Spring is the time of year with wonderful weather and new beginnings. It’s the perfect time for the entire family to head out and enjoy the outdoors. If you are planning a weekend getaway from the hustle and bustle, here are the best outdoor spring hot spots to enjoy this season with family and friends, from coast to coast.
Point Reyes National Seashore
Get in touch with the wild side of California and watch the elephant seals from the Chimney Rock or Point Reyes Lighthouse (quarter mile walk away from the beach); also, capture offshore action where the gray whales breach en masse. With more than 200 species of birds taking flight at the Point Reyes, you can bird watch the Ruddy Turnstones flock from Tomales Bay or Drakes Esteros. This is a wild paradise for hikers and animal lovers. Go Wild at Point Reyes!
Stay at: Blackthorne Inn offers neat tree house rooms near the shore.
Great Calusa Blueway
Get to paddling on the 190-mile long canoe and kayak trail at the Great Calusa Blueway. Follow the path where Calusa Indians once traveled in their canoes and kayaks. Maneuver your way through this trail that meanders through the coastal waters and inland tributaries of Lee County, Florida. The vast trail is divided into three portions and deeply enriched with wildlife. The trail provides a glimpse of manatees, dolphins, sea turtles, and stingrays. Through its crystal clear waterways trace estuaries, islands, and forests of a chocolate mangrove.
You can ride on the ferry, the Tropic Star, which departs from Pineland and arrives at the white sands of Cayo Costa State Park to take a break from the long winding canoe trail.
Quartz Mountain, Oklahoma
This is a must-visit climbing paradise for all those adventure thrill seekers. Avid climbers admire Quartz Mountain. The monolith rises from the Wichita Mountains 20 miles north of Altus, surrounded by mesquite and cedar forests. Make sure to take local climbers’ word when they vouch for the mystique of the Quartz Mountain. The Wichita Mountain Climbers Coalition Web site provides all the information to plan your adventurous weekend getaway.
Visit: Wichita Mountains.
Stay at: Quartz Mountain Resort, which is less than a mile from the climbers’ destination.
Corn Skiing in Colorado
For those who are strangers to the concept of corn skiing, here’s a heads up: corn is a crusty layer that forms in the mountains when the snow melts down and refrozen into a smooth layer of ice. It is a rare thing that happens in the mountains in spring. Many off-season skiers opt to do corn skiing during spring.
Stay at: Vista Verde Guest Ranch to enjoy the best of corn skiing!
Indulge in hiking, climbing, adventure sports or simply rest your feet at any of these incredible spring weekend getaway spots. Find the nearest weekend getaway spot or travel the distance to enjoy this season in a unique place away from home. We say ‘Bon Voyage’ as you get packing for your spring weekend getaway and hopefully plan many more getaways with our help!
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