Guest Blogger: Spring/Summer Travel from Alexandra Jacobs

This was meant to be posted prior to today but life has been getting in the way of my beloved blog lately. I hate when that happens! In any case, Alexandra has some great ideas for spring travel which leads right into summer. Some of these suggestions are places that I haven’t been to yet and I love finding out more about something that is new to me. Enjoy and thanks, Alexandra for some fantastic travel ideas!

Top 5 Spring Vacation Spots

By Alexandra Jacobs

Spring is the perfect time of year to plan a vacation—the weather is mild, the crowds are small, and the resorts are discounted. Luckily for you, it’s not too late to get away this year and enjoy all the benefits of the season. Whether you’d like to take a weekend trip or a weeks-long escape, here are some top vacation spots to satisfy your spring getaway fever:

1. Nassau, Bahamas

Photo by flickr user Trevor Haldenby

Sun-drenched shores and crystal blue waters greet springtime travelers to the Bahamas, and affordable accommodations like the West Wind Club II put this destination in the reach of nearly everyone’s budget. Even if you have a member of your party who’s not much of a beach bum, there’s plenty to do in Nassau—wander the hiking trails of Lucayan National Park or grab a bite in one of the world-class restaurants at the Port Lucaya Marketplace.

2. Las Vegas

Whether or not you’re an ace at poker, Las Vegas has a little something for everyone. Book early for the best prices on show tickets like Cirque du Soleil and Blue Man Group, or if you’re looking for something even less expensive, the Bellagio Hotel has some free exhibits. For food, you’ll find something to fit every taste—from the ultra-luxurious Eiffel Tower Restaurant to the more affordable Pub at Monte Carlo Las Vegas.

3. The Hamptons

Spring vacation in the Hamptons isn’t your typical student “break.” Here, you’ll find a bustling nightlife, gorgeous ocean views, world-class shopping, and luxurious spas all rolled into one. After a full day of horseback riding, sightseeing, and dining on seafood, kick back with a drink at trendy Ruschmeyer’s (loved by the New York Times: http://tmagazine.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/06/21/now-booking-ruschmeyers-in-montauk/) before going to sleep in one of the many discounted Hamptons homes rentals.

4. Washington, DC

If you’re in the mood for history this spring, head to Washington, DC. Apart from the national monuments and Smithsonian museums, you’ll find plenty to keep busy, including civil war battlefields, presidents’ homes, and the National Zoo. In between hitting up the hotdog stands, you can sit down for a real meal at Jaleo, a Spanish tapas restaurant, or Cork, which serves modern American fare, both found in the district. For the best rates on hotels in the district, book as early as you can, and check out the Hotel Harrington for a place to stay that’s in the heart of it all.

5. Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

Photo by flickr user stevec74

Located at the base of the beautiful Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Pigeon Forge is a one-stop-city for outdoor adventure enthusiasts. Whether you love biking, swimming, fishing, rafting, or hiking, you can find it in Pigeon Forge along with go-karts, shopping, and dinner shows. All that excitement will probably leave you feeling hungry, so head to Old Mill Restaurant for some southern specialties. When you’re ready to hit the hay, check out the Inn at Christmas Place. Yes, it’s a kitschy theme, but the service and the breakfast buffet are unbeatable.

Use these tips to springboard into your own spring vacation. Happy travels!

Alexandra is a travel enthusiast who loves to write about tourism, beaches, food, and the wonderful things in the world.  She provides her own insights on vacationing to the blogosphere.  If you would like to learn more about her, follow her @alexsjourneys or visit her blog alexsjourneys.wordpress.com


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