If the past year has given you the travel bug and you’re ready to get out there and have some adventures then March is a great time to visit some of the USA’s hottest spots (literally).
You’ll be able to enjoy some iconic landscapes in manageable temperatures for less money than in peak seasons. It’s basically a win-win, so here are 20 ideas of the best places to visit in March in the USA to get you started…
1. Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve – one of the best places to visit in the USA in the spring
For a truly awe-inspiring, and some say spiritual experience, take the winding dirt road through Antelope Valley in Southern California where blankets of poppies literally carpet the ground in flames of red and orange.
8 miles of foot trails weave through the resplendent blooms, showing off California’s state flower with pizazz.
Of course, we can’t completely second guess Mother Nature and weather conditions are a big influence on the poppy crop, but they roughly bloom for 10 weeks between late February and early May and peak for around three weeks between late March and early April.
In a good year this is a breathtaking and unforgettable sight, but be sure to keep checking the Antelope Valley Nature Preserve website as your visit approaches for up-to-date information on the flowers.
- Visitors’ Centre Address: 150th St W, Lancaster, CA 93536, United States
- Average temperatures in Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve in March are around 19 degrees
My must-do highlights of Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve
- Capture some breathtaking shots of the vibrant and beautifully bloomed poppies.
- Slow down and relax by taking a walk along one of the trails that weaves through the pretty flowers.
- Check out an exhibit at the Jane S. Pinheiro Interpretive Center filled with botanical watercolor paintings.
How to get to Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve
Antelope Valley is located in the western Mojave Desert, 15 miles west of Lancaster at 15101 Lancaster Road.
Being one of the highest desert environment at an elevation height of 2600-3000 feet the best and easiest way to visit this beautiful location is by driving. Along the route you will also find points to stop safely and take pictures of the gorgeous surrounding nature.
The car park is open daily from 8am-5pm and with other spectacular landmark areas surrounding it, you are able to make a day trip to visit several locations.
2. New Orleans, Louisiana – for a March break filled with partying and fun
If, like me, you are a lover of literature, arts, and culture but not a fan of scorching heat and crowds then visit New Orleans in March.
The city really embraces the transition into spring with the big Mardi Gras celebrations beginning to wind down and many wonderful festivals emerging to replace them.
The Tennessee Williams Literary Festival brings together budding writers and established playwrights for a programme of masterclasses and performances of original works and culminates with the popular ‘Stella’ shouting competition in The French Quarter.
The LGBTQIA community celebrates its own literary heritage in the popular Saints and Sinners festival, which also takes place in March. Wednesday at the Square and Buku Festivals curate amazing immersive musical talents and there is plenty going on for foodies too.
New Orleans is a vibrant city which embodies the spirit of springtime so it is no surprise that March is the perfect time to enjoy it! Stay in one of the many gorgeous boutique hotels and make your stay even more special.
- Visitors’ Centre Address: 339 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70130, United States
- Average temperatures in New Orleans in March are around 23 degrees
My must-do highlights of New Orleans, Louisiana
- Attend one of the lively and fun events/celebrations, such as Mardi Gras Day, Super Sunday or St Patricks Day parade.
- Grab a tourist pass to enjoy discount on an array of activities and attractions across the city.
- Go to watch a musical or theatre production at the famous and historic venue, Saenger Theatre.
How to get to New Orleans, Louisiana
The city is a melting pot of culture and has a conveniently located airport just 15 miles west in the town of Kenner.
Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY) was recently renovated in 2019 and has flights arriving from most domestic airlines as well as some regional lines.
From the airport is it possible to rent a car or travel by shuttle bus to the French Quarter and the Central Business District which takes roughly 30 to 45 minutes depending on traffic.
3. Golden Isles, Georgia – lovely beaches and warm spring weather make it a perfect March destination
The Golden Isles are four beautiful barrier islands that lie between Savannah in Georgia and Jacksonville, Florida. The islands rise out of a vast area of marshlands, giving the appearance of one continuous stretch.
The history of the area is as unique as its landscape and dates back hundreds of years to when Native American’s would enjoy the annual bounty of shellfish.
Those early settlers were followed by missionaries and later slave traders who built huge plantations, meaning that the Isles are still a melting pot of cultures.
In March gentle breezes and spring sunshine make it the perfect time to get out and explore nature before it becomes too hot and crowded. Stroll through shady woodland, picnic on sandy beaches, and watch the sun sink over the horizon.
Temperatures in March average around 21 degrees so it’s a great time to visit. Go nature spotting for rare Leatherback turtles, a plethora of birds, and leaping dolphins, or relax and enjoy some boutique shopping in pier village or fine dining in the quaint village of Redfern.
For original Victorian architecture and specialty shopping and dining don’t miss historic downtown Brunswick, where brownstone townhouses and bright colored awnings lend an olde worlde vintage feel.
- Visitor Centre Address: 529 Beachview Dr, St Simons Island, GA 31522, United States
- Average temperatures in Golden Isles in March are around 21 degrees
My must-do highlights of Golden Isles, Georgia
- Climb 129 steps to the top of the lighthouse on St Simons Island for picturesque panoramic views across the coast.
- Visit Driftwood Beach on Jekyll Island and watch a spectacular colorful sky as the sun sets.
- For those who love to golf, spend the day at Sea Island Golf Club to enjoy three championship 18-hole courses.
- Also consider driving to nearby Tybee island and staying in one of the many quaint and gorgeous Tybee Island hotels on the popular destination for a tranquil and beautiful break.
How to get to Golden Isles, Georgia
As a large urban economic centre in South-eastern Georgia, the area of the Golden Isles is well served by bus transportation.
The closest international airport is Jacksonville, which is around 3 hours drive away and there are buses which run between the two locations. There is also a small local airport in Golden Isles as well as on Jekyll island.
4. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – beautiful blossoms and awesome beer in the spring sunshine
It’s not always sunny in Philadelphia but in March there’s a good chance it will be bright and fresh, in fact, March is the perfect time to visit the city, temperatures average around 12 degrees in the day so take a jacket you’ll be just fine!
Probably one of the loveliest sights this time of year is the swathes of cherry blossoms in West Fairmount Park.
You can enjoy a picnic and admire the manicured lawns, or stroll around the tranquil Japanese House and whimsical ponds and waterfalls, all under a fragrant canopy of blossom trees.
March is also a great time to enjoy a craft beer in the early spring sunshine at one of the city’s many breweries and take in some of the lovely historical streets in neighborhoods like Spring Gardens.
It’s also a great time to enjoy some local artists’ work in progress at Cherry Street Pier and hang out with arty types along the wonderful waterfront.
Drive-in movies are also a big thing in Philly and the milder temperatures mean lots of opportunities to see cool films old and new in this classic American way! Makes a fantastic fun and cool city break in March!
Winding up your day can be a treat at a variety of The City of Brotherly Love’s best boutique hotels.
- Visitor Centre Address: 599 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19106, United States
- Average temperatures in Philadelphia in March are around 12 degrees
My must-do highlights of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- If you’re into sports and love to hear a roaring stadium, make sure to catch a NHL, NFL, or NBA game.
- Book tickets for Dining in The Dark which is a unique and unusual blindfolded tasting experience.
- Visit the eclectic indoor marketplace inspired by Aladdin and the Magic Lamp, Genie’s Secret Bazaar filled with hidden doors.
How to get to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Approximately located seven miles from the city center sits Philadelphia International Airport, which hosts up to 500 departures per day to over 120 international destinations, with several nonstop flights available. From the airport, travelling into the city is made easy with Regional Rail’s Airport Line Service stopping at all the major destinations in the area.
There are also several options of using the AMTRAK train and bus services (Greyhound, Megabus and BoltBus) for a cheaper, more relaxed method of transport. Connecting Philadelphia to several other large cities.
5. Fairbanks, Alaska – for a unique March vacation with endless sunsets and Northern Lights
Fairbanks is a truly vibrant river city in the very North of Alaska and serves as the perfect base camp for the wilderness of Denali National Park…6 million acres of alpine forests, snow-capped mountains, and untouched nature.
If you’re looking where to go in March, it’s a rare opportunity to go somewhere really remote and still enjoy the rich culture, heritage, and amenities of a city.
The icy temperatures mean the crowds tend to come here in the summer months but in spring, specifically March you can see the city and surroundings at their finest, under the breathtaking colors of The Northern Lights! March is the prime time to see the legendary Aurora Borealis.
It is also the season of midnight sun and endless sunsets and sunrises and of the World Ice Art Competition. You can enjoy the ice museum, hot springs, hot coffee, and a multitude of unique adventure sports!
Try your hand at Ice Skating, Cross Country Skiing or safely spotting wildlife out in the wilderness. If you are lucky you might see Grizzly Bears, Black Bears, Wolves, Moose and Caribou, and maybe even a golden eagle!
- Visitor Centre Address: 101 Dunkel St, Fairbanks, AK 99701, United States
- Average temperatures in Fairbanks, Alaska in March are around -3 to -19 degrees
My must-do highlights of Fairbanks, Alaska
- Take an Aurora tour or overnight experience to catch the magical dancing northern lights.
- Warm up at the Chena Hot Springs in the outdoor pool whilst being surrounded by the fresh, crisp snow.
- Make sure to check out the sculptures created by artists from all over the world at the World Ice Art Competition.
How to get to Fairbanks, Alaska
With an array of transport choices, getting to Fairbanks is quite easy.
Boasting direct flights both internationally and domestically with an 11,800 foot long runway, Fairbanks International Airport (FAI) is a great way to travel. The quickest option to then get into the heart of the city is to take a taxi which is only an 8-minute long journey.
There is a trainline called the Alaska Railroad which stretches 470 miles from Seward to Fairbanks. It is a scenic route to travel with and allows you to view some of the historic points along the way.
If you’re someone who loves a good road trip, then driving along the Alaska Highway is a must do. It may get a bit pricey with money for gas but the views and gorgeous scenery make it worthwhile.
6. Texas Hill Country – one of the best places to explore in the USA in March
The Hill Country stretches splendidly between San Antonio and Austin and encompasses beautiful landscapes, historic towns and villages, natural wonders, and amazing wineries.
March is the best time to visit as the temperatures are pleasant and the wildflowers are in full and resplendent bloom, especially the Texas Bluebonnets, lupin-like and a stunning shade of electric blue they are the official state flower.
Nestled amongst meadows of wildflowers and gentle hills are several stunning historical towns of German heritage.
There are many to choose from depending on your preferences; Boerne is a great town with a wonderful cavern at its center and lots of quaint boutique shops and cafes lining its Main Street.
The very German city of Fredericksburg oozes Bavarian charm, Kerville is one of the oldest settlements in Texas and perfect for history buffs.
Finally don’t miss Lake McQueeney, not German but with its beautiful lake and babbling waters perfect for swimming you don’t want to miss it!
The Texans love spring so as you travel through Hill Country expect to find plenty of cook-offs, festivals and cultural events to keep you entertained! A top March/springtime vacation in the USA!
- Visitor’s Centre Address: 160 Ingram Hills Rd, Ingram, TX 78025, Phone: +1 830-367-2151
- Average temperatures in Texas Hill Country in March are around 23 degrees
My must-do highlights of Texas Hill Country
- Explore the Medina River by kayaking through the tall and winding bald cypress trees.
- Taste some of the best and award-winning spirits in Texas with a visit to one of the local distilleries.
- Take a drive through the Willow City Loop which comes alive with color from the beautiful flowers.
How to get to Texas Hill Country
The best way of reaching Texas Hill country is to fly into one of the state’s international airports, such as Austin or San Antonio, from where you can hire a car and drive, hop on a bus (which takes around 4.5 hours), or board a train.
Amtrak services operate in this part of Texas.
7. Nantucket and Martha’s Vinyard, Massachusetts – for a pretty March vacation with whale spotting and harbor towns
Avoid the hordes of deep-pocketed tourists and visit this iconic destination in the springtime! March is a wonderful time to visit Cape Cod as it is when the majestic humpback whales take up residence in the blue waters around the islands.
Averaging between 40 and 50 ft long, seeing these amazing creatures propel themselves out of the water is something you’ll never forget.
It’s not going to be hot but that’s the trade-off for having the place virtually to yourself. Aside from the whales, you can enjoy the idyllic beaches, quaint fishing villages, sun-bleached harbor towns, historic lighthouses, and amazing seafood for a much more reasonable price than during peak season.
You can also check out some of the legendary filming locations for Jaws on Martha’s Vinyard and get a glimpse of some of the crazy multi-million dollar summer estates of the rich and famous, all without battling through the crowds!
- Visitor’s Centre Address: Nantucket Department of Culture & Tourism. 25 Federal Street, Nantucket, MA 02554, Phone: 508-228-0925 Fax: 508-325-5443
- Average temperatures in Martha’s Vinyard in March are around 8 degrees
My must-do highlights of Nantucket and Martha’s Vinyard, Massachusetts
- Wrap up for a stroll along one of the beaches to escape the hustle and bustle of the town.
- Discover Polly Hill Arboretum, an Island landmark filled with shrubs, trees and flowers from all over the world.
- Go on a guided tour to see historic sites such as Oldest House, The Old Mill and Greater Light.
How to get to Nantucket
Located off the coast of Cape Cod, Nantucket is accessible by means of a ferry service that runs from the mainland, which you may board as an individual passenger or with your car.
Bus and train services will take you from major US cities including Boston to the ferry port from where you can embark for this beautiful American island.
8. Petit Jean State Park, Arkansas – for a great March vacation with pleasant temperatures and no crowds
The park is now a beautiful expanse of unique landscapes carved out by Cedar Creek and packed with unusual bluffs and canyons and an impressive 95 ft waterfall that tumbles from the 100 acres Lake Bailey, created by Damming the creek.
In March the weather is temperate, the trees are blooming and the sunsets are spectacular. Temperatures hover around 17 degrees this time of year.
There are several rustic cabins and the central Mather Lodge, all built in the ’30s and available for accommodation, as well as designated camping and glamping.
Many gorgeous trails traverse the park and there is boating and Kayaking on Bailey lake as well as two outdoor pools. It’s the perfect accessible spring escape for lovers of the outdoors who find bigger parks daunting.
- Visitor’s Center Address: 1285 Petit Jean Mountain Rd, Morrilton, AR 72110, United States
- Average temperatures in Petit Jean State Park in March are around 17 degrees
My must-do highlights of Petit Jean State Park, Arkansas
- Visit the indoor Petit Jean Farmers Market and grab some delicious local produce or a souvenir to remember your trip.
- Capture a cool and Insta-worthy shot underneath the Natural Bridge along Seven Hollows Trail created from a rock formation.
- Hike down to the base of Cedar Falls to admire one of the biggest waterfalls in the state.
How to get to Petit Jean State Park, Arkansas
The most popular way to travel to the state park is by car. Surrounded by other cities such as Dardanelle, Morrilton and Russellville, there are several scenic routes and access points to travel along. Arriving by car also makes it an easy journey to also visit Little Rock.
When you are commuting from another state or country, there is a small airport in Little Rock (LIT) that hosts domestic flights only from 16 destinations in the USA. From here, it takes just over an hours drive to reach Petit Jean.
9. The Tidal Basin, Washington D.C. – arguably one of the most popular flower festivals in the world
If you’re looking for March vacation ideas then each Spring Washington D.C’s tidal basin is transformed by acres of pink and white cherry blossoms and is well worth a visit.
Thousands of tourists are drawn to the nation’s capital each year to witness the spectacle! Usually, the tree’s peak bloom is late March through early April but the unconventionally warm temperatures this year have experts anticipating an early bloom.
In order to avoid heavy crowds and maximize beautiful photo opportunities, it is wise to visit the Tidal Basin in the early morning and catch the sun rising over D.C’s iconic marbled monuments under blankets of fragrant petals.
Use the rest of the day to explore the amazing city which is full of green spaces, awe-inspiring architecture, and wonderful museums and sculpture gardens.
If you have limited time I recommend an open-top bus from beautiful Washington Union station which will take you around all the famous presidential monuments and Arlington Cemetary.
If you have a bit longer be sure to take the train out of the center and visit some other historic districts such as Georgetown, with its famous university and the atmospheric steps used in The Exorcist, and DuPont Circle for eclectic nightlife exciting dining, and wonderful art in The Phillips Collection.
- Visitor’s Centre Address: 1501 Maine Ave SW, Washington, Phone (202) 479-2426
- Average temperatures in Washington D.C. in March are around
My must-do highlights of The Tidal Basin, Washington D.C.
- Enjoy a bike ride around the stunning loop and array of national monuments.
- Rent a paddleboat and enjoy some time spent relaxing on the calm water.
- Spend the day at the National Cherry Blossom Festival to see live entertainment amongst the flowers.
How to get to Tidal Basin
Located in the Washington DC area, Tidal Basin is well-connected and accessible by means of a range of local transport options. Fly into Jefferson Country International Airport, Spokane International, or Seattle Tacoma.
Then, you will have the option of driving the rest of the way, taking a bus, train or any one of the Metrorail services that run to the area.
10. Kauai, Hawaii – for a warm vacation spot in March in the USA
A top vacation spot, March is the perfect time to enjoy Kauai’s lush vegetation and beautiful beaches without the summer crowds.
Although Kauai is the wettest of the Hawaiian islands and March is still considered the rainy season, the rain typically comes in short bursts and the sun quickly returns.
If you aim for the end of the month you will likely experience little rain, warm temperatures, and lower prices as peak season begins in April.
Although Kauai is small it is not called’ The Garden Island’ for nothing and its abundance of colorful blooms will not fail to delight!
Expect palm-fringed beaches, crystal clear waters, unique multi-colored canyons, rare wildlife, and plunging waterfalls…a little slice of paradise infused with the famed ‘Aloha’ spirit.
- Visitor’s Centre Address: 4-484 Kuhio Highway Kapaa, Hawaii, 96746. Phone 808-822-5113
- Average temperatures in Kauai, Hawaii in March are around 22 degrees
My must-do highlights of Kauai, Hawaii
- See the island from a different perspective by taking a helicopter tour overlooking the beach landscape.
- Kayak around Hanalei Bay where you can also enjoy a delicious meal whilst watching the sunset.
- Fly through through the native forests on a zipline for an adrenaline pumping experience.
How to get to Kauai, Hawaii
The only way to travel to the island is via plane into Lihue Airport. Flying into this destination is possible on a direct flight from an array of locations across the USA and Canada, if you are travelling from a different country then a connecting flight will need to be taken.
After taking a beautiful flight over this gorgeous location and arriving safely, it is then possible to hire a car which you can further explore around the island in.
At present it is not possible to arrive via boat, but do not let that stop you from floating around the picturesque shorelines on one once you have reached your destination.
11. Fontainebleau State Park, Louisiana – warm temperatures, sandy beaches and lovely scenery in March
Treat yourself to a stay in an iconic wooden cabin on stilts in this beautiful State Park that stretches for 2,800-acres along the crystal shores of Lake Pontchartrain.
Historically a sugar plantation, Fontainebleau was named after the forest near Paris, the place of choice for centuries of french kings in their leisure time.
Of course, we commoners can enjoy the many peaceful pastimes on offer in the Louisiana version, it’s a popular spot for all things aquatic; boating, canoeing, swimming, and of course sunbathing on the unspoilt sandy beaches.
Visitors can stroll beneath the centuries-old oak trees and native cypresses, or head out along the wooden pier and admire the crystal waters of the lake.
In March the temperature is warm and the humidity fairly low, which makes it the perfect time to explore the 27 miles of hiking and biking trails along the Tammany Chase, which follows the route of the old railroad tracks.
Bring a picnic and set forth for a beautiful, tranquil day in idyllic surroundings, unbelievably less than an hour away from New Orleans!
- Visitor’s Center Address: 62883 LA-1089, Mandeville, LA 70448, USA
- Average temperatures in Fontainebleau State Park in March are around 22 degrees
My must-do highlights of Fontainebleau State Park, Louisiana
- Bring your own or rent a paddleboard from Bayou Adventure to enjoy spending time out on the water.
- Spend a day at the beach and go for a swim, relax by sunbathing across the shore or have a fun sandcastle competition.
- Take advantage of the nature trails and explore around them by foot or bicycle.
How to get to Fontainebleau State Park, Louisiana
This state park hosts a variety of activities accessible to everyone making it a great place to visit for a day trip.
The most convenient way to travel here is by arriving in New Orleans. There are 16 airlines with 50 non-stop destinations arriving at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport.
From here if you have a car or hire one, driving to the state park is the cheapest and shortest (45-minutes) journey to take. Another way to travel from the airport is by taking the Line 65 bus which is approximately 1.5 hours long.
12. Providence Canyon, Georgia – a wonderful natural beauty spot to visit in March
Georgia gets very hot in peak summer season and as it is not a massive park it can also get very crowded. For easier hiking temperatures and uncluttered photographs of the beautiful ‘little grand canyon’ March is the perfect month for a visit.
The park’s namesake is the canyon which plunges 150 ft at its deepest and is unusual as it is not completely natural but was partially formed by bad farming practice in the 1800s.
The park’s rock faces are especially spectacular due to the 143 varied shades that range from orange and red hues to pure white, catching the sun sinking behind them is a really special sight.
Visitors can enjoy 10 miles of trails that circumnavigate the canyon rim and take in some of the park’s other wonders such as the cascading Providence waterfalls and the strange shells of old 1950’s automobiles that are relics of another era.
For perfect clear night skies camp out in one of the areas around the canyons and witness the wonder of the stars without any light pollution to obscure them.
- Visitor’s Center Address: 8930 Canyon Rd, Lumpkin, GA 31815
- Average temperatures in Providence Canyon in March are around 21 degrees
My must-do highlights of Providence Canyon, Georgia
- Experience picturesque views whilst enjoying a picnic lunch at one of the viewpoints which are accessible by hiking or driving.
- Visit Dick’s Creek Falls located just outside the park, where you can discover an enchanted location and several waterfalls.
- Hike along the Canyon Loop Trail to explore up to 9 of the canyons located along the 2.5 mile path with scenic landscapes.
How to get to Providence Canyon, Georgia
Located just under 45-miles away is Columbus, GA which is the nearest biggest city with a large airport. John Glenn Columbus International Airport sees nearly 150 non-stop flights per day which arrive from 31 airports across 9 different airlines.
From the airport it takes approximately 40-minutes to drive to the canyon. This is made possible via either a taxi or by hiring a car.
We suggest hiring a car to drive out to the canyon as it is a great road trip and also gives you the freedom to explore around other areas nearby.
13. Atlanta, Georgia – makes a perfect March city break
A must-see place to visit in the USA, Summer temperatures in Atlanta are pretty intense, so Early Spring is the perfect time to take advantage of this southern gem.
As the Southeast’s cultural hub Atlanta is positively teeming with creativity, arts, and mind-blowing history, it’s also a foodie heaven!
As the historic epicenter of the Black Civil Rights movement and the birthplace of Martin Luther King, there are many iconic places to visit around the city, including the house where he grew up in and the Ebenezer Baptist Church where his father preached.
Both buildings are now part of The Martin Luther King JR National Historical Park, a great place to take a stroll in springtime!
Another beautiful place to admire March in bloom is The Atlanta Botanical Gardens, whose landscaped grounds are budding with color in early spring.
During the Jim Crow era restaurants played an integral role, becoming meeting places for activists and sometimes the center of disputes.
The foodie scene in Atlanta reflects this passion and fusion of cultures and the famous southern hospitality, you can find delicious and innovative food at every turn. Be sure to leave space for some Georgia Bourbon Pecan Pie from Pie Shop in Downtown.
- Visitor’s Center Address: 267 Park Ave W NW, Atlanta, GA 30303
- Average temperatures in Atlanta in March are around 19 degrees
My must-do highlights of Atlanta, Georgia
- Have some fun at the Atlanta Fair with carnival games, exciting rides and delicious food.
- Indulge in one of the unique, themed dining experiences from murder mysteries and floral wonderlands to robot waiters and crafty cocktails.
- Admire the vibrant street art around the city where talented artists have created incredible murals.
How to get to Atlanta, Georgia
Atalanta is a very easily accessed city to get to. Being a hub of many attractions and activities it is a very popular location to travel to.
Many choose to fly into Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, which is known for being one of the world’s busiest airports. Boasting to offer non-stop flights from over 150 domestic destinations and 70 international locations, it is sure to have a route which suits you.
Other public transport options include taking the Greyhound bus service which stops at the airport, bringing people from all over the country, as well as the AMTRAK train with the Atlanta stop being situated between Midtown and Buckhead.
Being an inland city surrounded by major highways, driving in is also a good way to travel here if you have a car or have hired one. Depending on the direction you are coming from using routes I-85, I-75 or I-20 are the best ways to enter the Atlanta.
14. Saguaro National Park, Arizona – a wonderful warm springtime destination in March
Saguaro National Park is named for the iconic giant cactuses that have been known to grow up to 78ft tall, although the average height is about 40ft.
Walking amidst these giants, especially as the sun sinks below the horizon is an eerie and wonderful experience. For a great view of the Saugaruo Forest hike up to the Valley View Overlook which offers an amazing panoramic vista of the Cacti.
If you really want to get in amongst them, try the Mica View Loop which takes you right through the middle of these amazing plants.
In March you have the added bonus of all the beautiful wildflowers in bloom, splashing the desert landscape with color. You’ll also find ancient petroglyphs and an array of wildlife from bobcats to venomous Gila Monsters…I’d suggest giving both a respectably wide berth!
Remember the park covers almost 100,000 acres and is split in two by the city of Tucson, for the best cactus action head for the smaller western portion.
Temperatures hover around 24 to 28 degrees during this time of year so if you’re wondering where to go in March then this is a great option!
- Visitor’s Center Address: 2700 N Kinney Road, Tucson, AZ
- Average temperatures in Saguaro National Park in March are around 24 degrees
My must-do highlights of Saguaro National Park, Arizona
- Explore a variety of cacti through the winding path at the Cactus Garden Trail located at the visitor center.
- Capture an Instagrammable shot next to the tallest cactus you can find along one of the many trails.
- Take a trip to Rincon Mountain for a breathtaking view overlooking the unique cacti filled landscape.
How to get to Saguaro National Park, Arizona
The most common way to travel to this National Park is by car, with no direct public transport options driving in from a different location or hiring a car from the airport is the best option.
There are two airports located near. Tucson International Airport is roughly a 30-minute driveaway from this location offering only 50 flights landing there per day from 20 destinations. Where as Phoenix International Airport can take up to a 2-hour journey to the park but offers around 1,200 flights per day to over 120 domestic locations and 20 international across 23 airlines.
15. Little Jerusalem Badlands State Park, Kansas – temperate geology without the crowds
The badlands are a vast acreage of ancient wilderness that will take you back to earlier times when the lands were occupied by the Oglala Sioux tribe.
The landscape is arid and strange with rare Niobrara Chalk outcrops rising up out of flat prairies like temples. The name ‘Little Jerusalem’ refers to a mile-long collection of these white rocks that rise in awe-inspiring 100 ft spires and cliffs, bringing to mind the ancient city.
In March the temperature is mild and humidity low so it’s a great time to hike one of the two permanent trails and treat yourself to the best views without navigating summer crowds.
Aside from Little Jerusalem, there’s been traces of life dating back as far as 85 million years found here, so look out for amazing fossils of ancient giant clams and oysters!
- Visitor’s Center Address: County Road 400 and Gold Road, Oakley, KS 67748, USA
- Average temperatures in Little Jerusalem Badlands State Park in March are around 15 degrees
My must-do highlights of Little Jerusalem Badlands State Park, Kansas
- Experience a Ranger-Guided Backcountry Hike to explore the off-trail paths and see a different perspective of the rock formations.
- For a short but beautiful hike, take the overlook trail which provides breathtaking views across the park
- Walk the Life on the Rocks Trail to admire two panoramic view points along the natural, chalky rock surface path.
How to get to Little Jerusalem Badlands State Park, Kansas
Located between Oakley Kansas and Scott City, the nearest main roads to drive in via are the intersection of County Road 400 and Gold Road in southern Logan County. From both cities it takes approximately a 30-minute scenic drive to the state park.
Once you have arrived at your destination there is a car park surrounded by high plains prairie. You will then need to hike around the area for the impressive views as they can’t be seen from the road.
16. San Diego, California – a warm early spring break with laid back beach vibes and wildflowers
San Diego is awesome for many reasons, it’s beautiful, laid back, rich in maritime history, and surrounded by gorgeous swathes of ocean and parkland!
In March you can catch some amazing festivals such as Paddy’s Day and The Annual San Diego Latino Film Festival as well as enjoy the many outdoor delights the city has to offer in the sunshine.
You’ll also get better rates on flights and accommodation by avoiding peak season. Temperatures average around 19 degrees around this time of year.
For totally chilled-out bohemian vibes I highly recommend Ocean Beach for cheap and delicious Mexican food, killer margaritas, and a real new wave ‘summer of love’/ surfy atmosphere.
Just out of the city nature lovers will delight at the carpets of wildflowers in Anza Borego Desert State Park or the flower fields at Carlsbad Ranch.
It is also the perfect time to catch the immense Gray Whales on their migration back north. These splendid animals are usually around 40-50 ft when fully grown and their gentle demeanor has earned them the accolade of World’s Friendliest Whale.
Take a little drive along the historic route 101 and see how many you can spot, or take an organized tour from the marina.
- Visitor’s Centre Address: 996 N Harbor Dr, San Diego, Phone: (619) 236-1242
- Average temperatures in San Diego in March are around 19 degrees
My must-do highlights of San Diego, California
- Have a ride through the exquisite and colorful Carlsbad Flower Fields on a retro tractor.
- Take a sunset sail tour to enjoy the city’s landmarks and have an unforgettable experience.
- Explore around the Spanish-style village in Balboa Park filled with museums, galleries and gardens.
How to get to San Diego
San Diego has its own international airport just three miles outside of downtown that is served by a variety of airlines and brings in flights from all over the world.
You will find that the airport is well-connected to town by busses and taxis, and there is transport available to the nearest Amtrak station.
17. Arches National Park, Utah – March is a great time to visit or take a vacation in this unique natural beauty spot
With intolerable summer temperatures of up to 100 degrees The Arches National Park’s peak season is often unbearable for those not accustomed to the heat.
Add crowds to that and no matter how fabulous the landscape is it can be a miserable experience! It is wiser instead to head to the iconic park in early March when temperatures are far more pleasant and the crowds are yet to arrive (temperatures average around a very comfortable 16 degrees).
The Arches strange prehistoric landscape has become synonymous with Utah, and the instantly recognizable ‘Delicate Arch’ is now the symbol for the whole state.
With over 2000 of these otherworldly stone arches and relics of the nomadic Ute tribe, there is plenty to explore across the 119 sq miles of the reserve.
Most of the trails are short and accessible with the exception of The Devils Garden Primitive Trail, which requires a slightly more seasoned hiker.
For the ultimate Arches experience try and hit the park at sunset and see the whole thing cast in an ethereal orange glow, absolutely beautiful!
- Visitor’s Centre Address: Ut-211, Canyonlands National Park, Moab, UT 84532, +1 435-259-4711
- Average temperatures in Arches National Park, Utah in March are around 16 degrees
My must-do highlights of Arches National Park, Utah
- For an Insta-worthy shot featuring the breathtaking mountain backdrop hike to the iconic Delicate Arch.
- If you’re looking to learn more about the park, take part in a free Ranger-Led program.
- Explore an array of the several scenic spots by adventuring along the Arches Scenic Drive.
How to get to Arches National Park
Salt Lake City International Airport is the closest international airport to Moab, though Moab does have its own regional airport and there are domestic flights arriving at other regional airports, or you can fly into Denver International Airport, so it depends what is more convenient for you.
There are bus services from Salt Lake City that will take you to Moab, and the Rocky Monuntaineer train line goes through Moab.
18. Palm Springs, California – for warm March vacation without the searing summer heat
If you fancy yourself a bit of a hipster you’d better get to Palm Springs, a cool and artsy city long favored by the Hollywood jet-set for its glamorous elegance, sunshine, and healing springs.
The city, which is nestled in the beautiful Coachella Valley between 4 mountain ranges is particularly notable for its many examples of mid-century modern architecture, swanky boutique shopping, and world-class art….and golf of course.
Whilst you’re there don’t miss the amazing Aerial Tramway for stunning views across the entire valley and perhaps a mountaintop lunch, or the amazing Sunnylands Public Gardens and Mansion.
Although much of the Mid Century Architecture belongs to private owners you can still take in some amazing examples by taking a tour through the Tennis Club and Araby Cove districts.
There are so many things to do but a visit to Palm Springs would not be complete without making the most of alfresco dining in the city’s beautiful restaurants…a little tip, go for ones that are tucked away off main tourist routes and you’ll get superior quality for a fraction of the price.
In March temperatures average around 27 degrees so just perfect for a warm to hot March Vacation!
- Visitor’s Centre Address: Palm Springs Visitor Information Center, 2901 North Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92262, Phone: 800-347-7746 | 760-778-8418
- Average temperatures in Palm Springs in March are around 27 degrees
My must-do highlights of Palm Springs, California
- Cool down and take a break from the heat with a visit to Palm Springs Art Museum filled with contemporary paints and sculptures.
- View the Tahquitz Canyon which is home to a magnificent 50-foot waterfall, the perfect trip for a hot day.
- Grab a wellness pass to gain discount from an array of spa centers, fitness classes and other rejuvenating experiences.
How to get to Palm Springs
Palm Springs has its own international airport, so it is straightforward to reach the main draws of this Californian town. You can also fly into other airports, both international and domestic, in California and make the drive.
From Los Angeles, for example, it takes just about an hour and fourty-five minutes to reach Palm Springs.
There are also train services and a bus operated by Flixbus that will take you from LA to Palm Springs for a reasonable price, so it is definitely worthwhile checking out local public transport options if you don’t fancy hiring a car.
19. Sedona, Arizona – a perfect early spring vacation for outdoor lovers
The desert town of Sedona near Flagstaff, Arizona is America’s answer to Glastonbury. In March hikers will delight in the perfect temperatures, rust-colored trails, and wildflowers in full bloom.
Surrounded by majestic red-rock buttes and ancient pine forests the town has become a haven for people in search of spiritual and metaphysical healing and the streets are lined with new age shops and Native American-inspired treatment centers.
Much like the Ley Lines in Glastonbury, Sedona is believed to have several ‘Vortexes’, swirling centers of energy that seem to emanate from the red-rocks, which are regarded as a cathedral without walls or a natural henge.
Here you can expect to find yoga retreats, hippy rituals, and all forms of spiritual healing, it is said that no matter what brings you to Sedona you will always leave feeling lighter and brighter with your spirit soothed, uplifted, and restored!
- Visitor’s Centre Address: Sedona Visitor Information Center, 331 Forest Road, Sedona, AZ, 86336, Phone: 928.282.7722
- Average temperatures in Sedona in March are around 20 degrees
My must-do highlights of Sedona, Arizona
- Experience one of the best shopping spots in Sedona at the Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village.
- Drive along the Red Rock Scenic Byway to check out some of the stunning scenery and landmarks.
- Book a thrilling Pink Jeep Tour and explore the steeper trails in a unique and cool wrangler.
How to get to Sedona
We would suggest flying into Phoenix International Airport, from where you can hire a car and drive the roughly 100 miles to Sedona, or take the dedicated shuttle bus service operated by Amtrak.
If flying domestically, you can fly into Flagstaff or Prescott airports, each around an hour away, and drive or take local transport links.
20. Palo Duro Canyon State Park, Texas – warm and mild, minimal rainfall and fewer crowds
A great location for hikers or adventure vacation in March in the USA, Palo Duro Canyon on the Texas Panhandle is the second largest Canyon in the USA and well worth a visit.
After seemingly endless flatlands the Earth simply sinks and you’ll find yourself gazing over this spectacular Canyon, which is a whopping 120 miles long and plunges more than 800ft at its deepest point.
The park’s most iconic rock formation is called the lighthouse and it rises out of the ground in 300 ft of splendid rust-colored rock…the hugely popular lighthouse trail is the best way to view it and also get amazing views out over the canyon.
It is also worth extending your stay to overnight in one of the camping or glamping sites as the night skies in this part of the world are truly phenomenal!
Look out for the unmistakable herds of protected Texas Longhorn cattle that roam freely across the land and adventure lovers might want to try the terrifying zip line that crosses the canyon between Dallas and New Mexico.
Temperatures average around 20 degrees in March so just perfect really! Enjoy!
- Visitor’s Centre Address: State Hwy Park Rd 5, Canyon, TX 79015, United States
- Average temperatures in Palo Duro Canyon State Park in March are around 20 degrees
My must-do highlights of Palo Duro Canyon State Park, Texas
- For those who love mountain biking, this is a great place to have an off road adventure through one of the trails.
- If you are looking for a unique way to view the canyon, make sure to have a go on the zipline located near the parks’ entrance.
- Enjoy spending a night under the stars by reserving a spot at one of the camping grounds.
Palo Duro Canyon State Park, Texas
Located roughly 12 miles East of Canyon on State Highway 217 and 25 miles South East of Amarillo, the most travelled way to get to the state park is by car along gorgeous, scenic roads. We highly recommend it.
The closest airport to Palo Duro Canyon is Amarillo (AMA). Hosting flights from 6 destinations, the airport is small but once of the quickest ways to get to this destination if you are close by one of the chosen citites.
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Beth Pinches – writer and photographer
Beth was born under a wandering star, with drama in her veins and ink in her pen. After stints studying theatre in Dublin and Utrecht she used her creative streak to see as much of the world as she could on as little money. She toured Italian Schools with a children’s theatre troop, lived as an au-pair in both Rome and Washington DC, explored the British countryside, worked her way through much of Europe, Salsa danced in Cuba and road tripped down America’s west coast where she discovered her spiritual home; Portland, Oregon. Other places she loves include Croatia, Finland, Japan and India. In between adventures, travel writing and performing she resides peacefully with her family, cats and ukulele. Find Beth on Linkedin or Facebook.