Top Travel Destinations for Spring!

For many, spring is a time of renewal and rejuvenation, and people are usually busy with spring cleaning projects or prepping their gardens for the blooming season. For travel nurses, spring can be an opportunity for a fresh start and a chance to try something new. If you’ve been stuck somewhere that’s less than ideal during the winter, now is the perfect time to rediscover your wanderlust with our top travel destinations for spring. Whether you want to be somewhere warm and sunny, somewhere you can immerse yourself in nature, or somewhere with plenty of craft breweries and wineries to visit, we’ve got options for everyone! Check out our list of top travel destinations for spring!

Asheville, NC

The Asheville skyline

Situated in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, Asheville is teeming with natural beauty and historical architecture. The city is less than an hour away from Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and blooming season is the perfect time to visit. In the spring, the park hosts the annual Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage, a guided nature walk where you can view flowers such as trillium, lady slipper orchids, and crested dwarf iris to name a few. Back in the city, the Biltmore Gardens are a popular springtime attraction, with over 8,000 acres to explore. Located on the historic Biltmore Estate, the gardens were designed by famous architect Frederick Law Olmstead, who designed New York’s Central Park. In addition, there’s a conservatory with tropical flowers and a diverse collection of orchids. Also, be sure to check out Asheville’s extensive craft brewery scene with top-rated taprooms like Wicked Weed Brewing and Hi-Wire Brewing.

Austin, TX

Hamilton Pool Preserve near Austin

Austin is the capital of Texas and one of the fastest-growing cities in the nation. Sunshine is abundant during the spring and temperatures in the Austin area average in the 70s and 80s! The city is full of parks, lakes, and natural spring pools that are perfect for recreating. Barton Springs Pool is one of the most popular, located in downtown Austin’s Zilker Park. The pool measures three acres in size and has water temperatures between 68 and 70 degrees which makes it ideal for swimming. Hamilton Pool Preserve is another option about 30 miles west of Austin, however, reservations are required in order to mitigate crowds. Other outdoor activities include walking or biking around Lady Bird Lake, or hiking and swimming at McKinney Falls State Park. Austin is also known as the “Live Music Capital of the World” and hosts the South by Southwest Festival annually in March. You can also visit world-class bars and live music venues along 6th Street.

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Charlottesville, VA

The University of Virginia campus

Located in the heart of Virginia’s wine country, Charlottesville has a rich history that dates back to colonial times. The city was home to three former U.S. Presidents: Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and James Monroe. Their estates, Jefferson’s Monticello, Madison’s Montpelier, and Monroe’s Highland, are now historical landmarks that you can tour. The University of Virginia, is another historical landmark designed by Jefferson and was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city is also known as a hub for outdoor recreation with Shenandoah National Park just minutes away. You can hike on over 500 miles of trails, or drive along the incredibly scenic Skyline Drive. If you’re a vino lover, you’ll be in paradise with dozens of local wineries like Blenheim Vineyards and Jefferson Vineyards to choose from. Also, spring is a fantastic time to visit Carter Moutain Orchard, when the apple blossoms cover the landscape.

Nashville, TN

The Nashville skyline

Like Austin, Nashville has a deep-seated musical tradition. The city is synonymous with country music and helped launch the careers of country music stars like Dolly Parton, Brad Paisley, and Taylor Swift. You can visit famous landmarks associated with country music like the Grand Ole Opry and the Country Music Hall of Fame. Furthermore, the Honky Tonk Highway is a collection of country-themed bars and live music venues where you can really immerse yourself in the local music scene. If country music doesn’t appeal to you, you can still have plenty of fun in Nashville! Check out the Nashville Parthenon in Centennial Park, a full-scale replica of the original Parthenon in Greece. Or, take a walk at Radnor Lake State Park with excellent opportunities for hiking, canoeing, and wildlife viewing. Of course, you can’t visit Nashville without experiencing Nashville Hot Chicken at Prince’s Hot Chicken.

San Diego, CA

Balboa Park

San Diego has one of the best climates of any city in the U.S. and averages over 200 days with temperatures above 70 degrees per year. Spring is the perfect time to visit Balboa Park, where you can see formal gardens, hundreds of native and migratory birds, and more than 2,100 plants at the Botanical Building. Plus, you can enjoy other attractions like the San Diego Air and Space Museum or the San Diego Zoo. Moreover, spend a day relaxing at La Jolla Cove, a secluded beach ideal for swimming and sunbathing. The cove is also known for its Sea Lion population, and you’re almost guaranteed to see one if you visit. If you’re looking for a fun night out, head to the Gaslamp Quarter, a historic district known for its eclectic collection of restaurants, bars, and clubs. Enjoy world-class Mexican food at eateries like El Chingon, or visit top-rated craft breweries like Ballast Point and Stone Brewing.

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