By the time spring finally arrives—after a winter that has broken records for cold temperatures and snowfall around the country—you’ll definitely need to go on vacation. The good news is that there are plenty of budget-friendly destinations right here at home, as well as in nearby locales in Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean. Without breaking the bank, you can still celebrate the new season by exploring a new city or island enclave. Check out our suggestions—many of which are on Fodor’s Go List 2014—and start planning your spring getaway today.
Los CabosWhere: Mexico
Sunny Los Cabos—located at the southern tip of the Baja Peninsula, where the Sea of Cortés greets the Pacific Ocean—offers many springtime diversions. You can practice your golf game or get out on the water to scuba dive, snorkel, and kayak. On land, you can explore the hills by bike, horseback, or ATV, or simply hang out at the beach. Make sure to look for the best-priced hotels, inns, and condos in San José del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas.
Insider Tip: June brings turtle-nesting season to the beaches of Los Cabos. From June through December, watch for Leatherback and Oliver Ridley turtles nesting in the sand.
Plan Your Trip: Visit Fodor’s Los Cabos Guide
Where: Lesser Antilles, Caribbean
There is so much more to St. Lucia than the gold sand beaches and coral reef that ring the island. Here, you can hike the Pitons Mountains, explore the lush rainforest, drive through a volcano, and experience Soufrière’s Sulphur Springs. While the island is known for its all-inclusive resorts, you’ll also find small hotels, guesthouses, and apartments that cater to couples and families.
Insider Tip: Musicians from around the globe will descend on St. Lucia from April 30 to May 11, for the annual St. Lucia Jazz & Arts Festival.
Plan Your Trip: Visit Fodor’s St. Lucia Guide
The state of Colorado is on this year’s Fodor’s Go List 2014, and there are tons of reasons to visit Denver in particular. Major attractions incluide the Denver Art Museum, Denver Zoo, and the Denver Botanic Gardens, plus free tours of the U.S. Mint and Coors Brewery. Be sure to spend an afternoon strolling along the I.M. Pei-designed granite pathway of the 16th Street Mall, which is lined with hundreds of budding red oaks and thousands of flowers.
Plan Your Trip: Visit Fodor’s Denver Guide
The same storm that caused officials to close a section of Interstate 90 in Washington on Saturday will continue to spread snow and unusually cold air across the western United States early this week.
Gita remains on track to slam into New Zealand with heavy rain and strong winds around Tuesday.
While snow continues to create slick travel from the Rockies to the Upper Midwest, ice may put some other residents of the North Central states in the dark early this week.
Recent snowfall across the northeastern United States will not remain on the ground long with springlike warmth set to quickly surge back in.
A quick-moving storm blanketed the northeastern United States with disruptive snow during the first half of the weekend, just days after the region experienced a brief taste of spring.
Heavy snow is walloping the northeastern United States as a fast-moving storm impacts the region into Sunday morning.
Collisions forced officials to close a stretch of Interstate 90 in central Washington on Saturday as snow and cold began to invade the northwestern United States.