Our research is editorially independent but we may earn a commission for purchases made through our links.
A whole new world of color opens up in the U.S. during springtime, which makes it the perfect time to explore somewhere new on a road trip or weekend getaway. You can take a break from the daily grind and celebrate getting past the dreary winter months with a little sunshine and outdoor recreation. Whether you’re looking for a sunny spot in Florida or prefer a mountain getaway, there’s something on this list for everyone. Stop and smell the flowers at these top spring getaways in the U.S.
YOU'RE ALL SET!
Look out for our newsletters in your inbox soon.
Cannon Beach, Oregon
Cannon Beach is a charming coastal city in Oregon, beloved as a romantic destination. In spring, you can enjoy the pleasant weather while exploring the small boutique shops and quaint cafes that line the downtown area, then enjoy an afternoon strolling hand-in-hand along the sandy beach. If you’re the active type, you can also enjoy kayaking, surfing, and wildlife watching, with puffins often spotted at Haystack Rock.
Sanibel & Captiva Islands, Florida
Sanibel and nearby Captiva Island are two of Florida’s most beloved beach destinations that are simply gorgeous in spring. One of the best beaches in the world for collecting seashells, Sanibel Island boasts a laid-back vibe and small-town ambiance that is perfect for when you want to get away from it all. Birdwatchers can visit J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge, while Lovers Key State Park is ideal for outdoor adventures such as swimming and kayaking.
Moab is a dream for outdoor lovers, known for its long list of adventures such as hiking, biking, climbing, water sports, and camping. While it’s considered a playground for thrill-seekers, you don’t have to be an adrenaline junkie to enjoy this beautiful city in spring. Put Arches National Park on your itinerary, and if you’re up for a hike, follow the Mesa Arch Trail. You can also admire spectacular views from Dead Horse Point State Park or raft, kayak, or canoe the Colorado River.
Texas Hill Country
Extending west from Austin and north from San Antonio, the Texas Hill Country offers a mix of stunning natural beauty and small-town charms. Its rolling terrain is at its peak in spring, when its iconic bluebonnets come in full bloom and blanket the area with bright blues, whites, yellows, and purples. Add hidden swimming holes, scenic trails, and iconic natural landmarks such as Enchanted Rock to your agenda, and don’t forget to sample local BBQ at renowned restaurants and go winery hopping in the vineyards.
Palm Springs, California
Once a playground for Hollywood icons, this Southern California getaway is a year-round desert oasis that exudes old-world glamour. In addition to exploring its enticing food and drinks scene, a spring getaway here can include shopping for vintage treasures along Palm Canyon Drive or enjoying the outdoors at the surrounding Coachella Valley. After exploring some of California’s most picturesque landscapes, you can sit poolside with a cocktail in hand.
Where to Stay: With a spa, multiples pools, and golf courses, JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa is one of the most luxurious hotels in the Palm Springs area. Save money with one of these Vrbo vacation rentals or stay in an Airbnb with a private pool.
Hilton Head, South Carolina
Hilton Head Island is known as “The Golf Island” by many, as it offers a long list of renowned fairways for golf enthusiasts. It’s also the perfect spot for a family getaway in spring, where you can enjoy its beautiful beaches and small-town atmosphere. Not only does it boast a picture-perfect coastline, but there are also family-friendly museums, boutique shops dotting the Harbour Town, and local restaurants serving delicious Southern cuisines.
Spring is an ideal time to visit Phoenix, as this sunny getaway is home to diverse cultural attractions, historic sites, and outdoor recreation. Hiking, biking, and day trips to nearby cities Sedona, Prescott, and Jerome are popular, while Camelback Mountain is one of the most scenic spots in the city. Admire colorful foliage at the Desert Botanical Garden, check out the music artifacts at the Musical Instrument Museum, or get your art on at the Phoenix Art Museum. Old Town Scottsdale offers a pleasant day of exploring its kitschy shops, restaurants, and galleries.
Where to Stay: Arizona Grand Resort and Spa features an on-site water park, while JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa is a popular couples resort in Arizona. On a budget? Check out the top-rated Airbnbs in Phoenix.
Santa Fe, New Mexico
New Mexico’s capital offers an array of exciting things to do in spring. Explore Canyon Road and its artist’s studios, galleries, and restaurants. After you’re done strolling around and picking up souvenirs like jewelry and pottery, head to the Santa Fe Plaza to see historic landmarks and browse its picturesque streets. The Santa Fe Opera House is a world-renowned venue, while the Museum of International Folk Art boasts the largest collection of international folk art in the world. Don’t miss the Santa Fe Farmers’ Market, which sells everything from breakfast burritos to dried beans.
Where to Stay: Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado Santa Fe offers luxury accommodation as one of the poshest spa resorts in New Mexico. For extra space, you can your family can book this 2-Bedroom Cabin Airbnb.
Lake Tahoe, California
Lake Tahoe is a year-round playground and nature lovers paradise, where you can enjoy the best of both worlds with skiing, hiking, swimming, and world-class golfing. In spring, take a picturesque cruise of Emerald Bay, go kayaking on the lake, or head to Downtown Truckee for shopping and dining. Biking and hiking are popular activities, while lakefront dining is the perfect way to wrap up your day. You can also enjoy browsing museums, soaking in hot springs, or joining a helicopter tour for a birds-eye view of the picture-perfect area.
Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Jackson Hole is a perfect spring getaway for those who crave wide-open spaces and outdoor adventures. This stunning area offers beautiful landscapes throughout the year, as well as a range of cultural events. In the warmer months, you can enjoy wildlife watching, go fly fishing, visit Snow King Mountain theme park with the family or follow one of the area’s scenic hiking trails. It’s also a fantastic time planning a trip to Grand Teton National Park or Yellowstone National Park.
Where to Stay: The Lodge at Jackson Hole is one of the most romantic places to stay in Jackson Hole, offering cozy rooms with fireplaces. If you’re looking for absolute luxury, Amangani is one of the most luxurious mountain hotels in the U.S.
Asheville, North Carolina
Asheville is one of North Carolina’s most beautiful destinations and is an affordable getaway in spring. You can explore its charming downtown area to see its collection of electric shops, cultural museums, and historical attractions, then visit top-rated breweries or take a scenic drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Add the iconic Biltmore Estate to your itinerary to see its opulent interior, or enjoy a tranquil day strolling through the blooming flowers at The North Carolina Arboretum.
Where to Stay: This 1-Bedroom Cottage with mountain views is a popular Airbnb in Asheville, while this Downtown Loft has a prime city center location. Offering luxury suites, Grand Bohemian Hotel Asheville is one of the city’s best hotels.
Oahu is one of the best islands in Hawaii to visit in spring. While it would be ideal to squeeze a few more days out of your trip, it’s doable on a long weekend. Pick your favorite activity and pack your itinerary with outdoor adventures, from hiking lush rainforests, surfing waves, relaxing on a sun-soaked beach, or visiting the area’s historic attractions such as Pearl Harbor. Watching the pros hang 10 in North Shore, strolling the shoreline of Waikiki Beach, and snorkeling in Hanauma Bay are top activities.
Where to Stay: Turtle Bay Resort is an upscale resort on Oahu’s North Shore, offering multiple on-site restaurants and outdoor pools. If you want your own private oceanfront property, book this Beachfront Cottage on Vrbo.
The Florida Keys
Spring is a perfect time to explore the Florida Keys before the temperatures rise in summer. It’s the ultimate road trip destination, offering endless water views and opportunities to enjoy water-based activities such as snorkeling, scuba diving, and paddleboarding. Start at Key Largo’s underwater John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, then snorkel in Long Key State Park and cross the iconic Seven Mile Bridge to the Lower Keys. Key West boasts a long list of things to do, including the Ernest Hemingway Home & Museum and Dry Tortugas National Park.
Where to Stay: Located in Marathon, Tranquility Bay Beachfront Resort is one of the top places to stay in the Florida Keys. Planning a road trip? Stay at one of these popular vacation rentals or Airbnbs.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee/North Carolina
You’ll love springtime in the Great Smoky Mountains, as the gorgeous wildflowers are in bloom with over 1,500 types dazzling in mid to late March to June. You’ll find perfect picnic weather at this time of year, and it’s an ideal time to explore one of the most visited national parks in the U.S. Enjoy the 800 square miles of untouched wilderness while you enjoy a scenic hike to a waterfall or beautiful overlook. Horseback riding, fishing, ranger-led programs, wildlife viewing, and biking are other popular activities in the park.