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Spring Travel Inspiration

Spring Travel Inspiration

This is a guest post by Ella of trekbible.com

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If you're dreaming about a spring vacation but aren't sure where to start, you're in luck. Read on to learn more about the five spring travel destinations that are sure to inspire your wanderlust and have you planning your itinerary in no time.

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Great Smoky Mountains - Tennessee/North Carolina, U.S.

U.S. News and World Report named the Great Smoky Mountains one of the best budget travel destinations for spring, citing its affordable lodging and pleasant weather. Because summer is the high season here, you'll find that the many area attractions are less crowded than they are during hotter months. The standout of this region for outdoor lovers is Great Smoky Mountains National Park, which features miles of hiking and biking trails to explore as well as fishing, swimming, and boating. You'll also be staying near Dollywood, a must-visit for theme-park fans as well as anyone who wants to experience the region's authentic music and cuisine.

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London, U.K.

Visit London in the early spring to enjoy pleasant weather and sparse crowds before the high season starts in late spring. Stroll through the gorgeous Kensington Gardens and enjoy the city's many free attractions, including Hyde Park, The National Gallery, and the British Museum. You can get a London Pass to enjoy other top attractions at a discounted price and easily navigate the city on "the tube" (subway). Although you'll certainly find plenty of shops for fish and chips, modern London is a wonderland of cuisine from all over the world.

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Cape Town to Port Elizabeth, South Africa

This 460-mile road trip provides some of the most beautiful scenery you'll ever experience on South Africa's Southern M2 highway. Along the way, you'll find unprecedented opportunities for adventure, including hiking through the breathtaking vistas at Garden Route National Park, surfing at Jeffreys Bay, and bungee jumping at Bloukrans Bridge. It's no wonder this South African tour destination was named as one of the best spring trips by National Geographic magazine.

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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Not only is this resort town one of the premier U.S. locations for family fun, it's also plenty warm enough here in April to enjoy the beach as well as water parks, swimming, minigolf, and all the other attractions Myrtle Beach has to offer. Kids will love the Ripley's Believe it or Not aquarium, while parents can enjoy world-class seafood and Southern cuisine as well as a stroll on the city's picturesque promenade, which was built in 2010.

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Madrid, Spain

Since summer is the peak season in Madrid, travel in spring to enjoy temperatures in the 70s and 80s while exploring the incredible nightlife, architecture, culture, and art of this Spanish city. If you want to experience authentic Spanish cuisine, try the menu of the day (menu del dia), offered during the week at lunchtime at local restaurants, and get ready for amazing tapas and sangria. This is a great city to visit if you love to stay up late; dinner typically starts at 10 p.m. and 1 a.m. marks time to hit the dance clubs.

Which one of these destination sparks your interest? Do you have any other travel inspiration to share?

About the Author

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Ella, Content Manager for trekbible, is a writer and content specialist with a predilection for learning and exploring new places and cultures around the world. With family scattered throughout the U.S. and South Korea, she loves to see cross-cultural influences around the world. Her favorite thing to do on her travels is to taste the local cuisine of each destination.

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