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Wintery U.S. Getaways For People Who Don’t Like The Cold


Not everyone enjoys the winter. Some people find it depressing, inconvenient or outright inhumane. Some even develop the condition called seasonal affective disorder which is far more common during winter months. The good news is that the United States has plenty to offer if you are one of those people and want to get away from the cold, the snow and everything that goes with it. So, where do you go?

One of the U.S. “mild favorites” is definitely San Antonio, a city with quiet, quirky charms that make people fall in love with it in no time. It is also a city which often ranks very high on different livability lists and which features plenty of outdoor amenities, parks and public spaces where you can enjoy mild Texan winters where the temperature rarely drops below 50.

Or, you could move to Santa Fe in New Mexico, a city with one of the best climates in the United States where it does get a bit chilly in January with the temperature averages at around 30, but where there is none of that harsh winter you get elsewhere in the country. What is more, even if you change your mind and want to enjoy some of that winter magic, the Enchanted Forest is nearby, with endless cross-country ski areas. Then, you return to the city where the roads are clear and where historic places and great food wait for you.


Orlando, Florida is another winter destination for those who want to get away from the freezing cold. In Orlando, the average temperature in January is 60 and what is best, most of the tourists are gone. You can enjoy all the major sights without having to deal with insane crowds. Winter in Orlando is also the perfect time to explore more than 150 golf courses found scattered across the area, as well as the Wekiwa Springs State Park with its horseback riding, biking and hiking trails.

Savannah, Georgia is one of the most beautiful cities no matter what time of the year it is. During winter months, however, it has the added charm of not pummeling you with freezing temperatures and feet of snow and ice all around you. This makes it possible to enjoy the charms of this gorgeous city in winter months, allowing you to explore its historic district and its boating and fishing opportunities despite the fact that it is January.

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