Ankle the Winter Blizzards and Head for the Sun
The American Psychological Association has declared the seasonal depression, officially known as Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD is real.
It happens when the days get shorter and the weather gets colder, making some people feel symptoms similar to depression.
The solution: Get some Sun!
This does not just mean heading to Florida to lounge on the beach and splash in the ocean. Winter fun can be found in many US locations.
A holiday at the beach is 1 sure way to beat the blues, just exposing yourself to warmer temperatures will help too.
Below is a list of some of the best places to go in the United States this Winter, and put the Blues in the rear view mirror.
1. Kauai, Hawaii
If you want to swim, tan, walk the beaches, and hike through nature, then wing it to Kauai in the tough Winter months.
Average winter air and water temperatures are in the high 70’s. That is perfect for pretty much anything you would want to do there.
The only way you will know that it’s Winter in Kauai is the tropical rain. And it will not dampen your holiday as it comes in short bursts, more often than not falls overnight, and typically results in one of those Hawaiian rainbows during the day.
You will have your pick of activities; from beach lounging, hiking the famous Napali Coast, trekking around Koke’e State Park, snorkeling, SCUBA diving and surfing.
2. Phoenix, Arizona
If beaches are not your cup of tea, head to the historical southwest for lots of culture and outdoor activities.
The Phoenix Winter’s are mild, and the high-60’s temperatures make it perfect for discovering the Arizona city.
Scenic hiking spots like Camelback Mountain, Lost Dutchman State Park, and Papago State Park make Phoenix a perfect place for outdoorsy people. After a few days of hiking, an easier stroll along the Arizona Canal may be in order.
There you can find eateries, local craft breweries, views of Camelback, and a farmers’ market.
And do not forget about Phoenix’s famous spas.
How does a hot rock massage and seaweed wrap in the middle of the stunning desert landscape sound? Phoenix is a super place to treat yourself to a day of pampering.
3. San Diego, California
Travel to Southern California and forget the memories of shoveling snow and scraping ice from your windscreen.
Anytime is a good time to visit San Diego, as there is Winter to speak of and temperatures almost always in the mid-60’s.
Visitors can enjoy San Diego’s long sandy beaches, funky thrift shops, and tasty taco stands all year round, nothing closes for Winter there.
The mild Winter temperatures are ideal for hiking and exercising which is why Sand Diegans love to stay outdoors and active all year.
San Diego does get some rain in the Winter, but on a less-than perfect day just get in the car for a road trip up the 101 or wine or beer tasting at 1 of the local wineries/breweries, life is easy & breezy in SoCal.
4. South Padre Island, Texas
Want to go to Mexico, but really do not.
Then tead to South Padre Island, which is pretty much as close as you can get to our southern neighbor without crossing the border.
Winter temperatures stay above 70, and the water is too cold for swimming. But, South Padre boasts some perfect, Gulf of Mexico-facing beaches that are frequented in the Winter by out-of-towners and locals alike.
All the beaches in South Padre are public and easily accessible.
There’s plenty of other activities to do too, like the Laguna Madre Nature Trail attracts nature-lovers and bird-watchers, Isla Blanca Park is an ideal spot for a winter’s-day picnic or afternoon of fishing, or spot dolphins in the wild on a cruise with Dolphin Research & Sea Life Nature Center.
5. Daytona Beach, Florida
Everyone knows Florida is a popular Winter Sun destination, but with so many options, it’s difficult to decide where exactly to go in the Sunshine State.
Daytona Beach makes it easy with a yearly average temperature of 80 degrees with Winter months rarely dipping below 70.
There are 3 Key reasons people travel to Daytona: the famous Daytona Beach, Boardwalk & Pier, the Daytona International Speedway, and it’s an ideal location for exploring the rest of the state.
Make Daytona your base for road tripping around Florida and catching some Winter Sun!
So, avoid SAD and head for the Sun this Winter!