Domestic Places to Escape the Cold

Pack your flip-flops and catch a deal at one of these warm destinations.

By ; published Wednesday, January 8th, 2014
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Wintry weather in all its forms is a great catalyst for booking warm weather getaways. A few places in the USA are particularly welcoming on the morning weather map, their cheery orange and yellow color-coding alluding to the possibility of flip-flops and winter suntans. In the lull between New Year's and Valentine's, there are deals to be had. Here are a few:

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1.  Palm Springs, Calif.  
Golfing, shopping, dining outdoors . . . it can all be done in shorts, with a view of palm trees.   Check the temperature in Palm Springs this week and you'll want to book a flight.   

Palm Springs
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2.  Sanibel & Captiva Islands, Fla.
The Gulf coast of Florida is one of the warmest spots in the country, with lovely beaches to match. 'Tween Waters Inn Island Resort on Captiva Island spoofs winter with its 'Record Lows' deals: rates from $165 per night for three-night packages and $155 per night for five-night packages. Trivago is listing a few deals at other island lodging options.  A 17-mile bike path, watersports and J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge all await upon arrival. 

Captiva Island
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3.  McAllen, Texas
Off the radar of most travelers, sunny McAllen in deep south Texas, lures with its affordability and warm temperatures. Golfers love the fact that hotels can be had between $70 and $140 a night even without a discount. The three-and-a-half star Casa de Palmas has rooms under $100 per night on Hotels.com.

Golfing in McAllen
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4.  Key West, Fla. 
Fly directly into the Keys or land at MIA in Miami and enjoy the drive down to Paradise.  This laid-back end-of-the-road destination is as quirky as ever, and stays warm all winter long.

Key West
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5.  New Orleans, La.
Though not as warm as south Florida or southern California, New Orleans' weather is a welcome change to northerners.  Relaxed days and spicy nights can all be had at temperatures that typically start with a 5 or a 6 instead of a 2, 3 or 4.

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6.  San Diego 
The Westin, the Hard Rock Hotel and the Omni are all offering hotel discounts in sunny San Diego - some as low as 50% - on Trivago. The beaches of Coronado may be calling travelers with cold feet (literally) and a little time to spare.

Coronado Beach near San Diego
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7.  Delray Beach, Fla. 
Another spot that's less than well-known, appealing Delray lies between Palm Beach and Boca Raton, on the east coast.  This walkable and bike-friendly town has Atlantic Ocean beaches, the intracoastal waterway, a world-class tennis center, fun shopping and lively nightlife.  

Delray Beach
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8. Los Angeles, Calif. 
Beaches, beaches, beaches.   And then, of course, there's Hollywood, Beverly Hills, the Getty, and loads of other attractions to keep you busy.  All in toasty sunshine.  Rent a convertible, put the top down, and take lots of pics to share with your friends in cold places.   

Santa Monica Pier near Los Angeles
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9.  Tubac, Ariz. 
You've probably never heard of it. But historic Tubac, just 40 minutes south of Tucson's airport, is an historic gallery-filled village surrounded by a lush golf course, the setting for the movie 'Tin Cup.' If a stay in a warm and sunny hacienda-style resort is to your liking, pack your paperbacks and head to the airport. Tubac Golf Resort & Spa's 'Stay and Play' package includes accommodations and a round of golf per day, per guest, on its lush links. Hollywood royalty used to hang out here, back in the day. www.tubacgolfresort.com

Tubac, Arizona
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10.  Tucson, Ariz. 
Warm and wonderful Tucson is the perfect choice for warming up no matter what you like to do.  World-class spas, lovely resorts, golf, hiking, shopping and memorable food keep this beautiful southwestern city on the must-go-back list for many who visit.  Typical temperatures make it a winner in winter, too. 

Tucson
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