Nothing makes you long for sweltering humidity and sun-kissed skin quite like the dead of winter. While global warming has given us a bit of an extension on fall, chapped lips, perpetual snowfall, and frigid air are right around the corner. But as Condé Nast Traveler recently pointed out, summer is but a state of mind, one that you can revisit with a plane ticket or a cross-country road trip. Recapture the essence of endless summer with a wintertime vacation to one of these three warm-weather destinations in North America:
Channel Islands, California
Just three hours from downtown L.A., this five-island cluster off the coast of Southern California manages to remain somewhat off the state’s beaten path. With diving, snorkeling, and kayaking offered through the National Park Service, a trip to the Channel Islands is the fully packaged wintertime respite you need.
"The Wave" in Kanab, Arizona
The famous wave rock formation in Kanab, Arizona, is just as visually stunning as it is exclusive, allowing just 20 visitors in per day. Professional photographer and filmmaker Kien Lam says it's well worth the wait: "It feels like a place frozen in time and one that you could hardly believe was formed by nature and not some exhibition artist," he told MyDomaine. "The best part is its proximity to so many other natural wonders, like Antelope Canyon, Horseshoe Bend, and Zion National Park."
Hamilton Pool in Austin, Texas
Hamilton Pool is just one of the many stunning warm-weather attractions nestled in Austin, Texas. A veritable treasure trove of rare birds, plant species, and natural beauty, the preserve is a popular destination for visitors and locals alike. Austin is also known for its renowned music and arts scene, with plenty of art openings and live music shows popping up on any given weekend.
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