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Katie Sagal

Where’s Hot in January

The fun and festivity of the December holidays has passed, leaving us with nothing but the dreary chill of January. While the amount of snow currently in your backyard may vary, we’re pretty sure most folks experiencing winter this time of year are getting tired of it. Dealing with the wintertime blues? Get away from the cold, sleet, and snow with a vacation to one of these hot destinations. If you’re hoping to find out where’s hot in January for that perfect escape, check out these top vacation destinations. We’ve pulled together a few of our favorite things to do in each place, too, giving you just a few starter ideas for your warm-weather getaway.

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Singapore

This city is small but mighty when it comes to entertaining the many visitors to flock to its shores in January. From fine dining to street vendors, and from glittering new construction to ancient historical sites, Singapore has got a little bit of everything. In fact, exciting options abound in practically every entertainment category. Enjoy the fountains at the Marina Bay Waterfront Promenade. Explore the city on a river taxi. Roam the lush, gorgeous Gardens by the Bay. See the city from above from the Sands SkyPark Observation Deck. The possibilities only expand from there! Average High Temps: 87 F / 31 C

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Cancun

If you’re looking for a tropical paradise in the middle of January, Cancun should be at the top of your list. With warm (but not scorching) temps, you can truly enjoy the best watersports, sunbathing, hiking, adventuring, and more. We especially love unique opportunities like a dolphin encounter or an excursion to an ancient Maya ruin. You can also partake in some classic vacay activities, like parasailing, ziplining, swimming, snorkeling, and sailing. If you’re traveling with a significant other, we also love a romantic dinner cruise to top off an active day. Average High Temps: 82 F / 28 F

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Sydney

The great thing about Sydney in January is that it’s not winter there. Visit this stunning metropolitan city to enjoy the best in urban amenities, cultural attractions, and beachy fun all in one amazing package. It’s also a city with a few great neighborhoods, making it easy to enjoy one part of the city for a whole day, and so on. Perfect for long or short vacations! Tour the iconic Sydney Opera House. Stroll along Bondi Beach. Get out of the city for some zip-lining. See the city from above at the Sydney Tower Eye. Whatever you’ve got your heart set on, you can make the most of the beautiful weather in Sydney on your January getaway. Average High Temps: 79 F / 26 C

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Dubai

Dubai is one of those unique destinations that’s basically hot all the time, but it’s a good kind of hot in January—not the burning, unbearable heat they have in the summer. You can actually enjoy the beautiful, sparse desert scenery, the gleaming urban landscape, and the food, music, and culture without worrying about getting sun poisoning! A must-do is the Burj Khalifa from a touristy perspective, but there are also plenty of warm-weather activities to enjoy. Splash, play, or lay back and relax at Aquaventure Waterpark. Go parasailing or kayaking; hop aboard a cruise or dhow boat; or try your hand at windsurfing or stand-up paddleboarding. It’s all available in the alluring Emirate. Average High Temps: 75 F / 24 C

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Miami

Florida is one of the top January destinations for visitors from around the globe, and Miami is up there (along with Orlando; more on that below) as a top spot for winter getaways. Simply put, the weather is near-perfect, with little rain and low humidity. It’s the best time to visit this appealing city, with its delectable cuisine, inspiring arts, and active tourism scene. For the artsy folks, there are plenty of museums, galleries, and performance venues in Miami. For those who love the water, try a cruise or Duck Boat tour. If you’re an animal lover, you’ll want to check out Jungle Island or the Miami Seaquarium. Want to get even farther south for some more heat? Try a day trip to Key West from Miami! Average High Temps: 74 F / 23 C

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Orlando

Another popular centerpiece of many January vacations is Orlando. With lower room rates and airfare just after the December holiday season, January starts the beginning of a great time of year to visit the theme park capital of the world. Even if you aren’t planning on doing Disney, though, there is plenty to enjoy in this hot destination. We like LEGOLAND® Florida for families with young children or the Kennedy Space Center for all the kids—big and little—who always dreamed of going to space. If you’re hoping to enjoy the non-humid Florida weather, check out the Everglades, go on a Winter Park cruise, or relax on an open-air sightseeing tour bus. Average High Temps: 72 F / 22 C

Save on Warm-Weather Attractions

We hope one or two of these warm-weather destinations sound enticing—they sure make us want to set up the “out of office” e-mail response! Before you hit the road, though, be sure to grab a Go City attraction pass for any of these destinations. You can save up to 65% on admission to the best tours, cruises, attractions, museums, and so much more.

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