Spring is a fun and beautiful time to travel—whether you’re looking to get away with friends, take a family vacation or go on a solo adventure. From flowers in bloom and spring festivals to breathtaking beaches and thrilling amusement parks, there are plenty of unforgettable experiences with great deals right now. Don’t miss these top ten destinations this spring break.
White sand, turquoise water, bright sunshine and relaxing beaches have long made Cancun a popular spring destination. It’s also home to Chichen Itza, an UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most impressive complexes of ancient Mayan ruins. During the spring equinox, visitors can glimpse a special phenomenon at Chichen Itza when the sun casts an undulating snake-like shadow on the Temple of Kukulkan.
Stay in one of the many resorts located on the Carribean in the Hotel Zone and enjoy a wealth of amazing beaches right outside your hotel room. From sunbathing and stand up paddle boarding to snorkeling and kayaking, the wide variety of outdoor activities make Cancun perfect for everything from getaways with friends to family vacations. Swim and interact with friendly dolphins in their natural habitat at the Dolphin Swim Adventure. Or, take a short cruise to Isla Mujeres and enjoy snorkeling through an underwater museum.
Experience Japan during its most magical season—when millions of bright pink flowers burst from cherry blossom trees This is such a beautiful occurrence that it has been celebrated with a festival every spring for hundreds of years. From Okinawa to Tokyo to Hokkaido, there are plenty of ways to enjoy the cherry blossom festivals. Head to Kawazu for a tour that not only gives you optimal viewing of cherry blossoms and rapeseed flowers, but also includes strawberry picking and a delicious all-you-can-eat seafood lunch. Attend the Matsuda Cherry Blossom Festival and discover cherry blossoms against the backdrop of Mt. Fuji. Then head up the iconic mountain for an afternoon playing in the spring snow. Or, enjoy a two-day tour from Tokyo to see cherry blossoms at Kyoto’s most postcard-worthy sights. If your travels are local to Tokyo, enjoy a tour of the city’s top cherry blossom spots followed by a nighttime cruise on the scenic Sumida River.
Whether you want to enjoy its storied nightlife or relax in the beauty of millions of tulips, Amsterdam has something for every traveler in spring. From late March to mid-May, the renowned Keukenhof Gardens come to life with over seven million blooming tulips in all colors of the rainbow. Located about 39 kilometers (24 miles) from Amsterdam, there are a number of convenient services to get there. Some tours also include interesting stops along the way to see iconic windmills and Dutch cheese making. Or, visit a thriving tulip farm where you’ll receive a complimentary bag of bulbs for planting at home. From Amsterdam, you can also explore historical Dutch canal towns such as the charming Giethoorn. Or, make Amsterdam the launching point for a week-long European tour that includes Berlin and Prague.
With its sunny weather, beaches, nightlife, shopping and amusement parks, Los Angeles is a fun, vibrant place to visit in spring. Take a grand tour of the city that includes Santa Monica beach, the Hollywood sign and the Walk of Fame. Visit Beverly Hills, Warner Brothers Studio and see movie star homes and the world-renowned Rodeo Drive. Or, explore at your own pace with a convenient hop-on, hop-off tour. If you have kids in tow (or are just young at heart), Disneyland is just a short drive away. For an unforgettable vacation, try a four-day tour package that includes Disneyland, Sea World and Universal Studios Hollywood. Also, LA is conveniently located within a half-day’s drive of San Diego, Yosemite, San Francisco and Las Vegas.
Arches National Park & Antelope Canyon
Some of the world’s most postcard-worthy national parks are located in the American Southwest. Discover an amazing landscape of natural sandstone bridges jutting up against the desert sky at Arches National Park in Moab, Utah. Just four hours away in Arizona, Antelope Canyon offers some of the most awe-inspiring geological formations ever created by nature. Only accessible with a guide, this picturesque slot canyon features swirling ribbons of red sandstone that undulate with the desert sunlight. Nearby, Horseshoe Bend offers further amazing photo opportunities that defy description. For an unforgettable vacation, the Grand Canyon is not far away.
See the stunning Greek isles before the summer crowds arrive, when wildflowers bloom and locals celebrate spring with a variety of festivals. Kick off a seven- or eight-day adventure in Athens to experience the iconic Acropolis, Temple of Olympian Zeus and other ancient Greek landmarks. Then head to Mykonos, a lively and charming island with whitewashed windmills, historic churches and plenty of nightlife. No visit to Greece is complete, however, without a visit to Santorini. This small group of islands offers iconic multicolored buildings, amazing sunsets, volcanic black sand beaches, vineyards and stunning blue waters. With over 227 inhabited islands, Greece has many scenic spots worth a visit. For a shorter tour, try a four-day cruise from Athens to Aegina, Poros and Hydra.
The Balkans, also known as the Balkan Peninsula, is the area of Southern Europe comprised of the former Yugoslavia, Albania, Bulgaria, Romania, Moldova and parts of Greece and Turkey. Featuring breathtaking coastal villages, beautiful beaches, medieval castles, delicious food and rich culture—it’s one of Europe’s hidden gems. It’s also one of the most affordable parts of the continent, making it a popular hot spot for multi-country tours. Whether you want to relax on the stunning coast of Croatia, discover over 90 waterfalls at Plitvice National Park, explore the Game of Thrones filming locations in Dubrovnik or visit Dracula’s castle in Romania, there’s lots to see and do in the Balkans.
With coastlines bordering both the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, Costa Rica is a fantastic place to get away for some beach time. Its name means “rich coast” in Spanish and this Central American gem lives up to its name. Relax on stunning Caribbean beaches, hike to a cloud forest, snap photos of active volcanoes, see cascading waterfalls, zipline among the treetops in lush rainforests, soak in natural hot springs, tour a coffee plantation or view unique wildlife such as sloths, capuchin monkeys and toucans—there is no end to unforgettable spring break experiences in Costa Rica.
If you’re looking for adventure this spring, try kayaking through Norway’s breathtaking fjords. One of the most breathtaking sights on earth, these long, narrow inlets were formed millions of years ago when glaciers cut through the mountains leaving winding passageways full of pristine wilderness. In spring, the mountains and cliffs burst with flowers. Enjoy a variety of ferries and cruises through these awe-inspiring natural attractions and discover awe-inspiring cliffs, picturesque waterways and stunning waterfalls. Stay in Bergen, the “Gateway to the Fjords,” and enjoy fresh Norwegian seafood and charming village life. No visit would be complete without riding the Flam Scenic Railway, a unique feat of engineering that scales steep mountains, passing rolling green meadows and waterfalls along the way.
Florida is one of the most popular destinations for spring break—whether you’re looking for tranquil beaches, family fun or party central. Known as the “Sunshine State,” Florida has two coastlines which offer ample white sand beaches. Enjoy a five-day tour that explores some of the top beaches on both coasts including Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Naples and Palm Beach. Embark on an airboat for a half-day adventure in Everglades National Park and see huge alligators. Head to Orlando and visit some of the world’s most well-known amusement parks including Disney World and Universal Studios Florida. Nearby, enjoy Legoland and the Legoland Water Park. Have dinner with an astronaut at the Kennedy Space Center. Or, experience the ultimate seven-day tour that includes Florida’s beaches and amusement parks.
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