Welcome to March. As we get set to farewell winter and welcome spring (bring it), there’s still time to squeeze a last-minute travel sojourn. Keep things low-key and local by heading off to one of these gems in the US. We’ve curated the perfect destination in North America to satisfy every type of traveler.
For History Buffs
Charleston, a year-round destination with warm weather, a fascinating Civil War past, and good old-fashioned Southern hospitality is bursting with history and charm. Spend easy days touring sites like the neoclassical Nathaniel Russel House, brushing up on history at beautiful Middleton Place, strolling down the cobblestone streets covered in palmetto trees lapping up the grandeur of antebellum mansions, or getting your fill of crab cakes, fresh seafood, and Southern Fare at restaurants like the famed The Charleston Grill.
Book the Historic City Highlights Tour to experience iconic Charleston landmarks like Rainbow Row, Battery Sea Wall, and the city’s endless historic churches.
For Ocean Lovers
California’s stunning Big Sur, with its long stretches of ocean, craggy coastline, and giant redwoods is a place to get lost in the beauty and romance of nature and the sea. Rent a vintage convertible from Monterrey (scene of Big Little Lies) and head south on Highway 1, past McWay Falls, a scenic 80-foot waterfall, and Bixby Creek Bridge, the 714-foot-long bridge that plays a starring role in the hit HBO show and Pfeiffer Beach, with its purple (yep purple) sand.
Book into the Post Ranch Inn, where rooms overlook the ocean and are outfitted with romantic fireplaces and outdoor hot tubs.
For Nature Seekers
Taking refuge from the hustle and bustle of New York City can be a pretty spectacular thing. For those seeking fresh air and solitude, look no further than the Catskills, located on the southeastern range of the Appalachian mountains and known for its preserved forests and hiking trails. During shoulder season, there’s still a little skiing, snowboarding and snow-tubing left to do at nearby Belleayre mountain. The area is also home to the historic towns of Phoenicia and Woodstock, a summertime haven for artists and musicians.
To soak up the mountain stillness, book an A-frame cabin at Eastwind, where a cozy platform bed is perfectly positioned below the window to rise with the sun and watch the stars at night.
For Design Aficionados
A longtime playground for Hollywood legends like Elvis and the famed Rat Pack (Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Junior), Palm Springs is once again on everyone’s radar. Seemingly overnight, hipster restaurants and trendy new hotels pop up – seducing west coasters, especially, for a stylish staycation with its always perfect weather, mid-century modern architecture and Slim Aarons style sexy pools. Snowbird season (now through April) comes with no shortage of major festivals and events including The BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament in March; Coachella and Stagecoach music festivals in April.
Rent an electric ride from Bike Palm Springs and do your own ‘Door Tour.’ Glide through Old Las Palmas and other cool neighborhoods to see Palm Spring’s most famous brightly painted front doors.
For City Addicts
Chicago rivals New York City with its dynamic, creative, energy, outstanding gastronomy scene, incredible cultural sites and happenings (the jazz is legendary), and of course its impressive architecture. If you’re heading to the windy city, an easy flight from NYC, be sure to check out the expertly curated treasures within the Beaux-Arts walls of the Art Institute of Chicago (think Monet water lilies and Georgia O’Keeffe desert-scapes. Also worth exploring is the neighborhood of the moment (Chicago is home to 77 buzzy, diverse neighborhoods), Pilsen, a Latino area southwest of downtown where the streets are lined with colorful murals, hip restaurants, and trendy bars. And don’t miss one of visionary architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s masterpieces: Robie House, created in 1910 and a homage to Wright’s iconic Prairie style with horizontal lines, cantilevered overhangs, and iridescent stained-glass windows.
Look up! Chicago is the birthplace of the skyscraper, and the Loop is filled with architectural marvels like the 1888 Rookery Building by Daniel Burnham and the 1973 Willis Tower, once the world’s tallest building. The best way to take them all is in on The Chicago Architecture Center’s boat cruise to view all the incredible buildings that line the Chicago River.