Have you spent the first days of spring waiting for pricey flights to the Caribbean to drop? Whether your heart’s set on a dreamy beach vacay or an exciting urban getaway, you don’t have to break the bank—or leave the country—to enjoy an amazing spring vacation.
Based on the median weekly rate for a two bedroom rental on FlipKey, we’re highlighting some of the most affordable spring vacation destinations in America and the must-dos in each city. From the shores of Cape Cod to the desert landscape of Palm Springs, here are some of the best places to celebrate the arrival of spring.
With the majestic Rocky Mountains looming beyond the city limits and over 190 miles of trails to explore, Boise packs lots of punch for the nature-loving traveler. Climb the hill at Camel’s Back Park for great views of Southern Boise or take it easy on a stroll through the Idaho Botanical Garden. Had your fill of the outdoors? Boise’s varied museums and plentiful attractions will captivate all interests. However you choose to spend your time, Spring is the perfect season to enjoy all the city has to offer—before the dry summer heat sets in!
Eat: Boise Fry Company | Multiple locations in Boise
Play: Idaho Botanical Garden | 2355 Old Penitentiary Road, Boise, Idaho 83712
See: The World Center for Birds of Prey | 5668 West Flying Hawk Lane, Boise, Idaho 83709
Stay: See all rentals in Boise
There are few places to experience the authentic Southwest quite like Albuquerque. With its fiery desert landscape, mouthwatering New Mexican cuisine, and unique multicultural heritage, this city is a magical escape for travelers of all ages. The city’s streets are lined with historic adobe homes and brick paths, while its clear, blue skies are dotted with colorful hot air balloons. Plentiful sunshine and mild temperatures add to this city’s appeal, making it one of the best affordable spring vacation spots on our list.
Eat: Vinaigrette | 1828 Central Ave. SW, Albuquerque, NM 87104
Play: ABQ Trolley | 800 Rio Grande Blvd. NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104
See: The National Museum of Nuclear Science and History | 601 Eubank Blvd. SE, Albuquerque, NM 87123
Chincoteague Island’s resident wild ponies have helped put this small Virginia town on the map. During the summer, they can be seen thundering down the golden beaches. But horses aren’t the only wildlife to be admired—the unspoiled beaches and lack of high-rises on Chincoteague Island make it a great place for bird watching, too. Escape to this affordable spring vacation destination for a breath of fresh air and a slower pace of life.
Eat: Island Creamery | 6243 Maddox Blvd. Chincoteague Island, VA 23336
Play: Chincoteague Cultural Alliance Markets | 6309 Church St, Chincoteague Island, VA 23336
See: Museum of Chincoteague Island | 7125 Maddox Blvd. Chincoteague Island, VA 23336
Situated in the Puget Sound area and easily accessible from Seattle, Tacoma is ideal for travelers who like to have lots of options. Ready to explore? Hop in the car and head to Mount Rainier National Park just a short drive away. Want to see what the downtown area has to offer? Tacoma is home to a vibrant community of artists and boasts many world-renowned museums and exhibits. Still, you might prefer to take in the scenic landscape from the comfort of your FlipKey rental like one reviewer who raved “being able to sit on the decking while you watch the sunset over the Olympic Mountain was beautiful.”
Eat: El Gaucho | 2119 Pacific Ave, Tacoma, WA 98402
Play: Five Mile Drive and Trails | 5400 N. Pearl St. Tacoma, WA 98407
See: Museum of Glass | 1801 Dock Street, Tacoma, Washington 98402
Whether you decide to book a modern condo downtown or a beach home nearby, Tampa is a popular spring vacation spot that won’t break the bank. Traveling with the entire family? Busch Gardens and The Florida Aquarium in Tampa Bay offer something exciting for every person in your group. Sports enthusiasts can catch a Tampa Bay Rays baseball game at the start of the season, while art lovers will be impressed by the city’s world-class museums. No matter what you do though, soak up some sun and enjoy Tampa’s waterfront location.
Eat: Datz | 2616 S MacDill Ave, Tampa, FL 33629
Play: Ulele Brewery | 1810 N Highland Ave, Tampa, FL 33602
See: Tampa Theatre | 711 N Franklin Street, Tampa, FL 33602
Stay: See all rentals in Tampa
Thanks to its year-round pleasant climate and abundance of golf courses, a spring vacation in Palm Springs never disappoints. Soak up sun by the pool at your FlipKey rental, hop on a bike to explore, or discover the beauty of the surrounding desert on foot. Rather stay cool? Relax at one of the many award-winning spas in Palm Springs or hit some of the nearby museums. Whatever you decide to do, don’t miss out on the chance to spend a week here during the spring months.
Eat: Workshop Kitchen + Bar | 800 N Palm Canyon Dr, Ste G, Palm Springs, California 92262
Play: Palm Springs Air Museum | 745 North Gene Autry Trail, Palm Springs, California 92262
See: Elvis Honeymoon Hideaway | 1350 Ladera Circle, Palm Springs CA 92262
Visit Dennis Port during the spring before tourists flock here for the peak summer season. This charming Cape Cod town oozes charm with its cozy cottages, wooden boardwalks, and photographic beach views. From skipping stones on the glassy waters to shopping at the local general store, Dennis Port has everything you need (and more!) for a delightful vacation, without the stress of going over-budget.
Eat: Sundae School Ice Cream | 381 Lower County Road, Dennis Port, MA 02639
Play: The Improper Bostonian | 626 Main St, Dennis Port, MA 02639
See: Stage Stop Candy | 411 Main Street, Route 28 Dennisport, MA 02639
Tucked away in the Pocono Mountains, Lake Harmony is the perfect spot to welcome spring. The season brings the arrival of blooming daffodils and laurel blossoms, along with endless possibilities for outdoor recreation. Book a lakefront vacation home and wake up to sunrise over the water, or rent a cabin in the middle of the woods and truly escape it all. Whether you’re a hiker, biker, boater or botanist, we bet you’ll love this budget-friendly destination!
Eat: Piggy’s Restaurant | 91 N. Lake Drive, Lake Harmony, PA
Play: Yeti WaterSports | 100 Moseywood Rd, Lake Harmony, PA 18624
See: The Split Rock Country Club | 140 Wolf Hollow Run Road, Lake Harmony, PA 18624
In Scottsdale, you can be touring the beautiful desert one minute, and wrapped in a cozy bathrobe at one of the many spas the next. Explore the McDowell Sonoran Preserve, which offers trails for hikers of all skill levels. If it’s been a rainy spring, you might even get lucky and see the desert in bloom! Head to Old Town Scottsdale for shopping or skip straight to the downtown area where you’ll find a buzzing restaurant and party scene. This spirited Southwest city is full of possibilities, especially during the spring!
Eat: Virtu | 3701 N. Marshall Way, Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Play: OdySea Aquarium | 9500 E Via De Ventura, Suite A-100, Scottsdale, AZ 85256
See: Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West | 3830 N. Marshall Way, Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Nestled in the heart of Missouri, Lake Ozark is a premier lake town offering world-class boating, fishing, and shopping. Cast your line from the shore and hook a fish, hike the surrounding landscape, or take the boat over to Party Cove during your stay. Whether you’re planning a family getaway or booking a couple’s retreat, choose a FlipKey rental for an affordable spring vacation you’ll always remember.
Eat: Baxter’s Lakeside Grille | 2124 Bagnell Dam Blvd, Lake Ozark, MO 65049
Play: Ha Ha Tonka State Park | 1491 State Road D, Camdenton, MO 65020
See: Bridal Cave | 526 Bridal Cave Rd, Camdenton, MO 65020