Looking to go somewhere to escape the winter blues? Or maybe you are searching for somewhere with a little bit of snow and ice. No matter what you are seeking, we know a few of the best places to visit in February in the US that you may not be thinking about.
From cold weather destinations where you can slide on some snow down a mountain to drinking pina coladas in the tropics, there are so many great places to choose for a vacation.
February is also a great time period to travel much of the US if you seek fewer crowds and lower prices. Though there are a few holidays, children are generally back in school, and summer is nowhere in sight.
What does this mean for you? More people are planning their future summer trips than actually on a trip! From sunny destinations to places to snow pants and thermals only, here are the best places to visit in February in the USA.
Best Places To Visit In February In The USA
1. Alta Ski Area – Utah
One of the best places to visit in February in the US if you’re after some fresh powder is Utah. Situated in the Wasatch Mountains, Alta is an incredible ski area near Salt Lake City with a variety of slopes ranging from beginner to expert. More than 500 inches of snow falls on the area every year, with ski conditions peaking in February.
Besides skiing, other popular activities include visiting the Ice Castles sculptures, fat-biking the trail around Park City and kicking back at Hatch Family Chocolates with a hot beverage in hand.
2. Charlotte – North Carolina
If skiing and other snow-related activities are not your thing but you want to go somewhere that isn’t too hot or crowded, Charlotte is a great place to visit in February. With mild temperatures around 52°F on most days, you’ll be able to comfortably explore the city’s charms including NASCAR Hall of Fame, Discovery Place Science and Mint Museum Uptown.
If you’re up for some hiking, Freedom Park is a beautiful place to explore and after a day of hiking, you can kick back in one of the city’s craft breweries.
3. Sedona – Arizona
Nothing says escaping the cold and the crowds like an escape to a desert climate, but in Sedona in February, there’s more to this mysterious place than just fantastic weather! Whether you’re looking to spend time outdoors or want to explore your spiritual side, you’re covered as there are so many things to do in Sedona for all.
The area is known for its red rock formations including a 50-foot sandstone arch, its New Age atmosphere, eccentric art galleries and its beautiful hiking trails such as the Devil’s Bridge Trail and Airport Mesa.
Top attractions include Amitabha Stupa and Peace Park, Slide Rock State Park and the Sedona Heritage Museum. In February, one of the top events that take place is the Sedona International Film Festival.
4. Big Bend National Park – Texas
Mild weather with temperatures reaching 64°F, beautiful scenery, fewer crowds and plenty to see and do. What’s there not to like about Big Bend National Park in February? One of the most popular activities this time of year is hiking because most other times of year are too hot to hit the trails.
The Lost Mine Trail, Boquillas Canyon Trail and Santa Elena Canyon Trail are only a few of the amazing trails. The other popular activity is soaking in the hot spring which is the perfect way to end a long day of trekking.
To see some of the spectacular scenery of the area, take a drive along the Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive. On rainy days, The Fossil Discovery Exhibits is a fascinating place to explore.
5. Dallas -Texas
If you’d love to explore Dallas without the sweltering heat that overcomes the city in summer, February is one of the best times to visit this vibrant city. There are fewer crowds and the temperatures are warm enough to wander around the city’s beautiful neighborhoods and visit attractions.
The Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas World Aquarium, Perot Museum of Nature and Science, Reunion Tower and the Dallas Zoo are just some of the must-see attractions.
6. Joshua Tree National Park – California
Situated in Southern California, Joshua Tree National Park is another great place to visit in February because the normally hot temperatures take a dip but rain is still rare. This desert landscape has many unique features to explore including Skull Rock, Arch Rock, Barkers Dam and Cholla Cactus Garden.
The sun sets early in February so the hiking ends early, but that also means the stargazing starts early! This national park is designated an International Dark Sky Park so you’ll be viewing a night sky free from light pollution. Some of the top attractions include Keys View, Cottonwood Visitor Center and Keys Ranch.
7. San Antonio – Texas
Summer in Southern Texas is almost unbearable, but it’s a different story if you go there in February! The air is much cooler and the crowds have thinned out so it’s a better time of year to explore the city’s fascinating history, vibrant culture and world-class attractions. It’s also one of the best value destinations in all of the United States, making it always an attractive place to visit.
By far, one of the top attractions in San Antonio is the River Walk which is a promenade lined with shops, restaurants and hotels. The Alamo, San Antonio Missions National Historical Park, Natural Bridge Caverns, San Antonio Museum of Art and San Antonio Botanical Garden are just a few of the other top attractions.
8. Seattle – Washington
Despite the weather being a bit cool and damp, February happens to be one of the most exciting times of year in Seattle! Throughout the month, which is also known as Museum Month, many of the museums in the city only charge half-price admission. It’s easy to participate; all you have to do is get a museum pass from your hotel front desk.
The Seattle Aquarium, Seattle Art Museum, Museum of Pop Culture and Museum of flight are just a few of the museums that participate. Other noteworthy attractions include the Space Needle and Woodland Park Zoo. If you’re around mid-month, be sure to check out the Northwest Flower & Garden Festival.
If you want to ski, as many people do in February, we recommend checking out Crystal Mountain and Snoqualmie.
9. Vail Ski Resort – Colorado
Vail Ski Resort has some of the best skiing in the country and the best time to enjoy those incredible slopes is in February. The weather is equally great with sun most days and crisp temperatures that are perfect for skiing and other winter activities including skating and tubing.
The village of Vail is nice to explore after a day on the slopes. With cobblestone streets, gourmet eateries, boutique shops and cozy venues hosting entertainment for the après ski crowd, you’ll experience an unforgettable winter vacation.
10. Lake Tahoe – California and Nevada
Imagine a place where you can enjoy the wonders of a beautiful lake and pristine ski conditions. Well, you don’t need to imagine such a trip because it exists at Lake Tahoe! February is a fantastic time to visit because that’s when the conditions are at their best to enjoy many winter activities.
It’s also when the popular SnowFest festival takes place. When not spending time outdoors, drive along the 72-mile scenic road that winds around the lake and explore the picturesque villages along the way. Emerald Bay State Park, Tallac Historic Site and Inspiration Point are some of the top attractions in the region.
11. Leavenworth – Washington
Leavenworth is one of the best small towns in America! While it may seem strange to some, many people leave warm climates to head to colder ones, and Leavenworth, which is situated in the Cascade Mountains, is a place that many people flock to in February. There’s plenty of snow this time of year to participate in many activities including skiing, snowmobiling, snowshoeing and sledding.
After a day spent outdoors playing in the snow, head to one of the local venues to enjoy live local music, attend a wine tasting, or cozy up in one of the little cafes.
12. Magic Mountain Ski Resort -Vermont
Magic Mountain is a ski resort situated on Glebe Mountain in Vermont and in February, it’s one of the best places to ski and play in the snow without the crowds that are seen at bigger resorts this time of year. The hill itself features a 1,500-foot vertical drop and narrow trails.
The best part is the lower prices that make it affordable for any budget. Hiking and snowshoeing are popular nearby and whether you’re on foot, skis, or snowshoes, you’ll always have that magical view of the distant Green Mountains.
13. Kirkwood – California
Not everywhere in California is sunshine and warm temperatures in February; Kirkwood gets more snow than most other places in the country! The ski resort itself has a range of terrains suitable for a variety of winter sports.
The village is home to a wide range of restaurants, bars and shops so everything you need during your stay is nearby.
14. Providence Canyon – Georgia
The best way to enjoy natural landscapes and stunning scenery is without a crowd blocking the view and that’s exactly what you’ll get in Providence Canyon in February. This beautiful state park is often compared to the Grand Canyon except it’s much smaller and because the weather is warm this time of year at around 62°F, you’ll have ideal conditions for hiking.
As you explore the area, you’ll see unique rock formations, canyons and colorful landscapes. Some of the attractions in and around the park include Amicalola Falls and Tallulah Gorge.
15. The Florida Keys
If you dream of escaping to a deserted tropical island in February, The Florida Keys are your best bet if you don’t want to venture too far away from the mainland. Although not entirely deserted, crowds are fewer in The Keys this time of year but the temperatures are still sizzling with daytime highs reaching the 80s. It’s the perfect time to plan a Florida Keys road trip between Key Largo and Key West!
This is where snowbirds go if they’re seeking a relaxing island vibe, plenty of sunshine and nice scenery. Water activities, including snorkeling, diving, paddleboarding and kayaking are popular and there are tons of attractions including art galleries, the Ernest Hemingway Museum and an exciting nightlife scene.
Each evening just before sunset, visitors and locals gather at Mallory Square in Key West, for the Sunset Celebration.
16. Saranac Lake – New York
When Hotel Saranac first opened in the late 1920s, it catered to wealthy people seeking a winter escape. Skiing at Whiteface Mountain was the most popular activity there and still is but now the hotel welcomes vacationers from all walks of life.
In February, the conditions are ideal for many winter activities and the popular Saranac Lake Winter Carnival takes place. Saranac Laboratory Museum, Adirondack Artists Guild Gallery, Adirondack Carousel, Pendragon Theatre and Baker Mountain Trail are just some of the attractions.
17. Cincinnati – Ohio
In February, the temperatures are cool in Cincinnati but not so cool that you can’t get out and enjoy the many attractions around the city! Temperatures hover around 48°F this time of year so that keeps the tourists seeking warmer destinations away. You’ll also find that things are a bit cheaper in winter too!
Some of the top attractions to check out include the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, Cincinnati Art Museum, National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, Krohn Conservatory and the American Sign Museum.
18. Mendocino – California
While Northern California has cooler temperatures than the southern region in the summer, it’s warmer than all of the northern United States in February! Mendocino is a beautiful coastal town that sees plenty of sun in February and temperatures can reach up to 70°F.
As you explore its natural side, you’ll find sea caves, trails snaking along cliff sides and stunning US beaches. The town itself is home to a vibrant main street with shops and art galleries and some of the must-see attractions include the 1909 Point Cabrillo Light Station, Ford House Museum and Mendocino Headlands State Park
19. Cashiers – North Carolina
The Blue Ridge Mountains are beautiful any time of year but they’re a different kind of beautiful in the dead of winter. One of the top places in the region to visit in February is Cashiers due to the wild landscape, heavy snowfall and fewer crowds.
These conditions make it an ideal place to enjoy many winter activities including skiing and snowboarding at the Sapphire Valley Resort, snow-tubing and snowshoeing. Gorges State Park is a nice place to explore and mid-month, be sure to check out the annual Great Outhouse Races.
20. Nashville – Tennessee
The temperatures might be a little chilly in Nashville in February, but it’s the perfect time to check out the world-renowned live music scene and world-class attractions without the summer crowds. With temperatures only reaching around 51°F, you’re best to take some warm clothes with you for those days when you want to do some outdoor exploring.
Top attractions include the Grand Ole Opry, Country Music Hall of Fame, and the National Museum of African American Music.
21. Santa Barbara – California
In February, it’s less expensive and less crowded in Santa Barbara so you can enjoy this scenic coastal city almost to yourself! The temperature is also comfortable at about 65°F. Not far outside the city limits are many places to do some hiking including the Chumash Painted Cave State Park.
Wineries are a common sight in and around the city so you can spend a day sampling local wines. Some local attractions include Chromatic Gate, Stearns Warf, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Old Mission Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara Zoo, Santa Barbara Botanic Garden and El Presidio de Santa Bárbara State Historic Park. In February, Santa Barbara hosts the Santa Barbara International Film Festival.
22. Austin -Texas
The weather is nice in Austin in February with temperatures around 74°F but that doesn’t mean there are as many people around as there are in the summer! February is fairly quiet but there’s still plenty of that live music to enjoy in many venues around the city and restaurants serving the BBQ and Tex-Mex cuisine that Austin is known for.
February also hosts Carnaval Brasileiro which features lots of Samba dancing, costumes and music. Congress Avenue Bridge, Bullock Texas State History Museum, Mayfield Park and Nature Preserve, Blanton Museum of Art and Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center are some of the most popular attractions to check out during your visit.
23. Oahu – Hawaii
If pro surfing competitions and food trucks are some of your favorite things, Oahu is one of the best places to visit in February in the US for you! It’s also a great place to be if you want to escape cold, snowy weather because the temperatures climb to around 79°F this time of year. When planning a trip to Hawaii, and it comes to things to see and do, there’s something for everyone in Oahu.
Spend an afternoon learning how to surf, snorkel in Hanauma Bay, explore the stunning beaches, go bar-hopping and shopping in Honolulu and do some hiking at Diamond Head. Some of the attractions around the island include the Polynesian Cultural Center, Iolani Palace, Pearl Harbor National Memorial and Kualoa Ranch.
24. Great Smoky Mountains National Park – North Carolina and Tennessee
While the weather in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park depends on elevation, you can expect temperatures in February to be between 23°F and 40°F. While the park is the most visited in the country, temperatures this cold keeps the crowds away so you have the trails and viewpoints mostly all to yourself.
It’s a great time of year to take a drive through the park but if you’re more adventurous and don’t mind the cold, there are many hiking trails and you can expect to see beautiful waterfalls, forests and ridges as you explore the area. Top attractions include Oconaluftee Visitor Center and Cades Cove.
25. Yellowstone National Park – Wyoming
Yellowstone National Park is an incredible US destination any time of year, but in February, the park takes on a whole new look! You’ll still be able to enjoy the spectacular scenery and diverse wildlife the park is known for, but it’ll be under a layer of snow and with fewer tourists.
Instead of hiking the trails, you can explore them on skis, snowshoes, or snowmobile. Noteworthy attractions include Old Faithful, Mammoth Hot Springs and Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center.
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