Best Places to Visit in February: Where to Travel This Winter
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The top 5 destinations for February
Between the travel rush of the holidays and the busy vacation time of spring break lies February, making it a great month to travel. Fewer crowds in popular destinations, cheaper flights and accommodation, and a wealth of warm- and cold-weather options means the skies the limit when it comes to making your February travel plans. Check out our top picks for a February getaway and start planning ASAP.
Fiordland National Park, New Zealand
Catch the tail end of the New Zealand summer by planning a trip in February, when the peak summer heat is just starting to slow as the transition to autumn begins. This sweet spot is the ideal weather for a multi-day hike through one of New Zealand’s many national parks, and there is none more beautiful or untamed than Fiordland National Park. With stunning views of not only fiords but also rich, green forests, sky-scraping peaks, and deep, blue lakes, its truly a hiker’s paradise. Skip the super-popular Milford Track, sure to be in high demand in summer, and opt for the Kepler Track instead, a 3-4 day trek that shows off all the wonders the park has to offer.
Mexico City, Mexico
Avoid the cold weather of early winter and the crowds of the peak March-May season by planning your Mexico City trip for February. You’ll snag discounts on accomodation, and can still enjoy warm days and stay cozy in the local bars and restaurants when the nights grow chilly. Wander through the markets, sipping micheladas and sampling tortas and tacos while you peruse the wares. Take advantage of the sunny daytime hours to take a trip to the ancient pyramids of Teotihuacán, about an hour outside the city. At the end of your long day of exploring, live music, carefree dancing, and strong, cold drinks await you at bars across this vast metropolis.
With almost non-stop sun, warm-but-not-too-hot weather, and plenty of beaches on which to enjoy them both, Muscat is an ideal destination for February travelers looking for a break from bleak wintery days. During your time in the city, take a walk through the cool, shaded halls and bright, gleaming atria of the Sultan Qaboos Mosque. For a lazy afternoon, stop by an open-air market to pick up a bag of dates, an Oman specialty, and head for the beach. Muscat is also the ideal home base for day trips to other Omani gems, like the golden dunes of the Wahiba Sands or the cool, crystalline waters and whitewashed rocks of the gorge that is Wadi Shab.
Salt Lake City, Utah
February in Salt Lake City finds the ski season in full swing and ski bums will have their pick of mountains for a solid ride. But skiing isn’t the only winter sport that draws visitors to Utah’s buzzing capital. After hosting the Winter Olympics in 2002, Salt Lake City decided to put its facilities to good use, and now you can take your best shot at curling, speedskating, and bobsled racing exactly where the pros did. After a long day on the slopes or at Olympic Park, catch a show at Eccles Theater or grab a classic cocktail at Bar X.
Sultry Texas hits its stride in the winter and spring, when it’s cool enough for a stroll around brightly-colored Dallas. Check out a live rodeo show at AT&T stadium, host to two major rodeo championships at the end of the month. Stop in to sample your way through the tacos at Torchy’s then head for a beer at one of the many establishments in town with fireplace-heated patios. Or, if you want a more mobile dining experience, explore the food stalls at the Legacy Food Hall in Plano, on the outskirts of the city.