Perfect Destinations for a March Getaway

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    Phoenix

    There's a lot to like about Phoenix in March: spring training takes the city's stadiums by storm and the weather is perfect for all sorts of outdoor pursuits, from golfing to shopping. The always-beautiful Desert Botanical Garden kicks off their Spring Butterfly Exhibit this month as well.

    Photo courtesy of Scott M. Leen/Desert Botanical Garden

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    Sanibel Island

    If you've ever wanted to try the "Sanibel Stoop," March is a great time to do so. During the first weekend of the month, the Sanibel-Captiva Shell Club will host their annual Treasures of Sanibel shell show. Red Sox fans looking for a break from the Boston cold can cheer on their team as they play in the Grapefruit League in nearby Fort Myers.

    Photo courtesy of ziggymaj/iStock

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    Charleston

    Whether you come for the Lowcountry food or the flowers, March is an excellent time to visit Charleston, one of the nation's most historic cities. This month marks the start of the Historic Charleston Foundation's Festival of Houses and Gardens, with tours that take guests into some of the city's most beautiful 18th century residences when flowers are in full bloom. All that walking might make you hungry, and March also marks the season for the Charleston Wine + Food Festival, where you can sample the best of the Lowcountry.

    Photo courtesy of Jodi Jacobson/iStock

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    Lake Tahoe

    As winter snow begins to melt away, March is a great time to head out on that last-chance ski vacation. Many of the resorts at North Lake Tahoe celebrate the spring season with SnowFest (the 2014 theme is "Bringing Back the '80s"), a 10-day lineup of family-friendly events and activities.

    Photo courtesy of Purestock/Thinkstock

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    Austin

    March is an all-around beautiful month to explore the Texas capital. Mild spring weather invites visitors to enjoy the great outdoors, whether it be boating on Lady Bird Lake, hiking Mount Bonnell or flying a kite at the annual Zilker Kite Festival in Zilker Park. Music and film lovers descend upon Austin this month for SXSW (South by Southwest), one of the nation's top performing arts festivals.

    Photo courtesy of rbstevens/iStock

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    Venice, Italy

    If you visit Venice in early March, you'll catch the tail end of Venice Carnevale. Otherwise, March brings pleasant temperatures and a break from the crowds before high season starts up around Easter. That means you'll only be sharing the City of Light with the locals, so you'll have plenty of elbow room to savor the exquisite art and architecture.

    Photo courtesy of Rolf Fischer/iStock

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    Vancouver

    March marks the beginning of whale watching season in British Columbia, and the city of Vancouver celebrates with its annual Pacific Rim Whale Festival on Vancouver Island. Temperatures begin to warm up early in the city, making this spring month an excellent time to head out for some kayaking on English Bay or walking in Stanley Park, and you'll likely snag hotel deals before the summer tourists arrive.

    Photo courtesy of Tourism Vancouver, Tourism Victoria

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    Asheville

    There's almost always a seasonal festivity taking place at Asheville's historic Biltmore Estate, but the annual spring Biltmore Blooms celebration is one of the most travel-worthy. When you're not smelling the flowers in the meticulously manicured gardens, take advantage of spring weather with an excursion into the Blue Ridge Mountains.

    Photo courtesy of Biltmore

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    Tokyo

    In mid to late March, Tokyo residents enjoy a brilliant reminder that spring has arrived when the city's cherry blossoms put on their annual show. It's a great time to participate in the traditional Japanese pastime of hanami, where friends and families gather in the city's parks and green spaces to celebrate the arrival of spring beneath a canopy of pink and white blooms.

    Photo courtesy of Marufish

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    Galapagos

    While there isn't really a bad time to visit the Enchanted Isles, spring offers its own unique experiences in the Galapagos. In the heart of the warmer season, March is one of the best times for snorkeling, with the highest water temperatures and best visibility. You also might get to spot sea turtles or Galapagos giant tortoises nesting, or watch some rather interesting mating rituals of several bird species.

    Photo courtesy of BlueOrange Studio/iStock

About Lydia Schrandt

Lydia graduated from the University of Texas with a degree in Philosophy and quickly bid farewell to the United States for good. She's traveled throughout Europe, Asia and South America, and has lived in Albuquerque, Galveston, Austin, Thailand, Korea, China, Ecuador, Colombia, Argentina and Brazil.

Lydia is currently "slow traveling" through South America in search of a place to call home. Florianopolis, Brazil currently serves as her base of operations. She speaks a little Spanish, Portuguese and Chinese, and loves cooking, photography, knitting and watching Spanish soccer. She hopes to get her first novel published in the next year.

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