February is the ideal time to visit the ice caves at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in the Upper Peninsula, Michigan. These breathtaking ice formations appear around mid-December as water seeps from the sandstone cliffs, creating curtains and columns of white, yellow, and blue ice. While you hike around the escarpment to see the ice caves, you can also enjoy cross country skiing and ice climbing.
1. Big Sky, Montana
With the average daytime temps around 60-70 degrees Fahrenheit, hiking trails that are dangerous in the summertime become accessible in the winter. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to see amazing salt formations and colorful scenic drives during this time of year!
2. Lake Tahoe
Lift tickets are more affordable than the norm in New England, making it a great option for skiers on a budget!
Not only is Santa Fe famous for its delicious cuisine (hello chocolate and chillies!), it is also a cultural hub which has a vibrant art scene with over 250 art galleries within its downtown area. If you’re looking to get outside and enjoy the sunshine, there are a variety of activities to choose from, including biking and hiking to San Antonio Hot Springs.
3. St. John, US Virgin Islands
Additionally, you can find anything from biking to chasing waterfalls at Minnehaha Falls just outside the city.
4. Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Michigan
Located on the shore of Lake Superior, the National Lakeshore is part of Lake Superior Protected Areas, making it home to breathtaking views, adventurous outdoor activities, and lots of wildlife!
There are plenty of destinations that are ideal for wintertime travel in case you decide to explore, and we’ve got the best for February right here for you. Who knows, some of these destinations might be right on your doorstep!
5. Apostle Islands Sea Caves
As you drive through, enjoy the epic views of mangroves and topaz waters while you make a pit-stop at the Dolphin Research Center or The Turtle Hospital. Snorkeling and scuba diving are the most popular outdoor activities throughout the Keys, but you can kayak through the mangroves if being submerged isn’t your thing.
The Alabama Hills get hot in the summertime, making winter a fantastic time to visit.
6. Upper Mississippi River Towns, Illinois and Iowa
7. Death Valley National Park, California and Nevada
Whether you’re looking to get outside this February or stay indoors, Washington, D.C. offers up both. The vast array of museums in D.C. are enough to keep anyone entertained for weeks, but the fun doesn’t stop there.
8. Magic Mountain Ski Area, Vermont
The hiking trails lead to some of the most photogenic landscapes as the park is well known for its unique arches and rock formations. Check out our guide for more ideas on how best to enjoy Alabama Hills in the winter!
Austin is also home to some of Texas’s best urban hiking trails if you want to explore the city through nature. It truly is a great mix of indoor and outdoor fun.
9. Santa Fe, New Mexico
People from all over the United States flock to Florida in the winter months to enjoy the warm, sunny weather. Not only can you road trip through the 113-mile stretch of road through the Keys, but you can also do so responsibly, thanks to the eco-tourism options there.
Off the shore of Georgia lies the picturesque Jekyll Island, a sunny beach getaway for adventurers and animal lovers alike. The island is home to Georgia’s only sea turtle education and rehabilitation facility where guests can catch a Turtles at Twilight tour and learn more about the sea turtles and other wildlife on the island.
10. Milwaukee, Wisconsin
While best-known for having some of the most famous ski resorts in the world, you can also snowshoe, dog sled, bird watch, and so much more. Check out BMTM’s 12 Things To Do in Lake Tahoe This Winter for more inspo!
11. Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah
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Surrounded by the Ouachita National Forest, Hot Springs National Park is the oldest park within the National Park System, making it one of the most beloved and protected lands in the United States. February is prime time to visit, as the water levels are just right and the park is less crowded.
12. Alabama Hills, California
After all, there’s a reason why this destination made BMTM’s list of the 15 Best National Parks to Visit in Winter! February is prime time to catch the best stargazing of the year, as the clear winter skies lend to spectacular nighttime views.
13. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
You can even make Big Sky a stop on your winter road trip to Yellowstone as the park is just an hour away!
14. Jekyll Island, Georgia
15. Minneapolis, Minnesota
Check out the Viking Village where you can curl up next to the fire while you enjoy a Viking inspired meal and sip your drink in specialty Viking drinkware. Another fun culinary adventure is The Watergate’s Winter Igloos which are ideal for small groups, up to 8 people. A stroll through The Hirshorn’s sculpture garden followed by a stop at the pop-up beer and wine garden at Victura Park makes for a relaxing afternoon exploring the city.
16. Austin, Texas
While the thermal water baths are undoubtedly the area’s most famous attraction, there are plenty of other activities to partake in. Enjoy a spa treatment at Bathhouse Row or catch the amazing view at the Hot Springs Mountain Tower before heading to your cabin in the woods to cozy up for the night.
With temperatures in the 60s during the day, the weather is ideal for a beach stroll at Driftwood Beach Park where visitors can picnic, enjoy the driftwood monuments, and catch one of the island’s famous sunsets. February is also the best time to visit because the island puts on an event called Island Treasures which is a hide-and-seek game where players search for glass globes that can be exchanged for handcrafted glass floats. How fun!
17. Washington, D.C.
Make sure to check out any safety announcements on the National Park Service website before visiting as the weather conditions can cause the park to close on occasion.
18. Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas
19. The Florida Keys
February is a quiet and tranquil time to visit this artsy Southwestern city. Santa Fe boasts 325 sunny days per year, making it a great place to soak up the sun, even in the winter.
Myrtle Beach is most popular during the spring and summer months, but this coastal location is just as exciting in the winter!
Bryce Canyon is home to the largest concentration of Hoodoos (irregular rock columns) in the world, making it a must-stop winter destination. The hiking alone is enough to fill any weekend itinerary, with breathtaking locations like Bryce Amphitheater which are even more stunning in winter.