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The best destinations to visit during spring

The best destinations to visit during spring

Spring is the ideal time to visit many of the world's most popular vacation destinations. Before the peak summer crowds arrive, travelers can often find pleasant temperatures, fewer tourists, and affordable lodging and airfare. A list of the best places to visit in spring:


Madrid gets extremely hot every summer – so much so that residents often take months-long vacations away from the city to beat the heat. Spring is the best time to visit Madrid if you're looking to experience unforgettable memories in Spain's capital. You can walk to and from the city's best attractions, including El Retiro Park and Plaza Mayor, without getting too tired. If you don't want to rub elbows with a lot of people, avoid visiting during Semana Santa in March or April.


This island nation in the Indian Ocean promises pristine beaches and plenty of outdoor activities in every season, including spring. In March and April, visitors will find excellent conditions for snorkeling. Although the chance of rain increases in May, showers usually pass quickly and you're more likely to score more affordable accommodation during this low-season month.


Spring in Amsterdam means colorful tulips, which usually peak in mid-April, and parks full of walkers, paddlers and cyclists. Although spring weather can be unpredictable – sometimes warm and sunny, sometimes windy and gray – it's still a great time of year to experience this unique Dutch city. For a bit of added excitement, arrive at the end of April to celebrate 'King's Day', one of the city's liveliest festivals.


A springtime visit to Seoul offers the timeless charms of this South Korean city – abundant cultural venues and an outstanding food scene – with the added backdrop of springtime blooms. Seoul is full of ancient attractions, including palaces like Changdeokgung and Changgyeonggung. Plus, culinary epicenters make it easy to sample the flavors of Seoul's iconic street food. Those who want to see Seoul's cherry blossoms, which bloom in late March or April (depending on the year), should book early and expect heavier crowds.

Saint Lucia

Spring is an ideal time to plan a St. Lucia getaway, before the island's wet season begins in June. From March to May, daytime temperatures drop, so visitors can spend their days soaking up the sun on palm-fringed beaches and hiking the volcanic Pitons. Visiting late in the season has added perks, including cheaper airfare and hotel rates and the Saint Lucia Jazz & Arts Festival, which takes place in May.

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