Winter blues got you down? You’re not alone. According to the National Mental Health Disorders Association, 10-20 percent of Americans struggle with Seasonal Affective Disorder, which is especially common during cold weather months. If you’re ready to make a move to greener – and warmer – pastures, check out our list of the top five cities to escape winter. You’ll discover vibrant communities with mild climates, plenty of outdoor activities and strong economies – what’s not to love?
No. 5: San Antonio, TX
With an average January temperature of 50 degrees, San Antonio offers comfortable winters that make it easy to enjoy the city’s outdoor amenities throughout the year. The famous San Antonio River Walk draws residents and tourists alike, while the 46-mile Howard W. Peak Greenway Trails System is ideal for hiking and biking. The city also features more than 1,200 acres of creek-side open spaces, and free Fitness in the Park classes provide year-round opportunities to exercise in the great outdoors. Hemisfair, a world-class urban city park, opened the first of three phases earlier this year. For those seeking an urban lifestyle with endless diversions, Alteza Residences above the Grand Hyatt are located in the epicenter of San Antonio’s dynamic arts, culture and culinary scene.
Rounding out the top of the list:
#4 – Santa Fe, New Mexico
#3 – Savannah, Georgia
#2 – Orlando, Florida
#1 – San Diego, California
Jessica Walker Boehm is a journalism graduate of Belmont University and has been a regular contributor to Livability.com since 2010. From shopping and dining to parks, schools and health care, she’s covered quality of life and place from top to bottom.
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