Feel like winter is never going to end? Solution: Move to a place where it never shows up in the first place. If you think that seasons are completely overrated, picture a life without shoveling snow, slipping on ice and wearing 25 layers just to walk to your mailbox and then make that dream a reality by packing your bags and moving to one of the following cities, stat.
Wilmington, North Carolina
Wilmington is in that sweet spot where it’s far enough south to benefit from warm temperatures but far enough north that it’s not overly humid. Winter temperatures here are typically in the 50’s and 60’s and summers are in the high 80’s. The coastal port city is known for its Riverwalk, a long wooden walkway that meanders along the Cape Fear River past waterfront shops and restaurants. In fact, it's so charming that it was once voted America's best riverfront
. With al fresco riverside dining, plus beaches, gardens and historic streets lined with live oaks, there’s a lot to love about Wilmington and the good news is you can love it year-round without ever having to put on a winter jacket.
Charleston, South Carolina
This vibrant southern city is really making a name for itself lately, and we’re willing to bet that its warm winters, hot summers and plenty of 70 degree days in between are only part of the draw. Picturesque Charleston is a very walkable city where cobblestone streets dotted with church steeples can always lead you in the direction of the next hot restaurant. Located on a peninsula, Charleston offers plenty of access to wonderful beaches where you can swim, boat, fish and soak up the sun, even in January.
Corpus Christi, Texas
When most people think of Texas, they think of pickup trucks, longhorn cattle and two-stepping at a honky tonk. Spend some time in Corpus Christi, located on the Gulf Coast, and you’ll experience a different Lone Star State that’s way more palm trees and surfing than cowboys and horses. Even in the depths of winter, temperatures in Corpus Christi stay close to 70 degrees. The beachfront community offers plenty of ways to enjoy the warm weather including marinas, fishing, beaches and access to the Padre Island Seashore
where you can get up close and personal with a large population of sea turtles. Did we mention it’s the home of the iconic Texas hamburger chain, Whataburger? We’ll take ours with a side of Gulf Coast views.
Simi Valley, California
Spoiler alert: For obvious reasons, California kind of dominates this list. You already know that Los Angeles is sunny and warm, but that’s no reason to confine yourself to its city limits. The oft-overlooked Simi Valley is right nearby and experiences equally mild winters without the sticker shock of Los Angeles rent prices. More importantly, it experiences a lot less traffic. Simi Valley is filled with green, master-planned communities that boast mountain vistas. You can also take comfort in knowing that it's one of the safest cities in California
. In short: small town feel, big city amenities and best of all, no snow.
San Diego, California
The birthplace of California boasts a stunning coastline and a beach for every kind of beach-goer, whether you’re into relaxing with a book or dancing in the sand with a margarita in your hand. No matter what the season, the weather can be summed up in one word: perfection. Expect 60’s and 70’s year-round, which means that if you’ve got a collection of bikinis or board shirts that you’ve been dying to bust out, there’s no bad time to move to San Diego and starting living the California dream. After all, would you rather be scraping ice off of your car or hanging out with seal at La Jolla Cove
? Come on, there’s no contest.
Santa Barbara, California
Warning: Unless you want to experience some serious FOMO, do not do a Google Image search for Santa Barbara. If you’re looking to move somewhere truly dreamy for the winter (or for the rest of your life), Santa Barbara’s mediterranean climate and 283 days of sunshine will be your paradise. The city is often referred to as the American Riviera for its perfect weather, lush palm trees, sparkling coastline and cultural offerings. In Santa Barbara, you’ll spend your time running on the beach, playing in the surf, buying ripe California avocados from a farmer’s market and pairing fresh seafood with local wine. Yes, you might have to work sometimes too, but with an office in Santa Barbara you’ll always feel like you’re on vacation.
In 1927, John Ringling made Sarasota the winter home of the Ringling Bros and Barnum and Bailey Circus. You might consider doing the same once you experience Sarasota’s warm, dry winters where temperatures stay above 50. You can spend the winter golfing, fishing or strolling one of the area’s white sand beaches. If you ever feel like going inside (unlikely) you can take in an opera performance, a ballet or enjoy a film festival. Like the circus that the Florida city is known for, Sarasota truly has something for everyone.
New Orleans, Louisiana
Take it from us, jazz is best enjoyed outside. Move to New Orleans and you can find that out for yourself. With winter temperatures in the 60’s and summer heat that makes you want to leave your apartment and head to Bourbon Street for some late night dancing under the stars, there’s a lot to love about New Orleans. Outdoor events like Mardi Gras in February, a jazz festival in April and a gumbo festival in November allow you to enjoy the warm weather and have some fun. From marveling at 18th century architecture in the French Quarter to hosting your own parade
, there’s always something to do in New Orleans, a city as hot and spicy as its famous jambalaya.
If you spend your whole life in Savannah, you might experience snowfall a handful of times. When you do, you’ll be grateful for how pretty it is, but also grateful that it doesn’t come around more often. Fortunately, with long, long summers and blink-and-you’ll-miss-them winters, there’s no need to invest in a warm jacket. The pedestrian-friendly city lends itself to long walks amongst brick buildings draped in Spanish moss and the kind of homes that make you want to sit in a rocking chair and drink sweet tea—not a bad way to spend an afternoon, if you ask us. The warm weather gives Savannah a unique tropical feeling which is heightened by the area's inviting barrier islands where you can spend the day, the weekend or the whole winter.
Well...it’s Hawaii, for one thing. What more do you really need to say? If the mere mention of the Aloha State doesn’t convince you, take a moment to think about Honolulu’s year-round 70 degree weather. A lot of places with warm winters often come with unbearably hot summers. That’s not the case when it comes to Honolulu, which offers absolutely perfect weather year round. As the epicenter of Hawaii, Honolulu isn’t just a great place to lounge on the beach, it’s a city where you can actually get a job and live your life (though maybe check your employer’s dress code policy before coming to work straight from the beach). Honolulu has diverse neighborhoods, access to shopping, restaurants, parks and if you’re ever feeling claustrophobic, you can always hop on over to another island. Um...did we mention it’s Hawaii?