The Sunniest Place On Earth Is Right Here In The U.S. And It’s Perfect For A Winter Getaway

Most people might not guess that the sunniest place on the planet is actually in the American Southwest.

Yuma, Arizona receives more sunshine than anywhere else on Earth. It enjoys 4,000 sunlight hours per year, to be precise. That breaks down to an average of 11 sunny hours per day throughout the entire year. And that doesn’t even include the light before sunrise or after sunset.

So what can you do in Yuma to make the most of all those sunny days?

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Golfers are in luck. Yuma is home to six golf courses where you can practice your swing.

To soak up even more sunshine, you have plenty of options. Yuma has 34 public parks, 27 playgrounds, four swimming pools and four sand volleyball courts to pick from. There are more than 600 acres of public recreation space to check out in town.

It’s also on the banks of the Colorado River and near Martinez Lake, so you can spend your time boating, fishing or just floating under the sun.

History buffs also have their pick of places to visit nearby, such as the First Flight Monument, the Castle Dome Mine Museum and Yuma Proving Ground Heritage Center. And of course, the nightlife scene is more than buzzing. Winter vacationers will find plenty of locals and visitors alike hitting the town every weekend.

And just in case you’re wondering, you don’t have to travel far to reach the second sunniest place on Earth. Just head nearby to Phoenix, Arizona. The third sunniest place is a bit more of a trek: Aswan, Egypt.

What’s your favorite place to escape the winter chill?