Where to Travel in March
Bretton Woods, New Hampshire
Who says you have to head to the beach for spring break? There’s still time to hit the slopes at some of the country’s greatest winter resorts. Enjoy a skiing spring break at Bretton Woods in New Hampshire, Okemo Mountain Resort in Vermont and more! Or if you’ve ever wanted to say in an ice hotel, consider a stay at Quebec City's Ice Hotel -- March is the last month the hotel is open until the following January, so book a stay!
Celebrate spring with a trip to the nation’s capital. In 2014, the National Cherry Blossom Festival kicks off Thursday, March 20, the first day of spring. The festival runs through April 13. Can’t make it to DC? Check out these other cherry blossom festivals around the country. Plus, be sure to head to these spring festivals around the world.
Tap into sweet outdoor fun this spring with a visit to Vermont. Maple season in Vermont kicks off in March, when warmer days and cool nights cause the sugar maples’ sap to start flowing once again. Other great maple syrup season states include Michigan, where March is the heart of the season, particularly in Northern Lower Michigan; and the Connecticut towns of Marlborough and Hebron.
Gustavia, the capital of St. Barts, was named for King Gustav III of Sweden. Fort Karl and Fort Gustav are popular areas for hikers, and if you’re not into hiking, then go shopping. This city has several high-end boutiques -- an essential source of revenue for the island. And don’t forget to take a stroll around the harbor to sneak a peek at some of the extravagant yachts.
The crowds descend on the big spring break hot spots this time of year. If you’re seeking a Caribbean getaway far from the crowds, head to the tiny French island of St. Barts or one of these other Caribbean islands you don't know but should. Can’t get away? Discover options for a last-minute spring break closer to your home turf.
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Boston, Chicago and Ireland
Everyone’s Irish on St. Patrick’s Day, which means you have no excuse not to get in on the fun: Take part in one of these St. Patrick's Day celebrations around the world. Head to Boston or Chicago for some of the biggest celebrations. Or see the country where it all began: From the Cliffs of Moher to the Dingle Peninsula, take a tour of Ireland.
Spring wouldn’t be the same without this iconic festival: For more than 25 years, the annual South by Southwest festival has showcased the latest trends in film, interactive media and music. Want to go? Discover the top 6 things to know about South by Southwest -- see our Austin page for more city attractions. Missed out on this year’s festival? Check out these other music festivals around the world.
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