For many Americans, winter is the perfect chance to take a break from snow and frost with a trip to sunnier climes. Hawai‘i and the Caribbean are classic choices. They're relatively close, and their white-sand beaches and blue waters are among the best in the world, so it's no surprise that they're among AAA's most-booked destinations for trips in December through February.
Others travel farther afield to take advantage of the Earth's tilt: Winter in the Northern Hemisphere means Southern Hemisphere destinations like Australia, New Zealand, and Argentina are enjoying summer. Even more paradisiacal are the Galápagos Islands, which sit on the equator and thus don't experience traditional seasons. Below are AAA's top winter travel destinations, as indicated by hotel and travel bookings made by AAA members through AAA travel agents in select markets, along with key facts for those looking for a vacation from the cold—just another way that AAA travels with you.1