SPRING HAS SPRUNG

Spring is the ideal time not to miss natural or cultural events, good weather, and good bargains during this season of rebirth and renewal. There’s no better way to reward yourself for making it through winter than by taking a trip. Here are the best places in America to spring forward.

 

Yosemite National Park’s Waterfalls

Yosemite is home to countless waterfalls. The best time to see waterfalls is during spring, when most of the snowmelt occurs. Peak runoff typically occurs in May or June, with some waterfalls (including Yosemite Falls) often only a trickle or completely dry by August. As the snow continues to melt, visitors should expect to find a mixture of conditions on trails in the park. Downed trees, snow fields, and water runoff are just a few common things you’ll come across.

For an excellent Yosemite stay, spend your day sauntering through fields of wildflowers and viewing this year’s epic waterfalls. There are still some wildflowers blooming during this time of the year, especially at the higher elevations. In June, the high country at Yosemite’s eastern edge starts to thaw out, revealing lupines, columbines, and a variety of lilies. After a full day of adventures, book a much-needed spa treatment at the Ascent Spa at the Tenaya Lodge. If you’re bringing the kids, Tenaya has you covered with a Kids Camp, to keep them occupied while you unwind.

 

WASHINGTON, DC

Washington, DC hosts the nation’s greatest springtime celebration, the National Cherry Blossom Festival, in honor of the blooming of the city’s beautiful cherry blossom trees. With more than 3,000 blossoms in bloom, springtime in DC is truly a sight worth seeing. Be sure to include a stop at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, which features more than 180 cherry blossom trees.  Rent a paddle boat and glide along the Tidal Basin for a different view of the blossoms and many of the monuments and memorials. Then head to the Freer Sackler Galleries, which showcase Asian culture through ancient artifacts, sculptures and paintings.

For dinner, make a reservation at The Source by Wolfgang Puck, featuring an Asian-inspired menu from the legendary chef.

A tour aboard Old Town Trolley is the most comprehensive sightseeing experience in the city with stops at more than 100 of the most popular and important points of interest. The tour will take you to the Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials, the Smithsonian Museums, the Washington Monument, the White House, the National Archives and much more. The best part is you’re able to get off and spend as much time as you’d like at any of the stops, then just hop on the next trolley that comes along. ian culture through ancient artifacts, sculptures and paintings.

 

Savannah GA

Savannah serves up her best weather in the spring, and undoubtedly the most popular season with tourists. Savannah’s trees and shrubs are laden with beautiful flowers. The weather is generally warm and sunny and with great weather comes even greater events. With that being said, there are tons of activities, festivals and great ways to spend your days whenever you visit this season! With all that’s going on, it’s hard to find a reason to stay indoors! A lot of the biggest festivals and events are held in spring. Savannah’s world-famous St Patrick’s Day celebrations draw large crowds to the city. Outside of St Patrick’s Day, several music festivals bring large numbers of people; Savannah’s springtime house and garden tours are also popular.

Be sure to see the famous Forsyth Park Fountain, which sits at the north end of the park and was built in the mid 1800s. Lovely benches surround the fountain and make for a great spot to sit and people watch. Check out the Confederate Monument, a large bronze sculpture that has been in the park since 1879. It is a lasting tribute to all of the men who fought in the Confederate Army during the Civil War. Take advantage of the park’s picturesque scenery for great vacation photos. Don’t forget to visit Fort Mcallister State Park. The park offers various programs.

 

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

 

If you’re one of those visitors who can’t wait to spend time in the national park, you’ll be happy to know that officials have finally announced the Great Smoky Mountains National Park Spring Opening Schedule. Spring is one of the most popular times to visit Tennessee’s Smoky Mountains, and it’s easy to see why! With the warm weather pushing its way into the area, and flowers are starting to bloom and visitors are getting excited about spending more time outdoors! The Great Smoky Mountains have an explosion of wildflowers in spring. More than 1,500 flowering plants can be found in the region, including delicate spring beauties, several types of trillium, trout lilies, wild geranium, and orchids.

Whitewater rafting in the Smoky Mountains Whitewater rafting in the Smoky Mountains during the spring is an exciting experience. One of the best parts about whitewater rafting at Smoky Mountain Outdoors is that everything is completely safe. With experienced guides in all the rafts, you won’t have to worry about anything but having fun!

Another great way to enjoy the outdoors is to go ziplining in the Smoky Mountains! When you go ziplining with CLIMBworks, your feet won’t touch the ground for more than 2 hours! You’ll soar through the trees on 9 world-class ziplines, cross 3 sky bridges and even ride an ATV. It’s a great way to take advantage of the spring weather while experiencing the true beauty of the Smoky Mountains.

Camping is the perfect end to a day spent outside rafting, ziplining and hiking. If you’re looking for a place to stay when you visit the Smoky Mountains, look no further than Pigeon River Campground. At Pigeon River Campground, you can choose to sleep in a tent, go RV camping or stay in one of their camping cabins! There are also fantastic amenities like a swimming pool, laundry room and even a general store at the campground.

Hawaii

Full of fun and aloha, Hawaii is the best place for a spring vacation. What makes spring in Hawaii so special? Beaching is perfect! The sea is typically calm and inviting in the spring.

Save time to enjoy Hawaii’s world-class beaches. From the shore, you can walk right out into the sea and snorkel with sea turtles, angelfish and monk seals basically for free. As the sun descends over the Pacific, unwind under a coconut palm and watch the sky burst with color as surfers ride the last sunlit waves onto the white sand.

A number of special events only bloom once a year in Hawaii. You can immerse yourself in the aloha and Hawaiian heritage with a number of cultural events such as the annual Hawaii Arts, Crafts & Food Festival and of course, the Merrie Monarch Festival on Hawaii Island. Honoring King David Kalakaua, the Merrie Monarch festival perpetuates the art of hula through art exhibits, craft fairs, demonstrations, performances, and a three-day hula competition that is renowned for its historic and cultural significance.

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