This blog post was updated on March 30, 2023.
Yep, chocolate bunnies are back in the stores, and that can only mean one thing: it’s almost Easter! But, if you’re a seasoned traveler, it’s also a great opportunity to take a few days off at work to plan a cool, adventurous weekend trip. If you’re eager to take to the skies again, here’s a few Easter getaway ideas on how you can squeeze the most out of the long weekend.
Roll the Dice in Vegas
Vegas is the quintessential weekend getaway. With its bright lights, casinos, and hotels, Las Vegas encompasses everything you needed for an exciting Easter jaunt. There just so much to do, not only in Sin City but in the outskirts too. Trips to the Grand Canyon and Hoover Dam are available in most hotels. Alternatively, you can opt for a three-hour trek east through Joshua Tree forests and the Mojave Desert before returning to the bright lights to enjoy a cocktail and exchange stories.
Take a Cheesy Trip Through Vermont
Fancy a different kind of weekend experience? How about a 340-mile trip tasting all things cheese along the way? Check out Vermont’s famous cheese-makers while taking in some of the most picturesque towns along Vermont’s billboard-free roads. For instance, you could begin your culinary journey at the Three Shepherds Cheese in Mad River Valley, get a taste of Shelburne Farms’ cheddars, hit Willow Hill Farm in Milton, and finish your cheese trail at Vermont Creamery in Websterville.
Take it Easy in the Big Easy
Looking for getaway that’s also easy on the wallet? Give New Orleans some thought! Here you can walk its historic streets while enjoying street music, tasting one of N’awlins’ famous snowballs, or catching a cooking demonstration at Crescent City Farmers Market. The Algiers Point-Canal Street Ferry offers breathtaking views of the skyline, bur you can also rent a bike if you prefer to explore by land. New Orleans sure proves that a city break doesn’t need to break the bank.
Lose Yourself in Skagit Valley, Washington
Skagit Valley in Washington state comes alive in the spring thanks to its famous Tulip Festival. Visitors come from all over the world to take in the stunning beauty of the rolling fields of tulips. The bright and colorful flowers are set against the dramatic landscape of both the Cascade Mountains to the east and the Olympic Mountains to the west, providing a lovely backdrop for all of your photos. Guests are encouraged to walk through the tulip fields and enjoy the explosion of color.
While in the Skagit Valley, you can also head out on the Puget Sound for a boat ride, stroll through the charming towns in the area, or indulge in the great foodie scene and wine-tasting opportunities. About 90 minutes north of Seattle, the Valley is also known for its vibrant arts and cultural scene, featuring a number of art shows and galleries.
Hunt Eggs at Copper Mountain, Colorado
Nestled deep in the Rocky Mountains, Copper Mountain is known for its world-class winter sports opportunities. However, the fun does not stop when spring rolls around. Easter weekend is an ideal time to head up to the Colorado High Country and participate in the activities offered at this family-friendly ski resort. Copper Mountain is distinguished as hosting the largest Easter egg hunt in Colorado, boasting about 65,000 plastic eggs hidden throughout the village. People of all ages can take part in the hunt held at the Center Village. Some of the eggs even offer prizes such as ski lessons and gift cards.
Other activities this weekend include an appearance by the Easter bunny, egg decorating, and egg roll races. Copper Mountain is conveniently located about one hour west of Denver along Interstate 70, making it a quick weekend escape.
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Rediscover Washington, D.C.
For a decidedly more urban experience, you can’t go wrong with a trip to Washington, D.C. for Easter weekend. The biggest draw during this time of the year is the annual viewing of the cherry blossoms. Depending on when Easter falls and when the blossoms reach their full peak bloom, you may get lucky enough to see this beautiful display of Mother Nature.
A trip to the nation’s capital during this time of the year will also give you the chance to win a lottery ticket to attend the White House Easter Egg Roll. Dating back to the 19th century, this tradition typically takes place on the White House South Lawn the Monday after Easter Sunday. In addition to the Easter Egg Roll, you will also be treated to a variety of games, live entertainment, and more. While in Washington D.C., be sure to take advantage of the free access to the vast network of the Smithsonian museums. Spring is also an ideal time of the year to visit the National Zoo.
Be Amazed at Fredericksburg, Texas
Fredericksburg is a charming Texas town located about 90 minutes from Austin. Fredericksburg was founded in 1846, and entering the town feels as if you have stepped into Old World Germany. Easter weekend provides a fun opportunity to check out the peak of the floral bloom at Wildseed Farms, the country’s largest wildflower farm. You can also head to the Sauer-Beckmann Living History Farm, a place that takes you back to the early 1900s in Germany. Or simply spend your time strolling along the quintessential Main Street, browsing the many retail shops and noshing on the food in the German-inspired restaurants. A trip to Fredericksburg over Easter weekend definitely provides a relaxing escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
Explore California’s Own “Galapagos”
Lastly, if you love camping under the stars in an isolated place without excited crowds of people, consider booking your Easter flight to the Channel Islands off the coast of southern California. This stunning eight-island chain comprises five national parks that are actually under-visited gems. More than 150 new species have been found here — hence its nickname, “The Galapagos of the North” — and more than 30 species of sea animals, such as sea lions and whales, inhabit the surrounding sea. By nightfall, you can camp under the stars without another human being in sight.
How do you plan to spend Easter Weekend? Let us know in our comments section below!