If you’re looking for a last minute vacation, or want to plan one early, booking a trip on the East Coast can be a great idea. Though March is towards the earlier end of the season there are still plenty of places and resorts to go to. Here’s why you should visit the East Coast this March:There is more than enough to see and do on the east coast in March. What are some of the top places? Should you go to visit your family or travel alone? Here are some ideas of things everyone should add to their calendar in March.
I’m going to New York City this March and I’m looking forward to visiting the Metropolitan Museum of Art, former US President John F. Kennedy’s birthplace, Grand Central Station and more. If you are planning a vacation in the East Coast this spring or summer, these are the best places to visit and attractions to check out:Hey, sweetie! It’s mom… Your father and I are back from vacation in Florida. We’re super-duper exhausted – but we’re already planning our next trip! This year, we’d like to go to either the Vineyard or somewhere in Pennsylvania. Maybe if you ask your boss for another vacation day or two? Let’s go stroll along the wharf, shall we?
East Coast Vacation In March
Where to Travel in the USA in March
Average temperatures and precipitation: highs of 68F (20C) and lows of 44F (7C); 5 days of precipitation
Reasons to visit Big Sur in March: spring is on the horizon, more daylight than winter, cool festivals
Recommended by: Dhara from Roadtripping California
Big Sur in California is beautiful at any time of the year, but it is especially breathtaking in March when winter rains make the hills bright emerald and wildflowers start making an appearance along the slopes.
Daytime temperatures in Big Sur in March tend to be in the 60s, perfect for hiking the many trails there. Waterfalls are in full flow, and if you visit at the right time, you may even catch the famous Calla Lily Valley at peak.
Among the best things to do in Big Sur in March is to hike the many scenic trails. The ocean-view trails in Point Lobos State Natural Reserve, the coastal trails in Garrapata State Park, the trail through the redwoods in Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, and the bluff trail at Andrew Molera State Park are all worth doing, for beautiful views and wildflower bloom.
In March, you will likely catch the best photo spots on a fog-free day, so make sure to stop at iconic landmarks like the Bixby Creek Bridge.
You will want to dress in layers, because it can be breezy by the water, and a little cool, especially early or late in the day. Wear comfortable shoes, bring your camera, and get ready to enjoy a fabulous time during March in Big Sur!
This park is also home to one of the most iconic California Waterfalls – so be sure to check it out!
Average temperatures and precipitation: highs of 53F (12C) and lows of 37F (3C); 8 days of precipitation
Reasons to visit Philadelphia in March: festivals galore, tasty food, several museums for bad weather days
Recommended by: Derek and Mike at Robe Trotting
One of America’s best destinations for a March city break is the east coast city of Philadelphia. While the weather is still cooler, it’s comfortable to spend time outside and you can enjoy the city without large crowds or the heat of summer.
It’s also a great time to find deals on hotels and optimal pricing when renting a Philadelphia Airbnb.
All visitors to the city love visiting all of the historical attractions in Old City. During March in Philadelphia, it’s easy to reserve a spot on a free guided tour of Independence Hall.
Other attractions, like the Liberty Bell, will be free of crowds and you can save time while sightseeing. Philadelphia is also home to world-class museums like the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Franklin Institute of Science for cold or rainy spring days.
March is also a great time for events in Philadelphia and it’s traditionally when the annual Philadelphia Flower Show is held. There are also film festivals taking place in March like qFLIX, highlighting LGBTQ+ filmmakers and cinema as well as the Women’s Film Festival.
You can also enjoy the Saint Patrick’s Day Parade in March and 21+ visitors can take part in the Erin Express Irish Bar festival.
Philadelphia is also a great foodie destination and the crisp spring weather is perfect for trying Philadelphia favorites like a cheesesteak or tomato pie. Many days you can even dine al fresco at some of the incredible restaurants like Parc or El Vez.
No matter what you eat, you’ll love Philadelphia in March. It is a fantastic weekend getaway from Pittsburgh, Washington DC, and more!
Location: North Carolina
Average temperatures and precipitation: highs of 59F (15C) and lows of 38F (3C); 9 days of precipitation
Reasons to visit Asheville in March: comfortable temperatures, cheaper accommodation, many outdoor activities
Recommended by: Bret and Mary at Blue Ridge Mountains Travel Guide
From the lush greens of summer to the vivid colors of autumn leaves and the winter draping of white, the mountains of Western North Carolina are a delightful place to visit all year round. But spring is arguably among the best times of year to visit Asheville, one of our favorite towns in the Blue Ridge Mountains.
There are an endless array of things to do in Asheville in March, which is a particularly great time for nature lovers to visit. The temperatures are still fairly cool, with average highs of around 59F, which is great for hiking, mountain biking, or paddling without sweltering from the South’s oppressive heat and humidity. But because March is the off-season, you can often score better hotel/AirBnB rates and avoid the summer tourist crowds.
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In terms of attractions, this is an outdoor adventurer’s wonderland. DuPont State Forest, Pisgah National Forest, and the Linville Gorge Wilderness are all within an hour’s drive of the city. As are countless impressive waterfalls, such as Bridal Veil Falls (DuPont), Catawba Falls (Pisgah), Rainbow Falls (Highlands), and Triple Falls (Brevard).
Wildlife lovers will enjoy finding the Elk herd in the Cataloochee Valley section of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and learning about Red Wolf Conservation at the Western North Carolina Nature Center.
The world-renowned Blue Ridge Parkway, which begins at Great Smoky Mountains National Park, offers amazingly scenic road trips to Blue Ridge Mountain towns like Cherokee, Waynesville, and Little Switzerland.
And, of course, downtown Asheville has its fair share of tourist attractions, from the Biltmore Estate (the largest privately-owned home in America) and the galleries of the River Arts District to the French Broad River.
Whatever you do, don’t miss a chance to sample some of the exquisite downtown Asheville restaurants, from Curate and Posana to Bouchon, Buxton Hall, and the 12 Bones Smokehouse (the Obamas’ favorite).
Average temperatures and precipitation: highs of 70F (21C) and lows of 50F (10C); 6 days of precipitation
Reasons to visit Savannah in March: comfortable temperatures, cheaper accommodation, many outdoor activities
Recommended by: Editor’s choice
One of the best places to visit in March in the USA is Savannah, Georgia. The city exudes southern charm and it becomes a colorful array of life in March as the city’s azaleas are in full bloom.
You can see these beautiful flowers on display in the city squares, Bonaventure Cemetery, Forsyth Park, and more.
Another fantastic reason to visit Savannah in March is that it has a huge St. Patrick’s Day celebration.
This happens on and around March 17, but you can find many other festivals and events throughout the month, such as the Savannah Stopover, Tour of Home and Gardens, and the Savannah Music Festival.
Georgia weather is also comfortable and not too hot or humid during March.
You will find temperatures in Savannah perfect for outdoor activities (although, do take a jacket as rain can arrive on short notice!), such as visiting the low country’s islands and nearby wildlife refuges.
Average temperatures and precipitation: highs of 62F (17C) and lows of 49F (10C); 8 days of precipitation
Reasons to visit San Francisco in March: free museums, festivals, comfortable temperatures, delicious food
Recommended by: Chrysoula at Travel Passionate
March is great for visiting San Francisco as there is plenty to do, but fewer crowds! In March, the mornings are cool, but it warms up and becomes very comfortable by lunchtime.
The St. Patrick’s Day Parade is held on the weekend nearest to March 17 and is popular with bagpipes and colorful floats. During March in San Francisco, there is free admission to many of the city’s museums and on March 14, there is free access to the Exploratorium to celebrate Pi Day.
There are interesting guided walks to Chinatown, North Beach, and Fisherman’s Wharf… all looking at the city’s history, art, and architecture.
If you are a foodie, there are several tours focusing on food there, including the Italian Food of North Beach and the Asian tastes of Chinatown.
Another popular thing to do in San Francisco in March and other times of the year is to visit the Mission District, where you can explore its brightly colored murals and street art. Some incorporate mosaics and political or social messages.
Some of the sights in San Francisco can be enjoyed all year through – with a 1.7-mile stroll across the Golden Gate Bridge topping the list! A fun way to end the day is on a two-hour California Twilight Cruise with drinks and appetizers served onboard.
Average temperatures and precipitation: highs of 70F (21C) and lows of 54F (12C); 6 days of precipitation
Reasons to visit the Florida Panhandle in March: beat the high-season, gorgeous beaches, Blue Angels air practice
Recommended by: Bryanna at Crazy Family Adventure
The Florida Panhandle is an awesome place to visit in March. The weather is warming up, and the sun is usually out and shining!
You can take a road trip from Pensacola’s beautiful white sands, where you can visit Fort Pickens State Park and the National Naval Aviation Museum.
At the museum, starting in March, you can watch the Blue Angels air practice. Watching these blue jets zoom by is an awesome sight to see! Be sure to also check out the Pensacola lighthouse – one of the prettiest lighthouses in Florida!
Next up, head over to all the amazing things to do in Destin, Florida. You can go parasailing, jet-skiing, out on a dolphin cruise, or a pirate ship.
The list of things to do in this beach town goes on and on! You won’t want to miss the white sand beaches – which we have to say are the best beaches in the US!
The last stop will be the beachside town of Port St. Joe. Port St. Joe is more off the beaten path and a lot less busy than the rest of the panhandle.
Spend time kayaking in the bay, where you can see through the crystal clear water and find all the sea critters playing around on the ocean floor. Or head out on a boat to go and find the local dolphins swimming in the bay.
Visiting the Florida panhandle in March is a great time to visit before the business of summer takes over. There are many great state parks, restaurants, outdoor attractions, and activities to explore in this beautiful part of the country!
Texas Hill Country
Average temperatures and precipitation: highs of 72F (22C) and lows of 49F (9C); 5 days of precipitation
Reasons to visit Texas Hill Country in March: nice temperatures, Texas bluebonnets, charming towns, delicious food
Recommended by: Kate at Lone Star Travel Guide
Located in the heart of central Texas, the Texas Hill Country is one of the best USA destinations to visit in March and an ideal weekend trip from Dallas, Austin, Houston, and more!
Known for its sparkling rivers, many wineries and distilleries, idyllic small towns, beautiful natural swimming holes, and gorgeous fields of wildflowers that stretch as far as the eye can see, March is ideal to visit the Hill Country because the wildflowers (and especially the Texas bluebonnets) come into season toward the end of the month.
Also, during March in Texas Hill Country, the weather tends to be sunny and warm (brave souls might even want to go for a swim!), but the unbearable heat of the Texas summer won’t have set in yet.
The best things to do in the Texas Hill Country include touring the many small towns like Fredericksburg and Wimberley, eating barbecue in Lockhart, going for a swim (Hamilton Pool in Dripping Springs and Jacob’s Well in Wimberley are some of the most popular spots), climbing Enchanted Rock, touring the LBJ National Historic Site, visiting a vineyard or three, and hiking in one of the Hill Country’s beloved state parks such as Pedernales Falls and Garner State Park.
During wildflower season, Burnet and Llano are great towns to visit to see the wildflowers. Be sure to drive Willow City Loop and to visit Muleshoe Bend as well!
The popular cities of Austin and San Antonio also both lie on the edges of the Hill Country, and make ideal places to start your road trip- and with plenty to do, see, and eat in each city, they also make excellent additions to your vacation!
Average temperatures and precipitation: highs of 53F (12C) and lows of 26F (-3C); 4 days of precipitation
Reasons to visit Colorado Springs in March: better temperatures, many nature opportunities, historical museums
Recommended by: Jyoti at Story at Every Corner
Colorado Springs is an amazing destination in March in the USA, especially for people who prefer milder weather and the great outdoors. This is when winter is transitioning to spring and the weather becomes comfortable before the heat of summer sets in.
There is tons to do in and around Colorado Springs. The top attraction is the incredible Garden of the Gods. It’s a free park with huge red rocks and well-made pathways.
There’s a multitude of activities such as rock climbing, Segway tours, jeep tours, and photography. Just a walk around the park is fun.
Weather permitting, it’s an exhilarating drive or hike up to Pikes Peak. It’s one of the easier Fourteeners in Colorado to hike up. To drive, one has to park at Mile 13 or 16 and take the shuttle up to the peak at Mile 19. The ride lends to gorgeous photos, especially since you’re not driving.
Cheyenne Canyon is a beautiful town with tons of history and outlandish stories. The Cheyenne Cañon Segway tour by Happy is amazing. As a great local storyteller, he brings the history alive. It is definitely one of the best day trips from Colorado Springs!
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If you have 2-3 hours, a small hike at the Paint Mine Interpretive Center is amazing.
There are many more things to do in Colorado Springs such as visiting Manitou Springs and cliff dwellings, the US Olympic & Paralympic training center, Cheyenne Cañon Broadmoor Seven Falls, and the heritage museum. Allow for at least 2-3 days in Colorado Springs to enjoy the highlights.
Finger Lakes Region
Location: New York
Average temperatures and precipitation: highs of 44F (6C) and lows of 25F (-4C); 9 days of precipitation
Reasons to visit the Finger Lakes region in March: state parks with fewer crowds, many museums to flee the cold
Recommended by: Kelly at Girl with the Passport