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Places to Visit This Spring

Enjoy the Southwest Before the Heat Arrives

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Spring is the perfect time to visit the Southwest. From the cool weather to the gorgeous scenery to the incredible shopping, restaurants and hotels, there’s a little something for everyone in this region of the country. If you’re planning a visit to the Southwest this spring, here are four wonderful cities to consider.

Denver

In the spring, Denver has it all? Want to go skiing? Numerous resorts offer excellent skiing opportunities within an hour or an hour and a half drive from the city. You’ll find skiing for everyone from toddlers to experts and all of the amenities – après ski spots, boutiques, fine dining – that go along with it. Prefer a city vacation? Denver has world class art museums, cutting edge restaurants, sprawling parks and top tier shopping. And don’t miss the excellent brew pub scene. Not planning to rent a car? The city’s train and bus services are the perfect solution. It’s a wonderful place to travel as a couple, as a family or even by yourself. Other can’t miss attractions include the Denver Aquarium, indoor skydiving at SkyVenture Colorado and a sweet treat from Devil’s Food Bakery and Cookery.

Albuquerque

First off, Albuquerque is wonderfully accessible thanks to an airport that is serviced by a variety of airlines including Southwest Airlines. But more than just a jumping off point for Santa Fe, Albuquerque is well worth a visit on its own because of its rich, cultural heritage and bustling tourist scene. Take a tour at the Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum, take a tour through the incredible rock carvings at Petroglyph National Monument, take in the scene from high up in the mountains on the Sandia Peak Ski and Tramway or enjoy an incredible meal at El Pinto, where margaritas, chips and enchilada are the order of the day. Shopping, museums and bars are other highlights.

Austin

Ever heard of the SXSW Music, Film and Interactive Festival? This is where it all takes place. Every spring, celebrities from across the world flock here to see the latest and greatest movies, bands and trends. But more than just SXSW, spring is a great place to visit Austin thanks to its expansive outdoor scene. Go biking through the Barton Creek Greenbelt, take a dip at the always chilly Barton Springs Pool or enjoy a game of disc golf in Zilker Park. Not the outdoorsy type? Hit any of the restaurants along Barton Springs Road, where Tex-Mex, funky American and coffeehouse fare are the orders of the day. Don’t miss a night out in the Second or Fourth Street districts (or Sixth Street, if you’re in your 20s). It’s a place to remember no matter who you are. Oh, another local landmark is the flagship Whole Foods (Whole Foods was started in Austin). Don’t miss the wine bars, sample stations or gelato station.

Park City, Utah

Even when the snow starts to melt, Park City is well worth a visit thanks to its thriving, vibrant local scene. Start on historic Main Street, where you’ll find country-cool clothing, unique antiques for the home and incredible restaurants such as Talisker on Main, which serves up some of the area’s best dishes. Also take a trip to High West Distillery, where whiskey pairings innovative desserts and all the fare in between will make your mouth water. In terms of activities, consider the zip line tour at Canyons Resort, a bobsled ride (available throughout the year) at Utah Olympic Park or a variety of other outdoor offerings. You’ll never forget a visit to one of these wonderful spots.

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