5 Cities to Travel to This Spring

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Holidays are a distant memory, and the idea of spring (and the next season of House of Cards) is just about the only thing keeping us going through these long, cold months. So yes, a vacation is sorely needed! If you’ve found yourself rocking the same pair of sweatpants all weekend (guilty) and getting a bit too invested in Netflix reruns (also guilty), this guide is for you. While most of us defer to summer to take a vacation, why wait? Spring brings a myriad of incredible and affordable travel locations just waiting to be explored.

Our top 5 picks to travel to this spring: 

 

1. If you want to travel internationally without the overseas flight time…

SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO is the destination for you. With one of the most unvarying climates in the world, San Juan is the perfect tropical destination if you want to spend your days on an island paradise. However, the city has much to offer as well: Old San Juan, the city’s historic region, is bustling with numerous shops, restaurants and cultural sites. And for more the more adventurous? Just outside the city is El Yunque, the only tropical rainforest in the U.S. National Forest system. During spring, the weather is in the 80s and you can count on low travel prices making San Juan a reasonable option for the season. There are several direct flights to and from San Juan’s main airport (New York, Dallas, Philadelphia and Atlanta, to name a few) making it an accessible and affordable choice.
photo by: David Arch 

 

2. If you’re looking for a place to escape the cold but still get a healthy dose of culture and food…

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA might be the perfect answer for you. The city is known for its amazing food, which can be found and enjoyed inexpensively. Just to give you a taste, Beignets at Café Du Monde are under $5.00; there are a number of free or cheap crawfish boils throughout the city each spring; and the Crescent City Farmers Market (open every Saturday) is a fantastic spot for foodies to roam. Beginning in March, the city also hosts a weekly concert series in Lafayette Square so visitors can experience the sounds of the city firsthand (and for free!). For serious music lovers, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival takes place during late April and is worth planning a trip around. Past headliners include: The Avett Brothers, Alabama Shakes, and Bruce Springsteen. Oozing history and culture, the city is one of the most vibrant and wallet-friendly places to visit this season.
photo by: Beth Kirby

 

3. If an international trip of a lifetime has been on your mind for a while…

PARIS, FRANCE in spring is the perfect time to take the leap and go! Summertime is considered high season in France (and throughout Europe) so planning a trip in the spring is an easy way to save money and sneak in before crowds of tourists arrive. Flight prices are known to drop significantly during this time period, and lines for museums, attractions, and restaurants will be considerably shorter. Not convinced yet? Picture flowering gardens and breezy avenues that transform this already stunning city into a completely magical one in the springtime. Can you imagine a better way to welcome spring than strolling through a half-empty Louvre, eating al fresco every afternoon, and watching the flowers bloom throughout Paris? We didn’t think so!
photo by: Danielle Moss

 

4. If you live on the West Coast and want a quick getaway…

VANCOUVER, CANADA is a fantastic and budget-friendly choice for springtime travel. Though it may seem like an unconventional pick, Vancouver is a beautiful coastal city full of cultural hotspots, delicious food, and plenty of outdoor adventure. In the springtime, the entire city comes alive as it is home to dozens of gardens, parks, and sites for nature-lovers. Though Vancouver may be more expensive for those traveling from the East Coast, the city makes up for it by the countless number of free and budget-friendly activities to enjoy. The city is also home to an expansive arts scene, including several free galleries located throughout the city. From the famed Stanley Park to the Grouse Grind hike, there are plenty of ways to explore the city on the cheap.

 

5. If you’re on the East Coast and want a quick trip…

WASHINGTON, DC is a city that completely transforms itself in the spring. The Cherry Blossom Festival is the city’s unofficial start to the season, D.C. becomes littered with pink blooms virtually overnight. The festival runs from mid-March through mid-April and is a favorite for locals and tourists alike. The city has three major airports nearby making it easy to find a flight that works with your budget and schedule. The best part? The budget-friendly nature of D.C. (Hello, Smithsonian!) Overall, the city is a relatively affordable place to visit. Free activities and sites to visit during the day mean you can spend a bit more on food and hotel accommodations. With award-winning restaurants and quaint boutique hotels located in each of the vibrant neighborhoods that make up D.C., there is truly something for everyone in our country’s capital.
photo by: Sarah Culver 

  • As much as I love that photo of Moraine Lake in Banff National Park, it’s not near Vancouver at all. It’s about 10 hours east in the Alberta Province, and not in BC. I’d love to see what the Vancouver area actually looks like!

    • Welp that is my fault (not Reema’s). It came up in a search for photos of Vancouver! Thanks for noticing it!

  • I completely agree with this list. NOLA has beautiful architecture. Paris is so romantic. Vancouver is majestic.

  • Virginia

    Vancouver is one of my absolute favorite cities and everyone should go there. You’re going to want to change that picture though b/c that’s Moraine Lake in Alberta, so quite a trek from Vancouver.

  • i went to Vancouver in Spring 2014 and absolutely loved it. It was amazing!

  • sbort

    banff is one of the best places in the entire world <3 <3 <3 magical <3 change that pic!!! 😀 <3 great list 🙂

  • MichelleAndrea

    I just got back from Old San Juan and I loved it! The weather, the food, the culture, the architecture. It was all so splendidly great!

    Michelle
    http://www.michelleford.gy/blog

  • Christie Shields

    Puerto Rico is an excellent suggestion. However, it’s not an international destination. It’s a U.S. territory. No passport needed! 🙂 I would recommend taking the ferry in Fajardo (a short drive from San Juan) to the island of Culebra. It has the most beautiful beaches! I went there in March 2010 and as the article says, the weather is gorgeous! El Yunque and Old San Juan are wonderful, too. It’s a very relaxing place. It’s a great Caribbean destination without the high price tag of some of the other islands.

  • Nicole

    It’s 12 degrees C (53.6 F) in Vancouver today (woohoo!) but you’ll definitely need to bring a good umbrella! I moved to Van last summer and have quickly fallen in love with this amazing city. There are few places in the world where you can go golfing or lay on the beach in the morning and in two hours being at a world class ski resort :-).

  • deelup

    Can’t wait for spring just so I can explore the cities I already live near. 🙂

  • Savannah Rose

    I have to agree with all of these!

    Perhaps a little bias on the Vancouver one though, it’s truly an incredible city in the spring and if you love to take photos you will be in heaven here!

    http://www.savannahrose.net

  • I’d love to see more options in the US!

    • Katie,
      Thanks for your feedback! We will definitely keep that in mind for future stories. We have lots of great US city features coming up :).

  • Here are some fun (and not too touristy) things to do during Spring in DC!

    http://districtandmore.com/2014/03/28/dc-spring-bucket-list/

    I would also add Sintra, Portugal to your travel list. It is breathtakingly beautiful and pretty affordable for a Europe trip.

    http://districtandmore.com/2015/01/17/sintra-portugal/

  • I can safely confirm that Paris is always a good idea and absolutely lovely in the spring! 🙂

  • Melissa Head

    Love these suggestions! We actually just bought a house in Vieques, Puerto Rico so I agree PR is an excellent destination. Vieques is a short plane or ferry from San Juan and gorgeous beaches

  • ‘Becca’lise Deveaux

    My husband and I are planning a New Orleans trip for the summer! Kind of a last hurrah before we start our adventure as foster/adoptive parents!

  • I couldn’t agree more with the Puerto Rico pick! El Yunque is my happy place. I’d highly recommend walking to La Mina falls! Also, you’ve got to see El Morro and El Castillo San Cristobal in Old San Juan. The Bacardi factory is a quick boat ride away too 🙂 Excellent list!

  • I’m so on trend! Heading to Puerto Rico at the end of the month, and going to DC in March!

  • Lovely list! Completely agree with all the cities, and am headed to DC and Paris myself!

    http://talksoverlatte.com

  • Loving this travel list! Specially Paris and Vancouver, Spring would be the perfect season to go there 🙂

  • Melanie w/ Pickles + Palmtrees

    I’ve been to 4 of 5 of those places and I highly recommend Vancouver and New Orleans. Easy to get to alot to do! For more travel information and some of my favorites in NOLA check this link out: http://www.picklesandpalmtrees.com/places-spaces/travel-to-nola-new-orleans-la/

  • Paris, Paris, Paris. The city is a lovely mood day and night. Add Florence, Italy, and also Barcelona, Spain. Nothing but great food, friendly laid back but elegant people and fun. Gorgeous architecture too! Great post to motivate us to get away. http://www.pippihepburn.etsy.com

  • Great picks! Paris is at the top of my list.. and London!

  • Buffy

    Wish I could 2nd the NOLA recommendation. Just returned from there and would never go back. I didn’t find it to be safe. There are signs posted all over recommending you walk in large groups. Highlights were St. Louis Cathedral in Jackson Square and the chicory coffee, but that was about it for me. Locals we met said Frenchmen Street is where to go for good music, but we learned of this on last day of trip. This was the first vacation where I was actually looking forward to returning home. If you do visit, I recommend bypassing Bourbon Street altogether.

  • Janice Alejandra Montoya

    I just moved from New Orleans to Boston and miss it already. I recommend New Orleans to anyone looking for a diverse and laid back setting. I really recommend checking out Freret Street and going to a show at Gasa Gasa and getting an authentic neopolitan pizza and negroni at Ancora Pizzeria. Magazine Street for shopping is a MUST. Frenchman neighborhood has the best night life! I miss it all so much. Don’t forget about getting a snowball and then heading to Audubon Park!

  • Definitely digging this list. Will be checking out Puerto Rico for a quick turnaround trip in April!

  • Vancouver is phenomenal! Make a trip up to Whistler if you can…