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March is a good time to visit Georgia .

Georgia has plenty to offer for visitors of all ages and interests. In this article, we tell you the top things to see and do for your March trip to Georgia. Get inspired by the events, activities, attractions, and experiences unique to March. We’ll let you know where to explore events based on your interests, whether that’s food, culture, art, music, sport or others.

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Top experiences in march, holidays in georgia in march.

  • Mothers' Day ( March 3 )
  • International Women's Day ( March 8 )
  • Nowruz ( March 21 )

Other notable holidays

  • Valentine's Day ( February 14 )
  • Independence Restoration Day ( April 9 )
  • Orthodox Good Friday ( May 3 )
  • Orthodox Holy Saturday ( May 4 )
  • Orthodox Easter Sunday ( May 5 )
  • Orthodox Easter Monday ( May 6 )
  • Victory Day ( May 9 )
  • St Andrew's Day ( May 12 )
  • Independence Day ( May 26 )
  • Fathers' Day ( June 16 )
  • Day of the Assumption of Mary ( August 28 )
  • Svetitskhovloba ( October 14 )

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  • 1. Savannah

Savannah

Take an old trolley to explore the beautiful old city in style, check out City Market for fun during the day as well as night, and explore Savannah River Street to see galleries, cafes and restaurants, and breathtaking views of the river. And whatever time of the year you visit, there will be some kind of festival to get everyone out on the streets, locals and visitors alike.

  • 2. Atlanta, Georgia

Atlanta, Georgia

Pay tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. at his former home, today a National Historic Site. Visit the 21-acre Centennial Olympic Park and the adjoining Georgia Aquarium . You can also take the kids to the Six Flags White Water waterpark and LEGOLAND Discovery Center, visit the High Museum of Art, and explore the Margaret Mitchell house to see a beautiful example of Southern architecture and lifestyle. Take a stroll through the Atlanta Botanic Gardens on a hot day to cool off and enjoy the lush, verdant world of plants.

  • 3. Tybee Island

Tybee Island

There is a lot to see in this 22 square mile area covered with old maritime forests. Don't miss historic Fort Screven area with the scenic Tybee Lighthouse, learn about the island history at Tybee Museum, take the kids to Fort Pulaski to get a sense of the turbulent past of the country and enjoy wonderful restaurants, beach bars and cafes, and sunsets to die for.

  • 4. Cumberland Island

Cumberland Island

101 Wheeler St, St Marys, Georgia 31558, Phone: 912-882-4336

  • 5. Driftwood Beach, Jekyll Island

Driftwood Beach, Jekyll Island

It also serves as a fantastic background for wedding photos, so do not be surprised if you see a few well-dressed people walking through the sand. The sunsets from Driftwood Beach are spectacular. Erosion of the north end of the island due to development over the last hundred years is what caused the extensive death of the trees. Most of the them have been cut for construction, and land was cleared for the building of golf courses, leaving the rest of the vegetation with no protection from nature's power.

  • 6. Callaway Botanical Gardens

Callaway Botanical Gardens

17800 US Hwy 27, Pine Mountain, Georgia 31822, Phone: 800-852-3810

  • 7. Alpharetta

Alpharetta

The town is a hub for music, art and street festivals, farmer's markets, parades, and special events throughout the year. A historic downtown area boasts renovated century homes, boutique shopping, and high end dining. Accommodations to fit all budgets can be found among the 23 hotels available.

  • 8. Tallulah Gorge State Park

Tallulah Gorge State Park

338 Jane Hurt Yarn Rd, Tallulah Falls, Georgia 30573, Phone: 706-754-7981

  • 9. Blue Ridge

Blue Ridge

Taking the historic Blue Ridge Scenic Railway is a great way to see the surrounding nature. Check out what is happening at the popular downtown Blue Ridge City Park, visit the historic 1937Fannin County Courthouse that now houses art studios and galleries, let the Ocoee Whitewater Center take you down Ocoee river in one of their kayaks or canoes for an adrenaline rush, and take the kids hiking in the Blue Ridge Mountains or picking fruits at Mercier Orchards.

  • 10. Wormsloe Historic Site

Wormsloe Historic Site

7601 Skidaway Road, Savannah, Georgia 31406, Phone: 912-353-3023

  • 11. Arabia Mountain

Arabia Mountain

3350 Klondike Road, Lithonia, Georgia 30038, Phone: 404-998-8384

  • 12. Panther Creek Falls

Panther Creek Falls

US 441, Chattahoochee National Forest, Tallulah Falls, Georgia 30572, Phone: 706-754-6221

  • 13. Etowah Indian Mounds

Etowah Indian Mounds

813 Indian Mounds Road SW, Cartersville, Georgia 30120, Phone: 770-387-3747

  • 14. Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge

Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge

2700 Suwannee Canal Rd, Folkston, Georgia 31537, Phone: 912-496-7836

  • 15. Providence Canyon State Park

Providence Canyon State Park

8930 Canyon Road, Lumpkin, Georgia 31815, Phone: 229-838-6870

  • 16. Appalachian Trail

Appalachian Trail

Guests can enjoy a variety of hikes under 6 miles. The trail starts its northbound trek to Maine at Springer Mountain, where the trail's start is commemorated with a bronze plaque. In addition, you can also find the trail log in a vault, inscribed by hikers at the beginning or end of their journey.

  • 17. Chattahoochee River

Chattahoochee River

Maps, the latest information on the park, souvenirs from the Eastern National store, and more are all available at the Visitors' Center. Activities in the recreation area include fishing, boating, kayaking, and hiking. Another of the park's most popular activities is cycling. All park roads are open to cyclists, but trails are limited to specific areas.

  • 18. St. Simons Island

St. Simons Island

Guests can enjoy exploring expansive marshlands and waterways, sandbars, and views of the Atlantic Ocean. For those in search of retail or gastronomic pursuits, they will be happy to learn that the island is also full of boutique shopping and high-end dining options. In addition to enjoying the great outdoors and indoors, there are over 10 historic sites on the island.

  • 19. Johns Creek

Johns Creek

Once a Cherokee territory dotted with trading post on the banks of Chattahochee River, Johns Creek is today a suburb of Atlanta only about 25 miles from the city downtown. Not far from the forested Blue Ridge Mountains, Johns Creek has ample spaces and parks for outdoor recreation, but also a part-time professional symphony orchestra and Art Center that offers classes to young aspiring artists and a range of events. Lively annual festivals such as Founders Week, The Taste of Johns Creek Food Festival, and Fall Family Festival attract folks from Atlanta to enjoy Johns’ Creek charm and hospitality. The city has six golf facilities for the avid golfers and The Autrey Mill Nature Preserve & Heritage Center for history buffs.

  • 20. Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site

Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site

The visitor center at the National Historic Site contains a museum chronicling the Civil Rights Movement and Dr. King's leadership. It also contains a gift shop and an exhibit on desegregation in the Atlanta Fire Department. The Visitor Center, Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, and Freedom Hall are open daily.

  • 21. Ocmulgee National Monument

Ocmulgee National Monument

There is no park entrance fee to visit Ocmulgee National Monument. In addition to the mound, there are over 6 miles of hiking trails and a museum. The museum contains over 2000 artifacts and screens a short movie on the history of the mound.

  • 22. Vogel State Park

Vogel State Park

This mountain pass provides guests with a beautiful view of the changing leaves of the Appalachian Mountains. The park also includes a museum where the rich history of the park and area are chronicled.

  • 23. Red Top Mountain State Park for Couples

Red Top Mountain State Park for Couples

With a number of marinas, visitors can bring their own boats or rent one to enjoy the lake. Hikers can enjoy more than 15 miles of trails, including the 4-mile Iron Hill Trail that is open to hikers and cyclists. Rental cottages are available, as is a campground.

  • 24. Toccoa Falls Waterfall

Toccoa Falls Waterfall

92 North Alexander Street, Toccoa , Georgia 30577, Phone: 706-886-8451

Duluth

In addition to a rich and storied history, Duluth is home to the more modern Arena at Gwinnett Center, the Hudgens Center for the Arts, and the Southeastern Railway Museum. Duluth holds annual festivals and events such as Barefoot in the Park and the Duluth Fall Festival. Held the last weekend in September, this festival includes more than 250 arts and crafts and food booths and draws crowds greater than 80,000.

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Best time to visit Georgia: the ultimate seasonal guide to the Peach State

Amritha Alladi  Joseph

Apr 14, 2022 • 6 min read

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Georgia's diverse landscapes provide the perfect escape for all four seasons ©People Images / Getty Images / iStockphoto

From its marshy barrier islands to its rolling hills, Georgia’s landscapes draw a mix of seasonal visitors throughout the year. 

When visitors and residents aren’t in the great outdoors to enjoy the best the weather has to offer (think gushing waterfalls in the spring, relaxed waterfront activities in the summer and scenic mountain drives in the fall), they pack into the cities or welcoming mountain lodges for festivals or holiday merriment. 

Here’s our guide to the best times to visit  Georgia . 

High season is the best time for water activities (March to August)

The Southern coastal state draws crowds in the warmer months, even as the humidity reaches near-intolerable levels at the peak of summer. Booking accommodations at the beaches of Tybee Island, Savannah , Jekyll Island or Brunswick can be a challenge, as visitors flock to the shores to for sun and ocean breezes. Hotel rates are highest in April, when the temperatures are just right, the flowers are in bloom and major cities host large-scale outdoor events.  

An aerial shot of a motorboat on Lake Lanier, Georgia, at dusk

Low season is the best time for cozy cabin escapes (December to February)

Nippy winter months usher in low temperatures, cloudy skies and damp weather. Since snowfall is rare and unpredictable, residents and visitors alike travel farther north to Blue Ridge or even Tennessee to get their fill of wintry activities. 

This is the best time to book a snug mountain chalet in Blue Ridge or the North Georgia Mountains. The best deals on cabin rentals can be found after the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. 

Shoulder season is the best time for festivals (September to November) 

Crisp temperatures, relatively radiant skies, favorable weather, the draw of numerous nationally known events and the lure of foliage colors make fall a standout time to visit Georgia. This is also an ideal season for snagging some of the best deals on accommodations, with room rates at their most reasonable. 

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January is for playing in the snow 

This is typically the coldest month, and offers the best chance for seeing snow. Heavy snowfall occurs in the state once every few years or so, and while snow events with even a few inches have proved debilitating in recent years, newly set up resources like salt trucks let regular activities happen even on frosty snow days. 

Key events : Atlanta Wedding Extravaganza, Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebrations and parades

Avoid the crowds in February 

Temperatures stay low, and a noncommittal sun peers from behind the clouds more frequently, just in time for Valentine’s Day. 

Key event : Georgia National Rodeo in Perry 

March is the best time to go for a hike

The official start to spring heralds the first blush blossoms of Robinson crabapples and a dusting of dogwoods; pleasant temperatures and clear skies; and the beginning of outdoor excursions. Hikers trek to waterfalls in  North Georgia and the Blue Ridge Mountains as streams surge with snowmelt. 

Key events : Savannah St. Patrick’s Day Festivities, Savannah Music Festival, Conyers Cherry Blossom Festival, Macon’s International Cherry Blossom Festival

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April is the best time for art festivals  

As spring peaks, cities come to life. Open-air markets and patios begin to swarm with patrons, and weekend art festivals fill small-town squares with vendors and food stands. Even those uninterested in hitting the links find it impossible to resist the draw of the first major golf tournament of the year.

Key events : Masters Golf Tournament in Augusta, Atlanta Dogwood Festival, Atlanta Film Festival

May is a perfect time for picnics 

Cue the start of balmy months and take to Georgia’s coasts and waterways. Memorial Day weekend marks the beginning of picnics in the park and beach getaways, as families spend more time outdoors to enjoy the surf and sun. 

Key event : Atlanta Jazz Festival 

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In June, take to the water

As temperatures begin to rise to uncomfortable levels, the best way to cool off is in the water – we especially love tubing or rowing down the Chattahoochee River. Peaches, for which the state is known, are at their ripest at this time, making them an ideal treat for a boost of hydration and energy while floating down a creek. 

Key event : Georgia Peach Festival

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July is boating season 

’Tis the season for roasting, as the heat and humidity hit their highest levels. Boating trips and cold beverages are a must for Fourth of July festivities; Lakes Alatoona, Lanier and Oconee all deliver on waterfront fun for the family. 

Key events : Fourth of July parades, fireworks and festivities everywhere 

Head to a water park in August

Savor the last sizzling month of summer before schools are back in session. This sweltering month is a good time to splash around in one of the state’s water parks – from Valdosta’s Wild Adventures to Margaritaville at Lanier Islands. 

Key event : Macon Film Festival

A woman is hoisted above a dense crowd at Music Midtown festival in Piedmont Park, Atlanta, Georgia, USA

September is the best time for a trip to Atlanta 

Nationally renowned events make the start of fall the best time to visit the state capital and largest city . Top performing artists such as Eminem, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Maroon 5 headline Atlanta’s Music Midtown festival in expansive Piedmont Park. Meanwhile, the city also draws an animated crowd for its annual Dragon Con pop-culture convention. Outside of Atlanta, Oktoberfest revelry kicks off in the Bavarian-style village of Helen, complete with beer, brats and lederhosen.

Key events : Atlanta Music Midtown, Atlanta Lantern Festival, Dragon Con, Helen Oktoberfest

October is for pub crawls  

Brisk air sweeps the state, making October ideal for sipping brews at outdoor pubs and breweries. Visits to area farms for corn mazes and pumpkin-patch fun are popular this time of year. Toward the latter part of the month, leaves will start to get golden. This is also an ideal time to go apple picking in the state’s many orchards: Georgia varieties include Fuji, Gala, Golden Delicious and Granny Smith. 

Key events : Atlanta Pride Festival, Georgia Apple Festival in Ellijay, Helen Oktoberfest (continued)

Take a scenic road trip to the Georgia mountains in November

The early part of this month is the best time to see bursts of color in Georgia mountains. Take a scenic drive to some of the highest points in the state such as Brasstown Bald and Fort Mountain. Or explore the gulches of Tallulah Gorge and Cloudland Canyon to see the colors close-up. 

Key events : Steeplechase at Callaway Gardens, Jekyll Island Shrimp & Grits Festival

Catch a football game in December

Illuminated parks, skyscrapers and homes make early winter a festive time to visit, even if the weather remains mostly gloomy and gray. Metro Atlanta bustles with holiday visitors and activities, and lodging and transportation prices soar.  An additional draw is the annual SEC championship game, which takes place annually at Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium . For football enthusiasts in these parts, this event rivals the NFL’s Super Bowl. 

Key events : SEC Championship Game, Garden Lights at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens, Atlanta Downtown Peach Drop, Snow Mountain at Stone Mountain, Savannah Christmas Market

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10 Incredible Spring Destinations in Georgia

Spring in the South is an exciting time! And Georgia is one of the best Southern states for spring break fun! If you’re planning a spring break getaway in Georgia, check out these top destinations.

Whether you’re looking for a beautiful hike, an arts festival, or a beach getaway, Georgia has you covered!

There are tons of beautiful state parks for spring camping and enjoying the new blooms. Spring ushers in the festival season in Georgia with art and music festivals popping up all over the state.

Georgia is the perfect place for a spring break getaway!

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Best Places to Visit in Georgia During Spring

Explore my top picks for the best places to visit in Georgia during spring. I’ll tell you why they’re the perfect destinations for getting outside and connecting with nature, as well as all the activities you can enjoy in each location.

Spring is the best time to visit Atlanta . The season brings mild temperatures, pleasant weather, and not too much of a tourist crowd. Many airlines and hotels offer  cheap flights  and  hotel deals for Atlanta during the spring .

Festival season in Atlanta begins in spring. Nearly every weekend, you can find a fun event to attend. Many of Atlanta’s most popular outdoor events are held during the spring, like the  Atlanta Dogwood Festival  and the Shaky Knees Music Festival.

This is also the perfect season to check out some of Atlanta’s best hiking spots. You can stay within the city limits and explore the popular  BeltLine trails , or you can head outside the Perimeter to  Sweetwater Creek State Park  and other trails in the greater Atlanta area.

2. Jekyll Island

Jekyll Island is the perfect spot for a spring break getaway with coastal breezes and the warm spring sunshine. This southernmost Golden Isle is one of the most popular islands in coastal Georgia.

There’s plenty of wildlife and nature to explore during the spring. Go horseback riding on the beach, explore the island by bike, walk along the iconic Driftwood Beach, take a dolphin boat tour , and visit the Georgia Sea Turtle Center.

Spring is full of fun events on Jekyll Island as well. Take part in the Turtle Crawl, a set of races benefiting the Georgia Turtle Center; celebrate the local arts scene with the Jekyll Island Arts Association Arts Festival; and more!

If you want a spring vacation full of history and outdoor adventures, head to Augusta. This city on the border of Georgia and South Carolina is full of educational opportunities.

Learn about Native American history through today’s Masters of Golf at the Augusta Museum of History. See what life was like back in 1845 at the Augusta Canal National Heritage Area. You can also visit the childhood home of President Woodrow Wilson or the historic home of one of Georgia’s signers of the Declaration of Independence.

Once you’ve exercised your mind, exercise your body with a bike ride along the Augusta Riverwalk, a kayak adventure on the Serene 18 paddle trail or at the Augusta Canal National Historic Area Headgates, or a hike through Phinizy Swamp Nature Preserve.

4. Okefenokee Swamp Park

The Okefenokee Swamp is one of the seven wonders of Georgia. Head to the Okefenokee Swamp Park in Waycross for an adventure of a lifetime.

Located at the northern entrance into the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, the Okefenokee Swamp Park gives you access to the beautiful lily-decked waters of the swamp. And spring is a great time to experience this unique wilderness before the stifling heat of Georgia summer sets in.

Take a boat tour on the waterways and learn about alligators, turtles, snakes, and other swamp creators. Ride on the Okefenokee Railroad Tour with a stop on Pioneer Island. And go on a hike to the observation tower along a wilderness trail.

5. Pine Mountain

Pine Mountain is most known for being home to Callaway Gardens , a year-round resort and beautiful natural gardens. During the spring, the gardens explode with color. There’s no better time for a tour of the gardens, a visit to the butterfly house, a bike ride along the trails, and a game of tennis or golf at the resort.

Beyond the gardens, Pine Mountain has plenty of outdoorsy things to do. Spring is a great time for hiking and biking the trails in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. F.D. Roosevelt State Park is a great location for fishing and hiking.

Make time for a visit to the Pine Mountain Gold Museum or a drive through the Wild Animal Safari where you can get up close and personal with animals from bison to bears.

6. Valdosta

Valdosta is known as the Azalea City for the many azalea bushes that bloom on nearly every corner in the spring. What better city is there to spend your spring break in?

The best thing to do during spring in Valdosta is to visit Wild Adventures Theme Park . This amusement park has roller coasters, water slides, and an exotic animal zoo. They also have an all-star concert line up throughout the season.

Get outdoors and explore the pine forests and cypress wetlands at Grand Bay Wildlife Management Area where you can kayak, hike, and traverse a 54-foot viewing platform.

7. Tybee Island

Head to the coast for sunny days on the beaches of Tybee Island this spring. Soak up the sun during the warm days and enjoy cool nights with live outdoor music at the island’s hot spots.

Explore the waterways around the barrier island on a kayak expedition or a dolphin cruise . You’ll get to see the island from a whole new perspective. Learn to surf , or rent a Beach Cruiser bike so you can explore the island. Then enjoy educational and historical attractions like the Tybee Island Marine Science Center and the Tybee Light Station & Museum.

Spring season on Tybee Island kicks off with the Irish Heritage Parade. You won’t want to miss other fun spring events like the Tybee Island Wine Festival, the Tybee Tour of Homes, Mermaid Festival, or the SCAD Sand Arts Festival.

8. Savannah

Spring is one of Savannah ‘s most popular seasons. With great weather, tons of activities, and exciting festivals, there’s are plenty of great reasons to visit Savannah in the spring!

The Savannah St. Patrick’s Day Parade is the third largest parade in the world. Spring is also prime time for music festivals: the Savannah Stopover Music Festival, the Savannah Music Festival, and the Phil the Squares with Song free concerts are just a few of the city’s many spring festivals.

If you want a vacation with both beach and city, then combine Savannah and Tybee Island for a great getaway. You can enjoy the shade of Savannah’s famous squares, the moss-lined oaks of Wormsloe Historic Site , the secret private gardens of the Annual NOGS Tour of Hidden Gardens, and the warm sun and sand of the beach all in one trip.

Macon is a great spring destination full of history. Start your journey through time at the Ocmulgee Mounds National Historical Park to learn about the early Native American tribes in the area, then visit the 19th century Cannonball House and Hay House to learn about Macon’s Civil War history , before moving on to the Allman Brothers Band Museum at The Big House to hear about Macon’s music history.

Celebrate the spring blooming of the Yoshino Cherry Trees with the International Cherry Blossom Festival held in Macon throughout March. Drive the Cherry Blossom Trail of over 350,000 Yoshino cherry blossom trees, attend nightly concerts, enjoy amusement rides and games, attend a parade, and more.

Get out and enjoy the great outdoors this spring with a visit to Amerson River Park, Tattnall Square Park, and Coleman Hill Park.

Helen is the perfect spring mountain getaway, offering plenty of outdoor activities that the whole family can enjoy. And you may find yourself wanting some physical activity after dining on all the delicious German cuisine in town. There’s a lot that makes Helen one of the best small towns to visit in Georgia .

There are two great state parks nearby — Unicoi State Park and Smithgall Woods State Park — with trails for hiking and outdoor activities likes ziplining and fishing. Anna Ruby Falls is one of the state’s best waterfall hikes. And in town, you can tube on the Chattahoochee River and ride the Georgia Mountain Coaster.

Spend your spring among the vines on a winery trip in Helen . There are a ton of great wineries in the area where you can spend the weekend relaxing and sipping on reds and whites.

What’s the Weather Like in Georgia in Spring?

In destinations all across Georgia, spring is a beautiful season. The flowers are blooming, the trees have taken on a vibrant shade of green, and the entire state is awash in color.

Spring weather in Georgia ranges from an average low o 65 degrees to an average high of 80 degrees. In March to April, you can expect temperatures in the 60s to 70s, with lows in the 40s. In May into early June, you can expect temperatures ranging from the 70s to the low 90s, with lows in the 50s.

March is typically the wet season with plenty of rain to bring rise to flowering spring plants. June is the start of the of the hot and humid season as it’s just on the cusp of summer.

Of course, the weather in South Georgia will warm up quicker than in the mountains of North Georgia. You can expect warmer and sunnier days on the coast as you head south for a beach spring break.

The sunset in Georgia happens between 7-7:30 p.m. in March, between 7:30-8 p.m. in April, between 8-8:30 p.m. in May, and around 8:30 p.m. in early June.

For what to pack and wear during spring in Georgia, I recommend light layers that you can easily shed throughout the day as the temperatures get warmer. When visiting the beach in Georgia during spring, don’t forget to pack sunscreen; just because the weather isn’t as warm as summer doesn’t mean you can’t still get a sunburn!

Read next: The Best Spring Destinations in the South

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What are your favorite spring destinations in Georgia? Let me know in the comments!

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Great post! We flew over Atlanta on our way to New York in 2004. I remember that they had a lot of trees! It is a beautiful state with a lot of history. I love azaleas so would like to visit Valdosta to see all the azalea bushes. Thank you for sharing!

There is a surprising amount of greenspace in Atlanta! I’m very excited for azalea season, they’re some of my favorite flowers

Atlanta and Jekyll Island are two places I’d love to visit, been on my bucket list for a while. Will definitely go in spring when I do finally go.

I’m so glad to hear that!

Great post! I’d never heard of Jekyll Island but now I feel like I need to go–thanks so much for sharing.

So glad I could introduce you to a new place!

Beautiful photos! Thanks.

I’ve been to Atlanta and Savannah. I have always wanted to visit some of the coastal islands. It would make for a fun getaway!

The coastal islands are great, and I love tacking them on as a day trip when I visit Savannah

Georgia has some pretty destinations! Jekyll Island and Pine Mountain sound wonderful for spring, and I’m sure the weather will be better too. Macon sounds like an interesting city to visit too.

There are so many beautiful spring destinations in Georgia to choose from!

We were just in Savannah briefly. Such a cute town. I would love to spend more time there.

Savannah is so wonderful! I’m planning a girls’ trip there in the summer

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Last Updated: December 13, 2022

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Georgia is that magnificent combination of nature and history nestled right between the Black Sea and the Caucasus Mountains. Georgia has many lovely churches, quaint towns, ancient monasteries (one built into a natural cave system), majestic mountains, incredible food, and wines. There’s always the best time to visit every travel destination you have in mind, but as far as we’re concerned, any time is perfect for a visit to this country. Want to know more?

Climatic Conditions In Georgia

Georgia is separated from the rest of Europe by the Caucasus Mountains and the Black Sea. As a result, it does not suffer very cold winters, unlike its neighbor Russia. While the summers here are hot and humid, winters are mild and quite bearable with a sweater or two. It’ll be colder close to the northern mountain peaks (they are permanently snowbound), but the west coast (by the Black Sea) enjoy a nice balmy weather year round. So the best time to visit Georgia is at any time of the year. Take a look at Georgia’s climate during each season, so you can plan your trip accordingly:

Spring In Georgia (March to May):

The spring months are quite pleasant, especially during the evenings. The heat won’t have built up by this time, so it’ll be neither too hot nor too cold. Georgia experiences frequent rainfall during the latter months of spring. If you’re heading to Georgia during spring, you may need to pack an extra raincoat or so. The trees just begin to flower during this season, as the snow melts on its way out and the air smells freshly washed everywhere.

Summer In Georgia (June to August):

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Georgian summer temperatures range from 20 to 30 degree Celsius, which makes the weather pleasant and not too warm. Georgia experiences a lot of travel during summer, and the tourist resorts are generally packed during this season. However, the coastal areas are likely to be quite humid, so unless you’re used to tropical climates, you might want to avoid traveling to the coast. Summer is ideal for trekking the mountains, river rafting, swimming, exploring Georgia’s cities and all other active pursuits.

Autumn In Georgia (September to November):

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The autumn season is truly spectacular in Georgia. The rainfall is frequent, which keeps the humidity down. The trees are multicolored and the grounds are covered with frost. This is the time when the autumn harvest takes place, especially around the vineyards of Kakheti. Recommended clothing for travel will be clothes that dry quickly, and some rain gear owing to the wet season. You may not be able to do much sightseeing during the wet season, but if you don’t mind a little rain, it’s still a good time to travel to Georgia.

Winter In Georgia (December to February):

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If you’re from the rest of Europe where it’s even colder, you might find Georgian winters offer a cold bite. Winter temperatures range from 2 to 6 degree Celsius, with the nights seeing sub-zero temperatures. Snowfall is common, especially in areas close to the mountains. If you’re a winter sports enthusiast, this is the best time to get some skiing, tobogganing, and snowboarding done.

Best Time To Visit Georgia

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May, June, and September are actually the three very best months to visit Georgia; you can manage to avoid both the sizzling summer and the freezing winter while you travel. Midsummer is particularly hot and humid especially in the lowlands, though the mountain ranges will be much cooler and drier. Be sure to bring a sturdy pair of boots to go trekking in the mountains and around the towns. Trekking is the best way to appreciate Georgia’s many charms at your own pace. The months of May, June, and September allow for easy exploration in a pair of shorts, tee, and boots.

Things To Do In Georgia

Things to do in Georgia

  • Ask a Georgian resident to tell you some of the country’s incredible Slavic folklore and myth that make the rounds during Georgia holidays .
  • Take the time to explore the Alaverdi Church, Davit Gareja Monastery and caves and the New Shuamta Nunnery and learn about their fascinating stories.
  • Want to know what life was like when Georgia was part of the USSR? Visit Stalin’s birthplace and museum in Gori and you’ll see.
  • Visit the Kakheti vineyards and explore the ancient methods of winemaking practiced here. Try the various wines – the sweet Kvevri, the semi-sweet Saperavi, and the dry deep red Mukuzani.
  • Take off on a cultural tour of the cities in the High Caucasus – Tbilisi , Kutaisi , and Kazbegi . Fascinating stone watchtowers and ancient monasteries in natural cave systems wait for you to discover the relation between religion and the mountains of Georgia.
  • Enjoy various outdoor activities in Kazbegi in the far north of Georgia. This region is recommended for mountain biking, horse riding and walking. There’s plenty of white water rafting to be had around the foothills of Georgia’s third highest mountain, Mount Kazbegi.

Dos And Don’ts When You’re In Georgia

  • When you’re in Georgia, be careful never to discuss politics, Georgia’s past, the government or the bloodbaths of a couple of decades ago. These are sensitive topics and Georgians don’t appreciate outsiders getting too familiar with their issues.
  • If you’re invited to dine in a family home, you will need to drink quite heavily. If this is a problem for you, decline the invitation and do it politely. Georgians love to drink and every feast is preceded by at least three or maybe countless toasts before the meal begins.

Georgia is a country where the richness is not just in the culture and history but in the very air. Explore as much of Georgia as you can on foot; in this way, you’ll get to see and experience a great deal more than if you were to drive to attractions. Grab a few maps from any local tourism center, pull on your hiking boots, grab some raingear and go exploring. It’s fun to make friends with local people and get to know their culture and customs firsthand while on foot, don’t you think?

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This is a comprehensive guide that can help readers plan their visit to Georgia month wise. I have time in April and would like to know how the weather is in Georgia in April.

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April is a good time to visit Georgia since the temperature is mild and you can enjoy the charming streets of Tbilisi and the botanical gardens.

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The details on climatic conditions in Georgia is extremely helpful. I also liked the graph that depicts the temperature month-wise.

We are happy that you found the information helpful.

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This guide is a helpful resource for planning a Georgia trip! How is Christmas celebrated in Georgia? I have plans for December and want to know if there are festive events to enjoy.

Yes! Christmas, like all over the world, is celebrated with pomp and fervour. You can enjoy festive events at the Christmas markets in Tbilisi. Since it will be winter, you can also enjoy snow-capped landscapes.

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Planning a trip to Georgia, and this guide is incredibly helpful! Any specific recommendations for activities in September.

If you enjoy wine and thinking of exploring vineyards for savouring world-renowned wines of Georgia, then visit the country in September. The most famous city for wines in Georgia is Kakheti. You can also enjoy grape harvest festivals during this time.

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I am planning a Georgia trip in July this year. Is it a decision?

Yes! July is a fun time to visit Georgia. July offers a perfect weather for outdoor activities like trekking.

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Georgia is one of my favorite destinations. I enjoyed its picturesque mountains, captivating landscape, mix of Persian and Russian architectural style, wine, and food.

Georgia is amazing and can easily satisfy all types of travellers.

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I have read a lot about Georgia and am interested in visiting it. Just want to know from where to start exploring it.

Start with Tbilisi, which is the capital of Georgia. You will love orthodox churches, nature, and food, and outdoor activities.

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I travelled to Georgia in the winter season since I am not comfortable with the hot and humid climate. For a winter sports lover, Georgia is one of the best destinations in the world.

Georgia receives plenty of snowfall in its mountain regions. It is best to explore for winter sports enthusiast.

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Very useful post to enjoy Georgia! It will help in planning a vacation season-wise.

Thank you for your thought.

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I had to postpone my Georgia visit last year due to Pandemic. It’s one of my favorite European countries. I will wait how the situation is post Omicron and then plan my trip.

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Have read so many travel blogs on Geogia but never came across one that guides on traveling to this fabulous country month-wise. This makes easy to plan a Georgia trip.

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This post is good for travelers to plan their trip as per their choice of activities, be it hiking, ice skiing, exploring mountain regions, trekking, and for leisure.

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Best places to visit in march 2024.

Traveling in spring certainly has its perks. If you can brave cooler temperatures and the occasional rain shower, you'll likely be rewarded with fewer crowds and lower travel rates in many popular destinations, ranging from palm-fringed beaches to cities big and small. U.S. News considered factors like affordability, things to do, must-visit attractions, overall appeal and more to determine the best places to visit in March. Don't forget to cast your vote below to have a say in next year's ranking.

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Visiting during Barcelona's shoulder season has its perks, including smaller crowds and lower rates on airfare and accommodations. Plus, average temperatures hover near the low 60s in March, so you won't overheat while exploring must-see sights such as Barri Gòtic (Gothic Quarter) and Park Güell, a whimsical park designed by Antoni Gaudí. What's more, you can explore other popular Gaudí landmarks like Casa Batlló and Basílica de la Sagrada Família without hordes of tourists blocking your view. When you've worked up an appetite, venture to the quiet Gràcia neighborhood to sample authentic Catalan cuisine on a food tour.

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Straddling the border of Argentina and Brazil, Iguazu Falls is one of the largest waterfall systems in the world. While the natural beauty of the falls will take your breath away year-round, travelers who plan a trip in March enjoy the added bonus of fewer crowds, pleasant temperatures and cheaper accommodations. Remember to set aside time in your schedule for Iguazu's most dramatic feature, Garganta del Diablo (Devil’s Throat), a semicircular chasm fed by 14 of Iguazu's waterfalls.

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Although March falls within Maui's peak season, its excellent weather (think: average daytime temps in the high 70s and low 80s) and prime conditions for water sports and wildlife viewing make it a superb time to visit. Experienced surfers can head to popular surf spots like Ho'okipa Beach and Pe'ahi (dubbed "Jaws") to hang ten, while beginners stick to the waves at Kaanapali Beach. Meanwhile, animal lovers can look for migrating humpback whales during a whale watching cruise. To save some coin, book your Maui hotel and airfare at least a few months in advance.

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These five towns on the Italian Riviera are beautiful any time of year, but there are a few benefits to visiting in March. The cooler weather (think: average temperatures sit in the high 50s) makes it a perfect time to hike Cinque Terre's famous trails, although rain may cause some of the trails to close at times. Additionally, many local shops reopen after closing for winter. Since spring is one of Cinque Terre's shoulder seasons, you'll find fewer tourists this time of year, allowing you to comfortably explore the area on foot or by boat.

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March marks the end of Cape Town, South Africa's busy summer season, when temperatures begin to drop and crowds thin out. Tourists who plan a March vacation will be rewarded with cheaper rates and pleasant temps in the mid-70s, perfect for exploring top sights like Table Mountain and Camps Bay Beach. Plus, fall kicks off Cape Town's wine harvest, which makes it a great time to explore the world-renowned Constantia Valley wine region . Many festivals and events are also held throughout the month, including the Cape Town Carnival.

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Situated between two of Utah 's five main national parks, Moab is an outdoor adventure hub known for its awe-inspiring red rock formations. Travelers can admire them during visits to Arches National Park (where the world's densest concentration of natural sandstone arches resides) and Canyonlands National Park (which is the largest national park in the state). Travelers who time their trip for the beginning of the month will have the best chance of avoiding crowds while still enjoying comfortable weather in the 50s and 60s. Other must-do March activities include hiking, rock climbing, off-roading and camping.

best places to visit georgia in march

Whether you're enjoying a show at the Vancouver International Dance Festival or admiring cherry blossoms in Queen Elizabeth Park, there are plenty of reasons to visit Vancouver in March. Spend your time on a walking or biking tour of popular neighborhoods like Granville Island and Yaletown, then ride the Skyride gondola to the top of Grouse Mountain for breathtaking views of the city. March temperatures in this Canadian vacation destination are mild in the low 50s, and although you'll likely experience some rainfall, this is a great time to score big on hotel deals.

best places to visit georgia in march

The reasons for traveling to this German city in March are multifold. Although you'll have to deal with some chilly weather (average temperatures sit in the high 40s), visiting during this shoulder season means fewer crowds and lower prices. March also brings the city's annual Starkbierfest event, a traditional Bavarian beer festival, and St. Patrick's Day, one of the largest cultural events in Munich. When you're not engaging in the festivities, spend the rest of your time sightseeing at famous attractions like St. Peter's Church and the Munich Residenz, the largest city palace in Germany.

best places to visit georgia in march

While you can spot wildlife in the Galápagos year-round, March is nesting season for animals like green sea turtles, iguanas and red-footed boobies. Keep an eye out near the water, too, as sea lions are known to hang on the beaches. And though March falls within the wet season (you'll want to bring an umbrella), there should still be ample warm, sunny days to enjoy the beach, particularly toward the end of the month.

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Boasting 150-plus miles of hiking trails, Big Bend National Park in southwest Texas appeals to travelers with an affinity for the outdoors. Observe wildlife (including more than 450 species of birds), kayak along the Rio Grande or explore Big Bend while horseback riding. Keep in mind that spring is the park's busiest season, so you won't be the only one admiring the spectacular mountain views. Plan accordingly by allotting extra time for waiting in lines and booking your trip accommodations far in advance.  

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One of Cozumel, Mexico's biggest draws is its abundance of aquatic activities. The country's largest Caribbean island is one of the best places to scuba dive thanks to its clear water and proximity to the world's second-largest barrier reef. To get in the water, head to Chankanaab Adventure Beach Park to dive, snorkel or swim with dolphins. If you'd rather stay dry, sign up for a glass-bottom boat tour or lounge on one of the island's white sand beaches. Because March is outside the Atlantic hurricane season, you'll enjoy plenty of warm, dry weather.

best places to visit georgia in march

While the northern half of the world is entering spring, Southern Hemisphere destinations like Sydney are just beginning their fall season. This means travelers will encounter pleasant weather in March (average temperatures hover in the high 70s) that is perfect for taking in some of Sydney's most iconic landmarks, such as the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House. Other must-do activities include surfing and sunbathing at Bondi Beach and strolling through the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, Australia's oldest botanical garden.

best places to visit georgia in march

Visit Punta Mita, Mexico, in March if you want to relax while on vacation. This former fishing village in western Mexico's Riviera Nayarit area is now renowned for its opulent resorts, world-class golf courses and beautiful white sand beaches. Punta Mita's warm weather and clear blue water also make it an excellent place to go scuba diving, surfing and Jet Skiing. What's more, March is one of several months when humpback whales migrate through the region, so you'll want to save time for a whale watching excursion.

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March falls within this Laotian city's dry season, meaning you can participate in top outdoor activities like climbing Mount Phousi and taking a boat tour to the Pak Ou Caves without the threat of rain. Plus, the warm weather in the 80s and 90s makes cooling off in the turquoise waters of Kuang Si Falls even more enjoyable. No trip to Luang Prabang would be complete without exploring some of the city's ancient Buddhist temples – Wat Xieng Thong and Wat Wisunarat are two can't-miss sites.  

best places to visit georgia in march

Although March ushers in some of Jamaica's lowest temps, this time of year is by no means cold. Daytime highs comfortably sit in the mid-80s in March, making Jamaica an appealing destination to spring breakers and those in search of a warm-weather holiday. Vacationers can climb to the top of Dunn's River Falls or hike through Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park. Those looking for a more relaxing getaway can lounge on a variety of white sand beaches or unwind at one of the island's luxurious all-inclusive resorts .

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15 Best Places to Travel in March 2024

These are the best places to visit in March in the United States and around the world.

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Carlsbad, California

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Spring arrives in March, but depending on where you are, it can still feel like winter — or an early summer. Whether you’re looking for a warm-weather escape from chilly temperatures at home or a late-season ski trip, we’ve got you covered. From sunny Caribbean islands to snowy ski resorts, we’ve rounded up 15 of the best places to travel in March in the U.S. and around the world so you can start planning your next getaway.

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Thousands of visitors will head for this city by the Pacific as the Carlsbad Flower Fields open on March 1 with 55 acres of colorful Giant Tecolote ranunculus blooms. Visitors can also stroll through Carlsbad’s downtown, dine at excellent restaurants, visit Carlsbad Aquafarm for fresh oysters, and shop at local boutiques.  “March in Carlsbad brings sunshine-filled days and balmy weather perfect for beach walks, hikes around the lagoons, springtime surfs (wetsuit-clad), and visits to Legoland California Resort for families with little ones,” Kim Sidoriak, president and CEO of Visit Carlsbad, tells Travel + Leisure . New additions to Legoland this year are Dino Valley and Lego World Parade. 

Where to Stay: Park Hyatt Aviara features a kids pool with waterslides, an adults pool, a golf course, superb dining, and the new Miraval Life in Balance Spa . Omni La Costa Resort & Spa is set on 400 acres with golf, pools, and a spa. The Legoland Hotel and Legoland Castle Hotel are steps from the park.

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The annual eight-day South by Southwest (SXSW) Conference and Festival arrives at the Austin Convention Center on March 8, with technology, culture, film, music, comedy, and notable speakers. Rodeo Austin is in town from March 8-23, and there’s live music, great food, and always plenty of things to do in Austin .  “March brings a vibrant energy to Austin, well beyond the excitement of SXSW. As a local and advocate for the city’s charm, I recommend visiting this month when the streets buzz with local flair, outdoor adventures are prime, and the culinary scene comes alive,” says Hotel ZaZa general manager, Jacob Weaver.

Where to Stay: Hotel ZaZa offers a convenient downtown location and Group Therapy , their signature restaurant overlooking Republic Square Park. Thompson Austin features a rooftop pool with cabanas.

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In March, the Mile High City is still chilly with daytime temperatures reaching the mid-60s and colder nights. It’s a beautiful time to be outdoors, and nearby, Colorado’s ski towns are still covered in snow. With museums, theater, breweries, and concerts at Red Rock Amphitheater , there are dozens of fun things to do in Denver at any time of year. A sure sign of spring is the beginning of baseball season, and Denver welcomes MLB’s Colorado Rockies to Coors Field and adjacent McGregor Square. 

Where to Stay: Voted one of the best hotels in Denver by T+L readers, The Rally Hotel is steps from the ballpark, and it’s lively and fun with a rooftop pool for summer. Other options include the Hyatt Centric Downtown Denver or Hotel Clio , a Luxury Collection Hotel, in the Cherry Creek North neighborhood.

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As one of the best beaches in the U.S. , Clearwater Beach is an idyllic destination once the weather begins to warm up in March. The Pier 60 Sugar Sand Festival is celebrating its 10th anniversary at the end of March and early April with its famous sand sculptures and family entertainment. The Clearwater Marine Aquarium, historic Cleveland Street District, dolphin cruises, miles of beaches, and sunny weather in the high 70s make March in Clearwater Beach perfect for families and spring breakers. 

Where to Stay: The beachfront JW Marriott Clearwater Beach Resort & Spa opened in spring 2023. Nearby in St. Petersburg, The Vinoy Resort & Golf Club , dating to 1925, features renovated guest rooms, golf, tennis, and a marina.

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Although spring arrives in March, the cold weather hangs on a bit longer in the Windy City, so bundle up and duck into one of Chicago’s best museums to warm up (and explore). There’s plenty to do both indoors and outside. “As the city’s vibrancy comes back after the winter, there are concerts, theater premieres, and, of course, St. Patrick’s Day celebrations all across Chicago,” according to Rebecca Correri, general manager at 21c Museum Hotel Chicago . St. Patrick’s Day is a big occasion in Chicago, when the Chicago River turns emerald green and the official Irish Parade takes place. Chicago’s food is legendary; from deep-dish pizza to five-star dining, foodies love the city’s cuisine.

Where to Stay: An artsy boutique hotel, 21c Museum Hotel Chicago is set in the River North neighborhood. The St. Regis Chicago opened in May 2023 for another luxe option. Just outside the city, the elegant Deer Path Inn is reminiscent of a 15th-century Tudor mansion.

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Spring is a gorgeous time for skiing in Park City , with snow throughout March (and even later some years). Conveniently located less than an hour from Salt Lake City International Airport, the charming downtown is almost as much of a draw as the snowy slopes. Restaurants, bars, shops, galleries, and a history museum make exploring fun after a day of skiing. There’s also snowboarding, snowmobiling, a toboggan-style mountain coaster, zip line, and ski lessons for all ages. Trails and slopes for all levels are available, from beginner to expert. 

Where to Stay: There are several wonderful hotels in Park City, including The Lodge at Blue Sky , Auberge Resorts Collection, Pendry Park City , and Waldorf Astoria Park City . Montage Deer Valley offers ski-in, ski-out access at Deer Valley Resort, and Washington Schoolhouse is a historic boutique.

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Located in Greensboro about 75 miles east of Atlanta, Lake Oconee is a serene getaway in central Georgia. Boating, golf, hiking, and nearby Sandy Creek Sporting Grounds offer many ways to enjoy the early spring weather and gorgeous outdoors. At Sandy Creek, there’s fishing, kayaking, off-roading, archery, and sporting clay shooting. In the historic downtown, visitors will find antique stores, boutiques, restaurants, and a walking tour for those who want to discover more about Greensboro’s past. Six championship golf courses and the Kingdom at Lake Oconee provide golfers with opportunities for play, practice, equipment, and lessons. My husband and I spent a few days — and played a few rounds of golf — at Lake Oconee. He’s been asking me when we’re going back, so I just might see you there if you schedule a trip in March. 

Where to Stay: The recently renovated Ritz-Carlton Reynolds Lake Oconee offers lakeside dining, boating, a spa, guest rooms, suites, cottages, and the Lake House, with four bedrooms and a stunning lakefront location. RVs and campers are welcome at Lake Oconee KOA .

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Perfect weather in the mid-70s, gorgeous scenery, white-sand beaches, and a lively atmosphere make March a great time for a trip to Oahu. The island is celebrating the 28th Annual Honolulu Festival (March 8-10) with a parade, stage performances, food, music, and a craft fair. March is prime whale watching time, and a cruise to see the humpbacks is a thrilling experience. Snorkeling at Hanauma Bay, swimming, surfing, or just relaxing on the beach are more ways to enjoy the island. My first snorkeling experience was at Hanauma Bay, and I’ve returned several times since then; the marine life there is incredible. Visitors can learn about the history of the islands at the Polynesian Cultural Center or the fascinating Bishop Museum . At Wai Kai , there’s a lagoon, wave pool, kayaking, and more for family fun.

Where to Stay: The surf-themed Twin Fin and beachfront Alohilani are options near Waikiki Beach. Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa is a great option for families with activities for all ages. 

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T+L’s 2024 Destination of the Year sees its dry season in March, making this the ideal time to visit for some travelers (although the best time to visit Costa Rica largely depends on what you want to experience). “There’s really no bad time to visit Costa Rica,” says Trevor Ling, owner of Hotel Three Sixty. “Late February through March is characterized by the driest weather and spectacular wildlife sightings, like the annual humpback whale migration. This is when Osa Peninsula’s biodiversity really comes to life. Here on the Pacific Coast, March is also prime time for watching turtles hatch on our coastline’s pristine beaches.” Whether your goal is to see wildlife, beaches, rainforests, or small towns, you can find what you’re after in Costa Rica.

Where to Stay: Adults-only Hotel Three Sixty is located on the southwest coast along the Pacific. Enjoy panoramic views from the mountainside Origins Lodge or a beachfront villa at Costa Elena . Those looking for a seamless stay may want to choose one of the best all-inclusive resorts in Costa Rica . 

The three-island archipelago just south of Italy features well-preserved medieval fortresses, archaeological sites, and museums. From March through May, the Malta Biennale will be celebrated with cultural events and festivities. “Malta is the hidden gem of the Mediterranean, and art and design lovers who visit our country in 2024 will see more events, exhibitions, and festivals than ever before,” according to Phyllis Muscat, CEO and board chair of MICAS (Malta International Contemporary Art Space). “This fall our new contemporary art museum will open within the old fortification walls above the marina, only a few minutes walk from the center of Valletta. MICAS will offer visitors an ambitious collection of international contemporary art.”

Where to Stay: AC Hotel St. Julian’s and Barceló Fortina Malta opened in 2023, and a Hard Rock Hotel and Hyatt Centric are expected to open in early 2024. 

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Spring arrives in March with flowers blooming and temperatures warming into the high 60s, perfect for being outdoors. Hiking in Keramashoto National Park , strolling along beaches, and enjoying colorful blossoms are among things to do. In Higashi Village, more than 50,000 azaleas bloom for the March Azalea Festival. The Netflix series, Live to 100: Secrets of the Blue Zones , has inspired travel to Okinawa, and visitors find incredible experiences like diving among coral reefs, learning about the islands’ history and traditions, and enjoying the delicious cuisine. Flights from major cities in Asia arrive at Okinawa’s Naha Airport.

Where to Stay: Hoshinoya Okinawa is an oceanside resort offering the Okinawa Blue Zone Stay, a three-day wellness experience. Halekulani Okinawa offers guest rooms and five villas with private pools. Homm Okinawa , a Banyan Tree Hotel, features spacious private villas. 

Mexico City, Mexico 

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March is ideal for a trip to Mexico City, with dry weather, temperatures in the mid-70s, and the blooming of the purple jacarandas. It’s the perfect time to explore the city’s neighborhoods, from hip to historic, sample street food, and learn about the past. More than a museum, Casa Azul is the place where Frida Kahlo spent her early life and her time with Diego Rivera. Personal objects, folk art, photos, books, and paintings by both artists create a fascinating experience. I loved the Floating Gardens of Xochimilco during my visit a few years ago; seeing local families, tourists, and the colorful boats ( trajineras ) and flowers was such fun. 

Where to Stay: Hotel San Fernando is a boutique hotel in the Condesa neighborhood. Andaz Mexico City Condesa features the Cabuya Rooftop restaurant and bar. Colima 71 is in Colonia Roma Norte.

Related : How to Plan a Trip to Mexico City — Including the Best Restaurants, Hotels, and Things to Do 

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March begins the shoulder season in Florence, after the winter months but ahead of spring and summer’s more popular tourist seasons. Visiting museums, restaurants, and piazzas is ideal in March, and with the right clothing, the cool weather can be comfortable. Florentine New Year , dating to the Middle Ages, is celebrated on March 25 with a procession through the city streets. Easter falls on March 31, and a unique tradition, the Explosion of the Cart , takes place. Claudio Meli, general manager of The Place tells T+L, “March is the perfect time to visit our beloved Florence and embrace some of our local traditions. One of my favorites is the Scoppio del Carro , or Exploding of the Cart. Outside of the Duomo, the cardinal of Florence lights a massive cart and fireworks are released, symbolizing the Holy Spirit.”

Where to Stay: The Place , a luxury boutique hotel in the heart of Piazza Santa Maria Novella, will reopen in mid-March after a redesign. Hotel Savoy, a Rocco Forte Hotel , is located on Piazza della Repubblica. 

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“The Harvest Festival in Mendoza is a captivating celebration that beautifully intertwines the rich viticultural heritage of the region with a vibrant display of culture and tradition. It’s a time when the vineyards come alive with the culmination of a year’s hard work, and the air is filled with the aroma of freshly harvested grapes,” Veronica Marquina, general manager at Cavas Wine Lodge, told T+L . “It’s a must-experience event that immerses visitors in the heart and soul of Mendoza’s wine culture.” The Fiesta Nacional de la Vendimia (Feb.28-March 3) celebrates the harvest with music, dance, theater, and, of course, wine. This agricultural region where malbec is famously made is about 650 miles west of Buenos Aires.

Where to Stay: Cavas Wine Lodge , a Relais & Châteaux member, is a boutique property set in a 55-acre vineyard. The Vines Resort & Spa is set in the Uco Valley, and SB Winemaker’s House & Spa Suites features wines from Susana Balbo Winery .

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Located in the Caribbean Sea, this island is shared by two nations: the Netherlands and France. Visitors cross the open border easily, and in St. Maarten (the Dutch side), they’ll find casinos, bars, shopping, and nightlife, while in St. Martin (the French side), excellent restaurants, beaches, and beautiful natural surroundings are abundant. The largest regatta in the Caribbean, the Heineken Regatta (Feb. 29-March 3), will bring yacht fans from around the world. SXM Music Festival (March 11-18) arrives for five nights of electronic music and dancing. Water sports, sailing, hiking, and zip lining are among the many things to do on St. Martin.

Where to Stay: La Samanna, A Belmond Hotel was voted among the best resorts in the Caribbean in our 2023 World’s Best Awards.

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19 Reasons to Visit Georgia in Spring: Wildflowers, New Wine & Easter Traditions

From wading through wildflower meadows and observing fascinating Orthodox Easter traditions to drinking new season wine and eating special dishes, spring is a blooming good time to visit Georgia .

In Georgia , the months of March, April and May are filled with special festivities, spring traditions and pre-summer rituals.

The whole country has an upbeat post- winter feel – it’s hard not to be happy when the cherry blossoms are blooming and the church bells are ringing.

A woman admires pink blossom flowers in Batumi, Georgia.

Yes, the weather can be wet and unpredictable, and there are a few sacrifices you’ll have to make. Heavy spring rain and snow melt can lead to swollen rivers and landslides in the mountains, making some routes even more treacherous. Even if the roads open early, I highly recommend you save places such as Tusheti and Khevsureti for summer.

In my opinion, the pros of visiting Georgia in spring outweigh the cons. Areas that become crowded during summer are still nice and quiet in spring, there are wonderful Easter traditions on show, and the markets are overflowing with vibrant fruit, veg and new season wines.

Here are 19 good reasons to visit Georgia in spring plus a few travel tips.

You might also be interested in:

  • Things to do in Tbilisi in spring (dedicated city guide with lots more tips)
  • How to celebrate Orthodox Easter in Georgia
  • Where to find spring wildflowers in Georgia

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Which month is best for visiting Georgia in spring?

When it comes to the weather, spring is a bit of a mixed bag. Temperatures and conditions vary dramatically from the cities to the mountains and the coast.

March in Georgia

March is a transition month in Georgia and the weather is always a bit taciturn. Generally speaking, temperatures sit at around 7-12 degrees Celsius in Tbilisi , Batumi, Kutaisi and the lowlands, while the mountain regions are still frosty.

Snowfall remains steady at the ski resorts throughout March, making this one of the best months for skiing and snowboarding in Georgia . Some high mountain areas including Tusheti, Khevsureti and potentially Upper Adjara are inaccessible.

March snow in Tbilisi and Kutaisi is not unheard of! Or it might be sunny and warm – it really is difficult to predict.

April in Georgia

April is the definitive start of spring in Georgia. Days are noticeably warmer – the mercury rises above 10 degrees Celsius in Tbilisi and stays there – while nights are still brisk. Cherry and magnolia trees start to bloom in the cities and beyond.

Kutaisi, Batumi and the west of the country are a little warmer still (up to 20 degrees), but always a little rainy. Heavy showers and storms are common in Tbilisi, too.

May in Georgia

By May, temperatures reach the mid-20s in Kutaisi and Tbilisi. Hiking trails start to become available at lower elevations, and by late May or early June, the road to Tusheti opens.

May is traditionally the wettest month of the year in Georgia, so you should always be prepared for rain.

National Holidays & key dates in Georgia in spring (2023)

For a full breakdown of cultural events and religious holidays in Georgia, see my Georgia Calendar .

  • February 26: Berikaoba festival in Kakheti
  • March 3: Mother’s Day (National Holiday)
  • March 8: International Women’s Day (National Holiday)
  • April 9: Independence Restoration Day (National Holiday)
  • April 14-17: Orthodox Easter (National Holidays)
  • April 16: Lelo Burti festival in Guria
  • May 2: Gviriloba festival in Kutaisi
  • May 9: Victory Day (National Holiday)
  • May 12: Saint Andrew the First Called Day (National Holiday)
  • May 26: Independence Day (National Holiday)

19 special things to do in spring in Georgia

Georgia throws off her winter coat, a whole host of special activities and events to welcome spring. Here are a few of my favourite things to see and do.

1. Bask in cherry, peach & magnolia blossoms

Pink spring flowers in front of a statue in Batumi, Georgia.

Georgia might not be the first country that comes to mind when you think of cherry blossoms, but there is a surprisingly large number of cherry trees (plus peach and almond blossoms, and beautiful magnolias) here.

Tbilisi’s parks are festooned with white and pink blossoms in spring. The big tree outside Cafe Leila in the Old Town is an icon and a personal favourite of mine.

Other places to see the blossoms in Tbilisi include:

  • The Botanical Garden (especially the Japanese Garden)
  • Rike Park (near the Bridge of Peace)
  • 9 April Park (opposite the Presidential Palace)

The most famous blossom tree in Georgia is located in Kutaisi , at the end of the Red Bridge outside the aptly named Hotel Magnolia. It’s said that spring has not truly sprung in Georgia until this tree shows off its bountiful blossoms!

A magnolia tree frames the Rioni River and houses in Kutaisi.

You can also see tons of blossoms in Batumi, including in the small park outside the theatre (pictured above, with the statue of Ilia Chavchavadze).

2. Go searching for wildflowers

Fields of wild poppies in Marneuli, Georgia.

The Caucasus region is a biodiversity hotspot , with more than 1,600 endemic plants – including many that flower. Certain parts of Georgia are synonymous with wildflowers, and in spring you can see gorgeous colours in several areas.

Popular wildflowers include:

  • Poppy fields near Marneuli (pictured above)
  • Wild orchids near Bakuriani
  • Chamomile fields near Algeti National Park

Other areas at higher altitudes come into bloom a bit later. Svaneti’s flowery meadows and the incredible wildflowers in the Didgori Valley , for example, blossom from June onwards.

Wildflowers can be found on the high-altitude Javakheti Plateau all through the summer months.

Find more places to see wildflowers in Georgia in my guide.

3. Visit David Gareja & Vashlovani National Park

Craggy peaks and colours in Vashlovani National Park.

The arid semi-deserts south and south-east of Tbilisi are among Georgia’s most unique landscapes . Especially in contrast to the fertile Alazani River Valley and the high peaks of the Greater Caucasus, which are not all that far away!

April/May is the ideal window to visit this part of the country as the open, barren land is not yet too hot (temperatures soar in summer, making it very hard going).

One of the best day trips from Tbilisi in spring is to David Gareja cave monastery and the rainbow hills of Udabno. Some parts of the monastery are closed, so make sure you read up first on what to expect .

For a multi-day overlanding adventure, Vashlovani National Park – with its dramatic gorges and mud volcanoes – is a perfect choice for spring.

4. Catch the end of the ski season in Gudauri or Bakuriani

Georgia’s winter sports season lasts until mid-April most years, with March being one of the best months overall for skiing and snowboarding.

Sometimes winter arrives late (as it did in 2022/23) and there wasn’t much snow until February. In early spring, there’s a higher chance of good snow coverage and more runs being open.

Popular ski resorts Bakuriani and Gudauri stay open through to April, while the slopes in Svaneti and Upper Adjara – which are even higher – might even keep welcoming guests into early May.

5. Hike in Borjomi, Lagodekhi or Kazbegi, a must-do in spring in Georgia

Gergeti Trinity Church viewed from behind a grassy hill in spring in Kazbegi.

While the high mountain regions of Tusheti and Khevsureti remain closed off in spring, there are plenty of hiking opportunities in the lowlands.

One of the best things about visiting Tbilisi in spring is that the landscapes around the city are verdantly green. By late June, everything is already parched and grey.

Hiking trails in Svaneti, Racha and Tusheti don’t start until June (or the last week of May at the very earliest), but trekking should be available in the Juta Valley and Truso Valley near Kazbegi from the start of May onwards.

I once did the Gergeti Trinity Church hike in April – it was a little brown, but the cooler weather made it very enjoyable.

Two more national parks – Borjomi-Kharagauli in Southern Georgia and Lagodekhi in Kakheti – are particularly well-suited to spring hiking. Borjomi is all pine forest, while Lagodekhi is a subtropical rainforest with cascading waterfalls and beautiful rivers. It’s best to visit the latter from April onwards when the water levels recede.

In spring you can enjoy most of these day hikes around Tbilisi , with Rkoni (near Gori ) and Birtvisi Canyon in Kvemo Kartli being particularly perfect.

6. Lounge in an open-air hot spring

A woman sits in a sulfur pool in Vani, Georgia.

Spring is the ideal time to visit Georgia’s natural hot springs and open-air mineral water pools. There are dozens of them across the country, ranging from icy cold to scalding hot. Nothing beats a steamy sulfur bath session on a cool spring evening.

Beyond the famous Tbilisi Sulfur Baths , you can find natural pools tucked away in the mountains and forests, and even unusual sulfur ponds in the middle of farmers’ fields.

My favourites include the sulfur spring near Vani and the cascading sulfur waterfall at Nokalakevi – both of which are easy to reach on a day trip from Kutaisi.

7. Visit the Batumi Botanical Garden

A man stands on a green tree bridge inside Batumi Botnical Garden.

Speaking of easy hiking trails… Batumi’s Botanical Garden – one of the oldest and largest in the region – is a must-do in spring. You’ll find the walking paths and easy forested trails are much quieter compared to summer. Flowers are blooming, and beekeepers are tending their hives.

Batumi is normally quite rainy during the spring months, but the weather does stabilise a bit towards the end of the season as summer approaches. The city is much more pleasant outside of the high season when the population swells with summer tourists – and by May, it might even be warm enough to swim.

If you’re in the area, also consider a visit to the Dendrological Park in Shekvetili, which is similarly lovely in spring.

8. Bird watch in Javakheti or Kolkheti

A man looks through a telescope while birdwatching in Georgia's Javakheti region.

The months of April and May are prime birdwatching time in Georgia, when many ornithologists flock to the country to observe endemic and migratory birds.

The ‘big five’ for birders are the Caucasian snowcock, Caucasian black grouse, Caucasian chiffchaff, great rosefinch and Güldenstädt’s redstart – but there are dozens of species that nest in Georgia, from choughs to larks, bearded vultures to golden eagles, ad even peregrine falcons.

Believe it or not, Georgia even has flamingos!

A favourite spot for birdwatching is the sparkling Javakheti Protected Areas , where sparkling lakes are framed by the peaks of dormant volcanoes. Up to 140 species of birds can be observed here, starting from April. If you’re in the area, stop by the unique Doukhobor village of Gorelovka , where turquoise houses painted with floral motifs are spring incarnate.

Kolkheti National Park on the Black Sea Coast, with its winding waterways and incredible wetlands , is also a top choice. Even if you’re not interested in birds per se, cruising this Amazon-like landscape in a powerboat – Georgian style – is a truly unique experience.

9. Attend midnight Liturgy for Orthodox Easter

A woman lights a candle at Svetitskhoveli Cathedral.

Spring in Georgia revolves around Orthodox Easter, which is by far the most significant religious holiday of the year. Unlike Christmas and New Year which is always a riot of parties and fireworks, Easter is a family oriented event and is much more subdued.

Easter falls a week or so later than on the Roman Catholic calendar. Red Friday, Holy Saturday, Easter Sunday and Bright Monday are all public holidays in Georgia, and some smaller restaurants and shops – plus museums – are closed.

The best way for outsiders to get involved in the festivities is by joining the midnight mass, which starts from around 10pm on the Saturday evening and goes until the early hours of Easter Sunday morning. You can hear resplendent chanting and take part in the ritual of walking around the church three times. Sameba Cathedral in Tbilisi hosts the biggest event, but every church in the country holds mass so you can join from anywhere.

In the weeks before Easter, look out for paska , a dense and dry fruit cake , being sold at bakeries. Another tradition is dying eggs red with madder root and displaying them at home with green wheatgrass. You’ll see these items sold on the streets all over Tbilisi and beyond.

10. Watch the Berikaoba parade in Kakheti

A mosaic in Tbilisi depicts the springtime Berikaoba ritual.

Once celebrated across the country, Berikaoba is still observed in a couple of villages in Kakheti region, with the biggest and most colourful events in Didi Chailuri, 65 kilometres east of Tbilisi. The festival has pagan/pre/para-Christian roots and is marked at the beginning of spring to symbolise abundance, rebirth and fertility.

Berikaoba has some similarities to the Surva Festival in Bulgaria . For the one-day celebration, townsfolk don elaborate costumes and menacing masks and parade down the village’s main street. Chidaoba wrestling matches, feasting and folk music are also part of the fun.

In Tbilisi, there’s a statue dedicated to Berikaoba near the Clock Tower and Baratashvili Bridge, and a Soviet-era mosaic that depicts the festival.

The dates for Berikaoba change every year. Normally it takes place in spring, but in 2023, Berikaoba falls earlier than usual on February 26.

11. Join the scrum at Lelo Burti in Guria

A crowd of people gathered for the Lelo Burti festival in Georgia on Orthodox Sunday.

Lelo Burti is an incredible spectacle – and it only takes place one day a year on Orthodox Easter Sunday in one village, Shukhuti in Guria, around an hour’s drive west of Kutaisi.

Lelo Burti is a full-contact, rugby-like sport that sees two villages, Zemo and Kvemo Shukhuti, go head to head. They use a 15 kg ball made from sand and dirt soaked in wine. The aim of the game is to carry said ball 500 metres over to the rival village’s stream. Whoever crosses first is declared the winner and that village holds the trophy for the next year.

Live music, food, and a market with local produce are also staged as part of the celebrations. I attended Lelo Burti in 2022 and made a video about it – you can watch the short film here .

While you’re in lovely Guria region , be sure to stay a few extra days and explore the tea fields, which are popping green in spring.

12. Do a ‘first flush’ Georgian tea tasting

A woman pours Georgian tea from a glass teapot into cups on her farm in Guria region.

Not only is spring one of the best times of the year to drink Georgian wine (see the next item on this list), it’s also the time to try Georgian tea. Not that you needed an excuse for either!

Tea grows abundantly in Western Georgia. The first of three annual harvests happens around the middle of April, when the first buds of the year are plucked. Spring flush tea is naturally sweet and nutrient-dense, with a smooth and delicate taste.

Two excellent places for a tea tasting are at Komli in Guria and the Renegade Estate near Kutaisi. Both have tea plantations so you can observe the full bush-to-pot process before sampling the goods. If you can’t make it out west, request to try spring teas at the Bitadze Tea Shop and Museum in Tbilisi’s Sololaki neighbourhood .

13. Sip vino at the Zero Compromise natural wine festival in Tbilisi

Bottles of Georgian wine on a table at a vineyard in Kakheti.

When spring arrives, winemakers crack open last year’s clay qvevri for the first taste of the previous harvest.

It’s an auspicious time of year in Kakheti, where the majority of Georgia’s vineyards are located. A few Kakheti wineries , including TEMI, offer qvevri opening experiences and allow you to taste wine directly from the clay vessel.

Zero Compromise is one of several wine festivals that takes place in Tbilisi every spring. This year, dozens of winemakers – all members of the Natural Wine Association – will gather at Silk Factory Studio on May 5 and 6 to show off their latest wares.

Find more information about buying tickets here on the event Facebook Page .

14. Eat chakapuli, a special springtime stew

A dish of Georgian Chakapuli, a stew of lamb, green plum and tarragon.

Several Georgian dishes are synonymous with springtime, but none is more important or beloved than chakapuli. This ambrosial stew is traditionally prepared with lamb and has a very unique flavour profile thanks to the addition of tarragon (lots and lots of tarragon). White wine and unripe, tart green plums are also in the mix. Essentially it’s springtime in a bowl.

Chakapuli is eaten almost everywhere, but it is closely associated with Kakheti in Eastern Georgia. These days you can order it any time – but if you happen to be in Georgia around Orthodox Easter, these are the best weeks of the year to try it.

Eat it in the wine region or (if you’re lucky enough to score an invite) in a family home. Otherwise your best bet is a restaurant in Tbilisi that specialises in Kakhetian fare, such as Kakhelebi on Beliashvili. Some places including Living Vino in Sololaki do a special vegetarian-friendly version with mushrooms.

15. Buy malina martskvi by the bucketload

Raspberry strawberries, a spring delicacy in Georgia.

Malina martskvi or ‘raspberry strawberries’ are a spring phenomenon that everyone gets excited about. When these babies appear at the bazari market , you know the spring-summer fruit season is about to begin.

In Russian, ‘malina’ means raspberry and in Georgian, ‘martskhvi’ means strawberry. As the name suggests, these miniature strawberries are something of a hybrid (though not actually) – smaller and sweeter than regular berries. They are little flavour bombs.

You can usually find them in markets in Tbilisi and beyond from late April onwards. The going rate is around 3-5 GEL per kilo. They do spoil quickly, so you have to eat them fast (or if you can, freeze them for later).

16. Celebrate Gviriloba in Kutaisi

The opera theatre in Kutaisi, Georgia.

Special ‘day of’ festivals are held across Georgia throughout the warmer months for different cities, towns and villages. The first major festival of the year, Gviriloba AKA Kutaisoba, takes place in Kutaisi every year on May 2.

Gviriloba celebrates all things Kutaisi, with live music and pop-up markets showcasing Imeretian wine , food and local handicrafts. It normally takes place in the city centre.

This tradition goes back to the beginning of the 20th century when Kutaisi schoolgirls sold chamomile (gvirila) flowers on the streets to raise money for the tuberculosis hospital. The flower is a symbol of the city (notice how it’s painted on the zebra crossings?), and that’s why you’ll see many festival goers with white flowers pinned in their hair.

17. Join the street festival in Tbilisi on Independence Day

May 26 is Independence Day in Georgia and an official public holiday. It commemorates the adoption of the Act of Independence in 1918, which ushered in the short-lived Democratic Republic of Georgia.

Events are held around the country in commemoration. In Tbilisi, part of Rustaveli Avenue is closed off for a big food and craft market, live music and a fireworks display.

18. Mark Victory Day in Vake Park

Vake Park in Tbilisi on a misty March day.

May 9 is a national holiday in Georgia, and in other countries that were formerly part of the Soviet Union . Victory Day commemorates the USSR’s victory over Nazi Germany in 1945.

While other countries mark Victory in Europe Day on May 8, in this part of the world the holiday falls a day later – the reason being that the German Instrument of Surrender was signed late in the evening, on May 9 Moscow time.

It’s estimated that more than 700,000 Georgians served in the Great Patriotic War – and more than half of them perished on the battlefield. Thus Victory Day is a sombre affair in Georgia.

There are WWII memorials scattered all over the country and on this day, people from the city/town/village will usually gather there to pay tribute to those who never returned home by laying flower wreaths.

The main Victory Day event is held in Tbilisi’s Vake Park at the foot of the Great Patriotic War Memorial and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

19. Observe the incredible Tusheti Transhumance

A flock of sheep walks along a river surrounded by snow in Georgia's Kakheti region.

The high mountain road to Tusheti is completely sealed off in winter and reopens every year at some point in late May, marking the official start of the season. Families who winter in the Alazani Valley return to their high-altitude villages, and shepherds lead their flocks back up to pasture.

As soon as the notorious Abano Pass is navigable, shepherds hit the trail, travelling by horseback with a caravan of dogs and horses and their huge flocks of sheep – which stretch out like a white ribbon along the steep mountain roads.

Known as the Tusheti Transhumance, this annual migration cycle is incredibly taxing and for those who are lucky enough to observe it, utterly beautiful. Some smaller tour companies and independent guides organise special transhumance experiences where tourists can observe the migration safely.

Come October , they do it all again – only in reverse.

What to pack when you visit Georgia in spring

  • Warm clothing – including a jacket for nighttime
  • Waterproof shoes – especially if you plan on hiking
  • A foldable rain jacket – it’s a good idea to carry one with you at all times, even in the cities
  • A travel umbrella – it’s very unusual to see a Georgian man carrying an umbrella, but tourists are excused from this strange custom
  • Sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat – essential for late spring especially
  • Allergy medications – if applicable, see note below
  • More hints and tips in my Georgia Packing Guide

More spring travel tips

Spring can be unpredictable so you’ll definitely want to plan ahead and have a Plan B in case the weather doesn’t agree with your schedule.

Use yr.no to check the forecast, and if you’re driving around Georgia , stay updated about road closures or dangerous conditions using the Geo Road Facebook page (they also have a hotline).

If you suffer from allergies, be aware that there is often a lot of pollen and floral debris in the air towards the end of spring. This is true in Tbilisi and Kutaisi as both cities regularly experience gusting winds (Kutaisi especially).

Other seasonal guides for Georgia

  • Why autumn is the best month to visit Georgia
  • Things to do in Tbilisi in autumn
  • Where to go in Georgia in winter
  • Things to do in Tbilisi in winter
  • Things to do in Tbilisi in summer to beat the heat

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  • Georgia Travel Guide : All of my 200+ posts plus my top travel tips
  • Georgia travel tips : 25 essential things to know before you go
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  • 35+ best restaurants in Tbilisi : Where to eat Georgian food
  • 15 best day trips from Tbilisi : With detailed transport instructions
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Top 20 Awesome Places to Visit in March in USA

Early spring is when you’ll be able to enjoy some iconic landscapes in manageable temperatures for less money than in peak seasons so I think it’s a win-win! From my time traveling around during March, here are my favourite spots to explore…

1. Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve

For a truly awe-inspiring, I’d recommend taking the winding dirt road through Antelope Valley in Southern California where blankets of poppies literally carpet the ground in flames of red and orange. Here 8 miles of foot trails weave through the captivating blooms. 

Of course, I can’t completely second guess Mother Nature and weather conditions are a big influence on the poppy crop, but they roughly bloom for 10 weeks between late February and early May and peak for around three weeks between late March and early April.

In a good year, this is a breathtaking and unforgettable sight, but I would suggest keeping an eye out on the Antelope Valley Nature Preserve website as your visit approaches for up-to-date information on the flowers.

  • Visitors’ Centre Address: 150th St W, Lancaster, CA 93536
  • Average temperature –  19 degrees

My must-do highlights

  • Capture some breathtaking shots of the vibrant and beautifully bloomed poppies.
  • Slow down and relax by taking a walk along one of the trails that weave through the pretty flowers.
  • Check out an exhibit at the Jane S. Pinheiro Interpretive Center  filled with botanical watercolor paintings.

2. New Orleans, Louisiana

Most romantic hotels in New Orleans

If, like me, you are a lover of literature, arts, and culture but not a fan of scorching heat and crowds then visit New Orleans during this month. The city embraces the transition into spring with the big Mardi Gras celebrations beginning to wind down and many wonderful festivals emerging to replace them.

The Tennessee Williams Literary Festival brings together budding writers and established playwrights for a program of masterclasses and performances of original works and culminates with the popular ‘Stella’ shouting competition in The French Quarter.

The LGBTQIA community celebrates its literary heritage in the popular Saints and Sinners festival, which also takes place during this month. Wednesday at the Square and Buku Festivals curate amazing immersive musical talents and plenty is going on for foodies too.

New Orleans is a vibrant city that embodies the spirit of springtime so it is no surprise that this is the perfect time to enjoy it! I would also recommend staying in one of the many interesting boutique hotels and make your stay even more special.

  • Visitors’ Centre Address: 339 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70130
  • Average temperatures  – 23 degrees
  • Attend one of the lively and fun events/celebrations , such as Mardi Gras Day, Super Sunday, or St Patrick’s Day parade.
  • Grab a tourist pass to enjoy a discount on an array of activities and attractions across the city.
  • Go to watch a musical or theatre production  at the famous and historic venue, Saenger Theatre.

3. Golden Isles, Georgia

Golden Isles, Georgia

The Golden Isles are four beautiful barrier islands that lie between Savannah, Georgia, and Jacksonville, Florida. The islands rise out of a vast area of marshlands, giving the appearance of one continuous stretch.

The Isles are a melting pot of cultures and this is what I love about it! During this month  gentle breezes and spring sunshine make it the perfect time to get out and explore nature before it becomes too hot and crowded. I would recommend strolling through shady woodland, picnicking on sandy beaches, and watching the sun sink over the horizon – bliss! 

Go nature spotting for rare Leatherback turtles, a plethora of birds, and leaping dolphins, or relax and enjoy some boutique shopping in Pier Village or fine dining in the quaint village of Redfern.

For original Victorian architecture and specialty shopping and dining, I would suggest visiting historic downtown Brunswick, where brownstone townhouses and bright-colored awnings lend an old-fashioned vintage feel.

  • Visitor Centre Address: 529 Beachview Dr, St Simons Island, GA 31522
  • Average temperature  – 21 degrees
  • Climb 129 steps to the top of the lighthouse on St Simons Island for picturesque panoramic views across the coast.
  • Visit Driftwood Beach on Jekyll Island and watch a spectacular colorful sky as the sun sets.
  • For those who love to golf, spend the day at Sea Island Golf Club to enjoy three championship 18-hole courses.
  • Also, consider driving to nearby Tybee Island and staying in one of the many quaint and gorgeous Tybee Island hotels on the popular destination for a tranquil and beautiful break.

4. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Philadelphia in spring time

It’s not always sunny in Philadelphia but in this month there’s a good chance it will be bright and fresh. I personally think this is the perfect time to visit the city, temperatures average around 12 degrees in the day so take a jacket you’ll be just fine! 

I think probably one of the loveliest sights this time of year is the swathes of cherry blossoms in West Fairmount Park. Here y ou can enjoy a picnic and admire the manicured lawns, or stroll around the tranquil Japanese House and whimsical ponds and waterfalls, all under a fragrant canopy of blossom trees.

The springtime is also a great time to enjoy a craft beer in the early spring sunshine so I would highly recommend visiting one of the city’s many breweries and taking in some of the lovely historical streets in neighborhoods like Spring Gardens. It’s also a great time to enjoy some local artists’ work in progress at Cherry Street Pier and hang out with arty types along the wonderful waterfront.

Drive-in movies are also a big thing in Philly and the milder temperatures mean lots of opportunities to see cool films old as well as new in this classic American way!

  • Visitor Centre Address: 599 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19106
  • Average temperature – 12 degrees
  • If you’re into sports and love to hear a roaring stadium, make sure to catch an NHL, NFL, or NBA game .
  • Book tickets for Dining in The Dark which is a unique and unusual blindfolded tasting experience.
  • Visit the eclectic indoor marketplace inspired by Aladdin and the Magic Lamp, Genie’s Secret Bazaar filled with hidden doors.

5. Fairbanks, Alaska

Fairbanks, Alaska in March

Fairbanks is a truly vibrant river city in the very North of Alaska and serves as the perfect base camp for the wilderness of Denali National Park…6 million acres of alpine forests, snow-capped mountains, and untouched nature.

The icy temperatures mean the crowds tend to come here in the summer months but in spring, you can see the city and surroundings at their finest, under the breathtaking colors of The Northern Lights! 

It is also the season of midnight sun and endless sunsets and sunrises and of the World Ice Art Competition. I would also recommend enjoying the ice museum, hot springs, hot coffee, and a multitude of unique adventure sports!

I also suggest trying your hand at Ice Skating, Cross Country Skiing or safely spotting wildlife out in the wilderness. If you are lucky you might see Grizzly Bears, Black Bears, Wolves, Moose and Caribou, and maybe even a golden eagle!

  • Visitor Centre Address: 101 Dunkel St, Fairbanks, AK 99701
  • Average temperature –  -3 to -19 degrees
  • Take an Aurora tour or overnight experience to catch the magical dancing northern lights.
  • Warm up at the Chena Hot Springs in the outdoor pool whilst being surrounded by the fresh, crisp snow.
  • Make sure to check out the sculptures created by artists from all over the world at the World Ice Art Competition.

6. Texas Hill Country

Texas Hill Country flowers

The Hill Country stretches splendidly between San Antonio and Austin and encompasses beautiful landscapes, historic towns and villages, natural wonders, and amazing wineries. During this month the  temperatures are pleasant and the wildflowers are in full bloom, especially the Texas Bluebonnets, lupin-like and a stunning shade of electric blue they are the official state flower.

Nestled amongst meadows of wildflowers and gentle hills are several stunning historical towns of German heritage. There are many to choose from depending on your preferences. I personally think Boerne is a great town with a wonderful cavern at its center and lots of quaint boutique shops and cafes lining its Main Street.

The very German city of Fredericksburg oozes Bavarian charm, Kerville is one of the oldest settlements in Texas and perfect for history buffs. Finally, I would suggest not missing Lake McQueene with waters perfect for swimming you don’t want to miss it!

The Texans love spring so as you travel through Hill Country expect to find plenty of cook-offs, festivals, and cultural events to keep you entertained!

  • Visitor’s Centre Address: 160 Ingram Hills Rd, Ingram, TX 78025, Phone: +1 830-367-2151
  • Average temperature – 23 degrees
  • Explore the Medina River by kayaking through the tall and winding bald cypress trees.
  • Taste some of the best and award-winning spirits in Texas with a visit to one of the local distilleries .
  • Take a drive through the  Willow City Loop  which comes alive with color from the beautiful flowers.

7. Nantucket and Martha’s Vinyard, Massachusetts

Nantucket - most beautiful places to visit in Massachusetts

I would highly recommend avoiding the hordes of deep-pocketed tourists and visiting this iconic destination in the springtime! This month is a wonderful time to visit Cape Cod as it is when the majestic humpback whales take up residence in the blue waters around the islands. Averaging between 40 and 50 feet long, seeing these amazing creatures propel themselves out of the water is something you’ll never forget! 

It’s not going to be hot but that’s the trade-off for having the place virtually to yourself! Aside from the whales, I would recommend just kicking back and enjoying the idyllic beaches, quaint fishing villages, sun-bleached harbor towns, and historic lighthouses for a much more reasonable price than during peak season.

You can also check out some of the legendary filming locations for Jaws on Martha’s Vinyard and get a glimpse of some of the crazy multi-million dollar summer estates of the rich and famous, all without battling through the crowds!

  • Visitor’s Centre Address: Nantucket Department of Culture & Tourism. 25 Federal Street, Nantucket, MA 02554, Phone: 508-228-0925 Fax: 508-325-5443
  • Average temperatures – 8 degrees
  • Wrap up for a stroll along one of the beaches to escape the hustle and bustle of the town.
  • Discover Polly Hill Arboretum , an Island landmark filled with shrubs, trees, and flowers from all over the world.
  • Go on a guided tour to see historic sites such as Oldest House, The Old Mill, and Greater Light.

8. Petit Jean State Park, Arkansas

Petit Jean State Park USA

The park is now a beautiful expanse of unique landscapes carved out by Cedar Creek and packed with unusual bluffs and canyons and an impressive 95 ft waterfall that tumbles from the 100-acre Lake Bailey, created by Damming the creek.

In this month, the weather is temperate, the trees are blooming and the sunsets are spectacular. Temperatures hover around 17 degrees this time of year. There are several rustic cabins and the central Mather Lodge, all built in the 1930s and available for accommodation, as well as designated camping and glamping so I would recommend choosing one for a truly cozy vacation!

Many gorgeous trails traverse the park and there is boating and Kayaking on Bailey Lake as well as two outdoor pools. I honestly think it’s the perfect accessible spring escape for lovers of the outdoors who find bigger parks daunting. 

  • Visitor’s Center Address: 1285 Petit Jean Mountain Rd, Morrilton, AR 72110
  • Average temperature  – 17 degrees
  • Visit the indoor Petit Jean Farmers Market and grab some delicious local produce or a souvenir to remember your trip.
  • Capture a cool and Insta-worthy shot underneath the Natural Bridge along Seven Hollows Trail  created from a rock formation.
  • Hike down to the base of Cedar Falls to admire one of the biggest waterfalls in the state.

9. The Tidal Basin, Washington D.C.

Best places to visit in the USA in March/Spring

Each Spring Washington D.C’ s tidal basin is transformed by acres of pink and white cherry blossoms and I would highly recommend a visit around this time! Thousands  of tourists are drawn to the nation’s capital each year to witness the spectacle! Usually, the tree’s peak bloom is late March through early April but the unconventionally warm temperatures this year have experts anticipating an early bloom.

To avoid heavy crowds and maximize beautiful photo opportunities, I would recommend visiting the Tidal Basin in the early morning and catching the sun rising over D.C.’s iconic marbled monuments under blankets of fragrant petals! 

Then I suggest using the rest of the day to explore the amazing city which is full of green spaces, awe-inspiring architecture, and wonderful museums and sculpture gardens. If you have limited time I recommend an open-top bus which will take you around all the famous presidential monuments and Arlington Cemetary.

I would recommend visiting some historic districts such as Georgetown, with its famous university and the atmospheric steps used in The Exorcist, and DuPont Circle for eclectic nightlife exciting dining, and wonderful art in The Phillips Collection. 

  • Visitor’s Centre Address: 1501 Maine Ave SW, Washington, Phone  (202) 479-2426
  • Average temperature – 12-19°C
  • Enjoy a bike ride  around the stunning loop and array of national monuments.
  • Rent a paddleboat  and enjoy some time spent relaxing on the calm water.
  • Spend the day at the  National Cherry Blossom Festival  to see live entertainment amongst the flowers.

10. Kauai, Hawaii

Kauai Hawaii - best places to visit in March

A top vacation spot, I personally think this is the perfect time to enjoy Kauai’s lush vegetation and beautiful beaches without the summer crowds. Although Kauai is the wettest of the Hawaiian islands and March is still considered the rainy season, the rain typically comes in short bursts and the sun quickly returns.

If you aim for the end of the month you will likely experience little rain, warm temperatures, and lower prices as peak season begins in April. Although Kauai is small it is not called’ The Garden Island’ for nothing and its abundance of colorful blooms will not fail to delight!

Expect palm-fringed beaches, crystal clear waters, unique multi-colored canyons, rare wildlife, and plunging waterfalls…a little slice of paradise infused with the famed ‘Aloha’ spirit! 

  • Visitor’s Centre Address: 4-484 Kuhio Highway Kapaa ,  Hawaii ,  96746. Phone 808-822-5113
  • Average temperature – 22 degrees
  • See the island from a different perspective by taking a helicopter tour overlooking the beach landscape.
  • Kayak around Hanalei Bay  where you can also enjoy a delicious meal whilst watching the sunset.
  • Fly through through the native forests on a zipline for an adrenaline-pumping experience. 

11. Fontainebleau State Park, Louisiana

Fontainebleau State Park

Treat yourself to a stay in an iconic wooden cabin on stilts in this beautiful State Park that stretches for 2,800 acres along the crystal shores of Lake Pontchartrain. Historically a sugar plantation, Fontainebleau was named after the forest near Paris, the place of choice for centuries of French kings in their leisure time.

Of course, we commoners can enjoy the many peaceful pastimes on offer in the Louisiana version, it’s a popular spot for all things aquatic; boating, canoeing, swimming, and personally I would highly recommend just sunbathing on the unspoiled sandy beaches.

Visitors can stroll beneath the centuries-old oak trees and native cypresses, or head out along the wooden pier and admire the crystal waters of the lake. During this month,  the temperature is warm and the humidity fairly low, which makes it the perfect time to explore the 27 miles of hiking and biking trails along the Tammany Chase, which follows the route of the old railroad tracks.

I would suggest bringing a picnic for a beautiful, tranquil day in idyllic surroundings, unbelievably less than an hour away from New Orleans! 

  • Visitor’s Center Address: 62883 LA-1089, Mandeville, LA 70448
  • Average temperature  – 22 degrees
  • Bring your own or rent a paddleboard from Bayou Adventure to enjoy spending time out on the water .
  • Spend a day at the beach and go for a swim, relax by sunbathing across the shore, or have a fun sandcastle competition.
  • Take advantage of the nature trails and explore them by foot or bicycle.

12. Providence Canyon, Georgia

Providence canyon Georgia

Georgia gets very hot in peak summer season and as it is not a massive park it can also get very crowded. For easier hiking temperatures and uncluttered photographs of the beautiful ‘Little Grand Canyon’ I think this month is the perfect month for a visit.

The park’s rock faces are especially spectacular due to the 143 varied shades that range from orange and red hues to pure white, catching the sun sinking behind them is a really special sight. Visitors can enjoy 10 miles of trails that circumnavigate the canyon rim and take in some of the park’s other wonders such as the cascading Providence waterfalls and the strange shells of old 1950s automobiles that are relics of another era.

For perfect clear night skies, I would highly recommend camping out in one of the areas around the canyons and witnessing the wonder of the stars without any light pollution to obscure them! 

  • Visitor’s Center Address: 8930 Canyon Rd, Lumpkin, GA 31815
  • Average temperature – 21 degrees
  • Experience picturesque views whilst enjoying a picnic lunch at one of the viewpoints which are accessible by hiking or driving.
  • Visit  Dick’s Creek Falls  located just outside the park, where you can discover an enchanted location and several waterfalls.
  • Hike along the Canyon Loop Trail  to explore up to 9 of the canyons located along the 2.5-mile path with scenic landscapes.

13. Atlanta, Georgia

Atlanta CIty USA

Summer temperatures in Atlanta are pretty intense, so I honestly think early spring is the perfect time to take advantage of this southern gem. As the Southeast’s cultural hub Atlanta is positively teeming with creativity, arts, and mind-blowing history, it’s also a foodie heaven!

Both buildings are now part of The Martin Luther King JR National Historical Park , and I think it’s a great place to take a stroll in springtime! Another beautiful place to admire this month in bloom is The Atlanta Botanical Gardens, whose landscaped grounds are budding with color in early spring.

The foodie scene in Atlanta reflects this passion and fusion of cultures and the famous southern hospitality, you can find delicious and innovative food at every turn. I would suggest leaving space for some Georgia Bourbon Pecan Pie from Pie Shop in Downtown! 

  • Visitor’s Center Address: 267 Park Ave W NW, Atlanta, GA 30303 
  • Average temperatures – 19 degrees
  • Have some fun at the  Atlanta Fair  with carnival games, exciting rides, and delicious food.
  • Indulge in one of the unique, themed dining experiences from murder mysteries and floral wonderlands to robot waiters and crafty cocktails.
  • Admire the vibrant street art around the city where talented artists have created incredible murals.

14. Saguaro National Park, Arizona

Saguaro National Park Arizona

Saguaro National Park is named for the iconic giant cactuses that have been known to grow up to 78ft tall, although the average height is about 40ft.  Walking amidst these giants, especially as the sun sinks below the horizon is an eerie and wonderful experience. For a great view of the Saguaro Forest, I would suggest hiking up to the Valley View Overlook which offers an amazing panoramic vista of the Cacti.

If you really want to get in amongst them, I would also recommend the Mica View Loop which takes you right through the middle of these amazing plants!  During this month  you have the bonus of all the beautiful wildflowers in bloom, splashing the desert landscape with color. You’ll also find ancient petroglyphs and an array of wildlife from bobcats to venomous Gila Monsters…I’d suggest giving both a respectably wide berth!

Remember the park covers almost 100,000 acres and is split in two by the city of Tucson, for the best cactus action head for the smaller western portion.

  • Visitor’s Center Address: 2700 N Kinney Road, Tucson, AZ
  • Average temperatures – 24 degrees
  • Explore a variety of cacti through the winding path at the Cactus Garden Trail located at the visitor center.
  • Capture an Instagrammable shot next to the tallest cactus you can find along one of the many trails.
  • Take a trip to Rincon Mountain for a breathtaking view overlooking the unique cacti-filled landscape.

15. Little Jerusalem Badlands State Park, Kansas

Little Jerusalem Badlands State Park

The badlands are a vast acreage of ancient wilderness that will take you back to earlier times when the lands were occupied by the Oglala Sioux tribe. The landscape is arid and strange with rare Niobrara Chalk outcrops rising out of flat prairies like temples. The name ‘Little Jerusalem’ refers to a mile-long collection of these white rocks that rise in awe-inspiring 100 ft spires and cliffs, bringing to mind the ancient city.

During this month the temperature is mild and humidity low so in my opinion, it’s a great time to hike one of the two permanent trails and treat yourself to the best views without navigating summer crowds.

Aside from Little Jerusalem, there have been traces of life dating back as far as 85 million years found here, so I would highly recommend looking out for amazing fossils of ancient giant clams and oysters!

  • Visitor’s Center Address: County Road 400 and Gold Road, Oakley, KS 67748
  • Average temperature – 15 degrees
  • Experience a  Ranger-Guided Backcountry Hike to explore the off-trail paths and see a different perspective of the rock formations.
  • For a short but beautiful hike, take the overlook trail  which provides breathtaking views across the park
  • Walk the Life on the Rocks Trail  to admire two panoramic viewpoints along the natural, chalky rock surface path.

16. San Diego, California

San Diego Beach spring

I think San Diego is awesome for many reasons, it’s beautiful, laid back, rich in maritime history, and surrounded by gorgeous swathes of ocean and parkland! During this month you can catch some amazing festivals such as Paddy’s Day and The Annual San Diego Latino Film Festival as well as enjoy the many outdoor delights the city has to offer in the sunshine.

You’ll also get better rates on flights and accommodation by avoiding peak season F or totally chilled-out bohemian vibes I highly recommend Ocean Beach for cheap and delicious Mexican food, killer margaritas, and a real new wave ‘summer of love’/ surfy atmosphere.

Just out of the city nature lovers will delight at the carpets of wildflowers in Anza Borego Desert State Park or the flower fields at Carlsbad Ranch. It is also the perfect time to catch the immense Gray Whales on their migration back north. I would suggest taking a little drive along the historic Route 101 and see how many you can spot, or take an organized tour from the marina. 

  • Visitor’s Centre Address: 996 N Harbor Dr, San Diego, Phone:  (619) 236-1242
  • Average temperature – 19 degrees
  • Have a ride through the exquisite and colorful Carlsbad Flower Fields on a retro tractor.
  • Take a sunset sail tour  to enjoy the city’s landmarks and have an unforgettable experience.
  • Explore the Spanish-style village in Balboa Park filled with museums, galleries, and gardens.

17. Arches National Park, Utah

Arches National Park, Utah

With intolerable summer temperatures of up to 100 degrees, The Arches National Park’s peak season is often unbearable for those not accustomed to the heat. Add crowds to that and no matter how fabulous the landscape is it can be a miserable experience! I personally think it’s wiser instead to head to the iconic park in early spring when temperatures are far more pleasant and the crowds are yet to arrive.

The Arche’s strange prehistoric landscape has become synonymous with Utah, and the instantly recognizable ‘Delicate Arch’ is now the symbol for the whole state. With over 2000 of these otherworldly stone arches and relics of the nomadic Ute tribe, there is plenty to explore across the 119 square miles of the reserve! 

Most of the trails are short and accessible except The Devils Garden Primitive Trail, which requires a slightly more seasoned hiker. For the ultimate Arches experience, I would recommend trying to hit the park at sunset and seeing the whole thing cast in an ethereal orange glow, absolutely beautiful! 

  • Visitor’s Centre Address: Ut-211, Canyonlands National Park, Moab, UT 84532, +1 435-259-4711
  • Average temperature – 16 degrees
  • For an Insta-worthy shot featuring the breathtaking mountain backdrop hike to the iconic Delicate Arch.
  • If you’re looking to learn more about the park, take part in  a free Ranger-Led program.
  • Explore an array of several scenic spots by adventuring along the Arches Scenic Drive .

18. Palm Springs, California

Palm Springs USA

If you fancy yourself a bit of a hipster you’d better get to Palm Springs, a cool and artsy city long favored by the Hollywood jet-set for its glamorous elegance, sunshine, and healing springs. The city, which is nestled in the beautiful Coachella Valley between 4 mountain ranges is particularly notable for its many examples of mid-century modern architecture, swanky boutique shopping, and world-class art….and golf of course.

Whilst you’re there I would suggest you don’t miss the amazing Aerial Tramway for stunning views across the entire valley and perhaps a mountaintop lunch, or the amazing Sunnylands Public Gardens and Mansion.

Although much of the mid-century architecture belongs to private owners you can still take in some amazing examples by taking a tour through the Tennis Club and Araby Cove districts.

There are so many things to do but a visit to Palm Springs would not be complete without making the most of alfresco dining in the city’s beautiful restaurants…my little tip, go for ones that are tucked away off main tourist routes and you’ll get superior quality for a fraction of the price.

  • Visitor’s Centre Address: Palm Springs Visitor Information Center, 2901 North Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92262, Phone: 800-347-7746 | 760-778-8418 
  • Average temperature – 27 degrees
  • Cool down and take a break from the heat with a visit to  Palm Springs Art Museum  filled with contemporary paints and sculptures.
  • View the Tahquitz Canyon which is home to a magnificent 50-foot waterfall , the perfect trip for a hot day.
  • Grab a wellness pass to gain a discount from an array of spa centers, fitness classes, and other rejuvenating experiences .

19. Sedona, Arizona

Sedona Arizona - March vacation ideas

The desert town of Sedona near Flagstaff, Arizona is America’s answer to Glastonbury. During this month, I think hikers will delight in the perfect temperatures, rust-colored trails, and wildflowers in full bloom.

Surrounded by majestic red-rock buttes and ancient pine forests the town has become a haven for people in search of spiritual and metaphysical healing and the streets are lined with new-age shops and Native American-inspired treatment centers I personally love it! 

Sedona is believed to have several ‘Vortexes’, swirling centers of energy that seem to emanate from the red rocks, which are regarded as a cathedral without walls or a natural henge. Here you can expect to find yoga retreats, hippy rituals, and all forms of spiritual healing, it is said that no matter what brings you to Sedona you will always leave feeling lighter and brighter with your spirit soothed, uplifted, and restored! 

  • Visitor’s Centre Address: Sedona Visitor Information Center, 331 Forest Road, Sedona, AZ, 86336, Phone: 928.282.7722
  • Average temperatures – 20 degrees
  • Experience one of the best shopping spots in Sedona at the Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village.
  • Drive along the Red Rock Scenic Byway to check out some of the stunning scenery and landmarks.
  • Book a thrilling Pink Jeep Tour  and explore the steeper trails in a unique and cool wrangler.

20. Palo Duro Canyon State Park, Texas

Palo Duro Canyon State Park Texas

A great location for hikers or adventure vacation, Palo Duro Canyon on the Texas Panhandle is the second largest Canyon in the country and I personally think this is a great time to visit for warm temperatures, fewer crowds and less rain too! 

The park’s most iconic rock formation is called the lighthouse and it rises out of the ground in 300 ft of splendid rust-colored rock…in my opinion the hugely popular lighthouse trail is the best way to view it and also get amazing views out over the canyon. I think it’s also worth extending your stay to overnight in one of the camping or glamping sites as the night skies in this part of the world are truly phenomenal!

I would suggest looking out for the unmistakable herds of protected Texas Longhorn cattle that roam freely across the land and adventure lovers might want to try the terrifying zip line that crosses the canyon between Dallas and New Mexico. 

  • Visitor’s Centre Address: State Hwy Park Rd 5, Canyon, TX 79015
  • Average temperature – 20 degrees
  • For those who love mountain biking , this is a great place to have an off-road adventure through one of the trails.
  • If you are looking for a unique way to view the canyon , make sure to have a go on the zipline located near the park’s entrance.
  • Enjoy spending a night under the stars by reserving a spot at one of the camping grounds.

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Beth was born under a wandering star, with drama in her veins and ink in her pen. After stints studying theatre in Dublin and Utrecht she used her creative streak to see as much of the world as she could on as little money. She toured Italian Schools with a children’s theatre troop, lived as an au pair in both Rome and Washington DC, explored the British countryside, worked her way through much of Europe, Salsa danced in Cuba and road-tripped down America’s west coast where she discovered her spiritual home; Portland, Oregon. Other places she loves include Croatia, Finland, Japan and India. In between adventures, travel writing and performing she resides peacefully with her family, cats and ukulele. Find Beth on Linkedin or   Facebook .

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2 thoughts on “Top 20 Awesome Places to Visit in March in USA”

These places mentioned here are really beautiful! I hope that i get a chance to visit every place one day!

Hey Beth, thank you for sharing your list. I personally like the breathtaking canyons in Utah. I choose adventure instead of city life.

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11 of the Best Destinations to Visit in March, According to Experts

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March kicks off the spring travel season, with many travelers ready to hit the road running after a long (sometimes frigid) winter. But with such a pent-up demand for travel and bucket lists growing ever longer (especially international), how should you determine where to go? Beyond trips based on your zodiac sign , globetrotters can look to our trusted stable of travel professionals for guidance.

Though each destination on the planet has its share of positives, some genuinely rise above the rest during the March timeframe. For our expertly curated list, we tapped travel pros like advisors, journalists, trendsetters, and bloggers, for their favorite picks for March vacations. Here are some of the best places to travel in March.

<p>Travel writer Suzie Dundas says it's hard to envision a better place to visit in the spring than Puerto Vallarta, on southern Mexico's Bay of Banderas. She shared, “While some travel guides will tell you to visit in May for warm weather and sunny skies, I actually think March is the best time. It's the tail end of the rainy season but also the end of the whale-watching season, which means most days are likely to be sunny and warm and lend themselves to sightings of humpback whales. Because the tourist season in Puerto Vallarta doesn't usually pick up until late April, you can count [on] walking into almost any restaurant without a reservation and finding hotels that still reflect slow-season pricing. Puerto Vallarta is one of the best places to head for a weekend if spring isn't coming quite fast enough or you're just craving a little beach time after a long, cold winter.” </p><p><a class="body-btn-link" href="https://go.redirectingat.com?id=74968X1553576&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.marriott.com%2Fen-us%2Fhotels%2Fpvrmx-marriott-puerto-vallarta-resort-and-spa%2Foverview%2F%3Fscid%3Df2ae0541-1279-4f24-b197-a979c79310b0&sref=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.veranda.com%2Ftravel%2Fg42825298%2Fbest-places-to-travel-in-march%2F">Shop Now</a></p>

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Travel writer Suzie Dundas says it's hard to envision a better place to visit in the spring than Puerto Vallarta, on southern Mexico's Bay of Banderas. She shared, “[March is] the tail end of the rainy season but also the end of the whale-watching season, which means most days are likely to be sunny and warm and lend themselves to sightings of humpback whales. Because the tourist season in Puerto Vallarta doesn't usually pick up until late April, you can count [on] walking into almost any restaurant without a reservation and finding hotels that still reflect slow-season pricing."

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Santiago, Chile

"As the capital and largest city in Chile, Santiago is a great starting or ending point for further Chilean explorations, such as Patagonia in the south or the Atacama Desert in the north. But, it's also [worth] a trip on its own, as its neighborhoods and districts are full of museums, beautiful public parks, restaurants, cultural centers, and history," explained Texas travel journalist Amanda Ogle. She continued, "See if you can snag reservations at Borago , a World's Top 50 Restaurant with a constantly changing endemic menu. Go wine tasting at Haras de Pirque vineyard for excellent wine and a spectacular underground tasting and barrel room beneath a fountain. For a taste of authentic Chilean cuisine with a show, head to Lo Pirque ." Ogle particularly enjoys Santiago in March, when Chile is transitioning from summer to autumn, meaning there's a chance for some fall foliage moments. Plus, March is when high-season crowds start to wane, and prices begin to drop.

Where to Stay: Ritz Carlton Santiago

<p>Chiller than its better-known cousin Napa Valley, Sonoma is downright delightful in the spring, according to Abbie Synan, travel blogger and travel advisor for <a href="https://www.foratravel.com/">Fora</a>. She added, “Sonoma is an ideal destination for wine lovers in the springtime. [It] gives you a chance to truly connect with the land. Whether it's through vineyard visits, farm-to-table agro-tourism opportunities, or taking a stroll through any of the coastal state parks and forests, there is truly something for every type of traveler. With temperate, yet sunny spring weather and fewer visitors during 'off-season,' it could very well be the best time to visit.” </p><p><a class="body-btn-link" href="https://www.macarthurplace.com/">Where to Stay: MacArthur Place</a></p>

Sonoma County, California, U.S.

Chiller than its better-known cousin Napa Valley, Sonoma is downright delightful in the spring, according to Abbie Synan, travel blogger and travel advisor for Fora . She added, “Sonoma is an ideal destination for wine lovers in the springtime. [It] gives you a chance to truly connect with the land. Whether it's through vineyard visits, farm-to-table agro-tourism opportunities, or taking a stroll through any of the coastal state parks and forests, there is truly something for every type of traveler. With temperate, yet sunny spring weather and fewer visitors during 'off-season,' it could very well be the best time to visit.”

Where to Stay: MacArthur Place

<p>Founder of <a href="https://hotelsabovepar.com/">Hotels Above Par</a> and HAP Concierge Brandon Berkson thinks Noto is the underrated Sicilian town you need to have on your radar. He expanded, “Often overlooked by Taormina-bound travelers (<em>White Lotus</em> season two filmed here), Noto boasts a local-heavy feel, especially during the off season in March. Almost all the town’s Baroque-style buildings comprise limestone, a material that absorbs the sun’s aureate rays and creates a honey-like glow at sunset. The public gardens, Church of Fracesco, and Palazzo Nicolaci di Villadorata are Noto landmarks that deserve your attention."</p><p><a class="body-btn-link" href="https://www.thethinkingtraveller.com/italy/sicily/villas/palazzo-alvear">Where to Stay: Palazzo Alvear Luxury Villas</a></p>

Noto, Sicily, Italy

Founder of Hotels Above Par and HAP Concierge Brandon Berkson thinks Noto is the underrated Sicilian town you need to have on your radar. He expanded, “Often overlooked by Taormina-bound travelers ( White Lotus season two filmed here), Noto boasts a local-heavy feel, especially during the off season in March. Almost all the town’s Baroque-style buildings comprise limestone, a material that absorbs the sun’s aureate rays and creates a honey-like glow at sunset. The public gardens, Church of Fracesco, and Palazzo Nicolaci di Villadorata are Noto landmarks that deserve your attention."

<p>Brooklyn-based travel writer and editor Stacey Lastoe recommends the Magic City for a March getaway. Stacey explained, “By the time March rolls around, a beach fix is essential. For sun and sand and anything-goes energy (plus some of the best people-watching on the planet), you must head to Miami." Lastoe adds that there's more to Miami than just a beach—downtown Miami is having a major resurgence with hot new hotels and restaurants, eclectic boutiques, and hip wine bars. Make sure you "grab a cafecito and a pastelito de guayaba y queso from any number of Cuban cafes and head to the Underline, Miami's outdoor park on the Riverfront that's transforming the city's public spaces one phase at a time,” according to Lastoe. </p><p><a class="body-btn-link" href="https://www.thesetaihotel.com/">Where to Stay: The Setai</a></p>

Miami, Florida

Brooklyn-based travel writer and editor Stacey Lastoe recommends the Magic City for a March getaway. Stacey explained, “By the time March rolls around, a beach fix is essential. For sun and sand and anything-goes energy (plus some of the best people-watching on the planet), you must head to Miami." Lastoe adds that there's more to Miami than just a beach—downtown Miami is having a major resurgence with hot new hotels and restaurants, eclectic boutiques, and hip wine bars. Make sure you "grab a cafecito and a pastelito de guayaba y queso from any number of Cuban cafes and head to the Underline, Miami's outdoor park on the Riverfront that's transforming the city's public spaces one phase at a time,” according to Lastoe.

Where to Stay: The Setai

<p>Mild weather and limited crowds combine to make Scotland shine in the spring, without the overwhelming crowd of holiday travelers crashing in for St. Paddy's Day. Catherine Reilly, managing director of <a href="https://www.brendanvacations.com/">Brendan Vacations</a>, provided a breakdown of popular spots in Scotland: “In the bustling city of Edinburgh, travelers can explore fairytale castles such as Edinburgh Castle and Holyrood Palace to go back in time and learn about the history of the historic Scottish City from the royals that have lived there.” She added, “The Scottish countryside of both the Lowlands and Highlands are ideal places to visit in March as the mild weather makes it easy to spend hours outdoors exploring the country’s national parks and playing a round of golf or two. In the Lowlands, travelers can visit St. Andrews, known for its iconic golf course, prestigious university, and breathtaking medieval architecture. In the Highlands, visitors can indulge in spirits at the Glenlivet Distillery, one of the most famous landmarks in Scotland, and the [female-founded] Cardhu Distillery. For something more adventurous, travelers can escape to the natural wonders of Inverness to visit Eilean Donan Castle and see Loch Ness before journeying to the beautiful island of the Isle of Skye. Pay of visit to the former home of Mary, Queen of Scots, at Stirling Castle before ending the Scottish adventure with time spent in Glasgow with an art or foodie walking tour, the best way to see Scotland’s largest city.”</p><p><a class="body-btn-link" href="https://thefifearms.com/">Where to Stay: The Fife Arms</a></p>

Mild weather and limited crowds combine to make Scotland shine in the spring, without the overwhelming crowd of holiday travelers crashing in for St. Paddy's Day. Catherine Reilly, managing director of Brendan Vacations said that in Edinburgh, "travelers can explore fairytale castles such as Edinburgh Castle and Holyrood Palace to go back in time and learn about the history of the historic Scottish City from the royals that have lived there.” She added that the Lowlands and Highlands are both ideal spots to visit in March, since the weather is mild. "In the Lowlands, travelers can visit St. Andrews, known for its iconic golf course, prestigious university, and breathtaking medieval architecture. In the Highlands, visitors can indulge in spirits at the Glenlivet Distillery, one of the most famous landmarks in Scotland, and the [female-founded] Cardhu Distillery," she said. Adventurous travelers can head to Inverness to see the Eilean Donan Castle, Loch Ness, and the Isle of Skye.

Where to Stay: The Fife Arms

<p>Midwest-based travel journalist and photographer Jacqueline Kehoe makes a strong case for a heartland escape. She said, “Northern Wisconsin is a great place to be any time of year, but in March, the winter crowds depart as the snow melts, and the waterfalls roar back to life. The state’s tallest, Big Manitou Falls, is just a few feet shorter than Niagara Falls—stay in Superior, in the state’s northwestern corner, for easy access. Otherwise, there are 15 waterfalls in Marinette County alone, and most are in the county parks system. Stay in Marinette, on the pretty shores of Lake Michigan, and do go chasing waterfalls.” </p><p><a class="body-btn-link" href="https://go.redirectingat.com?id=74968X1553576&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.airbnb.com%2Fs%2FMarinette--Wisconsin--United-States%2Fhomes%3Ftab_id%3Dhome_tab%26refinement_paths%255B%255D%3D%252Fhomes%26flexible_trip_lengths%255B%255D%3Done_week%26price_filter_input_type%3D0%26price_filter_num_nights%3D5%26query%3DMarinette%252C%2BWI%26place_id%3DChIJ5bt2O9WoUk0RJ-YjsjBIiEk%26date_picker_type%3Dcalendar%26source%3Dstructured_search_input_header%26search_type%3Dautocomplete_click&sref=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.veranda.com%2Ftravel%2Fg42825298%2Fbest-places-to-travel-in-march%2F">Shop Now</a></p>

Northern Wisconsin, U.S.

Midwest-based travel journalist and photographer Jacqueline Kehoe makes a strong case for a heartland escape. She said, “Northern Wisconsin is a great place to be any time of year, but in March, the winter crowds depart as the snow melts, and the waterfalls roar back to life. The state’s tallest, Big Manitou Falls, is just a few feet shorter than Niagara Falls—stay in Superior, in the state’s northwestern corner, for easy access. Otherwise, there are 15 waterfalls in Marinette County alone, and most are in the county parks system. Stay in Marinette, on the pretty shores of Lake Michigan, and do go chasing waterfalls.”

<p>For those seeking a warmer escape, travel and food writer Alexandra Owens recommends the British Virgin Islands. “There’s never a bad time to go to the British Virgin Islands, but March is a prime month to visit, with zero rain and steady wind that makes for excellent sailing. That second point is key; because the BVIs are made up of some 50 islands, cays, and islets, your best bet is to charter a crewed catamaran from<a href="https://navigare-yachting.com/en/destinations/british-virgin-islands"> Navigare Yachting</a> and travel by sea. Spend a week (or two) cruising turquoise waters, eating lobster on your deck, and exploring secluded coves,” she said. </p><p><a class="body-btn-link" href="https://www.rosewoodhotels.com/en/little-dix-bay-virgin-gorda">Where to Stay: Rosewood Little Dix Bay Virgin Gorda</a></p>

British Virgin Islands

For those seeking a warmer escape, travel and food writer Alexandra Owens recommends the British Virgin Islands. “There’s never a bad time to go to the British Virgin Islands, but March is a prime month to visit, with zero rain and steady wind that makes for excellent sailing. That second point is key; because the BVIs are made up of some 50 islands, cays, and islets, your best bet is to charter a crewed catamaran from Navigare Yachting and travel by sea. Spend a week (or two) cruising turquoise waters, eating lobster on your deck, and exploring secluded coves,” she said.

Where to Stay: Rosewood Little Dix Bay Virgin Gorda

<p>Reuben Mourad, a food and travel journalist, can’t help but wax poetic about his homeland. “Sydney’s my hometown, and March always brings with it a sense of settled contentment. The peak of the harsh summer is on its way out, but we still have glorious golden afternoons, warm enough to hit the beach for a surf before sunset happy hour drinks. I don’t know if it’s because we’re trying to appreciate as much of summer as we can before the days get shorter, but this time of year always reminds me of how great this unique city is, with its surrounding majestic harbor, humbling mountains and bushland, and captivating beaches,” he explained.</p><p><a class="body-btn-link" href="https://www.pieronesydneyharbour.com.au/">Where to Stay: Pier One Sydney Harbour</a> </p>

Sydney, Australia

Reuben Mourad, a food and travel journalist, can’t help but wax poetic about his homeland. “Sydney’s my hometown, and March always brings with it a sense of settled contentment. The peak of the harsh summer is on its way out, but we still have glorious golden afternoons, warm enough to hit the beach for a surf before sunset happy hour drinks. I don’t know if it’s because we’re trying to appreciate as much of summer as we can before the days get shorter, but this time of year always reminds me of how great this unique city is, with its surrounding majestic harbor, humbling mountains and bushland, and captivating beaches,” he explained.

Where to Stay: Pier One Sydney Harbour

<p>The Big Apple is hard to beat all year round, but March is the tail end of the low tourism season, making it an excellent time to stay. Visitors can expect lower hotel rates, cheaper Broadway tickets, and fewer crowds at popular attractions. Plus, often in March, the weather starts to warm up and Central Park comes back to life. </p><p><a class="body-btn-link" href="https://www.pendry.com/manhattan-west/">Where to Stay: Pendry Manhattan West</a></p>

New York City, New York

The Big Apple is hard to beat all year round, but March is the tail end of the low tourism season, making it an excellent time to stay. Visitors can expect lower hotel rates, cheaper Broadway tickets, and fewer crowds at popular attractions. Plus, often in March, the weather starts to warm up and Central Park comes back to life.

Where to Stay: Pendry Manhattan West

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Warm Places to Visit in March in the U.S.

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March marks the end of winter and the beginning of springtime in the U.S. Between spring break for students and the changing weather, March can be one of the best times to get some traveling in. But what destinations around the U.S. are finally warming back up as early as March? Between the desert, incredible big beach cities, and the rich culture of the south, there are lots of destinations that might spark interest for anyone trying to take advantage of springtime to get in some travel and adventure.

Warm places to visit in March

San Diego, California

There is no better warm-weather destination any time of year than Southern California, and if you’re looking for a classic California beach vacation, look no further than the bustling beach city of San Diego . Due to its proximity to Mexico, the ocean, and the desert, by March, San Diego is already fairly warm, inviting beachgoers, surfers, artists, and everyone in between to come and explore the stunning coastline of California.

If you’re looking for a truly unique beach destination within San Diego, La Jolla Coves is going to be a top recommendation from locals. With an absolutely stunning beach walk, sea lions, blooming local plants, and bright blue water, this is easily one of the most famous beaches in San Diego. This is a great place to soak up some spring sunshine, explore the California coastline, and enjoy the warmer temperatures before the summer heat sets in.

If you’re more of a culture-focused traveler, check out Balboa Park, a gorgeous destination home to museums, gardens, and restaurants. This is also a great place to base your travels out of, and there are many hotels in the area. Balboa Park is close to Sunset Cliffs Natural Area and Cabrillo National Monument—two other incredible destinations you just have to see during your time in this Southern California city.

Some of the most popular areas to stay in San Diego are Ocean Beach and Pacific Beach, which both offer a fun environment and nearby beach access. These are both great options for a home base during your trip, especially if you’ve never visited San Diego before, because they give you easy access to a lot of the major attractions, restaurants, and nature throughout the city.

Getting to San Diego is easy. There is a major airport and many major highways that lead to San Diego. It is only a few hours drive from Los Angeles, making it easy to link the two cities into one trip. It is basically a necessity to have a car during your time in San Diego, though. Many destinations are not reachable via public transit only, and having a rental car will make your trip far less stressful.

Warm places to visit in March

Key West, Florida

For travelers looking for a beautiful place to visit that’s warm pretty much year-round, look no further than the tropical Florida Keys. Key West is easily the most popular destination within the Florida Keys, and spring is a perfect time to visit, because it will allow you to experience beautiful warm temperatures without the threat of summer hurricanes.

If you love traveling to be social, visiting Key West in March is a great idea. March is one of the busiest months for this Florida destination, due to the perfect weather, with temperatures around 75 degrees Fahrenheit most of the month. This is also one of the top spring break destinations, so a beach party is never far away when you visit Key West.

Partying isn’t for everyone, though, and Key West is also home to some amazing adventures you can do during your time here. Go snorkeling, parasailing, or visit the southernmost point in the continental U.S. Catch golden hour at one of the many tropical beaches and keep an eye out for dolphins and other local wildlife. This place is known for its natural beauty, but that’s not all. Foodies can take a food tour and experience local seafood and key lime pie—there’s truly something for everyone.

While Key West International Airport is located in New Town and will likely be where you start your travels, if you want to be close to many of the best things to do in Key West, stay in Old Town. If you stay in Old Town, you likely won’t need to rent a car during your trip to Key West. Most people simply rent bikes or scooters to get around town.

Warm places to visit in March

Austin, Texas

For the city traveler, Austin, Texas is one of the best destinations to visit in March. Texas is known for being very hot most of the year, but when you’re trying to escape the cold, you can’t go wrong with Austin, where March temperatures are between 70 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit, and there are mostly sunny skies throughout the city.

Austin is Texas’ capital city, and it attracts travelers of all ages. Peak season for visitation in Austin is in the summer, so March is a great time to visit where you’ll be able to experience temperate weather and fewer crowds while exploring this beautiful and artistic city.

Austin is the live music capital of the world, with hundreds of places to go see live music throughout the city. It’s also home to amazing food and unique art at the Blanton Museum of Art , and it draws in travelers from all over the world to experience its culture.

For foodies traveling to try new cuisines, Austin is one of the best destinations to visit for fun and authentic Tex-Mex. You’ll also find amazing barbeque, bars, and endless taco shops and food trucks throughout the city. This place is absolutely bursting with flavor.

If you’re more of an outdoor adventurer, Austin is close to many different outdoor recreational activities. Within the city, check out the Zilker Botanical Garden and Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center . Outside the city, visit the nearby McKinney Falls State Park to experience the best of nature in the heart of Texas.

There are many places to stay throughout Austin, Texas, but hands down, the best place to stay is East Austin, especially if you’re visiting for the bars and food scene.

Warm places to visit in March

New Orleans, Louisiana

Sticking with the city theme, you can’t go wrong with New Orleans in March. While it might not be quite as warm as some of the other destinations on this list, you’ll be met with highs in the upper 60s during your time in Louisiana. New Orleans is a cultural hub, with endless museums, restaurants, bars, and live music throughout the city.

March is an exceptionally fun month to visit New Orleans, with tons of events happening. Visit in mid-March for the New Orleans Book Festival at Tulane University. Foodies can gather at the NOLA Food Fight the same week, which is an all-you-can-eat food festival. There’s also no better place in the U.S. to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. With tons of bars and festivities happening around the city, this is bound to be a very lucky warm destination to visit this March.

If you’re not much of an event person, but you still want to visit New Orleans this spring, do not fret—there are plenty of other activities you can do to experience the deep culture of this unique city. For instance, go on a cemetery tour of the city or take a steamboat cruise and float down the Mississippi. Visit one of the many museums throughout New Orleans, such as the Ogden Museum of Southern Art , the New Orleans Pharmacy Museum , Mardi Gras World , or the New Orleans Historic Voodoo Museum .

If you’re trying to stay right in the heart of New Orleans culture, basing your trip out of the French Quarter is going to give you the easiest access to food, bars, music, and museums nearby. There is often live music at night, and most things are walking distance within the French Quarter, so no need to worry about finding parking at the bars.

New Orleans is also an incredible destination for foodies looking for a warm destination to visit this March. While you’re in town, make sure you try traditional gumbo, jambalaya, Po-Boys, and beignets for a taste of southern culture.

Warm places to visit in March

Big Bend National Park, Texas

Taking it back to Texas for a moment, let’s explore a warm and sunny destination for the outdoor adventure traveler. Lots of national parks are still too cold to visit during the early springtime, but there is truly no better time to visit Big Bend National Park than March. In the summers, Big Bend is home to extreme temperatures, sometimes staying in the upper 90s and low 100s overnight, but in spring, you’ll be met with mild temperatures, so that you can explore some of the park’s many hiking trails safely during your visit.

Big Bend National Park is located in southern Texas, right on the Mexican border, along the Rio Grande River. It’s a large park, full of interesting geology, wildlife, and plants. While March is during the busier time of the year for Big Bend, it is the better time to visit if you’re a fan of outdoor activities. Experience the Texas desert on the Chihuahuan Desert Nature Trail, the Chimneys Trail, or in Dog Canyon. Head up to the Chisos Mountains and hike the Chisos Basin Loop Trail or hike to the top of Emory Peak. You can also hike along the Rio Grande and enjoy views of Mexico on the Boquillas Canyon Trail.

Other activities that Big Bend is known for include camping, rafting, and hot springs. Yes, hot springs. Hike the short Hot Springs Historic Trail to the Rio Grande River and sit in a beautiful hot spring, right on the side of the river.

The best way to truly experience the magic of Big Bend is to go camping. Big Bend is known for incredibly clear skies at night, making this an ideal location for stargazing. Camp at Rio Grande Campground or Chisos Basin Campground, pitch a tent, and enjoy the stars.

This is a spring destination that you’re definitely going to need a car to explore. It is extremely difficult to access this park and all of its most popular destinations without a private vehicle. If you’re interested in experiencing the beauty of the Texas desert in springtime and feel intimidated by the park’s size, think about booking a guided tour so that you stay safe on your desert adventure.

Warm places to visit in March

For a little something different, think about visiting Puerto Rico in March. This is Puerto Rico’s least humid month; however, temperatures tend to be borderline hot. On its warmest spring days, Puerto Rico can reach about 86 degrees Fahrenheit, making this a beautiful destination to visit in the springtime.

Visit Puerto Rico to be immersed in culture, sunny skies, and beautiful views during your springtime vacation. Puerto Rico is known for amazing architecture. Visit Castillo San Felipe del Morro or Castillo San Cristobal to experience the local architecture. This amazing springtime destination is also known for its incredible natural beauty. Outdoor adventurers on a Puerto Rico adventure should explore the San Juan National Historic Site and El Yunque National Forest and take in the incredible natural landscapes.

Of course, you can’t visit Puerto Rico without spending time at some of the picturesque beaches. The water here is bright blue, and with warm temperatures in the high 80s, you’ll be able to enjoy a beach vacation even in the early springtime. Some of the most popular beaches are Flamenco Beach, Crash Boat Beach, and Playa Sucia.

The best place to base your trip out of is San Juan, Puerto Rico—this is where most tourists start their trips. San Juan is the capital city and is home to colorful architecture, stunning water, and amazing food. San Juan has some amazing food, including mofongo, pastelon, and chillo frito. There are many local food tours you can take during your time in San Juan to help you enjoy the local cuisine. Here, you’ll also have local access to snorkeling and art museums. San Juan is nearby other popular Puerto Rican attractions, such as the Jardin Botanico y Cultural William Miranda Marin , which is a stunning botanic garden that you just can’t miss.

Warm places to visit in March

Gulf Shores, Alabama

If you want to go to the beach in the spring, consider Gulf Shores, Alabama. March is one of the less busy months to visit Gulf Shores, which also means it’s less expensive to visit during this time, making it a great destination for travelers on a budget. Temperatures here are mild and sunny in March, and a visit to the Gulf Shores will offer amazing opportunities to swim in the Gulf of Mexico.

Gulf Shores, Alabama is genuinely one of the most underrated beach destinations in the U.S., with white sandy beaches and bright blue waters. While this isn’t a great destination for partygoers, Gulf Shores is a fantastic family-friendly March destination and a great place to visit if you’re looking for a low-key beach visit.

Gulf Shores is perfect for adventure lovers, too. Go parasailing, stand-up paddleboarding, or kayaking to truly experience the beautiful coastline here in Alabama. Visit the Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge and take in the local fauna. For families, check out the Gulf State Park Pier , Adventure Island , and the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo so that you can get outside and enjoy the beautiful sunny skies while entertaining your kids.

While Gulf Shores is a beach town, it’s also considered a city, which means there are plenty of accommodations to choose from. While you’re here, check out the nearby Orange Beach, another amazing beach town worth visiting in March.

Warm places to visit in March

Tallulah Gorge State Park, Georgia

For nature lovers trying to explore the southeast, check out Tallulah Gorge State Park , Georgia. The southeast is the perfect March destination. Known for warm weather nearly all year-round, most outdoorsy travelers probably wouldn’t think of visiting Georgia, but there’s truly nowhere like Tallulah Gorge.

Located in northeastern Georgia, this underrated state park is close to other Appalachian gems, such as Great Smoky Mountains National Park . This is the perfect outdoor destination for travelers looking to spend their spring vacation on the wild side. Whether you’re a keen outdoor adventurer or a family looking to just get the kids outside, there’s something you’ll love at Tallulah Gorge State Park.

Tallulah Gorge is approximately 1,000 feet deep, and you are able to visit the Gorge Floor with a free permit from the Interpretive Center. However, going down to the bottom is not the only way to explore this unique Georgia State Park. There are various hiking trails along the rim of the gorge too. These trails allow you to catch some spectacular views along the 2-mile long gorge. Cross the suspension bridge for a truly unique experience in this gorgeous state park.

Hiking isn’t the only thing to do in Tallulah Gorge State Park during your time in Georgia. Rock climbers can obtain a permit to climb in the gorge. In late March, you can catch one of the aesthetic water releases. During this event, you can witness higher water levels in the gorge than on a normal day. Whitewater kayakers can experience this water release on the March aesthetic release day, but climbing and hiking to the Gorge Floor is not allowed during this event.

One of the best ways to experience Tallulah Gorge is to camp. Whether you have a tent, trailer, or RV, there are campsites available for you in the state park, which you can reserve in advance so that you can have a stress-free camping trip.

Warm places to visit in March

Palm Springs, California

Bringing it full circle back to Southern California, Palm Springs is a much different vibe than beachy San Diego. Palm Springs is located in the desert, and daily temperatures average around 80 degrees Fahrenheit in March. This makes for the perfect sunny destination for travelers looking for a unique Southern California getaway. Between amazing food, sunny weather, local golf, hot springs, and desert warmth, Palm Springs is a vacation destination like no other, attracting visitors from all walks of life.

The desert city gets its name from the local hot springs, which you can find in nearby Desert Hot Springs and Greater Palm Springs. These hot springs are unique to this area and should absolutely be on your Palm Springs vacation to-do list.

There’s a little something for everyone in beautiful Palm Springs, with lots of museums, gardens, and nearby outdoor recreational activities. Visit the Palm Springs Art Museum for a taste of the local desert culture or the Palm Springs Air Museum for some local history. The Moorten Botanical Gardens can be a great place to learn about desert flora, especially if you’re from somewhere without desert plants. If you’re into outdoor recreation or adventure sports, take a day trip to Joshua Tree National Park . Here, you’ll find hiking, rock climbing, or sightseeing and to become immersed in the heart of the desert itself.

Palm Springs is a vacationers’ paradise, with lots of hotels and resorts located throughout the city. Just like most California destinations, you’ll likely want to have a car to access a lot of the most popular nearby attractions, parks, gardens, and restaurants. There is an abundance of food located in this desert paradise, from vintage-style 1940s bars like the Copper Room to coffee shops like Cartel Roasting Co. , you’ll find anything you could possibly want here. For a unique dining experience, check out 1501 Uptown , and if you prefer plant-based cuisine, Chef Tanya’s Kitchen is your place to dine.

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