Though tropical destinations are popular for spring travel, there are plenty of other places to consider with comfortable temperatures and so much to do! Considering taking a truly spring vacation to these incredible cities that not only have amazing year-round activities but also have a number of season-specific attractions and festivals you don’t want to miss out on:
Spring Temperature Average: 52°
London is beautiful no matter the time of year, but in spring you have the chance to see everything come to life! Enjoy all of the normal sightseeing musts of England’s capital but also experience other fun spring activities like river cruises, afternoon tea, and plenty of live shows. We suggest taking a stroll through Greenwich Park and various gardens to see the blooming flowers, pop into the farmer’s markets that will begin to arise as the weather warms up, and spend time at Trafalgar Square as there are always festivals and other important events that happen throughout the season.
In addition to all of the regular activities found in London, there are more than enough festivals to enjoy during your stay, as well! In 2020, vacationers can attend Wandsworth Common Spring Beer & Cider Fest (March 25-28), the Eat & Drink Festival (March 27-April 13), Underbelly Festival Southbank (April) Easter Weekend (April 10-13), or The Vintage Festival 2020 (April 17-18).
Spring Temperature Average: 63°
San Diego typically has great weather all-year-round, so almost anytime you decide to visit will be a treat, but there’s so much fun to be had in the spring! A San Diego Harbor Tour is an incredible way to see a completely different side of the city and there are plenty of land excursions available like an Old Town Trolley tour which includes stops at the Maritime Museum, the Midway Aircraft Carrier Museum, Seaport Village, Little Italy, and more. Families love the nonprofit San Diego Zoo and you can feel good about your visit because of their outstanding accreditations, commitment to conservation, and educated staff. Also, don’t forget to spend a little time on the beach, soaking in the sunshine without the intense heat!
Don’t forget—there are many specific events happening in and around San Diego! Hang out at the Mac and Cheese Festival San Diego (March 14), Best Coast Beer Fest (March 21), Spring Flute Festival (April 5-6), and San Diego Nightclub Crawl (April 25-26).
Spring Temperature Average: 60°
There’s no better time to explore this beautiful island and its many historic sites. Avoid the crowds and hot weather while you learn more about the Greek Theatre of Taormina, Selinunte Archaeological Park, Monreale Cathedral, the Valley of the Temples, and more. Indulge in all of your favorite Italian cuisines, spend an afternoon shopping at the many local boutiques, and schedule in some time near the ocean! Depending on how early or late in the season you visit, you can try the many outdoor activities available on Mount Edna. In early March, get in a few runs skiing or snowboarding down the slopes but as it gets warmer, you can also utilize its many hiking trails which are perfect for seeing budding wildlife.
Be sure to check your dates of travel to catch these timely events like the 2020 Food & Wines of Sicily (May 3), Infiorata di Noto (May 15-17), and The Djoon Experience Festival (May 29-June 2).
Spring Temperature Average: 55°
It’s time to watch the Cherry Blossoms bloom and enjoy the beauty that is Washington DC during the spring season! The weather makes it easier than ever to walk to all of your favorite public museums sprinkled throughout the city as well as enjoy the various walking tours available. In a place so filled with history, you’ll never be short of activities and attractions. Walk along the Tidal Basin, visit the US Botanic Garden, hang out on The Wharf’s Recreation Pier, learn more about various cultures and countries when more than 50 embassies and consulates open their doors during Passport DC, and simply enjoy the city views. If you love baseball, consider catching a game at National Park!
Also, add some of DC’s most popular events to your calendar like the Washington DC Travel & Adventure Show (March 7-8) HopFest 2020 (March 14), the National Cherry Blossom Festival (March 20-April 12), DC Comedy Festival (April 6-11), DC Wine Fest! Spring Edition (April 18), DC Beer Fest (April 20), and The Capital House Music Festival (May 23).
Spring Temperature Average: 57°
Tennessee sure is stunning as the weather begins to change and you don’t want to miss it! Dust off your hiking boots and get ready to spend your time in Great Smoky Mountain National Park as you experience the trees, plants, and animals emerge from their winter rest. Maybe even try trout fishing if you’re feeling extra adventurous! For those who want to see Tennessee’s nature in a different way, there are plenty of zip lining opportunities that will bring you through the trees. Dollywood opens for the season on March 14, which is perfect for families but if you happen to visit before then, no worries! Pigeon Forge has plenty of other family-friendly activities like theater shows, miniature golf, go-karts, and more!
Finally, don’t miss out on these festivals happening around the city! Enjoy the Spring Corvette Expo (March 20-21), Dollywood’s Festival of Nationals (March 30), Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage (April 21-25), and Grand National F-100 Show (May 14-16).