The top spring destinations of 2014: National Geographic Travel

Saturday, March 15th, 2014. Filed under: Books Destinations Entertainment Motoring
Ireland, Wild Atlantic Way ©Failte Ireland

Ireland, Wild Atlantic Way
©Failte Ireland

(Relaxnews) – A wine-growing valley in Chile, walking paths in Tasmania and Ireland’s untamed, rugged coastline have been singled out as among some of the top spring destinations of 2014 by National Geographic Travel.

Editors at the publication offer an interesting list of top 10 spring vacation ideas that focus on outdoor activities like hiking, walking or scenic drives.

One of their suggestions includes a drive along Ireland’s recently launched ‘Wild Atlantic Way,’ the longest defined coastal drive in the world.

For 2,400 km (1,491 miles), drivers are accompanied by rugged landscapes of dramatic cliff drops, crashing waves where land and ocean meet, and untamed wilderness.

Wild Atlantic Way, Ireland ©Failte Ireland

Wild Atlantic Way, Ireland
©Failte Ireland

Editors suggest hitting the roads in spring, when Cork throws a St. Paddy’s day festival over a few days (March 15-17); the picturesque city of Galway throws a food festival (April 17-21); and Connemara throws a mussel festival (May 2-4).

Just an hour’s drive away from Santiago lies the Casablanca Valley, one of Chile’s fastest-growing wine regions carpeted in vineyards and morning, coastal mist. While much of the harvest takes place in March which marks the tail end of their summer, the vines also begin to change color in April and May for scenic rambles and wine tastings.

And nature lovers and hikers may want to consider taking a leisurely stroll along Cornelian Bay in Tasmania, or a more challenging bushwalk in the remote Southwest National Park under blue skies.

March and April are identified as the best period to undertake walking tours when fall foliage begins to change the landscape and temperatures are a comfortable 10C to 16C.

Here are some of the other spring destinations recommended by National Geographic Travel:

El Nido, Palawan, Philippines (photo courtesy of Philippine Fly Boy

El Nido, Palawan, Philippines (photo courtesy of Philippine Fly Boy

Grande Rivière, Trinidad
El Greco Year, Toledo, Spain
Valletta, Malta
Kane County, Southwestern Utah
El Nido, Palawan, Philippines
Patriots’ Day Weekend, Boston, Massachusetts
Asheville, North Carolina


Share Button

Related posts

Palawan in the Philippines named world’s top island: CN TravelerLists of Lonely Planet’s top travel picks for 2014‘James Bond’ Bentley up for auctionObservation deck of One World Trade Center named top new attraction 2015Lonely Planet releases its picks for the top destinations in 2015Why these places have been deemed the world’s smartest citiesTop family-friendly attractions in the US 2014Elon Musk: a man on a missionPlanning your great escape? Lonely Planet has a few ideasWorld’s best hotels and cities 2013: Travel + LeisureListing for ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ condo dashes hopes of fansCN Traveler readers name Disney world’s best cruise line 2014New Michelin guide for Kansai, Japan adds 2-star listingsNew ‘Lord of the Rings’ tour launches for book’s 60th annivesaryMercedes-Benz cars arc through the sky at the Goodwood Festival of SpeedKeith Richards’s Ferrari Dino going under the hammerGiada De Laurentiis restaurant in Las Vegas to open in MayCowboy skiing makes it onto best winter trips list 2014Celebrity chefs and writers pen food essays for Lonely PlanetL’Enclume named best restaurant in the UK