This week on For the Love of Blank we have a guest post from Arliss Veldhuizen of trekbible. She will be sharing her favorite 5 U.S. destinations to escape the snow! Since its been so cold lately I totally wish I was in one of these spots! If you love snow check out these 4 Winter Destinations to hit! Lets us know your favorite destinations in the comments below! First we asked Arliss to answer a Few questions to introduce herself!
What is Your Blog’s name and what is it about?
-About: everything travel, from inspiration to reviews to cool attractions.What was your inspiration to start blogging?
-Writing has always been a hobby of mine, and traveling has always been a passion since I am Ivoirian-American and have family in 4 countries. Now, I get to combine these 2 things for work in trekbible! 🙂What is your best piece of advice to anyone trying to start their own blog?
-Be patient, but be diligent. Make sure to prioritize connecting and partnering with other bloggers, creating SEO-rich and engaging content that your audience will love, and being active on social media. Also be authentic, and be yourself!What is your favorite social media and why?
-Probably Facebook, because it allows me to stay up-to-date with the people I care about — even when life gets in the way of consistent communication!
What’s your biggest travel fail?-Probably drinking warm coconut water that had been sitting in the hot sun on the beach for too long in the Dominican Republic….I was very sick, but I think it was mostly the taste that didn’t sit well. Don’t do it!What is your favorite activity to do while on vacation?
–Reading! I love getting time to get lost in good books, because I don’t have much of it on a day-to-day basis.If you had to choose only one place to live the rest of your life where would it be?-Potentially Denmark! My favorite part about it is that everyone bikes everywhere — even during the winter! People there are extremely healthy because of it. 🙂
Escape the Snow This Winter in These 5 U.S. Destinations
Let’s be real: winter weather is just not for everyone. No matter how beautiful the snow may be, some people avoid stepping into the cool like the plague. Others live in places where chilly weather comes unaccompanied (and unwelcome) by the snow. If these feelings resonate with you, you’re in luck. There are plenty of states you can escape to within the U.S. for a warm and sunny retreat. Here are the top five for you to consider.
San Diego, California
A trip to San Diego means constant sunshine and picture-perfect beach days. You’ll rarely be forced to spend your day indoors due to rain or cold temps. Whether you want to hit the waves at La Jolla Cove or explore the many trails at Mission Bay Park, bad weather won’t hold you back. That’s enough to lure us to this Cali city! But ideal weather isn’t the only reason it made the list. The real appeal of San Diego as a winter destination is whale watching! December through April is migration season for California gray whales, so you’re bound to spot a ton of them. So if you’re ready for warm weather, spectacular whale watching, and relaxing beach days, start planning for San Diego!
If you’re craving a tropical getaway this winter, Honolulu is just the place to go. With even warmer average temps than San Diego that range from the mid-60s to low 80s, escaping the snow is a guarantee. During this season, both the waves and the humpback whale watching are in their prime. Talk about an exciting time! But there’s plenty more to see and do—especially if you love the outdoors. Take the grueling trek up Diamond Head (this hike isn’t for sissies). Get up early to marvel at the breathtaking sunset at Waikiki Beach. Make the magical hike to Manoa Falls for unreal views of its glistening waters. The options really are endless for taking in Hawaii’s natural beauty.
Las Vegas, Nevada
Many suggest Las Vegas for its abundant casinos and adult fun, but we’re drawn by its peculiar attractions and otherworldly natural wonders. Ever dreamed of solving crimes as a daring detective? Hit up CSI: The Experience at the MGM Grand for some intriguing family fun. Or for something more light hearted, head to Circus Circus to watch awe-inspiring performances during the day—for free! That being said, nature fanatics and sporty types will be more excited about the incredible bountiful nature in Las Vegas. Explore the strange beauty of Valley of Fire State Park. Hike the many different trails that wind you through Red Rock Canyon. Roam and marvel at the vast sands of Death Valley—especially now, when the temperature is manageable enough to endure the adventure. While Vegas may not be the warmest destination for a winter escape, its mid-50s, low 60s average temperature makes it better than staying put. Plus, you’ll never get bored with all there is to see and do.
New Orleans, Louisiana
Attention all foodies, art aficionados, and music lovers: this is the warm winter destination for you, hands down. With cooler (as in mid-60s on average) weather, cheaper rates on all fronts, and few tourists, everything about winter in New Orleans is a deal. Indulge in a traditional Reveillon Dinner in one (or multiple) of the city’s savory restaurants. Let talented soulful musicians serenade you with their tunes in the various clubs lining Frenchmen Street. Join in on the Caroling in Jackson Square with strangers who are as enthusiastic about Christmas as you are. Soak in the skillful artwork found within the New Orleans Museum of Art or the many galleries along Magazine Street. Trust us, you’ll find more than enough to keep you captivated—and you’ll be safe and sound from the snow!
If you love theme parks (or have some kiddos who do), Orlando is the perfect destination to escape the snow. This is the season when all those magical parks you and your family have been longing to visit aren’t overflowing with tourists. Sure, there will still be some foot traffic of course. But it’ll be nothing like the spring in summer months, and you’ll be basing in a breezy low-70s average. So whether you choose Universal’s Islands of Adventure, Magic Kingdom, or Discovery Cove, you’ll be in for a cheap(er) and less-crowded treat.
You don’t have to venture across the globe just to avoid the snowy season. In fact, you’ve got options upon options when it comes to enjoying a warm getaway in the U.S. during the winter. Hopefully, this short list of our favorite five will point you in the right direction.
Which one will you choose? Share in the comments below!