Even though some parts of the United States are still grappling with wintery weather, spring really is just around the corner. While it can be incredibly difficult to deal with the last few weeks of cold, snow, and ice there is no better cure for the winter blues than to plan for spring.
For many people the slow, upward tick of the thermometer means just one thing: travel! If you live in the eastern portion of the United States your vacation options are varied and numerous. Within just a few hours’ drive or a short flight you can be in any number of stunning locales, all of which burst into life when spring finally arrives.
No matter where you live or how you choose to experience them, these five east coast destinations are a perfect way to celebrate the arrival of spring and make some fantastic memories with your friends or family during a weekend getaway, or perhaps even longer.
5 East Coast Getaways That Are Perfect for Spring
1. Washington, D.C.
The nation’s capital is one of the most interesting cities in the country and makes for the perfect spring getaway. The always popular and riotous bloom of the famous cherry trees is one thing that this city offers, but its wealth of historical sites and museums deserve a great amount of recognition.
The museums that fall under the Smithsonian name are always a wonderful experience, especially the natural history museum. Always popular with families, this museum is a feast for the senses. Alternatively, you can simply stroll along the Washington Mall and visit the monuments, people watch, or simply enjoy the natural beauty that is woven so perfectly through the series of elaborate and sometimes solemn tributes to the history of the United States.
2. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Located on the northern coast of South Carolina, Myrtle Beach is a very popular destination with locals as well as visitors from around the country. With long swaths of coastline, plentiful restaurants of all types, and a fun atmosphere it’s not hard to immediately see the appeal.
While the waters of the Atlantic Ocean might still be a bit too chilly for swimming, there are a number of other ways to enjoy this beautiful beach. Take a long beachcombing stroll, take a ride on the Ferris wheel for unbelievable views, or enjoy a picnic on the sand. However, you may want to avoid the area during high school and university spring break when thousands of young partiers descend on the area. Unless, of course, that’s your thing.
3. Pensacola, Florida
Located in the Florida panhandle and right on the beautiful Gulf of Mexico, Pensacola’s beaches boast sand so white and so fine that it’s almost indistinguishable from sugar. Another bonus is that the waters of the Gulf of Mexico are considerably warmer than those of the Atlantic during the spring months, so swimming here is a must.
Funky little seafood shacks and bars are abundant here, and you can eat your fill of shrimp and other delicacies from the sea. At night Pensacola can turn into party central, but it’s also the perfect destination for families or others who simply want to relax. Book a few nights in one of the many beachfront hotels for maximum enjoyment.
4. The Blue Ridge Parkway
If a road trip is your idea of the best way to celebrate spring you can’t do much better than the Blue Ridge Parkway. Spanning the states of Virginia and North Carolina, this drive is wonderful at any time of year, but it’s particularly stunning during the spring as the flora bursts into life.
Take your time and visit the many little towns that dot this parkway. Antique shops, local farmers markets, and quaint restaurants crop up everywhere, so be sure to slow down and take it all in.
5. The Acadia Byway
While heading north might seem contradictory, Maine is one of the best spring destinations in the country. Again, if you’re in the mood for a road trip, you can’t do better than the stunning Acadia Byway. While it measures only 40 miles in length, this stunning road will make you want to linger around every turn.
One of the highlights of this drive is Acadia National Park. Home to some of the stunning vistas in the world, you can also spend time in many of the small towns along the way. And, of course, you’ll want to make time and room in your belly for the always spectacular Maine lobster.
Winter can be rough, but rest assured that spring is on its way. Spend these last few weeks of cold weather planning your spring getaway to one of these destinations, and that warm weather will be here before you know it.