Spring is the perfect season to visit these five spots
While much of the U.S. is still dealing with snow, ice, and freezing temperatures, there is good news: Spring is just around the corner. It won’t be long now before things warm up and the flowers start blooming. And, because of the improved weather, spring is also a great time to take a road trip. If you’re itching to shake off these winter shackles and hit the road in your RV, we’ve got five excellent destinations to consider visiting.
1. Shenandoah National Park, Virginia
While this park attracts people from all over the U.S. in the fall due to its impressive foliage, once that greenery comes back to life, it’s a sight to behold. Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Shenandoah National Park is home to 850 species of wildflowers, and every May visitors can take guided hikes showcasing the best spots to see them. There is also a gorgeous road to take called Skyline Drive that offers exceptional views of the valley.
2. Gulf Shores, Alabama
Alabama may not be synonymous with beaches, but you’ll find some of the best in Gulf Shores. And, unlike many other beach towns – especially during Spring Break season – Gulf Shores offers a much more relaxed atmosphere. If you’re a music fan, you may want to visit in May for the Hangout Music Festival, which features some of the biggest acts now touring. Another reason to think about Gulf Shores is that it’s only about two hours from New Orleans.
3. Texas Hill Country
Austin and San Antonio are great towns worth visiting, but, if you are planning to go from one to the other this spring, you may want to take your time. This is because in March and April, the area between them – called Texas Hill Country – practically glows, thanks to its stunning array of flowers. Known for its bluebonnets, you will also see bursts of many other colors include reds from Indian paintbrushes, purples from giant spiderworts, and yellows from large buttercups. Texas Hill Country is also home to other natural attractions like caverns and rivers, as well as several wineries and restaurants.
4. Antelope Valley, California
Another extraordinary place to see breathtaking flowers is the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve, which is located near Lancaster and about 80 miles north of Los Angeles. The wildflower season ends in May, and you definitely won’t want to miss it. There are eight miles of trails winding through hills that offer views of the majestic landscape. In addition, there are two national forests close by Angeles and Lost Padres.
5. Breckenridge, Colorado
If you’re not ready to say goodbye to winter yet, Breckenridge could be the ideal destination. This town has almost 3,000 acres of skiable (or snowboardable) terrain, and things are much less crowded – not to mention cheaper – in the springtime. But just because there aren’t as many tourists doesn’t mean you will be bored. In addition to the fantastic slopes, there are several year-round events and activities and dozens of restaurants and shops.
If the winter weather is getting you down, now is a great time to plan to get away. And because it’s generally considered the off-season in most places, spring is ideal for taking a trip. There will be fewer people on the roads or at campgrounds and less expensive rates. For even more savings, think about joining RV Advisor. Membership is only $25 per year, and it comes with numerous coupons and discounts for RV parts, restaurants, campsites, and more.