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We’ve mapped out easy weekend getaways full of outdoor activities, delicious food, and seasonal bursts of color to enjoy this spring.

Whale-Watching in Sea Ranch, CA

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Getaway from: San Francisco

The weather remains fairly cool in the spring months in Sea Ranch, but it’s still a great time to explore the town’s weathered wooden buildings, sea grass, and dunes. Should you tire of watching the gray whales on their northern migration (February through April) from your hotel-room window seat, check out the arts scene in the nearby hamlet of Gualala.

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Great Spring Weekend Getaways

Whale-Watching in Sea Ranch, CA

Getaway from: San Francisco

The weather remains fairly cool in the spring months in Sea Ranch, but it’s still a great time to explore the town’s weathered wooden buildings, sea grass, and dunes. Should you tire of watching the gray whales on their northern migration (February through April) from your hotel-room window seat, check out the arts scene in the nearby hamlet of Gualala.

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Great Spring Weekend Getaways

Each year as March fades into April, acres of Indian paintbrush and Mexican poppies blossom across Arizona’s Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park. It is one of America’s best spots to watch the desert bloom each spring—and it’s just an hour outside of Phoenix.

For much of the country that has spent this lingering winter cooped up indoors, once the weather begins to warm, the urge to take off for some long weekend getaways can be overwhelming—so why resist?

We’ve planned easy weekend getaways from major U.S. cities to help you take advantage of the rising temperatures. Each itinerary includes suggestions for where to stay, eat, and play.

Sporty types can ditch D.C. to watch a horse race in Middleburg, VA, or chant “Hey batter batter” during spring training in Port St. Lucie, FL. Since state and national parks are most crowded later in the year, a weekend getaway in spring is an especially peaceful time for nature lovers to stretch their legs, be it for a hike through Franconia Notch in New Hampshire’s White Mountains, close to Boston; a wildflower tour around red rock formations at California’s Pinnacles; or a kayak around Maine’s Acadia National Park.

Don’t let the last few weeks of winter get you down. Instead, browse these spring getaways, and sign up for T+L’s weekend getaways email newsletter for more warmer weather ideas. —Lyndsey Matthews

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