The seasonal migration of Canadian and American snowbirds from the greater north into southern states like Arizona, Texas, Alabama, and Florida and then back home again requires good planning.
There are many logistical issues to consider when traveling and one of the first decisions is how you’ll get from point A to point B.
Here are a few great articles to help you do just that:
- The Best RV Driving Routes for Snowbirds
- Planning Your North-South Snowbird RV Route
- Snowbird Essential: Planning Your North-South Travel Route
Planning for the best and preparing for the worst will help you keep safe during your snowbird travels whether in sunny weather or adverse road conditions.
Here are the top six states with the least snow to get you started on your plans.
# 6: Georgia
When it comes to Georgia and snow, it’s all about what area you visit. For example, parts of northern Georgia can see up to as much as three inches of snow each year. If you want to avoid snow altogether, stick to central and southern Georgia where less than an inch of snow a year is the norm. By the way, the higher snow totals in northern Georgia are due to the Northeastern mountain region.
By the way, I have a series of posts on Georgia:
- Georgia Is On My Mind
- The Perfect Georgia Coast Road Trip
- Spotlight on Georgia: Most Beautiful Places to Visit
- Best Georgia State Parks: Plan Now for a Spring or Summer Getaway
- The Golden Isles of Georgia
- 10 of the Best Places to Visit in Georgia
# 5: Mississippi
If you hate snow and want to avoid it at all costs many areas of Mississippi are bound to deliver. The Gulf Coast and southern regions of Mississippi see an average of half an inch of snow or less each year. Central Mississippi usually gets less than an inch of snow but northern Mississippi can get up to two inches though it’s infrequent.
It’s worth noting that the Gulf Coast of Mississippi is a popular vacation destination. Winter months offer high temperatures in the 60s. Cities throughout the Gulf Coast like Biloxi, Gulfport, and Bay St. Louis offer a variety of holiday events throughout the winter months.
Another great winter event in coastal Mississippi is, of course, Mardi Gras. Though more commonly associated with Louisiana, Mardi Gras has a 300-year history on the Gulf Coast. Numerous Mardi Gras events take place beginning in January and into February.
# 4: Alabama
The Alabama Gulf Coast and southern Alabama are a great escape from the white stuff. Most cities in these regions average .2 inches or less of snow a year—not exactly the best destination for cross-country skiers. That isn’t to say snow is completely out of question. Some cities in Alabama have seen record snowfall amounts of more than 13 inches.
By the way, I have a series of posts on Alabama:
- Spotlight on Alabama: Most Beautiful Places to Visit
- Where the Rivers Meet the Sea: Mobile-Tensaw River Delta and Meaher State Park
- Beauty, History and Adventure Come Together in Alabama
- Sweet Home Alabama: Mobile
- Mobile Bay: Gateway to the Gulf
- Experience the Alabama Gulf Coast along the Coastal Connection Scenic Byway
- Joe Cain, Moon Pies & Mobile Mardi Gras
# 3: Louisiana
Average snowfall throughout Louisiana is an inch or less making the state a consistently snow-free destination. Winter highs are likely to be in the mid-60s. In addition to its temperate climate, Louisiana has one impressive draw for winter traveling: Mardi Gras!
Mardi Gras has been openly celebrated in New Orleans since the 1730s. The Mardi Gras traditions began in France and then spread to French colonies. It was brought to New Orleans by a French–Canadian explorer in 1702. The traditions and celebrations have slowly grown over time to become what New Orleanians call the.
The Carnival season begins on January 6 or King’s Day kicking off a long stretch of celebrations and events. The date of Fat Tuesday changes every year and is always the day before Ash Wednesday (February 13, 2024). Bacchus and Endymion are two of the biggest parades of the season and happen the weekend before Fat Tuesday.
By the way, I have a series of posts on Louisiana:
- My Favorite Things about Louisiana
- Cool-As-Hell Louisiana Towns You Need to Visit (Besides New Orleans)
- ‘Pass a Good Time’ on the Bayou Teche Byway
- I’m going to Cajun Country!
- Explore the Atchafalaya National Heritage Area
- Cultural Interplay along the Bayou Teche: Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site
- How Louisiana At Large Does Mardi Gras
- 10 Things You Might Not Know About Mardi Gras
# 2: Florida
Summing up the average snowfall in Florida is easy: none. Don’t believe it? It snowed in Florida 16 times in the entire 21st century. Simply put, temperatures don’t drop low enough.
The average high is in the mid-60s. The consistent weather and lack of winter precipitation make Florida a great destination for vacationing. Florida is the number one destination in the United States for Canadian transplants and one in four residents in Florida are seniors.
Florida is home to several attractions that make it a desirable vacation destination. One of the most well-known is Disney World and some of the winter months are the least busy at the park.
Consider planning a trip in early to mid-December or January to mid-February. If you are looking for something a bit different consider a visit to the Kennedy Space Center or Everglades National Park.
By the way, I have a series of posts on Florida:
- Swim with the Manatees of Florida’s Crystal River
- Discover the Wild Side of Florida at Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park
- Myakka River State Park: Place of Abundance Offering Varied Experiences
- The Top 10 Things to See and Do on Amelia Island
# 1: Hawaii
YES, HAWAII DOES GET SNOW!
Just not very much! But how practical is it to get your RV there? So Florida could be in this number 1 spot.
Are you really surprised? Of course not! Much like Florida, Hawaii’s average yearly snowfall is non-existent. It also boasts highs in the 80s and lows in the upper 60s.
Weather like this should certainly make you consider saying Aloha to Hawaii in the winter months.
The only place you are likely to see snow in Hawaii is at the top of the state’s three tallest volcanoes: Mauna Kea, Mauna Loa, and Haleakala.
My parents didn’t want to move to Florida but they turned sixty and that’s the law.