The Sunniest Places in the USA That Are Perfect for a Summer Holiday

Miami Beachs iconic Art Deco lifeguard towers against a blue Florida sky.
Miami Beach's iconic Art Deco lifeguard towers against a blue Florida sky. | © Martin Wheeler / Alamy Stock Photo
Elizabeth Nicholas

Chances are when you are thinking about vacation spots you’d like to visit in America, somewhere sunny is probably a deal-breaker. From Arizona to Hawaii, Florida and California, here are our picks for the sunniest places in the United States to help you plan an incredible vacation.

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Yuma, Arizona

Yuma is officially the sunniest place in America – it is sunny about 90% of the time. So, pack your bags to visit this gem if your number-one priority is making sure that the chance of anything raining on your parade is as slim as possible.

Los Angeles, California

The joke in Los Angeles is that no matter what time of year it is, the weather is always 72F (22C) and sunny. This extremely consistent weather will be all the better for you to explore everything that this incredible and diverse city has to offer, including the beaches of Malibu and the downtown art galleries.

Miami, Florida

A famous party city, Miami is where you should go if you’re looking to lay out by a stylish pool and soak up vitamin D during the day and then dance the evening hours away late into the night. Take your pick of trendy hotels – many of them have rooftop pools, so you can choose between those and the beach.

Las Vegas, Nevada

Las Vegas has a spectacular skyline that wows visitors to the Strip

One of the sunniest places in the country with the most abundant entertainment options, Las Vegas is a vacation spot where you can have it all. Spend your daytime hours soaking up the sun by the hotel pool, or go further afield to hike amid Nevada’s impressive scenery. At night, you can choose between blackjack, world-class dining, and shows.

Santa Fe, New Mexico

Once a Spanish city, Santa Fe is one of America’s oldest and also most charming and spiritual cities. Sit in one of the many courtyard restaurants for lunch to get maximum sun exposure, and then stroll the marvelous boutiques to look for traditional Navajo woven blankets.

Honolulu, Hawaii

Hawaii is all about the sea, surf and sand, so make sure to book a place with easy beach access. After that the most difficult decision you should ever have to make in Honolulu should be what kind of shave ice you’d like, and whether you’d prefer to spend your afternoon swimming or napping in the sun.

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