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9 of the Most Beautiful Places in the Spring – Coastal Travel Vacations

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Getting Warmer

Ah, springtime: the time for budding leaves and flowers, for freshly hatched butterflies, and new love. It’s the season of rebirth, when the world shakes off the icy grips of winter and starts the warm-up to summer. It’s when sweet winds blow again and the day’s length starts marching back up toward solstice.
 The magic of spring transforms a lot of places from cold and lifeless landscapes to vibrant environs bursting with life, but some places receive an extra shot of springtime awesomeness. Here are nine of the most beautiful places in the world to visit in the spring.
(Text: Shea Gunther)
yellow flowers on field, red house in background

Tuscany

Located in central Italy, Tuscany is considered the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance and is packed with culture. It’s well-regarded around the world for its art, landscapes, food and people. It was the home of Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Galileo and Botticelli, and has many top museums and a high concentration of Renaissance art. It’s also stunningly beautiful in the springtime. Visit Tuscany in the spring and you’ll find yourself lost in the splendor of all that the region has to offer, from the neat rows of farmland to the simple pleasure of a stroll through a small storybook village.

Rocky Mountain National Park

wildflower field with mountains in backgroundRocky Mountain National Park (aka RMNP) sits straddling the Continental Divide in Colorado’s northern Front Range. Its 265,828 acres hold 359 miles of trails, 150 lakes and more than 60 named peaks with an elevation higher than 12,000 feet, including the 14,259-foot-high Longs Peak. The park’s higher elevation means that springtime rolls around a little later than your average U.S. state — the best time to visit to catch the newly blooming flowers while avoiding the worst of the end of winter storms is mid-May. You’ll still want to dress warm, but if you make a springtime visit to RMNP, you’ll enjoy the sight of elk dropping their antlers, bighorn sheep grazing on the cliff sides, and fields of newly opened wildflowers.
flowering trees with Arc de Triomphe in background

Paris

How can you write an article about beautiful places in the spring and not include Paris? The French capital is known as the city of love and has endless gardens, tree- and flower-lined streets, and outdoor cafes to explore. The temperatures can be a little chilly in April — bring a jacket — but warm up nicely in May. If you find yourself in Paris in the spring make sure to visit the Jardin du Luxembourg (the Garden of Luxemborg), a 60-acre park featuring the gorgeous Luxembourg Palace and miles of walking paths through well-maintained master gardens.

Finland

lake, saunaWhen discussing travel to Finland, it’s helpful to split the country into its northern and southern halves. In the north, or Lapland as it’s known, the sun doesn’t appear above the horizon for the entire winter and doesn’t set all summer long. It’s beautiful and extreme and should be on anyone’s list of future travel destinations. Southern Finland is a little less arctic and, like its northern half, is a nature lover’s paradise. Finland has 187,888 lakes and is covered by forest on 86 percent of its land. You’ll want to dress warmly, as temperatures in southern Finland in May range in the 40s and 50s — but it’s worth the extra layers. The climate in Lapland is about a month behind that of the south, so if the northern half of the country is your destination, make sure to plan accordingly if you’re aiming for the spring. The sun comes up for the summer in mid-May.
Amsterdam

view of streets from canal boatAmsterdam is another place that’s worth packing an extra sweater on your springtime visit. Compared to summertime, you’ll find cheaper prices now as the city shrugs off winter.The weather in May is beautiful and the air is sweet with the scent of the blooming trees and tulips the city is known for. May is also when both National Windmill Day and National Cycling Day take place, which is a great excuse to schedule a bicycle tour of Netherlands’ windmills.

Minorca

Mwhite boats in blue water, rocky cliffsinorca is a small island that sits in the Mediterranean Sea off the eastern coast of Spain. It’s paired with the better-known island of Majorca and is about 125 miles from seaside Barcelona. It’s also absolutely gorgeous in the spring.An average high of 70 degrees means it might not be a terrible idea to pack a bathing suit, if only to soak up the sun better.A stay in Minorca in the spring means eating good food, meeting friendly hospitable people, and taking in a landscape covered in wildflowers and butterflies.The island has world-renowned birding and golden sandy beaches accompanying brilliant blue crystal clear waters.

Victoria Falls, Zambia/Zimbabwe
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Victoria Falls in Africa is considered by some measures as the world’s largest waterfall and is listed as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.It sits on the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe and is remarkable for its mile-long width. It’s fed by the Zambezi River and is a great place to visit in the spring.The rainy season ends in early April, and the following six weeks are when the river flow peaks and the falls are raging. The thundering spring waters can make viewing the falls from the ground difficult but greatly enhance the view from above — sightseeing helicopter tours can be had for as cheap as $120.



The Pyrenees

wildflowers, lake, mountainsThe Pyrenees Mountains sit high on the border between France and Spain and are a scenic wonderland of towering mountain cirques, tranquil alpine lakes, and iconic views.In the spring, the Pyrenees explode with life as bears shake off winter’s slumber, predatory birds take to the sky, and hundreds of different kinds of flowers bloom.To take in the splendor of the Pyrenees you can choose to approach from either France or Spain, or take another route entirely and visit the tiny country of Andorra, which is a little more than twice the size of Washington, D.C., and is surrounded by the mountains.

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25 Best Spring Break Destinations – Coastal Travel Vacations

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Los Cabos, Mexico

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It is called a dual destination because the region has two distinct personae. First it has the tranquil San Jose Del Cabo where Residents were able to retain its authentic Mexican town vibes and guests can enjoy the intimate restaurants, the boutiques, and the view of the mission church. The other side, Cabo San Lucas, is the main party central. It has a lot of funky bars and the Luxury Avenue mall near the marina. It is close to the U.S and has been greatly influenced by it.

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Finger Lakes, New York

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Finger Lakes offers charming villages, one-of-a-kind museums, waterfalls, parks, and places to shop and explore. Finger Lakes is also home to around 100 wineries which you can visit by going on one of their many winery tours.

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Jeffersonville, Indiana

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Guests are sure to experience the seasons and the wonders of the mountain landscape at Jeffersonville, Vermont. The destination offers a relaxing vibe complete with ski and snowmobile activities. Visitors can hike, bike, fish in a milder weather and enjoy some cross-country skiing.

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St. Croix, Virgin Islands

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St. Croix, US Virgin Islands is known for being the home of the popular hibiscus flower. Guests are able to enjoy the perfect white-sandy beaches, flashy flora, and one of a kind Caribbean architecture.

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Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic

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Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic is a place beaming with tourists. It has rolling coastlines, virgin forests and lots of golden beaches. It also boasts of a rich blend of culture and place with yearly jazz celebrations and festivals coupled with genuine cuisines.

20

Chicago, Illinois

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Today, Chicago, Illinois is a neo-urban marvel. Vacationers are able to explore the age-old homes juxtaposed with new high rises above the 19th century mansions located on Prairie Avenue. Chicago also boasts of a great night life, the stadiums, museums as well as the cultural centers.

19

Zion National Park, Utah

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For those vacationers who want to relax and enjoy nature this is the location for you. Zion National Park features red cliffs, lush sprawling valleys as well as narrow slot canyons. The entire vacation can be spent on a quaint cabin porch, watching the sunset and waking up the next day to mystical tranquility from the forested area.

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Las Vegas, Nevada

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Nature is nice and all but sometimes, spring breakers just want to cut loose and have some wild fun. In this case Las Vegas is the place to go. The place is filled with just about anything imaginable from casinos to live music. Vegas pretty much has it all.

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San Luis Obispo, California

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San Luis Obispo is a thriving town, and is considered to be one of the oldest towns in the area. With restored houses this old town offers charming boutiques with upscale restaurants. San Luis also offers great places for hiking, mountain biking, wind surfing and kite boarding.

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San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

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San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua is the place to see tropical wildlife and experience the vibe of popular surfing spots. Vacationers can enjoy the year round warm waters and relaxing beaches. If the mood calls for something more adventurous, you can go deep fishing for blue marlin, snapper and yellow tuna.

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Oakhurst, California

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Oakhurst is considered to be a UNESCO World Heritage Site that allows millions of visitors per year however the town itself has roughly 2,800 residents. If you’re looking for a tranquil small town located near an abundance of nature, this is the town for you.

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Tamarindo, Costa Rica

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Another popular spot for those who are looking for a natural escapade; Tamarindo Costa Rica is loved by tourists due to the wildlife parks, nature preserves and fishing communities that contain a multitude of animal species.

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Orlando, Florida

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Orlando boasts in being the home to arguably the world’s most famous theme park, Disney World. Other attractions include Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure; water parks, downtown night clubs and golf courses. It’s hard not to find something to do in Orlando.

12

Niagara Falls, Ontario

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If you have never been to the Niagara Falls, you owe it to yourself to set aside a spring break and visit this marvel of the world. Known for its incredible beauty; Niagara falls is actually the combination of three waterfalls; Horseshoe Falls, American Falls, and Bridal Veil Falls.

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Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, Florida

lauderdale by the sea florida

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This place is surrounded with bright Blue Ocean which is ideal for deep fishing. One of the most popular spots to visit in the area is the Anglins Fishing Pier which is the best place to catch a snapper or a mackerel. Scuba diving is also a favorite activity in the area where visitors can see spiny lobsters, sea fans as well as tropical fish.

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