Georgia
The oldest city in Georgia, Savannah is an ideal destination for a relaxing and romantic Valentine’s Day getaway with your sweetheart. Savannah offers lots of Southern charm and architecture in the Savannah Historic District and Savannah Victorian Historic District, and the gorgeous camellias are still in bloom. Visit the Forsyth Farmers Market on Saturdays for some fresh ingredients to prepare a special meal at your vacation rental. The Georgia Day Parade on Bull Street commemorates the founding of the state in 1733. Annual film festivals, book festivals, and Irish festivals take place closer to the end of the month.
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7. Washington, D.C.
Plan an educational family trip to Washington to commemorate President’s Day by visiting the Jefferson Memorial, Washington Monument, and Lincoln Memorial. Temperatures in February are still chilly, averaging in the upper 30s, but it’s milder than the preceding winter months. Expect thinner crowds and more affordable rates on vacation rentals. Restaurant Week falls in February in Washington and many nearby cities, so you can find lots of great deals on dinners. Attend the George Washington Birthnight Banquet and Ball at Gadsby’s Tavern Museum in nearby Alexandria, Virginia, for a fun evening of 18th century dancers, food, and music.
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8. Las Vegas, Nevada
Shake off those winter blues with a trip to America’s playground. Average high temperatures are in the lower 60s, warmer than most of the country, but you should still pack a jacket. Lots of couples sneak away to Las Vegas wedding chapels to tie the knot on Valentine’s Day. Hockey fans can score tickets to see the Las Vegas Golden Knights play at the T-Mobile Arena. The Monte Carlo, MGM Grand, Caesars Palace, the Venetian, and many other venues host top-named entertainment all year long, so check the event calendars before your trip to Sin City to secure tickets to your favorite shows.
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9. Charleston, South Carolina
Charleston, South Carolina, is a top-rated U.S. city for romance, so it’s the perfect vacation destination when you’re planning an intimate Valentine’s Day getaway. Chefs’ Fest, an annual fundraising event to fight childhood hunger, features a live auction and dozens of the area’s top chefs, serving up their scrumptious dishes. Stroll with your sweetheart along the quaint cobblestone streets, lit by antique lamps, or snuggle in close as you take the Ghosts of Charleston tour. Outdoor enthusiasts should plan to attend the annual Southeastern Wildlife Exposition, where Jack Hanna often makes an appearance.
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10. Phoenix, Arizona
Phoenix heatwaves can be too overwhelming for summer travel. Plan to visit the Valley of the Sun in February, when average temperatures hit the low to mid 70s. Every Sunday in February, the 6th Street Market offers live music, arts and crafts for sale, and free admission. Arizona Beer Week, also in February, celebrates craft beers with seminars, tours, pub crawls, and beer-pairing dinners. Arizona Cocktail Week features seminars, competitions, tastings, and more. The Arizona Renaissance Festival, which takes place in nearby Apache Junction in February and March, makes a fun, family-friendly activity to fill a day of your itinerary.
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11. St. Paul, Minnesota
Whether you’re traveling as a couple or with the whole crew, the Saintly City offers lots of opportunity for your end-of-winter vacation. St. Paul often experiences heavy snow in February, but the city does a great job of keeping the streets clear, so businesses operate as usual. The Winter Carnival extends from the end of January through mid-February. Known as the coolest celebration on Earth, this event features several parades as well as snow sculpting, ice carving, and dogsled racing.
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