It’s finally here. Springtime has arrived, the kids are on break, and you are itching to shake off those winter blues with a March getaway in the US. If you are planning a trip for spring break of St. Patrick’s day and want fun family friendly places to travel in March in the US, these options offer plenty of fun and adventure. Take a look at these 5 kid-friendly best places to travel in the US in March.
If you are looking for a family-friendly destination in March, Chicago is the place for you! There are tons of things for families to do in the Spring in Chicago, but March provides for some unique and exciting events. The Saturday before St. Patrick’s Day Chicago hosts one of the largest St. Patrick’s Day parades in the U.S. The parade includes bagpipers, Irish dancers, bands, antique cars, and more, and typically starts at noon.
A list of the best places to travel in March in the US has to include Chicago, Illinois. Where else can you see an entire river dyed green for St. Patrick’s day? Another tradition unique to Chicago is the dyeing of the Chicago River green. The Chicago Plumbers Union is responsible for dyeing the river. On the morning of the St. Patrick’s Day parade, they dump approximately 40 lbs. of green-powered dye into the river which then stays green for up to 48 hours. The river is currently dyed green from Columbus Drive to State Street, with the best views along upper and lower Wacker Dr. or the westside of Columbus Dr. You can also take a boat cruise onto the river.
Another March staple is the Chicago Flower and Garden Show. You may think that a flower and garden show is for an older demographic; however, the Chicago Flower and Garden show has numerous activities for kids. Aside from being immersed in beautiful flowers and smells, the Flower and Garden Show hosts sessions on bugs and worms, Earth Day crafts, a butterfly garden, teatime socials, and excavation.
Next time you are looking for a fun and laid-back city break in March, consider Chicago!
Catherine from Traveling with the Littles
Every spring, millions of tulips burst into bloom at the Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm in Woodburn, Oregon. This family owned farm near Portland welcomes visitors March through April, where they can walk among millions of brightly colored flowers. It is the most famous flower festival in Oregon.
Visiting the tulip festival is one of my family’s favorite traditions. My kids, ages 4 and 6, spend ages trying to decide which color is their absolute favorite. And they still smell each variety, even though we’ve yet to find a fragrant tulip!
The Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival also includes family-friendly activities. My girls look forward to riding the tractor to the fields. The festival also has a playground, rubber duck races and food carts. On the weekends, families can also try out games, ride a pony, bump along in a tractor-pulled “cow train” or buy gifts from local crafters.
A word to the wise: Check the farm’s Facebook page for updates on timing of bud break. Flowers are dependent on weather, of course, so the exact timing of when the festival is in full bloom varies from year to year. Be sure to wear mud boots and bring an extra change of clothes for yourself and your kids. The Wooden Shoe is a working farm, so fields are muddy. Every single time we go my kids end up falling in a puddle or somehow losing a boot in the mud, so we always change before driving home to Portland.
Tickets to the Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm are $5 per person ($20 per car maximum), available at the entrance. Dogs on leash are welcome. Try going during a school day if you can to avoid large crowds that arrive on weekends. And most of all, enjoy! This can’t-miss springtime activity is one of our favorite things to do to say goodbye to winter.
Catherine of To & Fro Fam
If you’re looking to get into nature and explore the ancient wonders of the American Southwest, look no further than the adventure capital of the desert, Moab, Utah. Jam packed with family-fun, Moab offers something for everyone. Activities such as Jeep tours, ATVing, mountain biking, rock climbing, rafting, hiking, scenic driving, and even a dinosaur bone park are just some of the things to do in Moab.
One of the best, and simplest activities in Moab is making a visit to one of the two national parks. Some of the best hikes in Moab, Utah can be found in Arches or Canyonlands National Park. There are plenty of easy hiking trails that are kid-friendly and include plenty of jaw-dropping rock formations. The unique rocks will entertain kids for hours as they explore and use their imaginations. You can also head to Dead Horse Point State Park for even more mellow hiking with stunning canyon views. Stop by the dinosaur park on your way back from hiking for even more fun. Book an adventurous Jeep tour or hire a rock climbing guide and learn how to partake in some of Utah’s favorite outdoor activities.
Moab also has plenty of kid-friendly eats and a variety of places to stay from camping to major hotel chains. March is an excellent time of year to visit the desert thanks to the cooler temperatures and dry weather. Expect daytime highs to be in the mid to upper 60s and the overnight lows to be in the low 40s. Even though the weather may be cooler, the desert is still a dry place and the sun can still scorch your skin so be prepared with plenty of water and sunscreen. Overall, Moab offers plenty of fun-filled adventure for the whole family.
Meg of Fox in the Forest
Arizona: Grand Canyon and Havasupai Falls
The next two places to visit in March in the US go together as they are in close proximity to one another. The temperatures in Arizona in March make it a great place to visit in the US that time of year. Why not mark off your national parks in the US bucket lists with the Grand Canyon and then add a beautiful waterfall to the adventure? Spring is always the best time to see waterfalls.
Grand Canyon National Park
Grand Canyon South Rim in March
How to spend Spring break in March with kids? One of the great ideas is to visit Grand Canyon National Park, South Rim. The majesty and space of the Grand Canyon are stunning. March is a great time to visit because spring begins, the weather is good, it is not too hot, and there are no crowds yet. So, what to do in the Grand Canyon with kids?
Take a Railway Tour
It’s fantastic to take a railway tour from Williams to Grand Canyon. This vintage train offers five classes of service for this scenic over 2-hour ride. It’s a great idea to take a Grand Canyon Railway Adventure Package tour. You can travel the way people have since 1901 during this Grand Canyon Railway tour. In addition, Williams is one of the most picturesque town on Historic Route 66, has amazing charm and atmosphere. So kids can see and feel the 60s and 70s.
Take a Helicopter Tour
Other option for an awesome experience is flying a helicopter over a Grand Canyon. The flight takes usually 45 minutes. The views are breathtaking. You can see the power of the Grand Canyon and the Colorado River like a ribbon at the bottom of the abyss. You can take a helicopter tour from Tusayan.
Take a Rim Trail
The Rim Trail is one of the most popular trails in the Grand Canyon and one of the best ways to see the South Rim’s most popular attractions and viewpoints. This fairly easy walking path traces the canyon’s edge, stopping off at popular lookout points. Hikes can begin almost anywhere along this trail, and a shuttle can return hikers to their point of origin. Park’s free shuttle bus runs along a paved road along the trail, allowing for easy access along the way. It’s a good idea to start the walk from Mather Point because there is also a visitor center and gift shop on.
Visit Desert View Watchtower
Finally, visit Desert View Watchtower, at the eastern-most point of Desert View Drive. It offers sweeping views. Watchtower is a 70-foot (21 m)-high stone building, completed in 1932. The interior contains fabulous murals. You can climb 85 steps to the top of the watchtower for 360° views. It is a unique perspective and a great experience because Desert View is the highest viewpoint on the Grand Canyon South Rim with elevation of 7,438 feet (2,267 meters).
Havasupai Falls, Arizona
Havasupai Falls is legitimately paradise. Nestled in a stretch of the Grand Canyon in Northern Arizona is this beautiful oasis for adventure seekers and photographers alike. Nowhere else in the entire United States can you get incredibly bright blue water flowing through enormous red walls standing hundreds of feet tall. You get that exact scene as Havasu Creek flows through the Grand Canyon. As if that wasn’t enough, along Havasu Creek are multiple sets of waterfalls that will leave your jaw on the floor.
Havasu Falls is a 100 foot stunner. Mooney Falls is a 200 foot behemoth. And Beaver Falls is a 3-tiered set of waterfalls that will leave you in tears at its beauty. Without a doubt, Havasupai Falls is an adventure of a lifetime.
The question needs to be asked: why is Havasupai Falls one of the best places to travel in March in the US? Because spring is the perfect time of year for Havasupai Falls. First off, permits for Havasupai Falls are notoriously tough to find, especially in the Summer months. Springtime will be an easier time to find a permit. Additionally, the weather in the Grand Canyon is nice and brisk in March.
Hiking in the Arizona sun is NOT easy when the temperature is 100 degrees. Going to Havasupai in Spring will make your hikes much more pleasant. For those reasons, plan your adventure for March and get ready for the stunning natural beauty that is Havasupai Falls!
Zach and Julie of Ruhls of the Road
St. Augustine, Florida
Celebrate St. Patrick’s day where it all began in St. Augustine, Florida. Every year Celtic tradition is celebrated at the annual St. Augustine Celtic Music & Heritage festival. This family friendly event celebrates with Celtic music, food, and, of course Highland Games.
I bet you didn’t know it, but the first recorded St. Patrick Day Parade in history in the entire world happened in 1601 in St. Augustine, so it’s the perfect place to immerse yourself and your family in the Celtic tradition this March. St. Augustine also makes our list of the best places to travel in the US in March because we love the warmer temperatures of Florida. If you want to escape the cold, let the kids experience a Celtic culture, and learn some history, then St. Augustine is the place to visit this March.
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