When you travel in March, the vacation destination possibilities in the United States are almost endless. While skiing, snowboarding, and other winter sports are still popular in the snowy north, the balmy temperatures elsewhere offer the perfect opportunity to enjoy the outdoors. Whether you’re in search of a warm spring break, a wild St. Patrick’s Day celebration, or a spectacular week-long ski trip, you’ll have an exceptional time at United States vacation rentals in these cities where you’ll be close to all the action.
1. Savannah, Georgia
Spring brings pleasant temperatures and blooming azaleas to Savannah in March, and the whole city turns out to celebrate. Savannah is home to one of the United States’ largest St. Patrick’s Day festivals, a three-day extravaganza that features live music, dance parties on River Street, and the exuberant St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Other March events include the Savannah Music Festival, which features music that is indigenous to the Deep South, the world-renowned Tour of Homes and Gardens, and the Savannah Stopover.
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2. Chicago, Illinois
Watch the Chicago River turn a bright shade of green on St. Patrick’s Day in Chicago. Afterwards, head over to Grant Park to watch the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, which bursts with bagpipers, Irish step dancers, and marching bands. Bid farewell to winter with ice skating in Millennium Park, wear your favorite green gear for the Leprechaun Leap 5K/8K Run, and check out March festivals including the Windy City BREWHAHA, the Chicago Beer Festival, the Macy’s Flower Show, and Baconfest Chicago.
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3. Washington, D.C.
Cherry blossoms bloom all over Washington, D.C. in March, turning the city into a springtime wonderland. During the second half of the month, the National Cherry Blossom Festival brings the Pink Tie Party, spectacular American and Japanese performances at the Opening Ceremony, and a family-friendly parade. Also in March, check out the Blossom Kite Festival, the Rock and Roll Marathon, and the lively St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
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4. New York City, New York
March is the perfect month to visit New York City — the temperatures offer a respite from winter cold, but the crowds of summer tourists have not yet arrived. Head to Fifth Avenue on March 17 for the world-famous St. Patrick’s Day Parade, or learn about the Irish experience in New York at the Merchant’s House Museum. March also brings the NYC Craft Beer Festival, the Tribeca Film Festival, and the Coney Island Mermaid Parade.
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5. New Orleans, Louisiana
After the buzz of Mardi Gras, New Orleans has a peaceful, family-friendly vibe in March. Make the most of comfortable temperatures at the Tennessee Williams Literary Festival, where you can watch new plays and participate in the “Stella!” shouting concert. Around St. Patrick’s Day, head to the Irish Channel neighborhood to watch Irishmen toss cabbages. Super Sunday features lively parades packed with dancers in Native American dress. For music lovers, Soul Fest at Audubon Zoo and the Buku Music + Art Project are must-see events.
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6. Mammoth Lakes, California
The Mammoth Lakes ski season is in full swing in March; take advantage of the spectacular snow at Mammoth Mountain, which offers skiing, snowboarding, and kid-friendly snow tubing. Enjoy March’s many bluebird days with a snowmobile adventure around the area’s alpine lakes, and warm up with a dip in the Travertine Hot Springs.
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7. Las Vegas, Nevada
With plenty of sunshine and low crowd levels, March is a great time to explore Las Vegas. Comfortable temperatures make it the perfect time to enjoy the rides on Fremont Street, New York New York, and the Stratosphere — or, head out to Red Rock Canyon to hike among the soaring sandstone cliffs. On March 17, head to the St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival, and later in the month, watch monster trucks battle in the Sam Boyd Stadium during the Monster Jam World Finals.
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8. Charleston, South Carolina
Explore Charleston’s candy-colored buildings in comfort in March, when temperatures hover around 70 degrees. The city makes the most of the spring weather with a slew of events, including Charleston Fashion Week in Marion Square, the BB&T Charleston Wine Food Festival, and for tennis lovers, the Family Circle Cup. Head to the Broxton Bridge Plantation to watch soldiers on horseback during the annual reenactment of the Civil War’s Battle for Broxton Bridge.
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9. Los Angeles, California
If you’re dreaming of a Disneyland vacation, you can easily take a trip there, then explore the rest of the greater Los Angeles area. The first half of March is one of the best times of the year: the weather is warm, and the spring-break crowds have not yet arrived. The rest of the city bursts with activity in March, so you can spend your non-Disney days at the downtown St. Patrick’s Day Street Festival, the Descanso Gardens Cherry Blossom Festival, or the Redondo Beach Kite Festival.
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10. Grand Canyon, Arizona
When it comes to hiking and sightseeing, March is the perfect month for trips to the Grand Canyon. The mild weather makes it easy to take in the views from the South Rim or hike the Bright Angel Trail, and the manageable crowd levels ensure that you can find a spot on the glass-bottomed Skywalk. For the easiest access, look for vacation rentals in Grand Canyon Village, near the south entrance of the park, or in nearby Flagstaff.
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11. Miami, Florida
When it comes to beach vacation destinations, Miami in March is a fantastic choice. Temperatures hover around the low 80s, and the lack of summer crowds means you can enjoy a private section of sand. The city also hosts an array of exciting events in March, including Flamenco Festival X, the Miami International Film Festival, the Miami-Dade County Fair, and the Cuban extravaganza Calle Ocho.
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