We’re fans of traveling at all times of the year, as the opportunity to explore new-to-us places sparks a bit of spontaneity into the sometimes seemingly routine nature of our daily lives. That being said, springtime travel might just take the cake as our favorite season to hit the road.
After feeling a bit stir crazy during the last few months of winter, booking a trip – even if only for the weekend – can be just what we need to celebrate our escape from cabin fever and welcome the warmer weather.
Here are our picks for 3 cities and 1 town to consider checking out this spring:
Whatever your interests are, the Windy City is sure to satisfy them. If you’re in the mood to relax, take in the local sights and sounds by grabbing a drink at one of Chicago’s many outdoor bars. For the sports enthusiast, head over to Wrigley Field and catch a Cubs game. And if shopping is more your speed, spend the day making your way down the Magnificent Mile. 13 blocks of shopping and dining? Sign us up. While we’re on the topic of food, make sure to get your hands on some deep dish pizza at Lou Malnati’s or Giordano’s.
At the risk of rambling, we’d be remiss not to make mention of the Art Institute of Chicago, currently featuring Van Gogh’s bedrooms. And if a visit through the gallery starts spinning your creative wheels, hop on the Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise to hear the history of the city. If you somehow still have a couple hours to spare before catching your flight home, explore the Lincoln Park Zoo and the Shedd Aquarium.
While we could happily spend our mornings eating beignets and drinking hot cocoa on the outdoor patio at Café Du Monde, before strolling our way to Pat O’Brien’s French Quarter courtyard to sip on famous hurricanes, we know there’s more to the Big Easy than food and drink alone. That being said, the plentiful Cajun dishes and mixed cocktails are reason enough to make the trip to NOLA.
While visiting the city, get your fill of blackjack at Harrah’s Casino and then escape the crowdedness by checking out the historic homes in the famous Garden District. Cap off your trip by seeing local art and listening to jazz in Jackson Square.
A perfect blend of big city hustle and quaint New England vibes, Boston is a must-see for anyone who is traveling to the East Coast for the first time. Much like visiting Chicago, Boston is a haven for sports fans. Head over to Fenway Park to catch the Sox play – or, for a cheaper version, hit up Bleacher Bar, where you can grab a beer and sit by the window overlooking center field.
If sports aren’t your jam, there’s lots of other things to do – and plenty of history to explore. Walk the 2.5 mile-long Freedom Trail to visit 16 historic sites in the city. Hit up Faneuil Hall Marketplace for a mashup of shopping and delicious food options, or stroll down Newbury Street for higher end stores. If it’s warm out, plan a picnic on the Boston Common – pick up sandwiches at French Memories / Café Vanille in Beacon Hill and then stroll over to the Common to find a shady spot (just beware of bold squirrels.)
For dinner, make sure you check out Stephanie’s on Newbury for the literal best bread basket you’ve ever eaten. Head over to Paradise Rock Club or House of Blues to check out the music scene, or try one of the zillion beers on tap at Sunset Grill.
Brown County, Indiana
For those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of city life, Nashville, Indiana is the place to do it. Located an hour south of Indianapolis, Brown County offers the opportunity to unplug and to reconnect to nature in the meantime.
Pack your hiking shoes and hit the trails at Indiana’s largest state park, covering 16,000 acres. And if your legs are still up to do some more exploring, head over to browse the charming local shops and restaurants. The quaint streets filled with arts and crafts will have you feeling like you stepped on the set of a Hallmark holiday movie. Oh, and did we mention the multiple wineries? Yes please.
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