Down By The Sea: Ticket to Paradise

Although summertime is long gone, it doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the nice weather. Right? Why not plan a trip to warmer destinations?

By way of example, whenever people who live in warmer states think of wintertime, they picture a fairy tale-like setting. One that’s filled with glittery snowflakes tumbling from the sky and drinking hot cocoa next to a fire making s’mores.

They don’t, however, picture the not-so-magical marks that the season brings, such as harsh winds, slippery sidewalks and wet clothing making it difficult to walk.

But for those of us that live in the northern states, if you’re anything like me, you appreciate the cold weather from a distance. Meaning that although you don’t mind living in cold weather during the wintertime, you do your best to escape the freezing temperatures.

With the holiday’s right around the corner, this task might be easier said than done. So after the excitement of wearing earmuffs fades and the taste of hot drinks sours, find comfort knowing that you can flee the winter woes with a vacation trip to warmer destinations.

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Warmer Destinations in America: Ticket To Paradise

Escape to Desert Island

Arizona. Normally, when people think of Arizona, they picture a hot and dry state that doesn’t have much to offer. But beneath the desert land, this state has a wide variety of things for travelers to do no matter what time of the year it is. That being said, if for whatever reason you find yourself in The Valley of the Sun during the coldest time of the year, rest easy knowing that cold in this state can be anywhere from 60-70 degrees Fahrenheit.

Although Arizona is a big state, the most popular place for tourist is in Phoenix. If you’re a hiking enthusiast, for example, you will want to pay a visit to Camel-back Mountain Echo Canyon Recreation Area, which is a well-tread system of hiking trails designed to be both challenging and fulfilling.

Horseshoe Bend, Arizona, cliff, canyon, river
Horseshoe Bend, Arizona. Flickr: calwhiz / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

If you’re exploring with a history buff, then a stop by the Arizona Capitol Museum is a must. The museum is housed in the stone building that was once the state capitol, making the experience from a historical point of view, more meaningful. Some of the museum’s best exhibits include a few artifacts from artist like Lon Megargee, a famous cowboy artist and even hosts a 16-foot statue made from zinc.

Arizona Capitol building, architecture
Arizona Capitol building. Flickr: Gage Skidmore / CC BY-SA 2.0

For a real taste of the “old west,” then head on over to Goldfield Ghost Town. The location is famous for once being a gold mine operation. The best part, during the winter and spring season, you can enjoy free gunfire shows on the weekends. If you’re worried about the cost of these activities, don’t be, they’re all free.

Head towards California Sun

California. With nearly 39 million people living in this famous state, it shouldn’t be hard to find activities to keep you entertained. I will admit though, visiting one of the biggest states in the country can at times feel small when you aren’t sure what to do or, where to go. But if you’re in Southern California during the winter season, it’s no different from being there during the spring time. The weather is nice, the streets are crowded, and there’s plenty of things to do.

Hollywood. Flickr: Shinya Suzuki / CC BY-ND 2.0

Believe it or not, California offers a lot of free activities to both residence and tourist. You just have to know where to go to. In Southern California, for example, near San Diego, each year over 20,000 gray whales make the migration from Alaska to Baja California. For tourists, this means experiencing the migration firsthand and watching it unfold right in front of you as female whales swims to warm waters to give birth. It helps of course to have binoculars.

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San Diego whale watching. Flickr: Matthew Allen / CC BY-NC 2.0

In all honestly, I love yoga almost as much as I love traveling. Nothing gets better than that, right? Wrong. There are certain beaches in Los Angeles that offer free yoga classes right on the beach. Picture yourself in a calm state, feeling your lungs inhale and exhale the oxygen around you. Hearing the wave’s splash against the sand, the smell of saltwater, and hearing the birds chirp as they soar over the water at high speeds.

Speaking of beach, Venice Beach is another popular attraction in Los Angeles, California that attracts people from all over the globe to warmer destinations. The environment is breathtaking and offers shows by street performers, vendors, and other local artist. Don’t forget to visit the famous “Hollywood” sign.

Venice Beach Pier Sunset, bridge, water, sky
Venice Beach Pier Sunset. Flickr: bmalarky / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Thank you for taking time out of your day to read my article about warmer destinations. I would like to know, however, what are some other places you would recommend to travelers visiting Arizona, or California? I will be checking for comments, so feel free to share your thoughts.

About Cody Hill

Cody Hill enjoys being outdoors, and loves watching baseball. Can’t find him online? Chances are he’s probably exploring the wilderness or cheering on his favorite team (Go Cubs)! Thank you.

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