February offers plenty of epic travel destinations. If you’ve worked hard over the past couple of months, even though the holiday season, you may have missed out on playing in the snow. In that case, a trip to a perfect skiing destination may be just what you need. However, if you happened to have been stuck in that nasty polar vortex that ripped through the United States last month, you might be willing to go just about anywhere, as long as it’s not cold. In that case, we’ve got you covered, too, with some perfect warm-weather destinations to chill your bones. Here are some of the best places to visit in February.
The Vail Ski Resort is one of the largest in the United States. It’s also one of the most popular. The resort boasts many different types of terrain, so skiers of any skill level can find plenty of action. There’s plenty of snowfall and if you don’t feel like hitting the slopes, the views still make the trip completely worth it. The U.S. Open Snowboarding Championship will take place during the last week of February and on into March, so it’ll get crowded. In other words, if you plan to visit during that time, book a room at any of the fantastic resort properties as soon as possible.
If the only thing that can cure your winter blues are equally blue waters, white sand beaches, and perfect weather, look no further than the Exumas in the Bahamas. Located about 35 miles southeast of Nassau, this collection of islands and cays is perfect for snorkeling, diving, and swimming with pigs. You read that right. Visit Big Major Cay and check out the family of pigs who love to paddle around in the water. Whether you want your beachfront cottage or a room at a fancy resort, you’ll find plenty of lodging options available.
Bleak, industrial cities are not exactly beautiful when they’re blanketed with snow and ice. Verona, Italy, is. It’s absolutely gorgeous when its covered in snow. If the view wasn’t romantic enough, here’s another reason to spend Valentine’s day here: It’s also the setting for William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. As you might expect, the food and wine in this town are to die for, and touring the town’s ancient buildings make an awesome day-date.