February is upon us. We have been dealing with the cold, snow, and gray skies for several months now and spring is still a ways off. The chances are that you’re starting to experience cabin fever and itching to get away! The good news is that February is a great month to travel. It is still the off-season for most destinations, which means prices are lower. Here’s everything you need to know about traveling this month.
POPULAR TRAVEL DESTINATIONS
If you want to travel to a warmer region in the U.S. to escape the shivering temperatures, and there are lots of great options to choose from! Perhaps you’re looking to whisk your beau away for a Valentine’s trip, or maybe you’re looking for to explore the warmer climates of the south. Either way, here are a few of our favorite cities.
February is one of the best times to visit Phoenix. Temperatures in the “Valley of the Sun” reach the low- to mid-70s, which is an ideal break from winter weather without reaching the sweltering temperatures of Arizona summers. Phoenix is best known for its desert spas, beautiful mountain scenery, and Southwest flavors. February also brings boozy fun! Arizona Beer Week is February 6-15, which is a state-wide celebration comprised of more than 200 events hosted by over 100 bars and breweries, many in Phoenix. Not a beer drinker? Not to worry – it is followed up immediately by the Arizona Cocktail Weekend, from February 15-17.
ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA
You probably picture summer when you think of St. Petersburg, but don’t rule out going in February! Although the water can sometimes still be too chilly for swimming, you will still get plenty of sunny warmth, with a lower, off-season price tag. Plus, you’ll be able to explore more of what the “Sunshine City” has to offer outside its beaches. One highlight that we recommend checking out is the Dali Museum, which is home to the most extensive collection of Salvador Dali’s artwork in the world. You can also explore the Sunken Gardens, which is home to cascading waterfalls, beautiful gardens, and more than 50,000 tropical plants and flowers.
SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS
If you want to travel somewhere romantic this Valentine’s Day, San Antonio makes a great option! The “Alamo City” is colorful, artsy, and historical. It is also well known for its Tex-Mex cuisine and Spanish flair. One of the top attractions in San Antonio is the Riverwalk, which you could spend a whole day exploring. Taking a Riverwalk Barge Tour to take in the sights is a must, and you can also unwind with your beau with an afternoon of pampering at the the Woodhouse Day Spa.
BEST TIME TO FLY
The best time to travel in February depends on what you want out of your trip. If you’re planning a romantic getaway for Valentine’s Day, you won’t have a lot of wiggle room when making your reservation, and you’ll have to deal with higher holiday prices. If you’re looking to book a trip outside of the holidays, try to avoid flying February 13-17, when prices will spike due to Valentine’s Day and President’s Day weekend. In February, Tuesdays and Wednesdays tend to be the best days of the week to travel. It would be best if you also tried to avoid flying during the weekend (Friday-Sunday) as these days tend to be more expensive.
Airline prices change frequently, so we always recommend shopping around to get the best deal. Here are some of the best prices we found for February:
- Chicago (ORD) to Phoenix (PHX) from $38: February 10-11, 24-26