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The Sunniest Cities in California During Winter

November 07, 2023
2023-11-07
California is practically synonymous with the sun! Though another state bears the “Sunshine State” moniker (Florida), this West Coast behemoth has a lot of its own warmth to spare too. Even in winter! When you want to escape the cold and the snow, you'd do well to escape to California. Here, cities like Palm Springs, San Diego, Mendocino, San Francisco, and even Los Angeles are perfect for beating out the winter woes. More than just the sunny weather, you'll also get to enjoy all sorts of activities, see beautiful sights, and more in these wonderful cities!

The Sunniest Cities in California During Winter


Los Angeles

Perhaps the most famous city in all of California, Los Angeles always offers a good time. The place is rich in historic hotspots, beautiful beaches, and of course, some Hollywood glamour. It is Tinsel Town, after all, and if you're a bonafide cinephile, you'll want to go here no matter the time of year. Even in winter! The weather may be milder than normal during this season but you can still expect a lot of warmth to go around. The sun stays shining and the climate is just cool enough for a light sweater, nothing more.
The Sunniest Cities in California During Winter
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Palm Springs

Palm Springs is a desert town in southern California. Located in the middle of the Sonoran Desert, palm trees and pools define this beloved paradise. Even in winter! With its location in the south, Palm Springs doesn't just stay warm in winter, it's still hot. You'll feel as if it's summer all over again as you try to cool down in the city's famous hotels, motels, and more. So just how hot does this place remain in winter? The average temperature of the season ranges from 73°F (23°C) to 46°F (8°C).
The Sunniest Cities in California During Winter
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Laguna Hills

Not to be confused with Laguna Beach, Laguna Hills is a different city in California's famous Orange County. True to its name, the town is set upon hills surrounded by lush greeneries. Don't worry! The famous Laguna Beach is nearby. It may take more than a commute for you to get there, but rest assured that a day trip to Laguna Beach is always within reach from Laguna Hills. Fortunately, the city stays warm all year round, even in winter. You can expect the temperature to slightly drop around this time of year, but you'll never feel so cold that you have to wear a winter coat to stay comfortable outside.
The Sunniest Cities in California During Winter
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San Diego

San Diego is one of California's big coastal cities where the town's big urban energy meets the roaring waves of the ocean. A bustling metropolis in its own right, San Diego is right up there with the likes of Los Angeles and San Francisco in terms of offering up a slick city lifestyle. But at the same time, it's also famous for its seaside activities. Whether it's winter (when it's still warm) or summer (when it's scorching hot), San Diego never fails to draw in thrill-seekers to go scuba diving, snorkeling, and surfing within its waters.
The Sunniest Cities in California During Winter
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Sacramento

Did you know that Sacramento is the capital city of California? Though the state has arguably more famous cities, this town houses the government seat of the massive West Coast state. As such, Sacramento has a lot of history and heritage to share. If you head on over to Old Sacramento, for example, you can still see the relics of the country's Gold Rush. With its grand buildings and horse-drawn carriages, the place looks straight out of a movie set for a Western film! Luckily, you can explore this and many other parts of the city in winter, when the weather is as hot as ever.
The Sunniest Cities in California During Winter
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Mendocino

When you check out the small town of Mendocino in northern California, you'll think you stumbled upon the English countryside. Even though it's a coastal commune like many others on this list, the vibe and look of this place are unlike any of the cities mentioned so far. The seaside cliffs and occasional fog harken back to the British Isles, be they the provinces in Great Britain or even the scenic coasts in Ireland. Don't worry! Despite the comparison to those European destinations, Mendocino itself retains its signature Californian warmth in winter. There's practically no need to wear a coat here too!
The Sunniest Cities in California During Winter
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San Francisco

Isn't it lovely that San Francisco stays warm all year round? Though the city will probably look just as beautiful when covered in snow, it'd be a shame if the place gets too cold around this time of year. San Francisco is one of those cities that you'll just want to explore again and again. Even if you move to San Francisco and have stayed here for a couple of years now, there's no end to discoveries and awesome finds. You can probably still do a lot of things in the city even if it's covered in snow, but the West Coast warmth is a huge part of that signature San Franciscan charm!
The Sunniest Cities in California During Winter
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Napa Valley

Thank heavens that Napa Valley also stays warm in winter. Though the weather is much milder compared to spring and summer, you can bet that you won't need to wear multiple layers when you step outside here. With just a light sweater or a nice white shirt, you can stay cool and comfy among Napa Valley's scenic vineyards. The wineries here are what makes the place worthwhile, especially to couples on a honeymoon or in need of a romantic getaway. They're so big and beautiful that they can easily rival the more famous vineyards in Italy.
The Sunniest Cities in California During Winter
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Can't take the cold this winter? Then escape all that snow and ice and go to the sunniest cities in California during winter. Even at this time of year, the weather in this part of the US remains warm and sunny!



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