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Best Places to Visit in March
Traveling in spring certainly has its perks. If you can brave cooler temperatures and sometimes rainy weather, you'll likely be rewarded with fewer crowds and lower travel rates in many popular destinations, ranging from outdoor hot spots to cities big and small. U.S. News considered factors like affordability, things to do, overall appeal and more to determine the best places to visit in March. Don't forget to cast your vote to below to have a say in next year's ranking.
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Some roads and trails will likely be closed during this time, but you'll benefit from offseason travel discounts should you want to traverse the park in snow. Cross-country skiing to Glacier Point or downhill skiing and tubing in one of the USA's most popular national parks is a memory you'll never forget. What's more, during this time there's a free shuttle to all open facilities in the Badger Pass Ski Area.
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This time of year marks the start of the shift from winter to spring in London. While you'll no doubt still need to pack some warmer clothing, you may notice locals talking up the end of sweater weather with glee. The major weather perk, though, is that London sees a dip in rainfall during this time. This makes exploring its many parks and outdoor markets, including Portobello Road Market and Hyde Park, much more enjoyable.
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March in Asheville is all about the flora. While bloom times can vary from year to year, you'll start to see pretty flowers peeping through by late March. Visit The North Carolina Arboretum, a 434-acre public garden within Pisgah National Park, or stroll through the Biltmore Estate's 30-plus acres of breathtaking gardens, including the serene Italian Garden and the colorful Walled Garden.
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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 baby sea lions are known to hang on the beaches with their mamas. 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.
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Humidity in this Gulf Coast destination is relatively low in March, making a visit to Sarasota, Florida's outdoor attractions – including Lido Beach, the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens and Myakka River State Park – that much more fun. Plus, local festivals like the Sarasota County Fair create a lively atmosphere. Just be sure to bring a jacket, as nighttime temps can dip down into the 50s.
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Spring in Colorado Springs is an ideal time for outdoorsy types, families and festival lovers. With average highs in the 50s, March offers superb conditions for hiking in the Garden of the Gods and enjoying the views on Pikes Peak. Plus, little ones can check out the animals at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. For those who'd rather spend their vacation attending fun events, visit during the first half of the month to catch the Banff Mountain Film Festival or the city's St. Patrick's Day parade.
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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 Hookipa Beach and Kaanapali Beach to catch waves, while 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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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 temperatures in March that are perfect for visiting some of Sydney's most iconic landmarks, such as the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House. Other must-dos include surfing and sunbathing at Bondi Beach and strolling through the Royal Botanic Garden.
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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 coral 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 does not fall within the Atlantic hurricane season, you'll enjoy plenty of warm, dry weather.
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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 especially appealing to spring breakers and those in search of a warm-weather escape. 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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If seeing some of ancient Egypt's world-renowned archaeological sites is on your bucket list, visit Cairo in March. Temperatures rarely surpass the mid-70s during the day, so you'll avoid the city's overbearing heat as you explore must-see locales like the Pyramids of Giza and the Great Sphinx. When you're not getting a taste of Cairo's past, grab a bite to eat in the trendy Zamalek district or shop for souvenirs in the bustling Khan El-Khalili bazaar.
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Moab#12 in Best Places to Visit in March
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 largest concentration of natural sandstone arches resides) and Canyonlands National Park (which is the largest national park in the state). Popular March activities include hiking, rock climbing, off-roading and camping.
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Punta Mita#13 in Best Places to Visit 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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Haleakala National Park#14 in Best Places to Visit in March
Hawaii's Haleakala National Park is home to all kinds of endangered species, as well as one of the world's largest dormant volcanoes. According to local legend, the demigod Maui lassoed the sun and imprisoned it on Haleakala (which means "house of the sun" in Hawaiian) to lengthen the day. Today, visitors can climb this sacred summit to watch breathtaking sunrises and sunsets. Or, travelers can explore the Kipahulu District, which features towering waterfalls and rocky shores. March offers cool – but comfortable – temps in the 30s and 40s.
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Whitehorse#15 in Best Places to Visit in March
Whitehorse, the capital of Canada's Yukon region, is a town with a rich history. Visit the SS Klondike National Historic Site, the MacBride Museum and the Yukon Beringia Interpretive Centre to learn about Whitehorse's ties to the Klondike Gold Rush and the First Nations people who settled here during the ice age. Then, venture outside of Whitehorse to check out some of the Yukon's spectacular natural attractions, such as Kluane National Park and Reserve and the Takhini Hot Pools. The latter is a great place to see the northern lights in March.
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