5 sunny vacation destinations to dream about on this freezing winter day

Andrea M. Rotondo

Across the country this week, there have been back-to-back winter storms. And our friends in Texas have been walloped by the bitter cold, snow and ice storms, and have lost both power and, in some cases, water. The bad news is the forecast remains cold in much of the United States for the next few days.

If you're bundled up at home, grumbling about this winter weather, we invite you to dream about your next fabulous vacation to a warm and sunny destination when the cold -- and pandemic -- breaks.

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If you're tired of drab, dark and snowy landscapes, set your future travel dreams on Marrakesh.

In western Morocco , you'll find the medina -- a medieval walled city — that's beguiling. You can stay in luxury hotels or raids (traditional accommodations) within the medina or just outside one of its 19 gates.

Visit the palaces and mosques, gardens and colorful souks (marketplaces). If you appreciate art and architecture, this is the place for you. You'll see Moorish-style buildings with intricate tilework as well as incredible painted ceilings, carved wood and fine stucco finishings.

And the food! Local dishes are made with fragrant spices such as cumin, saffron, paprika, ginger, turmeric, nutmeg and coriander. Be sure to try regional specialties such as tajine (slow-cooked stew), couscous (a rice-like dish made with durum wheat semolina), rfissa (chicken and lentils with spices), harira (a soup) and skewered grilled meats.

How to get there: You won't find any nonstop flights from the United States to Marrakech (RAK), but you can connect in a variety of cities, including London (British Airways), Paris (AirFrance), Frankfurt and Munich (Lufthansa), Lisbon (TAP) or Madrid (Iberia).

Where to stay on points:

  • Ksar Char-Bagh , Small Luxury Hotels of the World from 30,000 World of Hyatt points per night
  • Le Meridien N'Fis , a Marriott Bonvoy Category 2 property from 12,500 Marriott points per night (standard dates)
  • AnaYela, Marrakech , a member of Design Hotels and Marriott Bonvoy Category 4 property from 25,000 points per night (standard dates)
  • Mr & Mrs Smith Dar One or Les Deux Tours from 20,000 IHG points per night
  • Mr & Mrs Smith Dar Zemora from 42,500 IHG points per night
  • Mr & Mrs Smith La Farnatchi from 67,500 IHG points per night
  • Book with cash or Membership Rewards points the American Express Fine Hotels & Resorts program (FHR) to stay at the Four Seasons Resort Marrakech , La Mamounia , Amenjena , Royal Mansour Marrakech or Mandarin Oriental, Marrakech

Related: A first-timer's travel guide to Morocco

French Polynesia

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Oftentimes, a frequent flyer plans a trip to French Polynesia -- usually the Society Islands of Tahiti, Moorea and Bora Bora -- thinking it will be a once-in-a-lifetime getaway. But the South Pacific is so beautiful and remote that many of us plan repeat trips . It's the type of place that helps repair the soul, and we may all need a bit of that after this pandemic is over.

It's a long-haul trip to Papeete, Tahiti, from anywhere in the United States, so plan to spend at least a week on the islands. Fly to Tahiti (PPT) and stay a day or two as a salve for your jetlag. Tahiti is also the embarkation port for cruises from Paul Gauguin Cruises, Windstar Cruises and other lines.

If you don't plan to go on a cruise, most travelers move on from Papeete to some of the other islands in the region. Bora Bora with its imposing Mount Otemanu as a backdrop, many motus and overwater bungalows is a popular destination -- especially with honeymooners. You'll need to take a flight from Papeete to get there.

Adventurous travelers tend to select Moorea for activities like the hike to Belvedere Lookout or the four-wheel-drive tour up Magic Mountain.

How to get there: Your gateway to all of French Polynesia is Papeete, Tahiti (PPT). You can fly there from Los Angeles on Air France or Air Tahiti Nui, from San Francisco on United or French Bee or from Honolulu on Hawaiian Airlines.

Learn how to find award flights to Tahiti and the best ways to use miles and points for a French Polynesian vacation .

  • In Tahiti, use 50,000 IHG points per night for the InterContinental Hotels Resort Tahiti . On Bora Bora, you have two options: the InterContinental Hotels Le Moana Bora Bora (from 50,000 points per night) or the InterContinental Hotels Bora Bora Resort Thalasso Spa . (We couldn't find any availability at this property through January of 2023. Your mileage may vary.)
  • If you have Hilton Honors points, you can use them at the Hilton Moorea Lagoon Resort & Spa (starting at 80,000 points per night) or on Bora Bora at the Conrad Bora Bora Nui (starting at 89,000 points per night). The Hilton Tahiti Resort also opens in July 2021.
  • There are two Marriott Bonvoy options on Bora Bora: Le Meridien Bora Bora (Category 7, from 60,000 points per night on standard dates) and the St. Regis Bora Bora Resort (Category 8, from 85,000 points per night on standard dates).
  • Book with cash or Membership Rewards points through the Amex FHR program: St. Regis Bora Bora Resort, Conrad Bora Bora Nui or Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora

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Similar to French Polynesia, the trek to the Maldives is time-consuming for North Americans. It can help to break up the trip with a stopover in Asia. Check out TPG's take on whether the Maldives or Bora Bora is better .

What's unique about the Maldives is that you're usually visiting an island resort on a specific atoll and not a country as a whole. Your vacation will be filled with quiet pool and beach time, snorkeling and diving, spa treatments and fine dining experiences. Seaplanes don't fly at night, so you really can't go anywhere else in the evenings.

The resorts of the Maldives are over-the-top luxurious and that is a draw in and of itself. You can pick from gorgeous overwater bungalows or beach villas -- many travelers split their reservations so they can stay a few days in each type of lodging.

While the Maldives is a haven for honeymooners , families with plenty of miles and points enjoy the trip since it's a place where you can really unplug and enjoy nature without any distractions.

How to get there: For all resorts, fly to the capital of Male (MLE) and then take a boat or seaplane transfer to your hotel. Many airlines fly to the Maldives, but the poshest are Emirates, Lufthansa, Singapore Airlines, Etihad, Korean Air and Cathay Pacific. Here's TPG's complete guide for getting to the Maldives on points and miles .

Where to stay points:

  • Ways to use your Marriott Bonvoy points abound in the Maldives. You can book The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort for 100,000 points per night, the W Maldives or JW Marriott Maldives Resort & Spa for 85,000 points per night, or The Westin Maldives Miriandhoo Resort for 60,000 points per night, among others. The Category 8 Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands will open in June and Le Meridien Maldives Resort & Spa (Category 5) opens in September.
  • Hilton Honors fans have several excellent options in the Maldives too, including the Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi (from 120,000 points per night), Conrad Maldives Rangali Island (from 95,000 points per night) or the SAii Lagoon Maldives, Curio Collection (from 85,000 points per night).
  • A Park Villa is yours at the Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa for 30,000 World of Hyatt points or 15,000 points plus $425 per night.
  • At the InterContinental Maldives Maamunagau Resort , you can book an Overwater Pool Villa from 100,000 IHG points per night.
  • Book with cash or Membership Rewards points through the Amex FHR program: Taj Exotica Resort & Spa , Cheval Blanc Randheli , One&Only Reethi Rah or Raffles Maldives Meradhoo Resort .

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The Seychelles archipelago comprises more than 100 islands in the Indian Ocean -- about a thousand miles east of Mombasa, Kenya. It's another bucket list destination known for beautiful islands, lush forests, incredible underwater life and sunny weather.

Victoria, on Mahe Island, is the country's capital and home of the international airport (SEZ). The islands were only recently inhabited, around the 16th century, by European settlers -- mostly from Britain and France. The languages spoken here today include English, French and Seychellois Creole.

Some of the islands are known for having giant boulders on their beaches and it's a great destination for nature-lovers. There are a variety of nature reserves and activities ranging from hiking to horseback riding, diving and fishing. It's also the home to the Aldabra giant tortoise, which can live up to 120 years.

How to get there: Look for flights to Mahe (SEZ), the main island in the Seychelles archipelago. There are no nonstop flights from the U.S., so you'll need to connect somewhere, such as Istanbul (on Turkish Airlines), Frankfurt (on Lufthansa), Paris (on Air France), London (on British Airways), Dubai (on Emirates), Doha (on Qatar) or Abu Dhabi (on Etihad).

  • Hilton Honors points open the door to stays at Hilton Seychelles Northolme Resort & Spa (from 95,000 points per night), Hilton Seychelles Labriz Resort & Spa (from 80,000 points) and the DoubleTree by Hilton Seychelles - Allamanda Resort (from 70,000 points).
  • If you're looking to spend Marriott Bonvoy points, there's only one option — and it's a fancy one: North Island, a Luxury Collection Resort, Seychelles , which is a Category 8 property with special pricing. Per night redemptions are in excess of 350,000 points, so this is truly a once-in-a-lifetime trips.
  • Book with cash or Membership Rewards points through Amex FHR for stays at Four Seasons Resort Seychelles , Four Seasons Resort Seychelles at Desroches Island or Raffles Seychelles .

Zanzibar, Tanzania

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Zanzibar: It just sounds exotic.

It's an island archipelago off Tanzania's mainland, and the main island of Unguja is usually just referred to as Zanzibar. This is where you'll find Stone Town, a fascinating historic center where you can learn more about its Islamic and Swahili roots. This is the place to get a sense of what the area is all about and it's also where you can do some serious shopping for unique works of art.

To the north, you'll find a range of beachfront hotels. Your hotel can help you plan tours such as a dolphin-watching cruise or a snorkel excursion to Mnemba Island. You can rent jet skis to explore on your own and a cooking class is a must-do experience.

How to get there: Look for flights to the Abeid Amani Karume International Airport (ZNZ) right on the island. Or, you can take a high-speed ferry from Dar es Salaam on the mainland.

  • You can stay at the Park Hyatt Zanzibar from 15,000 points per night in a standard room (or 7,500 points plus $210), 24,000 points for a standard suite and 30,000 points for a premium suite.
  • Marriott comes to the table with the Protea Hotel Zanzibar Mbweni Ruins . It's a Category 3 property, so your Bonvoy points will take you far (just 17,500 points per night on standard dates).
  • There are two Hilton options that start at 30,000 Hilton Honors points per night: the DoubleTree by Hilton Zanzibar - Stone Town and the DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Zanzibar - Nungwi .

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In winter, there are two types of people: those who are cold and those who are warm. Claim your spot in the second camp without draining the vacation coffers. These 10 sunny destinations offer warm days and cheap deals. So go ahead, ditch the mittens and hop a plane to hotter climes.

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Orlando, FL

Orlando, FL

JetBlue delivers more Mouse for less moolah this winter. Its Walt Disney World getaways bundle round-trip airfare and accommodations. Sample low prices include $285 per person with airfare from Washington, D.C. or $319 per person from New York. The trick to finding the lowest price is to look for times when kids will definitely be in school.

Hawaii

Ditch the snow for the sand of Hawaii. Pleasant Holidays' Hawaii Winter Sale adds a free convertible, SUV, Jeep, or minivan rental onto already impressive five-night air-and-hotel package prices at resorts across the islands. Sample prices include $599 for round-trip airfare from Oakland plus accommodations at the Maile Sky Court on Oahu or $779 from Seattle with a stay at Maui's Kaanapali Ocean Inn. Even better, many of the participating resorts offer free stays for kids under 17.

South Padre Island, TX

South Padre Island, TX

Reclaim some of winter's lost vitamin D on sunny South Padre Island. Expedia's Winter Paradise sale includes the beach destination, with deals such as $533 per person for round-trip airfare from Chicago and three nights' accommodations at the Blue Bay Inn & Suites for a long weekend in late January.

New Orleans, LA

New Orleans, LA

Skip the Mardi Gras festivities and you'll be able to find great deals in New Orleans during the next few months. NewOrleansOnline.com has a ton of discounted hotel packages with added extras for the winter months, including accommodations and breakfast for two adults (and up to two children) at the Renaissance New Orleans Pere Marquette Hotel from $159 per night, or $189 for one night's stay and a spa treatment at the JW Marriott New Orleans .

Panama City Beach, FL

Panama City Beach, FL

Let Panama City Beach soothe your winter woes with its white-sand beaches, emerald water, and an annual average of 320 days of sunshine. Throughout January, Osprey on the Gulf and Driftwood Lodge (both highly rated by TripAdvisor users) have a special rate of $50 per night. Through April, one-bedroom condo units at participating Sterling Resorts start at $36 per night, with added perks like yoga classes on the beach and fishing excursions.

San Diego, CA

San Diego can help you remember a time when you didn't need a parka and ski hat just to check the mail. Average winter highs hover just above 65 degrees, and between January and March each year, about 72 percent of days are sunny. San Diego's SUNsational deals put a sun-kissed vacation within reach, with hotel deals ranging from about $50 to $180 per night.

Bahamas

Pack light: With daytime temperatures averaging around 75 degrees in the winter months, you can trade snow boots for sandals in the Bahamas. The islands are awash in deals, including $300 off stays of six nights or more (or $200 off shorter stays) at participating resorts. Atlantis Resort has winter rates from $65 per person per night, and kids under 12 eat free. CheapCaribbean.com also has a revolving door of heavily discounted deals worth a look.

Palm Springs, CA

Palm Springs, CA

Whether you're more "hipster" or "hip replacement," Palm Springs beckons with its hot winter deals and cool desert vibe. VisitPalmSprings.com has a long list of current deals—including free nights and discounts of up to 40 percent—from local hotels and resorts.

Sanibel Island, FL

Sanibel Island, FL

Take a break from the cold and relax into warm days and a slower pace on Florida's Sanibel. Rich in wildlife and unspoiled beaches, the island gets high marks for affordability in the coming months. Stay two nights at one of four hotels on Sanibel Island and receive $50 credit with the Winter Escape promotion from Luxury Resorts. Stay longer and earn more money to use on dining, golf, spa treatments, or other activities. Rates start at $149 per night at Sanibel Inn, Sanibel Sunset Beach Inn, Seaside Inn, or Song of the Sea.

Laguna Beach, CA

Laguna Beach, CA

Its beckoning coastline, thriving arts community, and average wintertime highs nearing 70 degrees make Laguna Beach an appealing winter getaway. Through the end of February, the Winter Getaway deal at the Inn at Laguna Beach includes accommodations, treats such as wine and cookies, beach amenities, and parking from $139 per night with promo code PROLOW.

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Radha Vyas 15th Sep 2023 12 min read

While many of us naturally seek out sunny spots for summer, it’s easy to forget about the array of destinations that offer glorious year-round sunshine. When it’s cold and miserable at home, getting away for some winter sun  not only boosts our mood, but also our body’s internal clock, serotonin and energy levels. 

And, whether you prefer temperatures to be soaring or like them warm but mild, nothing rejuvenates the body and enflames the soul like a healthy dose of vitamin D. No matter how you define your perfect sunny day, you’ll find at least one sunny winter travel destination that piques your interest. So, it’s time to pack away your umbrella, banish your raincoat and seek out some all important year-round sunshine.

Where is it sunny all year-round?

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If you’re looking for a travel destination with year-round sunshine,  Colombia’s  position close to the equator means, away from the mountainous regions, it enjoys tropical climes throughout the year. In the same region, Brazil also sees glorious climes all year but, if you want guaranteed sunshine, stick the the north and east coasts.

Across the Atlantic, temperatures in Morocco come winter don’t tend to dip below a pleasingly moderate 20ºC, while the northern Mediterranean regions see the barometer hitting 30ºC. Parts of South Africa are reliable for sunshine all year thanks to it’s location in the Southern Hemisphere, including Cape Town during the months of December to March. Asia is a given for winter sun, with wonderful opportunities for sun-basking days and temperate evenings in Jordan , India , Sri Lanka , Vietnam , and Bali .

Here we list the top places to visit for guaranteed weather all year round.

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Land of sultry salsa rhythms, incredible coffee and amazing beaches, Colombia ’s location on the equator means there’s plenty of locales to choose from for year-round sun. The Caribbean coast is home to cities where the tropical sea laps against palm-fringed beaches. Further inland, you’ll find the high-altitude sprawl of Bogotá, bordered by the Andes, with sky-high energy to match its scenic surroundings.

Then there’s Medellín, nicknamed the ‘City of Eternal Spring’, which has reinvented itself in the wake of the Escobar era and now brims with beauty and a revitalized spirit. Temperatures are generally dictated by altitude but, as a solo travel destination , Colombia is most popular during the dry season of December to March .

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Rio de Janeiro may be the undisputed party mecca of the Americas with its scenic cityscape, pristine shores and rugged mountains, yet Brazil has much more to offer off the beaten trail. For an alternative to sipping cocktails at the Copa, go on a bicycle tour along the scenic coastline, explore the Amazon by boat, rock a cable car up Sugarloaf mountain or chase waterfalls at Iguazu. There’s also UNESCO-listed towns, like coastal Paraty with its cobbled streets, plus nearby islands like Ilha Grande.

Brazil is home to a tropical climate, with average temperatures of 20°C in the south of the country and 28°C in the north throughout the year. During summer (December to March), those temperatures can reach up to 41°C in some of the cities (like Rio de Janeiro and Salvador). For a solo trip, the shoulder months of April and October are best.

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India is the birthplace of several major religions and home to over 1.3 billion people. With a diverse array of cultures, stunning natural landscapes and world famous food, it’s high on the list of sunny places to visit. From the iconic Taj Mahal and pearly beaches of Goa and Kerala to the lush beauty of Kashmir and ancient temples of Khajuraho, this country is bursting with magnificent sights and unique activities.

Perfect for sunseekers, India has an average of 300 sunny days a year. It’s a great winter destination , with peak season lasting from November to March. To beat the crowds and benefit from better rates, plan your solo visit around the shoulder season from September to October or March to April. For hikers, the Himalayas are at their best late summer, but for less-crowded walks, visit from spring onwards.

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Vietnam is a jewel in the crown of Southeast Asia and the home of the world’s best coconut candy (worth the flight alone). Navigate swampy rivers, explore emerald valleys and still find time for a sunset boat ride along Halong Bay. Ho Chi Minh City is the powerhouse of Vietnam complete with modern skyscrapers, ancient temples, floating markets and a thriving nightlife. When the going gets too hot (as Ho Chi Minh and Phú Quốc can do), look out for the hand-painted signs reading “Bia Hoi” – it means fresh beer.

The weather elsewhere in the country varies a lot depending on where you are. In the north, Hanoi has a more temperate climate and tends to just get hot between June and August . It’s warm in the central region from March to October. The dryer months of March, April and May are the ideal time for countrywide solo travel in Vietnam , but regardless, you’re likely to find year-round sunshine if you work around the seasons.

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Sri Lanka has a rich culture and magnificent natural landscapes abound. It’s a tropical country sitting close to the equator, so tends to have warm weather all year. The island is rich in lush forests, white sand beaches and offers eight UNESCO World Heritage sites. On the tiny island, roughly the size of Ireland, you will also have the opportunity to observe elephants and roaming leopards in their natural habitat.  

The temperature doesn’t typically vary much – you can expect an average of around 27-29°C most days. Summer temperatures reach well over 38°C, while monsoon season hits the northern regions from December to March, and the southwest from June to October. Much like Colombia, the main factor impacting the temperature is altitude. For traveling solo as a whole, your best bet is the shoulder seasons of September, October and April when you can still expect that sweet spot of sunshine.

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Sprawling deserts, buoyant seas and ancient cities – what’s not to love? Beyond Jordan ’s artistic and bohemian capital of Amman, the landscapes unfold to reveal yet more surprises. Vast mountains, red rolling dunes, salty seas and stunning archaeological sites, travel in Jordan is likely to be a series of moments spent in awe. If you’re into Hollywood filming locations, this magical country is the stuff of legends. Indiana Jones lassoed his way to the world famous Treasury at Petra, Lawrence of Arabia crossed the shimmering red desert of Wadi Rum, whilst Matt Damon made the most of this otherworldly landscape in The Martian.

Most of Jordan has an arid desert climate and an abundance of sunshine. However, in the north and west a more Mediterranean climate offers some cooler options. The best time to visit depends on what you’d like from your solo adventure . Things can get particularly sticky during the summer months when temperatures hit a toasty 40 °C, so the best time to visit is spring (March to May) or autumn (September to November).

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With an eclectic mix of Arabic, European and African cultures and mild, Mediterranean climate, Morocco is nothing short of magical. From exploring the desert dunes on the back of a camel to shopping in fragrant bazaars and luxuriating in crystal clear waters, this diverse wonderland will leave you captivated and wanting more.

Once you’ve had your fill of mint tea in Marrakech, head for the Atlas Mountains before hitting the golden coast of Taghazout. Morocco has a subtropical climate, so winter nights can get a little chilly. To avoid melting in the scorching summer heat, plan your visit around mid-March to May. Spring and autumn are ideal for getting in some sunshine without facing extreme temperatures.

South Africa

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South Africa is a kingdom of spectacular wildlife, breathtaking sights and exciting activities throughout the year – you’ll even find fellow sun-worshippers in the form of penguins chilling on the beach. Whether it’s meeting wild game face-to-face on a safari, spotting whales from the Garden Route or snorkeling amid the kelp forest of the Cape Peninsula, you are sure to find something untamed and extraordinary.

Come rain or shine, South Africa tends to hold great temperatures throughout the year. For the traveling lowdown , peak season kicks off in November running through until March, where along the Cape Peninsula the temperature tend to stay around the 30ºC mark. During the winter months , Cape Town and Johannesburg still enjoy warm temperatures, with averages of around 17-20°C.

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With average winter temperatures of 28°C, Bali  is a sure-fire bet when it comes to catching some some year-round sunshine . Make a beeline for this tropical paradise for surfing, spirituality, snorkeling and more, all surrounded by palm trees, waterfalls and azure seas. From boat rides to beach parties and Balinese blessings, this sunshine haven has it all.

Indonesia’s most popular island is practically set up for solo travelers, with surf, sun and yoga all providing chilled out diversions for adventure lovers. Inland, there’s space for reflection, too, in the island’s tiered temples, rice terraces and brooding volcanic landscapes. Given its proximity to the equator, Bali has a tropical climate, so expect year-round averages of 31°C. Those planning a trip here might find May, June and September to be more pleasant, when the the weather is warm and sunny but there are fewer crowds.

Finding sun in the shoulder months

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In search of sun in the shoulder months? Planning an adventure towards the start or end of the calendar year often lets you tap into cheaper flight tickets and all-round lower costs. There are plenty of SOLO articles to help get you up to speed here, whether you’re looking for sunny April destinations or the best places for solo travel in October .

Destinations that are hot, hot, hot

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Even if you’re a devout sun-worshipper, there are some destinations that provide the sun but can be a little too dry, hot or humid to make for a completely relaxing vacation spot. These sunniest places in the world don’t, some years, even see a drop of rain or so much as a breeze. That’s not to say they aren’t worth visiting but you’ll definitely need your sun hat and factor 50 all year round.

Yuma, Arizona, USA

Yuma has been identified by the World Meteorological Organisation as the sunniest place on earth. While it experiences an average of 4,015 hours of sunshine per year, it’s part of the Sonora Desert, which has an arid climate and very little rain. In fact, Yuma only sees up to 200mm a year, while temperatures reach 40°C for around a third of the year. Not the ideal climate for a relaxing trip.

Phoenix, Arizona, USA

Just 186 miles away, Phoenix takes the number two spot, averaging 3,872 hours of sunshine a year. Known as the Valley of the Sun, it sees around 300 days of sunshine a year, which is pretty much all of them. However, much like Yuma, its climate is very hot and dry, frequently exceeding 40°C.

Aswan, Egypt

Located in the Nile Basin in the southern part of Egypt, Aswan experiences around 3,863 hours of sunshine per year. Average high temperatures in the summer frequently hit 40°C, making it one of the hottest Egyptian cities, alongside Luxor. It’s also one of the driest desert cities in the world, with an average annual rainfall of less than 1mm. Some years, it doesn’t even see rain at all.

Ready to get some sunshine?

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Now that you have know where to find the sun, it’s time to decide where your next adventure will take you. Perhaps you want to take a private boat to the Rosario Islands in Colombia  or float weightlessly in the Dead Sea in Jordan . Maybe you’ve always fancied abseiling down Table Mountain in Cape Town or you’d love to spot wildlife from a bamboo raft in India .

With Flash Pack , whatever trip you have in mind, you’ll meet a like-minded group of travelers, all in their 30s and 40s. And you’ll all have the opportunity to encounter local, epic and memorable experiences, together. And, if you pick accordingly, a nice bit of sunshine.

Ready to catch the sun somewhere special? Join Flash Pack  today to  go on an adventure  with other like-minded travelers.

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21 Sunny Places to Visit in USA You’ll Love

By: Author Amanda OBrien

Posted on Last updated: 16/02/2024

Sunbirds like me can’t handle the frigid winter temperatures and always look for sunny places to sunbathe instead of shoveling snow.

If you’re also a sunbird, you’re in luck because there’s a wide selection of warm places where people like us can enjoy the winter holidays in the United States.

Here are 21 sunny places to visit in USA that I think you’ll love.

21 Sunny Places to visit in USA

Most people see the cold as part of the holiday celebration. However, I, who despise winter, know that one can still celebrate New Year’s Eve and Christmas and have a great time without freezing.

If you’re like me, you’re browsing warm winter destinations a few months earlier to book your stay somewhere sunny.

To help your search, I’ve listed my favorite sunny spots you can visit and drink cocktails instead of eggnog, so take a look.

1. Honolulu, Hawaii

Hawaii makes a great choice for a winter vacation because it’s warm all year round. You can enjoy the beaches during winter and have a lovely experience.

I suggest visiting Honolulu and spending time at Waikiki Beach. The city’s hall combines the Hawaiian spirit of Aloha and Christmas for a unique and unforgettable experience.

honolulu waikiki beach sunny places to visit  in usa

If you visit Honolulu, you can attend the annual Honolulu City Lights display with a large Santa Claus and observe the Sheraton Waikiki’s Christmas-themed sand sculptures.

Other exciting things you can do in this city include strolling the Chinatown Winter Walk during December, attending the Ko’olina Artfest, visiting the Bishop Museum, shopping at Kalakaua Avenue, having a meal in the Kapahulu neighborhood, etc.

honolulu diamond head.

Additionally, you can visit the Makapuu Lighthouse, absorb the beauty of the Diamond Head crater, and hang out at Kaiona Beach Park for a more peaceful experience.

You might enjoy reading my posts about the Warmest US States in Winter , Warm Places to visit in January in the USA , Warm Winter Getaways in the USA , Most Shark Infested Beaches in the USA , World Heritage Sites in the US , Most Visited Places in the United States and tourist attractions on the drive from New York to Florida.

2. Los Angeles, California

If you’re looking for a city with pleasant weather all year round, look no further than Los Angeles . Although winter months aren’t as hot as summer ones, the City of Angels makes a great place for a warm winter vacation.

griffiths observatory los angeles

The best part? You will never get bored in this place because it’s filled with theme parks open all year round. Los Angeles has the best amusement parks in the country.

You can also hike across the rugged environments and enjoy the spectacular city views. I prefer visiting LA during winter because it’s less crowded, and hiking doesn’t make you sweat. So you can explore the city in peace without sweating too much!

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Popular tourist attractions include Disneyland, Six Flags Magic Mountain , and Universal Studios Hollywood. You can also visit the LA Zoo during the holiday season.

Other interesting things in LA include the LA Auto Show and Winter Fest OC, Forest of Light at Descanso Gardens, Newport Beach Boat Parade, ice skating, etc.

3. Sedona, Arizona

Like LA, Sedona in Arizona has warm weather all year round. Therefore, it’s perfect for winter vacations. The high temperatures average about 60 degrees. If you’ve never visited Sedona, now’s your chance.

sunset on rocks in sedona

In winter, the city isn’t crowded, so accommodation prices drop. You can enjoy the deep red rocks during the cold months without breaking the bank.

The natural wonders of this city remain captivating all year round. You won’t find a more beautiful state during winter, so book your stay today and prepare for a unique trip.

cathedral rock

The city offers stunning views and red rocks for artists, spiritualists, and people who like and appreciate nature. If you visit Sedona, you should see one of the spas and enjoy traditional treatments with a local twist, such as red clay wraps, blue corn body scrubs, etc.

Other exciting activities in Sedona include hiking the scenic trails and photographing the impressive landscape, attending the Sedona Festival of Lights, riding the Verde Canyon Railroad Christmas Train, taking a hot air balloon ride, etc.

Red Rock area in Sedona

4. Maui, Hawaii

If you’re a fan of beaches and sea life, you should visit Maui for your winter vacation. You will explore the stunning beaches, see the whales, enjoy the warm weather, or hike and absorb the natural beauty of this large island.

Kapalua Bay maui

In Maui , you will find numerous lush valleys, volcanoes, waterfalls, many black beaches overlooking lovely landscapes, and other natural wonders.

This island makes a perfect vacation choice for nature enthusiasts because of the many outdoor and cultural activities.

Haleakala Volcano maui sunsets

Although you will likely stay at commercial hotels or resorts, you will still experience the local culture of the capital of the Kingdom of Hawaii through various activities.

While in Maui, you can ride along the Hana coast and see the waterfalls and black sand beaches. You can also book a snorkel tour and explore the sea or hike active volcanoes at Haleakala National Park, among many other things.

maui best sunsets in the world

5. San Diego, California

If you’re searching for a fairly budget-friendly vacation spot, consider San Diego , one of the largest cities in CA with never-ending pleasant weather.

san diego downtown skyline

Many tourists visit San Diego all year round for the four parks of the beautiful Coronado Beach . Other common activities include watching the surfers at Tourmaline Surfing Park and walking “The Strand” between Mission Beach and La Jolla.

If you visit San Diego during winter, you can attend special events like the San Diego Bay Parade of Lights , Las Posadas in Old Town, etc.

coronado beach san diego

The best part? You can explore the city on foot because it’s walkable. I suggest heading toward the city’s cultural center, Balboa Park, and exploring the many museums, gardens, and theaters or enjoying the Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve.

You can also book a boat tour or fishing charter and enjoy the city’s beauty differently. Lastly, you can attend the Gaslamp Pet Parade or San Diego Light Show with your kids and have fun.

crystal pier san diego

6. Tampa Bay, Florida

Tampa Bay in Florida has a relatively warm climate which declines as winter starts, so if you prefer a hotter trip, aim for early December.

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

In Tampa Bay, you can explore the lively Ybor City, enjoy quality time with your children in the Florida Aquarium, visit the Busch Gardens, and try the popular Cuban sandwich. Additionally, Tampa Bay has beautiful parks, modern museums, and walks you can enjoy and explore.

Common tourist attractions include the Lowry Park Zoo, the Salvador Dali Museum, the Tampa Museum of Art, and Caribbean cruises that you can take at the Port of Tampa.

tampa bay florida

You can also enjoy the Christmas decorations at the H.B. Plant Museum, check out the festive trees at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, visit the Lighted Boat Parade in Downtown Tampa, and stroll the Tampa Riverwalk.

Lastly, you can shop at Ybor City or ice skate at Tampa’s Winter Village.

7. Savannah, Georgia

The oldest city in Georgia, Savannah, offers pleasant weather during winter and doesn’t have many tourists throughout the holiday season, so it’s perfect for a winter getaway.

Although Savannah isn’t a tourist hotspot during winter, it’s still worth visiting. There’s a wide range of activities you can explore during your vacation. For instance, you can see the Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens .

savannah georgia waterfront

This tourist attraction decorates for the Holiday Lights event and December nights. You can enjoy the beautiful decorations and attend Christmas events.

Other attractions include walking River Street, where you can enjoy live music events or observe the New Year’s Eve Fireworks, the Cathedral St. John the Baptist, Forsyth Park fountain, and the Bonaventure Cemetery.

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Every time I visit this coastal city, I feel like I’m in a period piece movie, and I’m sure you will feel the same after seeing the stunning Southern mansions, big oak trees, charming cobblestone lanes, and Historic District.

Lastly, I suggest booking a ghost tour because the city’s considered haunted.

Other interesting activities include cruising the Savannah River, shopping at Broughton Street under the Christmas lights, and strolling the beautiful Jones Street.

Don’t miss my article on the best white sand beaches in the United States.

8. Big Bend National Park, Texas

If you’re looking for a warm and relaxed spot to spend a few days with your loved ones during winter, consider the Big Bend National Park in Texas.

This park will help you escape the city buzz and relax during the holiday season.

big bend national park texas

Visiting this lovely park will provide the solitude you and your family need before or after the holidays. It’s a well-organized and large national park with many attractions.

You will get a map with your pass that’s simple to navigate, so don’t worry about getting around in this park. However, if you still need help, stop by the visitor centers: Panther Junction, Rio Grande Village, Castolon, Chisos Basin, and Persimmon Gap.

big bend national park

You will enjoy the weather in this park during the day, but nights get cold, so buy a good sleeping bag if you’re staying in your RV or camping and bring extra coats. Alternatively, book your stay at some of the nearby hotels.

Common outdoor activities at this park include exploring the long, stunning hiking trails, such as the Dog Canyon, enjoying the Boquillas hot spring by the river, stargazing while enjoying s’mores by the campfire, etc.

9. Palm Springs, California

If you’re interested in improving your well-being and relaxing in a warm place, consider Palm Springs for your next vacation. This desert city in Southern California ensures a warm and enjoyable vacation because it’s pleasant and has many tourist attractions.

Many visit Palm Springs for exciting outdoor activities, palm trees, modern eateries, and lovely poolside cabanas. The highs in this popular city remain in the mid-70s. So, you can spend the days outside and enjoy the sun.

palm springs

Outdoor activities include enjoying the gorgeous hiking trails of the popular Joshua Tree National Park and hopping the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway. These two activities will provide awe-inspiring views!

In Palm Springs, you will come across hipsters, retirees, and families because everyone likes visiting this city. There’s a wide range of nightclubs, spas, and pools you can enjoy with your loved ones or alone.

You can also take a day trip and explore the major attractions, such as the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens, the Coachella Valley Preserve, etc.

palm springs

Other exciting activities include admiring the gardens at Sunnylands Center, exploring the Indian Canyons, seeing Pioneertown made in the 40s as a “Living Breathing Movie Set,” checking out the museums, watching the sunset, etc.

Overall, you won’t get bored in Palm Springs because it’s a vibrant city that provides a wide selection of indoor and outdoor activities for tourists.

palm springs

10. Las Vegas, Nevada

Sin City gets very hot during summer. However, in winter, you can enjoy the beauty of this popular city without sweating too much.

Las Vegas has pleasant winters, so if you’re looking for a warm vacation spot, consider this location. In January and February, you can expect lower hotel prices, fewer people, and temperatures in the mid-60s. I suggest bringing a coat for night walks because evenings get chilly.

Things to do in Vegas Besides Gamble

Many visit Las Vegas for the plethora of outdoor activities. In this city, you can hike the Red Rock Canyon and explore the Hoover Dam by bus or helicopter tour.

Most people think Las Vegas isn’t suitable for family vacations, but they’re wrong. This city makes a great vacation spot for families, solo travelers, friends, etc. You can visit Las Vegas with your family and have fun at the Bellagio Fountain show or see the Neon Museum.

non touristy things to do in vegas

Other amusing activities include attending the Cirque du Soleil concert, taking your kids to the Magical Forest, admiring the Christmas trees, strolling Fermont Street, hitting the slots, joining the Great Santa Run, and photographing the “Las Vegas” sign.

Whether you spend a day or a week in Las Vegas, you won’t return home with regrets. On the contrary, Sin City promises a memorable and enjoyable experience!

great santa run things to do in vegas in december

11. Phoenix, Arizona

Although Phoenix has snow in winter, it’s still warm and pleasant. Most tourists visit this city in December, as temperatures rarely drop below freezing, including at night.

In Phoenix, you and your loved ones can enjoy the beautiful desert environment without worrying about the climate. The winter temperatures reach average highs of 76 degrees and average lows of 51 degrees.

arizona centre

Moreover, less than 1 inch of rain falls each month, so if you’re searching for a sunny vacation spot, consider Phoenix.

It offers many indoor and outdoor activities for visitors. You can hike the desert during the day, learn about the Native American and Mexican culture, golf, and relax at the modern spas.

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Other exciting activities include seeing the Desert Botanical Garden for Las Noches de Las Luminarias, visiting the Hole in the Rock at Papago Park, and attending the festive Hanukkah events in the Valley.

Lastly, you can enjoy live music for Christmas, lighting ceremonies, and donuts.

12. Big Island, Hawaii

If you visit Hawaii’s Big Island, you will witness a lava lake at the well-known Volcanoes National Park.

The stunning island has many tourist attractions, but most travelers come for the active lava eruptions of the Kilauea volcano. So, if you’re looking for a warm vacation place to experience unique activities, look no further than Big Island.

big island hawaii

If you have only a few days on this island, you can spend one-day snorkeling near Kona and one day at the park watching lava eruptions. Additionally, you can explore the one-of-a-kind black lava beaches on the west side and book a night swim with manta rays.

These unusual activities will make your vacation unforgettable and worth discussing at family dinners, parties, or other events.

big island hawaii volcano

The Big Island in Hawaii is the only place where you can swim with manta rays at night and experience something extraordinary.

If you have more than a few days, I suggest exploring the east side, where you can see the natural beauties of Hilo, the capital of the Big Island. Hilo has spectacular waterfalls, Boiling Pots, museums, art galleries, restaurants, etc.

Other popular tourist attractions include the Akaka Falls State Park, where you can visit the Akaka Falls, Hamakua Coast, Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden, etc.

big island hawaii

The botanical garden has a wide collection of rare plants and a stunning orchid garden. Plant enthusiasts shouldn’t miss this attraction while visiting this island.

13. US Virgin Islands

Book your vacation in the Virgin Islands if you’re not fond of the cold during the holiday season. You don’t need a passport to enjoy this slice of Caribbean paradise. Just pack your bags and get ready for a memorable experience.

us virgin islands

The US Virgin Islands have dry and sunny weather during winter, especially in January. Therefore, you can visit this tourist destination all year round. The best part? The flights don’t cost much. They’re short and cheap, so buy your tickets today and ensure a unique vacation for you and your loved ones.

These islands offer many attractions you can visit, gorgeous beaches you can see, and a relaxed atmosphere. They consist of 3 islands: St. Thomas, St. John, and St. Croix. Each island has a unique character and attracts visitors throughout the year because of the indoor and outdoor activities, including historical attractions, duty-free shopping, and water sports.

us virgin islands

In St. Thomas, you can learn about the Caribbean’s pirate history , hike the highest point of St. Thomas, Mountain Top, enjoy the stunning views of the seas of Magen’s Bay, and try their popular banana daiquiri.

Once you’re done exploring St. Thomas, you can visit the other 2 islands for a day trip and extend your adventure.

14. Charleston, South Carolina

If you’ve never seen Charleston, now’s your chance! This city has warm weather during winter. You will have a very enjoyable stay at this popular place for the holiday season.

Charleston has fewer tourists during winter, especially in January, so you won’t have to worry about crowds and can explore the attractions peacefully.

charleston south carolina waterfront

Tour the historic mansions and homes and admire their beauty. Other attractions include the Pineapple Fountain, King Street, the Battery, and Rainbow Row. You can also visit plantations and attend the annual Charleston Boat Show.

If you’re a boating enthusiast, get your tickets for the Charleston Boat Show in advance, as it’s a popular and well-attended event in this Holy City.

Charleston South Carolina

If you visit Charleston in January, you can explore Historic King Street, which is open only to pedestrians. So, you can see the many shops on this street and treat yourself.

Other popular activities include visiting the beach, roaming around the Gibbes Museum of Art,  strolling the Arthur Ravanel Jr. Bridge, and attending Restaurant Week .

15. Oahu, Hawaii

Although Honolulu is the biggest city in Oahu, this stunning island has other places and attractions you can visit with your family and friends or alone.

oahu

Oahu has natural wonders you can explore, busy cities you can stroll, and celebrations you can attend, such as the Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day in December. You can see a parade and interesting things at the museum and memorial.

Surfers love Oahu because it’s a surfing paradise with surfing events. If you like surfing, you can attend the annual Vans Triple Crown of Surfing in December.

The climate in Oahu stays pleasant all year round, so you don’t need winter gear when visiting this stunning island for the holidays.

oahu

In Oahu, you can hire a kayak at Kailua Beach, hike the Hau’ula Loop Trail, explore the Kualoa Ranch, try the local food and drinks, and observe the turtles at Mokule’ia Beach Park, among many other things.

16. Death Valley, California

You can find the Death Valley National Park in Southern California and spend 2-3 days at this popular attraction. This region is one of the hottest on the planet, with a recorded highest temperature of 134 degrees.

death valley

Fortunately, the daytime temperatures during winter aren’t high. Therefore, you can hike and explore this stunning landscape without worrying about hot or cold weather. Most visit this park in March, but you can explore this attraction all year round and have a great time.

If you visit this park, you will see the Badwater Basin (the lowest point in North America) and absorb the beauty of the salt flats covering about 200 square miles. The salt flats consist of sodium chloride, gypsum, calcite, and borax.

death valley

Other activities include visiting the Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes and watching the sunrise, camping, hiking, road and mountain biking, and exploring nearby attractions.

If you’re up for a long hike, I suggest the Golden Canyon Trailhead, where you will hike through colorful cliffs, stunning canyons, and swirling badlands.

17. South Padre Island, Texas

Texans like to visit South Padre Island in the holiday season, as it’s warm and offers travelers many outdoor activities and attractions. While visiting this lovely island, you can try the Gilf seafood, enjoy the pleasant weather, observe the unusual nature and wildlife, and more.

south padre island sunset

South Padre Island makes a great vacation spot for families. I suggest visiting this place in January because it’s pleasant during this time of year.

Common outdoor activities include fishing on the Gulf of Mexico and Laguna Madre and bird watching. The latter enables witnessing around 500 migrating bird species passing through the Rio Grande Valley and South Padre Island.

south padre island

Lastly, you can attend Kite Fest, one of the most popular events held every year on this island. If you visit this island at the end of January, don’t miss this event and enrich your vacation with a fun experience.

18. Tucson, Arizona

With over 350 days of sunlight annually, Tucson is one of the warmest cities in the USA. The daytime temperatures rarely fall under the mid-60s, so Tucson makes a great place for family vacations during winter. Arizona’s second-largest city can help you escape the cold and enjoy your December or January holiday.

Tucson Cactus

Tucson attracts many people because it’s rich in attractions travelers can explore. One of the most popular spots in Tucson is the large Saguaro National Park, with about 30 one-of-a-kind hiking trails through the Saguaro cacti.

Tucson isn’t a small city but feels like a small community because of the Barrio Historico District and the El Presidio Historic District, with small stores and colorful properties that resemble old Mexican communities.

tucson bike tours

Things you can do in Tucson include visiting the many museums, including the Franklin Auto, Arizona Sonora Desert, and the Prima Air and Space Museum. You can also visit local tasting rooms and vineyards if you’re a wine enthusiast.

If you visit this city during winter, you shouldn’t miss the annual Oro Valley Marketplace , which features a tree-lighting ceremony and local artisans and performers.

saguaro park west sunset

Other fun activities include enjoying Mexican food, exploring nature, admiring the space crafts at Pima Air and Space Museum, visiting the Sonoran Desert, hiking popular trails, skiing at Mount Lemmon Ski Valley, etc.

Lastly, you can reserve a seat at the Monterey Court and enjoy their great shows and a delicious meal or drink.

19. Lafayette, Louisiana

If you appreciate good food, culture, and history, visit Lafayette in Louisiana. This gem is 2 hours from New Orleans, so if you stay in New Orleans for the holidays, you can visit Lafayette for a day or stay overnight and explore the city.

lafayette louisiana

Lafayette, also known as the Happiest City in America, has a rich multicultural history. If you visit Lafayette, you will hear the traditional music, taste the exceptional cuisine, and enjoy the popular festivals all year round.

You can also walk around the city and enjoy the botanical gardens, wildlife sanctuaries, bird colonies, etc. I suggest taking a swamp tour, eating crawfish, exploring the Tabasco Factory on Avery Island, strolling downtown Lafayette, and visiting the museums.

lafayette louisiana

Lastly, you can taste the local food with Cajun Food Tours, attend a free music festival like the Festival International de Louisiane, and visit the local bakeries for home-baked goods.

20. Kauai, Hawaii

If you’re seeking outdoor adventures, consider Kauai, also known as the Garden Isle. Most visit Kauai because of the stunning locations, such as Kalalau Valley on the Napali Coast and Manawaiopuna Falls. You can see these spots in Hollywood movies, such as King Kong, Jurrasic Park, etc.

Kauai, Hawaii volcano

If you’re a passionate hiker, you will like the Napali Coast State Wilderness Park, where you can hike through different valleys during the lovely Kalalau Trail.

The temperatures stay warm all year round in Kauai, so don’t hesitate to book your stay in Kauai this winter and ensure a pleasant vacation for you and your family.

Kauai, Hawaii waterfall

Kauai also has diverse plant life. In Hanakoa Valley, you can view the native plants and old agricultural terraces. You can also explore the jagged cliffs, stunning waterfalls, etc. However, note that some parts of Kuai aren’t accessible on foot, so you must take a plane or boat.

Exciting activities include kayaking the Wailua River, exploring the Wailua and Opaekaa Falls, touring Fern Grotto, snorkeling on Poipu Beach, and hiking at Kokee State Park.

Kauai, Hawaii

Overall, you won’t get bored in this place because it’s beautiful and offers many outdoor activities for visitors.

21. Pensacola Beach, Florida

If you haven’t heard of Pensacola Beach, you don’t know what you’re missing.

Located in the Florida Panhandle, the popular Pensacola Beach attracts visitors all year round because of the warm weather, abundant wildlife, breathtaking beaches, charming architecture, and top-notch tours.

Although Pensacola isn’t as warm during the cold months, it’s still pleasant and suitable for a winter vacation. The well-known Pensacola Beach gets fewer visitors during winter. So, you can explore the Pensacola Bay area without the crowds during sunny winter days and spend quality time with your loved ones or alone.

penascola lighthouse

Unfortunately, you can’t sunbathe or swim in this area during January because it’s still cold and rainy. However, you can still enjoy the beauty of this natural wonder.

If you’re interested in sunbathing and swimming, consider visiting this area during May, June, September, and October.

Pensacola Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in the USA, with white sand and crystal-clear water. I suggest booking your stay by the pier so you can easily access the area’s bars, coffee shops, and restaurants. This is a great beach for a family winter vacation because it’s family-friendly and fun for adults and children.

penascola beach

Interesting activities include diving, fishing, sailing, surfing, paddle boarding, parasailing, and trekking on the popular Eco-Trail. Other things you can do in this area, especially during winter, include enjoying shows at the theater, ice skating in the Bay Center, seeing the Pensacola Blue Wahoos Stadium, and strolling the National Naval Aviation Museum.

Lastly, you can challenge yourself and your loved ones by entering escape rooms and racing around at Fast Eddies Fun Center. Overall, this area makes a perfect location for summer and winter vacations for families, friends, and solo travelers.

Sunny Places in the US – To Finish Up

These sunny spots in the United States above can help you overcome the winter blues and spend quality time with your loved ones during the holiday season.

Consider any of the suggested locations if you’re looking for a warm spot to relax, boost your vitamin D intake, and enjoy the Christmas festivities.

You don’t need cold to enjoy the holidays. Therefore, pick any of the mentioned places, pack your bags, and book your stay beforehand for the best prices.

Most cities, parks, and islands above have pleasant weather all year round and receive fewer visitors, so you’re guaranteed a good vacation.

I covered all of the costs involved in the writing of this post on sunny places to visit in USA. However, this post includes affiliate links. That means if you click through and end up making a purchase I will receive a small commission. I wanted to make sure you were aware of this.

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Amanda O’Brien is the creator and editor of The Boutique Adventurer. She has visited 80 countries and is a member of the British Guild of Travel Writers as well as the IFTWTA. She is passionate about wine had has just completed Level 3 of the WSET. Born in Australia, she lives in London.

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The extension style for this tour:

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You’re accompanied by a Tour Manager throughout the extension, except for any time that’s set aside for independent discovery.

You’re accompanied by a Tour Manager part of the time, for some guided excursions. The rest of the time, you’re at leisure to explore the destination your own way.

You’re not accompanied by a Tour Manager during your extension stay. You’ll access locales you wish to visit on your own, and are free to create your own adventure.

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Review on 12/06/2023

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Review on 03/14/2020

Our tour guide was exceptional & added to our tour.

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An experience worth its weight in gold.

Review on 12/11/2019.

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Review on 12/10/2019

Fantastic trip, nice travelers, great lodgings, early on the road..

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Review on 12/09/2019

One of our most memorable and most relaxing trips ever , have traveled with collette 7 times and have booked 2 for future travel., i was well taken care of every minute, review on 12/07/2019, great tour director. excellent hotels. interesting agenda. excellent bus., sunny portugal lived up to its name and the food was interesting and tasty., review on 11/29/2019.

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Glad to be home - in one piece.

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Godd time had by all

Review on 11/18/2019.

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Review on 11/16/2019

Well managed, trip was ok ,,just ok.

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Disappointing Portugal Tour

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Four star hotels, wonderful restaurants and knowledgeable tour guides

Knowledgeable tour guide, excellent bus driver, wonderful food and hotels, review on 11/09/2019, review on 10/29/2019.

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Collette Portugal Trip Was Excellent.

Sunny portugal, review on 10/26/2019, my first tour with collette and i was very impressed., review on 10/24/2019, good trip....lousey service in the usa.

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Everything was too remote

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Review on 10/21/2019

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Review on 10/19/2019

Review on 10/17/2019, nice portugal trip..

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Monica was knowledgeable, the hotels were comfortable and the tour was fine

Review on 10/14/2019, review on 10/11/2019.

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Picture perfect group tour.

Review on 10/08/2019.

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Sunny Portugal was exceptional!!

Diffenetly recommend the tour to others., review on 06/15/2019, review on 06/13/2019, our tour was organized and our guide angela was e trembly knowledgeable abo, review on 06/12/2019, could have been better..

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Review on 06/10/2019

Portugal is a wonderful, with the people very friendly., review on 05/22/2019, review on 05/20/2019, excellent service, review on 05/18/2019, fabulous trip great tour guide...amazing trip., collette is class act, review on 04/30/2019, great tour. lousy flights, attractions. trip, another excellent tour from collette. they always look after us well., review on 04/16/2019, review on 04/15/2019, review on 04/03/2019.

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Review on 04/02/2019

Great trip....very bad flight choices..

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Loved Portugal Trip

Review on 03/26/2019, top notch service and quality, review on 03/24/2019, review on 03/20/2019, review on 03/19/2019, portu"gal" of my dreams, great tour, terrible flights, seats and service from collette on this trip..

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Review on 02/01/2019, the quality of the trip didn’t meet my standards of what is a collette trip, review on 01/18/2019.

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A sunny trip even in the rain.

Liked travelling with collete, portugal experience, review on 10/31/2018, great trip, wonderful tour manager and local guides, review on 10/25/2018, beautiful sights in portugal and really pretty scenery. fun trip, remove the dinner at "the old kitchen" from this trip.

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Educational.

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Review on 05/14/2018

Review on 05/08/2018, review on 05/04/2018, our days were filled with information. unreal, review on 04/03/2018, everything went very smoothly from home to home., great trip to sunny portugal, review on 11/29/2017, had a great time., portugal - a must see destination.

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Overall it was a good trip and I may use Colette again

Great trip, review on 11/04/2017, the madeira island add on is rated 5 star, review on 07/05/2017, the accomodations were very nice...close to town and/or other destinations, collette responds to customer needs, well organized, friendly, interesting and fun., wonderful sunny portugal with collette, great trip - no so good travel experience, review on 04/04/2017, comfort, educational, and stimulating experience, good trip overall but a few small issues could be addressed..

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Sunny Escapes: A 48-Hour Adventure in San Diego

San Diego has something to offer everyone. Here's a curated guide to maximize your 48 hours in this coastal gem.

Dominique Jackson • Apr 12, 2024

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With its sun-kissed beaches, vibrant culture, and eclectic neighborhoods , San Diego beckons travelers with promises of endless adventure. Blessed with year-round pleasant weather, the city offers an ideal destination for a quick weekend getaway . Whether you’re a beach bum, a foodie, or a history buff, San Diego has something to offer everyone. 

Here’s a curated guide to maximize your 48 hours in this coastal gem.

Day 1: Morning

Aerial view of the coastal community of La Jolla

Start your day with a hearty breakfast at The Cottage La Jolla, an iconic eatery known for its delectable dishes and charming ambiance. Check out their signature lemon-ricotta pancakes or the mouthwatering crab cake Benedict.

After fueling up, head to the historic Gaslamp Quarter downtown. Explore the vibrant streets with Victorian-era buildings housing boutiques, art galleries, and lively cafes. Stroll through Petco Park, home to the San Diego Padres baseball team, and soak in the atmosphere of America’s favorite pastime .

Day 1: Afternoon

For lunch, venture to Liberty Public Market in Point Loma. This bustling marketplace boasts diverse food vendors serving everything from gourmet tacos to artisanal cheeses. Grab a bite to eat and enjoy it in the outdoor seating area while taking in views of the nearby harbor.

After lunch, go to Balboa Park, one of San Diego’s crown jewels. Spend the afternoon exploring its sprawling grounds, home to museums, gardens, and cultural institutions. Take advantage of the world-renowned San Diego Zoo, where you can get up close and personal with exotic animals from around the globe.

Day 1: Evening

As the sun begins to set, head to Sunset Cliffs Natural Park for a breathtaking view of the Pacific Ocean. Find a cozy spot along the rugged coastline and watch the sky transform into a kaleidoscope of colors.

For dinner, indulge in fresh seafood at Point Loma Seafoods. This family-owned establishment has been serving mouthwatering dishes for over 50 years and is a favorite among locals and visitors alike. Be sure to try their famous fish tacos or the succulent crab legs.

Day 2: Morning

Aerial view of the coastal community of La Jolla

Kick off your second day with a visit to Mission Beach, where you can soak up the sun and enjoy a variety of water sports. Rent a bike or rollerblade and cruise along the boardwalk, stopping to admire the views of the iconic Belmont Park amusement park.

For brunch, head to The Mission in Mission Beach. This popular eatery offers creative twists on classics, such as the mango-stuffed French toast or the chorizo and potato hash.

Day 2: Afternoon

After brunch, visit the historic Old Town San Diego State Historic Park. Immerse yourself in the region’s rich history as you explore preserved adobe buildings, visit museums, and browse through shops selling handmade crafts and souvenirs.

For adrenaline, venture to Torrey Pines Gliderport, where you can watch daredevils launch off the cliffs and soar through the sky. If you’re feeling adventurous, sign up for a tandem paragliding lesson and experience the thrill of flying firsthand.

Day 2: Evening

End your 48-hour adventure with a sunset cruise on San Diego Bay. Climb aboard a sailboat or yacht and relax as you glide past iconic landmarks such as the Coronado Bridge and the USS Midway Museum. Sip on champagne and toast to an unforgettable weekend in America’s Finest City.

As you bid farewell to San Diego, you’ll carry memories of sun-drenched beaches, mouthwatering cuisine, and warm hospitality. The city’s charm and allure will leave a lasting impression, inspiring you to return time and time again.

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Moscow is the heart of Mother Russia. Just the mention of this city conjures images of colorful bulbous pointed domes, crisp temperatures, and a uniquely original spirit!

Moscow has an incredibly turbulent history, a seemingly resilient culture, and a unique enchantment that pulls countless tourists to the city each year! Although the warmer months make exploring Moscow’s attractions more favorable, there’s just something about a fresh snowfall that only enhances the appearance of the city’s iconic sites!

If you’re a first-time visitor to Moscow, or simply wanting to see as much of the city as possible, this Moscow itinerary will help you do just that!

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Here is a quick look at the seasons so you can decide when to visit Moscow!

The summer months (June-August) are a great time to travel to Moscow to take advantage of the enjoyable mild temperatures. This is considered peak travel season. Bear in mind that hotel prices rise along with the temperatures!

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If you’re planning a trip to Moscow during fall (September-November) try to plan for early fall. This way the temperatures will still be pleasant and winter won’t be threatening.

Russian winters (December-February) are not for the faint of heart as Napoleon learned to his peril. Some days the sun will be out for less than an hour, and snow is guaranteed. Although winters are exceptionally cold, this is when you’ll get a true glimpse of the Moscow experience!

The best time to visit Moscow is during spring  (March-May). The temperatures will begin to creep up and the sun begins to shine for significant portions of the day. Hotel rates will also have yet to skyrocket into peak ranges!

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With a Moscow City Pass , you can experience the best of Moscow at the CHEAPEST prices. Discounts, attractions, tickets, and even public transport are all standards in any good city pass – be sure invest now and save them $$$ when you arrive!

Moscow is a large city with many accommodation options to choose from. Staying in a location that fits with your travel plans will only enhance your Moscow itinerary. Here is a brief introduction to a few great areas of the city we recommend checking out!

The best place to stay in Moscow to be close to all the action is Kitay-Gorod. This charming neighborhood will put you within walking distance to Moscow’s famous Red Square, thus cutting down on travel time. This will allow you to see more of the city in a shorter amount of time!

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It’s surrounded by restaurants, cafes, bars, and shops. If you’re a first-time visitor to Moscow, or just planning a quick weekend in Moscow, then this area is perfect for you!

Another great area to consider is the Zamoskvorechye district. This area of the city offers a blend of new and old Moscow. It has an artsy vibe and there are plenty of fun sites you can explore outside of the main touristy areas of Moscow.

Of course, as in all areas of Moscow, it’s close to public transportation that will quickly connect you with the rest of the city and make your Moscow itinerary super accessible!

Best Airbnb in Moscow – Exclusive Apartment in Old Moscow

Exclusive Apartment in Old Moscow

Modern and cozy, this apartment is in the heart of Old Moscow. Bordering the Basmanny and Kitay-Gorod districts, this two-bedroom flat is walking distance to the Kremlin and Red Square. Safe, quiet, and comfortable, this is the best Airbnb in Moscow, no question!

Best Budget Hotel in Moscow – Izmailovo Alfa Hotel

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The Izmailovo Alfa Hotel is a very highly rated accommodation that provides all the components necessary for a comfortable trip to Moscow. There is an on-site restaurant, bar, fitness center, and an airport shuttle service. The rooms are modern and spacious and are equipped with a TV, heating/air conditioning, minibar, and more!

Best Luxury Hotel in Moscow – Crowne Plaza Moscow World Trade Centre

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If you’re touring Moscow in luxury, the Crowne Plaza Moscow World Trade Centre is the hotel for you! Elegantly furnished rooms are equipped with a minibar, flat-screen TV,  in-room safes, as well as tea and coffee making facilities! Bathrooms come with bathrobes, slippers, and free toiletries. There is also an onsite restaurant, bar, and fitness center.

Best Hostel in Moscow – Godzillas Hostel

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Godzillas Hostel is located in the center of Moscow, just a short walk from all the major tourist attractions and the metro station. Guests will enjoy all the usual hostel perks such as self-catering facilities, 24-hour reception, Free Wi-Fi, and security lockers. This is one of the best hostels in Moscow and its wonderful social atmosphere and will make your vacation in Moscow extra special!

An important aspect of planning any trip is figuring out the transportation situation. You’re probably wondering how you’re going to get to all of your Moscow points of interest right? Luckily, this sprawling city has an excellent network of public transportation that will make traveling a breeze!

The underground metro system is the quickest and most efficient way to travel around Moscow. Most visitors rely exclusively on this super-efficient transportation system, which allows you to get to pretty much anywhere in the city! It’s also a great option if you’re planning a Moscow itinerary during the colder months, as you’ll be sheltered from the snow and freezing temperatures!

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If you prefer above-ground transportation, buses, trams, and trolleybuses, run throughout the city and provide a rather comfortable alternative to the metro.

Moscow’s metro, buses, trams, and trolleybuses are all accessible with a ‘Troika’ card. This card can be topped up with any sum of money at a metro cash desk. The ticket is simple, convenient, and even refundable upon return to a cashier!

No matter which method you choose, you’ll never find yourself without an easy means of getting from point A to point B!

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Spend the first day of your itinerary taking your own self guided Moscow walking tour around the historic Red Square! This is Moscow’s compact city center and every stop on this list is within easy walking distance to the next! Get ready to see all of the top Moscow landmarks!

Day 1 / Stop 1 – The Red Square

  • Why it’s awesome: The Red Square is the most recognizable area in Moscow, it has mesmerizing architecture and centuries worth of history attached to its name.
  • Cost: Free to walk around, individual attractions in the square have separate fees. 
  • Food nearby: Check out Bar BQ Cafe for friendly service and good food in a great location! The atmosphere is upbeat and they’re open 24/7!

The Red Square is Moscow’s historic fortress and the center of the Russian government. The origins of the square date back to the late 15th century, when Ivan the Great decided to expand the Kremlin to reflect Moscow’s growing power and prestige!

During the 20th century, the square became famous as the site for demonstrations designed to showcase Soviet strength. Visiting the Red Square today, you’ll find it teeming with tourists, who come to witness its magical architecture up close!

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The square is the picture postcard of Russian tourism, so make sure to bring your camera when you visit! No matter the season, or the time of day, it’s delightfully photogenic! 

It’s also home to some of Russia’s most distinguishing and important landmarks, which we’ve made sure to include further down in this itinerary. It’s an important center of Russia’s cultural life and one of the top places to visit in Moscow!

In 1990, UNESCO designated Russia’s Red Square as a World Heritage site. Visiting this historic site is a true bucket-list event and essential addition to your itinerary for Moscow!

Day 1 / Stop 2 – The Moscow Kremlin

  • Why it’s awesome: The Moscow Kremlin complex includes several palaces and cathedrals and is surrounded by the Kremlin wall. It also houses the principal museum of Russia (the Kremlin Armory).
  • Cost: USD $15.00
  • Food nearby: Bosco Cafe is a charming place to grat a casual bite to eat. They have excellent coffee and wonderful views of the Red Square and the Moscow Kremlin!

The iconic Moscow Kremlin , also known as the Kremlin museum complex, sits on Borovitsky Hill, rising above the Moscow River. It is a fortified complex in the center of the city, overlooking several iconic buildings in the Red Square!

It’s the best known of the Russian Kremlins – citadels or fortress’ protecting and dominating a city. During the early decades of the Soviet era, the Kremlin was a private enclave where the state’s governing elite lived and worked.

The Kremlin is outlined by an irregularly shaped triangular wall that encloses an area of 68 acres! The existing walls and towers were built from 1485 to 1495. Inside the Kremlin museum complex, there are five palaces, four cathedrals, and the enclosing Kremlin Wall with Kremlin towers.

The Armoury Chamber is a part of the Grand Kremlin Palace’s complex and is one of the oldest museums of Moscow, established in 1851. It showcases Russian history and displays many cherished relics. Definitely make sure to check out this museum while you’re here!

The Moscow Kremlin

The churches inside the Moscow Kremlin are the Cathedral of the Dormition, Church of the Archangel, Church of the Annunciation, and the bell tower of Ivan Veliki (a church tower).

The five-domed Cathedral of the Dormition is considered the most famous. It was built from 1475–1479 by an Italian architect and has served as a wedding and coronation place for great princes, tsars, and emperors of Russia. Church services are given in the Kremlin’s numerous cathedrals on a regular basis.

The Grand Kremlin Palace was the former Tsar’s Moscow residence and today it serves as the official workplace of the President of the Russian Federation (Vladimir Putin seems to have bagged that title for life) .

Insider Tip: The Kremlin is closed every Thursday! Make sure to plan this stop on your Moscow itinerary for any other day of the week!

Day 1 / Stop 3 – Lenin’s Mausoleum

  • Why it’s awesome: The mausoleum displays the preserved body of Soviet leader Vladimir Lenin .
  • Cost: Free!
  • Food nearby: Khinkal’naya is a charming Georgian restaurant with vaulted ceilings and exposed brick. It’s a popular place with locals and right next to the Red Square!

Lenin’s Mausoleum, also known as Lenin’s Tomb, is the modernist mausoleum for the revolutionary leader Vladimir Lenin. It’s located within the Red Square and serves as the resting place for the Soviet leader! His preserved body has been on public display since shortly after his death in 1924.

It’s located just a few steps away from the Kremlin Wall and is one of the most controversial yet popular Moscow attractions!

Admission is free for everyone, you’ll only need to pay if you need to check a bag. Before visitors are allowed to enter the mausoleum, they have to go through a metal detector first. No metal objects, liquids, or large bags are allowed in the mausoleum!

Lenins Mausoleum

Expect a line to enter the building, and while you’re inside the building, you’ll be constantly moving in line with other visitors. This means you won’t be able to spend as long as you’d like viewing the mausoleum, but you’ll still be able to get a good look. Pictures and filming while inside the building are strictly prohibited, and security guards will stop you if they see you breaking this rule.

The mausoleum is only open on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday – unless it’s a public holiday or a day scheduled for maintenance. The hours it’s open for each day are limited, make sure to check online before you visit to make sure you can fit this into your Moscow itinerary for that day!

Insider Tip: The Lenin’s Museum is there for people to pay their respect; remember to keep silent and move along quickly, it’s not intended for people to congregate around. Also, men are not allowed to wear hats and everyone must take their hands out of their pockets when inside the building.

Day 1 / Stop 4 – St. Basil’s Cathedral

  • Why it’s awesome: A dazzling designed cathedral that showcases Russia’s unique architecture. This cathedral is one of the most recognizable symbols of the country!
  • Cost: USD $8.00
  • Food nearby: Moskovskiy Chaynyy Klub is a cozy cafe serving food items and pipping hot tea; it’s the perfect place to go if you’re visiting Moscow during the winter months!

Located in the Red Square, the ornate 16th-century St. Basil’s Cathedral is probably the building you picture when you think of Moscow’s unique architecture. Its colorful onion-shaped domes tower over the Moscow skyline!

The cathedral was built from 1555-1561 by order of Tsar Ivan the Terrible. It was designed with an iconic onion dome facade and enchanting colors that captivate all who see it. Fun fact: If you’re wondering why Russian churches have onion domes, they are popularly believed to symbolize burning candles!

This iconic cathedral has become a symbol of Russia due to its distinguishing architecture and prominent position inside the Red Square. It’s one of the most beautiful, wonderful, and mesmerizing historical cathedrals in the world!

St. Basils Cathedral

The interior of the church surprises most people when they visit. In contrast to the large exterior, the inside is not so much one large area, but rather a collection of smaller areas, with many corridors and small rooms. There are 9 small chapels and one mausoleum grouped around a central tower.

Visiting the inside is like walking through a maze, there are even small signs all around the cathedral tracing where to walk, and pointing you in the right direction! The walls are meticulously decorated and painted with intricate floral designs and religious themes.

The church rarely holds service and is instead a museum open for the public to visit.

Insider Tip: During the summer months the line to go inside the cathedral can get quite long! Make sure to arrive early or reserve your tickets online to guarantee quick access into the cathedral!

Day 1 / Stop 5 – GUM Department Store

  • Why it’s awesome: This is Russia’s most famous shopping mall! It’s designed with elegant and opulent architecture and provides a real sense of nostalgia!
  • Cost: Free to enter
  • Food nearby: Stolovaya 57 is a cafeteria-style restaurant with a variety of inexpensive Russian cuisine menu items including soups, salads, meat dishes, and desserts. It’s also located inside the GUM department store, making it very easily accessible when you’re shopping!

The enormous GUM Department Store is located within the historic Red Square. It has a whimsical enchantment to it that sets it apart from your typical department store.

A massive domed glass ceiling lines the top of the building and fills the interior with natural sunlight. There are live plants and flowers placed throughout the mall that give the shopping complex a lively and cheerful feel! A playful fountain sits in the center, further adding to the malls inviting a sense of wonder and amusement!

The GUM department store opened on December 2, 1893. Today, it includes local and luxury stores, including Fendi, Louis Vuitton, Prada, and many more! There are numerous cafes, restaurants, and even a movie theater inside!

GUM Department Store

For a special treat, head into Gastronom 1. This 1950s-style shop sells gourmet food items, like wine, freshly-baked pastries, cheese, Russian chocolate, and of course, vodka! Also, be on the lookout for a bicycle pedaling ice cream truck with an employing selling ice cream!

The ambiance is simply amazing, a trip to this idyllic shopping mall is an absolute must on any Moscow itinerary!

Insider Tip: Make sure to carry some small change on you in case you need to use the restroom, you’ll need to pay 50 rubles – or about USD $0.80 to use the bathroom in GUM.

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Novodevichy Convent | Gorky Park | State Tretyakov Gallery | All-Russian Exhibition Center | Bolshoi Theater

On your 2 day itinerary in Moscow, you’ll have a chance to use the city’s excellent public transportation service! You’ll explore a few more of Moscow’s historic highlight as well as some modern attractions. These sites are a little more spread out, but still very easily accessible thanks to the metro!

Day 2 / Stop 1 – Novodevichy Convent

  • Why it’s awesome: The Novodevichy Convent is rich in imperial Russian history and contains some of Russia’s best examples of classical architecture!
  • Cost: USD $5.00
  • Food nearby: Culinary Shop Karavaevs Brothers is a cozy and simple place to have a quick bite, they also have vegetarian options!

The Novodevichy Convent is the best-known and most popular cloister of Moscow. The convent complex is contained within high walls, and there are many attractions this site is known for! 

The six-pillared five-domed Smolensk Cathedral is the main attraction. It was built to resemble the Kremlin’s Assumption Cathedral and its facade boasts beautiful snowy white walls and a pristine golden onion dome as its centerpiece. It’s the oldest structure in the convent, built from 1524 -1525, and is situated in the center of the complex between the two entrance gates.

There are other churches inside the convent as well, all dating back from many centuries past. The convent is filled with an abundance of 16th and 17th-century religious artworks, including numerous large and extravagant frescos!

Novodevichy Convent

Just outside the convent’s grounds lies the Novodevichy Cemetery. Here, you can visit the graves of famous Russians, including esteemed authors, composers, and politicians. Probably the most intriguing gravestone belongs to Russian politician Nikita Khruschev!

The Novodevichy Convent is located near the Moscow River and offers a peaceful retreat from the busy city. In 2004, it was proclaimed a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The convent remains remarkably well-preserved and is an outstanding example of Moscow Baroque architecture! 

Insider Tip: To enter the cathedrals inside the complex, women are advised to cover their heads and shoulders, while men should wear long pants.

Day 2 / Stop 2 – Gorky Central Park of Culture and Leisure

  • Why it’s awesome: A large amusement area in the heart of the city offering many attractions!
  • Cost: Free! 
  • Food nearby: Check out Mepkato, located inside Gorky Central Park for a casual meal in a cozy setting. There are indoor and outdoor seating options and the restaurant is child-friendly!

Gorky Central Park of Culture and Leisure is a large green space in the heart of Moscow. The park opened in 1928, and it stretches along the scenic embankment of the Moskva River. It covers an area of 300-acres and offers a lovely contrast from the compact city center.

You’ll find all sorts of wonderful attractions, from boat rides to bike rentals to tennis courts and ping-pong tables, and much more! there are an open-air cinema and festive events and concerts scheduled in the summer months.  A wide selection of free fitness classes is also offered on a regular basis, including jogging, roller skating, and dancing!

Although many of the options you’ll find here are more suited for outdoor leisure during the summer, you’ll also a selection of winter attractions, including one of Europe’s largest ice rinks for ice-skating!

Gorky Central Park of Culture and Leisure

If you’re trying to decide what to do in Moscow with kids, the park also offers several venues designed specifically for kids. Check out the year-round Green School which offers hands-on classes in gardening and art! You can also feed the squirrels and birds at the Golitsinsky Ponds!

The park is very well maintained and kept clean and the entrance is free of charge, although most individual attractions cost money. There is also Wi-Fi available throughout the park.

With so many attractions, you could easily spend all day here! If you’re only planning a 2 day itinerary in Moscow, make sure to plan your time accordingly and map out all the areas you want to see beforehand!

Day 2 / Stop 3 – The State Tretyakov Gallery

  • Why it’s awesome: The gallery’s collection consists entirely of Russian art made by Russian artists!
  • Food nearby : Brothers Tretyakovs is located right across the street from the gallery. It’s a wonderfully atmospheric restaurant serving top quality food and drinks!

The State Tretyakov Gallery was founded in 1856 by influential merchant and collector Pavel Tretyakov.  The gallery is a national treasury of Russian fine art and one of the most important museums in Russia!

It houses the world’s best collection of Russian art and contains more than 130, 000 paintings, sculptures, and graphics! These works have been created throughout the centuries by generations of Russia’s most talented artists!

The State Tretyakov Gallery

The exhibits range from mysterious 12th-century images to politically charged canvases. The collection is rich and revealing and offers great insight into the history and attitudes of this long-suffering yet inspired people!

All pictures are also labeled in English. If you plan to take your time and see everything inside the museum it will take a good 3-4 hours, so make sure to plan your Moscow trip itinerary accordingly! This gallery is a must-see stop for art lovers, or anyone wanting to explore the local culture and history of Russia in a creative and insightful manner! 

Insider Tip: When planning your 2 days in Moscow itinerary, keep in mind that most museums in Moscow are closed on Mondays, this includes The State Tretyakov Gallery!

Day 2 / Stop 4 – All-Russian Exhibition Center

  • Why it’s awesome: This large exhibition center showcases the achievements of the Soviet Union in several different spheres. 
  • Food nearby: Varenichnaya No. 1 serves authentic and homestyle Russian cuisine in an intimate and casual setting.

The All-Russian Exhibition Center is a massive park that presents the glory of the Soviet era! It pays homage to the achievements of Soviet Russia with its many different sites found on the property.

The center was officially opened in 1939 to exhibit the achievements of the Soviet Union. It’s a huge complex of buildings and the largest exhibition center in Moscow. There are several exhibition halls dedicated to different achievements and every year there are more than one hundred and fifty specialized exhibitions!

All Russian Exhibition Center

The Peoples Friendship Fountain was constructed in 1954 and is a highlight of the park. The stunning gold fountain features 16 gilded statues of girls, each representing the former Soviet Union republics. 

The Stone Flower Fountain was also built in 1954 and is worth checking out. The centerpiece of this large fountain is a flower carved from stones from the Ural Mountains! Along the side of the fountain are various bronze sculptures.

You will find many people zipping around on rollerblades and bicycles across the large area that the venue covers. It’s also home to amusement rides and carousels, making it the perfect place to stop with kids on your Moscow itinerary! Make sure to wear comfortable shoes and allow a few hours to explore all the areas that interest you!

Day 2 / Stop 5 – Bolshoi Theater

  • Why it’s awesome: The Bolshoi Theater is a historic venue that hosts world-class ballet and opera performances!
  • Cost: Prices vary largely between USD $2.00 –  USD $228.00 based on seat location.
  • Food nearby: Head to the Russian restaurant, Bolshoi for high-quality food and drinks and excellent service!

The Bolshoi Theater is among the oldest and most renowned ballet and opera companies in the world! It also boasts the world’s biggest ballet company, with more than 200 dancers!

The theater has been rebuilt and renovated several times during its long history. In 2011 it finished its most recent renovation after an extensive six-year restoration that started in 2005. The renovation included an improvement in acoustics and the restoration of the original Imperial decor.

The Bolshoi Theater has put on many of the world’s most famous ballet acts! Tchaikovsky’s ballet Swan Lake premiered at the theater in 1877 and other notable performances of the Bolshoi repertoire include Tchaikovsky’s The Sleeping Beauty and The Nutcracker!

Bolshoi Theater

Today, when you visit the theater, you can expect a magical performance from skilled singers, dancers, and musicians with the highest level of technique!

If you don’t have time to see a show, the theater also provides guided tours on select days of the week. Tours are given in both Russian and English and will provide visitors with a more intimate look at the different areas of the theater!

The stage of this iconic Russian theater has seen many outstanding performances. If you’re a fan of the performing arts, the Bolshoi Theater is one of the greatest and oldest ballet and opera companies in the world, making it a must-see attraction on your Moscow itinerary!

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Cosmonautics Museum | Alexander Garden | Ostankino Tower | Izmaylovo District | Soviet Arcade Museum

Now that we’ve covered what to do in Moscow in 2 days, if you’re able to spend more time in the city you’re going to need more attractions to fill your time. Here are a few more really cool things to do in Moscow we recommend!

Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics

  • Hear the timeline of the ‘space race’ from the Russian perspective
  • This museum is fun for both adults and children!
  • Admission is USD $4.00

The Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics is a museum dedicated to space exploration! The museum explores the history of flight, astronomy, space exploration, space technology, and space in the arts. It houses a large assortment of Soviet and Russian space-related exhibits, and the museum’s collection holds approximately 85,000 different items!

Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics

The museum does an excellent job of telling the full story of the exciting space race between the USSR and the US! It highlights the brightest moments in Russian history and humanity and is very interesting and fun for all ages!

If you’re a fan of space or just curious about gaining insight into Russia’s fascinating history of space exploration, make sure to add this to your 3 day itinerary in Moscow!

The Alexander Garden

  • A tranquil place to relax near the Red Square
  • Green lawns dotted with sculptures and lovely water features
  • The park is open every day and has no entrance fee

The Alexander Garden was one of the first urban public parks in Moscow! The garden premiered in 1821 and was built to celebrate Russia’s victory over Napoleon’s forces in 1812!

The park is beautiful and well maintained with paths to walk on and benches to rest on. The park contains three separate gardens: the upper garden, middle garden, and lower garden.

The Alexander Garden

Located in the upper garden, towards the main entrance to the park is the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier with its eternal flame. This monument was created in 1967 and contains the body of a soldier who fell during the Great Patriotic War!

The park stretches along all the length of the western Kremlin wall for about half a mile. Due to its central location in the city, it’ll be easily accessible when you’re out exploring The Red Square.

It provides a bit of relief from the city’s high-energy city streets. Bring a picnic lunch, go for a walk, or just sit and people watch, this is one of the best Moscow sites to wind-down and relax!

Ostankino Television Tower

  • Television and radio tower in Moscow
  • Currently the tallest free-standing structure in Europe
  • Make sure you bring your passport when you visit, you can’t go up without it!

For spectacular views of the city, make sure to add the Ostankino Television Tower to your itinerary for Moscow! This impressive free-standing structure provides stunning views of the city in every direction. The glass floor at the top also provides great alternative views of the city!

Ostankino Television Tower

It takes just 58 seconds for visitors to reach the Tower’s observation deck by super fast elevator. The tower is open every day for long hours and is a great site in Moscow to check out! There is even a restaurant at the top where you can enjoy rotating views of the city while you dine on traditional Russian cuisine or European cuisine!

The tower is somewhat of an architectural surprise in a city that is not known for skyscrapers! To see the city from a new perspective, make sure to add this stop to your Moscow itinerary!

Izmaylovo District

  • The most popular attractions in this district are the kremlin and the flea market
  • Outside of the city center and easy to reach via metro
  • Most popular during the summer and on weekends

Travel outside the city center and discover a unique area of the city! The Izmaylovo District is a popular destination for locals and tourists alike, and one of the coolest places to see in Moscow! The two main attractions we recommend checking out are the Kremlin and the flea market.

The Izmailovo Kremlin was established as a cultural center and molded after traditional Russian architecture. This colorful complex is home to several single-subject museums, including a Russian folk art museum and a vodka museum!

Izmaylovo District

Next to the Kremlin is the Izmailovo open-air market, which dates back to the 17th century! The market is connected to the Izmailovo Kremlin by a wooden bridge. Pick up all your Russian souvenirs here, including traditional handicrafts, paintings, books, retro toys, and Soviet memorabilia!

You will find many hand-made and hand-painted options available at higher prices, as well as mass-produced souvenir options at lower prices!

Museum of Soviet Arcade Games

  • Closed on Mondays
  • Filled with old arcade games that visitors get to try out!
  • The museum also includes a small cafe and burger shop

For something a little different, check out the Museum of Soviet Arcade Games! The museum features roughly 60 machines from the Soviet era, including video games, pinball machines, and collaborative hockey foosball! The machines inside the museum were produced in the USSR in the mid-1970s.

Museum of Soviet Arcade Games

The best part is, most of the games are still playable! Purchase tickets and try the games out for yourself! The museum also has a neat little screening room that plays old Soviet cartoons and an area with Soviet magazines! This unique attraction is a fun addition to a 3 day itinerary in Moscow, and an attraction that all ages will enjoy! 

Whether you’re spending one day in Moscow, or more, safety is an important thing to keep in mind when traveling to a big city! Overall, Moscow is a very safe place to visit. However, it is always recommended that tourists take certain precautions when traveling to a new destination!

The police in Moscow is extremely effective at making the city a safe place to visit and do their best to patrol all of the top Moscow, Russia tourist attractions. However, tourists can still be a target for pickpockets and scammers.

Moscow has a huge flow of tourists, therefore there is a risk for pickpocketing. Simple precautions will help eliminate your chances of being robbed. Stay vigilant, keep your items close to you at all times, and don’t flash your valuables!

If you’re planning a solo Moscow itinerary, you should have no need to worry, as the city is also considered safe for solo travelers, even women. Stay in the populated areas, try and not travel alone late at night, and never accept rides from strangers or taxis without a meter and correct signage.

The threat of natural disasters in Moscow is low, with the exception of severe winters when the temperature can dip below freezing! Bring a good, warm jacket if you visit in Winter.

However, please note that Russian views on homsexuality are far less accepting than those in Western Europe. Likewise, Non-Caucasian travellers may sadly encounter racism in Russia .

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Now that we’ve covered all the top things to see in Moscow, we thought we’d include some exciting day trips to other areas of the country!

Sergiev Posad (Golden Ring)

Sergiev Posad Golden Ring

On this 7-hour guided tour, you’ll visit several scenic and historic areas of Russia. Start your day with hotel pick-up as you’re transferred by a comfortable car or minivan to Sergiev Posad. Admire the charming Russian countryside on your drive and enjoy a quick stop to visit the Russian village, Rudonezh!

You’ll see the majestic Saint Spring and the Church of Sergiev Radonezh. You’ll also visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius, one of the most famous Orthodox sites in Russia!

Lastly, you’ll swing by the local Matreshka market and enjoy a break in a nice Russian restaurant before returning to Moscow!

Day Trip to Vladimir and Suzdal

Day Trip to Vladimir and Suzdal

On this 13-hour trip, you’ll discover old Russia, with its picturesque landscapes and white-stoned beautiful churches! You’ll visit the main towns of the famous Golden Ring of Russia – the name for several cities and smaller towns north-east of Moscow.

Your first stop will be in the town of Vladimir, the ancient capital of all Russian principalities. The city dates back to the 11th century and is one of the oldest and the most important towns along the Ring! Next, you’ll visit Suzdal, a calm ancient Russian town north of Vladimir with only 13,000 inhabitants!

The old-style architecture and buildings of Suzdal are kept wonderfully intact. If you’re spending three days in Moscow, or more, this is a great option for exploring the charming areas outside the city!

Zvenigorod Day Trip and Russian Countryside

Zvenigorod Day Trip and Russian Countryside

On this 9-hour private tour, you’ll explore the ancient town of Zvenigorod, one of the oldest towns in the Moscow region! As you leave Moscow you’ll enjoy the stunning scenery along the Moscow River, and make a few stops at old churches along the way to Zvenigorod.

Upon arrival, you’ll explore the medieval center, including the 14th-century Savvino-Storozhevsky Monastery. Next, you’ll take a break for lunch (own expense) where you’ll have the chance to try out the Russian cuisine! Next, you’ll visit the Museum of Russian Dessert and sip on tea at a Russian tea ceremony.

The final stop of the day is at the Ershovo Estate, a gorgeous place to walk around and enjoy nature!

Day Trip to St Petersburg by Train visiting Hermitage & Faberge

Day Trip to St Petersburg by Train visiting Hermitage and Faberge

On this full-day tour, you’ll enjoy a a full round trip to St Petersburg where you’ll spend an exciting day exploring another popular Russian city! You’ll be picked up from your hotel in Moscow and be transferred to the train station where you’ll ride the high-speed train ‘Sapsan’ to St Petersburg.

Upon arrival, you’ll start the day by touring the Hermitage Museum and the Winter Palace. Next, you’ll visit the Faberge Museum, where you’ll explore the impressive collection of rare Faberge Eggs! In the afternoon, enjoy a sightseeing boat ride and a traditional 3-course Russian lunch.

If you’re spending 3 days in Moscow, or more, this is an excellent trip to take!

Trip to Kolomna – Authentic Cultural Experience from Moscow

Trip to Kolomna - Authentic Cultural Experience from Moscow

On this 10-hour tour, you’ll escape the city and travel to the historic town of Kolomna! First, you’ll visit the 14th-century Kolomna Kremlin, home to the Assumption Cathedral and an abundance of museums!

Next, enjoy lunch at a local cafe (own expense) before embarking on a tour of the Marshmallow Museum – of course, a marshmallow tasting is provided!  Your final stop is the Museum of Forging Settlements, where displays include armor and accessories for fishing and hunting.

Discover this beautiful Russian fairytale city on a private trip, where all of the planning is taken care of for you!

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Find out what people want to know when planning their Moscow itinerary.

How many days you need in Moscow?

We recommend that you spend at least two or three days in Moscow to take it all in.

What’s the best month to visit Moscow?

The best time to visit Moscow is over the spring, from March to May as temperatures are mild, crowds are thin and prices are reasonable.

What are some unusual things to do in Moscow?

I mean, queuing up to see an almost 100 year old corpse is pretty unsual! Check out Lenin’s Mausoleum if you fancy it!

What are some fun things to do in Moscow?

The Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics is a fun place to explore the famous space race from the perspective of the ‘other side’!

We hope you enjoyed our Moscow itinerary! We’ve made sure to cover all the Moscow must-sees as well as some unique attractions in the city! Our addition of insider tips, favorite food stops, and day trips from Moscow is an added bonus and will guarantee you make the most out of your exciting Russian vacation!

Immerse yourself in the modern and traditional Russian lifestyle! Get lost in museums, witness awe-inspiring architecture, and indulge in Russian cuisine! Spend the day strolling through all of the charming sites of Moscow, admiring the beautiful scenery and discovering the city’s fairytale-like enchantment!

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Travel Itinerary For One Week in Moscow: The Best of Moscow!

I just got back from one week in Moscow. And, as you might have already guessed, it was a mind-boggling experience. It was not my first trip to the Russian capital. But I hardly ever got enough time to explore this sprawling city. Visiting places for business rarely leaves enough time for sightseeing. I think that if you’ve got one week in Russia, you can also consider splitting your time between its largest cities (i.e. Saint Petersburg ) to get the most out of your trip. Seven days will let you see the majority of the main sights and go beyond just scratching the surface. In this post, I’m going to share with you my idea of the perfect travel itinerary for one week in Moscow.

Moscow is perhaps both the business and cultural hub of Russia. There is a lot more to see here than just the Kremlin and Saint Basil’s Cathedral. Centuries-old churches with onion-shaped domes dotted around the city are in stark contrast with newly completed impressive skyscrapers of Moscow City dominating the skyline. I spent a lot of time thinking about my Moscow itinerary before I left. And this city lived up to all of my expectations.

7-day Moscow itinerary

Travel Itinerary For One Week in Moscow

Day 1 – red square and the kremlin.

Metro Station: Okhotny Ryad on Red Line.

No trip to Moscow would be complete without seeing its main attraction. The Red Square is just a stone’s throw away from several metro stations. It is home to some of the most impressive architectural masterpieces in the city. The first thing you’ll probably notice after entering it and passing vendors selling weird fur hats is the fairytale-like looking Saint Basil’s Cathedral. It was built to commemorate one of the major victories of Ivan the Terrible. I once spent 20 minutes gazing at it, trying to find the perfect angle to snap it. It was easier said than done because of the hordes of locals and tourists.

As you continue strolling around Red Square, there’s no way you can miss Gum. It was widely known as the main department store during the Soviet Era. Now this large (yet historic) shopping mall is filled with expensive boutiques, pricey eateries, etc. During my trip to Moscow, I was on a tight budget. So I only took a retro-style stroll in Gum to get a rare glimpse of a place where Soviet leaders used to grocery shop and buy their stuff. In case you want some modern shopping experience, head to the Okhotny Ryad Shopping Center with stores like New Yorker, Zara, and Adidas.

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To continue this Moscow itinerary, next you may want to go inside the Kremlin walls. This is the center of Russian political power and the president’s official residence. If you’re planning to pay Kremlin a visit do your best to visit Ivan the Great Bell Tower as well. Go there as early as possible to avoid crowds and get an incredible bird’s-eye view. There are a couple of museums that are available during designated visiting hours. Make sure to book your ticket online and avoid lines.

Day 2 – Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, the Tretyakov Gallery, and the Arbat Street

Metro Station: Kropotkinskaya on Red Line

As soon as you start creating a Moscow itinerary for your second day, you’ll discover that there are plenty of metro stations that are much closer to certain sites. Depending on your route, take a closer look at the metro map to pick the closest.

The white marble walls of Christ the Saviour Cathedral are awe-inspiring. As you approach this tallest Orthodox Christian church, you may notice the bronze sculptures, magnificent arches, and cupolas that were created to commemorate Russia’s victory against Napoleon.

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Unfortunately, the current Cathedral is a replica, since original was blown to bits in 1931 by the Soviet government. The new cathedral basically follows the original design, but they have added some new elements such as marble high reliefs.

Home to some precious collection of artworks, in Tretyakov Gallery you can find more than 150,000 of works spanning centuries of artistic endeavor. Originally a privately owned gallery, it now has become one of the largest museums in Russia. The Gallery is often considered essential to visit. But I have encountered a lot of locals who have never been there.

Famous for its souvenirs, musicians, and theaters, Arbat street is among the few in Moscow that were turned into pedestrian zones. Arbat street is usually very busy with tourists and locals alike. My local friend once called it the oldest street in Moscow dating back to 1493. It is a kilometer long walking street filled with fancy gift shops, small cozy restaurants, lots of cute cafes, and street artists. It is closed to any vehicular traffic, so you can easily stroll it with kids.

Day 3 – Moscow River Boat Ride, Poklonnaya Hill Victory Park, the Moscow City

Metro Station: Kievskaya and Park Pobedy on Dark Blue Line / Vystavochnaya on Light Blue Line

Voyaging along the Moscow River is definitely one of the best ways to catch a glimpse of the city and see the attractions from a bit different perspective. Depending on your Moscow itinerary, travel budget and the time of the year, there are various types of boats available. In the summer there is no shortage of boats, and you’ll be spoiled for choice.

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If you find yourself in Moscow during the winter months, I’d recommend going with Radisson boat cruise. These are often more expensive (yet comfy). They offer refreshments like tea, coffee, hot chocolate, and, of course, alcoholic drinks. Prices may vary but mostly depend on your food and drink selection. Find their main pier near the opulent Ukraine hotel . The hotel is one of the “Seven Sisters”, so if you’re into the charm of Stalinist architecture don’t miss a chance to stay there.

The area near Poklonnaya Hill has the closest relation to the country’s recent past. The memorial complex was completed in the mid-1990s to commemorate the Victory and WW2 casualties. Also known as the Great Patriotic War Museum, activities here include indoor attractions while the grounds around host an open-air museum with old tanks and other vehicles used on the battlefield.

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The hallmark of the memorial complex and the first thing you see as you exit metro is the statue of Nike mounted to its column. This is a very impressive Obelisk with a statue of Saint George slaying the dragon at its base.

Maybe not as impressive as Shanghai’s Oriental Pearl Tower , the skyscrapers of the Moscow City (otherwise known as Moscow International Business Center) are so drastically different from dull Soviet architecture. With 239 meters and 60 floors, the Empire Tower is the seventh highest building in the business district.

The observation deck occupies 56 floor from where you have some panoramic views of the city. I loved the view in the direction of Moscow State University and Luzhniki stadium as well to the other side with residential quarters. The entrance fee is pricey, but if you’re want to get a bird’s eye view, the skyscraper is one of the best places for doing just that.

Day 4 – VDNKh, Worker and Collective Farm Woman Monument, The Ostankino TV Tower

Metro Station: VDNKh on Orange Line

VDNKh is one of my favorite attractions in Moscow. The weird abbreviation actually stands for Russian vystavka dostizheniy narodnogo khozyaystva (Exhibition of Achievements of the National Economy). With more than 200 buildings and 30 pavilions on the grounds, VDNKh serves as an open-air museum. You can easily spend a full day here since the park occupies a very large area.

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First, there are pavilions that used to showcase different cultures the USSR was made of. Additionally, there is a number of shopping pavilions, as well as Moskvarium (an Oceanarium) that features a variety of marine species. VDNKh is a popular venue for events and fairs. There is always something going on, so I’d recommend checking their website if you want to see some particular exhibition.

A stone’s throw away from VDNKh there is a very distinctive 25-meters high monument. Originally built in 1937 for the world fair in Paris, the hulking figures of men and women holding a hammer and a sickle represent the Soviet idea of united workers and farmers. It doesn’t take much time to see the monument, but visiting it gives some idea of the Soviet Union’s grandiose aspirations.

I have a thing for tall buildings. So to continue my travel itinerary for one week in Moscow I decided to climb the fourth highest TV tower in the world. This iconic 540m tower is a fixture of the skyline. You can see it virtually from everywhere in Moscow, and this is where you can get the best panoramic views (yep, even better than Empire skyscraper).

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Parts of the floor are made of tempered glass, so it can be quite scary to exit the elevator. But trust me, as you start observing buildings and cars below, you won’t want to leave. There is only a limited number of tickets per day, so you may want to book online. Insider tip: the first tour is cheaper, you can save up to $10 if go there early.

Day 5 – A Tour To Moscow Manor Houses

Metro Station: Kolomenskoye, Tsaritsyno on Dark Green Line / Kuskovo on Purple Line

I love visiting the manor houses and palaces in Moscow. These opulent buildings were generally built to house Russian aristocratic families and monarchs. Houses tend to be rather grand affairs with impressive architecture. And, depending on the whims of the owners, some form of a landscaped garden.

During the early part of the 20th century though, many of Russia’s aristocratic families (including the family of the last emperor) ended up being killed or moving abroad . Their manor houses were nationalized. Some time later (after the fall of the USSR) these were open to the public. It means that today a great many of Moscow’s finest manor houses and palaces are open for touring.

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There are 20 manor houses scattered throughout the city and more than 25 in the area around. But not all of them easily accessible and exploring them often takes a lot of time. I’d recommend focusing on three most popular estates in Moscow that are some 30-minute metro ride away from Kremlin.

Sandwiched between the Moscow River and the Andropov Avenue, Kolomenskoye is a UNESCO site that became a public park in the 1920’s. Once a former royal estate, now it is one of the most tranquil parks in the city with gorgeous views. The Ascension Church, The White Column, and the grounds are a truly grand place to visit.

You could easily spend a full day here, exploring a traditional Russian village (that is, in fact, a market), picnicking by the river, enjoying the Eastern Orthodox church architecture, hiking the grounds as well as and wandering the park and gardens with wildflower meadows, apple orchards, and birch and maple groves. The estate museum showcases Russian nature at its finest year-round.

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If my travel itinerary for one week in Moscow was a family tree, Tsaritsyno Park would probably be the crazy uncle that no-one talks about. It’s a large park in the south of the city of mind-boggling proportions, unbelievable in so many ways, and yet most travelers have never heard of it.

The palace was supposed to be a summer home for Empress Catherine the Great. But since the construction didn’t meet with her approval the palace was abandoned. Since the early 1990’s the palace, the pond, and the grounds have been undergoing renovations. The entire complex is now looking brighter and more elaborately decorated than at possibly any other time during its history. Like most parks in Moscow, you can visit Tsaritsyno free of charge, but there is a small fee if you want to visit the palace.

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Last, but by no means least on my Moscow itinerary is Kuskovo Park . This is definitely an off-the-beaten-path place. While it is not easily accessible, you will be rewarded with a lack of crowds. This 18th-century summer country house of the Sheremetev family was one of the first summer country estates of the Russian nobility. And when you visit you’ll quickly realize why locals love this park.

Like many other estates, Kuskovo has just been renovated. So there are lovely French formal garden, a grotto, and the Dutch house to explore. Make sure to plan your itinerary well because the estate is some way from a metro station.

Day 6 – Explore the Golden Ring

Creating the Moscow itinerary may keep you busy for days with the seemingly endless amount of things to do. Visiting the so-called Golden Ring is like stepping back in time. Golden Ring is a “theme route” devised by promotion-minded journalist and writer Yuri Bychkov.

Having started in Moscow the route will take you through a number of historical cities. It now includes Suzdal, Vladimir, Kostroma, Yaroslavl and Sergiev Posad. All these awe-inspiring towns have their own smaller kremlins and feature dramatic churches with onion-shaped domes, tranquil residential areas, and other architectural landmarks.

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I only visited two out of eight cities included on the route. It is a no-brainer that Sergiev Posad is the nearest and the easiest city to see on a day trip from Moscow. That being said, you can explore its main attractions in just one day. Located some 70 km north-east of the Russian capital, this tiny and overlooked town is home to Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius, UNESCO Site.

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Sergiev Posad is often described as being at the heart of Russian spiritual life. So it is uncommon to see the crowds of Russian pilgrims showing a deep reverence for their religion. If you’re traveling independently and using public transport, you can reach Sergiev Posad by bus (departs from VDNKh) or by suburban commuter train from Yaroslavskaya Railway Station (Bahnhof). It takes about one and a half hours to reach the town.

Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius is a great place to get a glimpse of filling and warming Russian lunch, specifically at the “ Gostevaya Izba ” restaurant. Try the duck breast, hearty potato and vegetables, and the awesome Napoleon cake.

Day 7 – Gorky Park, Izmailovo Kremlin, Patriarch’s Ponds

Metro Station: Park Kultury or Oktyabrskaya on Circle Line / Partizanskaya on Dark Blue Line / Pushkinskaya on Dark Green Line

Gorky Park is in the heart of Moscow. It offers many different types of outdoor activities, such as dancing, cycling, skateboarding, walking, jogging, and anything else you can do in a park. Named after Maxim Gorky, this sprawling and lovely park is where locals go on a picnic, relax and enjoy free yoga classes. It’s a popular place to bike around, and there is a Muzeon Art Park not far from here. A dynamic location with a younger vibe. There is also a pier, so you can take a cruise along the river too.

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The Kremlin in Izmailovo is by no means like the one you can find near the Red Square. Originally built for decorative purposes, it now features the Vernissage flea market and a number of frequent fairs, exhibitions, and conferences. Every weekend, there’s a giant flea market in Izmailovo, where dozens of stalls sell Soviet propaganda crap, Russian nesting dolls, vinyl records, jewelry and just about any object you can imagine. Go early in the morning if you want to beat the crowds.

All the Bulgakov’s fans should pay a visit to Patriarch’s Ponds (yup, that is plural). With a lovely small city park and the only one (!) pond in the middle, the location is where the opening scene of Bulgakov’s novel Master and Margarita was set. The novel is centered around a visit by Devil to the atheistic Soviet Union is considered by many critics to be one of the best novels of the 20th century. I spent great two hours strolling the nearby streets and having lunch in the hipster cafe.

Conclusion and Recommendations

To conclude, Moscow is a safe city to visit. I have never had a problem with getting around and most locals are really friendly once they know you’re a foreigner. Moscow has undergone some serious reconstruction over the last few years. So you can expect some places to be completely different. I hope my one week Moscow itinerary was helpful! If you have less time, say 4 days or 5 days, I would cut out day 6 and day 7. You could save the Golden Ring for a separate trip entirely as there’s lots to see!

What are your thoughts on this one week Moscow itinerary? Are you excited about your first time in the city? Let me know in the comments below!

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Ann Snook-Moreau

Moscow looks so beautiful and historic! Thanks for including public transit information for those of us who don’t like to rent cars.

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MindTheTravel

Yup, that is me 🙂 Rarely rent + stick to the metro = Full wallet!

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Mariella Blago

Looks like you had loads of fun! Well done. Also great value post for travel lovers.

Thanks, Mariella!

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I have always wanted to go to Russia, especially Moscow. These sights look absolutely beautiful to see and there is so much history there!

Agree! Moscow is a thousand-year-old city and there is definitely something for everyone.

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Tara Pittman

Those are amazing buildings. Looks like a place that would be amazing to visit.

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Adriana Lopez

Never been to Moscow or Russia but my family has. Many great spots and a lot of culture. Your itinerary sounds fantastic and covers a lot despite it is only a short period of time.

What was their favourite thing about Russia?

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Gladys Parker

I know very little about Moscow or Russia for the\at matter. I do know I would have to see the Red Square and all of its exquisite architectural masterpieces. Also the CATHEDRAL OF CHRIST THE SAVIOUR. Thanks for shedding some light on visiting Moscow.

Thanks for swinging by! The Red Square is a great starting point, but there way too many places and things to discover aside from it!

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Ruthy @ Percolate Kitchen

You are making me so jealous!! I’ve always wanted to see Russia.

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Moscow is in my bucket list, I don’t know when I can visit there, your post is really useful. As a culture rich place we need to spend at least week.

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DANA GUTKOWSKI

Looks like you had a great trip! Thanks for all the great info! I’ve never been in to Russia, but this post makes me wanna go now!

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Wow this is amazing! Moscow is on my bucket list – such an amazing place to visit I can imagine! I can’t wait to go there one day!

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The building on the second picture looks familiar. I keep seeing that on TV.

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Reesa Lewandowski

What beautiful moments! I always wish I had the personality to travel more like this!

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Perfect itinerary for spending a week in Moscow! So many places to visit and it looks like you had a wonderful time. I would love to climb that tower. The views I am sure must have been amazing!

I was lucky enough to see the skyline of Moscow from this TV Tower and it is definitely mind-blowing.

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Chelsea Pearl

Moscow is definitely up there on my travel bucket list. So much history and iconic architecture!

Thumbs up! 🙂

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Blair Villanueva

OMG I dream to visit Moscow someday! Hope the visa processing would be okay (and become more affordable) so I could pursue my dream trip!

Yup, visa processing is the major downside! Agree! Time and the money consuming process…

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'A Gentleman in Moscow' Review — Ewan McGregor Effortlessly Charms From a Gilded Cage

  • Ewan McGregor and Mary Elizabeth Winstead's chemistry shines in A Gentleman in Moscow as Alexander navigates relationships in his gilded cage.
  • The storytelling cleverly deploys nonlinear narrative and amusing dialogue to engage the viewer.
  • A slow start evolves into a compelling historical epic within the Metropol's walls.

Based on Amor Towles ’ critically acclaimed novel by the same name, A Gentleman in Moscow is Showtime’s next great historical drama. While the mention of “Moscow” in the title might make the mind’s eye wander down snowy streets in the shadow of Saint Basil's Cathedral, A Gentleman in Moscow is far removed from the sprawl of a struggling society and is instead a far more quaint tale , set within the confines of a grandiose hotel-turned-prison cell.

Like the gilt Fabergé egg that adorns the poster for the series, Count Alexander Rostov’s ( Ewan McGregor ) existence is a reminder of the opulence of bygone days—an ostentatious relic. He serves no real purpose in the grand scheme of things, except to be watched within his gilded cage, and kept account of by authorities, much like the dwindling few eggs that sit in collections around the world. And much like the Fabergé egg, Alexander’s life is inextricably linked to the tragic downfall of the Romanov family and the Bolshevik revolution of 1917 that followed.

The series starts swiftly, with the Bolshevik tribunal sentencing the Count to a lifetime of confinement within the walls of the Metropol Hotel. He is spared a far worse sentencing ( death ) due to the poem that he allegedly penned, which critiqued the upper class and questioned the purpose of the royal family. These are, of course, ideals that the Bolsheviks agree with, even if they are being echoed by a Count who benefited from the institutions he criticized. As with Towles’ novel, much of the Count’s life before the revolution is shown through fragmented flashbacks dotted throughout the series, as well as through illuminating conversations with his compatriots — or, rather, comrades, Mishka ( Fehinti Balogun ) and Prince Nikolai Petrov ( Paul Ready ).

A Gentleman in Moscow

A Russian aristocrat is spared from death and placed on house arrest while the Bolshevik Revolution plays out before him.

Release Date March 29, 2024

Cast Leah Harvey, Anastasia Hille, Beau Gadsdon, Bjrn Hlynur Haraldsson, Paul Ready, Johnny Harris, Ewan McGregor, Mary Elizabeth Winstead

Main Genre Drama

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‘A Gentleman in Moscow’ Breathes New Life Into Its Characters

With Ben Vanstone as the guiding hand for the series, A Gentleman in Moscow was smartly adapted from page to screen. Rather than embracing the novel's insular storytelling, with the Count as the sole protagonist, Vanstone has widened the narrative to bring more life to the surrounding characters — particularly the women who come in and out of his life, and the gilded doors of the Metropol. It would have been very easy to frame Anna Urbanova ( Mary Elizabeth Winstead ) as little more than the Count’s on-again-off-again girlfriend. Her life outside of Alexander doesn’t matter on the page; she only exists when she is with him or on his mind. Perhaps with a different creative team, that would have been exactly how she was portrayed, but Vanstone veered far away from playing straight into that trope. Instead, Anna’s life outside of Alexander is given depth . Her career as an actress is a vital subplot that weaves through each episode, headed towards a larger plot point. While she and the Count do fall into bed on numerous occasions, it’s always handled tastefully and shown as a relationship that she holds the reins to. Courting a criminal comes at great personal risk to her budding career, which makes the shifted narrative all the more vital.

A Gentleman in Moscow marks the third time that McGregor and Winstead have shared the screen following their performances in Fargo and Birds of Prey , and their real-life chemistry beautifully carries through into the relationship between Alexander and Anna. They play off each other naturally, and their performances are just as electric, regardless of whether Anna is keeping his delusions of grandeur in check or he’s sprawled out naked on the ground with nothing more than a towel to hide the… Fabergé eggs. McGregor and Winstead's dynamic is half the fun of A Gentleman in Moscow . It’s refreshing to have even more historical romances to talk about around the watercooler — and audiences will be raving about this series given its weekly release schedule.

While Alexander’s relationship with Anna is at the heart of A Gentleman in Moscow , the soul of the series is his unlikely friendships with two little girls who call the Metropol home during different periods of his imprisonment. First is Nina Kulikova ( Alexa Goodall ), a curly-haired spitfire who has everyone in the hotel wrapped around her finger. It’s through Nina that Alexander starts to make genuine connections with the host of characters around him, which changes him for the better. Years after Nina has been set free from Alexander’s gilded cage, a second young girl comes into Alexander’s life: Sofia ( Billie Gadsdon ). Through both girls, Alexander gets to experience what fatherhood might have looked like for him had he not been ensnared by the Bolsheviks.

Another notable and equally unlikely friendship that Alexander makes at the Metropol is the one that he forges with Osip Glebnikov ( Johnny Harris ), the man tasked with ensuring he never leaves the hotel. Glebnikov enlists Alexander in training him to be more of a gentleman. Given his upbringing, he was never afforded the same access to scholarly works or classic literature as Alexander, and this academic pursuit becomes their evening conversations over supper.

One such conversation centers on Victor Hugo ’s seminal work, Les Misérables , which is a cause of confusion for Glebnikov, who withers at the notion of Javert (spoilers for a 162-year-old book) committing suicide. While the conversation about Les Misérables may be brief, the comparison between the two works is undeniable. Alexander, much like Jean Valjean, is a prisoner of circumstances, though on wildly different sides of the scale. While Valjean escapes from his jailor, Javert, for large swaths of time, Alexander is always right where Glebnikov left him within the halls of the Metropol. The true comparison, however, arises when Alexander is tasked with the care of young Sofia by her mother, much in the same way Fantine entrusts Cosette’s future with Valjean. Further comparisons could be made with the setting of both tales, as they are both set against uprisings, revolutions, class disparity, and the sort of socialist discourse that would make Karl Marx sit up in his grave. And, much like the stage musical, A Gentleman in Moscow is all about the turning of the years.

‘A Gentleman in Moscow’ Starts Slow, But Builds to a Pulse-Pounding Conclusion

Spread out across eight episodes, A Gentleman in Moscow spans approximately forty years of Alexander’s life in captivity. With each new episode, a running total of how many days he has spent in his lavish prison is tallied up. Occasionally, the episodes will work backward from each shocking total, which cleverly hooks the audience right from the onset of the episode. Except for his visible aging and waning agility, the Count remains largely stagnant as the world changes around him. He has very little control over his circumstances, which means a lot happens to him, not with him. People come and go around him, relationships are formed, babies are born, those babies grow up and go to war, people die, and Russia evolves—for better and for worse.

The first handful of episodes start slowly, particularly where Alexander’s passivity is concerned, but as he begins to come to terms with his situation and connect with the vibrant world around him, however small it may be, the pace finally picks up. Without revealing too many details about the final episodes of the series, one might be able to imagine what sort of turmoil might visit his gilded cage once Stalin’s regime falls and America starts poking around the ruins of the government. The passage of time is cleverly shown through more than just a running total and graying hair. While Alexander’s wardrobe rarely receives an upgrade, the people around him represent the ever-evolving world beyond the Metropol. Anna is the best bellwether for societal changes as her appearance transforms from a picture-perfect blonde bombshell with rising hemlines to her natural brunette curls and sophisticated elegance. As time continues to pass, she even dons cozy sweaters that mirror Alexander’s own comfortable existence.

While it is unlikely that A Gentleman in Moscow intended for Ewan McGregor to look like a dark academia fever dream, every bit of the Count’s character design screams the aesthetic. From the unkempt coif of permed curls to his longjohns-clad calisthenics in a dusty attic, Alexander looks more like an eccentric history professor than a count whose wings have been clipped. McGregor brings a charming congenitally to the role that makes the Count ever so beguiling , particularly when he gets to act opposite the younger members of the cast. When he’s not going toe-to-toe with Winstead, he’s at his best keeping up with the spry wit of Goodall and Gadsdon's characters.

A Gentleman in Moscow lives up to the expectations set by Towles’ novel and delivers a sprawling historical epic contained within the walls of a single location. The Count’s world might be as small as the Metropol, but he lives vicariously through the relationships he makes — and, by extension, so do we. With mystery, danger, and intrigue threaded throughout, A Gentleman in Moscow has the potential to dominate cultural conversation in the same way that Shōgun and The Gilded Age have nourished audiences who are starved for well-told, compelling tales.

A Gentleman in Moscow lives up to the original novel it adapts, delivering a sprawling historical epic confined to a single location.

  • Ewan McGregor and Mary Elizabeth Winstead electrify the screen with their chemistry and natural ease together.
  • The writing is clever, both with its amusing dialogue and the way it deploys nonlinear storytelling to keep audiences engaged.
  • The set and costume design are sumptuous and visually appealing.
  • The first handful of episodes are quite slow, but the series does eventually pick up as the story unfolds.

A Gentleman in Moscow premieres March 29 on streaming and on-demand on Paramount+ with Showtime before its on-air debut on March 31.

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