The Top 10 Springtime Getaways
By Melissa Wirkus, staff writer
Winter has come and gone and there is no better time than spring to head out on a fun and refreshing weekend getaway. Celebrate the season by escaping to one of these breezy weekend destinations where you can relax, rejuvenate and cast off the winter blues.
1. Sedona, Arizona
Spring is the ideal time of year to visit Arizona, especially the breathtaking area of Sedona. With its red rock canyons and towering sand stone formations, there really is no other place like it in the world. Experience the unique geography first hand with a guided tour and nature hike—or if relaxation is at the top of your agenda, head to one of the area’s spas for some pampering.
2. Catalina Island, California
Just twenty miles off the coast of Long Beach lies the beautiful island of Santa Catalina. A short boat trip from Los Angeles or San Diego, the island boasts an idyllic climate year round, making it a great spot for your next weekend getaway. Take a glass-bottom boat tour of reefs and shipwrecks and be sure to spend plenty of time on the island’s mainland soaking up the gorgeous natural scenery.
3. Asheville, North Carolina
Surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains, a springtime visit to Asheville offers visitors some of the most stunning natural sights in the area. The mountains are lined with fields of brightly colored spring flowers and exploring the mountains on foot brings you up close and personal with rushing waterfalls and mazes of towering trees. Asheville also offers visitors the chance to relax and unwind, with world-class spas and delicious dining establishments around every corner.
4. Lake Tahoe, California and Nevada
Spring is one of the best times of year to visit Lake Tahoe, where you can have the best of winter and summer rolled into one weekend. The mountains are still open for skiing in early spring, and you can also head out on the lake for the thrilling adventure of water sports. With plenty of dining, outdoor and nightlife activity, a spring weekend in Lake Tahoe will surely give you an experience out of the ordinary.
5. The Poconos, Pennsylvania
Just a short drive from New York City and the tri-state area, the Poconos Mountains offer a beautiful setting for a spring retreat. Escape from the stresses of everyday life by playing a round of golf or spend a day on the water at the Delaware Water Gap National Recreational area where you can tour the waterfalls or spend a day waterskiing and boating.
6. Colorado Springs, Colorado
Situated at the base of one of America’s most famous mountains, Pikes Peak, the city of Colorado Springs offers visitors breathtaking natural scenery coupled with a small town atmosphere. Spend the weekend exploring the region’s natural beauty—from the stunning mountain range to thrilling white water rafting adventures. It’s easy to relax here, too, with plenty of unique dining options and resort accommodations.
7. Atlantic City, New Jersey
Avoid the summer crowds by heading to Atlantic City during the springtime when the weather is just starting to warm up. Let your hair down at one of the city’s glimmering casinos and try your luck at slots or a card game. There is much more to the city than gambling though, with world-class restaurants, resorts and theatre right at your fingertips.
8. Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
With its dramatic mountain peaks, melting snow caps and lush green foliage emerging from its winter slumber, a visit to the Grand Tetons in spring is an unforgettable experience. The crisp, fresh air is sure to revitalize your mind and body, and awaken your senses. Spend your weekend lounging in one of the log cabins while marveling at the awe-inspiring natural beauty all around.
9. South Beach, Florida
Easily accessible from anywhere in the Southern U.S., the ultra-hip area of South Beach, Miami, provides the ideal weekend of springtime fun and sun. Soak up the rays while lounging on the city’s world-famous beaches but be sure to save some energy for after the sun sets. Home to over 100 different nightclubs, lounges and restaurants, there is never a shortage of nightlife in South Beach.
10. Santa Fe, New Mexico
With an average temperature between 65 and 70 degrees during this time of year, the city of Santa Fe really starts to heat up come spring. Art galleries begin their weekend shows and the city’s world-famous farmer’s market moves outdoors mid-April. An afternoon stroll around town offers countless architectural and historical delights, where you can relive Santa Fe’s colorful past. Don’t forget to indulge in the culinary delights; offering a unique blend of Spanish, Mexican and American influences.