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

Miami, FL
Miami, FL | © Mohmed Althani / Flickr
Photo of Elizabeth Nicholas
14 August 2020

When thinking about which vacation spots you’d like to visit most in America, somewhere sunny probably tops your list. From Arizona and Hawaii to Florida and California, here are our picks for the sunniest places in the United States to help you plan an epic vacation.

Yuma, Arizona

Yuma is officially the sunniest place in America – it is sunny about 90% of the time between sunrise and sunset. 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.

Yuma ranks as the sunniest spot in the US | | © Cheri Alguire / Alamy Stock Photo

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 temperate weather will be all the better for you to explore everything that this incredible and diverse city has to offer, from the beaches of Malibu to the art galleries of downtown.

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.

Miami is known for its beautiful beaches and exuberant nightlife | | © aurora.kreativ / Unsplash

Las Vegas, Nevada

One of the sunniest places in the country with the most abundant entertainment options, Las Vegas is a vacation 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 stunning scenery. At night, you can choose between blackjack, world-class dining and shows.

The hotels of Las Vegas offer a lively poolside experience | | © Richard Green / Alamy Stock Photo

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 beautiful boutiques to look for turquoise and 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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