10 Best Places to Be in February

  • Harbour Island, Bahamas

    Go sailing, eat conch, work on your tan, perfect your recipe for the Goombay Smash...these are just a few of the many things you can do on Harbour Island in February. The island is home to some of the best beaches in the Bahamas, perfect for a romantic Valentine's Day walk on the beach.

    Photo courtesy of Amanda B

  • Steamboat Springs, Colorado

    Thanks to the annual Winter Carnival, February is an exciting time to be in Steamboat Springs. Hit the slopes by day, warm up in the outdoor Strawberry Springs in the evening, and by night, catch a indie film screening. Even non-powderheads will appreciate the packed calender of events both on and off the slopes.

    Photo courtesy of William J Sisti

  • Charleston, South Carolina

    Speaking of Valentine's Day, what better place to spend the holiday of love than in arguably the most romantic city in the United States, Charleston. Check yourself in to a romantic bed and breakfast, cozy up together on a carriage ride and let the Southern charm of this historic city seduce you.

    Photo courtesy of Torrey Wiley

  • Tucson, Arizona

    Each February, the city of Tucson hosts the world's largest gem and mineral show. If you're not a mineral hobbyist or a beader, you'll still have the city's wonderful galleries, restaurants, golf courses and boutique shops at your disposal, all with pleasant temperatures in the 60s and 70s.

    Photo courtesy of Bill Lancaster

  • Naples, Florida

    When the winter blues get you down and you need a healthy dose of vitamin D, it's time to head to the Sunshine State. Even in February, Naples enjoys temperatures in the mid 70s, perfect for golfing or lazing in the powdery white sand. Visit late in the month, and you might catch the beginning of Naples' low season.

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  • London, England

    Not only is February right in the middle of London's off-season (that translates to lower hotel rates and fewer crowds), it's also when the world's fashion elite descend for London Fashion Week. If you want to experience a more authentic London, consider a trip in February. Just remember to pack your coat.

    Photo courtesy of Steve Jurvetson

  • Big Island, Hawaii

    In February on the Big Island of Hawaii, temperatures average in the 80s, the cherry trees are in full bloom and the waves are at their best for surfing. Even though the winter months are peak tourist season in Hawaii, prices on the Big Island tend to be lower than some of Hawaii's other destinations.

    Photo courtesy of Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) / Tor Johnson

  • Beijing, China

    Beijing winters are bitter cold, so pack your sweaters and coats, but winter is also one of the most culturally interesting times to be in China's capital. The annual Chinese New Year typically falls in February, with temple festivals, fireworks displays and colorful lantern exhibits scheduled throughout the month.

    Photo courtesy of Richard Fisher

  • Las Vegas, Nevada

    If romance is your reason for traveling in February, then you really can't go wrong with Las Vegas, a city where romantic experiences abound. Take a gondola ride through the Venetian, stroll the strip when the weather isn't so hot, have dinner together atop the Stratosphere or get hitched on the fly by Elvis.

    Photo courtesy of Wolfgang Staudt

  • Portland, Oregon

    Portland in February is a budget traveler's dream, with hotel rates slashed up to 50 percent. If you don't mind a little rain (okay, maybe a lot), you'll love having the city's museums and attractions almost to yourself. Winter sports enthusiasts can make a day trip from Portland to nearby Mt Hood to enjoy the fresh powder.

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