7. Death Valley, Nevada/California
It may not be a beach oasis, but Death Valley is a surprisingly fantastic break from the winter. The valleys are warm and moderate, while the mountains receive sprinklings of snow, making for a beautiful contrast. Plus, the low-angled light means your pics are going to be on point. And if you like to hike, there’s absolutely no better time (and you can avoid the three-digit temperatures in the spring and summer)!