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Austin cozies up to the hottest cities for a holiday getaway

Austin cozies up to the hottest cities for a holiday getaway

Austin skyline night downtown
Austin is the place to visit in the winter, apparently. Photo by Stuart Seeger/Flickr

You want heat? Austin's got it, especially in the wintertime. But our weather isn't the only admirable thing about Austin in December and January, says WalletHub.

In putting together its list of the best winter destinations — both warm and cold — the personal finance website championed our easy travel, local costs, and attractions, landing Austin-Round Rock in the top 15 for toasty winter getaways.

WalletHub defines "warm" as generally above 57 degrees in December and also rated each area's weather conditions and amount and quality of warm-weather activities. All told, Austin ranks No. 14 overall, with a second place finish for our cheap, short, and on-time flights. We also rank a respectable eighth for attractions and ninth for local costs.

Of the 37 warm-weather destinations, WalletHub crowns Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, Nevada, No. 1, followed by Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim and San Diego-Carlsbad in California to finish out the top three.

But eight other Texas areas make it onto list, including Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington at No. 9, Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land at No. 10, and San Antonio-New Braunfels at No. 23. Dallas and Houston both get recognized for their easy travel, while San Antonio and Houston get a nod for low local costs.

If you're looking to escape the heat this winter and cool down with bonus ski slopes and ice-skating rinks, WalletHub recommends Atlanta, Georgia; New York-New Jersey; and Albuquerque, New Mexico.