• Where to go in spring 2013


    Even as snow pummeled much of the United States over the last week, the calendar inched closer to spring, which means many travelers may be in the process of planning a trip to celebrate the arrival of the vernal equinox. There are a number of cities throughout the world that are particularly well-suited to spring travel, and U.S. News and World Report recently shared a few of the best options.

    Washington, D.C.
    There's never a bad time to take a trip to our nation's capital, but it is especially appealing during the spring months. However, you'll want to head there in the early part of the season, because the city's iconic cherry blossoms are in full bloom. In fact, the National Cherry Blossom Festival is held from March 20 through April 14, and you can check out the many exciting events held throughout each day. Of course, there are plentiful other attractions, whether you want to visit all the city's memorials or tour the wide variety of museums.

    Melbourne, Australia
    Though it may be spring in the Northern Hemisphere, to residents of the Land Down Under, the arrival of autumn is just around the corner. No matter, because Melbourne is one of the best travel destinations in the world regardless of the season. According to U.S. News, the city is replete with festivals during its fall, and radiant colors emanate from the trees, making Melbourne an essential part of your Australia travel plans. Among the most popular events is the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, which is held from March 1 through 17.

    Ottawa, Canada
    Ottawa, and much of Canada for that matter, may not be fully out of the grips of winter by the time spring rolls around, but that doesn't make this tourist favorite any less appealing. The Maple Sugar Festival comes to town during March, but there are plenty of other attractions in Ottawa that appeal to travelers regardless of the time of year. For instance, you can check out some of the most historic buildings in Canada such as Aberdeen Pavilion, one of the oldest indoor hockey rinks. You should also make a point to visit the Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica, which dates back to the 1840s and is a stunning work of architecture.

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