The spring season is a time to shake off the cold and reemerge from hibernation and lack of adventure. It is an ideal time for travel because the weather is temperate and hasn’t reached summer’s uncomfortable high temperatures.
Whether you’re an outdoor enthusiast or an urban connoisseur, many vacation options exist within the U.S. Reawaken your sense of adventure this spring and explore one of these outstanding destinations:
If you seek sunny weather, L.A. is the perfect destination. The city is well known for its multicultural communities and its Hollywood entertainment ties.
Consider exploring the lesser known parts of Los Angeles: Take in an improv show at the UCB Theater, a platform for comedic actors founded by Amy Poehler.
Visit some of L.A.’s finest restaurants, such as Mozza Osteria. The hip restaurant showcases exemplary cuisine from 2014 James Beard Award winner, Chef Nancy Silverton.
Take a road trip through Oregon and Washington to tour the cities and enjoy outdoor recreations. But first, check your car’s tires to make sure they are in good shape. Harsh winters may degrade the roads and produce potholes in the spring.
In Portland, take a brewery bike tour for a fun, culinary adventure. Travel north into Seattle, where your route allows a detour into Mount Rainier National Park.
In Seattle, visit the Center for Wooden Boats to rent a rowboat, pedal boat, kayak, canoe or sailboat to explore Lake Union.
The music-filled city of Nashville is a creative paradise. Visit Nashville’s Honky Tonk Highway, which is a row of music venues and bars. The Bluebird Cafe is a local gem that is frequently featured in the NBC show, “Nashville.”
Spend a day shopping in the city and make sure you stop in at denim boutique Imogene + Willie that designs custom fits for celebrities such as Gwyneth Paltrow.
Check out the restaurants of the city — use Eater as your guide for the hottest, must-visit eateries.
Zion National Park
Spring is the best time for exploration of Zion, as the weather is temperate and enjoyable. This historical park has trails traveled by Native Americans and early settlers.
The geology of the park is grandiose, with huge valleys, intricate caves and giant rock formations. While in the park, visit the popular destinations of Angels Landing and Emerald Pools.
The park is best explored through backpacking. For full immersion into this natural wonder, equip yourself with a solid pack, good hiking shoes and lightweight camping gear.
New York City
For a metropolitan experience, New York City is the go-to destination. Visit Central Park for a serene rowboat trip on the lake. You can visit the designer shops for some extravagant shopping and also make stops at some of the unique, small boutiques.
NYC is full of art and history — the Metropolitan Museum of Art is a must-see, as it houses many international works of art. The architecture of the city is another artistic element.
Take an architecture cruise that circumnavigates the island of Manhattan for a comprehensive tour of its most notable buildings, bridges and other landmarks.
Napa and Sonoma
Wine country is a fun and relaxing destination for foodies and wine enthusiasts. Napa creates some of the most renowned wine varieties in the world that are available for sampling at its many tasting rooms.
Visit some of the luxurious eateries of Napa, such as Morimoto Napa, Ristorante Allegria and Bistro Don Giovanni.
Sonoma, which is near Napa, has more than 400 wineries but is the younger wine region. If you are more inclined toward beer, stop at one of Sonoma’s many breweries.
Take a tour and enjoy a tasting at one of Sonoma’s most notable beer producers, the Lagunitas Brewing Company.