No matter where you may be in the US, springtime is a wonderful time of year. For those in the north the iciness of winter begins to thaw, and nature reclaims its ground. For those in the south spring represents the beautifully comfortable transitional period between the chilliness of winter and the perspiring heat of summer.
So if you’re looking to make the most of spring by taking a vacation, where should you be aiming? Here are 5 destinations that will make for an unforgettable spring getaway.
1) Washington DC
The nation’s capital is one of those areas that finds itself experiencing seasonal extremes. The biting cold and heavy snowfalls of winter are countered by the tendency to sweat profusely in summer. But the gravity of Washington means that every American should visit at least once.
Spring is by far the best time of the year to hit up DC. Not only is the weather comfortable, but the city also comes alive with the blooms of over 3000 cherry blossom trees. Aim to visit in mid-April to get the best chance of experiencing the trees’ stunning transformation.
2) Kauai, Hawaii
While Hawaii has always been seen as a summer destination, the reality is that its spring weather – particularly April and May - is every bit as warm and sunny, and you’ll be sharing its delights with a far smaller tourist presence.
Kauai is our pick, with its dramatic peaks, consistent waves and postcard-worthy waterfalls making it the most ‘Hawaiian’ of the Hawaiian islands.
3) Napa Valley, CA
What better way is there to spend your spring vacation than sampling the crushed fruits of the Napa Valley? Another destination that becomes almost overwhelmingly busy over summer, spring will offer visitors the chance to experience the region without being hamstrung by crowds.
Temperatures hover in the 70s during this time of year, and the lavender blooms make for an Instagrammable photo opportunity almost every way you turn.
4) Santa Fe, NM
At the base of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in New Mexico sits the delightful town of Santa Fe. The foothills on which it’s sprawled offer fantastic views of the surrounding desert – a beautifully desolate area that really gives you a sense of perspective.
While New Mexico can get notoriously hot, the elevation of Santa Fe, combined with the fact that you’ll be visiting in the spring, will mean you’ll be offered up sunny day after sunny day, each of which will sit in the mid-60s to mid-80s.
5) Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is also known as the Wildflower National Park, and that should be more than enough to get anyone excited about hitting up this gorgeous part of the country in spring.With over 1500 different varieties of flowering plant, the Great Smoky Mountains put on a display each spring that has to be seen to be believed. Try to get there for the Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage, an event held in mid-April every year to celebrate the bloom.