It’s been a bit of a rough winter. First the Polar Vortex, then more snow, and then Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow, foretelling six more weeks of winter. But, seasons pass, the clocks have sprung forward and it’s officially spring! Now may be the time to plan a spring getaway.
Play in the California Sand
Feeling a little cold and landlocked? Plan a trip to the sunny west coast. San Diego offers surf, sand, 146 days of sunshine per year on average, and the downtown area has a fantastic mix of cultural attractions, dining options, historical sites and shopping destinations. If beach hopping is more your style, cruise down to L.A. for some of the country’s best weather and beaches. Within just a quick drive you can search for stars in Malibu, seek out seclusion at El Matador, people watch (bodybuilders, chainsaw jugglers, folk artists – you name it!) in Venice Beach and ride the Ferris wheel in Santa Monica. For less of a “scene,” head further north along the coast to Santa Barbara or fly into San Francisco and enjoy the laid back nature of Monterey. The San Francisco Bay Area is also unseasonably warm right now, with temperatures in the low-to-mid-70s. While the climate cools the further north you go, most notably in the water, the beach town vibe is sure to please no matter which locale you choose.
Hit the Water with Mickey in Hawaii
Did you know that Disney opened its first hotel not connected to an amusement park? Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, offers all the Mickey Mouse fun without the long lines. Located on Oahu’s western shore, just outside of Waikiki, this is the ultimate kid-friendly destination, complete with outdoor adventures like snorkeling with angelfish, horseback riding through lush valleys and paddle boarding off the beach. Waikiki also is the home of the Honolulu Zoo, the Waikiki Aquarium and penguins at the Hilton Hawaiian Village.
Denver is an appealing destination for the outdoor enthusiast who also wants some big city fun without traveling too far. The city’s massive network of over 850 miles of paved, off-road trails that crisscross through the metro area also make it an easy one to explore. Don’t miss the world famous Red Rocks Amphitheatre, a geological wonder 70 million years in the making and one of the world’s most famous concert sites. Explore the dino-track-filled Dinosaur Ridge (a National Natural Landmark), just outside of Denver. Also, if you want to bring Fido along with you on your trip, Denver is extremely pet-friendly. Dogs are even welcome at Brown Palace Hotel, which has hosted nearly every president since Teddy Roosevelt.
Seek Adventure in Your Own Backyard
For those looking to save a few dollars and stay close to home, Deseret News has some great ideas for family-friendly wonders found in southwestern and southeastern Utah. The comprehensive lists (30 ideas for each region!) provide more than enough travel inspiration, mostly geared towards hiking and enjoying Utah’s natural playground, detailing both the top tourist destinations and places a bit off the beaten trail.
Do you have any exciting travel plans for the spring? Let us know in the comments!