This will probably sound like the understatement of the year, but Mother Nature went a bit overboard this winter. From endless snowstorms and huge drifts of snow to sub-zero temperatures that lasted for days, she really outdid herself in many parts of the country.
Fortunately, the end of winter is near — at least on the calendar — and spring will be here before we know it. To celebrate making it through one of the toughest winters in recent memory, you need and deserve a wonderful and relaxing vacation; the only caveat is that it must be in someplace warm and sunny.
With this in mind, if you are considering a spring vacation in the next few months, the following states have plenty to offer:
There’s a reason “snowbirds” flock to Arizona each and every winter; the Grand Canyon State offers warm weather, gorgeous blue skies and sunshine. This temperate climate carries over into spring, and virtually anywhere in the state you will find plenty of wonderful and relaxing vacation options, plus the glorious sunlight you have been dreaming of. To get some ideas for your vacation, check out the Visit Arizona website. You can request a visitor’s guide and browse dozens of upcoming events and activities, as well as lodging options. If you adore baseball, plan on heading to Phoenix or Scottsdale, where you can take in dozens of Spring Training games. If you have always dreamed of seeing the Grand Canyon, spring is a wonderful time to do so; northern Arizona starts to warm up by late March and on the way to the famous canyon you can swing by breathtaking Sedona.
For folks who would rather play golf than eat or sleep, the state is home to a whopping 421 golf courses.
Familiarize yourself with the rules of the road in Arizona, consider visiting a website like Driving Tests prior to your trip; the site is a great resource for the driving rules and regulations in specific locales.
When it comes to planning an enjoyable spring vacation, California is an outstanding option. The state is chock-full of amazing trip options; from the incredible wineries throughout northern California — check out Wine Country This Week for a comprehensive map of vineyards — to the sun and sand of SoCal. If you enjoy getting out on the water and being active on your vacations, take a trip to the state’s Channel Islands. In addition to having the opportunity to check out a plethora of wildlife, you can camp and hike in the scenic area. Channel Islands Outfitters offers outdoor adventures and guided trips to this beautiful area in Southern California. And of course, if part of your trip will involve grandkids, you can’t go wrong with a day or two spent at theme parks like Disneyland, LegoLand or SeaWorld.
If live theater is your thing, a spring trip to Branson, Missouri, simply has to be on your vacation bucket list. The area has more than 50 theaters featuring a wide range of entertainment options including plenty of country music, comedians and more. Visit Explore Branson for ideas and a free vacation travel guide, as well as information on what to see and do and where to stay. Golfers will also love Branson Creek Course at the Branson Creek Golf Club, and the area is also home to plenty of nice shopping and dining options.