When most people think about spring getaways, spring break comes to mind. And while that's certainly part of the spring travel season, it's not the only amazing vacation that you can take. The truth is outside of Mexico, the Caribbean and some parts of the Southern United States, spring is shoulder season. And even in those prime destinations, after Easter, rates on hotels and flights are likely to drop. That means destinations up and down the East Coast are less crowded than they are during the summer (or winter, depending on where you're going), and you're able to get some true rest and relaxation. Whether you want to get in some spring skiing, explore America's amazing historic cities, or post up on the beach, we've found the perfect spring getaways on the East Coast for you. Check out our favorite spring break getaways and start planning today.
It might sound like a no-brainer, but Miami is queen when it comes to East Coast spring getaways. A spring break hub, the city has way more to see and do than just chugging tropical drinks on Ocean Drive (though a night of that is always fun, too). These days, Miami's grown-up side makes it an equally awesome spring getaway for families, couples and singles who aren't just fresh out of college. We love the slightly more refined hotel-and-pool scene along Collins Avenue north of Lincoln Road in South Beach. But you should also make time to head inland. Wynwood - a prime street-art destination where you can book tours - is Miami's Brooklyn and is flush with cafes and galleries. Looking for a little bit of culture? Little Havana is the beating heart of Miami's Cuban community and is definitely worth a visit.
With mild to warm weather, Spanish moss hanging everywhere and tons of history, Savannah makes an awesome spring getaway. Timing your visit before summer hits means you'll get to enjoy the city before it withers under Georgia's heat and humidity. You won't be alone, though - spring marks one of Savannah's peak seasons. Why is that? The flowers blooming across the city give it an even more magical atmosphere, and there's a lot to do. Savannah's cultural calendar comes to life in the spring, with events that include the Savannah Music Festival plus numerous music and dance performances. Feel like partying? Savannah's St. Patrick's Day Parade is legendary as well.
A bit farther up the East Coast than Savannah, Charleston is equally as packed with tradition and history, all wrapped in an impossibly pretty package that's been charming visitors for a long time. And like much of the South, mid-to-late spring can be beach season here. While the water will be chilly, daytime temperatures often merit showing a little skin and soaking up the sun. That weather also makes strolling the charming Charleston Historic District all the more pleasant. You'll find the Magnolia Plantation and Gardens blooming, as well as many of the city's historic private gardens. The late spring also brings the Piccolo Spoleto art festival, which takes place over the course of a few weeks starting in late May.
Asheville and the Blue Ridge Mountains, N.C.
Springtime in Asheville and the nearby Blue Ridge Mountains is all about the outdoors. While the countryside here is most celebrated during the fall, you shouldn't skip the spring months. Wildflowers are in abundance at this time of year, and the milder weather only adds to the magic. There are too many hikes to count in this region (check out Hickory Nut Gorge for starters), and the bright flowers of the wild rhododendron are everywhere during the later months of the season. Elsewhere, the gardens of the Biltmore Estate will be in early bloom, as will the North Carolina Arboretum. Asheville itself is the perfect place to spend your day before and after you explore the great outdoors. Expect memorably excellent microbreweries, cafes, and restaurants.