The U.S. is gorgeous when spring arrives, so prepare your vehicle and head out onto the open road. Get excited to take in as much scenery as possible by traveling through the Florida Keys, the Skagit Valley Tulip Fields in Washington, and the effervescent Blue Ridge Parkway through North Carolina and Virginia.
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1. The Texas Hill Country’s Wildflower Loop. Late March and early April is the time to enjoy the fantastic flowers along the Willow City Loop. Here, visitors can drink in the beauty of Native American paintbrushes, bluebonnets, winecups, fire wheels, Mexican poppies, and so many more. This 90-mile loop will refresh the spirit and fulfill the soul.
2. Joshua Tree National Park. A mere two hours’ drive from Los Angeles, Joshua Tree offers visitors views of the Cholla Cactus Garden and Skull Rock. If you want to take a break from the usual spring flower madness, you’ll find a haven here, among the unique prickly plants and charming town of Joshua Tree.
3. Columbia River Scenic Highway. Dotted with an abundance of waterfalls, this highway is easily accessible from Portland, Oregon and offers breathtaking views of the gorge. Make plenty of time for camping and hiking.
4. The Oregon Coastline. The Pacific Northwest region of the United States boasts some of the most magnificent views in the country. The Oregon coast does not disappoint with its coastal cliffs, various tourist amusements like aquariums, fish markets, and bustling waterfronts.
5. Phoenix & Flagstaff. Arizona is blistering hot most of the year but in the spring tourists with an aversion to that uncomfortable heat can visit this beautiful state with ease. Take the road trip from Sedona to Flagstaff, where you’ll encounter majestic sandstone rock formations and the world’s largest pine forest.
6. New Orleans to Baton Rouge. Louisiana is another state that is best visited in the spring, before the heat and humidity set in. Drive the route between New Orleans and Baton Rouge for historic and scenic exploration into antebellum plantation homes and tours.
7. Blue Ridge Parkway. Known as “America’s Favorite Drive,” the Blue Ridge Parkway is a whopping 469 miles through North Carolina to Virginia that runs along the Appalachian Mountains. Wind your way through Shenandoah National Park and stop to drink in the grand views of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
8. Route 66. The most iconic U.S. route that has ever existed, drive through the Angeles National Forest and then the Mojave National Preserve (starting in L.A.). You’ll also run into the Painted Desert and Petrified Forest along the way.
9. Key West, Florida. If spring is taking a little extra time to show itself in your neck of the woods, Key West is the cure for the extended winter doldrums. The bridges connecting all of the keys is an exhilarating trip all its own, as drivers often feel like they are floating on top of the water as they drive. Start in Miami, and end in Key West for the most spectacular sunset you’ll ever witness.
10. Glenwood Springs, Colorado. If you’re looking for adventure in a road trip, you simply can’t go wrong by visiting the Colorado Rockies. White water rafting, fishing, hiking, camping, and various snow sports (even in the spring) means you’ll delight in the 180-mile journey.
11. Goodsprings, Nevada. Just 35 miles from Las Vegas, Goodsprings offers visitors good food, scenery and a bit of spooky fun. It’s a mining town that boasts historic saloons and creepy building tours.
12. The Pony Express Trail. This historic trail runs between Sacramento, California and St. Joseph, Missouri. In the 1800s, riders delivered mail on horseback across this stretch in less than ten days.
13. Asheville, NC. If you’re interested in planning a romantic getaway with your sweetheart, Asheville, NC is just the place. With gorgeous views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the city is known for its waterfalls, breweries, museums, and antebellum architecture.
14. The Pacific Coast Highway. Sun, sand, surf, what’s not to love! A road trip, even cross country, is well worth the time when you’re met with impressive mountain ranges and jaw-dropping geological formations.
15. Kancamagus Highway. New England is particularly lovely in the fall, but it still has so much to offer in the spring. Along New Hampshire’s Kancamagus Highway you’ll delight in hiking trails, scenic overlooks, and charming ponds.
Shrug off winter and head to the highway to visit one (or more!) of these iconic road trip destinations for spring. Take advantage of the earth waking and delight in the beauty of mountains, waterfalls, and unusual natural geological formations.