With temperatures in the teens and snow in the forecast, there’s never been a better time to escape the Windy City! But planning a getaway can be daunting. That’s why we’ve rounded up some of the top warmer weather vacations that are only a short flight from Chicago. So you can spend less time traveling and more time soaking up the sun. Check out these hot spots to visit ASAP.
Scottsdale, Arizona – Flight time: 3 hrs 50 mins
Craving a little mountain skyline? Then you’ll fall head over heels for this southwest gem. Start your day off right at U.S. Egg (pro-tip: their omlettes rule). Next, put on your party pants and make your way downtown to historic locations like the Rusty Spur Saloon, Old Town Tavern, and The Grapevine Restaurant & Karaoke Bar. Don’t worry, we’ll make this one easy for you. I mean, we do have a site there after all!
Palm Springs, California – Flight time: 4 hrs 30 mins
Like any desert city, you’ll want to pack short sleeves for the day and hoodies at night! Head to Cheeky’s for delectable cinnamon rolls or a world-famous bacon flight. Then sip on festive rum-filled cocktails at the Bootlegger Tiki. And end your evening devouring organic, farm-to-table Provençal fare at Farm.
Playa del Carmen, Mexico – Flight time: 3 hrs 30 mins
International travel doesn’t have to be hard. By staying at a luxury resort, you remove the hassle of renting a car, finding restaurants, and other touristy things. Plus, onsite COVID testing makes returning home easy. Look into Banyan Tree, Nizuc, or Unico Riveria Maya for the ultimate beach vacations.
Hollywood, Florida – Flight time: 2 hrs 56 mins
A short drive from the Ft. Lauderdale airport will get you to this sunny location! Be sure to cruise the Hollywood Boardwalk on the weekends for prime people-watching. Stop into Cafe Club for a hipster breakfast or lunch. And go Fins Up at Margaritaville restaurant with an iconic boat drink (warning: they’re strong!). Wrap up your day with a sunset dinner overlooking the water at GG’s.
San Francisco, California – Flight time: 4 hrs
Home to the Pink Ladies featured in Full House (RIP Bob Saget), this city isn’t exactly tropical. But with mild temps and stunning vistas, we had to include it on our list! Pop by Ritual Coffee for a pour-over that’ll change your life. Grab lunch at Soulva for fast causal Greek epicness. And make dinner reservations at Hog Island Oyster Co. located inside the Ferry Building.
Austin, Texas – Flight time: 2 hrs 35 mins
Over the years, this popular city has grown into a tech hotspot with awesome eats. One rule: you gotta get your fill of the best BBQ at LeRoy and Lewis. Oh, and you’ll also want to explore the House of Curiosities (keep Austin weird) and catch a round of chicken sh*t bingo at The Little Longhorn Saloon (again, keep Austin weird). Fun fact, we have a site here, too!
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