The Best Places to Travel in the Spring

Winter can sometimes seem to last forever. Just the thought of spring – flowers beginning to bloom, longer days, fresh air, and the chance to get outdoors—may have you ready to pack your bags and plan a spring getaway. If you’re sick of shoveling snow, or even if you just want a change of scenery, this post is for you.

We’ve gathered a list of our favorite U.S. destinations perfect for a spring vacation. Get a head start, and enjoy the beauty of spring before it comes to your hometown.

golden gate bridge in san francisco, california

San Francisco, California

Mild temps and early blossoms are just a few reasons to visit San Francisco this spring. Cable cars, trend-setting cuisine, and more are waiting for you in sunny Northern California.

What to Do:

Explore top sights like Fisherman’s Wharf, Chinatown, and the Golden Gate Bridge on a Hop-On/Hop-Off Big Bus San Francisco. You’ll learn about the city’s history and culture while visiting famous neighborhoods and taking in the sights. For sports lovers: baseball season starts at the end of March. There’s always fun to be had at a baseball game at Oracle Park, the home of the San Francisco Giants. Take in the scents of spring at the Conservatory of Flowers or admire the cherry blossoms at the Japanese Tea Garden. We also recommend renting a bicycle and taking a Golden Gate Bridge bike tour. However you choose to get around – by bus, boat, foot, or bike – you can take in the beauty of spring in the City by the Bay.

Where to Stay:

Located in the heart of town, the San Francisco Inn is a budget-friendly hotel close to top tourist spots and attractions. Also downtown, the Courtyard San Francisco (an elevated urban retreat) places you right near the conference center and ballgames.

grape vine at vineyard in fredericksburg, texas

Fredericksburg, Texas

The Texas Hill Country and Wine Road 290 (home to more than 19 amazing wineries) await in in the quaint town of Fredericksburg, Texas. Shaped by its rich German-American history, Fredericksburg has much to offer history buffs who want to escape to warmer temps.

What to Do:

If history and museums are your interest, there’s plenty to see and do in Fredericksburg. Tour the George H. W. Bush Gallery at the National Museum of the Pacific War, the only institution in the U.S. dedicated exclusively to telling the story of the Pacific Theater in World War II. Next, step back in time at the Pioneer Museum Complex, where you’ll discover a collection of authentic structures preserved from the 19th century German Pioneer days. Then, hop over to the Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park to visit the “Texas White House” and see where the 36th U.S. president conducted much of his business.

Continue your tour nearby and visit the Sauer-Beckmann Living History Farmstead, a working farm that recreates Texas pioneer life in the 1800s. Park interpreters wear period clothing and carry out the day-to-day activities of a turn-of-the-century Texas-German farm.

Once you’ve soaked in the rich history of the area, take a tour of Texas wine country. Stop by Becker Vineyards for a wine tasting, and picnic on their patio surrounded by lush lavender fields. Or, enjoy a crisp glass of Tempranillo and take in the best views of the hill country at Pedernales Cellars. Don’t leave Fredericksburg without witnessing the 200 acres of poppies and bluebonnets at Wildseed Farms. Be sure to taste authentic German cooking at one of many restaurants nearby.

Where to Stay:

The Hampton Inn & Suites is located in the heart of Fredericksburg within walking distance of many activities. Just three blocks from the National Museum of the Pacific War, the Holiday Inn Express & Suites is another good choice to rest your head in Fredericksburg, TX.

new orleans, louisiana

New Orleans, Louisiana

Spring is the perfect season for a visit to New Orleans. Take in everything NOLA is known for—authentic creole foods, live jazz music, and the historic French Quarter—before the weather gets too hot.

What to Do:

Festivals abound in the spring in New Orleans. Get out and experience a multitude of festivals like the Top Taco Fest at Woldenberg Park. Get your music fix at Wednesday at the Square where, from March through May, there’s a series of free outdoor concerts by well-known local artists. Experience the vibrant food scene at the Fête Francaise festival, a French affair celebrating the Crescent City’s French heritage and culture with food, music, art, and entertainment.

Where to Stay:

Hotel Monteleone is a historic hotel awarded four-diamond status by AAA. There, you’ll enjoy marble baths, raised ceilings, ornamental moldings, and a rooftop swimming pool in fine French Quarter style. The Bienville House just around the corner is another great option with its four-poster mahogany beds and enchanting high ceilings. Either way, you’ll get a taste of New Orleans’ rich culture from the comfort of your hotel room.

Chattanooga, Tennessee

Chattanooga, Tennessee

There’s plenty of family fun waiting for you in Chattanooga, Tennessee, a town tucked into the Appalachian Mountains and bordered by the Tennessee River. Lonely Planet named Chattanooga one of the top ten destinations to see in 2018, and the New York Times ranked it as one of the top 45 places to visit in the world. Here’s why…

What to Do:

The Tennessee Aquarium celebrates the rich biodiversity of the Southeast through its many exhibits. It also actively engages in preserving and restoring that biodiversity through the Tennessee Aquarium Conservation Institute, the aquarium’s research arm. Take a short drive from downtown to find Rock City located atop Lookout Mountain. Here, you’ll explore a 4,100-foot walking trail showcasing fascinating rock formations, caves, and gardens. Don’t miss Ruby Falls either. This 145-foot waterfall is located underground, 1,120 feet below the surface of Lookout Mountain.

We also suggest stopping by the Creative Discovery Museum. The hands-on children’s museum offers activities and exhibits featuring art, music, science, and technology. For families who enjoy physical activity, High Point Climbing Gym has walls for beginners and advanced climbers alike. Be sure to check out their “Kid Zone” which introduces kids (and even adults!) to rock climbing in a very unique way.

Where to Stay:

Stay in a spacious guestroom or an authentic Victorian-era train car at Chattanooga Choo Choo. Or, enjoy state-of-the-art luxury in the historic Southside at the Chattanoogan Hotel.

Leave your winter coat at home, and take a trip somewhere warm this spring. While you’re planning your trip, we’re here to help you find the perfect place to stay. Visit roomkey.com to compare rates from more than 45,000 hotels around the world, and we’ll have you on your way with peace of mind that your hotel reservation is safe and secure.