Escape the winter chill on a vacation to SoCal, the Southwest, Hawaii, or Mexico

Sunset  – October 7, 2009 | Updated January 17, 2020

When the weather outside is frightful, sometimes the only delightful thing to do is hightail it somewhere nice and balmy. Sure, winter wonderlands are magical and few things beat a good ski trip with friends, but by the time January and February roll around, it’s time for a change of scenery. Whether you’re a beach bum or a desert explorer, these destinations promise a soul-warming winter getaway. Just one weekend of surf and sand may be all you need to carry you through the rest of the season.