Top 10 Quick Spring Getaways
Death Valley, California
We would never recommend hopping over to the Sahara for a quick spring getaway – nor would we suggest rocketing to Mars anytime soon. And we don't have to, since you can practically experience both by spending a couple of days exploring the vast open spaces, arid mountains, rolling sand dunes, old ghost towns, and barren salt pans of Death Valley. Despite its macabre moniker, this national park comes alive with wildflowers through mid-April, and with summer highs soaring above 120 degrees and winter lows dropping below freezing, spring is the prime season to discover this 3.3-million-acre park’s many wonders: Hike the lowest place in North America (almost 300 feet below sea level), surf a sand dune, visit a Moorish-style castle, and cool down at the top-notch Furnace Creek Inn.
How to Get There: Fly nonstop to Las Vegas (LAS) from San Francisco (Southwest, United, Virgin America; 1.5 hours), Los Angeles (American, Delta, JetBlue, Southwest, United; 1 hour), Minneapolis (Delta, Sun Country; about 3 hours), and direct from dozens of other U.S. cities; then drive 2.5 hours to the Furnace Creek Visitor Center via Death Valley Junction on California Route 190, one of the most scenic routes into the park. Book flights, hotels, and more on our Travel Search.