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Best Spring Trips 2017

March 27, 2017

Best Spring Trips 2017

March 20th marked the first day of Spring. It has been a long winter for most in the Unites States.  If you are looking for warmer temperatures and adventure, here are few destinations recommended by National Geographic specifically for Spring travel.

Best Spring Trips 2017

by Maryellen Kennedy Duckett on nationalgeographic.com

Emerge from your winter burrows and bask in the radiance of spring. Here are some destinations that will help you welcome the season's nicer weather.

Get out the world map and mark off these destinations that are not to miss this season. From the east coast of America to the mountains of Nepal—and everything inbetween—we've got a list to appeal to every wanderer of the world.

CAPE-TO-CAPE IN SOUTH AFRICA

This road trip will break your Instagram.

Cars drive along the Garden Route, a scenic section of South Africa's cross-country N2 Highway.


South Africa’s southern N2 highway from Cape Town (Western Cape) to Port Elizabeth (Eastern Cape) was designed for detours. Instead of driving straight through (about 460 miles), pull off frequently—particularly on the spectacularly scenic Garden Route section—to explore lagoons, lakes, forests, mountains, beaches, and bays. Sleep cheap at backpacker hostels like Tube ‘n Axe in Storms River. Hike in Garden Route National Park and catch a wave at world-class surf spot, Jeffreys Bay. At Mossel Bay (the halfway point on the drive) try sandboarding on 557-foot high Dragon Dune. Where the Western and Eastern Cape meet, walk out on—or, if you dare, bungee jump from—the arch of 709-foot-high Bloukrans Bridge with Face Adrenalin.

EASTERN EUROPE BY BALKAN FLEXIPASS

The scenery on this trip is just as stunning as Switzerland's for half the price.

Left:

The sun shines off the water near Our Lady of the Rocks church off the coast of Perast in the Bay of Kotor, Montenegro.

Right:

Children swim off the coast of the village of Rose, Montenegro.

PHOTOGRAPH BY ERIC MARTIN, FIGAROPHOTO/REDUX

For first-class vistas on a bare-bones budget, ride mainly by rail (partly by bus) from Serbia to the Adriatic coast. The original train route—completed in 1976 and undergoing its first major upgrade—dramatically winds through mountains and briefly passes through Bosnia and Herzegovina on its way from Belgrade, Serbia, to Bar, Montenegro. Due to construction, the first leg of the 10-hour (one-way) trip currently is by bus. To add more train travel, buy a Rail Europe Balkan Flexipass (starting at $108) for three, five, seven, 10, or 15 days of unlimited rides on national rail networks in Bulgaria, Greece, Montenegro, Macedonia, Romania, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Turkey.

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