Sometimes the best vacations are the ones in your own backyard or at least close to it. Below is a list of some of the best places in America to visit in the spring.
Think of this as a way to see Holland without taking the long flight to the other side of the world. America has it’s own version. The town of Holland, Michigan holds an annual tulip festival at the end of April and early May. That’s when the tulips are in bloom, and the town comes alive to welcome visitors with a carnival-like atmosphere.
Napa Valley and Sonoma County, California
The beauty of visiting Napa Valley and Sonoma County in the spring is that you benefit from California weather. That means wine tasting can be a year-round event. If you visit in the spring, you’ll be able to experience the rolling emerald hills before they start to brown under the summer sun. A definite must-see in America!
If you’re looking for the best cherry blossoms in America don’t go to Washington, DC. Head to Macon, Georgia. Nicknamed the “Cherry Blossom Capital of the World,” Macon is home to nearly 350,000 Yoshino Cherry Trees, and they all bloom in the spring.
In late March, the city celebrates the blossom bloom with a 10-day festival that includes a pancake breakfast, food fair, street party, and air show.
Coachella Valley, California
While you might know about the Coachella Valley because of the famous music festival thrown in the desert in April, there are other draws as well. As the Thrillist points out, Coachella is a beautiful place to visit in the spring, not just because the weather is much cooler than the high heat of summer in the desert but also because the flowers are in bloom.
I’ll keep this section short. There is no prettier place in America. No matter what time of year you go, Hawaii is a wonderful place to visit.
For details on how to make the most of your Hawaiian vacation, read this previous post.
Columbia River Gorge, Oregon
Be My Travel Muse says the beauty of Oregon’s Columbia River Gorge should be enjoyed in the spring when the ice melts and the rivers and waterfalls flow. All that water causes the wildflowers to bloom, making for a dazzling view. It is one of America’s little treasures.
Sanibel & Captiva Islands, Florida
According to Trips to Discover, Sanibel Island and nearby Captiva Island are some of the best beach destinations in Florida. It’s a desirable destination for bird watchers and outdoor adventurers. If dry land is more your speed, then collecting seashells on Sanibel Island may be a good fit.
Grand Canyon, Arizona
When it comes to one of the natural wonders of the world, there’s no wrong time to visit the Grand Canyon. However, if you visit in the spring, you’ll miss the crowds you usually find during the summer season while still getting ideal weather.
Chena Hot Springs, Alaska
Located in Alaska, you would think that the summer would be the best time to visit the Chena Hot Springs, but it’s not true.
According to Travel Weekly, the best time of year to visit the healing hot springs is between late August and early May. That’s because the skies will be clearer, offering a better chance to see the Aurora Borealis while keeping warm in the springs.
New Orleans, Louisiana
There’s always a party to be had in New Orleans. Whether you’re looking for local eats at the Creole Gumbo Festival or want to hear some fantastic music at the Freret Street Festival, something is happening almost every weekend in New Orleans.
San Diego, California
Making our list of Best Beach Vacations (here), San Diego is also a terrific place to visit during the spring. The water at the beach isn’t too cold, and there’s plenty to do in the evening. When it comes to beach weather, and you don’t want to make the long trip to Hawaii, San Diego can come in a close second.
Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park is filled with wildlife, stunning hikes, and more. In the spring, you’ll have a chance to experience the baby animals that inhabit the park and enjoy the flowers in bloom. Plus, you’ll avoid many of the tourists who tend to visit the park in the summer.
It’s tough to choose just one destination in Southern Utah for a spring trip. Whether you’re hiking through Bryce Canyon or exploring the Narrows in Zion National Park, Utah has so much to experience.
On the other side of the state and a bit further north is Moab, where you’ll find more great adventures, including water sports such as kayaking on the Colorado River and biking through Arches National Park.
Las Vegas, Nevada
If you’re less about the outdoors and more about the nightlife, then Vegas is where you want to be. Springtime in Las Vegas is ideal because you can walk the Strip without worrying about dehydrating. Temperatures in Las Vegas are below 100 degrees in the spring, which is pretty good for a desert town.
Charleston, South Carolina
If you’re looking for a great mix of outdoors and delicious food, look no further than Charleston, South Carolina.
According to Full Suitcase, downtown Charleston is a mix of historic and modern, with museums for both the young and young at heart. There’s also excellent food in the city to satisfy every taste.
St. Petersburg, Florida
Florida is another one of those states where springtime may be the best time to visit. That’s because the humidity and heat of the summer haven’t completely arrived yet.
St. Petersburg is a popular destination for boating, fishing, golfing, and, of course, hitting the beach. You’ll also find culture in St. Petersburg. There’s the Dali Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts, and the Mahaffey Theater, where the Florida Orchestra plays.
Colorado Rocky Mountains
Skip the heat and head to the snow. According to Full Suitcase, the great thing about visiting the Rocky Mountains in the spring is that the ski lifts are running at full speed. By March and April, there’s a “well-established” base layer of snow, meaning the skiing is at its best.
Outer Banks, North Carolina
Fondly nicknamed OBX, the Outer Banks is ideal for a visit in spring because the weather is so lovely. According to the site Outer Beaches, temperatures in March and April reach the high 60s to low 70s during the day, giving you great weather for all of those outdoor water sports.
Head to the Outer Banks for kiteboarding, beachcombing, fishing, and all other manner of water sports. There’s also shopping and a local Elizabethan Garden to visit.
Texas Hill Country, Texas
Several sites recommended the Texas Hill Country as a beautiful visit for springtime. When you drive through the Texas Hill Country in the spring, you see rolling hills of bluebonnets, and they don’t just feature blue hues. You’ll also see whites, purples, and yellows. You will be hard-pressed to find prettier blooms in America.
Along the way, stop in several small Texas towns and head off the beaten path for scenic trails and local BBQ.
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Santa Fe is a gorgeous town no matter what time of year you visit, but a visit in springtime brings limited rain and temperatures in the 60s and 70s.
When you visit Santa Fe, stop by local artist studios and galleries. Then, be sure to visit Santa Fe Plaza for lunch and spend the afternoon browsing historical landmarks while stopping in local shops to purchase locally made pottery and jewelry.
Great Smoky Mountains, Tennessee
According to Trips to Discover, springtime in the Great Smoky Mountains features gorgeous wildflowers that bloom between March and June. One of the prettiest mountain ranges in America.
There are many ways to enjoy the great outdoors in the Great Smoky Mountains, including hiking, horseback riding, fishing, and biking.
Havasu Falls, Arizona
Be My Travel Muse says you should beat the summer heat and head to Havasu Falls in the springtime. The 10-mile hike is hot, but not unbearably so, and the view is well worth the work.
Written by Erika Towne