The 5 Best Vacation Locations, February 2024

Are you ready for some football? And Mardi Gras?

In an aerial view, Kata Noi beach stretches out along the
In an aerial view, Kata Noi beach stretches out along the / Stephen J. Boitano/GettyImages
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New Orleans, Louisiana

2024 Mardi Gras
2024 Mardi Gras / Erika Goldring/GettyImages

Okay, fine, one more basic choice, but similar to our “event” argument with Las Vegas, it’s February, and that means Mardi Gras in New Orleans. Yes, it’ll be packed with tourists throwing up in the streets, but you kind of want to see that in a trainwreck way, right?

At the very least, the parades are varied and wild, and well worth checking out. Additionally, the weather – though it also varies – is not quite in the rainy season, and not as blistering as it gets over the Summer. If you want to avoid the crowds, go later in the month for a quieter – and probably cheaper – experience.