Best Spring Vacations
Spring is the ideal time to visit many of the world's most popular vacation destinations. Before the peak summer crowds roll in, travelers can often find pleasant temperatures, fewer tourists and affordable lodging and airfare rates. Based on traveler votes and editor analysis, U.S. News assembled a list of the top escapes for the spring season. Explore the destinations and vote for your favorite spots below.
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Anytime is a good time to visit London, but pleasant spring temps mean exploring outdoor sights like Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens will be that much more enjoyable. To dodge tourist crowds, aim for an early spring visit.
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Pleasant temperatures hovering in the 60s and 70s will allow you to experience the best Spain's capital has to offer, including world-class museums, striking architecture, alfresco dining and vibrant nightlife. You'll also find flight and hotel costs are cheaper than during the peak summer season.
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By mid-spring, Montreal's snow has melted and temperatures hover in the 50s and 60s, making this season the perfect time to stroll through Old Montreal and the Montreal Botanical Gardens. If your trip coincides with a few rainy days, head indoors to see unique sights like the Notre-Dame Basilica and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.
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Everyone from thrill-seekers to epicureans will love Sydney. Plus, travelers will enjoy iconic sights like the Sydney Harbor and Opera House. Expect daily highs in the upper 60s to upper 70s (remember: it is autumn in the Southern Hemisphere) and more affordable rates on airfare and hotel rooms.
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Springtime ushers in plenty of tourists, but it's still the best time to visit our nation's capital. While affordable lodging may be hard to find, the many monuments, museums and budding cherry blossom trees are free to enjoy. Temperatures can range from the 50s to the 70s, so bring along a jacket.
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Brussels attracts travelers with its medieval roots, Gothic square and world-renowned Belgian delicacies. Visitors love the photos ops from the Grand-Place and Mini-Europe. But with spring temperatures that range from the upper 30s to the mid-60s, you'll need to pack layers.
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Prime ski conditions may be Jackson Hole's claim to fame, but the spring shoulder season is also an excellent time for other outdoor activities. Horseback riding, fly-fishing and hiking are all traveler favorites here, and animal lovers can see wildlife emerge from hibernation and participate in the annual ElkFest. Another plus: Room rates will be at the year's lowest.
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From Stanley Park to Grouse Mountain, Vancouver's natural attractions are its biggest draws during spring. Plus, travelers can participate in events like the International Dance Festival and the Vancouver International Children's Festival. Spring is also a great time to secure deals on hotels.
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This Portuguese city has something to offer everyone. History buffs will love Lisbon's colonial roots and ornate architecture while culture hounds will appreciate the traditional music, affordable fare and friendly locals, not to mention the decrease in hotel rates and crowd density.