The snow is melting. Winter is fading. The weather is warming up. Time to plan some amazing romantic getaways for this coming spring! But with so many beautiful places to check out, how do you choose the perfect spring romantic getaway? Fear not, for our experts have sounded off. These are our picks for some of the best spring weekend trips to take with your sweetie pie!
Myrtle Beach is perfect during the spring, before the summer crowds hit. The weather in South Carolina starts getting warm as early as March, but the crowds don't pick up until around June, when summer really gets going into full swing. You can also get slightly reduced prices at some hotels and restaurants by avoiding peak crowd times, helping you get the most out of the Myrtle Beach fun for less hit on your pocketbook! If you want to honeymoon beyond the beach and boardwalk, incredible live shows like the Carolina Opry are a national treasure. Then you have stunning botanical gardens, kayak and surfing adventures, and a buzzing nightlife scene to top off each sweet, warm evening!
One of the great things about San Francisco is pleasant year-round (albeit foggy) weather. But in spring, you avoid some of the heavier tourist crowds that can make for busy scenes at the more popular sights. The ocean wind at waterfront locations can be pretty strong, so you'll need to bring a windbreaker or other jacket. But at the end of the day you'll be able to see more, do more, and ultimately have more fun for a little bit less money than during the peak travel season!
The Big Easy is a bit sweltering during the summer, and just before spring, the crowds are maxed out due to Mardis Gras. Soon after Mardi Gras (which happens in late February or early March) is the best time to go, when the partiers have cleared out and haven't been replaced yet by summer vacationers. The Bourbon Street scene will still be rich and vibrant, but without the loud crowds, and with lower hotel prices! Soak up the jazz, experience voodoo, dance the night away, tour antelbellum plantations, or just kick back at a streetside cafe. The city will be all yours to enjoy!
Shenandoah National Park, Virginia
Springtime in the Virginia mountains is magic. It's the perfect time to enjoy warm yet crisp air, delightful blooms, and surprisingly lush foliage that becomes dense and thick long before the forests of the north. Just be sure to bring the bear spray -- sweet, precious cubs emerge from their dens in the spring, ready to take on the world and learn everything their mama bear has to teach. Explore babbling brooks, rugged hillsides, sparling waterfalls, and much more! There's enough to see here that you can come for an hourlong hike, or take an epic, multi-day backpacking adventure. You can even just drive along the world-famous Skyline Drive, cutting through the middle of the park, to see all the incredible lookout points along the way.
Oregon Wine Country
Oregon's cool climate maks it ideal for growing certain red wines, but also a variety of whites like Chardonnay and Riesling...in fact, Wine Enthusiast Magazine named Oregon Rieslings "the best in the west!" That same crisp, cool weather that makes such wonderful vine graps also makes Oregon a perfect place to visit during the spring for a romantic wine tasting getaway. After sampling the region's best, head to a cozy cabin, a luxe chalet, or a tranquil glampsite to snuggle and romance!