As the dreaded polar vortex promises record-breaking low temperatures across the Midwest this week, the dream of warmer climates takes hold. It’s summer somewhere, right? (Even without the frigid cold, nearly two out of three Americans say they regret not taking a warm-weather vacation last year, according to Airbnb).

Here is a list of recently published travel stories about warm-weather destinations and activities. Whether hiking in the desert or surfing in the Pacific Ocean, leave your cold-weather gear behind. Or at least dream about it.

Scottsdale, which runs 31 miles south to north, has plenty of golf and spa resorts that make it a popular snowbird destination. But for those visitors also seeking communion with nature and stimulating culture, the rangy city has much to offer, including new art and design attractions, in addition to warming doses of Arizona sunlight.


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