Tucson, AZ is one of the Best Warm Cities for Winter Travel

Ask the Experts: Tips for Best Warm City for Winter Travel

There is a study that found Tucson one of the top best warm cities for winter holiday travel plans. In anticipation of the holiday season, WalletHub analysts compared the largest metropolitan areas to find the best winter travel destinations for lovers of warm and cold weather, and Tucson ranked tops on the warm side. The study analyzed 26 key metrics, ranging from the cost of the cheapest flight to the number of attractions in each winter vacation spot.

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Warm Destination (MSA)

Overall Score

‘Travel Costs & Hassles’ Rank

‘Local Costs’ Rank

‘Attractions’ Rank

‘Weather Conditions’ Rank

‘Warm-Weather Activities’ Rank

1 Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV 69.05 7 23 1 4 5
2 San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 66.80 17 26 4 8 1
3 Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 66.16 12 30 3 2 6
4 Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 65.78 4 4 12 3 18
5 Tucson, AZ 64.09 18 5 10 5 13
6 San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 62.82 10 36 2 16 2
7 Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 61.57 8 28 7 12 3
8 Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 60.46 14 16 13 13 9
9 Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 60.43 2 7 16 24 8
10 Austin-Round Rock, TX 57.95 3 10 6 33

Many Americans travel far during winter either to escape or enjoy the cold, which can be a costly ordeal depending on multiple factors. With budget-conscious travelers in mind, WalletHub asked a panel of experts to provide guidance on planning cost-effective trips without sacrificing pleasure.

  1. What is the outlook for the upcoming winter-travel season?
  2. What are the best travel options for families?
  3. What are the best ways for travelers to save money?
  4. What are some logistical do’s and don’ts that travelers should keep in mind?

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In order to identify the best winter-travel destinations, WalletHub began by comparing 130 of the most populated MSAs in the U.S. based on five equally weighted dimensions: 1) Travel Costs & Hassles, 2) Local Costs, 3) Attractions, 4) Weather Conditions and 5) Activities. Under those dimensions, we compiled 26 relevant metrics, which are listed below with their corresponding weights. Of the 130 MSAs in our initial sample, WalletHub eliminated those for which data limitations existed.

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For the remaining MSAs, each was classified as either “cold” or “warm” according to the following temperature thresholds:

  • Cold: ≤ 46 degrees F (50-year average December temperature)
  • Warm: ≥ 57 degrees F (50-year average December temperature)

They then eliminated those with an average winter temperature between the above thresholds (47 to 56 degrees F), with the exception of the top 10 MSAs, which were assigned to the climate group where their average temperature was nearest if they fell within this “dead zone.” WalletHub chose to include the top 10 MSAs on account of their popularity as travel destinations regardless of the season. In total, 69 MSAs comprise our final sample.

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