Best Places to Visit in January
January is an ideal time to travel for those needing to escape winter's chill. While travel deals may be limited during this time, you will skirt humidity and the rainy season in popular warm weather destinations. And if you're one for embracing the season's snowy offerings, this is the best time to take advantage of the powder in mountainous regions north of the equator. U.S. News weighed these factors and more across an array of different destinations – from the rugged to the refined – to come up with the top places to travel to in January. Got a favorite? Vote below to have a say in next year's list.
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Florida's intense humidity is at one of its lowest points in January, making it one of the most comfortable times to visit Miami. During this dry season, you can peruse outdoor attractions such as the Wynwood Walls and Zoo Miami without breaking too much of a sweat. Should you choose to visit during this time, make sure to book early, as this month is primetime for snowbirds to flock south.
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January is summertime in this Peruvian hot spot, yielding warm temperatures perfect for lounging on one of Lima's many beaches. When the heat becomes too much to bear, slip into one of the city's many impressive museums, including the Museo de Arte de Lima or MATE Museo Mario Testino. Another perk of visiting in January is bearing witness to Lima's lively Foundation Day, a cultural celebration commemorating Peru's settlement by Spanish conquistadors.
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January is one of the driest times of the year in this notoriously wet country. That means it's much easier to enjoy Costa Rica's vast array of outdoor offerings and wildlife-viewing opportunities, such as the Monteverde Cloud Forest and the Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge. What's more, a number of culturally significant fiestas take place in January, including the Palmares Fiestas which features everything from bullfights to outdoor concerts.
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Perhaps the best way to take in Jasper's wild splendor is when it's completely overtaken by the elements. Snow cakes the Canadian park's many mountains and forests, creating a winter wonderland that's begging to be explored on skis, on sleds or even on foot. January is also a great time to admire the park's star-filled sky, as Jasper National Park is the second-largest dark sky preserve in the world.
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This historical hot spot is best experienced when there is little to no rain. January falls outside of the wet season, with daytime highs hovering in the mid-70s (though you'll want to bring a jacket for nighttime). While here, don't miss out on the impressive Cañada de la Virgen archaeological site, or a leisurely stroll through El Jardin Plaza, preferably with a chamango in hand (a sweet and spicy fruit drink).
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