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

Miami Beach's 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
Photo of Elizabeth Nicholas
14 August 2020

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.

Los Angeles, California

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Colorful buildings along Venice Beach, in Los Angeles, California, in the United States of America
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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

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View of Miami Beach, and people cycling in Lummus Park. Image shot 12/2018.
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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

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Las Vegas Strip skyline at sunny day
Las Vegas has a spectacular skyline | © lucky-photographer / Alamy Stock Photo
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

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Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, Apache Mountain Spirit Dancer bronze sculpture by Goseyun and Anthropology Lab in Santa Fe, New Mexico USA.
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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

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Honolulu, HI, USA - September 7, 2013: Surfboards lined up in the rack at famous Waikiki Beach in Honolulu. Oahu, Hawaii.
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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.
These recommendations were updated on August 14, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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