Top 10 Snowbird Destinations in the US (Part 1)

The winter can be a grueling experience filled with cold and gloomy days. It comes to no surprise that there is a whole culture of Snowbirds, those who escape the north for sunnier skies. Here at Cars Transport we wanted to provide the veteran and rookie snowbirds with strong list of destination you can escape to this winter and early spring. Though there are a number of favorite destinations for our team, we have narrowed it down to 10 spots that we will deliver over two posts. Here are our first five, dominated by the West Coast:

1. TUCSON, ARIZONA

With a consistent growth over the past few years, this Arizona town has grown in popularity with snowbirds. The historic downtown district has recently been revitalized and the University of Arizona is investing a large amount into the community surrounding the school. Tucson offers live music and theatre at venues like the historic Congress Hotel, great dining with restaurants like Janos by James Beard award-winning chef Janos Wilder and local favorite Vivace, and a vibrant arts scene that includes the premier Tucson Gem and Mineral Show held every February.  At night, one can head over to the University of Arizona’s Main Gate, Fourth Avenue, or Downtown around Congress Street for a taste of the nightlife. Popular night spots include 47 Scott/Scott & Co, Bisonwiches, Downtown Kitchen + Cocktails, Armitage Wine Bar, & Gentle Ben’s.  If you are in the mood to experience more nature, Tucson offers a variety of outdoor activities including excellent hiking trails, bike trails, their famous natural history museum, and numerous nature spas.

Districts to visit:

  • Downtown
  • Main Gate
  • Fourth Avenue
  • Catalina Foothills
  • Old Town

Restaurants/Pubs to Visit:

  • Janos
  • Vivace
  • Downtown Kitchen + Cocktails
  • 47 Scott/Scott & Co.
  • Bisonwiches
  • Armitage Wine Bar

Best Activities for the Whole Family:

  • Catch a University of Arizona Basketball Game
  • Golf at any of the number of Golf Courses
  • Hike To the Seven Falls in Bear Canyon
  • Visit the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

Best Known For: Outdoor Activities, Free Spirited Environment, Easy Understanding of Roads (Grid System).

2. SCOTTSDALE/PHOENIX, ARIZONA

Only an hour and a half from Tucson, Arizona lays Scottsdale, AZ. One of the original snowbird destinations, Scottsdale has had a massive transformation from a town with a number of dust roads to an upbeat, modernized desert paradise that somehow maintains a low-key vibe. For those that love to shop, Scottsdale is the Mecca for the state of Arizona with department stores such as Bloomingdales & Saks Fifth Avenue and luxury boutiques and outlets only a short drive away. Scottsdale’s culinary scene has had a major spark over the years, bringing hot spots ShinBay and Postino Winecafe and events such as the Arizona Taco Festival and the Scottsdale Culinary Festival. It doesn’t hurt either to have some of the best golf courses in the country all in driving distance from each other. If you are looking for a destination where the weather is always right during the winter months and have the ability to play golf, shop, and relax everyday then the Scottsdale Phoenix area will be a perfect fit for you.

3. PALM SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA

Located within the Coachella Valley, Palm Springs remains a popular getaway spot for the Hollywood elite and those looking to experience a healthy rejuvenation in California. Known for the numerous health spas, luxurious homes, and year-round climate, Palm Springs is a great destination for any snowbird looking to catch some rays, stay active and enjoy the California atmosphere outside of the bustling Los Angeles County. Popular restaurants include Las Casuelas Terraza, Pacifica Seafood, & Wasabi Sushi. There are number of activities that can be done in Palm Springs including visiting the celebrated Botanical Garden, going to see a live show at Woody’s Burger’s or Coachella Music Festival, and getting in a few rounds of golf at any of the 200+ golf courses the city has to offer.

4. MIAMI, FLORIDA

A popular spot in Florida for those escaping the North Eastern cold, Miami is a melting pot of culture and energy. You will never run out of things to do in Miami with the number of cultural events that occur during the winter, including the famous Art Basel, Art Deco Weekend, all the famous nightclubs, and everything that occurs around South Beach. The culinary scene is vast with strong Spanish influences. The top restaurants to try include the original Joe’s Stone Crab, Pubbelly Sushi, The Bazaar, and Michael’s Genuine. Unlike the dry heat that you will experience in the Southwestern states, Miami is a humid climate so make sure to wear Linen and don’t be afraid to dress with flair.

5. SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA

Considered the “Craft Beer Capital of America,” San Diego has a lot to offer to any Snowbird looking to enjoy their winter and also enjoy some creative brews. With 70 miles of serene coastline, you and your family can enjoy swimming, surfing, or just playing in the sand. San Diego is populated with a plethora of attractions that the whole family can enjoy, a great amount of golf, and the food that populates San Diego is quite excellent in variety and quality. There is no surprise that many Arizona locals venture to San Diego during the summer months.

Districts to visit:

  • Gaslamp Quarter
  • Seaport Village
  • La Jolla
  • Mission Bay Park
  • Balboa Park
  • Old Town

Restaurants/Pubs to Visit:

  • Addison
  • Stone Brewery World Bistro & Gardens
  • Whisknladle
  • Monello
  • Café Chloe
  • Brooklyn Girl

Best Activities for the Whole Family:

  • USS Midway Museum
  • The San Diego Zoo
  • La Jolla Cave
  • Lego Land
  • Bike Along Mission Bay Park’s Trails