10 Best Things to Do in The Spring in New England

When flowers bloom and warm breezes flow, there’s no shortage of fun ways to celebrate. Here’s our curated list of all the best things to do in New England in the spring.

By Katherine Keenan

Feb 15 2023

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A pathway on the Charles River Esplanade invites strolling beneath a canopy of blooms.

Springtime often feels like a prize for surviving the months of gray. One unpredictable, magical day, color begins to speckle flower beds. Smoke unfurls from the rooftops of sugaring shacks, sap flows like water. Windows crack open and we shake out the dust of the colder months, wipe down our bicycles, and make lists for a gardening supply run. Springtime events and festivals coax people out of their hibernation all across the region. The birds return. And with all of this comes celebration: we made it through the winter.

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Meanwhile, long stretches of sand along the coastline remain sparsely dotted with dog walkers and springtime surfers, and paid parking still seems far away. Ski slopes still hold potential in the northern reaches of the region. Summertime crowds seem far away and reservations abound at the restaurants and hotels of New England’s most bucket-list-worthy destinations.

For all these reasons, spring is an excellent time of year to explore New England. Whether you’re planning a short visit or a year-round residency, be sure to gather some inspiration from our list of the best things to do in spring in New England before you hit the road.

What is the weather like in the spring in New England?

The short answer is: unpredictable. Spring in New England is often a rollercoaster, bringing both high and low temperatures, freak snowstorms, buckets of rain, and – usually at least once every year – a day or two of sunbathing weather.

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Although spring technically begins in March, the average temperatures remain low and you’ll almost certainly still spot some snow on the ground. Then comes the rainy month of April, which can be somewhat of a toss-up as to whether any given week will bring a snow flurries or a sunny spell. With that in mind, if you’re looking for the best month to visit New England during the spring, bet on May and June. The flowers and the sunshine have emerged by then, and the rain will have subsided substantially. That said, don’t blame us if your travels land on a rainy week – spring showers come with the territory. If you don’t mind a little bit of rain, you’ll be just fine.

Boston Public Garden in Spring

10 Best Things to Do In Spring in New England

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1. Stop and smell the flowers at one of New England’s public gardens or flower festivals

Nothing cheers the winter-weary spirit like the first glimpse of green. Spring blooms, from April daffodils to May lilacs, remind us there’s life beyond that heavy winter coat. And lucky for us, every spring New England abounds with flower festivals and public gardens packed with beautiful blooms.

The Nantucket Daffodil Festival , the Massachusetts island’s annual April celebration of all things daffodil includes art shows, tours, an antique car parade, tailgate picnic, window decorating contest, and the annual Nantucket Daffodil Flower Show. Costumes are encouraged — especially at the Daffy Hat Contest and children’s parade.

Another one of our favorite places to enjoy springtime blossoms is at The Bridge of Flowers in Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts . Once an abandoned trolley bridge, this 400-foot arch across the Deerfield River has been reclaimed to display a garden that is anything but ordinary. Stroll past spring staples like tulips and daffodils while enjoying bows of wisteria overhead and blue hyacinths suspended over the water.

One of the best places to see blossoms around Boston is in Jamaica Plain, where every May the Harvard University’s Arnold Arboretum showcases one of the most impressive collections of lilacs. Another great option is wandering through Boston Public Garden . The springtime display gets under way in March, as they begin planting pansies and other early perennials from the parks department’s 13 greenhouses, and it becomes downright lavish by May, when 30,000 bulbs burst into life—the vast majority of them being tulips in the Public Garden, where they have been planted each year since the 1840s.

Here are a few the best public gardens in New England:

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens  | Boothbay, ME

Elizabeth Park  | West Hartford, CT

Mount Desert Land & Garden Preserve  | Seal Harbor, ME

Harkness Memorial State Park  | Waterford, CT

Prescott Park  | Portsmouth, NH

Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park  | Woodstock, VT

Other favorite New England flower festivals include:

The Dogwood Festival  | Fairfield, CT

Daffodil Days at Blithewold Mansion  | Bristol, RI

Celebration of Peonies at Hildene  | Manchester, VT

Cherry Blossom Festival | New Haven, CT

best places to visit in massachusetts in spring

2. Hit the trail!

There’s nothing like a breath of fresh, springtime air. While you will still need to don your coat on chillier spring days, the return of warmer weather means that it’s the perfect time to tune up your bike, lace up your hiking boots, and start getting back out there. Some of our favorite things to do outdoors during the spring in New England include: taking a bike ride on one of New England’s many beautiful rail trails , exploring one of the region’s many nature preserves , or embarking upon an easy spring hike (be aware that the trails may be extra slippery during this season due to ice or mud).

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3. Make the most of maple season

If autumn is New England’s Mardi Gras, maple season is our Oktoberfest, a delicious celebration of regional heritage in liquid form. And as our tasty to-do list shows, syrup lovers from Connecticut to Quebec have plenty of inspired ways to drink it all in. You could visit a maple sugarhouse, pour it on at a pancake house like the iconic Polly’s Pancake Parlor , or simply bring home a bottle and cook up some maple goodies in the kitchen.

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Some of our favorite maple syrup recipes for spring include our food editor’s recipe for Maple Gooey Butter Cake , these mouthwatering Maple Barbecue Ribs , a collection of boozy Maple Syrup Cocktail Recipes , and of course, Sugar on Snow . What’s more, there are many alternative maple concoctions that are worthy in their own right. We’ve also rounded up a few favorite New England–made maple products that give new meaning to maple. Fans of savory-sweet combinations will love the maple pepper, maple-smoked cheddar, and maple sriracha, while those with a sweet tooth may prefer to pop open a tub of the aforementioned maple cotton candy. And not everything is meant to be eaten: We found earrings, ceramics, refrigerator magnets, and even art supplies.

Don’t know your rich from your robust? Our guide to the updated maple syrup grades is here to help explain the difference. Just pass the pancakes!

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4. Sneak in a few last runs on the slopes

When skiable slopes align with blue skies, bright sunshine, and tee-shirt weather, magic happens. Springtime certainly doesn’t mean it’s time to retire your skis for the season. as evidenced on many of New England’s bigger mountains, which make snow well through the spring months. In the colder areas of New England you can even still find skiable snow on cross country ski trails .

Strawberry Rhubarb Muffins

5. Enjoy spring ingredients by making an in-season meal

April showers bring asparagus. That’s how the saying goes…right? Rhubarb, radishes, fiddleheads, and asparagus are only a handful of the fresh foods to look forward to every spring. Here are some of our favorite easy spring recipes from the Yankee  and NewEngland.com archives, which will help you make the most of fleeting, in-season foods:

Asparagus Gouda Tart

Maple walnut muffins, rhubarb coffee cake, sautéed fiddleheads, spring pea salad, spring chicken, strawberry-rhubarb crisp.

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6. Get your gardening gloves on

Whether herbs, flowers, or vegetables are your particular passion, springtime is “go time” when it comes to gardening. Everyone with a green thumb knows, that means a trip to the local garden center. Our list of the best New England nurseries and garden centers is a great place to start.

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7. Attend a Patriot’s Day reenactment

Where better to commemorate Patriots’ Day, which marks the battles of Lexington and Concord and the start of the American Revolution, than on the very ground where so much history happened? Thousands of people visit Minuteman National Park during the annual Patriots’ Day festivities, one of the best spring events in New England for history buffs. Show up early and you may have an opportunity to tip a pre-fight pint with British and colonial reenactors at Munroe Tavern. Beyond the battlefield, Lexington, Concord, and the surrounding towns serve up a weekend jam-packed with patriotic fun.

8. Browse antiques at the Brimfield Antique Fair

The largest outdoor antiques show in the country, with over 4,500 dealers and 130,000-plus visitors during the course of the week, kicks off the first of its three annual events each spring, making it a clear contender for the best spring events in New England. Running about a mile along Route 20 on both sides of the road and extending several hundred yards back, dealers show off their wares for pickers and collectors — both casual and ferocious. We dare you to leave empty-handed. (If you miss the spring show, make sure to mark your calendar for July or September.)

best places to visit in massachusetts in spring

9. Take a springtime seaside stroll

Months before the sand becomes dotted with neon beach chairs, there is a haunting beauty to the beaches of New England. In shoulder season the beaches stay fairly quiet, save for dog walkers and winter surfers. It’s a refreshing sight for those accustomed to summertime crowds, especially when temperatures warm up enough for a stroll along the coastline or on one of the region’s many beaches. The next time there’s a warm spell in the forecast, take this as a perfect excuse to plan a beach getaway (at off-season rates, no less)!

Some of our favorite New England coastal walks include:

Marginal Way | Ogunquit, ME

Parker River National Refuge | Plum Island, MA

Bluff Point State Park | Groton, CT

Napatree Point Conservation Area | Watch Hill, RI

Odiorne Point State Park | Rye, NH

See our list of 11 Magical New England Coastal Walks for more ideas.

Hancock, New Hampshire

10. Spend some quality time with baby animals

Every April, farms and museums open their doors to the public to showcase some of New England’s newest additions. One of our favorites is the Billings Museum Baby Farm Animal Celebration in charming Woodstock, Vermont, which offers visitors the opportunity to get up close with the farm’s adorable baby animals, plant an heirloom seed, participate in fun craft activities, and more. We also love the springtime Family Farm Fest Weekends at Old Sturbridge Village (in fact, we think springtime is one of the best times to visit Old Sturbridge Village), as well as the baby animals at the Hancock Shaker Village .

BONUS | Honorable mentions

Looking for more New England springtime fun? Don’t miss these iconic annual events:

Opening Day at Fenway Park

Best Saint Patrick’s Day Parades in New England

Best Sheep and Wool Festivals in New England

What’s your favorite thing to do in the spring in New England? Let us know in the comments below!

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Cape Cod National Seashore

  • 1. The Berkshires

The Berkshires

Where to stay: Brook Farm Inn

  • 2. Cape Cod

Cape Cod

Your best chances of spotting a whale are between March and October. Beyond the beaches that attract many visitors, the forests, marshlands, ponds, and cranberry bogs are just waiting to be explored on foot or by way of the many miles of cycling trails. The towns in Cape Cod are full of history and shopping opportunities at the local boutiques as well as in antique and souvenir shops.

  • 3. Martha's Vineyard

Martha's Vineyard

A small number of boutique shops dot the streets. Visitors can tour the connected Chappaquiddick Island and its lighthouse. The Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse offers weekly entertainment as does the popular summer film festival.

  • 4. Places to Visit in Massachusetts: Salem

Places to Visit in Massachusetts: Salem

The Peabody Essex Museum displays a large collection of art and artifacts from around the world, including local art as well as a substantial Asian collection that features a restored Qing-era Chinese house. Other area attractions include Nathanial Hawthorne’s birthplace, Canobie Lake Park, and the Bakers Island Lighthouse.

  • 5. Nantucket

Nantucket

Good to know: Best Time to Visit Nantucket

  • 6. Provincetown

Provincetown

The town has long been known as a safe haven for LGBT travelers and residents and is home to many artists. The lively Commercial Street is lined with art galleries, eateries, clubs, cabarets, and shopping. The Race Point Light is a historic lighthouse located in Provincetown that offers overnight accommodations in the Keeper’s House. Next read: Best Romantic Places to Stay in Provincetown

  • 7. Plymouth

Plymouth

Pilgrim Memorial State Park is home to a boulder that is claimed to be the place where the pilgrims first touched land. A replica of the original Mayflower, called The Mayflower II, is typically moored at the park. Plimoth Plantation, a popular family destination, is a living history museum with a recreation of the original settlement, craft activities, and several live animals.

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Rounding out the museum scene are the Beneski Museum of Natural History and the eclectic Mead Art Museum. Nearby Mount Norwottuck and Bare Mountain as well as Mount Holyoke Range State Park provide ample opportunities to explore the outdoors through hiking and other activities.

  • 9. Worcester

Worcester

Salisbury Park features a 56-foot-high stone tower that looks like a castle and makes for an interesting visit. Indian Lake and the Wachusett Reservoir provide opportunities for fishing and boating during the warm months.

  • 10. Hyannis

Hyannis

Hyannis Main Street is a charming all-American Main Street in Hyannis , Massachusetts, commonly referred to as the capital of Cape Cod for its prime geographic location on the Mid-Cape. The town is best known as the home of Barnstable Municipal Airport, which serves as a major transportation hub for most of the rest of Cape Cod and nearby destinations such as Martha's Vineyard. A wide array of quaint restaurants, cafes, and shops line the town's Main Street, ranging from beachfront favorites such as ice cream parlors and surf shops to fine dining establishments in a variety of international cuisine styles. The JFK Hyannis Museum explores the region's connection to United States President John F. Kennedy, while Bismore Memorial Park, located on adjacent Ocean Street, is home to an Art Shanties colony of artisan vendors. More Hyannis beaches

  • 11. Newburyport

Newburyport

Another historical attraction in the city is the Cushing House Museum and Garden, which is a federal-style mansion with beautiful gardens. Outdoor activities include nearby Plum Island, which features a national wildlife refuge along with beaches, lighthouses, and opportunities for fishing and birdwatching. Other opportunities to spend time outdoors around Newburyport include Lake Attitash and Maudslay State Park.

  • 12. Cambridge

Cambridge

Some of the historic places of worship include the Church of St. Mary the Great, Holy Sepulchre, Ely Cathedral, and All Saints’ Church. There are numerous museums located throughout Cambridge, including the Fitzwilliam Museum, which is an art museum, the Sedgwick Museum of Earth Science, the Museum of Archeology and Anthropology, and the Museum of Cambridge.

  • 13. North End

North End

Many historical places are located in North End, including the Paul Revere House, Old North Church, and the Clough House, which is one of the oldest brick homes in Boston. The neighborhood’s many restaurants, shopping opportunities, and events attract visitors from near and far. Make sure to stop by Captain Jackson’s Historic Chocolate Shop to try some 18th-century chocolate.

Boston

The sites are marked with special ground markers explaining their significance and include sites such as the Bunker Hill Monument, Boston Common, the Paul Revere House, and 13 others. Other popular Boston attractions include the New England Aquarium, Fenway Park, the Boston Children’s Museum, and many more.

  • 15. Race Point Beach

Race Point Beach

99 Marconi Site Road, Wellfleet, MA 02667, Phone: 508-255-3421

  • 16. Barnstable

Barnstable

The U.S. Customshouse is also located in Barnstable and is a historic customs house that also houses a museum devoted to the Coast Guard. Several beaches are located in the area, including the South Cape Beach State Park, Follins Pond, Mashie and Wakeby Ponds, and Craigville Beach. Shawms-Crowell State Forest is a popular destination for overnight camping.

  • 17. Halibut Point State Park

Halibut Point State Park

Gott Avenue, Rockport, MA 01966, Phone: 978-546-2997

  • 18. Bridge of Flowers

Bridge of Flowers

22 Water Street, Shelburne Falls, MA 01370, Phone: 413-625-2523

  • 19. Minute Man National Historical Park

Minute Man National Historical Park

174 Liberty Street, Concord , MA 01742, Phone: 978-369-6993

  • 20. Charles River

Charles River

Visitors can pack a picnic or eat at one of the many dining spots nearby. Kayaks, canoes, and stand-up paddleboards are available for visitors who would like to paddle the river. Guided tours of the river depart from several locations throughout the city and are a fun way to see the city and learn about the history of the area. More beaches near Boston

  • 21. Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area

Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area

15 State Street, Boston, MA 02109, Phone: 617-223-8666

  • 22. Good Harbor Beach

Good Harbor Beach

99 Thatcher Road, Glouchester, MA 01930, Phone: 978-281-9785

  • 23. Aquinnah Cliffs

Aquinnah Cliffs

65 State Road, Aquinnah, MA 02535, Phone: 508-645-2300

  • 24. Cape Cod Rail Trail

Cape Cod Rail Trail

Phone: 508-896-3491

  • 25. Cape Cod National Seashore

Cape Cod National Seashore

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More Ideas: Main Street Hyannis

One of the top spots to visit in Cape Cod is Hyannis. Home of the Kalmus Park Beach and the John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum, along with the Cape Cod Maritime Museum and easy access over to Nantucket Island, Hyannis is the perfect destination for beach lovers, families with young children, couples, friends, and more. It's the perfect place to dine, shop, and enjoy each day, and Main Street Hyannis is the liveliest spot in town.

Main Street Hyannis - Eat, Shop, and Play in Hyannis, MA

A beautiful, vibrant street with a whole lot to offer, Main Street Hyannis offers the charms and traditional elements one associates with a typical all-American Main Street, with a handful of unique quirks and attractions of its own. It's a perfect place to dine, shop, and have fun with your family or friends, offering specialty stores, great eateries, and exciting attractions too.

A true hub of activity for the whole of Cape Cod, Main Street Hyannis is a must-visit location on any Cape Cod trip and it's often the first place people stop at when touring the area. The Hyannis Main Street Business Improvement District has always been a lively destination, and it's getting even better and more robust in the modern era, with its pedestrian-friendly sidewalks, seasonal decorations, lively events, and numerous attractions adding so much to the area.

Eating at Main Street Hyannis

Main Street Hyannis is a super place to find food and drinks for any occasion.

- F.O.O.D District - The F.O.O.D District is home to Fabulous Owner Operated Dining establishments. There are more than 40 family owned and operated eateries on Main Street, ranging from casual American diners to fine dining restaurants and everything in between.

- Restaurants - No matter what you're craving, you'll find it at Main Street Hyannis. From the friendly, casual setting of the Black Cat (165 Ocean St) to lively Mexican stylings of El Mariachi Loco (569 Main St) or Anejo Mexican Bar and Bistro (599 Main St), there's so much to see and experience. Alberto's Ristorante (360 Main St) is a great place to grab some Italian food, while the Grilled Cheese Gallery (569 Main St) and KKatie’s Burger Bar (334 Main St) are perfect for a fun lunch with friends.

Shopping at Main Street Hyannis

Main Street Hyannis is one of the places to shop in Cape Cod.

- Shops - You'll find all kinds of interesting shops on Main Street. For antiques and furniture, head over to the Seaporium (645 Main St). For art and crafts, you can visit Bennett Gallery (357 Main St). For music and entertainment, Spinnakers (596 Main St) and Jack's Drum Shop (347 Main St) are great places to be. Those looking for some new threads should visit SeaBreezes Clothing (556 Main St).

Fun and Entertainment at Main Street Hyannis

There’s plenty to keep you entertained during your trip to Main Street Hyannis.

- Museums - Be sure to visit the John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum (397 Main St) during your trip to Main Street and don't forget to take a look around the Cape Cod Maritime Museum (135 South St) too.

More at Main Street Hyannis

Along with food, shops, and fun, Main Street Hyannis has plenty more to offer.

- Accommodation - You'll find plenty of inns, hotels, and lodges along Main St and the surrounding area like the International Inn (662 Main St), and Hyannis Inn Motel (473 Main St).

- More - Hyannis Main Street is also home to beauty, body, and fitness locations, banks and financial services, grocery stores, pharmacies, places of worship, florists, and more.

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Are you planning for a travel tour to Massachusetts? If yes, then it’s certainly a great decision. Massachusetts is an awesome place in New England to visit once in your lifetime. There are several reason and best places to visit Massachusetts solo or with your family. For your tour to Massachusetts it might be useful to know about some of the best tourist places. Stay with us and keep reading to ensure you don’t miss visiting those awesome places in Massachusetts.

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Traveling to Massachusetts in Spring

Winter is almost over, and so is the onslaught of cold and depressing vibes. After spending nearly four months covered in blankets and knitwear, we are finally ready to break free and enjoy the vibrancy that the season of Spring brings. Nature itself, in the spring season, seems to be pandiculating and stretching its arms after a deep slumber. The whirling of trees, whizzing of winds, and the smell of freshly bloomed flowers are just a few of the elements that make the Spring season so pleasant. The season brings out the hidden aesthetic in nature, along with our desire to explore it. This is the season when the state of Massachusetts blooms and has so much to offer that you probably won’t be able to cover in months.

Not to worry, we have compiled a list of top places to visit in Massachusetts if you want to acquire the essence of the spring season in the state. If you are a visitor in Boston or the state of Massachusetts and don’t have your own vehicle consider a family friendly or group travel option using some of the popular Boston car service companies .

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This magnificent waterfall campground unleashes everything that the season of Spring has to offer. Located at the banks of Aldrich Mill Pond, the Sutton Falls provides one of the best camping areas in town where you can acquire some peace and tranquillity under the star-studded night sky. The facilities available at the camping areas include swimming, fishing, boat rentals, laundry room, pavilion, playground, and more. In fact, it’s one of the awesome places to visit in Massachusetts in spring.

Standing strong for 115 years, this authentic New England country store will take you back in time as soon as you step into it. You can find anything here, including antique objects, to freshly baked goods that would remind you of your childhood. You can hop in this store for a bag of goodies and take in the view of the Spring from their porch.

The bulb river is a river of blooming flowers, literally. It’s also one of the most happening places to visit in Massachusetts in spring. You can find the river, with a purple stream of 35,000 grape hyacinths, by the Heritage Museums and Gardens. The bulbs are meticulously planted in the winters in a way that they form a stream of flowers when they bloom in Spring. Since this river of flowers is only available to be beheld during the end of April and early May, make sure you are visiting Sandwich at that time of the year.

A secluded town surrounded by water from almost all sides, Hull is the place you should visit if you want to experience the beauty that nature has to offer. As soon as the sun comes out, the whole town glitters with the reflection, and it is a sight to behold. Stop here to get a magnificent view of the gleaming waters. You can enjoy the scenery in solitude since springtime Hull lacks all the summer tourists and traffic.

Although Cape Cod is not necessarily known for its farmland, it is one of the most fragrant spring destinations in the state. Stop by the Cape Cod Lavender Farm to experience the blooming and fragrance of purple flowers in a sea of green grass. Moreover, you can buy mesmerizing lavender products from their honor-system shop. You can take private shuttles from Boston to Cape Cod that are both affordable and comfortable.

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Covering 617 acres, the Onota Lake is the perfect water body for all your warm-weather activities. You can choose to paddle across the lake in a canoe, or you can swim through yourself and feel the calm and soothing ambiance the lake has to offer. A sunny afternoon spent by the lake can turn out to be one of the best times of your life.

As the name suggests, this park has some adventure to offer for everyone. The park has paths made across treetops, which allow you to swing, climb, or balance your way through them. If you are looking to have some wild times without having to worry about anything, head to this park at Heritage and Museums Gardens. Before heading here, make sure you are dressed in relaxed garments and wearing a sturdy pair of shoes.

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The best places to visit in Massachusetts for history, beaches and witches

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Any list of great places to visit in Massachusetts starts with historic and photogenic Boston © Opla / Getty Images

For a small state,  Massachusetts punches far above its weight for its place in American history and culture.

Given the state’s outsize contributions to the arts, science, technology, sports and politics, it’s jam-packed with memorable sites, top-tier educational institutions and world-class museums. It’s also beautiful, from the wave-pounded Atlantic coast to the forest-covered Berkshires to vibrant cities and charming small towns.

Massachusetts’ compact nature makes it easy to explore, yet it would be impossible to do everything the state has to offer . Depending on your time and interests, you could make a grand sweep through the state, sampling its diverse regions or pick a hub to explore in depth. However you proceed, these are the best places to visit in Massachusetts.

Start in Boston, with museums, sports and urban nature 

From the Freedom Trail to Fenway Park , the Italian food of the North End to the Venetian palazzo–style Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum , Boston ’s attractions are legendary. 

A hub of American history that’s infused with a passion for sports and the arts, Boston brims with character. Next to the city’s iconic sites, diverse neighborhoods and artistic and architectural treasures are lesser-known attractions like the Boston Harbor Islands , a mix of history and nature, and the Black Heritage Trail , which provides insight into Boston’s 19th-century Black community.

Low-angle view of the Ray and Maria Stata Center at MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Cambridge, Massachusetts, New England, USA

Enjoy intellectual pursuits and diverse dining in Cambridge

A multicultural city with an eclectic mix of shops and restaurants, Cambridge is home to two of the country’s most prestigious institutions of higher education, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Harvard University .  

Though you can’t “pahk ya cah in Hahvahd Yahd,” you can stroll across its leafy quads, explore the excellent campus museums and soak in the intellectual atmosphere.

Further west,  Mt Auburn Cemetery contains the graves of dozens of famous figures such as Clement Morgan (founder of the NAACP), Eleanor Porter (author of Pollyanna ) and Joyce Chen (restaurateur and TV personality). Mt Auburn is also a magnet for bird-watchers, especially during the spring migration. 

Get witchy with it in Salem

Best known for the infamous 1692 witch trials, Salem draws crowds with its witch-related attractions. Yet this small and charming city has much more to offer.

Visit the Salem Maritime National Historical Park to learn about its past as a leading 18th- and 19th-century seaport. And be sure to explore the outstanding Peabody Essex Museum , a treasure trove of objects seafarers brought back from far corners of the world.

Don’t miss the House of the Seven Gables , which dates from 1668 and inspired one of Salem-born author Nathaniel Hawthorne’s best-known novels. And for more historic architecture, wander through the McIntire District, filled with well-preserved homes spanning 400 years of building styles. 

Wave crash on the rocks near Eastern Point Lighthouse on the eastern tip of Massachusetts, Gloucester Harbor, Gloucester, Massachusetts, New England, USA

Admire the scenic coastline of Cape Ann

Located in the northeastern part of the state, Cape Ann has an identity intimately tied to the sea: think beautiful beaches, great seafood – the fried clam was invented in Essex – scenic harbors and lighthouses and coastal parks. Founded in 1623, the city of Gloucester is the oldest fishing port in the United States and a top whale-watching destination, with tours operating from April to October. 

Along the harbor, the gripping Gloucester Fisherman’s Memorial and Fishermen’s Wives Memorial honors those lost to the sea over the centuries, as well as the strong women who kept families and the community going. 

Seek out revolutionary and literary landmarks in historic Middlesex County

The peaceful, affluent suburbs northwest of Boston may not look like hotbeds of revolution now, but they played an integral role in shaping the USA . Dozens of sites in Lexington, Lincoln and Concord commemorate the dramatic events of April 19, 1775, when armed clashes between British regulars and Colonial militiamen sparked the American Revolutionary War. Concord was also the home of several prominent 19th-century American authors, including such luminaries as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Louisa May Alcott, Nathaniel Hawthorne and Henry David Thoreau. 

Further north, Lowell’s textile mills and factories were at the heart of a different revolution: the Industrial Revolution. A host of significant locations are preserved in Lowell National Historical Park , including the Boott Cotton Mills Museum , where visitors can recreate working in a weave room in the 1920s. 

Plymouth is best for early colonial history

The city of Plymouth is made for US history buffs. Climb aboard the Mayflower II , a full-scale replica of the original ship that brought the first English colonists to Massachusetts’ shores in 1620.

And don’t forget Plymouth Rock, the famous (if rather underwhelming) boulder that the Pilgrims supposedly landed. The Pilgrim Hall Museum houses original artifacts from the early settlement, including personal possessions like a cradle, cupboards, a razor kit and one silk shoe.   

At the Plimouth Patuxet Museums , costumed interpreters bring the past to life at four sites, including a 17th-century English village and a Wampanoag Native American home site. 

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Find glorious beaches and classic summer fun in Cape Cod 

Cape Cod calls up images of sandy dunes, long curves of beach, picturesque lighthouses , cranberry bogs and kettle ponds. 

Much of the outer Cape is protected as the Cape Cod National Seashore and offers a wealth of recreational opportunities and wildlife spotting. Nature lovers will also love the Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary and its trails through woodland and salt marsh, and Nickerson State Park , with its campgrounds and swimming areas.

Make a preppy getaway to Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket

South of Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket  are islands containing quaint towns, gingerbread-style wood houses, intriguing museums, lovely beaches, lighthouses and wildlife refuges. It’s no wonder many well-known artists, authors and even a few US presidents have found comfort among the sweeping dunes on these islands. 

Their permanent populations swell significantly in summer (the high season) with the influx of seasonal residents and short-term visitors. Book lodging – and ferry tickets, if you want to bring a car – well in advance.

Feast on seafood and seafaring history in New Bedford

Situated on the shore of Buzzards Bay, New Bedford is called “the city that lit the world” for its central role in the 19th-century whaling industry. The New Bedford Whaling Museum and New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park explore this past and such other topics as natural history, conservation, immigration, cultural diversity and New Bedford’s important role as an abolitionist hub on the Underground Railroad. 

If whaling’s not your thing, New Bedford is also home to the well-presented Fort Taber-Fort Rodman Military Museum , a thriving arts community and the largest Portuguese-speaking population in the USA. The city teems with seafood restaurants and hosts the world’s largest Portuguese cultural festival, the Feast of the Blessed Sacrament . 

Worcester is great for families 

Worcester is New England’s second-largest city, and its attractions include the excellent Worcester Art Museum , the family-friendly EcoTarium , a thriving craft brewery scene and the minor-league Worcester Red Sox baseball team.  

West of the city is the Old Sturbridge Village , a recreated 1830s New England town filled with more than 40 restored buildings spread over 200 acres. Re-enactors teach the history of the village and the roles everyday folks played in it.  Moore State Park , located in Paxon and northwest of Worcester, is an 18th-century mill village on 400 acres filled with trails for hiking, cross country skiing and hunting. 

The Berkshires offer endless outdoor adventures

In westernmost Massachusetts, The Berkshires enchant with a delightful mix of natural beauty, cultural attractions and year-round outdoor recreation. 

The region hosts world-class performing arts events in warmer months like the Tanglewood Music Festival , Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival and Williamstown Theatre Festival . Art lovers won’t want to miss the Norman Rockwell Museum , the Clark Art Institute or Mass MoCA . 

The many interesting historic houses in the region include the birthplaces of activists Susan B. Anthony and W.E.B. DuBois, the homes of authors Edith Wharton and Herman Melville, and Naumkeag , a Gilded Age mansion and gardens. 

With the arrival of autumn, glorious fall foliage cloaks the hills and mountains, drawing leaf peepers galore, followed by winter-sports enthusiasts as soon as there’s enough snow.

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Soak in the college-town vibes of the Pioneer Valley

A creative spirit flourishes along the Connecticut River in western Massachusetts, a region with numerous top-notch educational institutions and museums surrounded by gorgeous scenery. In Amherst, highlights include the home of poet Emily Dickinson and the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art . 

In Springfield, The Amazing World of Dr Seuss celebrates the city’s most famous native son, while the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame is an essential stop for fans of the sport invented here in 1891.

Stop in Historic Deerfield Village  for a taste of 18th-century life or visit Dinosaur Footprints for a trip much farther back in time. Stroll across the Bridge of Flowers in Shelburne Falls, then take to one of the region’s many excellent hiking trails boasting panoramic views of verdant mountains, farmland and the winding river.

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When the snow starts to melt and cold winter winds turn into fresh spring breezes, there’s no better place to be than Massachusetts. Why not celebrate the return of (relatively) balmy temps with an adventure? Check out this list of the very best spots explore in Massachusetts this spring.

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When spring has officially sprung in Boston , winter gloom quickly becomes a thing of the past! There are so many great ways to enjoy spring in Boston: flowers are blooming, warmer winds are blowing, and springtime in Boston has several fun annual events that take advantage of the warming weather.

There are many fantastic things to do in spring in Boston, so pack a windbreaker and head to the City on a Hill for a fantastic spring getaway!

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Visit Arnold Arboretum

Blooming purple lilac flowers

Beautiful Arnold Arboretum springs alive each year with its carefully cultivated flowering trees and bushes. Visit mid to late April to experience the heady fragrance and explosion of color that the Magnolia and Lilac trees offer! Take a self-guided tour or visit on Lilac Sunday for an even deeper dive into all the interesting varieties of lilac found at Arnold Arboretum.

Walk the Esplanade

Walking the Boston Esplanade is a great way to stretch your legs and enjoy the views of the river, but mid to late April this walk transforms into something straight out of the pages of a storybook as the cherry trees bloom with beautiful light pink flowers. In fact, multiple varieties of cherry trees have been planted along the river with varying bloom times, so you can walk on a carpet of freshly fallen flowers while strolling beneath the flowering canopy; how very picturesque! Be sure to also stop by the other Boston photo spots.

Hang at Boston Public Garden

Tulips in bloom at Boston Public Garden in Spring in Boston

A must-visit during any trip to Boston, the Boston Public Garden is a definite sight to see April through May as the pansies and tulips burst into spring color. Perfect timing too, because the iconic swan boat rides open up again for the season in mid-April! 

See Art in Bloom at the Museum of Fine Arts

Boston is home to many fantastic museums, but Art in Bloom at the Museum of Fine Arts is a definite must-visit for everyone who loves both art and flowers! Interpretative flower arrangements for artworks on display at the museum make this annual event a cool way to celebrate spring in Boston! 

Tour the Fenway Victory Gardens

Walk the paths amongst these historic gardens that were first planted as Victory Gardens during WWII and marvel at how well they are kept up (and expanded!) by the private residents that continue to keep Fenway Victory Gardens alive! Spring activities that incorporate cool Boston history? Yes, please!

Stroll the Rose Kennedy Greenway

Purple spring flowers in bloom

Boston’s Greenway is a natural haven in the city’s urban hub, and it becomes a fantastically scenic sanctuary in spring as daffodils, tulips, daylilies, rhododendrons, peonies, and more bloom mid-April through May. Plus, just off the Greenway in Columbus Park is the North End’s Rose Kennedy Memorial Garden , where some of the most beautiful and fragrant roses begin to bloom in late May and early June!

Brunch and Cruise Boston Harbor

What better way to shake off the winter blues than to get out and enjoy the fresh sea breeze? Northern Light’s Brunch Cruise is a fantastic way to spend a weekend day in spring. The gourmet brunch offerings are just icing on the proverbial cake of this lovely tour of some of Boston’s most iconic waterfront features.

Cheer at the Boston Marathon

Runners in Boston Marathon

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One of the most famous marathons in the country, the Boston Marathon has become both a testament to athletic strength and endurance and also to the remarkable tenacity of the human spirit. You’ll be one of hundreds of thousands of spectators so be sure to arrive plenty early to scope out the perfect spot to cheer the participants on!

Tour the Hidden Gardens of Beacon Hill

May’s Hidden Gardens of Beacon Hill tour lets you explore the private gardens of one of Boston’s most beautiful neighborhoods, historic Beacon Hill. Want the inside scoop? This is where it’s at! Hidden Boston gardens in spring just sound so very romantic!

Celebrate Irish Heritage with St Patrick’s Day Fun

With the densest Irish American population in America, you can be sure that Boston celebrates St Patrick’s Day right! There are so many fun ways to participate in the St Patricks Day festivities , any spring Boston trip near March 17th is sure to be a blast; you’ll certainly see plenty of green if you visit Boston in early spring!

Enjoy the Boston Skyline via Rooftop

Boston Skyline at sunset

Take advantage of the warmer temperatures to get out and enjoy the beautiful Boston skyline while hanging at one of Boston’s best rooftop spots ! Spring in Boston can get pretty busy; slow down a little by taking in the spectacular cityscape while you refuel. Dorchester Brewing Co is one of the best breweries in the city, and they have a neat rooftop setup! What better way to enjoy the beautiful Boston spring breeze than by rooftop?

Walk the Boston Freedom Trail

One of the most popular historic sites in Massachusetts , the Boston Freedom Trail is an excellent way to get out and enjoy the fresh Boston spring air! Not only will you get a nice little walk, but you also get to see history come alive as you visit spots like Faneuil Hall and the Paul Revere House. Plus, you’ll be able to cross this one off your ultimate Boston bucket list !

Boston is a fantastic getaway all through the year: whether you’re looking for romance , a family trip , fall festivities , winter fun , or Boston Christmas celebrations , there’s no doubt that Boston is one of the best vacation destinations in New England !

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36 Delightful Things To Do This Spring In Boston

Hello, sunshine! You've been missed dearly. Enjoy the warmer weather this season and explore everything our city has to offer.

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From springtime favorites like walks through the park and outdoor dining to exciting events like hidden garden tours and gin & tea parties, read on to find all the fantastic things to do in Boston this spring.

1-8. See spring flowers in bloom at 8 local spots

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While most flowers will start to bloom in mid-April, if you look closely, you can see the first sprouts of spring flowers now. Soon enough, Boston will be in full bloom, so check out our guide on 8 places that’ll you’ll be guaranteed to see flowers this spring, including:

  • The Gardner Museum: if it’s still too early for spring flowers outdoors, you can see dazzling orchids inside their courtyard.
  • Back Bay neighborhood : from early to late April, you’ll find magnolias in every shape, size, and color
  • Arnold Arboretum : with a beautiful selection of trees year round, it’s a popular spot in early May when the lilacs bloom.

9. Go down the rabbit hole at the Mad Hatter’s Gin & Tea Party

Let a little storybook magic into your life at this Alice in Wonderland-inspired Gin and Tea Party in Boston. At this tipsy tea party extravaganza, you’ll join the Mad Hatter, Dormouse, and The March Hare, in a 90-minute long, cocktail-crafting session. With whimsical cocktails in a completely surreal environment, it’s the perfect event for springtime fun. Limited seats are avaiable at the Mad Hatter’s table, so make sure to book your tickets soon !

10-11. Learn all about making maple syrup

For a little bit longer, you can experience this classic New England end-of winter experience. Appleton Farms in Ipswich hosts hands-on family maple sugaring workshops  every weekend from now until March 27, and Old Sturbridge Village is hosting their  Maple Days events throughout the month, too.

12. Bring home your own piece of spring with a bouquet of flowers

We can’t wait to tiptoe through the tulips when they start to bloom outdoors this spring, but you can also take a little piece of spring home with you when you stop by a local florists’ shop! The iconic Rouvalis Flowers already has their spring display out, so you don’t have to wait for flowers to bloom outdoors to get your own colorful blossoms.

13-19. Dine al fresco on a patio when the weather’s nice

Springtime weather can be a bit of a gamble in Boston, but later in April and May, you can expect many restaurants to be opening their patios and terraces to the public for some delightful outdoor dining opportunities. You can check out our favorite spots from last year in the meantime, and keep your eyes peeled on your favorite restuarant’s social media pages for the return of patioi seaosn!

20. Tour the hidden gardens of Beacon Hill

Boston’s Beacon Hill neighborhood hosts a tour once a year of the houses’ gardens, and the Hidden Gardens tour is set to return this year on  May 19 . Whether rain or shine, you’ll have access to see the fabulous private gardens of the Beacon Hill Garden Club, and they’re certainly a sight to behold. Get your tickets and more information about the event  at their website .

21. Visit the MFA during the ‘Art in Bloom’ Event

22-27. take a walk in one of boston’s lovely public parks.

Whether you’re scoping out locations for a picnic or a new jogging path, check out our picks for the best parks in Boston . From Fenway to the South End to the Back Bay, Boston’s green spaces are a perfect backdrop for a springtime walk on a warm day.

28. Catch the Red Sox home opener at Fenway Park

On April 15, our beloved Red Sox make their return to Fenway Park. Whether you’re in the stands or watching at your favorite sports bar , you’ll be sure to have a good time enjoying America’s favorite pastime.

29-33. Take a ride on a scenic bike path

34. visit an outdoor bookstore, 35. stargaze (for free) at bu’s observtory.

If you’ve ever wanted to take a closer look at the night sky above us, look no further than  Public Open Night at Boston University’s Coit Observatory, located on top of the Physics Research Building. Every Wednesday, as long as the weather is clear, BU’s astronomy department hosts the observation nights from 8:30pm during the spring and summer months. You’ll be able to see the night sky and learn about astronomy along the way!

36. Have a tea party inside the Boston Public Library

Did you know that one of the classiest tea rooms in the city is located inside the Boston Public Library? The  Courtyard Tea Room has all the tiny cakes and crumpets that you could desire, and the location is killer too. You can make a reservations  at their website. 

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See also: 6 Fantastic Women-Owned Restaurants To Try Right Now In Boston

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20 Things To Do This Spring

1. have an outdoor picnic at food truck row.

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Food trucks finally have a home! Worcester will now have the first food truck row in the state . WooTrucks, in collaboration with the City, has established a food truck destination. There will be a minimum of 5 trucks, and up to 10, there on a daily basis Monday through Saturday for lunchtime. No matter what type of food you or your workmates are craving, you will all be able to find something in one destination. General attendance is free, parking is free. The Row will be located in the municipal parking lot at 40 Highland St., directly behind the auditorium. There is ample parking for attendees. 

2. Dine in a Sculpture Garden

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Worcester Art Museum’s Cafe opens its doors as soon as patio season arrives. Guests can dine in the courtyard and share a bottle of wine. Museum admission is not required.

3. Make Your Own Pizza with Local Toppings

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Stock up at the Regional Environmental Council’s weekly farmers’ markets in Worcester or at the Whittier Farms Retail Store in Sutton for fresh, local ingredients. 

4. Have a Picnic at Bancroft Tower

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Stop by Ed Hyder’s Mediterranean Marketplace for everything you need to make your own trail mix and shop their incredible selection of artisan cheese.

Pack-up and head to Bancroft Tower , a 56-foot-high natural stone and granite tower that looks like a miniature feudal castle. The tower, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is located in Salisbury Park.  

5. Have Your First Cone of The Season

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In addition to Wooberry’s excellent froyo and dairy based ice creams, they also offer a dense and chewy vegan option made with a coconut base. Or head to  West End Creamery in Whitinsville, which re-opens for the season in mid-March.

You can enjoy over 65 flavors of local ice cream, and then work-off some of those calories with a hike through  Purgatory Chasm State Reservation .  

6. Play Hookie for Hang Gliding

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Get a bird’s eye view at Hang Glide New England in New Braintree where nearly anyone can learn to fly. Tandem flights reach heights of 2,500 feet and last about 20 minutes.

7. Make a Spring Playlist and Take a Nature Walk

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New England Botanic Garden at Tower Hill in Boylston comes alive in the spring. If you don’t have time to get out of the city, experience an urban sanctuary as you take to the beginner trails at Mass Audubon’s Broad Meadow Brook in Worcester.

8. Treat Yourself

Take care of your nails and ponytails at Tu Moda Spa - the perfect spot to pamper yourself. Hire Knights Limousine to take you straight to the Hanover Theater for the Performing Arts for a show, or to the Ecotarium’s Night at the Museum gala on May 12th. 

9. Take a Bike Tour of Worcester’s Public Art

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Scope out the map of Pow!Wow! Worcester’s murals and hop on an Ofo to begin your grand tour. Stop at 3Cross Fermentation Coop along the way to enjoy a brew inspired by Worcester’s most avid cyclists.

And take in a little history at the Worcester Public Library , where a statue of world cycling champion Marshall "Major" Taylor stands.

10. Enjoy a Close Encounter of the Giraffe Kind

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Southwick’s Zoo’s 2018 season begins in mid-April. On weather permitting weekends, visitors can get up close and personal to feed the sky-high creatures face to face. Southwick's is New England's largest zoo, with over 100 different species of animals. 

Stop in to Galliford's Restaurant and Tavern  - now open on the premises of the Zoo - for a quick bite. 

11. Root for the Hometeam

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Enjoy nine innings this spring with the Worcester Bravehearts , who play at Fitton Field at The College of the Holy Cross . Kid-friendly activities and affordable eats make this the perfect spring family outing. May 30 is the home opener. Click here to see the full schedule. 

12. Take a Dog Friendly Day Trip

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As the weather warms up, you can bring your pup along for hiking, shopping and dining at these dog-friendly establishments in Central Massachusetts. 

13. Organize a Spring Social

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Fix up your friends! Bring your groups together with tapas at Bocado , pizzas at Volturno , or dogs at Coney Island. George's Coney Island is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year! 

14. Enjoy The Warmer Weather on These Outdoor Patios

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Patio season is upon us, and Central Mass has plenty of spots for you to soak up the warmer weather. Checkout our favorite local options for outdoor dining.

15. Start Your Own Garden

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Starting a garden can be a bit overwhelming at first. It’s a good idea to start small and expand your garden as time goes on. Whether you’re a seasoned gardener or just starting out - here are 7 helpful gardening tips, specific to the Central Massachusetts growing region.

16. Find Seasonal Farm Fresh Produce  

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In spring, a wide array of new seasonal vegetables and herbs become available from your local farms. Central Massachusetts is brimming with farm fresh produce and local baked goods available at your favorite farmer's market. Click here to find a market near you. The Regional Environmental council also continues their winter mobile farmer's market up to April 24, 2018.

17. Learn How to Play Disc Golf

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When the weather warms up and you can finally see the ground; disc golf is a fun, cheap, family-friendly game that will get you outdoors having a great time. Maple Hill Disc Golf Course in Leicester is an 18 hole championship caliber disc golf course.  If you're just starting out, they have loaner discs at their pro gift shop. With different tee pads, it is suitable for all levels and is family-friendly. If brews and golf is more your style, check out Rapscallion Brewery 's disc golf course in Sturbridge. See the full list of courses. 

18. Sip Wine Over Mountain Views on an Outdoor Deck

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Did you know  Hardwick Winery  has a beautiful outdoor deck? Enjoy the mountain views and fresh spring air while spending time with friends and family. Also check out Sangria Socials  every Saturday and Sunday from 11 AM - 6 PM with live music Saturdays from 2 PM - 4 PM. Sharing plates are available for purchase along with wine flights and sangria.

19. Become a Spartan This Spring  

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Spartan Race is returning to Central Massachusetts on May 12-13, 2018 at the Treasure Valley Scout Reservation in Rutland! It's time to finally Spartan Up!

20. Head to the Greens

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Blackstone National Golf Club  in Sutton is one of Central Massachusetts' most beautiful courses. 

What screams spring louder than the ping of a golf ball? With nearly 50 golf courses in Central Massachusetts, no doubt you will find one that offers the perfect backdrop for an afternoon on the greens!  Fore Golf Entertainment in Westborough offers golf simulators during the colder months, so you can practice your swing; but, for the real deal, grab your clubs and head to one of the many courses, including  Green Hill Golf Course  in Worcester, International Golf Course in Bolton, or  Pakachoag Golf Course  in Auburn. 

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27 of the Best Places to Visit in the USA in the Spring

02/16/2022 by Emily Becker Leave a Comment

Springtime can be a magical and refreshing time to travel. Maybe you’re coming out from winter hibernation for a quick road trip, or you’re finally able to break in those new hiking boots you were gifted for Christmas. Personally, I look forward to blooms and greenery after nature wakes up from her winter slumber. Everything feels fresh, new, and exciting.

Here are some of the best places to visit in the USA in the springtime in particular, counting down to my #1 favorite:

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29. Mystic Hot Springs, Utah

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As one of Utah’s best secret places , if Mystic Hot Springs isn’t on your radar yet, it is about to be! This hippie compound-esque hot spring has old bathtubs that you can soak in, which is a pretty epic mix of rustic and luxuriousness.

Mystic Hot Springs is the springtime destination for you if you’re into getting off the beaten path. The closest town is Monroe, which is even a bit remote in itself. This is the perfect place to unplug, relax, and take in gorgeous sunset views in the comfort of a steamy natural hot spring.

28. Black Rock City, Nevada

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Speaking of remote places to visit this spring, here’s Black Rock City. In one of the most remote deserts in the USA, this is where the annual Burning Man festival takes place each year. If you want to experience this incredible slice of wilderness without the festival crowds, head there in the spring and you’ll likely have the place to yourself for as far as you can see.

Find out how to camp in Black Rock City here and start planning your adventure into solitude.

27. Holland, Michigan

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Named after–you guessed it!–Holland, this adorable Midwestern gem replicates its namesake by keeping the tulip tradition alive each spring with its Tulip Festival . The festival happens every May and has been around since 1929 when the town was mostly comprised of Dutch immigrants.

The town has a 250 year-old Dutch windmill that is a must-see if you visit. Being only 30-minutes away from Grand Rapids, you can make Holland a stop on your spring road trip , or make it your primary destination. If you have more motivation and strength, you can go with your own company on a 6-7-hour guided tour through the most interesting and historical highlights of Holland. Either way, Holland, MI is sure to charm you.

26. Hill Country, Texas

best places to visit in the USA in spring

While not exactly a singular location, hill country in Texas is more of a strip than a destination. Between Houston and San Antonio along the highways at the big state parks, Blue Bonnets are in bloom everywhere during March and April.

The beauty of the Texan countryside is even more apparent during this time of year, making it a great place to embark on a tour of its popular wineries , or even just a weekend scenic drive.

25. Macon, Georgia

Did you know that Macon is the cherry blossom capital of the world? No, it’s not Japan or Washington, D.C.! With 350,000 cherry trees blossoming each year at the end of March, Macon truly is the perfect place to see these beauties in bloom.

The second or third week of March is peak time to visit, as the International Cherry Blossom Festival happens. It’s known as the “pinkest party of the year!” Macon is full of history and is also surrounded by beautiful state parks for visitors who are looking to get outdoors.

24. Coachella Valley, California

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Known as the sunniest place in the USA with 300 days of sunshine per year, Coachella Valley in California is the perfect place to recharge that Vitamin D that you lost during the winter. Each spring, the city hosts an annual Wildflower Festival to celebrate the vibrant colors of the landscape

This area of the California desert is also known for its date production. These sugary-sweet fruits are plentiful here and you can even visit a farm where they are grown to get the inside scoop into how they are harvested.

Check out more of our favorite California desert blooms here.

23. Washington, D.C.

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This is a pretty obvious addition to the list, as D.C. is known worldwide for its plentiful cherry blossoms in the spring. Each year, the city hosts the National Cherry Blossom Festival which attracts visitors from around the world. Immerse yourself in the history of the cherry trees and enjoy the warmer temperatures as the city reawakens after a brisk winter.

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Let’s be honest, Hawaii is stunning all year long, rain or shine. However, spring truly is a magical time to fly over to the islands. February to May is known as “shoulder season,” which means the heavy winter rains are over, but the high season hasn’t started yet.

It’s the perfect window of opportunity to enjoy the islands at their very best because the spring weather permits clear night skies that are ideal for stargazing. There are wildflowers blooming all around Hawaii’s landscapes, making those picturesque hikes even more beautiful.

Need some travel inspo for your trip? Check out BMTM’s Hawaii Guide !

21. Columbia River Gorge, Oregon

best places to visit in the USA in spring

As the thick layers of snow and ice melt in Oregon, the rivers and waterfalls of Columbia Gorge become their fullest as spring sets in. The area becomes alive with the brightly colored wildflowers that bloom during this time of year. The best spot to see them is Rowena Crest, which is just one of the many places to enjoy the stellar views of the gorge. Explore Mount Hood, Hood River Valley and Columbia Gorge with this tour .

20. New Orleans, Louisiana

best places to visit in the USA in spring

Beat the crowds of Mardi Gras season which ends in March as the city starts to warm up. Springtime in Nola is prime festival season, making it a fun place to leave the winter blues behind. French Quarter Festival, Greek Fest, NOLA Oyster Festival, and Jazz Fest are just a few of the events that happen between March and May.

Enjoy a stroll through one of the many parks in the city where you can find plenty of flowers in bloom along with the traditional Spanish moss that the city is known for.

Traveling solo? Check out our guide on New Orleans for solo female travelers.

19. Napa Valley, California

best places to visit in the USA in spring

Napa Valley is not only known for its wineries , but also for its orchards which are at full bloom in early spring. Apple and apricot trees show off their flowers during this time of year, creating the perfect backdrop for your wine tour adventures.

Not a wine drinker? The area is still beautiful to drive through, especially with all the wildflowers in bloom along the highways.

18. Breckenridge, Colorado

best places to visit in the USA in spring

While Breckenridge is most famous for its winter landscapes, March and April are actually the area’s heaviest snowfalls, even though the temperatures are higher and the days are longer. The huge winter crowds have dissipated by springtime, but there is still just as many outdoor activities to enjoy.

This destination is one for snow lovers who aren’t ready to shed their winter layers. Up until May visitors can still snowboard, ski, snowmobile, and much more .

17. Seattle, Washington

best places to visit in the USA in spring

All of those heavy winter rains and snows lead to a flower-filled spring in Seattle. From cherry blossoms in March to the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival in April, Seattle has a splendor of spring colors to enjoy. Pike Place market is full of fresh tulips during the spring months which makes it an even more exciting stop while visiting.

Spring is also the start of orca-watching season and the end of gray and humpback season. There are plenty of whale watching tours available this time of year.

Just a couple hours away from Seattle is Port Angeles which is known for the lavender fields in case you want to venture out and take in more of the area’s beautiful spring colors.

Feel like checking out the national parks while you’re there? Check out our guide!

16. St. Louis, Missouri

best places to visit in the USA in spring

Immerse yourself in the intense baseball fandom as the city comes alive during the opening of the MLB season. Like many bigger cities across the USA, spring is the beginning of outdoor festival season in St. Louis. Each year the city hosts the St. Louis Earth Day Festival which is an exciting way to celebrate this underrated holiday.

Check out the butterfly house at the Missouri Botanical Garden, which is especially beautiful in the springtime, while you make your way around the city.

15. Havasu Falls, Arizona

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Spring time at Havasu Falls is warm, but nothing compared to the summer Arizona heat, making it the best time to go. The weather is perfect for attempting the 10-mile Havasupai hike , which would likely be unbearably hot in the summer.

Much of the hike goes through the slot canyon and ends at the falls, where you can camp for the night and go for a swim if it’s warm enough. The waterfall is especially full during this time of year and you can find plenty of wildflowers in bloom in and around the trails.

14. Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

best places to visit in the USA in spring

Pigeon Forge in Tennessee is located smack dab in the Smoky Mountains, which is a magical springtime destination in itself. What makes this quaint town special, however, is its unique history and many spring festivals–including Dollywood’s Festival of Nations !

The crowds at Great Smoky Mountains National Park are far smaller in the spring, making it a great time to get outdoors and enjoy the wildflower blooms all around the park while you’re visiting Pigeon Forge. If you have time, also consider checking out Sevierville !

13. Asheville, North Carolina

best places to visit in the USA in spring

Asheville is known for being one of the quirkiest cities in the American South, and for good reason! While it has plenty of fun things to do year-round, spring is especially lively here as the outdoor beer gardens begin to open up all around the city.

Being set in the mountains, there are plenty of ways to get out into nature right outside the city. Check out Asheville’s wildflower bloom schedule to get the most out of the spring colors!

12. Woodburn, Oregon

best places to visit in the USA in spring

Woodburn is another place on this list where tulips are the main attraction. The town is home to the Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm, which hosts a tulip festival from March to May.

Springtime is also the best time to catch a ride on a hot air balloon to see the colorful blooms from above. Afraid of heights? Stay on the ground and enjoy a sip of wine at any of the areas wineries while your pals fly high in the sky.

11. Tucson, Arizona

best places to visit in the USA in spring

Because Tucson, Arizona is in the desert, the flowers that bloom there are particularly delicate. The hills around the city are constantly changing color in the spring as different types of wildflowers bloom at different times between February and July. Even the cactuses have bright red flowers!

The springtime yields comfortable temperatures that are perfect for outdoor exploring in and around the city. Take a hike or enjoy one of the many hot springs in southern Arizona.

Check out our Arizona itinerary here.

10. Carlsbad, California

best places to visit in the USA in spring

Located in northern San Diego County in California, Carlsbad is an explosion of color in the spring. The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch is the city’s main attraction, with 50 acres of brightly colored Giant Tecolote Ranunculus flowers in full bloom, along with many others.

The ranch is open from March 1 to May 9 and hosts activities such as tractor wagon tours, the artist gardens, and an orchid greenhouse. For lovers of delicious food and trying new things, whole food tours with wine tasting are offered here – truly a springtime paradise!

9. Central Florida Natural Springs

best places to visit in the USA in spring

Central Florida is full of gorgeous springs, which are ideal to visit in the spring months. This time of year is warm enough to be able to fully enjoy the springs, but isn’t humid like it is in the summer. Ginnie Springs is particularly popular because of its stunning turquoise waters, kayaking and paddleboarding opportunities , and airboat tours .

About 90 minutes north of Tampa, you can find the Crystal River area, which is the only place in the USA where you can legally swim with manatees, which inhabit the bay from winter to early summer.

8. Charleston, South Carolina

best places to visit in the USA in spring

It’s no secret that Charleston is a hub for southern charm, especially in the spring as dogwood trees and azaleas bloom all over the city. The weather is great during this time of year–hanging out around 60-70 degrees with low humidity – ideal weather for both carriage tours and walking tours of the main attractions of the city.

Spring is also the height of festival season in Charleston, including the famous Festival of Houses and Gardens from March to April and the Flowertown Festival in April.

7. Chena Hot Springs, Alaska

best places to visit in the USA in spring

About 50 miles east of Fairbanks, Chena Hot Springs continues to be one of the most magical spring destinations in Alaska. The natural outdoor hot springs rock lake is believed to have healing effects and attracts visitors looking to cure their mild aches and pains in the springs.

Early spring is the best time to go to catch a glimpse of the spring northern lights. Don’t miss the Aurora Ice Museum, which is one of the area’s most popular attractions .

6. Brockway Mountain, Michigan

If you want to get further off the grid for your spring getaway, head to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula to enjoy the northern wilderness. Enjoy panoramic views of Lake Superior and tranquil hikes.

Brockway Mountain is one of the best places to truly get some peace and quiet as the largest town along the road has a population of only 76! Located in Copper Harbor and providing a view of Isle Royale National Park, there are 700 species of wildflowers, some that can only be found in that particular area. The biggest attraction here is the annual migration of birds of prey between mid-April to mid-June.

5. Santa Fe, New Mexico

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Santa Fe is another place on this list that boasts some of its best weather in the springtime. The city kicks off its wildflower season with bright yellow forsythias and continues throughout the spring with its famous lilacs.

The popular outdoor market opens back up in April, which is a great place to buy art directly from local artists. Enjoy spring festivals such as the Japanese Cultural Festival and the Santa Fe Pro Musica’s Baroque Holy Week concerts.

4. Red Cliffs, Utah

This desert hidden gem is known as a miniature version of the famous Zion National Park , but packs just as much of a punch. Spring is the ideal time to go, as the previously-dry red rock canyons fill with water and become gushing waterfalls during this time of year. The entire Recreation Area becomes alive during spring with vibrant wildflowers as well.

3. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

best places to visit in the USA in spring

Being such a big city, Philly is full of things to do all year round. However, spring is an exceptionally great time to get out and enjoy the city’s architecture, outdoor festivals, and museums .

Each spring, the city hosts its own Cherry Blossom Festival, as well as both the Philly Wine Week and Philly Beer Week. As the temperatures rise, get outside and take in Philly’s iconic street art and see the city from the perspective of an artist.

2. Historic Triangle, Virginia

best places to visit in the USA in spring

The Historic Triangle in Virginia is made up of Jamestown, Yorktown, and Williamsburg. There are plenty of flowers in bloom in the area and plenty of history to uncover. There are five main attractions in the Historic Triangle , including the first permanent English settlement at Jamestown. It’s a great opportunity to get out in the sunshine and take a walk from place to place, as everything is close together in each location.

1. The Finger Lakes, New York

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In Upstate New York lies a hidden gem well known for its late spring tourism–The Finger Lakes. Named for its long narrow collection of lakes, this charming rural area is famous for its wineries , waterfalls, and lakeshores.

Visitors can enjoy lake views while sipping on local Riesling. Make a stop at Watkins Glen State Park to see the fullest waterfalls of the year while you hike the trails.

best places to visit in the USA in spring

Getting out and traveling can sometimes be the best way to kick the winter blues, especially if you live somewhere that gets very little sunshine. Enjoying the beauty of spring in any one of these destinations is sure to help you recharge and reset. Whether you want to get out and hit the trails or simply sit back and enjoy an afternoon of peace and quiet somewhere with warmer temperatures, you’re sure to find a great trip on this list.

About Emily Becker

Emily Becker is a digital nomad based in Costa Rica. She's been traveling on and off since 2014 and has visited 15 countries—planning to tick many more off her bucket list. In addition to writing for BMTM, she works as a copywriter and project manager.

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7 Best Places to Visit in the Spring

P ut some spring in your travel step by planning a trip. The season offers a chance for a bonus jaunt, an extra treat before the vacation season hits: Consider a few places whose peak appeal comes in that Goldilocks moment between winter and summer-some of which might surprise you.

We've compiled seven smart options for a springtime fling, all with a compelling reason or two to travel there.

1. New Orleans

The Big Easy is a major hardship in peak tourist season-not only for the crowds, but also for its oppressively muggy weather. Sneak in before summertime, though, and you can enjoy breezy, pleasant conditions that make exploring the cobbled backstreets a joy rather than a battle; in April, expect the mercury to hover in the upper 70s and to experience only about four days of rain. Of course, spring's big draw here is Jazz Fest . More than 5,000 musicians appear at this event, which started in 1970 and has grown exponentially since then.

New Orleans culture, though, isn't limited to music, and there are other arty reasons to venture here in spring, like the Tennessee Williams Festival , a five-day celebration of the Streetcar Named Desire maestro; the Mississippi native lived here for several years in the 1930s and '40s. among the highfalutin readings and tributes, there are fittingly subversive, fun offerings too-such as the annual Stella Shouting contest , where attendees can try out their best bellowing Stanley Kowalski. If you need inspiration, watch a video of some of last year's attempts.

Where to stay

  • Book now: Hotel Peter & Paul

The Marigny-based four-star hotel was carved out of a 19th-century church. Its surrounding buildings, including a school and convent, and its draped, ornate interiors are winningly over-the-top; the twin-bunk rooms in the former schoolhouse are a great family or friends option.

How to get to New Orleans

MSY airport is now a pleasure to experience, after it was reinvented via a $1.3 billion makeover five years ago. There is service across the country on most carriers: Breeze Airways connects it with Louisville, Kentucky, for example, and Southwest offers service from San Antonio, Texas.

2. Seoul, South Korea

We've already told you that the South Korean capital is one of the best cities in the world this year , but if you need another nudge, we highly recommend you go in spring. That's when it's festooned with clouds of pale-pink flowers, courtesy of the cherry trees that line the streets and parks, usually from mid-March to mid-April. Look for two kinds: the Yoshino-familiar from Washington, D.C. , originating in Japan -as well as the King cherry, an indigenous species from South Korea's Jeju Island. The latter has slightly larger, pinker flowers and will burst into bloom toward the end of the season.

The best spots to enjoy the cherry blossoms include the National Cemetery, where the drooping bows on trees look like floral waterfalls, and Seokchon Lake-the Lotte World theme park is there, and the Disney Magic Castle-like architecture looks straight out of a fairy tale when the cherry trees are in full bloom. Make sure to comb the aisles of the supermarkets here to pick up bizarre, intriguing cherry blossom–flavored snacks, limited-edition riffs released to honor the season.

  • Book now: Rakkojae Hanok Collection

Consider a quirky crashpad like one of the traditional hanoks, the signature 14th-century structure with curved roofs and central courtyards that's a shorthand for Seoul, complete with timber-framed windows and calligraphic decorations.

How to get to Seoul

Korea has not one but two national carriers: SkyTeam member Korean Air and Star Alliance's Asiana. Together, they connect ICN airport through nonstop direct flights to Dallas, Seattle, and JFK in New York City. Delta also operates to Korea's capital from Detroit and Minneapolis.

The tiny island 60 nautical miles or so off Sicily's south coast is a place where the weather's usually balmy in spring-much nicer than the often-oppressive heat of midsummer-and there are countless, less-known cultural sites that more than match better-known spots in Rome or Athens.

Take the Hypogeum. Tucked under a side street in the town of Paola is one of Europe's most underrated but important Neolithic sites: a warren of tunnels carved out of limestone more than 5,000 years ago. The burial ground and temple was unearthed when someone tried to build a drainage channel for a modern house; to prevent the dampness of visitors' breath damaging the extraordinary artworks daubed on the walls, entry is limited to 80 people per day . Later this year, keep an eye open for MICAS , the contemporary art museum arriving in Valletta that's a glass box bolted onto the centuries-old fortified walls of the city.

  • Book now: The Phoenicia

The handiest place to sleep is this hotel, right outside the main city walls of Valletta: The large rooms are comfy, and there's a lovely, chintzy lobby that's more like an English country house than a Mediterranean manor.

How to get to Malta

There are no direct, nonstop long-haul flights from North America. Given the long-standing cultural connections with the United Kingdom-Malta was a colony for 150 years-the best choice is to fly to London and connect from there. Look for service to LGW rather than LHR airport (JetBlue, Delta, and Virgin all operate to the former), as there is a greater number of options for short-haul connections.

4. The Hamptons, New York

Think the best time to visit the Hamptons is summertime? Think again. If you'd prefer to enjoy the bucolic calm of this gorgeous slice of New England, squeeze in a trip in springtime, when the locals far outnumber visitors and you're likelier to spot a line outside a farm stand rather than a nightclub.

The standout spot right now is the most isolated Hampton enclave of all: Shelter Island, the almost 30-square-mile spot wedged between the north and south forks at the farthest east end. The spot has seen a flurry of new energy over the past couple of years, with several of its hotels undergoing major renovations or owner changes, including the Chequit-owned by NYC real estate tycoon Stefan Soloviev-and the Rams Head Inn.

Still, it retains much of the countrified charm that drew weekenders in the first place: Take a 10-mile bike ride around the entire island, about a third of which is a protected nature preserve, or hang out on one of the beaches at sundown; if you want to take the plunge into the brisk Atlantic waters, try Shell Beach, where the kayaking and paddleboarding is easier thanks to the protected inlet at West Neck Harbor.

  • Book now: The Pridwin

The Pridwin is another hotel that's undergone a radical reboot, after the longtime owning family partnered with developer Cape Resorts: The 10-acre property has 16 new cottages dotted around its grounds.

How to get to the Hamptons

If you'd rather travel in comfort to Long Island, skip the crowds of the LIRR train and try one of the luxe bus services: The Luxury Liner runs starting in May, and the Hampton Jitney runs year-round. Expect comfy seats, snacks and Wi-Fi, and regular stops connecting NYC and the major hubs out East.

5. Costa Rica

The best time to explore Costa Rica is the dry season, or summer, which runs from December through April. It's when the views of its spectacular countryside, such as the more than 5,300-foot-tall Arenal Volcano, are clearest (get up early to avoid any cloud cover) and when the bird population is at its peak, with millions arriving here to overwinter. Even better, of course, the dry sunny weather keeps temperatures in the mid-80s most of the time and makes for picture-perfect beach days.

If you want to explore the jungle up close, make La Fortuna your base. It's the adventure hub of the country: Wander across the swinging, vertigo-inducing metal walkways that are the Arenal hanging bridges of Mistico Park, or careen down seven consecutive ziplines, including one that punctures through the branches. For surfing , your best option is Santa Teresa on the west coast, a high-end hippie town that's the local counterpart to Mexico's Tulum. Or, indulge your inner om with a trip to Nosara, the wellness spot and yoga lovers' paradise.

  • Book now: Nayara Tented Camp

The eco-luxe spot is the standout of the three sister resorts here under the Nayara umbrella: Sit in your private plunge pool outside the canopied bedroom and consider the superb views of the Arenal Volcano, the ultimate Costa Rican backdrop.

How to get to Costa Rica

The capital, San José (SJO), has service from Orlando (JetBlue, Spirit) and Charlotte (American), among cities. The other main air hub in Costa Rica is Liberia (LIR): Among the routes from the United States, there are Southwest flights to Baltimore, and American and JetBlue flights to JFK.

6. Tangier, Morocco

Take a trip to Tangier, a city we've already identified as one of the must-visit spots worldwide for 2024. The northernmost spot of modern Morocco has a thrillingly eclectic cultural history, having spent several decades of the 20th century as a de facto stand-alone site, an international zone administered by a cluster of European countries. That history bestowed on the city both an architectural originality and a devil-may-care edginess that it retains today-no wonder the fashpack who flocked to Morocco in the 1970s, including Yves Saint Laurent, found Tangier so intoxicating and seductive.

Follow in their footsteps and you'll find that contemporary Tangier is a hot spot for local creatives, whether artist Yto Barrada who runs café and gallery Cinémathèque de Tanger or the funky concept store Las Chicas. Bring a copy of the extraordinary autobiography of Ahmed Errachidi, The General, to read at his restaurant Café Terrasse Boulevard. The Tangier-born chef was working in Pakistan when he was arrested and sent to Guantanamo Bay for five years before his innocence was proven. He returned home and opened this space with his family.

  • Book now: Villa Mabrouka

Designer Jasper Conran reopened Yves Saint Laurent's onetime home as a luxe 120-room boutique hotel, amping up its interiors with louche maximalism.

How to get to Tangier

The best option from North America is to fly into Casablanca, the capital, the terminus for long-haul flights; Royal Air Maroc operates from Washington, D.C., JFK, and Miami. Then hop on the gleaming new high-speed train to reach Tangier; it's barely a two-hour journey.

7. Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Don't assume that ski-centric destinations lose their luster the moment snow starts to grow sparse on the slopes. In fact, they're often some of the most appealing out-of-season spots, when their other assets aren't overshadowed by the superb skiing.

Jackson Hole is typical. Winter is when it's known for skiing, and summertime features a vibrant whitewater rafting scene-but spring, always overlooked, is also trip-ready. Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks may be a little muddy, but their rugged isolation is much more in evidence in spring than in high-traffic peak times. The wildlife, of course, is less skittish with fewer people around: Animals are raring to go after emerging from their winter slowdowns. Expect particularly frisky bison and elk, which begin to migrate north for summer around this time.

Old West Days are a staple of the springtime here, too, a late-May bash that's a tribute to the Western culture here, whether via the High Noon Chili Cook-off between local restaurants or Teton Powwow, showcasing Indigenous dances and traditions.

  • Book now: Amangani

The ultra-luxe Asia-originated chain opened its first stateside property here, a 40-room resort with a heated outdoor infinity pool overlooking the rugged landscape.

How to get to Jackson Hole

JAC airport is surprisingly well served by direct nonstop flights across the country: United flies from EWR in Newark, New Jersey, and HOU in Houston, Delta from MSP (Minneapolis/Saint Paul) and SLC (Salt Lake City), and American from DFW (Dallas).

Malta is home to several UNESCO World Heritage sites.

Cicadas 2024: 2 broods to emerge together in US for first time in over 200 years

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These insects are known for the screaming noise they make and for numbering in the millions.

This year two different groups, or broods, of cicadas will emerge across multiple states with one singular goal: mating and laying millions more eggs.

After 13 years, Brood XIX is set to emerge in the spring of 2024 in 14 states across the Southeast and Midwest, and the 17-year Brood XIII will emerge in five Midwestern states around the same time, according to Cicada Mania . This double emergence is the first time this has happened in 221 years. According to ScienceAlert.com , this won't happen again until 2245.

Of all the states where the broods will emerge this year, they are expected to overlap in Illinois and Indiana.

You may remember the last brood of cicadas, Brood X , which emerged in the summer of 2021 across multiple Eastern, Southern and Midwestern states.

Here's what to know about this year's two cicada broods.

What are Brood XIX cicadas?

Brood XIX (19) is estimated to emerge in these states beginning mid-May and lasting through late June:

  • Mississippi.
  • North Carolina.
  • South Carolina.

The brood last emerged in 2011, and has a 13-year life cycle.

According to Cicada Mania, they will begin to emerge when the soil 8 inches underground reaches 64 degrees, and are often triggered by a warm rain.

What are Brood XIII cicadas?

Brood XIII (13) will emerge these states in mid-May and ending in late June:

The brood may also appear in Michigan, Cicada Mania says. Like Brood XIX, they will begin to emerge when the soil 8 inches underground reaches 64 degrees, and are often triggered by a warm rain.

Unlike the other brood, these cicadas have a 17-year life cycle, and last emerged in 2007.

What is the life cycle of a cicada?

Cicadas have the longest life cycle of any insect, waiting 13 or 17 years to emerge, but once they're above ground, things move pretty fast. Female cicadas lay eggs in trees , which drop to the ground and burrow, waiting for years to emerge, depending on their brood.

Once they emerge, adults cicadas will mate, lay millions of eggs and die, all in about five weeks.

What is the difference between annual and periodical cicadas?

There are two types of cicadas that are common in Eastern U.S. states: Annual and periodical cicadas. Annual cicadas emerge every year, while periodical cicadas emerge every 13 or 17 years, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency .

What is a brood?

According to the University of Connecticut , broods are classified as "all periodical cicadas of the same life cycle type that emerge in a given year."

A brood of cicadas is made up of different species of the insect that have separate evolutionary histories. These species may have joined the brood at different times or from different sources. These different species are lumped together under the brood because they are in the same region and emerge on a common schedule.

The two cicada broods set to emerge this summer are both periodical broods, which the University of Connecticut says fits together "like puzzle pieces, in both time and space."

Why do cicadas make so much noise?

You'll have to thank the male cicadas for all that screeching. Male cicadas synchronize their calls and produce congregational songs, according to Britannica , which establish territory and attract females. There is also a courting call that they make before mating.

Unluckily for us, the 13-year and 17-year brood cicadas are the loudest , partially because of the sheer number of them that emerge at once.

Are cicadas harmful to humans or pets?

Cicadas are not harmful to humans, pets, household gardens or crops, the EPA says, and despite their overwhelming numbers, can actually provide a few environmental benefits .

They provide a valuable food source for birds or other predators, can aerate lawns, improve water filtration and add nutrients into the soil as they decompose.

Are cicadas dangerous? Here's what's fact and fiction with cicada bites, stings and more.

Contributing: Joyce Orlando, Nashville Tennessean

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