The Best Places to Travel in February: U.S. Edition
As the excitement of the new year dies down, it’s time to embark on an adventure. Whether you’re into fashion or sports, parties or beaches, small towns or luxurious cities, we’ve curated the perfect trip for you. Here, the best places in the U.S. to travel to this February.
For fashionistas: New York City, NY
New York Fashion Week begins February 8, and while the shows are notoriously impossible to get into, it’s worth a visit just to rub shoulders with the style set. Plan on a week full of top-notch eating, drinking, shopping, and, if you’re lucky, you might catch a glimpse of the glam life. We recommend dropping your bags at the trendy Arlo SoHo hotel, then hanging out around Spring Studios, where many designers have chosen to debut their collections. It's also worth snagging a reservation at restaurants like Locanda Verde or Le Coucou—both hot spots for the fashion crowd. If you can swing a few days in the city before the fashion event kicks off, you’ll catch the tail-end of New York Restaurant Week, which runs through February 8. Pop in for lunch at Sant Ambroeus SoHo to enjoy a two-course Italian meal for only $26, then use the money you’ll save at the shops of Greene and Mercer streets on an ensemble worthy of the street-style photographers you’re sure to spot in the coming days.
For sports fans: Atlanta, GA
Heading down to Atlanta to see the Super Bowl on February 3? Whether your team takes the W or L, the good news is there’s plenty more to Georgia’s capital city than Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Even sports super-fans will want to step away from the action to check out the slew of restaurants and entertainment options like the expansive Ponce City Market, with its yummy food hall bites and rooftop activities, or The Painted Duck, an elevated gaming parlor that somehow manages to make duckpin bowling sophisticated. Check in at Hotel Clermont to continue the fun; you’ll find a unique, vintage-inspired atmosphere with comfort food eats and bourbon-heavy drinks. If you find the heart of the city too crowded and chaotic that weekend, just 30 minutes away is the charming Alpharetta Historic Downtown District, where you can watch the big game without the craziness at Butcher & Brew. The American gastro sports bar serves high-quality fare and eclectic craft brews in front of several flat-screens.
For snow bunnies: Breckenridge, CO
Many skiers would agree that February is the best time to hit the slopes, but it’s also the most popular time to go, which is why we recommend Breckenridge over the always-packed Vail or Park City. With its laid-back energy and quaint streets, Breck’s the spot for those actually interested in the mountains (rather than just a glitzy après scene). At Mountain Thunder Lodge, you’ll enjoy ski-in/gondola-out convenience while still being close to the charming town. Be sure to stop by Relish, a cozy restaurant known for its seasonal, Colorado-inspired cuisine (go for the walnut-crusted ruby red trout) and long list of wine, beer, and cocktails. (Hey, you’ve got to stay hydrated to keep up your energy on those Black Diamonds!)
For couples: San Diego, CA
If you’re looking for a romantic escape with your significant other, head to the west coast. San Diego has one of the most moderate climates this time of year (typically in the 60-degree range), but it’s still not as crowded as it is during peak summer months. For a dose of glamour, stay at the iconic, pink La Valencia, famous for its elegant architecture, gorgeous Pacific views, and next-level restaurants. The hotel is just a stone’s throw from La Jolla Cove, the ideal oceanfront spot for a relaxing afternoon full of breathtaking views. If you’d rather explore away from the hotel, make a reservation at Addison, an upscale restaurant known for its multi-course meals and fine wines—well worth the 20-minute drive from La Jolla.
For celebrating: New Orleans, LA
You might think NOLA’s best suited for the weekend of Mardis Gras (which occurs on March 5 this year), but we’d recommend a February trip as well. In New Orleans, celebrations for the holiday start early, with more than 65 parades marching between mid-February and March 5. That means February will be just as fun, but likely less expensive than the most popular weekend. Check in at The Old No. 77 Hotel for a Jetsetter-approved mix of art, history, and excitement. In addition to a cool gallery and top restaurants, the boutique stay offers the perfect location to keep up with the festivities, which run the gamut from dog costume parades (Krewe of Barkus, Feb. 24) to political satire parades (Krewe du Vieux, Feb. 16). For a more sophisticated afternoon, head to Cure, a James Beard Award-winning cocktail bar that stands out from the rowdier offerings nearby.
For warm-weather seekers: Key West, FL
Is basking under the sun your top priority this February? We don’t blame you. With its sunny and 75 degree weather and gorgeous waters (perfect for divers and snorkelers), it’s hard not to fall in love with Key West. Make The Perry Hotel your home base, where you’ll have access to plenty of adventures and underwater experiences, waterfront sea-to-table restaurants, luxe amenities, and guest rooms with water views.
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