Enjoying the adventurous outdoors during the spring thaw is a glowing beacon after the darkness of winter. So, what are all the best places to visit in the spring (or whenever the mood strikes), when the sun begins sticking around a little longer every day?
Old and New: National Parks
Joining California’s Yosemite National Park (one of the nation’s oldest parks) is the newest addition to the national park system, West Virginia’s New River Gorge. At Yosemite, California’s warm weather, captivating waterfalls, and spring blooms beckon your to visit before everyone else shows up.
Utah’s Greater Zion National Park is perfect for those just looking for hiking, climbing, and photo opportunities, whereas those looking for a bit of a good vintage to pair with stunning vistas should plan on visiting the Willamette Valley in Oregon.
Small Town Charms
Think of small town…Does your mind immediately conjure up an image of Stars Hollow? Remember your first small town trek, and how the air and the people are just…different? But in the best way possible? Two of the best, most charming small towns in the nation are Cashiers in North Carolina and California’s Oceanside. Outside the U.S., however, there are small town charms in faraway places, too, such as San Juan and Madeira.
Madeira has a milder climate that warms up early in the year. If you’re visiting the Azores, Madeira is just a two-hour plane ride. If you’re already in the Canary Islands, it’s a quick ferry ride over to Madeira, which offers a tropical climate throughout the year. The island’s spring blooms are optimal during spring, specifically during the island’s annual flower festival held all month long each May.
If you love national parks, springtime, and fewer crowds, check out these places that are perfect for after-the-snow getaways. They are all the best places to visit in the Spring (or whenever the mood strikes).