The spring is a wonderful time of year to travel, and not just because of the beautiful weather. The best part about traveling off-season [any time other than summer or Christmastime in the Northern hemisphere aka when everyone is traveling] is that there are less crowds, lines, and feelings of being rushed.
Below are the top spring destinations for any savvy traveler who wants to beat those crowds and truly “smell the flowers.”
Granted, Florida is gorgeous year-round, but in this case we would highly recommend Orlando. The center of all things Disney in Florida makes Orlando a huge tourist destination. Not to mention Universal Studios and the general splendor that is Florida weather and beaches. Disneyworld and Epcot report some of their lowest numbers during the early spring season, making it an ideal destination for anyone who needs that theme park fun without the lines. Be sure to visit Miami and the Everglades while you are in Florida, as they are also experiencing the low tourist season but still maintaining that sunny weather.
Spring is the perfect weather time in Mexico, especially if you aren’t too fond of the hotter summer months. In Baja California of Mexico, one can truly enjoy the serenity of the tourist off-season, and one can easily find towns with virtually no tourists at all. The real treat of Baja California however is the Bay whale-watching tour! At the beginning of every year grey whales travel south from Alaska to the Ojo de Liebre Lagoon near Guerrero Negro to mate and raise their newborn calves.
This spectacular event has been documented for decades with over 2,000 whales migrating to this lagoon annually! Because of the rising whale watching industry in the area, these whales are in no way shy of humans, and the mothers even push the calves up to boats to encourage newborns to make friends with us small humans. The peak part of the season runs from February to March, with whales migrating back to Alaska in April, so grab your life jacket and head to Baja for the best whale watching experience of your life!
Now, if you’re looking for a cooler Spring Break, than Australia is your best bet. In the start of its Autumn season, Tasmania is cooling down as the Summer months fade away. Crisscrossed with hiking trails, Tasmania is the perfect little island for trekkers looking to explore stunning coastal and inland national parks, such as Mt Field, home to the 3 tiered Russell Falls. Take a variety of day trips from Hobart of Launceston to dozens of natural attractions, or an extended Tasmania holiday to conveniently travel along the coast.
We do not need to tell anyone how beautiful all of the Hawaiian islands are. That said, Kauai is perhaps the most underrated of all the islands. Known for the Na Pali coast and its magnificent mountains, Kauai has an impressive topography and countless hidden beaches. Waimea Canyon and the Kalalau trail are must-sees of this tropical paradise. The best part of it all? Kauai doesn’t have as many tourists as the main island, Maui, or Oahu, during the high-season meaning that during this spring down-season, Kauai should be particularly serene.
Soon the snowy northern weather will melt away and Canadian’s will awaking to a blooming spring. But before it all disappears, grab your skis and hit the slopes around Whistler, ranked the second best ski area in the world by U.S. Travel News. Beyond ski resorts, Canada hosts some of the most expansive national parks, such as Jasper or Banff, and plenty of routes to explore them with! With spring just a few months away these parks will be bursting with gorgeous green forests and roaring, snow fed rivers. If you’re more of a city person, then you’ll love the modern cities of Toronto and Vancouver. Also, mark your calendar, cause this spring Butchart Gardens on the island of Victoria is going to burst with a gorgeous collection of multi-colored flowers!
If Butchart Gardens aren’t enough spring splendor for you, then you might want to hop over to Holland to see fields up fields of brightly colored tulips burst open. Every park, garden, and windowsill in Amsterdam will surely be covered in this gorgeous little flowers, but the real experience comes from a trip to Keukenhof, also known as the Gardens of Europe. Here you can meander through the creative and fantastic display – such as a small garden shaped into Van Goth’s face! From March 24 – May 16 the garden will be open to the public, giving you plenty of time to explore this lovely country from a lovely hotel in Amsterdam. And don’t miss you chance to explore Dutch culture with a half-day trip to Delft, Hague, and the miniature city of Maturodam.
New York City and Niagara Falls
As winter fades away and the temps rise, expect the ponds, streams, and gardens of Central Park to be bright and gorgeous with spring delight. Though most of us seasoned travelers tend to stay in New Jersey to beat the costs of the Big Apple, but this spring prices of 4-star hotels in New York will be dropping to around $100 a night. If you’re looking to explore the East Coast, that’s a deal you can’t miss out on. Staying here will also give you the chance to visit Niagara Falls as the ice melts around it and the falls roar with renewed vigor.
While New York is heating up, Vegas is keeping its cool this spring. If trends keep steady, come March it’ll be in a welcoming 70 degrees rather than the grueling high temps of summer and chilly desert nights of winter. Around spring the pools will be open again and, for your benefit, also less crowded, as peak crowds still haven’t returned. Plus, you’ll be in the perfect spot for a day trip to Grand Canyon, which is bound to absolutely majestic with the dazzling flowers and green valleys. Vegas is fun anytime of the year, but with spring comes comfortable weather, making it the perfect time to hit the slots and explore the strip.