It seems natural, among the flowering trees and newly cleaned closets, to take a spring time road trip. The weather has finally melted the ice away, and it’s finally safe enough to wear shorts and appreciate the feeling of sunshine without the cotton barrier of a sweater. The skies are bluer, the grass greener, and the birds have returned to their summer homes. It’s the perfect time to start a spontaneous, care-free, novelty filled, road trip.
What better place to enjoy the warmth than a trip to the South? The sweet tea is ample, and the gardens are all in bloom. From Virginia to Florida, spirits are high and southern charm is always in style.
Go to the nation’s capital! Washington D.C. is full of life this time of year, when the National Cherry Blossom Festival is held to celebrate the beautiful three-thousand trees gifted to America from Tokyo, Japan. The festival lasts three weeks, including more than two-hundred cultural events, but the trees stay in full blossom until late fall. It’s the perfect backdrop to enjoy the world famous Smithsonian Museums, the Washington Monument, or to take a tour of the White House. It’s the perfect opportunity to learn about the U.S.’s history and admire the cherry blossoms at the same time.
Myrtle Beach is a prime choice for relaxing by the Atlantic Ocean now that the beach weather has returned. Great for kids, adults, and in-betweens— Myrtle Beach has something to offer everyone. Riddled with waterparks and amusement parks, the most determined of thrill seekers can find what they’re looking for. Water sports are immensely popular, with jet skis and banana boat rentals just around the corner. Fishing is excellent off the iconic Myrtle Beach Pier, and shopaholics have found their match with the Tanger Outlet Stores. For golfers, there are over one hundred golf courses designed by experts like Arnold Palmer, Greg Norman and Robert Trent Jones.
Another cultural hot spot that thrives in the spring is the classical Savannah, Georgia. Take a stroll down the romantic river walk, taking in the view of the lovely Savannah River, which separates South Carolina from Georgia. Eat at the many authentic, original, unique restaurants found around town, tucked into antique cotton exchanges and preserved farm houses. Along the river run confectionaries that pride themselves on caramels, pecan turtles, divinity, old-fashioned hard candies, and rich chocolate fudge for locals and visitors alike. Take a walk through the many historical battle sites, fringed with large, bronze memorials and oak trees laced with Spanish moss. Throw a penny into the Forsyth Park fountain, styled after the Place de la Concorde in Paris. Join one of the many ghost tours offered nightly, as Savannah is considered America’s “most haunted city,” giving this road trip to be something truly unforgettable.
Among any of these cities, or any other cities in any part of the country, there is something similar that can be found— the feeling of trying something new. So, soak up the sunshine. Grab a map and go explore.