We’re in the swing of spring break at the time of this writing, but it’s not too late to plan a last-minute springtime vacation or road trip. We love this time of year for travel in the US because nature unfolds masterfully across the land in a procession of glorious green growth and eye-popping floral blooms.
For sure, spring is a time to celebrate life and savor all the natural beauty that is expansive across the American landscape. Don’t let the glory of spring slip away before getting out and relishing some super-sweet travel destinations that shine this time of year.
When you think of spring break, your mind might first turn to sunny US beaches, sandy shores, or even Disney World. But springtime travel doesn’t have to follow the norm. We think taking the road less traveled to explore your springtime destinations in the US holds terrific potential for fun and making lasting memories.
That’s why we’re sharing some top unique spots we think you’re going to enjoy. So let’s kick off the list!
Texas – Big Bend National Park
The Lone Star state shines in the spring. With bluebonnets bursting and Indian paintbrush flowers blooming, the landscape of this national park is a feast for the eyes. There’s a lot of truth to the old saying “everything is bigger in Texas.”
Big Bend National Park touts titanic-sized caverns, expansive starry skies, and breathtaking mountain ranges. Sprawling over 800,000 acres and situated in the far west region of Texas, the views are epic with practically limitless natural wonders to explore. It’s a great destination for springtime too, as the weather is mild and manageable.
With over 450 species of birds, wild cacti blooming and scenic vistas, it’s sure to be an exotic gem for your springtime travel adventure. Oh, and by the way, before you don your cowboy boots and head to the friendly state of Texas, be sure to check the National Park Service website in case there are pandemic-related closings within the park.
Kentucky – Mammoth Cave
Go spelunking in the spring! This impressive cave system in the Green River Valley of Kentucky lives up to its name, ‘mammoth’. It boasts over 400 miles of subterranean pathways which earns it the reputation of one of the longest known cave systems on the planet.
It’s also known for behemoth stone monuments and is home to thousands of years of human history. If caves aren’t your thing, no worries. The Mammoth Cave National Park is a host to diverse plant life as well as teaming with a variety of animal life which is all jump-jiving in the springtime.
The park also caters to all sorts of interests such as trail rides on horseback, nature walks, camping, and more. The weather in spring in this area is ideal for exploring and the landscape in the park is exploding with tons of awe-inspiring beauty.
Pennsylvania – Fallingwater
If your travel tastes prefer the refined rather than rustic or rugged, then the Fallingwater house built in the late 1930s by the famed architect, Frank Lloyd Wright, might be right up your alley.
Now, you might be thinking, “Why would I want to see a house on my spring break?”
The answer is because Fallingwater isn’t any average house. Wright designed the house to dovetail elegantly within the rich natural landscape of southwest Pennsylvania’s Laurel Highlands. Fallingwater presents a jaw-dropping design that would make any aspiring student from the best architecture schools in the country drool!
Although the design of the home is considered modern architecture, it is far from austere. It is nestled in a wonderland of nature and compliments the sublime majesty of mature flora and fabulous fauna. This stunning location is called Fallingwater because it hails a gravity-defying design that perches the home upon a natural waterfall, and the view is exquisite.
This travel destination is particularly spectacular in the spring with cool breezes flowing through enchanting forests of hemlock, pine, and maple trees. What’s more, Fallingwater features bespoke ‘Forest to Table’ dinners, guided tours, a museum store, and the property is also surrounded by 5,100 acres of natural landscapes known as Bear Run Nature Reserve.
We hope this inspires you to go roaming upon the road less traveled and discover a few lesser-known springtime destinations. Wherever you go and whatever you do, we wish you an awesome spring and amazing travel adventures!