As the holiday season comes to a close and winter starts to wind down, you’re likely looking ahead to how to soak up as much outdoor time as possible. Spring is all about getting back outside, taking a breath of fresh air, and enjoying our surroundings. That’s why it’s also a great season to take a weekend road trip.
A weekend road trip is ideal if you’re starting to get that travel itch but can’t commit to a long getaway, or if you simply want to take a vacation that doesn’t include long airport lines and a ton of extra costs. Economical yet adventurous, the spring weekend road trip can be a great opportunity to switch things up and make some unforgettable memories. Read on for spring road trip inspiration that’ll leave you feeling ready to hit the road!
Camping is a family-friendly way to enjoy the changing seasons and to get out into nature, which can be great if you’ve spent the winter feeling cooped up. Plus, no matter where you live, you’re likely just a car ride away from a campground. Make sure you book a campsite in advance as there are likely a lot of people with spring camping trips on their agendas!
Once you have a campsite booked, pack your car and day-use backpack full of the gear you’ll need, like bug spray, a flashlight, groceries for the weekend, and camping-friendly clothes. One thing that’s great about car camping is that you can use your car to store anything that can’t fit into your backpacks, so you can bring extras of everything plus some fun goodies (yes, we mean lots of ingredients for s’mores).
Visiting some wineries is a lovely spring activity and a perfect road trip idea for you and your s/o or your gal pals. If you don't live within driving distance from wineries, don't fret. You can also plan a weekend with distillery tours or even brewery tours on the agenda instead.
Don't forget to also plan some restaurants you might want to stop by in the area or look to see in advance if there are cute places to picnic near any of the stops on your tour. Pack your weekender bag with cute outfits, like a stylish maxi dress that you can wear with a light jean jacket.
Fuss-free yet flattering looks like this are perfect for a winery, distillery, or brewery tour road trip as they’re comfortable enough for all-day wear and also oh-so-cute for any photo ops that arise.
Live out your cottagecore dreams with a spring cabin getaway. Find a cabin rental with amenities like a hot tub and easy trail access, plus some lovely mountain views (ideally!), and pack up the car with all of the necessities.
For a weekend getaway like this, you can break up the drive by stopping at farmer’s markets or roadside farm stands along the way. That way, you’ll arrive with a canvas tote bag brimming with fresh produce, and can plan some special meals to cook in your cozy cabin. Of course, if there’s a field of wildflowers nearby, we highly recommend prancing in it to really soak up that spring energy!
If you want to take a spring road trip but necessarily want to commit to a long drive, you can absolutely opt to treat it almost like a staycation. Pick the closest cute city or nearby town and find a unique home rental, swanky hotel, or bed and breakfast there, depending on how you like to travel. Do some research to determine the best places to eat and explore nearby and get ready to hit the road.
Pack your women's weekender bags with comfortable yet cute outfits like midi skirts, trendy straight leg jeans, a fit and flare dress, and any other go-to’s for activities like nice dinners out on the town or museum jaunts. While it might not seem as exciting to visit just one zip code over, you might just discover something in your backyard that you'll want to visit again and again.
Taking a weekend this spring to load up the car and spend quality time with friends or family on a new adventure is a fun way to mark the new season and shake things up. By opting for a road trip, you can avoid any airport-related stress, and also enjoy the benefits of having a full trunk’s worth of space at your disposal (yes, you should absolutely bring both pairs of cute sneakers or that huge paperback you've been meaning to read!).