When that spring travel fever hits, it’s time to plan a vacay. But with so many destinations to choose from, where do you go? That’s where we come in. We’re narrowing it down to the best of the best spring destinations around the world that are perfect for any traveler.
One word: tulips. Every spring, travelers from around the world flock to Amsterdam for the annual Tulip Festival where every color of flowers line the streets of the entire city. If this isn’t enough, take a day trip to Keukenhof Gardens for a sight like no other—tulips for daysssss. 7 million bulbs to be exact. On top of that, April is the driest month of the year, so the weather is ideal for strolling, enjoying the various festivals or biking around town. Pro tip: go at the end of April to catch King’s Day, one of the world’s biggest street parties.
Two words: cherry blossoms. Have you ever even been to DC if you didn’t capture the iconic pic of the Jefferson Memorial engulfed by perfectly pink cherry blossoms? After you’re done gallivanting around the National Mall and exploring the cool museums, be sure to enjoy the food scene. Our capital city boasts some of the best boozy brunches in the country and also offers some great outdoor seating and rooftop options. Check out POV for some great drinks (if you’re 21+) and even better views. If DC isn’t at the top of your spring destination list, you playin’ yourself.
Iceland is still very much a hot (but actually cold) destination and flights/hotels are especially cheap in the spring. Many people go with the specific intention of seeing the breathtaking Northern lights, so if this is the case for you, March or April is the perfect time to witness them! What are some other perks of visiting Iceland in the spring? There’s more daylight, fewer tourists and the weather starts warming up. Of course there’s the Blue Lagoon for our basic friends, but we also recommend hiking to some roaring waterfalls (add Skogafoss to your list), kayaking in fjords and touring caves. Sunrises and sunsets are also super long so you’ll def get some amazing pics!
An underrated spring destination, Montreal blossoms to life this time of year. Not only is there a croissant festival where you can score $1 croissants, but there’s also a Butterflies Go Free event where thousands of butterflies are released into the Montreal Botanical Gardens greenhouses. Montreal is known to be one of the most bike-friendly cities in the world, so consider renting a Bixi bike and exploring the different neighborhoods. There are a ton of art, music, food and drink festivals around this time too, so be sure to catch at least one while you’re in town.
More cherry blossoms, but this time they’re in Japan! If you’ve always wanted to go to Asia, this is the perfect excuse. Join in on the “hanami” aka the tradition of cherry blossom viewing and welcoming spring. Admire the many gardens, geishas, temples and iconic sites including the Kinkakuji Temple, Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine and the Bamboo Grove. We can promise you, your Insta will be on point. Kyoto doesn’t skimp on nightlife either–there are actually local tour guides that will take you around all the bars so you can experience all the Japanese food, culture and drinks your heart desires.
Wildflowers, watering holes and most importantly, $2 tacos. Austin is super cool (and weird, of course) year-round, but is especially cool in the springtime. Soak in the sun at the various festivals including the Austin Food & Wine Festival, the Bluebonnet Festival and Pecan Street Spring Festival. Take a quick hour-ish drive to Texas Hill Country where you can tour some wineries and see meadows filled with beautiful bluebonnets. Wanna cool off? Go kayaking on Lady Bird Lake, take a dip (after a small hike) in Sculpture Falls or grab a group and float down the San Marcos River on an inner tube.
While not on many people’s radar for top spring destinations, Turkey has a lot more to offer than amazing culture and hot air balloons. Bodrum is a stunning beach town located in southwest Turkey and is the ultimate spring destination. Similar to Greece and Italy, most people flock here for boat trips and sunbathing on the perfectly turquoise Mediterranean sea, but definitely take some time to explore the old town too. The Castle of St. Peter (built in the 1400s!) and the Museum of Underwater Archaeology should be at the top of your list, but literally right behind the castle you’ll find the former fishing village transformed into picturesque white-washed cottages lined with vibrant flowers. Here, you can spend the day wandering into cool boutiques and sipping a drink at one of the many cafés. Ahhhh we can picture it now…
Lake Tahoe, California
Trying to squeeze the most out of winter? Head over to Lake Tahoe for most likely your last ski trip of the season! Squaw Valley is planning on staying open through May so get over there and hit the slopes while you still can. Enjoy the multiple hot tubs on the mountain as well as the various bars including the Gold Coast Beach Bar, Umbrella Bar and the Ice Bar. When you’ve had enough of skiing, go for a hike in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, kayak or paddle board on Lake Tahoe itself or relax in one of the many hot springs. If you’re looking for the perfect combination of outdoor activities, amazing food and great parties, Lake Tahoe is where it’s at for clutch spring destinations.
Spring travel is the best kind of travel if you’re looking to avoid crowds and sweltering weather. It’s also arguably the most scenic time to travel. Where do you want to go this spring? When you’re ready, we’re here with the discount last minute flights for the best spring destinations around the world.