Is there any season more ideal for a road trip than spring? Temperatures rise and vibrant flowers bloom, making the landscape especially gorgeous. Whether you love the mountains or prefer the desert, there are cheap car rentals and a U.S. road trip meant just for you.
1. Asheville, North Carolina
Located between the Smoky Mountains and the Blue Ridge is Asheville, North Carolina. This mountain town has a sweet southern charm to it. There are over 30 art galleries, fabulous restaurants thanks to a thriving epicurean scene, and unique boutiques. The Appalachian mountains surround the town. All-in-all, Asheville is perfect for both nature-lovers and culture-seekers. The Inn on Biltmore Estate is the most lavish lodging in Asheville, but if you want to escape the tourists, book a room at The Grove Park Inn.
2. Hill Country, Texas
Located north of Austin, Texas, Hill Country stretches down to San Antonio and also continues west for 200 miles. The landscape is chock full of lakes, rivers, and rolling hills. Thanks to the cheapest car rentals around, you’ll know you’re saving money as you drive past gorgeous gardens of bluebonnets and stop at one of the area’s 30 wineries. You can’t visit Texas without staying in a ranch, can you? Book a room or cottage at the Riven Rock Ranch, which is set on more than 200 acres. The working farm has more than cattle, too; they also have gourmet dining and luxe accommodations.
3. Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
Residents from Chicago and Milwaukee often book a car rental deal and make the trip to beautiful Lake Geneva in Wisconsin. The March frost will be melted by April, making it the perfect time of year for hiking, biking, horseback riding, fishing, and golfing. The Grand Geneva Resort and Spa is the area’s nicest resort, complete with 355 elegant rooms, indoor swimming pools and tennis courts, and a championship golf course. There’s also an outdoor waterpark for the kiddies.
4. Palm Springs, California
Los Angeles residents visit Palm Springs to relax in the desert while surrounded by the snow-topped San Jacinto Mountains. The area has golf, hiking, tennis, restaurants, and hotel spas. You may even catch a glimpse of Hollywood’s elite, since they’ve frequented Palm Springs since the 20s. For a taste of old Hollywood glamour, stay at The Rivera Palm Springs Resort and Spa.