Welcome spring at these 10 festivals

Spring has sprung! It’s time to plot your escape, and we’ve made it super easy with this guide to the top 10 spots to welcome the new season. Frolic among Washington DC’s cherished cherry blossoms, ramble around some of California’s most gorgeous vineyards, or take in the glorious sunrises and sunsets from a beloved Hawaiian island. You can’t go astray with a visit to one of these spectacular spring destinations.

New York City

St. Patrick’s Day Parade learn more

No “10 best” list of anything can leave out New York City, and our list of the 10 best March vacations is no exception! It’s never the wrong time of year to visit the most exciting city on the planet. On March 17th, all New Yorkers are Irish, and NYC holds one of the biggest St. Patrick's Day celebrations in the country. Learn more.

San Francisco

Green Film Festival learn more

Springtime is lovely in San Francisco, and eco-concious travelers should make a point of coming to the Bay Area in the first week of March to catch the Green Film Festival that features films examining serious environmental issues.

Fairfax, Virginia

Chocolate Lovers Festival learn more

Chocolate lovers can ill-afford to miss this delicious event in Old Town Fairfax, Virginia early in March. Expert chocolatiers sell their delectable creations amid craft shows and other events. There is even an art show featuring beautiful works of art made entirely of chocolate.

Paso Robles, California

Zinfandel Festival learn more

Wine-loving travelers can visit some of California’s prettiest wine country in the spring, and if they come in mid March the can celebrate at the Zinfindel Festival, too. Located halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco, Paso Robles is a worthy destination on its own merits. The award-winning wine is just a bonus.

Miami, Florida

Ultra Music Festival learn more

The Ultra Music Festival, held in Miami in late March, is the biggest, most important electronic music festival in the world. Not only is it one of the 10 best March vacations, it is one of the best experiences a lover of electronic music can hope for.

Washington D.C.

Cherry Blossom Festival learn more

Near the end of March the cherry trees that grow all over the nation’s capital spring forth with an explosion of pink and white flowers, and DC looks like a city in the clouds. Come for the opening ceremonies at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, and stay in town long enough to take a walk from the National Mall to the Jefferson Memorial by the Tidal Basin, which is one of the best places to appreciate the city’s spring color.

Fort Myers Beach, Florida

Fort Myers Beach Shrimp Festival learn more

In March, Fort Myers Beach, Florida becomes a Mecca for seafood lovers. Since 1959, the Lions Club has been serving a thousand pounds of fresh Gulf shrimp each year, prepared with their secret recipe.

La Quinta, California

La Quinta Arts Festival learn more

The La Quinta Arts Festival is one of the premiere arts events in California’s scenic Coachella Valley, second in importance only to the Coachella Music Festival. Held early in March, it is a perfect destination for art, food, beer, wine, and live music.

Honolulu, Hawaii

Honolulu Festival learn more

This festival is the biggest cultural event in Honolulu, Hawaii. The festival kicks off in the first week of March, and as it does every year it will feature dance, music, and art with the aim of promoting harmony between Hawaiians and other Pacific Rim cultures.

Aberdeen/Southern Pines, North Carolina

Palustris Festival learn more

This festival is designed to promote the arts in the Moore County region of North Carolina. The festival takes place near the end of March, and it is sure to be a treat for anyone interested in literature, art, theater, or music.

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