It’s almost sandals, flowing flowery skirts and tropical print shirt weather, which begs the question: Where are you going to wear all of this comfy spring clothing? Spring is a beautiful time to travel, whether you’ve been planning your getaway for months or are feeling the itch for an impromptu weekend road trip. Imagine sipping lemonade under a cherry blossom tree down south in New Orleans or relaxing with a glass of wine in a vineyard at Napa Valley. Green spaces and new faces await you.
1. Festivals in New Orleans
Most think of Mardi Gras when they intend to visit New Orleans, Louisiana, but the party never stops in NOLA. From the beautiful old moss-covered oaks to jazz, blues and more in the French Quarter, let your heart find its rhythm again in New Orleans. Experience the Jazz Fest, French Quarter Fest, Spring Fiesta, Historic Home Tour and beautiful spring parades.
There’s always Jazz in the Park on Wednesdays and Thursdays, and many of the bars and brewery’s host courtyard happy hours. Enjoy nature and grab a po-boy for a picnic in the park under those big and beautiful old oak trees.
2. Amish Country in Pennsylvania
Return to simplicity this spring with a visit to Amish Country, and experience the joy of reward resulting from hard work. Lancaster Country in Pennsylvania has one of the oldest and most well known Amish settlements, with additional surrounding settlements in the state. For example, Mifflin County is known for its church districts and Old Order groups of Amish: the Byler, Nebraska and Renno Amish.
You’ll also be well fed and rest in a way you probably haven’t in a long time. While you’re there, check out the Casey Jones Restaurant, situated in a dining car on the property of the Red Caboose Motel. From seasonal ice cream to classic BBQ pulled pork and wings, the food is delicious. Visitors who want to stay the night can sleep in one of the 38 caboose rooms starting at $85 a night.
3. Wildflower and Bluebonnet Drive Through Texas
Take a beautiful 87-mile spring road trip in Texas, from Austin to U.S. 290 west over to Johnson City’s Wildflower Loop. Don’t forget to pack a delicious road trip picnic! You’ll then drive up U.S. 281 North to Burnet, known as the “official bluebonnet capital of Texas.” There are specific stops to take in the colorful blooms, such as the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.
4. Southern Flavor in Savannah, Georgia
Catch the blooms and sip on sweet tea during a trip to Savannah, Georgia. March through April is the prime time to check out Savannah blooming into its vibrant beauty. The azaleas bud open in March, and there are many gorgeous parks and squares in the city to enjoy a picnic.
If you’re into history, and perhaps a little of the macabre, a visit to the Bonaventure Cemetery is a must. Check out Savannah’s world famous St. Patrick’s Day celebration or one the city’s music festivals which draw in thousands annually.
5. Sunsets in Arizona
Typically an arid weather area many avoid in the summer, Arizona offers beautiful rocky terrain for outdoor adventures. Best of all, the sunsets are the most dramatic and vivid ones you’ll ever experience. High clouds emphasize the dramatic plunge of the sun and reflect its rays. Cacti, eclectic rock formations and the mountains all create amazing silhouettes. Photographers will love the picturesque sunsets in Sedona on top of the Airport mesa. Of course, there’s also the Grand Canyon and the Superstition Mountains to witness sunsets you’ve only seen in magazines.
6. Wine Country in California
Foodies and winos should take a bucket list spring road trip to Napa Valley, California. After a massage, relax among the vineyards with a glass of Merlot. Stay in a romantic bed and breakfast, or go on a hot air balloon ride to take in Napa’s 400+ wineries.
I’d recommend that you set your spring sights on places that aren’t on your summer vacation itinerary, but offer beautiful blooms, dramatic sunsets and stunning scenery. Not only will you feel renewed as the season springs into action, but you’ll also save money on your early season escape before the crowds of tourists arrive in summer.
Where are you headed this spring? What places would you add to this list?
This guest post is written by Kacey Mya Bradley. Kacey is a lifestyle blogger for The Drifter Collective, an eclectic lifestyle blog that expresses various forms of style through the influence of culture and the world around us. Kacey graduated with a degree in Communications while working for a lifestyle magazine. She has been able to fully embrace herself with the knowledge of nature, the power of exploring other locations and cultures, all while portraying her love for the world around her through her visually pleasing, culturally embracing and inspiring posts. You can also follow Kasey on Twitter, Pinterest or Instagram.
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