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Best Places to Visit in February

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Considering a couples trip for Valentine's Day or group getaway for Presidents Day weekend? Factoring in sights, weather, traveler sentiment and annual events, U.S. News determined where to travel during the shortest month of the year. From mountain towns to beach retreats, these are the Best Places to Visit in February. Want to weigh in? Cast your vote below to help us create next year's list.

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#1 New Orleans

#1 in Best Places to Visit in February

Two words: Mardi Gras. February is one of the best months to visit this southern city, thanks to the raucous but revered celebration. Keep in mind, room rates and flights won't be cheap this time of year, but a February trip to the Big Easy has a few advantages. You can enjoy mild weather in the 50s and 60s, see the parades, soak up the atmosphere on lively Bourbon and Frenchmen streets and sample the city's famous beignets. Read More »

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#2 Zihuatanejo

#2 in Best Places to Visit in February

This Pacific Coast beach town is still one of Mexico's best-kept secrets. Travelers can explore the cobblestone streets of the downtown area one day and relax on the camel-colored sands the next. The beautiful beaches and scenic swimming spots are the main draw for "Zihua" visitors, but the authentic food scene stands out as well. Sample fresh seafood, local mezcal and anything with mango – mango farms surround the seaside city.

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#3 British Virgin Islands

#3 in Best Places to Visit in February

The British Virgin Islands welcomes winter visitors with warm temps, pleasant breezes and very little rain, meaning these islands are perfect for a beach getaway. Plan to soak up the sun on the white sand beaches of Cane Garden Bay and Anegada Island, snorkel at Brewers Bay and hike Sage Mountain on Tortola. Boat tours are also a popular way to explore this scenic Caribbean paradise. Read More »

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#4 Park City

#4 in Best Places to Visit in February

Travel to Park City, Utah, in February to enjoy its small-town charm and ample winter sports activities. Skiing, snowboarding and snowmobiling are all popular pursuits during snowy February. What's more, you can shop and gallery hop in the Main Historic District, and enjoy the budding restaurant scene. After a day on the slopes, wind down with an après-ski cocktail or two. Read More »

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#5 Steamboat Springs

#5 in Best Places to Visit in February

Another winter sports hot spot, this Colorado town draws travelers to its nearly 3,000 skiable acres at Steamboat Springs Ski Resort and Howelsen Hill Ski Area. Steamboat Springs also appeals to travelers looking for a more affordable ski vacation (lift ticket prices and nearby lodging options are traditionally cheaper here than in Aspen and Vail). When you're not shredding powder, go for a soak in the town's famous hot springs. Read More »

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