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The 9 Best U.S. Destinations to Visit in February

Are you looking for a world-class vacation come February? It is arguably one of the ideal times to travel as some parts of the world are entering spring, some are still enduring winter, and some are at their optimal time of year for a fun-filled getaway. Whether you are taking a classic road trip, planning a romantic Valentine's Day weekend, or simply looking to take a vacation before the peak season of Spring Break, the month of February has something for every type of traveler. From outdoor activities in the calm waters of the Caribbean to a classic winter vacation in charming small towns, here is our list of the best places to travel in February.

The 9 Best Places to Travel in February in the U.S.

1. St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands

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This Virgin Island in the Caribbean is a prime choice for your February vacation. Located 1,100 miles southeast of Miami, this incredible island getaway features picturesque white-sand beaches, optimal conditions for snorkeling and ocean kayaking, as well as romantic resorts and top-notch island eats.

2. Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona

Beautiful, colorful hues form the canyons along the Blue Mesa Trail - Petrified Forest National Park

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The winter months, especially February, are a great time to visit the usually-scorching state of Arizona, and Petrified Forest National Park should be at the top of your list. Nestled just outside of Holbrook in northeastern Arizona, Petrified Forest National Park boasts the Rainbow Forest, which showcases the magnificent natural beauty of petrified wood. You can witness petroglyphs at the ruined village of Puerco Pueblo and see Hopi murals at the Painted Desert Inn.

3. New Orleans, Louisiana

Bourbon St, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA cityscape of bars and retaurants at twilight.

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Did you know that the first-ever Mardi Gras parade was celebrated in New Orleans on February 24, 1857, by the Krewe of Comus? Now, you can visit the Mardi Gras capital of the world every year in February to join in on the parades, beads, food, heritage, and fun! Plan your Mardi Gras trip to NOLA today.

4. Fairbanks, Alaska

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If you are willing to brave the cold to see the northern lights, traveling to Fairbanks, Alaska, is one of the best options without even needing a passport. Schedule a guided tour or take yourself on a remote backpacking trip and try your luck at spotting this elusive phenomenon.

5. Carmel-by-the-Sea, California

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Visit this charming Pacific Ocean paradise during its off-season for fewer crowds and more time and space to explore, shop, and dine. This world-class destination offers one-of-a-kind bed and breakfasts, cute hotels, top-rated art galleries, fantastic wine, ocean access, and delectable eats.

6. Park City, Utah

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This quintessential ski resort town in Utah is perfect for skiers looking to enjoy some of the last days of fresh powder at one of the USA's biggest ski and snowboard resorts. This city serves as a prime year-round destination, with the iconic Sundance Film Festival taking place here for over 70 years. Still, in the month of February, winter sports enthusiasts flock to the Park City snow.

7. Miami, Florida

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With average temperatures of 70, Miami is a beautiful choice for a beach getaway in the winter month of February. Hit the nightlife spots of South Beach, explore the Art Deco District, dance in Little Cabana, shop in Coconut Grove, go horseback riding on the white-sand beaches, or take a biking tour of the thriving Coral Gables.

8. New York City, New York

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For fewer crowds and lower temperatures, head to the big apple in February. Even though there is only an average temperature in the mid-40's, you can make your NYC sightseeing dreams come true. You can also take a leisurely (and cold) stroll through the snow-coated Central Park.

9. Hot Springs, North Carolina

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This Appalachian oasis presents a stunning adventure for a February vacation. Hot Springs, North Carolina, is a small town surrounded by forests and features endless opportunities for outdoor recreation, music festivals, and relaxing activities. Soak in the mineral springs, hike on the Appalachian Trail, or catch a concert at a local venue.

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