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18 Best Places to Travel in February

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Masked revelers at Carnival in Venice, Italy

Masked revelers at Carnival in Venice, Italy

Travel in February can take us into the heart of winter or the depths of summer. No matter how we wish to travel, February is a great time to experience the world. From an African safari to a tropical beach getaway, ancient cities, to an exploration of nature, the following list explores some of the many places you can visit in February with options for every type of traveler.

Italy

Gondolas on the Grand Canal in Venice, Italy

Gondolas on the Grand Canal in Venice, Italy

Temperatures: Low 48° F | High 55° F

Highlights: Food and wine, history, art, snow sports, ancient ruins, museums, wine

Other recommended travel times: May | September | October

Italy inspires and delights like no other country in the world. February brings a different side of the culture and landscape as you indulge in the likes of Carnevale, skiing, hot springs, and the joys of smaller crowds. Beyond the cultural riches and effortless style, February highlights Italy’s sensational landscapes with mountains and hills, coastal cliffs, and glacial lakes shining like artistic masterpieces displaying an endless diversity of experiences.

Learn more: Italy Tours | Italy Travel Guide

Croatia

Old town of Dubrovnik, Croatia

Old town of Dubrovnik, Croatia

Temperatures: Low 52° F | High 41° F

Highlights: Skiing, snow sports, culture, museums, coastline

Other recommended travel times: May | June | October

Croatia is not an obvious February getaway, but the historic cities and countryside's unspoiled nature creates a perfect winter wonderland. Vibrant museums, galleries, restaurants, and shopping abound, while the classic wintry setting brings the opportunity to ski, relax in hot springs, and enjoy the smaller crowds. February offers snowy excursions, enticing festivals, and captivating images of frozen lakes, icy waterfalls, and snow-covered pines.

Learn more: Croatia Tour | Croatia Travel Guide

Sweden

Dog sledding in Northern Sweden

Dog sledding in Northern Sweden

Temperatures: Low 21° F | High 44° F

Highlights: Northern Lights | Skiing | Sami Culture | Ice Fishing | Dog Sledding | Reindeer and Moose Tracking | Ice Hotel

Other recommended travel times: June | July

In February, Sweden is a winter wonderland, immersing you in the majesty of the Northern Lights and the brilliant snow. Welcoming culture, food, design, and the brilliance of the aurora borealis dancing across Lapland. The first week of February hosts the traditional Sami Jokkmokk Market that celebrates ancient culture and the stunning charms of winter. Unspoiled nature, winter adventures, and stunning coastline highlight the diversity leading into the Arctic landscapes.

Learn more: Sweden Tours

Norway

Northern lights in the Lofoten Islands, Norway

Northern lights in the Lofoten Islands, Norway

Temperatures: Low 16° F | High 44° F

Highlights: Northern Lights | Snowshoeing | Dog Sledding | Flåm Railway | Sami Culture

Other recommended travel times: August | September | December

Norway shines with breathtaking natural beauty. If you hope to chase after the Northern Lights or tour the countryside on skis, you can embrace the depth of winter, from the jagged coastline to the shimmering glaciers and into the heart of forests as dense as fortresses. The opportunities for winter sports are endless and exciting, capped by the solitary experience of witnessing the untamed wilderness deep beyond the borders of the Arctic Circle.

Learn more: Norway Tours

Finland

Skiing in Lapland, Finland

Skiing in Lapland, Finland

Temperatures: Low -8° F | High 19° F

Highlights: Northern Lights | Skiing | Snowboarding | Dog Sledding | Ice Breaker Boating | Ice Fishing | Snowshoeing

Other recommended travel times: July | September

Finland is the ultimate fusion between the beguiling wilderness and an irresistible winter allure. February is the best time to hunt the Northern Lights. The crisp, cold month keeps the clouds at bay and shines against the snowy landscapes in the day, revealing the Northern Lights' dancing colors in the night. With dazzling pine forests and frozen lakes, thrilling winter sports, and an enticing culinary scene, Finland is a captivating yet relatively undiscovered corner.

Learn more: Finland Tours

Australia

Observatory point along the Great Ocean Road in Australia

Observatory point along the Great Ocean Road in Australia

Temperatures: Low 66° F | High 78° F

Highlights: Warm weather, wildlife, culture, beaches, water sports, scenery

Other recommended travel times: October | November

Awe-inspiring, staggering, and daunting define Australia throughout the year, but February captures the spirit of summer in the Southern Hemisphere. The southern states are warm and inviting with endless outdoor activities with the extraordinary blue waters becoming the focal point of the season. February involves adventure and exploration, relaxation, and excitement whether you lounge on a famous beach, visit the Great Barrier Reef's southern edges, or sample celebrated wines.

Learn more: Australia Tours | Australia Travel Guide

Costa Rica

Isla del Caño, Costa Rica

Isla del Caño, Costa Rica

Temperatures: Low 76° F | High 94° F

Highlights: Warm weather, wildlife, culture, beaches, scenery

Other recommended travel times: December | January | March

Costa Rica is the embodiment of natural wonder, and February is a fantastic time to experience the breadth of the country’s immersive beauty. From volcanos to cloud forests, golden sandy beaches to epic rainforests, February is part of the dry season spanning from the Central Valley to the Pacific coast and the Caribbean shores. The drier weather gives you access to the sensational biodiversity as you search for spider monkeys, a taste for flying on a zipline, or the joys of lounging in the tropical sun.

Learn more: Costa Rica Tours | Costa Rica Travel Guide

Colombia

Santa Teresa Square in Cartagena, Colombia

Santa Teresa Square in Cartagena, Colombia

Temperatures: Low 47° F | High 69° F

Highlights: Warm weather, wildlife, culture, beaches, history, villages

Other recommended travel times: December | January | March

Colombia is a country of captivating contrasts, and the month of February is one of the best times to enjoy the Caribbean coast or the Amazonian jungle, the Andean peaks or the electric ambiance of bustling cities. Above all, Colombia defies any expectation of singularity. Even in February, the weather shifts from cool mountain peaks to soothing tropical sun and hot rainforest trails. Colombia is endlessly fascinating with adventure and charm found in colonial communities, archeological ruins, and indulgent beaches.

Learn more: Colombia Tours

South Africa

Lion on the savanna in South Africa

Lion on the savanna in South Africa

Temperatures: Low 61° F | High 84° F

Highlights: Warm weather, safari, wildlife, culture, beaches, history, wine

Other recommended travel times: May | June | September

South Africa is a country of incredible diversity, not just in the wildlife but in the cultures, history, and variety of activities. From the golden savanna to expansive Winelands, dramatic coastline and elegant beaches, February in South Africa can give you plenty of time to spend on white-sand beaches or enjoy the outdoors in search of awe-inspiring wildlife. February is also the Southern Hemisphere’s summer, which results in plenty of special events.

Learn more: South Africa Safari | South Africa Tours & Vacations

Kenya

Elephants in Amboseli National Park, Kenya

Elephants in Amboseli National Park, Kenya

Temperatures: Low 75° F | High 84° F

Highlights: Warm weather, safari, wildlife, culture, beaches

Other recommended travel times: July | August | September

Kenya invites you to an idyllic safari experience, and February is a fantastic time to experience it all. From the Great Rift Valley to the Masai Mara, traditional communities to stirring landscape, historic old towns to pearly-white beaches, Kenya has something for every traveler.  With an impressive array of safari camps and lodges, a safari specialist can make the most of your trip during the shoulder season with fewer crowds and incredible wildlife viewing.

Learn more: Kenya Safaris & Tours | Safari Guide 

Uganda

Gorilla in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, Uganda

Gorilla in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, Uganda

Temperatures: Low 76° F | High 85° F

Highlights: Warm weather, safari, wildlife, culture, trekking

Other recommended travel times: July | August | September

Uganda is an exceptional tapestry of landscape and wildlife. February is a fantastic time to visit one of Africa’s tallest mountain ranges or to find the source of the Nile River. February allows a shoulder season exploration of what has been called the “Pearl of Africa,” giving you plenty of opportunities to discover snowcapped peaks, glassy lakes, and misty forests. The sprawling savanna protects the likes of Africa’s renowned Big Five, while the resplendent canopies hide the mountain gorillas.

Learn more: Uganda Safaris & Gorilla Trekking | Gorilla Trekking Safaris

Rwanda

Vervet monkey in Rwanda

Vervet monkey in Rwanda

Temperatures: Low 55° F | High 79° F

Highlights: Warm weather, safari, wildlife, culture, inland beaches, trekking

Other recommended travel times: July | August | September

Rwanda is endless mountains and majesty, and February creates the perfect atmosphere of dry weather in which you can scour bamboo forests or discover inland beaches. Embrace the extensive tracts of mountain rainforest in search of mountain gorillas and chimpanzees or find fascinating exhibits on traditional customs to contemporary history. Rwanda in February reveals its mysteries and celebrates its impressive beauty.

Learn more: Rwanda Gorilla Trekking & Safaris | Gorilla Trekking Safaris

Sri Lanka

Beach and fishing boats in Sri Lanka

Beach and fishing boats in Sri Lanka

Temperatures: Low 73° F | High 88° F

Highlights: Warm weather, wildlife, culture, beaches, ancient ruins, villages

Other recommended travel times: December | March | April

Sri Lanka is a dizzying array of timeless adventure and relaxation. From famous tea fields to irresistible beaches, inspiring elephant herds to breathtaking ruins, February unravels Sri Lanka’s ancient charms and immerses you in consistently good weather. February falls in the heart of whale-watching season off the south coast and gives you the best conditions for traveling the primary circuits or for lounging on the pristine beaches. It feels undiscovered, easy, and ultimately legendary.

Learn more: Sri Lanka Tours

Cambodia

Angkor Wat in Siem Reap, Cambodia

Angkor Wat in Siem Reap, Cambodia

Temperatures: Low 74° F | High 91° F

Highlights: Warm weather, wildlife, culture, beaches, ancient ruins, villages

Other recommended travel times: November | December | January

Cambodia is majestic and charming, blending ancient with the modern. Your trip can bring to light the enticing splendors from Angkor Wat to the Mekong right after the wet season, giving everything a lush and lively look. The larger crowds of December and January have dissipated, making it much easier to enjoy the ancient history, pearly beaches, and cultural villages.

Learn more: Cambodia Tours | Southeast Asia Tours & Vacations

India

Mysore Palace, India

Mysore Palace, India

Temperatures: Low 63° F | High 66° F

Highlights: Warm weather, wildlife, culture, history, art

Other recommended travel times: March | October

India is a classic display of vibrant color and festive spirituality, fascinating architecture, and immersive landscapes. February is a beautiful month to travel in India with great weather across the country. Delicious and expectedly distinctive, India reveals much more than just the Taj Mahal or Ganges River and instead can plunge you deep into the soul-warming charms for which the country is known, especially given that February is wedding season.

Learn more: India Tours

Chile

Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia, Chile

Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia, Chile

Temperatures: Low 66° F | High 85° F

Highlights: Warm weather, culture, hiking, scenery

Other recommended travel times: December | January

A land of extreme diversity and endless adventure, Chile in February can be warm in the major destinations and flush with green vineyards around the celebrated valleys. With the national footprint reaching the southern edges of South America, the exciting landscape features volcanoes and ancient forests, glaciers and fjords, desert flats, and mountain slopes for grand Patagonian discoveries or quiet gastronomic delights in the Southern Hemisphere’s summer.

Learn more: Chile Tours | Patagonia Tours

Peru

Machu Picchu, Peru

Machu Picchu, Peru

Temperatures: Low 74° F | High 80° F

Highlights: Warm weather, culture, scenery, beaches, wildlife, ancient ruins

Other recommended travel times: May | June

Complex and intricate, ancient and innovative, Peru has an exciting texture unique to its borders. February is a great time to visit the diverse array of natural beauty and cultural splendor due to the warm weather typical in the Southern Hemisphere’s summer. With a variety of gorgeous beaches, fewer tourists, and seasonal festivals like Carnival, February creates the perfect atmosphere to enjoy Peru, unlike any other time.

Learn more: Peru Tours | Machu Picchu Tours 

Argentina

Vineyard in Salta, Argentina

Vineyard in Salta, Argentina

Temperatures: Low 63° F | High 85° F

Highlights: Warm weather, culture, hiking, scenery, cycling, wine, horseback riding

Other recommended travel times: March | April | November

Argentina is seductive in its passion, beauty, and intensity. February highlights Argentina’s connection to the landscape and culture with warm weather typical of summer in the Southern Hemisphere. The heart of summer is high-season and offers those with wanderlust some trekking and cycling excursions from Patagonia to the pampas, as well as immersive introductions to vineyards and waterfalls, city life, and epic glaciers.

Learn more: Argentina Tours | Patagonia Tours

Plan your trip for February

Tropical coast of Diani, Kenya

Tropical coast of Diani, Kenya

February is a great time to travel with the world celebrating a variety of seasons, activities, and possibilities making it easy to find the right destination for you. Find more insights and inspiration with recommended destinations at Zicasso’s Travel Blog. If you are thinking of planning a trip, submit a Trip Request or contact us at 1-888-265-9707.

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