Warmer weather, blooming flowers, and all other reasons for a quick weekend getaway come to us this spring. If you are in the mood for some sand, sun, water, or some dose of hiking on the slopes, then check out our list of some quick spring escapes that you can try.
Sailing in Antigua or in Barbuda
Deciding to head to Antigua or the smaller nearby island of Barbuda means you also have the inkling to go on sailing. April is actually a great time to be in Antigua as the Classic Yacht Regatta also kicks off by mid-month and the Antigua Sailing Week on the last week of the month. These are among the biggest events in the Caribbean and in the world of regattas.
The trade winds and the picture perfect harbor magnets every yachter, sailor, and water lovers to this corner of the world. Even on land, there are quite a number of attractions that you should not miss. Aside from the white sands, you have to see some of the historical sites of Antigua. About 30 miles away is the untouched Barbuda and the pure Caribbean life it offers.
Cultural offerings in Asheville, North Carolina
Asheville in the region of Smoky Mountains in North Carolina has been bleeping constantly on travelers’ radars for its art scene, cultural offerings, and of course the great mountain views. Those who are into architecture will surely appreciate the Art Deco buildings and a French castle inspired Bitmore Estate.
You can scoop some fine crafts and art pieces as souvenirs or as additions to your collections back home. A trip to the mountain preserves will also be a blast for nature lovers. Do not forget to bring your cam to click on the very colorful blooming wild flowers.
Enjoying the music and the bats in Austin, Texas
Austin is the Live Music Capital of the World and it boasts of around 200 venues where you can tap your feet following the different beats. Texas also has a ton of art galleries and museums that you can visit. Austin is really a haven for musicians and artisans who live and work there. If you want to fill in that artsy in you, then a quick trip to Austin will give you endless possibilities.
The temperature of low 80s is just perfect for a spring getaway. Austin is also famous for bat watching. Check out millions of these night creatures hanging by and flying by the Congress Avenue Bridge known to be the biggest colony of bats in urban North America.
Enjoy genuine southern life in Charleston, South Carolina
If you want to experience the genuine laidback southern life there are only a few places that can equal what Charleston, South Carolina can offer. You will love everything from its historic landmarks, charming inns, and gracious homes. Everything seems to be picturesque.
The spring weather is perfect to enjoy a walking tour of the city. Another great option is to ride a carriage to go around Charleston. Life in this city is a bit slower and you might also notice that the people you will encounter are nicer than what you maybe used to. Combine the hospitality with the colorful blooms, great restaurants, shopping, golf, and beach and you will have a perfect spring weekend. You will wish that it could be a longer weekend.
Discovering Death Valley, California
Launching a rocket to Mars or rushing to the Sahara will never be an ideal spring getaway for us. You will have practically the same experience when you spend a few days exploring the mountains, the salt pans, and the wide open spaces of Death Valley.
The name might not really be that appealing, but Death Valley is a national park that comes to life when the spring flowers bloom in mid-April. The spring temperature is perfect compared to the hellish temperatures of summer and below freezing offerings of winter. There is 3.3 million acres of land to discover. You can go surfing on the sand dune, visit a castle, or relax in an inn. You can also hike to the lowest point of North America which is about 300 feet below the sea level.
Feel the rhythms in New Orleans, Louisiana
The streets of New Orleans come to life in full rhythm when spring comes. There is no better way to get to know the city by attending the Jazz Fest which usually happens on the last week of April. Everything is just so colorful, chaotic, and full of life.
The Jazz Fest puts spotlight on different talents from all over the world who perform in the different local stages. Don’t miss the art scene in New Orleans and of course the great food. This 2011, expect the big names like Lionel Richie, Aretha Franklin, Simon and Garfunkel, and Pearl Jam to grace the annual Jazz Fest.
Tropical breeze at Playa del Carmen in Mexico
Life in Playa del Carmen is on the opposite side of the wheel compared to its neighbor in the north, Cancun. Along the Caribbean coast of Mexico, Playa del Carmen might not boasts of parties until the wee hours of the morning but the beaches, Mayan ruins, and eco parks are equally great.
You can go on a day trip to visit the monuments at the Chiche Itza. Welcome spring with the equinox festival just when the sun casts a serpent like shadow on the main pyramid of the ancient landmark.
Postcard perfect holiday in Santa Catalina Island in California
The Santa Catalina Island is just about 22 miles from the coast of Long Beach and a perfect place to go to if you want to enjoy a year round of warm Mediterranean climate.
Avalon provides a perfect backdrop for anyone who loves to capture a perfect view with their cameras. It is the only city in this 75 square mile island where you travel most of the time in a golf cart to go around. Check out the mermaid on the art deco inspired dance hall built back in the 1920s then grab your scuba gear to enjoy the clear waters of the Pacific Ocean.
A different experience in
“The City Different”. That is the moniker of Santa Fe and truly it lives up to it. The dessert landscape is just surreal combined with the adobe architectures and the art market which is considered to be one of the biggest in the United States.
Most travelers flock to Santa Fe during the summer but spring is also a great time to check out the place when prices are a lot lower and when the yucca flowers make everyone feel welcome. There is a ton to do in Santa Fe: trying the local cuisines; shop for jewelry, potter, paintings and sculpture; or walk down the Canyon Road.
Still catch some snow in Whistler, British Columbia
If you still want to catch some snow instead of the sun and the sand, then head to Whistler in British Columbia. Whistler has one of the longest ski season in North America. You can enjoy sliding down the slope of this 7,000-acre terrain with 200 trails and twelve alpine bolws until around June.
The village also has great nightlife, restaurants, shops, and events to keep those who are not really into skiing happy and busy.
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