From the beautiful city of Portugal to the bustling streets of Vietnam, March is perfect for a quick vacation away. It’s also the perfect time to travel if you’re a budget traveler, as hotel prices are lower and the hustle and bustle of the busy season slows down. Here are 15 of the best places to visit in March!
1. Hangzhou, China
With spring starting to set in, Hangzhou is the perfect Chinese city to visit with its artistic views. The city itself holds a UNESCO Heritage Site – the West Lake, which beautifully enough is the inspiration behind many poems and paintings.
2. Douro Valley, Portugal
Spring comes early to Douro Valley in March, filling the area with beautiful white and pink clouds. Known for its delicious wines, spas and Viking Douro River ships, this is one vacation spot that will leaving you feeling both happy and blissful.
With amazing wildlife to be seen in the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater as well as beautifully warm weather year round, Tanzania offers a wonderful African experience in March. The rains shouldn’t start until April, and you can follow the animal migration perfectly if you choose the right hotel.
4. Washington, D.C.
While Washington is known for its strong history and delicious food, March is the best time to view the famous cherry blossoms! In fact, these were a gift from Japan in 1910. Be sure to stay for the annual Cherry Blossom festival, which starts on March 20th.
5. New York City
March is one of those happy months in the Big Apple, as the weather is great and most tourists have left. The last of the winter blues are around, but it seems that everyone is getting ready for spring and St Patrick’s Day!,
6. Reykjavík, Iceland
If you haven’t let go of winter as yet, then Iceland is the place to visit. While there are more hours of sunlight now, which means you can spend more time exploring the natural attractions, there is also lots of time for you to still look for the Northern Lights! Be sure to visit the Blue Lagoon and black sand beaches near Vík.
7. Buenos Aires, Argentina
March is known for the mild autumn weather, which is great for evening walks and exploring! There’s great food and lots to see, and this is one of the best times to visit Argentina, as you can find some pretty cheap hotel rooms.
8. Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Playa del Carmen is a beautiful stretch in Mexico and, better still, it is great for big groups or families. Go early in the month before the spring break crowds descend, and explore to your heart’s content. Visit the Tulum ruins or taste some local food in nearby Cancun, both of which can easily be reached by car. The weather is pretty great all year around here too.
9. Andalusia, Spain
March is the best time to visit Andalusia, as the Semana Santa celebrations begin! This takes place just before Easter, transforming the city like no other. There are great vibrant street parties and decked out colorful processions flooding the streets. More importantly, you can find some of the greatest budget deals around this time, despite the festivities.
Filled with glitzy skyscrapers and charming 17th century villages that appear to be frozen in time, Oman should be on any family’s March bucket list! Famous for its stunning landscapes filled with endless deserts, mountain ranges, and beaches, Oman is better called the Pearl of Arabia. March is the perfect time to go, as it’s not too humid and the Middle East can get pretty hot.
11. Patagonia, Chile
The first half of March is perfect for a visit to Patagonia, as tourism is slowing down just after the summer period and you can tour the area without having to worry about the bustling December/January crowds. It’s one of the best times of the year to visit and hike along any of the trails around Torres del Paine National Park and Tierra del Fuego.
While it might not be warm enough to swim in Bermuda during March, the weather is still great for beach trips and lazing around! in all honestly, what better way to spend your time in the Caribbean than on the beach? March is a great time for travel to Bermuda, as hotels offer cheaper prices, since it’s just before the busy peak season.
13. Delhi, India
India is known for its bright colors and exciting culture and traditions. March forms the end of the dry season in India, but also marks the start of Holi, the famous Hindu holiday celebrating the beginning of spring! The city itself transforms into a cloud of colors, filled with laughter, dance, and colored pigments! The weather as February transitions into March is much cooler, making it one of the best times to visit the North and East Indian regions.
Looking for a winter wonderland in March? Still wanting to hold on to the last bits of winter before spring sets in? Then head to the Canadian Rockies, as this is the place to be! Snowfall reaches its peak in March, but temperatures are actually bearable, meaning you can ski without freezing and enjoy the many outdoor activities!
15. Pokhara, Nepal
Nepal is known for its hiking activities, and March is the perfect season to visit, as temperatures are cooler! In fact mid-March to April is the best time, as the mornings are much clearer and the days are warmer with slight showers of rain to cool you down! The cool weather of the season makes it one of the best times to climb, as many of the passes are snow free and the mountain views are much clearer. It’s also cheap hotel season!