Top 10 Spring Destinations In The U.S. – The Best USA Travel Destinations
Who says spring breaks are only for our undergrad years?! Plus, now we can actually afford to take the kind of spring break we always dreamed of (AKA not splitting a hotel room 5 ways and drinking whatever cheap alcohol we could get our hands on), I’d say it’s time to plan a chic adult spring break for 2021.
After a cold winter stuck inside, I think we can all agree that we deserve a break!!! Or even just a change of scenery. A weekend getaway or vacay (or even a month-long work-cation anyone??) will be just what the doctor ordered. And even if you aren’t ready for international travel yet, that doesn’t mean you can’t go somewhere fun and exciting in the USA. Millions of people travel from all over the globe to experience the gorgeous United States, and, as the weather warms up and the flowers start to bloom, it’s the perfect time for a road trip or weekend getaway to explore our very own backyard. These are the most beautiful spring-time destinations in the United States that you can bank on, because let’s be honest, if I have one more canceled flight it just might break me.
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1. SAVANNAH, GEORGIA
Savannah is dripping in southern charm-from the beautiful Spanish moss, buzzing coffee shops, mind-blowing farm-to-table restaurants, and avant-garde art scene, you’ll soon see why this is one of the top spring destinations in the US! For outdoor activities like kayaking or jet skiing, head to the nearby Tybee Island. Stroll through the historic cobblestone streets and maybe even take a ghost tour before heading for a drink at Savoy Society or the Peacock Lounge. While you’re there, be sure to eat at The Grey, a restaurant featured on Netflix’s Chef Table which is located in an old Greyhound Bus Station or for a romantic dinner for two, head to Husk!
If you’re there on a romantic getaway I’d recommend the beautifully curated Perry Lane Hotel. For large groups like families of bachelorette parties opt for one of these airbnbs:
2. THE GRAND CANYON, ARIZONA
Skip the summer crowds and the heat and head out west this spring to see one of the top natural wonders the United States has to offer. With average temperatures between 50-70 this is the perfect time to visit, plus you’re likely to get discounted rates on lodging and airfare this time of year! I’ve always wanted to stay at the luxury glamping site Under Canvas Grand Canyon!
3. LAKE TAHOE, CALIFORNIA / NEVADA
Straddling the border of Nevada and California, Lake Tahoe is one of the most popular destinations in the US. That is why springtime is the perfect time to visit-beat the crowds and enjoy all the outdoor activities Tahoe has to offer, like hiking, paddle boarding, biking and maybe even the tail end of the ski season if you go early. Tahoe is great for families or group trips, so snag a few friends and go in on an epic lakeside airbnb like one of these:
The green begins to seep back into the mountain side and bright wildflowers start to bloom across the hiking trails. Asheville is all you could ever ask for in a mountain town; tucked away in the Blue Ridge Mountains it delivers on both hiking/biking trails, local farm to table restaurants, adorable cabins and also WINE! If you’ve never been o a trip to Asheville, the Biltmore Estate is definitely a mus-stop, you can go ahead and make it into a full day excursion by doing their vineyard wine tour or chocolate and wine pairing by candlelight! Snag breakfast at Biscuit head, a local delicacy, before hitting the trails (head to Catawba Falls or Max’s Patch), and then for dinner try Chai Pani for incredible modern Indian food or Curate for tapas! Another fun activity is doing a Sierra Nevada Brewery Tour. For rustic cabin vibes stay at the Flaus Haus, or for a bit of luxury and sweeping mountain views check out these:
No spring break list would be complete without the mention of Nola. New Orleans is a melting pot of cultures and flavors that is unlike any other city in the United States. With French, Spanish and African influences, this city has A LOT to offer when it comes to food and music! You can dine in some of the oldest restaurants in the country here (and try the country’s oldest cocktail, the “Sazerac”), visit the famous 24/7 Cafe Du Monde serving up hot beignets, listen to live jazz music and wander up and down Bourbon Street. January through March (yes the whole time) is Mardi gras season, but right thereafter the crowds drop and the weather warms up! April and May just might be the best time to visit NOLA before the city becomes hot and humid in the summer. For old school elegance and top-notch service stay at the Pontchartrain Hotel or Maison De La Luz, or if you prefer your own space check out these airbnbs…
6. SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA
Sun, mountains, golfing, this desert oasis has so much to offer! It is warm all year round, affordable, and has a great food/cocktail scene! During normal times, a boozy brunch at Montauk followed by a pool party at The W Hotel is THE MOVE. But for something more laid back, head to the The Phoenician Spa for a top of the line treatment. Perfect for a girls getaway, a guys golfing trip or a Scottsdale bachelorette! Also do not miss Diego Pops for Mexican food!!
Austin is one of the fastest growing cities in the US, often referred to as the “millennial-magnet”, this city is bustling with life and is a go-to destination for girls trips, couples trips, and Austin bachelorette parties. Known for its BBQ and also for it’s tacos, you really will be a pig in heaven. Be ready to stand in a long line for Franklin BBQ, an Anthony Bourdain favorite. Wander the funky streets of South Congress (one of the hippest areas of town), bar hop on Sixth Street (the bourbon street of Austin) or get out on the water for some kayaking/paddleboarding! When it comes to where to stay, I prefer Austin airbnbs for a more authentic experience and the opportunity to explore the unique neighborhoods. For a truly unique stay at epitomizes the “keep Austin weird” movement, check out this funky tiny home:
For larger groups, check out this gorgeous and fun 5 bedroom villa:
8. MAUI, HAWAII
Is there any time I’m not craving a little more sunshine with a frozen drink in hand?
Maui is always my go-to island paradise. It’s the perfect cross between luxury leisure and island adventure – you can have your pina colada and drink it too!!
Relax under a beach umbrella all day or get out and drive the “Road to Hana”, lined with tumbling waterfalls, lush sloping hills and rugged coastlines. If you love service to the max stay at my all time favoriteFour Seasons Maui, where the only thing you’ll have to worry about is which fruity drink to try next. For a little more independence, or if you’re traveling with family opt for one of these incredible airbnbs:
Oceanfront in Paia:
You guys KNOW I couldn’t not include Napa on this list… as the apple and apricot trees begin to bloom in early spring, the Napa Valley Wine train not only connects you to the region’s best wineries, but the area’s gorgeous scenery as well! For luxury, my all-time favorite hotel is Auberge du Soleil, for quaint cozy luxe vibes, I love Villagio, and to be right on the wine trail, stay at the Silverado Hotel and Spa so that you can bike from tasting to tasting. For all my favorite Napa wineries check out The Ultimate Guide To Napa!!
10. BRECKINRIDGE, CO
For those that aren’t quite over winter yet, Breckinridge, Colorado is calling your name. March and April are some of the heaviest snowfall months, even as the days get longer and warmer. You can shed those layers and enjoy more hours on the mountain (or more hours of Apres) to each their own. If skiing isn’t your thing, do not worry! There is also amazing spring hiking, snow-shoeing, dog sledding and more to do in Breckenridge beyond the slopes. Breckinridge is perfect for group trips, so rally up the old college crew and hit the slopes and cozy up around the fire at one of these incredible luxurious mountain homes:
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