- We’ve compiled 13 of the best places to visit for your February vacation.
- The destinations include tropical beaches and winter havens around the world.
From extravagant Carnival celebrations in Rio de Janeiro to Chinese New Year in Beijing, February is one of the best months to explore the world. Business Insider looked at airfare trends, climate data, and peak travel times to figure out which vacation spots should be on your radar.
Read on to find 13 destinations you won’t want to skip in February:
New Orleans, Louisiana
If you’re looking for one of the best places to visit this winter that offers great weather, food, and entertainment, it’s hard to beat New Orleans.
Of course, the main draw for the Big Easy in February is its epic Mardi Gras celebrations. Often called „the greatest free show on Earth,“ Mardi Gras draws hundreds of thousands of visitors for days of parades and revelry. The biggest celebrations occur the weekend before Fat Tuesday itself, which falls on Feb. 13 in 2018.
If big crowds aren’t your thing, there are endless things to do in New Orleans. Bars and restaurants on Frenchman Street offer live jazz in a cozier setting, while Jackson Square provides for world-class people-watching. Be sure to grab a poboy and some beignets before you go.
Park City, Utah
There is a reason the United States Ski Team calls Park City, Utah home.
Simply put, Park City is a winter sports lover’s paradise. The town offers more than 400 downhill trails for skiing and snowboarding covering 3,300 acres. It also hosted events in bobsledding, skeleton, and luge during the 2002 Winter Olympics.
After you hit the slopes, you can take a stroll through the quaint, Old West-style Main Street or catch a show at the famous Egyptian Theater, the site of the Sundance Film Festival in January. Conveniently, a town lift can transport you directly from the mountains to the center of town.
No list of winter travel destinations would be complete without mention of Hawaii, but February is an especially good time of the year to visit the Aloha State.
That’s the cheapest month of the year for airfare to Hawaii, coming off the heels of the holiday travel season, according to the airfare analysis site Hopper. Hotel rates also settle down after the holidays, making a budget vacation within reason.
For nature lovers, February is the peak of humpback whale-watching season. Maui offers its annual Whale Festival from Feb. 10-24, 2018.
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