Top 5 States With The Best Winter Weather

Winter is the season when conversations center around the weather and how cold and snowy it is outside. Winter sucks in most of America.

Seeing how I’ve already danced with states to avoid between November and April, I thought it was time to rank the warm weather states on the best winter weather. Think, the U.S. Sunbelt.

Alabama Gulf Coast © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Alabama Gulf Coast © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

#5. Alabama

The people of Alabama asked the Lord that He make the climate of Alabama suitable to play football outside year-round and He listened to the people and granted them a mild winter climate for which to play His game. Except up in Huntsville.

While mostly known for college football and slow cooked ribs, Alabama is actually geographically diverse with the rolling foothills of the Smoky Mountains in the North, open plains in the center, and the Gulf coast’s sandy shores in the south. This makes Alabama an excellent destination for RVers.

Rockport along the Texas Gulf Coast © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Rockport along the Texas Gulf Coast © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

#4. Texas

According to a quick eyeballing of the globe, Texas is roughly the size of South America or something, and you can’t speak on the weather in Brazil like it’s the same as Chile, right? West Texas is mostly arid desert and you can get the occasional blizzard that shuts down Amarillo. East Texas is subtropical and humid even in the winter.

With all that said, outside of the Northern Plains, the average temps in Texas in the winter usually stay in the mid-60s during the day, and that’s pretty damn nice.

Amelia Island, Florida © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Amelia Island, Florida © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

#3. Florida

Look out the window… if it’s anything other than sunny and 75 degrees, you probably wish you were in Florida right now.

Seeing how it’s mostly a humid subtropical state filled with the type of people who unironically adorn their cars with statement bumper stickers and don’t blink for long periods of time, Florida’s winters tend to be mild, as if actively trying not to make any sudden moves lest their population get nervous and start throwing alligators.

#2. California

Coachella Valley Preserve, California © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Coachella Valley Preserve, California © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

There is no generalizing about the climate of a state the size of Italy, except to say that SF’s weather rarely changes except during the weird time during the summer when it becomes winter; everyone in LA and San Diego just wear bikinis and surf to work year-round and they don’t have meteorologists in Fresno, so no one knows what happens there during any season, much less ONE of them, but it seems like it can’t get that bad.

Yes, California has issues and does a lot of things wrong. Lots of ’em. Let’s drop the talk of droughts, wildfires, bankruptcy, air quality. and traffic, and talk for a minute about how this state has every single kind of scenic beauty you could possibly want.

Start in the south with the expansive, natural beaches set against towering cliffs. Then move inland to the moon-like desertcapes in the Mojave and Joshua Tree. Then it’s a short drive to Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, and the other desert cities of Coachella Valley where the winter weather is near perfect.

Sabino Canyon, Tucson, Arizona © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Sabino Canyon, Tucson, Arizona © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

#1. Arizona

Ah, Arizona.

Occasionally, retired executives from the northeast will accidentally move to Flagstaff and get very sad and angry when they realize the average winter temperature is somewhere in the 20s. But most of Arizona offers up that dry desert day heat (it was 80 in Phoenix last week) that is good for arthritis.

Arizona is a warm-weather perch for snowbirds from around North America and one of the most popular getaway destinations in the Southwest. Home to cactus, prickly pears, rattlesnakes, the Grand Canyon, roadrunners, the world’s oldest rodeo, and the bolo tie, the state is rich in attractions that entertain the young and the not-so-young.

Usery Mountain Regional Park, Mesa, Arizona © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Usery Mountain Regional Park, Mesa, Arizona © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

From eroded red rock formations to large urban centers, from the Grand Canyon’s stunning vistas to small mountain towns, from Old West legends to Native American and Mexican culture, and from professional sporting events to world-class golf—Arizona has it all!

With more than 300 sunny days a year, it’s understandable why the Phoenix area is described as the Valley of the Sun.

Arizona is among the truly elite, the best-of-the-best  Its baseline is a riot of desert oranges and fuchsias that only build to perhaps the most-ogled feature on the continent: the Grand Canyon, the climax of a million American road trips.

Worth Pondering…

As Anne Murray sings in the popular song, “Snowbird”:

“Spread your tiny wings and fly away

And take the snow back with you

Where it came from on that day

So, little snowbird, take me with you when you go

To that land of gentle breezes where the peaceful waters flow…”

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