Visit the beautiful Japanese Garden in Portland, OR. (Photo courtesy of grandcanyon.free.fr).
After sharing ideas with you on things to do in Santa Barbara, it got me thinking about other destinations that are just right for an unforgettable spring vacation.
What makes the next two months ideal for travel is the combination of warm but not blazing hot temperatures, typically lower cost for travel on airfare and hotels, and fewer crowds. So where can you go to reap these wonderful benefits? Let me spell it out for you.
S is for San Juan: Puerto Rico’s capital city features numerous hotels, museums, historical buildings, restaurants, beaches and shopping centers. From Old San Juan in the historic center with colonial Spanish architecture including the large fortifications of Castillo de San Cristóbal to the beaches at Ocean Park and Isla Verde, you can be as busy or as tranquil as you like in this Caribbean escape.
And unlike the rest of the Caribbean, you don’t need a US passport to visit.
P is for Portland: Surrounded by gorgeous mountains, rivers and vineyards, Portland is ‘perfection’ for a spring getaway. Noted for its hiking and biking trails, there is much to explore by foot in this Pacific Northwest destination. With so many options for sounds, sights and tastes, here is a travel guide for visiting Portand. Be sure to visit the Japanese Garden in Washington Park, enjoy the nightlife of the Pearl District, and other must-do’s include nearby Mt. Hood and the breathtaking Willamette Valley.
R is for Rome: Italy’s capital city will be my vacation destination this spring and I’m not alone. Spring vacations in Rome are quite popular. The frenzied pace at which Rome operates is almost startling for a city that is more than 2,760 years old. Yet you can take all the time you need to marvel at some of the world’s greatest architectural and cultural icons such as the Roman Colosseum, the Pantheon, the Sistine Chapel, and delights such as pesto, gelato and a perfect cappuccino. After all, when in Rome…
Islamorada is a unique place to visit in the Florida Keys. (Photo courtesy of bserata.com)
I is for Islamorada: Made up of six islands in the Florida Keys, Islamorada is known for its world-class fishing, underwater sanctuaries, and some interesting attractions such as the Theater of the Sea, the second oldest marine mammal facility in the world. If a romantic getaway is what you are after then try the newly rebuilt Cheeca Lodge & Spa; for an affordable family spot stay at Pelican Cove Resort.
N is for Nashville: Known as Music City, Nashville is a southern city that is as charming as it is sophisticated. From the Grand Old Opry to Ryman Auditorium, and home to some 5,000 working musicians, music can be heard just about anywhere in this music Mecca. Consider a stay at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Spa or the Radisson Hotel Opryland. But don’t take my word for it; each has more than 200 guest reviews on hotels.com. With so many things to do in Nashville this April through the summer, Nashville may just be the site for your next vacation.
G is for Grand Canyon: Spring is just right for a visit to our country’s greatest natural attraction, The Grand Canyon. Beat the summer heat and the crowds and hit the big GC in April. The junior ranger program is great for kids! Rent some bikes, raft the Colorado River, and take in the most beautiful sunrise and sunset you have ever seen. Why not stay a night or two in the campgrounds around the National Park and then cozy up in one of the quaint hotels in Williams (AZ)?
Do you have any spring vacations planned for any of the destinations I mentioned? I want to hear about it, share your comments below!