The winter months of December through February — and sometimes through March — are notorious for flight delays due to bad weather. People risk delays during the holidays because they have long periods of mandated time-off and want to spend it with their families. But no one wants to request time off in February only to spend half of the vacation managing flight delays and bad weather.
But while February isn’t the best travel month for every destination, airlines offer some pretty sweet deals on flights during the year’s shortest month. With some trips discounted as much as 79%, travelers should take airlines up on their offers. We analyzed a year’s worth of Hipmunk flight and hotel pricing data, and the following February destinations are worth the bargain.New York, NY
Whether covered in snow or sunshine, New York is New York — a magical amusement park for both kids and adults. There will never be a shortage of indoor and outdoor winter activities. With flights and a three-night hotel stay averaging $962 in February, the Big Apple offers a steal. Take a horse carriage ride through Central Park as you admire the snow-covered terrain and monuments that make the city so enchanting. Ice skating is available through March at parks including the Wollman Rink in Central Park and Rockefeller Center. If it gets too nippy, be entertained at a Broadway show as you stay warm.Philadelphia, PA
With 67 National Historic Landmarks, Philly ranks third in the country for most landmarks, including the famous cracked Liberty Bell and the house of poet Edgar Allen Poe. But the city is also a modern metropolis with a striking skyline, impressive street art murals, and rich pop culture. Run up the long steps to the main entrance of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and recreate the famous opening of the cult classic film “Rocky.” Philly has one of the oldest outdoor markets in the U.S. — Italian Market — and also boasts Terminal Market, a great indoor destination. Both sell everything needed to make delicious meals. An average flight and three-night hotel stay in February averaged $819, a savings of up to $80 compared with spring months.San Francisco, CA
Much like San Francisco’s weather stays constant, so do flight and hotel prices, averaging more than a $1,000 most of the year for a flight and a three-night hotel stay. But in late spring, the average was $953, making it the ideal time to head west. SF offers a multitude of varied activities sure to entertain all personalities. Pier 39 alone offers shopping, restaurants, Aquarium of the Bay, and a two-story carousel. But the most endearing attraction is simply observing the quirky sea lions lounge by the pier. In 2015 Walkscore.com gave San Francisco a score of 83.9, making it the second most walkable city in the U.S., Canada, and Australia. Walk or ride the cable cars to get around.
Flying to Europe from the U.S. in the summer will typically cost around $1,000 or more. But flights to certain European destinations are quite affordable in the coming months. Dublin is small and easy to walk around, ensuring travelers can see and do most of what the city has to offer in a single weekend. Admire the beautiful architecture of the famous St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Walk east for nine minutes to reach St. Stephen’s Green and appreciate the park’s original Victorian layout. Trinity College Dublin, one of Dublin’s most prestigious universities, is only a six minute walk north of the park. The college’s Long Room is eye candy for book nerds.Paris, France
Visiting Paris in the springtime is recommended, but it’s so much more affordable in February and March, with some flights ranging between $500 and $600 dollars. Much like New York, there is always plenty to see and do in Paris. Must do outdoor activities include riding to the top of the Eiffel Tower, admiring Notre Dame Cathedral, visiting at least one historical Parisian cemetery. Keep out of the elements at one of Paris’ many museums, the Louvre Museum being one of the most famous for housing Leonardo Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa and the Louvre Pyramid. For modern art lovers, visit the Pompidou Center or the Jeu de Paume.
This article was posted on Hipmunk's Tailwind blog by The Hipmunk on February 2nd.
Philadelphia is both a historic and offbeat city. There is something here to satisfy all visitors, whether they're searching for art, food, history, sports or nightlife. Unfortunately, however, not all Philadelphia hotels are for everyone. If you plan to visit the City of Brotherly Love with a pet, make sure to stay at one of these pet-friendly Philadelphia hotels.
The staff at Palomar Philadelphia love pets so much that they don't even charge a deposit. They have home-baked dog treats, too. How awesome is that? This stylish, modern hotel is one of the highest rated in all of Philadelphia and located right in the center of town. In other words, it's exactly where you want to be. All of the best sights from the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall to the Philly Pretzel Factory are located just a short stroll away.
Loews Philadelphia Hotel has a unique claim to fame: it is located in the first skyscraper ever built in Philadelphia. It's also rated as one of the world's best hotels by the readers of Travel + Leisure magazine. The spacious and elegant rooms will leave you impressed while your four-legged companion indulges in homemade snacks and goodies in the welcome package. The discerning traveler need not look anywhere other than Loews. There is a $35 pet fee per room, but the discerning traveler obviously shouldn't worry about that.
Sheraton has several Philadelphia properties, all of which are pet-friendly. The Sheraton Society Hill, however, is the brand's most popular and well-reviewed location. Located on the Delaware River in the historic part of town, Society Hill perfectly blends the historic and modern styles of Philadelphia in a way that makes guests feel immediately at home. Pets will feel right at home as well, thanks to the comfortable and quiet rooms. The best part is that there are no pet fees.
Located right in the heart of the city, the Westin Philadelphia is known by travelers the world over as a modern and luxurious hotel chain. The Philadelphia location is no different. The clean, comfortable rooms have fast Wi-Fi, movie channels, and even a kids menu if necessary. Unfortunately there aren't any pet menus, but the hotel does offer a pet goodie bag upon check-in. There's a $50 pet fee per room, and the hotel only allows dogs, not cats.
Rivaling Loews as the most luxurious hotel in Philadelphia, The Rittenhouse comes standard with plush beds, marble bathrooms, and breathtaking views of the Philadelphia skyline, as well as the gorgeous Rittenhouse Square park. Other amenities include everything you should expect from a five-star hotel ranked as one of the best in the world by Conde Nast Traveler. Thankfully it's possible for you to spoil your pet and treat it to the same luxury on the road as it's used to at home. There are no pet fees here, either.
With so many accommodating hotels, Philadelphia is a great destination for you and your pet. Stay in luxury and enjoy your visit to this fun city.
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