Spring is the ideal time to visit many of the world’s most popular vacation destinations.
Before the peak summer crowds roll in, travelers can find pleasant temperatures, affordable lodging and cheaper airfare rates between March and June. Based on traveler votes, we’ve assembled a list of the top escapes for the spring season. Explore the destinations and vote for your favorite spots below.
A Namibian Safari
Spring is the perfect time to experience this charming and friendly country. Namibia’s peak season crowds are yet to arrive and its modest rainy season has petered out along with the heat. With an abundance of warm days with fluffy clouds, Spring is also a good time for travel, especially since there’s a lack of dust and clearer views for photography.
Set on Mozambique’s Swahili northern coast, the Quirimbas Archipelago is a beautiful and exclusive Spring destination. A string of mostly uninhabited coral islands, this Archipelago sees off its’ last summer rains by April, giving you the perfect weather to explore some Crusoe-chic beach bungalows and low-key luxury retreats.
Sedona’s red rocks and colorful desert vegetation are at their most beautiful during spring. The area boasts more than 100 hiking trails, including the popular yet challenging Cathedral Rock Trail. Closer to town, explore the Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village or take a self-guided tour along the Verde Valley Wine Trail.
If you’re craving a beach getaway during spring, head for this Gulf Coast barrier island. Visiting in April or May means you’ll pay less for accommodations and will have more room to spread out on the white sands made of Appalachian quartz. A consistent traveler favorite, Destin’s small-town charm will make you feel right at home.
A quick road trip from New York City, Boston or Montreal, the Adirondacks are an East Coast hideaway. If you visit in early spring you may still be able to ride the slopes, but keep in mind that some attractions close until summer. By May, temperatures are warm and sights like Whiteface Mountain and Saranac Lake start welcoming hikers, boaters and more.
A popular retreat with Italians looking for sun, sea, and sand, Elba is one of the Mediterranean’s little-known treasures. About 10 kilometers (six miles) off the Tuscan coast, this small, easily navigable island is known for its amazing gastronomy, beautiful beaches, and floral hillsides.
Pleasant temperatures hovering in the 60s and 70s will allow you to experience the best Spain’s capital has to offer, including world-class museums, striking architecture, alfresco dining, and vibrant nightlife. You’ll also find flight and hotel costs are cheaper than during the peak summer season.
This Portuguese city has something to offer everyone. History buffs will love Lisbon’s colonial roots and ornate architecture while culture hounds will appreciate the traditional music, affordable fare, and friendly locals, not to mention the decrease in hotel rates and crowd density.
Springtime in Japan is nothing less than magical.
From late March to early May, the country’s iconic Sakura season (cherry blossoms) captures the attention of visitors and locals as beautiful pink flowers blanket the country in colorful splendor. When the highly anticipated time arrives, tourists can also take part in hanami, which literally translates as “looking at flowers” and refers to flower appreciation picnics under the blooms.
If you’re heading to Thailand in springtime, you will need to make a quick stop in the beautiful city of Bangkok.
That’s because, in April, the biggest water fight on the continent happens. Everyone takes to the streets in their swimwear, armed with buckets and water guns, ready for Thailand’s Songkran Festival under the warm sun.
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