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As the south of the USA stays warm during the spring, maybe it’s time to pack up the car, hit the road and explore those cities you’ve always wanted to. If you’ve had enough of the snow and ice, follow the I-10 from Jacksonville to Los Angeles and explore some of the largest cities in the south on the way.
Famed for its beaches and surf, if you like to get in the water, this is the town for you. With a selection of beaches to choose from, body board, swim or just chill out on the sand. In the evening, visit the boardwalk where you can dine at the local restaurants and bars, and with plenty to choose from you’ll feel spoilt for choice. A trip to the Florida Theatre is a must, this historic theatre was built in the 1920’s and hosts events ranging from country and blues concerts to ballet and the opera. If golf is more your sport, there are Championship golf courses including the PGA HQ and home to over 75 miles of golf resorts. If you’re in town when the Jacksonville Jaguars are playing, try and experience a game as they have some of the lowest priced tickets in the NFL.
Known as the “Big Easy”, this is a melting pot of culture, with an electric music scene and a nightlife that is world famous; there’s never a dull moment in this city. From the annual Mardi Gras festival that takes place in Spring and shows off its party spirit through to the vibrant nightlife of Bourbon Street, this city never sleeps. For the heart of the city, head to the French Quarter , this is the city’s most famous neighbourhood and it hosts some of the city’s oldest Creole restaurants including Antoine’s. You’ll never go hungry in New Orleans, with some of its famous dishes including Gumbo, Jambalaya and of course Po-Boys, make sure you try them all while you’re there. While you’re in town also check out one of the many swamp tours available and for a trip with a twist, why not visit St.Louis Cemetery No.1. This cemetery is the burial site of voodoo queen Marie Laveau and includes a labyrinth of tombs, including some of the city’s most important historical figures (and Nicholas Cage already has his tomb there).
This fast-growing city has a growing arts scene and restaurants serving some of the tastiest foods you won’t be disappointed when you visit. The River Walk is a must-do when you’re in town, situated 20 metres below street level, this 15-mile waterway is a San Antonio treasure. Explore by foot or jump on a boat for a guided tour. In the beating heart of downtown, explore the Alamo you can even visit the World Heritage UNESCO site at the Missions National Historical Park. Visit during spring and you’ll miss the crowds and enjoy the weather; the best of both worlds. Visit the Six Flags Fiesta for rides, splash zones and fireworks; let loose and have fun! A visit to the Majestic Theatre to see the intricate decoration is a must, built in 1929, it needs to be seen to be believed.
With nearly year-round sunshine, spring time is the perfect time to visit if you’ve had enough of the winter and snow. If you’re looking for day trips from Phoenix, the Grand Canyon National Park is one of the most popular with one of the world’s seven natural wonders a must-see whatever time of year you visit. The Apache -Trail is a four-hour round trip from Phoenix where you can drive through ghost towns, old western towns and admire some of the stunning scenery of the Roosevelt Dam. If you don’t want to venture too far, there is a great food and drink scene to immerse yourself in as well as visiting the Botanical Gardens, which at 140-acres, is pretty impressive.
As you come to the end of the trip, see it out in style in LA, with a few days to remember. For the film fans, the TCL Chinese Theatre and Hollywood Walk of Fame is a must; walk up and down spotting your favorite film stars. To see Los Angeles in all its glory, visit Griffith Park and Griffith Observatory, hike up and view the impressive Observatory and walk or cycle through the 4,210 acre park. Cruise up and down Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills and feel like a film star before hitting one of the many beaches. From Venice Beach through to Santa Monica Pier and Beach, these iconic beaches are a must, before finishing your trip off at Universal Studios for a day of rides based on iconic films and TV characters.