In some areas of the country, temperatures have already begun to hover below the freezing point and meteorologists predict an even chillier winter ahead. If you’re like many Americans shivering in their boots, we recommend a trip that involves a little less salt on the road and a little more salt in the margarita.

When the weather up north is frightful, we suggest packing your bags and heading south! We’ve compiled our favorite 5 Warm Weather Winter Getaways:

Galveston, Texas

Galveston Pier At DuskThe City of Galveston has experienced the long-lasting and devastating effects of two major hurricanes that have pummeled through this coastal community in the last century or so. Even still, the City of Galveston has made a commitment to rebuild. Today, it stands as a favorite warm weather getaway for both couples and families alike.

Orlando, Florida

Orlando downtown skyline panorama over Lake Eola at night with urban skyscrapers, tropic palm tree a

Orlando is home to the “Happiest Place on Earth” and we feel strongly this designation has something to do with the sunshine that abounds throughout its borders. Florida, the Sunshine State, is also home to other theme parks, festivals and countless white-sand beaches. Depending upon the departure city, flights to Orlando are relatively inexpensive and its central location in the state provides endless opportunities for warm-weather fun.

Charleston, South Carolina

Charleston South Carolina Pineapple Fountain in Historic Waterfront Park

The oldest city in the state of South Carolina, Charleston offers its visitors and residents history, charm, culture and holiday magic. A perfect warm-weather getaway, the city itself experiences very mild winters, with high temperatures averaging about 60 °F. Still craving a cup of hot cocoa? We recommend grabbing your favorite hot drink while exploring the beautiful campus of College of Charleston.

Los Angeles, California

 

los-angeles-californiaThere’s a reason celebrities flock to Hollywood, and we think it’s safe to say that year-round bikini weather may play a factor in their decision. In all seriousness, Los Angeles is a vibrant and diverse city with much to offer its visitors. Los Angeles is the entertainment capital of the world, a cultural mecca boasting more than 300 museums, and a paradise of good weather.

Tucson, Arizona

Downtown Tucson

If you’re seeking to escape the frigid temperatures, then Arizona is a great place to start. Tucson, in particular, is a large city with a welcoming, laid back and friendly vibe. For those who love the outdoors, we recommend a trek through the desert (check out Saguaro National Park). Prefer window-shopping instead? Urbanites will find much to keep them busy around areas like Fourth Avenue, Downtown and University districts.

Ready to escape the snow and enjoy the sun? We can’t wait to hear about your adventure to warmer weather! Tag your photos with #DriveTheNation and we will share them with our followers. Safe Travels!