Hello, spring! After a long, dark and cold winter, we couldn’t be more ready for the weather to warm up and the days to get a little longer. Need more reasons to head outside? Nature is blooming, music festivals are heating up and the summer crowds are still at bay.
So quit hibernating and savor spring outdoors with our to-do list:
1. Drop your (convertible) top.
The best way to enjoy America’s most picturesque drives like Maui’s Road to Hana, California’s Pacific Coast Highway and Florida’s Overseas Highway? In a convertible, of course. So fill’er up, drop your top and hit the road.
2. Take your bike for spin.
3. Shed your clothes.
Is the weather forecast is calling for one of the first 75-degree days of spring? Quick, clear your schedule, grab a picnic blanket and hit these sunbathing spots. From New York’s Central Park to San Francisco’s Delores Park, these spots are perfect to shed your clothes and soak up some vitamin D.
4. Travel for music.
5. Dine alfresco.
Dinner with a side of fresh air? Yes, please. Take advantage of the weather — not too hot, not too cold — and enjoy dinner outside, from romantic garden patios to city rooftops. If you plan it perfectly, you’ll be finishing dessert in time to watch the sunset.
6. See the cherry blossoms.
Nothing says spring’s arrival more than the blooming of these ahh-inspiring, delicate pink flowers. While Washington, DC’s Cherry Blossom Festival and Tokyo’s cherry blossoms get all the coverage, here are lesser-known cherry blossom festivals in America to check out.
7. Escape for the weekend.
Adults need spring breaks, too. Our favorite cities to visit in spring? Charleston, San Diego, New York and Paris, of course. For even more inspiration, check out our best places to have a spring fling.
For more spring travel ideas, check out our 31 Days of Spring.