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Top Snowbird Destinations for the Winter Season

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Sam Leash
October 9, 2020

TL;DR: Explore the top snowbird destinations in the US for RVers looking to escape the winter chill. This blog outlines diverse options from Quartzsite, AZ to St. Augustine, FL and more. Each destination caters to different preferences, offering a range of experiences for winter-loving RVers.

Top Snowbird Destinations for the Winter Season

Within the RVing community, there are so many different types of RVers. Some folks have a small travel trailer and take it out just a few times per year, while others may have a fifth wheel that they travel in for a few months at a time. Some may live in their motorhome full-time, moving to a new destination every few weeks, while others live in their camper full-time in a stationary place. Still others may move their RV just a few times per year, traveling with the seasons and avoiding the cold in the winter month. This type of traveler is typically called a snowbird, as they avoid the cold and the snow in the winter months.

But where does one go to skip the winter season and enjoy warmth instead? There are many places in the US that stay fairly warm over the winter. Below, we’ve listed out some of the more popular snowbird areas and the benefits of selecting each of these places.

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1. Quartzsite, AZ

Hosting nearly one million RVers each winter, Quartzsite, Arizona, is one of the top snowbird destinations in the United States. The warm winter weather provides all the fun in the sun you may be seeking, while the town itself is full of everything you could possibly need. This includes grocery stores, gas stations, restaurants, recreation centers, and more. Certain areas even allow folks to boondock for long periods of time. There are also spacious campgrounds available for those requiring full hookups. The entire community is surrounded by beautiful, sprawling desert, making for a perfect winter haven for outdoors lovers from all over.

2. St. Augustine, FL

Another popular option is the town of St. Augustine in Florida. This beautiful town in Northern Florida boasts all the perks of the warm winter weather without some of the typical Floridian drawbacks, such as excessive heat and mosquitoes. The weather stays mild and temperate in the fall, winter, and spring months, while only getting into the hottest weather in the summer months. The town itself offers stunning beaches, as well as fabulous restaurants and shopping opportunities. It’s great for those who want to enjoy warm weather that is not overly hot, while also enjoying all the benefits of staying in a small city.

3. Palm Springs, CA

Located in the sprawling Coachella Valley, Palm Springs is a lovely oasis in the Southern California desert. Boasting over 120 golf courses in the area, this lush city offers plenty of outdoors activities, including biking, hiking, tennis, and other sports. The downtown area offers a stunning display of art deco architecture with plenty of restaurants, galleries, shops, bars, and other enjoyable activities. This area is said to be an excellent snowbird destination for anyone who wants to enjoy the beauty and warmth of SoCal without all the hustle and bustle of San Diego and Los Angeles.

4. Las Vegas, NV

Desert lovers who are not intrigued by Quartzsite or Palm Springs might prefer to visit Las Vegas instead. While most picture casinos when they think of Las Vegas, this city has so much more to offer. It often attracts outdoors lovers for snowbird season because of its warm weather and plentiful activity options. These include golf courses, entertainment, hiking, biking, tennis, theatre, casinos, and fantastic restaurants. Foodies and city lovers from all over North America should definitely consider a stay in Las Vegas for snowbird season.

5. Austin, TX

With warm temperatures year round, Austin is a great place to spend the winter season. This city has plenty of excellent options for RV camping, while also offering a variety of shopping, entertainment, parks, gardens, nature preserves, and more. In addition, foodies from all over will enjoy the variety of excellent cuisines from all over the world. The city is also a short driving distance from both Dallas and Texas wine country in the Fort Worth area. This area is best for those wanting to avoid driving west and who prefer to stay away from Florida.

6. Orlando, FL

Those who want to spend the winter in sunny Florida while staying away from the bustling beach towns may instead consider Orlando. With close proximity to Disney World, Universal Studios, sandy beaches, and beautiful state parks, Orlando offers plenty of fun for everyone. There are so many excellent RV resorts available, making this a prime location for Florida-loving snowbirds.

7. Truth or Consequences, NM

Finally, those seeking a sunny yet somewhat cool desert climate may consider Truth or Consequences, New Mexico. With close proximity to several hot springs, plenty of hiking opportunities, and beautiful White Sands National Park nearby, the area offers plenty of activities to enjoy and lots of sights to see. The evenings are cool, while the days are relatively warm, offering excellent winter temperatures for those who prefer temperate weather. This area has a small-town vibe while still providing any necessity you may need, making it an excellent choice for snowbirds.

Each of these unique places offers different options for those looking to escape the winter weather of North America. Each of these places will allow you to spend the winter season chasing the sun, while also enjoying anything else the area has to offer. Be sure to consider each option carefully before making a choice. Planning ahead and making reservations is the best way to ensure you are happy with your winter campsite.

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Do you travel south for the winter season to escape the cold? Where do you like to visit? Tell us about it in the comments below!

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Sam Leash
Sam is a seasoned traveler and RVer of 4+ years. She loves adventures of all kinds and spends as much time on the road as she can. When not exploring in her RV or writing about her travels, you can find her reading a good book, cooking a delicious meal, caring for her plants, or hiking with her dogs.