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Grab the girls and hit the road for a spring getaway. Get inspired with our fun picks for trips that include all your favorite things: music, nature, yoga, sunshine, culture, wine … and of course, your best buds.

1.  Groove at a music festival.

Missed Coachella? Don’t worry; the music festival season is just getting started. From Jazz Fest in New Orleans to the Sasquatch Festival in Washington State, there’s a music fest this spring for every kind of music lover.

2.  Savor spring outdoors. 

Are you and your BFFs in desperate need of a little outdoor adventure … or at least craving more than a glimpse of nature outside your office window? Get the endorphins flowing by hiking at a national park or trying stand up paddle boarding by the beach.   

3.  Go “om” with your BFFs.

Need a recharge? Down dog by day and dance under the stars at night at Wanderlust:  a music-meets-yoga-meets-outdoors festival. Or check out Jennifer Aniston’s yoga teacher’s best places to go “om” for more yoga getaways.

4.  Soak up some Vitamin D. 

Escape to sunny Florida for a girls-only weekend. We’ve found some sun-soaked spots perfect for a carefree weekend in Palm Beach (and not the ones your grandma would recommend, either). And for an unabashedly beachy moment before summer gets here, enjoy an umbrella-topped cocktail at one of South Florida’s best beach bars.

5.  Channel your inner Southern belle.

Soak up the lowcountry (and low-stress) culture of Charleston, a city that’s on everyone’s radar this spring. Stroll through garden plantations sipping on a sweet tea cocktail, dish over shrimp and grits or add a little Southern style to your wardrobe with the offbeat shopping on King Street.

6.  Sip and swirl with the girls.

What better way to bond with your best buds than on a wine tour weekend? Sip and swirl your way through Napa Valley and Sonoma or check out a wine festival. And don’t want to hear any whining about being a DD? Hop aboard the Napa Valley wine train and all the girls can have a glass.

Check out more ideas for Girl Getaways.

This week in our travel blog round-up, find out how your favorite novels and legends are becoming reality.

Could the fabled sword in the stone of the days of King Arthur actually exist?  Once thought of as just a folk tale, the sword in the stone in Italy’s Montesiepi Chapel dates back to 1100 AD, meaning the legend  could have originated in Italy — not England.  Check out Excalibur in Tuscany, and decide for yourself whether the relic is authentic or just a myth.

In honor of the highly anticipated Great Gatsby film, fans can experience the roaring 20s with a stay at a Gatsby-themed hotel suite. Channel your inner Daisy or Jay, and book a room at one of these hotels.

With rooftop pools, stunning views and unique decors, new hotels seem to be getting more innovative and luxurious every year — check out Conde Nast Traveler’s list of the world’s best new hotels for 2013.

There are 58 US national parks in total, but which ones are the best? Check out Fodor’s selection of the must-see parks to visit this year.

What even more travel highlights from this week? Then visit our This Week in Photos slideshow!

San Antonio

Without a doubt, San Antonio is best known for The Alamo — the site where numerous Texans gave their lives during the Texas War of Independence. The city capitalizes on The Alamo’s popularity and offers numerous tours of the mission, as well as tours of other 18th-century missions in the San Antonio Missions National Historic Park.

San Antonio is a cultural city as well. La Villita, the oldest neighborhood in San Antonio, boasts an old-fashioned market, complete with wool blankets and turquoise and silver jewelry. During the spring and summer, festivals are held almost every week and flamenco dancers often perform. To escape the oppressive summer heat, the young and hip cool down with maragaritas on River Walk, a winding street lined with restaurants and bars. The city has plenty for kids as well, with numerous amusement parks, bike paths, parks and gardens, and a zoo.

The downtown area is a popular place to stay, as it is close to the River Walk as well as numerous other attractions and businesses. The Mokara is undoubtedly the most luxurious option; swanky amenities include a beautiful rooftop pool, a premium spa and fine dining. The nearby Hyatt Regency, with a large pool with poolside dining, and spacious rooms with iPod docks, flat-screen TVs and “pack and play” sets upon request, is a family-friendly hotel. Budget-conscious travelers may consider the Four Points in the downtown area.

- Oyster.com

Before you jet off on your Spring Fling, you’ll need to book a sexy hotel. We’ve got you covered, whether you’re planning to spend most of your trip at the spa, the bar … or in bed.

Sexy Hotels

1. Slip under the crisp, white sheets of your 4-poster bed at Jamaica’s Round Hill Hotel, where the rooms were designed by Ralph Lauren. Like what you see? This is just one of the many Sexy Hotel Beds we’ve come across.

 

2. Cozy up with a good read at New York’s book-themed Library Hotel, one of America’s Most Romantic Hotels.

 

3. Looking for a great hotel for a one-night stand? Your in-room private “love tub” at the Dominican Republic’s Tortuga Bay Hotel will put you in the right mood.

 

4. The spa at the LA’s Terranea Resort is a whopping 50,000 square feet and has 25 treatment rooms as well as its own pool and outdoor hot tubs, making it one of Oyster.com’s picks for the Sexiest Hotel Spas.

 

5. The 1970s-inspired lounge at the Dream in South Beach, Miami, is complete with a rooftop infinity pool and sexy seating arrangements, making it one of our picks for the Sexiest Hotel Bars.

 

6. The Ventana Inn and Spa in Big Sur, CA, makes our list of hotels with the Hottest Amenities. Take advantage of their free yoga classes, discovery walks and afternoon wine and cheese. Plus, one of their pools is clothing optional. Now that’s sexy!

From the world’s most eco-friendly resorts to finding the best seat on a flight, here are our favorite tips from travel bloggers this week.

In honor of Earth Day, why not save the world through travel? Or at least lessen your carbon footprint by relaxing at one of these eco-friendly resorts.

From a Spanish town painted blue to promote the Smurfs movie to a South African town filled with an array of colors to celebrate the end of apartheid, brighten your day with the world’s most colorful cities.

Want to take a year off to see the world, but too afraid of the consequences? Lonely Planet Blog debunks myths that surround taking a break to travel, encouraging readers to take the leap.

Getting stuck in the middle seat on a long flight can be the worst — but that doesn’t have to happen again!  Check out Travel and Leisure’s tips for how to get a good airplane seat.

Don’t forget to check out This Week in Photos for even more timely travel inspiration!

Though many visitors flock to Sydney during the winter (to enjoy the Australian city’s summer), spring is a great time to head Down Under, as autumn kicks off Sydney’s cultural season. And the cultural scene in Sydney should not be overlooked. One of the city’s most recognizable landmarks is the Sydney Opera House House, and both the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Art Gallery of New South Wales feature impressive collections. The Koala Park and Taronga Zoo are also popular among tourists, where they can spot kangaroos, wallabies, and koalas. And of course, Sydney has over 60 beaches, and the weather is still warm enough in early autumn for a dip in the water, and at the very least, a stroll along the sand.

For culture buffs, the Pullman Quay Grand Sydney Harbour overlooks the water, and is less than a 10-minute walk from the Opera House. The nearby Sir Stamford is another upscale option, but as a boutique hotel, it has a more intimate vibe. Perks include beautiful common spaces, filled with fireplaces, chandeliers, and antiques, spacious rooms, and an upscale restaurant and tea service. Budget-conscious travelers may consider Hotel Altamont in Darlinhurst. With a pretty rooftop garden, a location within walking distance of numerous attractions, and freebies such as breakfast and Wi-Fi, it offers a solid value.

- Oyster.com Staff

The small collection of mostly arid islands that make up the US Virgin Islands has long been a seafarers stomping ground — from the pirates of yore to today’s more abundant cruise ship hordes and the occasional yachtsman. And as they have for the past 400 years, people come to the islands mainly to drink, relax on the beach, and bargain shop — often, in just that order. Traveling to the islands, considered “insular areas” or “unincorporated territories” of the United States, is in many ways analogous to traveling within the US — citizens don’t need a passport, the US dollar is the official currency, and English is the official language. But a trip to the Virgin Islands still feels like a getaway with its laid-back atmosphere and sunny weather.

The islands’ hotels are largely concentrated on the 3 main islands – St. Thomas, St. John, and, to a lesser extent, St. Croix. Since the islands are so small, anywhere you stay will be within about a 30-minute drive from anywhere else on the island. Hotels range from the low-key, no-frills, family-owned spots, to all-inclusive mega-resorts, to more peaceful, luxe spots such as Frenchman’s Reef on St. Thomas. This Marriott resort underwent a major renovation in 2011 and boasts 4 pools, a beautiful spa and several on-site restaurants (although we’d recommend skipping them for local spots). On neighboring St. John, the Westin is nice beachside option for families, with tennis courts, a kids club, and numerous water sports.

- Oyster.com Staff

With our picks for this week’s best travel blogs, you’ll be prepared for Coachella craziness, become closer to mastering a foreign language and more!

The best way to learn a foreign language is to dive right in and immerse yourself in the culture and country. This can seem like a daunting challenge, but you’ll be on your way to becoming a successful language learner with this guide from As We Travel!

Coachella starts this weekend, and to make sure you’re not lost in the craziness of music, camping, and theatrics, check out this Survival Guide with which performers to check out, what to pack and more.

When it comes to airport security, celebrities receive no special treatment. Check out the hilarious Celebrities vs. the TSA blog, chronicling celebrities going through the TSA drill, just like us common folk.

If you are planning a trip to the Louvre anytime soon you might have to re-schedule. The museum recently closed its doors when staff walked out in protest due to an increasing pickpocketing problem.  Find out more from Vagabondish.

From visiting the Taj Mahal, to eating sushi and flying over the Himalayas, Condé Nast has comprised a 50 Things to Do in Asia Before You Die slideshow that will make you eager to start planning your own Asian adventure.

For more travel inspiration check out This Week in Photos!

 

From secret spots in Australia to cheap vacations, check out where travel bloggers are encouraging us to go this week!

The Space Shuttle Atlantis’s $100 million home at the Kennedy Space Center is nearing completion! Gadling takes a look what the new attraction will have to offer — from high-tech simulators and interactive exhibits, we’re sure space travel fans will be eagerly counting down to opening day.

Cities like Sydney and Melbourne are known tourist magnets in Australia, but if you’re looking to discover an untouched beach or to swim with whales, check out these 10 best-kept secrets of the land Down Under.

What if you could splurge on a luxury hotel, dine on the best food, do whatever activities you want and still be able to stay under budget? Check out these  cheap and off the beaten path destinations that not only offer a spectacular experience, but are affordable and visitor friendly too.

Are you brave enough to try the world’s hottest pepper? Nomadic Matt shares his experience tasting a ghost pepper when he visits the Tears of Joy shop in Austin, TX.

Check out our This Week in Photos slideshow for more travel inspiration!

If you haven’t noticed, we’re in full Spring Fling mode here at Travel Channel. Whether you’re looking for a fun, carefree vacation, a romantic weekend away or somewhere to let your hair down — you’ve come to the right place. And check back every day for even more eye candy!

Spring Fling

1)   Explore Your Inner Wanderlust: The sun has emerged, the temperature is rising and everything feels renewed. Celebrate spring’s natural beauty with these 7 wonders.

2)   Experience Southern Charm: There’s a reason everyone is migrating to Charleston, SC, right now. It has picture-perfect wedding venues, a restaurant scene fit for foodies, top-notch golf courses and stunning ocean views. While you’re there, stay at one of our favorite hotels in its historic downtown.

3)   See Beautiful Blooms: While a freak snowstorm has delayed DC’s annual Cherry Blossom Festival, be patient and you’ll see them in full bloom soon. If you can’t make it to the nation’s capital, here are our picks for cherry blossoms around the country. Wherever you spot them, make sure to snap a picture and share it with us on Instagram.

4)   Say “I Do”: What would a spring fling be without a little romance? Check out the top 5 ways people are popping the question. While fiancés get creativity points for flash mob proposals, we think any of these ideas would be met with a resounding “Yes!”

5)   Take the Plunge: From Havasu Falls in Supai, AZ, one of the most visited waterfalls in the Grand Canyon, to Skógafoss in Skógar, Iceland, a 200-foot drop shrouded in folklore, take in the most awe-inspiring waterfalls around the world.

6)   Get Your Feet Wet: Why do we love the Grand Cayman? Let us count the ways. Seeing marine life up close on a submarine tour, snorkeling in Stingray City, and relaxing on the beautiful Seven Mile Beach all add up to an unforgettable vacation.

Spring Fling

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