Chasing Summer – The Warmest US States

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BetMGM Jul 23, 2023, 4:04 AM

Now that summer is transitioning into fall, and there’s a noticeable chill in the air, you might find the prospect of venturing somewhere warmer for a memorable getaway before the year is through rather appealing. 

Now’s your chance to take a break from playing your favorite online casino games to brush up on the details of the warmest US states. This list will make it effortless to bulk up your local wintertime travel bucket list before temperatures really start to plummet. So what are the warmest states in the US? Let’s find out.


Nestled right at the state’s southernmost tip, Laughlin is undoubtedly the warmest city in Nevada, with winter temperatures almost always above 70 degrees, even on the coldest days of the year. Las Vegas comes in at a close second, boasting a minimum of 210 clear, sunny days per annum.

Furthermore, almost all the cities in Nevada that are known for having the best weather, including Laughlin, Las Vegas, Paradise and Henderson, also promise minimal rainfall, so there’s no need to worry about an unexpected shower putting a damper on your tanning session.

Why visit Nevada? It’s a fantastic destination for a road trip, with plenty of exciting outdoor adventures and, of course, the opportunity to visit the gambling “mecca” of the world! If you’re a fan of online casino games, you can’t go wrong with a trip to the glamorous city of Las Vegas.


Arizona is home to plenty of sunny cities, making it one of the sunniest states in the USA by far. However, Yuma has earned the title of the official sunniest place in the United States and the Guinness World Records’ “Sunniest City on Earth.” In fact, you can expect warm weather and blissful sunshine about 91% of the time and a minimum of 242 clear days throughout the year. Temperatures during winter rarely drop below 60 degrees.

The even better news? Yuma certainly isn’t the only city in Arizona known for its sunshine. Phoenix is another firm favorite among sun-seekers, welcoming at least 211 clear, sunny days per annum. Tucson rates highly, too, with approximately 193 days of inviting weather each year.  

Why visit Arizona? It’s a great pick for unrivaled natural beauty in the form of sprawling desert landscapes, vast canyons and scenic hiking trails.  


Bishop, Fresno, Stockton, Bakersfield, Sacramento, Los Angeles – yes, all these cities promise loads of warmth and sunshine even during the months when most other US cities are cold, wet and miserable.

Bakersfield, in particular, is considered to be the hottest city in the state and the 11th hottest city in the country, with approximately 110 days per year coming in at 90 degrees and above and an average year-round high of 76.8 degrees.

Why visit California? If it’s luxury and glamor that you’re after, California is sure to deliver the goods. The popular West Coast state is also where you’ll find some of the country’s most impressive theme parks and national parks.  


Texas is the US state with the highest number of cities (a whopping total of 17) on the country’s hottest cities list. The list includes El Paso, Dallas, Del Rio, Austin, Houston and San Antonio, to mention just a few.

Del Rio has snagged the top spot, with 112 degrees being its highest-ever temperature recorded, boasting at least 134 days a year with temperatures over 90 degrees and a yearly average of 81.6 degrees. It’s ranked as the fourth hottest city in America. Brownsville, TX, came in a close second with a yearly average temperature of 83.5 degrees and 124 days a year with temperatures measuring in at over 90 degrees.

Why visit Texas? As the second-largest state in the US, there’s lots to love about Texas! Anyone who loves to play Texas Hold’em online poker will appreciate the cowboy-oriented Wild Wild West look and feel that is immediately apparent on arrival. There are also over 600 miles of coastal beaches to explore and savor.

New Mexico

While July is the warmest month of the year, New Mexico is yet another state celebrated for some of the best weather in the USA all year round.

Hobbs and Carlsbad are the two cities in New Mexico tied for the top spot, measuring in as the state’s warmest. They both have an average annual high of 77 degrees and promise pleasantly short winters. Temperatures rarely dip below 60 degrees, even in late December and early January.

Why visit New Mexico? Go skiing on the slopes of Taos Ski Valley, grab some spicy food and indulge in sugary treats in Pie Town and revel in classic cowboy culture whenever you’re visiting the aptly nicknamed “Land of Enchantment.”


We generally associate Florida with hot summer days, but it is also the warmest US state in December and throughout winter. While Orlando experiences average lows of around 49 degrees, the Florida Keys bask in warmer weather, with midday temperatures reaching as high as 74 degrees. Miami can often go as high as 77 degrees. 

Explore the Everglades National Park with an airboat tour, spot alligators and marvel at the diverse ecosystem. Don’t miss the renowned theme parks, like Walt Disney World, SeaWorld and Universal Orlando Resort, offering thrilling rides and magical experiences. Enjoy shorter queues during the winter season for a more delightful exploration of these iconic attractions.

Why visit Florida? With its year-round tropical climate, Florida takes the crown as the ultimate winter getaway. Experience the beauty of Miami Beach, Clearwater Beach and Key West’s Smathers Beach for sun-soaked relaxation. Dive into thrilling water sports or simply unwind on the sandy shores under the warm sunshine. 


During winter in Hawaii, the average temperatures across the islands are mild and enjoyable. On Oahu, temperatures range from the mid-60s to low 80s, while Maui sees lows in the mid-70s. The Big Island (Hawaii Island) offers coastal temperatures in the mid-60s to low 80s and Kauai experiences mid-70s. 

Hike along the breathtaking Napali Coast on Kauai or explore the volcanic wonders of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on the Big Island. Take part in traditional Hawaiian cultural experiences such as hula dancing and lei-making. Indulge in the local cuisine, visit bustling farmer’s markets and soak up the warm winter sun on the pristine beaches. Hawaii’s winter paradise awaits you with endless possibilities for adventure and relaxation.

Why visit Hawaii? Hawaii’s winter climate provides an inviting atmosphere for outdoor activities and discovering the unique charm of each island. You can explore the vibrant marine life through snorkeling or scuba diving in crystal-clear waters or go on a thrilling whale-watching excursion to witness the majestic humpback whales. 

Or … Stay Indoors And Wait It Out

If a sun-seeking local vacation just isn’t on the cards at the moment, why not stay in, wait out the wintery weather and play some games instead? BetMGM online casino offers you a broad selection of summer vacation-themed, online slots and casino table games to choose from, keeping you busy regardless of what the weather looks like outside.

You can play casino games when you register via BetMGM’s convenient mobile portal. Enjoy!

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