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San Antonio cozies up to the hottest cities for a holiday getaway

San Antonio cozies up to the hottest cities for a holiday getaway

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San Antonio is the place to visit in the winter, apparently. Visit San Antonio/Facebook

You want heat? San Antonio's got it, especially in the wintertime. But our weather isn't the only admirable thing about Alamo City 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 San Antonio-New Braunfels in the top 25 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, San Antonio ranks No. 23 overall, with a sixth place finish for our cheap, short, and on-time flights. We also rank fifth for local costs and 10th for attractions.

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 Austin-Round Rock at No. 14. Dallas, Austin, and Houston get recognized for their easy travel, while Austin 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.