25 BEST Places to Visit in February

Looking for the best places to visit in February? We got you covered! Whether you are seeking warm or cold weather, skiing down mountains, or sunbathing on gorgeous beaches, we share our favorite places to travel to in February.

As a pair of powder chasers, February is one of our favorite times to explore winter destinations. If it involves hot chocolate, mulled wine, lots of white fluffy snow, and big mountains you can sign us up.

That being said, February is also a great time to travel if you are seeking fewer crowds and cheaper prices. Families with children are back in school, and summer is nowhere in sight, meaning fewer people are traveling.

Here are some of the best places to visit in February.


The Best Cold Places to Visit in February


Norway

Dog Sledding — Winter in Norway — Frozen LAke
Norway is one of the best places to visit in February if you like the cold!

There’s no reason to avoid winter in Europe! It’s one of our favorite seasons for travel and a fantastic time to visit Norway where you’re almost guaranteed to see the Northern Lights and enjoy some snowy days. Norway’s dramatic landscapes and many winter activities will keep you entertained for weeks.

Northern Lights Cruise - Norway
Nordlys over Arnøya, Skjervøy

Mush a dog sled across a frozen lake, snowshoe from mountain hut to hut, spot whales off the coast, ski down the fjord, or spend cozy days in a winter cabin.

Winter in Norway comes with plenty of charms and if your dream trip has been to see the Northern Lights there is likely no better trip in the world than to Northern Norway.


Montana

Best Places to Visit in February  - Montana
Montana is one of the best places to visit in February for ski and snowboard!

Head to Big Sky country for some excellent ski without all the crowds in Colorado, Utah, or California. There are two major ski resorts that are perfect for a week-long holiday jaunt Whitefish and Big Sky.

We’re big fans of Whitefish for some exceptional tree skiing or to find some big mountain terrain on the Lone Peak tram at the top of Big Sky.

Montana doesn’t lack in terms of natural beauty either or winter activities. Make your base in Bozeman or one of these awesome Airbnbs in Montana for some western charm and winter tours in Yellowstone with a fantastic Yellowstone itinerary.


Paris, France

Paris, France in Winter

Yes, it does get quite cool in Paris in February with daytime temperatures averaging 48°F but where else is better to spend Valentine’s Day with your loved one? Even if you’re flying solo, there are plenty of reasons to travel to Paris in February. 

For one, there’s no worry about businesses and attractions shutting their doors and skipping town for summer vacation. Everything is open and it’s business as usual! This is also the time of year when there are fewer crowds and hotel rates are cheaper. 

Cozy up in the cute little cafes, wander around the art museums and browse designer boutiques. Visit top attractions such as The Louvre Museum, the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, the Palace of Versailles, and Musay d’Orsay. 


British Columbia

Best Places to Visit in February  - British Columbia
For powderhounds this is one of the best places to visit in February

If you’re a powderhound, head down the Powder Highway that stretches from Central to Eastern British Columbia for some epic powder skiing in big mountain terrain. The Powder Highway is the nickname for Canada’s 95A a loop road that covers 630 miles through Southeastern Brittish Columbia. Powderhounds have everything they could want along the highway with small towns, epic ski resorts, untouched backcountry, cat skiing, alpine lodges, and heli-ski operations.

Big mountain riders are long familiar with the snowy stretch of Canada as the terrain and snow here are some of the best in the world. If you don’t have the money to shell out for the luxury providers, the seven ski resorts on the highway offer world-class skiing that rivals their helicopter counterparts.

Each resort has enough terrain and to entertain any skill level for days on end. Our personal favorites are Fernie and Revelstoke for the terrain and epic powder dumps. Check out our epic ski trip packing list!


Courchevel, France

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When it comes to ski vacations, it doesn’t get much better than Courchevel, France. With temperatures hovering around 32°F and state-of-the-art snow maintenance equipment, you can bet that the slope conditions are pristine in February!

This resort area in the French Alps is considered to be the best in the region due to its extra-long ski season and for being part of the largest ski area in the world with almost 400 miles of pistes and 170 lifts. 

Hop between the four villages that make up this ski area and ski some of the best slopes on earth and enjoy an après-ski scene featuring Michelin-star eateries and glitzy chalets. It doesn’t matter if you’re a seasoned skier or just learning, there’s a hill for you!


Antarctica 

Antarctica
February means summer in Antarctica!

A trip to Antarctica is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that you’ll never forget. Few people venture to the southernmost continent because it is so cold and hard to access. Fortunately, there are guided excursions available and choosing to go in February is a safe bet for weather as the temperatures are at their warmest!  

Now, you may be saying that 34°F is not very warm at all but by Antarctic standards, that’s about as warm as it’ll ever get. Remember, this is summertime in the southern hemisphere and besides, these temperatures are tolerable as long as you bundle up before heading out to see the adorable baby penguins. 

February is also prime time to see whales and seals and to explore terrain that’s usually ice-covered in the much colder months. Did I mention the sun shines up to 18 hours a day this time of year? Hello gorgeous sunrises and late sunsets!


Cotswolds, United Kingdom

Cotswolds, United Kingdom

British winters are known for being quite dreary but there’s a place in the southwest of England that isn’t quite as dreary as the rest of the country is in the middle of February, and that’s the Cotswolds. 

With an average daytime temperature of only 45°F, you’ll likely spend much of your time sipping coffee or wine around a warm fire with wintery scenes observed through frosty windows. 

If you’re an outdoorsy type, you’ll enjoy exploring the scenic countryside full of hills, Iron Age ruins and picturesque manors. This region is also known for its Michelin-starred eateries, antique shops and cozy tea rooms and the prices in February are much lower than they are during peak season. 


The Best Warm Places to Visit in February


Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka Bucket List

Head to the vibrant island nation of Sri Lanka for a heavy dose of culture, food, beaches, jungles, and history.

February is a beautiful month to visit Sri Lana as it falls right between the country’s two rainy seasons and temperatures are warm with an average daily temperature around 27°C or 81°F. Sri Lanka is well known for its hospitable people, tasty food, and unique landscapes. Read more about the best time to visit Sri Lanka here!


Oman

Best Places to Visit in February  - Oman
Hiking in Oman / Best Places to Visit in February

If you want to escape the cold, another awesome country to check out is Oman. The Middle Eastern country on the tip of the Arabian Peninsula enchants visitors with amazing landscapes, culture, and food.

Culture permeates through Oman, and it remains authentic despite being surrounded by the grandiose dreams of its neighbors. Muscat is an enticing city with few skyscrapers, old markets, forts, and small traditional homes.

The nation has embraced its rich heritage of frankincense and trade with a wealth of natural and historical sights to be seen. Resulting in a country that’s enchanting to travel through with plenty of hidden pockets left to explore.

To make things better, the country has great infrastructure for tourists with reliable roads, plenty of hotels, tour operators, dive shops, and activities. February is an awesome time to visit Oman, but if you want to learn more read about the best time to visit Oman.


Egypt

Best Places to Visit in February  - Egypt
Temple hopping in Egypt / Best Places to Travel in February

The mighty Nile has been the lifeblood of Egypt since the beginning of civilization. Along its fertile banks, surrounded by the sands of the desert, ancient Egypt prospered.

Thousands of years lure visitors in with the remains of breathtaking monuments, a rugged coastline teeming coral life, and a culture that has evolved over millennia. There are so many amazing places to visit in Egpyt.

Egypt is the gift of the Nile so there is no better way to explore than a cruise down the Nile. As you cruise down the Nile you’re transported to a time of the past. Egypt is one of the best places to travel to in February because of its near-perfect weather — comfortable warm days and cool evenings/nights.

You won’t have to wake up at the crack of dawn to beat the heat of the day either. Check out other great months to visit Egpyt in our post about the best time to visit Egpyt.


Maldives

Best Places to Visit in February  - Maldives

The series of coral atolls spread across the Indian Ocean is an enticing getaway with white sand beaches, turquoise water, and tropical weather. The water here is home to an abundance of marine life so diverse that snorkelers can rejoice in close encounters with rays, sharks, whales, and a dizzying number of fishes.

To make it only better some of the world’s most luxurious resorts in the world sit on top of these atolls with indulgent water villas and beach bungalows.

February is smack dab in between monsoon seasons in the Maldives so you can expect warm weather and sunny days. Be warned, it’s also the high season as Europeans flock to escape the cold! Hotels and resorts in the Maldives can go for high prices so it’s a great time to make use of those credit card points, and book ahead.


St Lucia

Jade Mountain, Saint Lucia
At Jade Mountain in Saint Lucia

Where is the most beautiful place you have ever visited? We were asked this the other day, and as two people who have traveled to over 80 countries, I must admit it was a tough question to answer. A few places came to mind: Seychelles, Canada, and Namibia are certainly up there.

However, the tiny island nation of St Lucia packs a punch and is widely praised as the most beautiful island in the Caribbean. There are a number of resorts in St Lucia that are jewels in the Caribbean, but it’s hard to find one more unique than Jade Mountain where you’ll get neverending views of The Pitons.


Costa Rica

Travel in Costa Rica - Rio Celeste Waterfall
Costa Rica is easily one of the best places to visit in February

One of the most amazing natural destinations in the world Costa Rica is also a green powerhouse. It was the first country to go a full year on 100% renewable energy and still operate at around 99%. The country has made a clear prioritization to preserve its natural habitats with large swaths of the country protected wilderness zones or national parks.

With cheap and direct flights from the US, a plethora of wildlife, stunning coastline, and pristine jungle, it’s no wonder Costa Rica has become a hot travel destination in the last decade.

During February you can expect days upon days with no rain as it’s still the dry season. Temperatures can reach a 28°C on average. Winds tend to get stronger in February, so windsurfing fans should make a beeline to Lake Arenal – a windsurfer’s paradise.


Kauai

Best Places to Visit in February

Of course, it’s Hawaii, so all the islands are amazing. However, the island that brings back the most beautiful memories is Kauai. I’m certain you will fall in love with the Garden Isle just as I did, but it can be hard to narrow down what to do with a short vacation.

There are so many things to do in Kauai, including a ton of free nature activities that it will be hard to ever get bored. Kauai is known for being one of the prettiest Hawaiian islands with the most laid back vibe of the four main islands.

It’s perfect for those that want to step into nature and stretch their legs on a few hiking trails. February may be the high season, but it’s due to the tremendous weather you’re guaranteed. So plan your trip to Hawaii early and book accommodation and rental cars well in advance!


Venice, Italy

Venice Carnival / Best Places to Visit in February

A simple Google search of “Venice crowds” yields photos of the mass amount of tourists that flock to Venice every summer. Having the city to yourself is one of the many advantages of traveling during the off season. Book a trip there in February and hit it right with reasonable prices and without the crowds (if booked outside of Carnival).

We always manage to visit Venice in the winter, and because of this we’ve never dealt with any of the negatives that people often complain about with Venice. The Grand Canal is a wonder of the world with centuries of architecture, grand buildings, and history literally spilling into the buzzing thoroughfare.

Visit large cathedrals, museums, and magnificent squares before dipping into charming narrow backstreets with hidden churches, bars, and churches. Also during February? The Venice Carnival, a festival world famous for its elaborate masks!

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Mendoza, Argentina

Best Places to Visit in February - Mendoza

It’s summer in February in Argentina so you can expect the temperatures to be a sizzling 88°F on most days. The city of Mendoza is backed by mountains which means it’s a little cooler.  The scenery here is incredible with snow-capped peaks and clear, blue skies as far as the eye can see. 

As the gateway to the country’s wine country, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to sample renowned Argentine wines. If you’re there in late February, check out the Vendimia Festival which celebrates the grape harvest. 

Some of the top attractions include Parque General San Martín, Parque Provincial Aconcagua Potrerillos Dam and Parque de Agua Termal. 


New Orleans

Best Places to Visit in February - New Orleans

New Orleans is nothing short of magical. Even with its crumbling old buildings and gritty pubs, there’s an air of romance surrounding this epic American city and February happens to be one of the liveliest and craziest months to visit because that’s when the famous Mardi Gras festival takes place.  

Enjoy comfortable temperatures of around 66°F as you participate in the festivities by night and explore the city’s wonders by day. Indulge in Creole cuisine and visit top attractions such as Jackson Square, the French Quarter, The National WWII Museum, St. Louis Cathedral, Mardi Gras World, Audubon Zoo and Preservation Hall.


Cartagena, Colombia

Best Places to Visit in February  - - Cartagena, Colombia

For a vibrant mix of cultures, world-class attractions and amazing weather with average temperatures of 88°F and dry conditions, Cartagena, Colombia is one of the best places to travel in February. Admire Colonial buildings, sip on rum cocktails, dine on delicious traditional dishes, dance the night away in top nightclubs, soak up the sun on stunning sandy beaches and wander city streets filled with colorful murals. 

When it comes to top attractions to visit, check out Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, Monumento Torre del Reloj, Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa, Plaza de la Trinidad and the Palace of the Inquisition Cartagena Historical Museum.


Ibiza, Spain

Ibiza, Spain
Ibiza is a pretty quiet place come February

When most people think of Ibiza, they think of a non-stop party. While it’s true that the island has a reputation for being a wild nightspot, in the summer, there’s more to this island than all-night clubs and beach bashes. This is especially true in February when the crowds die down and the temperatures plunge to a comfortable 59°F. 

February is also the best time to get good deals at restaurants and bars, especially on Thursdays when many businesses offer meals at half the price. When you’re not indulging in cheap food and drink, check out the historic shrines, explore the scenic countryside and visit top attractions such as Dalt Vila, Puig des Molins, Cova de Can Marca and Aquarium Cap Blanc.


Senegal

senegal

There are many reasons why Senegal, a country in western Africa, is a great place to visit in February. For one, the weather is fantastic. With temperature averaging 79°F on most days, it’s not terribly hot but certainly not cold either and rain is a rarity!  

The country is known for its unique culture and lifestyle, delicious street food, vibrant arts scene and beautiful beaches that see the best conditions for surfing in February. 

Venture into the pristine wilderness areas to see some local wildlife or check out some of the country’s top attractions including Gorée, Lake Retba, Village Des Arts and Mosque of the Divinity.


Chile

Chile

In February, it’s late summer in Chile but it doesn’t get so hot that it’s unbearable. The average daily temperature in the country this time of year is 68°F which means it’s warm enough in many areas to hit the beaches but cool enough to explore the many attractions and participate in some outdoor adventures. 

Chile is a land of contrast and beauty. Think majestic mountains, sprawling deserts, sparkling glacial lakes and volcanoes. It is said that the night sky in the higher elevation areas of the country is the clearest anywhere in the world so it’s no surprise that stargazing is a popular activity after the sun goes down. 

The nightlife of Santiago is second to none for those who prefer a more lively nighttime outing! If you love wine, Chile is known for its red wines that can be enjoyed in many venues around the country. 

Some of the top attractions include Torres del Paine National Park, Valle de la Luna, Cape Horn, Mylodon Cave Natural Monument and Humberstone and Santa Laura Saltpeter Works.


Kerala, India

Kerala - best places to visit in February

When it comes to the most-sought destinations to visit in India, Kerala is among the top choices especially in February. The temperatures are still quite hot, rain is virtually non-existent and the crowds have thinned out to reveal a peaceful, laid-back place where you can just lie on the beach all day and dine slowly on local culinary delights in the fantastic restaurants. 

There are many fascinating attractions in Kerala including the Dutch canals of Cochin, Eravikulam National Park, Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, Athirappilly Water Falls, Silent Valley National Park, Edakkal Caves and Mattancherry Palace.


Bahamas

Bahamas

Of course, no list of places to travel in February would be complete without mentioning another place in the Caribbean! I mean, who isn’t dreaming of a tropical getaway away from the cold and snow to escape to a place where the air is a perfect 77°F, the water is warm and crystal clear and rain is almost non-existent? 

This is what it’s like in the Bahamas in February! One of the top reasons why February is the best time to visit is fewer crowds. The Christmas rush is over and the rowdy spring breakers haven’t arrived yet so you’ll have the white, sandy beaches and attractions almost all to yourself. 

Enjoy a laid-back atmosphere where time seems to stand still, wander historic streets, sip on a cocktail at sunset and visit top attractions such as Atlantis Bahamas hotel and casino, Lucayan National Park and Garden of the Groves. 


Bahia, Brazil

Bahia, Brazil

Late February is carnival time in Brazil but with temperatures hovering around 88°F, any time of the month is perfect for a visit to the vibrant Bahia region of the country.  

Wind down from a big night of partying with a relaxing day on a sandy beach where you can float in warm waters or immerse in the vibrant afro-Brazilian culture and perhaps brush up on your samba skills.  

There are many attractions to explore too. Check out Pelourinho Catedral Basílica, Casa do Rio Vermelho, Mucugê Waterfall, Barra Lighthouse and Morro de São Paulo.


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About Cameron

Cameron Seagle is one of the principal writers and photographers for The World Pursuit. He is a travel expert that has been traveling the world for the past decade. During this time, he established a passion for conservation and environmental sustainability. When not traveling, he's obsessed with finding the best gear and travel products. In his free time, you can find him hiking, mountain biking, mountaineering, and snowboarding. His favorite countries are Scotland, Indonesia, Mozambique, Peru, Italy, and Japan.

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