The Best Warm-Weather Destinations for a Winter Vacation in the United States

9. Sunny Isles Beach, Florida

Located right between Fort Lauderdale and Miami, Sunny Isles Beach is a great place to go if you want to stay right on the beach. The entire strip of beach is lined with massive condo developments, which all have fantastic balcony views over the ocean.

Try not to be put off by the crowds – the beach is gorgeous all the way down, so there’s plenty of room for everyone. If you’re looking to indulge in a luxurious hotel for your stay, check out Acqualina Resort & Spa, which has been voted as one of the best hotels in the United States by U.S News.  

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10. San Diego, California

Although it’s a larger city, San Diego definitely earns its well-deserved reputation as a great winter vacation destination. It truly has everything – city atmosphere with gorgeous beaches, amazing food, and a deeply American historical boardwalk.

The two most popular beaches are Pacific Beach (which has great surfing waves) and South Mission Beach, where the people watching is almost as good as the wide stretch of white sand leading down to the water.

Make sure to samples San Diego’s regional style of burrito – characterized by a wide variety of proteins and fillings, along with a healthy helping of guacamole.

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11. Sedona, Arizona

From the earliest days of the native Sinagua, Yavapai, and Apache tribes, Sedona has been considered a site with great spiritual power. It still attracts practitioners of New Age medicine and spirituality, who are drawn to the powerful vortexes that are said to populate the area.

In the town center, you’ll find plenty of shops offering local crystals, workshops on spiritual topics, and all manner of unusual health and wellness treatments. If this isn’t really your scene, check out the excellent hiking areas that surround the town, and watch the sunset illuminate the red sandstone structures that are the area’s most popular feature.

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Weirdest American Holiday Traditions

The holiday season is here and businesses across the United States are going all-out to make sure that their decorations are better than the year before. The majority of Americans get so excited about holidays that it’s easy to forget how many traditions are strangely unique to the American culture. Actually, there are a large number of uniquely American holiday traditions that seem strange to those who didn’t grow up here. Let’s explore some of the weirdest American holiday traditions that are out there today.

The World in Liquor

When you go out for a night, how many options for liquor does your home base bar have on offer? Sure, they’ve probably got some standard gins, vodkas, rums, whiskies, and tequilas—but probably not much of anything else. If you’re traveling, one of the best ways to start to get to know the local culture is to indulge in a popular local drink.

The World in Soda

Our taste buds can tell us a lot about ourselves. While giants like Pepsi and Coca-Cola still rule the worldwide soda market, smaller brands that represent local tastes have maintained their loyal followers for years in places like Switzerland and Barbados.