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5 Travel Locations Best Enjoyed in Springtime

March 28, 2019 by Rachelle

Spring is finally upon us. We've borne the worst of winter. Most of the battering storms and the grey skies are behind us. Daylight has begun to linger further into the evenings; the air, is still cool and crisp, and the season's first blooms are breaking through the frosted earth. At the first signs of the thaw, I cannot help but feel an unshakable wanderlust – the desire to hop in a car or a plane and break my months-long hibernation by exploring a new city. My sentiment must be shared, as more and more travelers are taking advantage of spring travel every year. The tourist crowds have thinned, the tickets and rental prices have dropped, it's easier to book last minute, and it is the best time to beat the heat of summer in warmer climates. Allow me to share 5 amazing locales and the best things to do and see this spring.

 

Scottsdale
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Enjoy the warm temperatures, the culture, and the outdoor activities

Known as Arizona’s “luxury watering hole,” the Scottsdale area offers world-class golf courses, spas, and a myriad of year-round outdoor activities ideal for travelers looking for a high-end Southwest experience. It is the perfect escape during the cooler months, with mild temperatures hovering in the low 80s. The burgeoning, walk-able downtown area offers the core of Scottsdale’s cultural offerings with a lively culinary and bar scene and unique local shops in the Scottsdale arts district. Spring is a wonderful time to experience this arid region before the heat sets in for the summer.


Best Springtime Activities:

  • Phoenix Film Festival: The Phoenix Film Festival is growing more and more every year and is only 20 minutes from Scottsdale. As Arizona's largest film festival, this springtime event showcases films and shorts and offers the opportunity for Q&A sessions with the producers, director, and talent. 
  • Scottsdale Culinary Festival:  Come enjoy one of Arizona's tastiest fundraisers. Enjoy local and nationally renowned chefs, musicians and artists converge at Scottsdale Civic Center Mall and help support so many through food, music, and fun.
  • Enjoy the Outdoors: It's no secret Arizona is hot. Spend the day outside while the weather is still mild. Take a quick hike up Camelback Mountain for stunning views of Phoenix Valley or head to Hole in the Rock Trail for a stroll easy enough for all ages and skill levels.

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Head to the warm tropical waters

You’ve waited long enough. It is time to pull out your swimsuit and sunscreen and sink your toes into some white warm sand. The winter crowds on Maui are beginning to dissipate but the weather and beachfront are as beautiful as ever. Shake off the chills and work on that tan with a springtime trip to the beautiful island of Maui.

 

Best Springtime Activities:

  • Water Activities: Water activities are a great way to get out on the water, work up a moderate sweat, and learn something new! From whale watching with the family on a canoe tour or snorkeling with the turtles, there are endless options for enjoying the beautiful waters of Maui.
  • Hike Maui: Visit waterfalls or explore the black sand beaches with an adventure hike through Maui's incredible landscape. With adventures like ziplining through the rainforest or the grandeur of a hike to the top of Haleakala Crater, you're sure to find something for everyone.
  • Festival Season: Join us to ring in the summer season with some of the most vibrant festivals in Maui. Celebrate the region's verdant agricultural community at Maui County Agricultural Festival or take in the gorgeous flower art at the Haiku Ho'olaulea & Flower Festival.  

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Belize
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Explore the rain forest or head to the beach

This Central American gem is changing with the times and offers the best in luxury: lush tropical landscapes, pristine beach-fronts, and unique accommodations. We believe that Belize should be on your travel list and even more so during the temperate months in spring.

Best Springtime Activities:

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Get in a few more ski runs!

Whistler offers an exceptionally long winter ski season and a long list of events. If you are not quite ready to un-clip your ski boots just yet, you still have a chance to get in your ski vacation as late as the end of May. There is plenty to keep on your Winter bucket list this season in Whistler, here are the thing you should not miss out on this spring.

Best Springtime Activities:

  • Well, ski of course: March, historically, is one of the snowiest months in Whistler, setting a great foundation for the rest of the spring season. With longer days the ski lifts can run for an extra half hour or more, allowing you more time to enjoy the slopes.
  • Après Ski: Following a day out on the slopes, it is a time-honored tradition to partake in the social ritual of après-ski. Whistler has endless swanky and casual spots to toast a long, cold day on the mountain. Come sip spiked beverages and swap stories fireside in this time honored tradition!
  • Whistler World Ski and Snowboard Festival: This yearly spring event offers ski and snowboard competitions, concerts, after-parties and some of the best après ski-sessions of the entire season.
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Golf, pamper, and listen to amazing music

 

Best Springtime Activities:

  • Coachella: Every spring, the biggest names in music head to the Coachella Valley for two weekends of art, food, and music.
  • Have a spa day: This stunning destination is a haven for luxury leisure since its hay-day as a retreat for Hollywood’s rich and famous. Head to one of several world-class spas such as the Yacht Club, The Spa at Desert Springs, or The Well Spa.
  • Tee off among the palms: There is no denying that the region has some of the best and most famous courses in the country. Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned pro, play the links in anyone of the stunning greens in Palm Springs.

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No matter the locale: in the desert, on the beach or in the mountains, spring is the perfect time for a Utopian luxury getaway to relax and get the most for your money. Spring season is the best kept secret in travel, and it is high-time you took advantage of the benefits.

 

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