Spring vacations offer a great opportunity to shake off the rust from a long winter and enjoy some new sights, sounds, and experiences. The arrival of warmer weather is the perfect time to get outside and commune with nature, explore the city, and engage with the world’s great historic and cultural treasures. Here’s our list of the top spring destinations to visit in 2014:
The capital comes to life in spring when the trees along the National Mall bloom and warm temperatures bring renewed energy to the city’s legendary sites. Explore the Smithsonian Institute, tour government buildings, and stop by 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue for an unforgettable spring travel experience.
Head to Paso Robles wine country for some gorgeous views in the spring. Blooming vineyards are perfect terrain for a relaxing vacation. You might even consider planning your trip around the annual Earth Day Food and Wine Weekend in April.
With their blooming bluebonnets in springtime, this Texan city can’t be beat. Fredericksburg’s southern charm will sweep you off your feet and you are guaranteed a good time with all their seasonal events. Do your taste buds a favor and check out the Hill Country Wine and Music Festival in April or the start of peach season in late May.
One of the most important cities in the world during ancient times, Athens has evolved into a stylish, bustling cosmopolitan metropolis. Enjoy visiting stunning historical sites along with flavorful cuisine, welcoming energy, and excellent nightlife.
This Spanish port city is one of Europe’s liveliest and most popular tourism destinations.
Visit Folly Beach for sunshine and surf and don’t miss the annual Sea and Sand Festival in April.
Don’t miss the Canadian Tulip Festival in May, featuring over one million tulips for public display.
One of Europe’s great cultural centers, scenic Vienna is an ideal destination for a spring vacation.
State parks of Sedona boast incredible blooms and a beautiful red rock backdrop that you won’t want to miss.
Springtime in Paris is synonymous with romance. Come visit the French capital and see why!
London’s famous fog lifts in spring, revealing the city’s endless collection of historic wonders.
Spring is an important season on Jekyll Island because this is when the sea turtles in the area start to nest.
This bustling Scottish city is home to some of the most stunning architecture in the British Isles.
Springtime is an ideal time to catch the warmth of these beaches. This hidden gem is perfect for families, outdoor enthusiasts and water sport fanatics.
Charlotte in April offers visitors the perfect balance of a sunny 72 degrees and low precipitation.
This colorful South African city’s major draw is its close proximity to pristine nature reserves.