As soon as that first gust of warm spring air breezes through your town, you start thinking about it: vacation. Whether it’s spring break, Memorial Day weekend or somewhere in between, spring’s sunshine and warm temps make it the perfect time for a getaway.
The only problem is that you don’t know where to take your spring vacation this year. Everywhere looks like the perfect place to visit when the weather is good, after all. To make things easier, we’ve narrowed it down to the top 10 destinations this April, May and June.
1. New Orleans, Louisiana
The Big Easy is fun year-round, but spring is a particularly great time to go. You’ll miss the mass of tourists who make the pilgrimage to New Orleans in February for Mardi Gras, and you’ll miss Louisiana’s hot and humid summer.
Aside from the favorable weather, you might even catch the city’s French Quarter Festival in April. If not, you can still enjoy all of what the French Quarter and New Orleans have to offer, from amazing food to live music to lots and lots of adult beverages.
2. Lisbon, Portugal
European travel attracts millions to the old continent year after year. But Lisbon is one of the less-traveled gems, and you’ll find there’s absolutely no good reason for that once you visit this incredible city. The hilly metropolis has a castle perched over its red roofs, and its breathtaking beauty doesn’t end there. As you explore — spring will bring that perfect sunshiny weather — grab one of the city’s famous pastéis de nata, little tarts full of custard.
3. San Diego, California
Okay, okay: San Diego has perfect weather year-round. But, if you want to make sure your spring break has spring break-like weather, book your tickets for San Diego. The city is pleasant, but you’ll really enjoy Southern California’s natural beauty. That’s especially true if you choose a more rustic place to stay, like a log cabin inside one of the gorgeous parks within the city limits.
4. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Philadelphia is the United States’ first UNESCO World Heritage City, so expect a lot of historically based activities once you arrive in the city of Brotherly Love. It’s also not nearly as touristy as it’s northern neighbor, New York City, so you get all of the urban vibes without the crowds. Some of the biggest draws to Philly include the Philadelphia Museum of Art (Rocky steps, anyone?), the Liberty Bell and, of course, the Philly cheesesteaks.
5. Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Montreal is just across America’s northern border but it feels like a European city worlds away. The old streets are filled with locals who speak French and dole out treats like croissants that might make you feel a bit closer to Paris than our northern neighbor. You’ll even find an incredible cathedral, museum of fine arts and park within the city limits. And, because of its European vibes, Montreal is a great place to visit with your significant other.
6. Cape Ann, Massachusetts
Cape Ann brings you all of the quaint, New England vibes you could possibly want without, of course, the summer crowds that come with the northeastern seafront. Even if you can’t lay out in the sun or go for a dip in the water, the beaches are beautiful and you can still take part in such outdoor activities as kayaking. Oh, and you can eat that famous Massachusetts cuisine.
7. Las Vegas, Nevada
Yep — Las Vegas makes the list, and it doesn’t have to be an expensive trip, either. There’s plenty of good fun to go around in Sin City, where casinos, clubs and shows entertain thousands and thousands of people every night. A springtime trip will be a bit less crowded than a summertime one, but make sure you extend your stay in order to check out the Grand Canyon, too, because it’s also particularly beautiful in spring.
8. Seoul, South Korea
Meanwhile, on the other side of the world, Seoul seems to transport visitors into the future with its seriously incredible architecture. Alongside that, you’ll find a thriving nightlife scene and huge, multi-story clubs with different genres of music and completely different vibes per floor. Oh, and, of course, there’s the country’s unique and tasty cuisine, headlined by the mixed rice dish known as bibimbap.
9. Miami, Florida
If you go to Miami, make sure you don’t book your trip for the week surrounding Easter, when college co-eds are more likely to head south for spring break. Your own vacation will be more relaxing if you avoid that high week and allow yourself to simply relax on the beaches that regularly rank as some of the best in the U.S.
10. Mexico City, Mexico
Finally, here’s a city that doesn’t get enough credit for how incredible it is: Mexico City. Just south of the U.S. border, Mexico City has a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Aztec ruins, breathtaking day trips and amazing food within its reach.
Clearly, this isn’t an exhaustive list of the places that are perfect to visit in spring, but they bring you in touch with new cultures, the great outdoors, bustling cities and pristine beaches. In short, you can’t go wrong – it’s time to get away!
Kacey is a lifestyle blogger for The Drifter Collective, an eclectic lifestyle blog that expresses various forms of style through the influence of culture and the world around us. Kacey graduated with a degree in Communications while working for a lifestyle magazine. She has been able to fully embrace herself with the knowledge of nature, the power of exploring other locations and cultures, all while portraying her love for the world around her through her visually pleasing, culturally embracing and inspiring posts.