- Travelers are already making plans for their March vacations.
- Business Insider looked at airfare trends, climate data, and peak travel times to find the best places to visit in March 2018.
- The travel destinations include tropical beaches, energetic festivals, and natural wonders.
We’ve just kicked off a new year, but forward-thinking travelers are already planning their springtime vacations.
March offers an array of great travel experiences around the world, from breathtaking glimpses of flourishing nature on the Galapagos Islands to the colorful celebration of Holi in Mumbai.
Best yet, in many places March is the start of “shoulder season” — the period between the high and low seasons of a vacation destination — meaning you’ll be able to find an affordable vacation no matter your travel style.
Business Insider looked at airfare trends, climate data, and peak travel times to figure out which vacation spots should be on your radar.
Read on to find 13 destinations you won’t want to miss in March:
March is the perfect time to travel to Texas’s quirky capital. The weather’s balmy, flights are cheap, and you can catch two decidedly Texan events: the Star of Texas Fair & Rodeo and the world-famous South by Southwest music and media festivals.
Palm Springs, California
The desert resort city of Palm Springs, California, is another American hotspot that’s ideal to visit in March.
Temperatures in the 70s and low 80s Fahrenheit make for perfect hiking conditions on the numerous trails — just two months later and the mercury will reach triple digits. Nearby Joshua Tree National Park offers some of the most rugged, spectacular views of nature and wildlife you’ll see in the United States.
And if you’re not the outdoorsy type, you’re sure to find comfort cooling off by the pool or pampering yourself in a spa.
St. Croix, US Virgin Islands
Mild weather and low rainfall make March the optimal time to visit this Caribbean gem with an affinity for rum.
Indulge in the island’s stunning tropical beaches, go whale-watching on the north shore, and be sure to check out historical sites like the Columbus Landing Site, the only known location where members of a Christopher Columbus expedition set foot on what is now US soil.
And if you plan your trip right, you can take part in the raucous St. Patrick’s Day parade in Christiansted — one of the only celebrations of the Irish holiday you’ll find in all the Caribbean.