If you’re feeling cramped inside, gray skies have you down, or you just want a change of scenery, a sunny staycation might be the perfect cure. The US is filled with plenty of bright and beautiful destinations to explore – no passport needed. So pack some sunscreen and take your pick of these sunny spots in the lower forty-eight.
Soak up rays in the valley of the sun
Nicknamed “valley of the sun,” Phoenix, Arizona is the perfect spot for a sunny getaway. In the city itself, stroll through Roosevelt Row during the day to enjoy the local art scene, then experience the vibrant and self-proclaimed “proudly unpretentious” nightlife.
Overnight, the Found Re Phoenix offers an outdoor pool all year long in addition to their modern rooms, so you can enjoy sunshine even in your downtime. Then head out to the desert to hike in the Sonoran, paddle down the Salt River, or try out any number of adrenaline-pumping activities like ATV riding or rafting in Arizona’s desert wonderland.
Los Angeles, California
Get out and go in sunny LA
In Los Angeles, Californial, there’s never a shortage of things to do. But to get the most sunshine out of your trip try hiking the Hollywood Hills, visiting Disneyland, or, of course, spending time at the beach – we recommend checking out Zuma beach for sparkling water and soft sand.
If you want to get moving, try a bike ride down the Marvin Braude Bike Trail—more commonly known as the Strand—or take a scenic drive down the Pacific Coast Highway. Then, end your day at The London West Hollywood where you can relax in your own cabana by the pool or visit the rooftop for outdoor dining and a breathtaking view.
Don’t forget sunscreen at the Miami beaches
Miami, Florida is known for its thriving nightlife, beautiful beaches, and boundless sunshine.
The Savoy Hotel & Beach Club is the ideal homebase for your trip with its proximity to the beach – or stay poolside while still enjoying beach views. After you've had your fill of the beach (if that’s even possible), visit Wynwood for an artistic day or Little Havana for some Cuban flair. If you're looking to get out of the city center, visit the Everglades National Park which has over 1.5 million acres of swampland, boardwalks, and hiking trails for you to explore in the sunshine.
The mile high city keeps things bright
You may not think of sunshine when you think of Denver, Colorado, but this mountain city averages 300 days of sunshine a year.
Taking a hike is a must-do activity in this outdoorsy city. There are plenty of options, but a good place to start is the nearby Bear Creek Trail. If water is more your style, Confluence Park offers Kayaking, and Waterworld is one of the largest waterparks in the US. See a show at the outdoor Red Rock Amphitheater, grab a drink on one of the many outdoor patios, and then spend your evening at Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel where you can take a dip in the outdoor rooftop pool or eat in one of its four on-site restaurants.
A splash of sun with a side of southern charm
For sunshine with a side of southern charm, Savannah, Georgia is the ideal getaway spot. Stroll through the twenty-two lush squares throughout the city, go sailing, take a riverboat ride on the water, or head to Tybee Island for sprawling beaches. Then visit the famous City Market for outdoor shopping and dining before heading to The Bohemian Hotel Savannah Riverfront to hit its rooftop tapas bar that overlooks the river.