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March into spring

March can only mean one thing – the start of spring of course! The evenings are getting lighter, the temperature is heating up and summer is getting closer, leaving our minds focused on one thing – our summer holidays!

Gemma Written by: Gemma Walsh / 22 March 2017

Although 2017 seems to be flying by and spring has sprung up on us, summer still feels like a lifetime away. But why wait till summer to embark on your next trip? Spring is a fantastic time to travel! Holidaying out of season means you can travel for a fraction of the price and experience your favourite attractions with fewer crowds of people around. The mild weather is ideal for exploring destinations which are usually too hot in the summer months, not to mention all the magnificent wildlife blossoming across the country! Discover our selection of spring hot spots below and march your way in spring…

Cherry Blossom Washington DC

Washington DC in bloom

One of the best things about spring is the abundance of natural beauty it brings, cherry blossom season being one of them. Each spring, cherry blossoms light up Washington DC’s Tidal Basin with bursts of pretty pink and white floral fireworks! The peak bloom period, where buds transform into beautiful blossoms, usually only last around a week or so. The bloom period varies from year to year depending on weather conditions on the weeks and months leading up to it which can complicate travel plans somewhat. On average, the blossom comes out around the last week of March through to the first week of April so that a good time to aim for if you’re planning on visiting.

Yellowstone spring

Springtime at Yellowstone

Yellowstone is a fantastic destination to visit all year round with more than two million acres to roam and an endless adventures to be had but there’s just something about the beautiful transitional period from winter to spring that makes it extra special. With warmer temperatures and fewer crowds, spring is the prime time to visit Yellowstone! As the park awakens from a long winter, so does its large animal population making it ideal for wildlife watching. Visit in May and you might just catch a glimpse of new born baby bison, elk, bear cubs and even baby antelopes! Spring is also great for witnessing bears and wolves in their natural habitats – join a guide for early-morning hikes through their natural habitats for a chance to see these magnificent creatures.

Bellagio at Christmas

Springtime at Yellowstone

Spring is also a great time for flora enthusiasts. Each year the park transforms into a garden of lush green landscapes covered in seas of vibrant wildflowers. Wildflowers not only create picturesque backdrops for wildlife enthusiasts, nature photographers and outdoor adventurers, but they also play an important part in animal’s diets. Wildflowers provide vital spring food for a lot of the parks wildlife and animals can quite often be spotted foraging throughout the park. So with the abundance of wildlife and fewer visitors, Yellowstone is simply perfect in the spring. “The Yellowstone is a wild-flower garden. Wander where you will, you have the ever-new charm, the finishing touch, the ever-refreshing radiance of the wild flowers" — Enos Mills, Your National Parks, 1917.

New England spring

Fall for New England in the spring

New England in fall is something we hear about all the time. But why wait until fall? New England is just as picturesque in the spring, in fact many New Englanders actually consider it the best time to visit. Warmer weather arrives, flowers are in bloom and the air is fresh with a post-winter scent. Whilst summer months allow for hotter holidays, spring does the same but with less humidity, fewer crowds and reduced prices. Renowned for its foliage, New England truly comes alive in the spring. Swap those famous images of New England’s burnt oranges and fiery red autumn foliage and replace it with visions of bright pinks, purples and lush greens and you’ll have a pretty good idea of what you can expect in spring.

Rockies in spring

Mountain Springs

The Rocky Mountains offer 415 square miles of alpine and subalpine exploration all year round but The Rocky Mountains in springtime are nothing short of spectacular! Visit in the spring and experience two different worlds, one melting and reawakening and the other frozen and snowed over. Packed with 355 miles of hiking trails, a variety of terrains and an abundance of wildlife, springtime is the perfect time for a Rocky Mountain adventure!

Rockies in spring

As temperatures rise and snow recedes it reveals acres and acres of mountain meadows, home to hundreds of wildflower species spreading across mountain plains like wildfire! We recommend a walk via the Tundra Communities Trail to get the best views of The Rocky Mountain’s hundreds of wildflower species. Hiking around the Rockies, you may also come across a variety of animals that often migrate lower to more accessible regions in the summer to give birth. There are over 1000 elk roaming around, as well as bighorn sheep and cows that are often spotted grazing with their new-borns at various spots throughout the park.

Rockies in spring

So whilst one part of the park is being reborn, the other part of it is still very much frozen in time. Spring’s rising temperatures do not necessarily mean lack of snow - in fact, snowfall in April and May is pretty common! The continued snowfall means outdoor activities like downhill skiing, cross country skiing and snowmobiling are still very popular in spring If outdoor adventure sports aren’t your thing then horse riding, mountain biking and hiking options are also available. And the best thing about outdoor activities in the spring? The surrounding landscapes and natural beauty that only spring can provide.

St Patricks Day

St. Patrick's Day in Chicago

From wild pub crawls and vibrant parades to family festivities, there's nothing quite like St. Patricks Day in Chicago! Throughout the month of March, Chicago goes green in celebration of Irish culture & tradition, the cities famous skyline illuminates with colour and the Chicago River sparkles brilliant shades of emerald green. The streets come alive with parades and jovial revellers fill the cities Irish Pubs. Between all the neighbourhood merriments, Celtic performances, street parades, buzzing bars and a river dyed green – there is no shortage of ways to celebrate. If there was ever a time to visit Chicago it’s in March!

Easter in the USA

American Easter Celebrations

Embellish your best bonnet, grab your basket and hop over to New York this Easter! It’s always a good idea to visit New York but Easter time comes with lots of fun, frolics and chocolate – what’s not to love? Whether you’re a church goer or an egg hunter, put on your Sunday best and head to NYC in April and enjoy warmer weather and plenty of festivities. The Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival gives Sunday best a new meaning and is definitely an Easter highlight in New York. The spectacle of people sporting their eccentric handmade hats of all shapes and sizes is well worth seeing!

Easter in the USA

American Easter Celebrations

For something more low key, grab your friends and family and hit up one of NYC's favourite brunch spots. New York is renowned for its brunches and Easter brunching is something of a popular tradition. Some of our personal favourites are Orleanders in Williamsburg for a delicious selection of pancakes and pastries or if you fancy a real treat, head up 65 floors to Rainbow Room at the Rockefeller Plaza dining room and brunch to the sound of live jazz and whilst enjoying some award-winning cocktails and some of the New York's most spectacular views!

Texas Rodeo

Saddle up for Texas Rodeo season

With mild temperatures, outdoor activities in full swing, flowers in full bloom and a plethora of fantastic festivals happening – spring is a fantastic time to visit Texas! And of course, no trip to Texas would be complete without a visit to one of those renowned Texas Rodeos - yeehah! Every season is rodeo season in Texas but some of the best take place in March, a great way to kick the spring festivities off! There are so many to choose from but one of our favourites is the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, a tradition since 1932 which takes place during the first 3 weeks of March.

Texas Rodeo

Saddle up for Texas Rodeo season

This one-of-a-kind event has over 2 million visitors each year and features the second largest fair in North America, daily rodeo competitions and some of the biggest names in music performing. Another great option is the Star of Texas Fair and Rodeo where weird meets Western! In addition to the standard rodeo competitions, visitors can witness pig races, youth art shows, cook-offs and over 100 live music acts – Austin isn’t called the Live Music Capital of the World for nothing! So dust off your cowboy boots and saddle up for some quintessential all American fun...

Gathering of the Nations

Gathering of the Nations

Each April in Albuquerque, New Mexico, North America’s biggest Powwow takes place. This 3 day event is recognised as THE Powwow, and noted as one of the Top 10 American Powwows in the USA. The Gathering of Nations at Tingley Coliseum begins with the Grand Entry, a parade of singing, dancing and drumming featuring over 5000 members representing more than 700 tribes, all in full, traditional costumes. There’s also an incredible Indian Traders’ Market featuring over 800 arts and crafts vendors selling traditional Indian artefacts and a Native Food Court featuring all kinds of authentic dishes. Gathering of the Nations is more than just a powwow, it’s a magic experience which is a true representation of Native Indian culture and tradition and its one of the most entertaining and enriching Native festivals in North America.

Final Thoughts

So if you’re ready to put a spring in your step why not head to Washington DC to witness the spectacular cherry blossom season? Nature lovers should head to Yellowstone National Park to watch as the park is reborn after a long winter. And why wait till fall to visit New England? Spring is just as good! Not ready to say goodbye to winter just yet? Then head to the Colorado for the last of the Rocky Mountain's winter snow! If you’re after a good craic then make sure you visit Chicago for St. Patrick’s Day or head to New York for the annual Easter parade! Those wanting to release their inner cowboy should head to Texas for rodeo season – yeehah! And for a taste of Native Indian culture, head to Albuquerque for North America’s biggest Powow.

Gemma Walsh

Blogger Profile - Gemma Walsh

Gemma joined My America Holiday in February 2016 after taking a a year out to travel the world. Music is a huge passion of hers and you can often find her following different music events across the globe. Her American dream would be to hire a motorhome and drive to the Black Rock Desert of Nevada to attend Burning Man festival.

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