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6 Best Places to Visit in the U.S. to Avoid Seasonal Depression

We recently met someone who suffered from seasonal depression (officially known as Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD. No funny business here.  Apparently, it’s a real issue.

As the weather gets colder and the days get shorter, many people begin to feel symptoms similar to depression. This is why it’s important to find the best places to visit in the U.S. to avoid seasonal depression. The solution can be quite simple, get some sun in your life! Winter sun and fun can be found in a number of various locations across the U.S.  Let’s explore some!

6 Best Places to Visit in the U.S. to Avoid Seasonal Depression

Here are the 6 best places to visit in the U.S. to avoid seasonal depression. These places will help you to kick your bad mood to the curb.

1. Phoenix, Arizona

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In winter, the temperatures in this stunning, desert city average in the high-60s to low-70s, making it perfect touring weather. Tourist hotspots like Papago State Park, Lost Dutchman State Park, and Camelback Mountain make Phoenix the ideal place to enjoy the great outdoors. It’s one of our personal favorite places to vacation in the US.  In the city, the Arizona Canal provides visitors with an abundance of scrumptious tasty eateries, local breweries, farmers’ markets, and spectacular views of the Camelback.

2. Kauai, Hawaii

The beaches of Hawaii at sunset are mesmerizing.

Hawaii is a great place to visit any time of the year, especially when you’re going from the frigid midwest to a tropical, Polynesian setting. It’s truly magical. The average winter temperatures range from the high-70s to low-80s, making it the perfect place for basically everything. Activities include:

  • Snorkeling.
  • Sunbathing.
  • Hiking along the Napali Coast.
  • Daydreaming in Waimea Canyon, deemed “the Grand Canyon of the Pacific.
  • Surfing.
  • Scuba diving.

3. South Padre Island, Texas

South Padre Island is just about as far south as you can go without crossing into Mexico. Winter temperatures average in the mid-70s and the beaches tend to be quiet and relaxed. All the beaches in South Padre are public and easily accessible. Popular activities this time of year include the Laguna Madre Nature Trail, the Dolphin Research & Sea Life Nature Center, and Isla Blanca Park.

4. Santa Monica, California

Typical SoCal sunset.

Enjoying temperatures in the high-60s, southern California really doesn’t have much of a winter. Just like in any other season, visitors can enjoy sandy beaches, fabulous fish tacos, and Venice Beach. The mild temperatures are perfect for exercising, which makes it easy for Southern Californians to be outdoors all year-long.

5. Daytona Beach, Florida

Photo courtesy of Flickr Hatton Gravely

The only problem with heading to Florida is deciding on which area to visit. With temperatures averaging in the 80s, Daytona Beach is always a good option. Travelers love visiting the Daytona International Speedway, the Boardwalk & Pier, and of course, Daytona Beach. Also, using Daytona as a base location makes it easy to explore the nearby hotspots of Orlando, the Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge, and the Kennedy Space Center.

6. Albuquerque, New Mexico

Photo courtesy of Flickr by I am New Mexico

Although the winter temperatures only get into the low 50s, it may be just high enough to calm the nerves. With a mountain backdrop, a charming Old Town, and a trendy food and drink scene, Albuquerque is a great city to explore.  From hot air ballooning and hiking to foodie tours and rooftop cocktails, there’s lots of fun to be found in and around Albuquerque.

These are just a few great destinations to escape the winter blues. Are you a snowbird? Where is your favorite destination to escape the cold?

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