Depending on where you live, spring offers you a chance to get some much needed sunshine or snow. While you may be tempted to stay home and miss the spring break craze, remember that come April most students are back at the books. And once spring break is over, most places are trying to get visitors at whatever the cost. So why wait ‘til the busy hot summer when you can get away now?
Whether you’re looking for sun, snow or springtime flowers here are five top springtime travel destinations for 2012:
- Hawaii - There are always great deals to tempt you to the Aloha state during the spring. With agencies competing to offer you the best price on airfare, hotels and adventure packages there’s no reason to put off paradise. With temperatures ranging from the low 70s to the mid 80s, what could possibly be better? A luau or roast pig maybe?
- Puerto Rico - While Puerto Rico is a popular destination during the springtime, it is also quite affordable. San Juan is one of America’s favorite destinations. Beautiful beaches, a warm tropical climate with plenty of hiking, sun bathing or surfing. What’s not to love?
- Seattle - A great city, sun or no sun, to knock around in. A mild climate with plenty of things to see and do, and right now there are two exhibitions on display at the Seattle Art Museum that just might make your trip. SAM will be hosting almost 60 of Gauguin’s original works including paintings and sculptures. And at the Pacific Science Center, the last stop of an international exhibit on Tutankhamen and other pharaohs treasure never before seen in the states.
- British Columbia – If you missed out hitting the slopes this winter, late-season skiing is still open in this beautiful Canadian province. Alongside blooming flowers, the affordable season lasts through May and there is plenty to do. Vancouver’s Cherry Blossom Festival and Richmond’s seasonal Night Market kick off during April, where the citywide third night free deal extends to all Vancouver hotels.
- New Orleans – With Jazz Fest happening in April and May, New Orleans will certainly be hopping, but how can you say no to the perfect weather, late night food and great travel deals? Hotel reservations, on average, are only $10.00 more during peak season than off season, which is hardly a splurge if you’re looking for a nice warm getaway. Be aware though that hotels will spike their overnight fees on festival weekends.
If you’re afraid you won’t have enough time to really relax, choose a destination closer to home. It’ll save you money and it will give you some added time to sit back, relax and enjoy the scenery.
Avery Lane is a freelance writer from the Pacific Northwest, where springtime rain drives many of the area’s residents to vacation escapes. When you return to the summer sun and need an escape from the heat, you may want to check out these guides to Trane air conditioner prices and Carrier air conditioner prices.