Spring is one of the most glorious times of the year, making us feel alive as the earth regenerates and flowers bloom, and we feel this urge to get out of the office and enjoy what mother nature has to offer. It distracts us as somehow, we feel the pull to leave work behind and the need to get out and do something, go somewhere. Ignoring it doesn’t help. But work can make it tough to get away.
But in the end, you will be even more productive if you give in just a little bit. If you are on the road consider taking a quick mini-vacation, just twenty-four hours of getaway time. Grab a 24-hour car rental and have a mini-vacation wherever you are and enjoy mother nature as flowers bloom delightfully possibly just a short distance away from where you are staying right now.
Here are 4 surprising quick spring road trips that you might not have considered as the perfect place to experience the first signs of spring.
If you happen to be on business in either Austin or San Antonio in the spring, you really shouldn’t miss the heritage left behind by Lady Bird Johnson. It was due to her efforts in part that huge swaths of bluebonnets can now be seen across the rolling hills of Texas Hill Country in the early spring. Charming small towns, various nature trails, give you quick places to stop. A quick road trip here seeing the endless vistas of these blue flowers will have you recharged and ready to go back to work in no time.
If you are on business in Monterey but especially Big Sur which is not often considered as a spring destination you might not realize what you are missing if you don’t grab a 24-hour car rental to see the wildflowers along the Pacific Coast Highway. There is nothing more inspiring than springtime and seeing the hardy magenta ice plants dotting the landscape in hot pink. This succulent thrives where other flowers have a more difficult time establishing, as it has a preference for rocky areas and does exceedingly well on the cliffsides as you drive along the Pacific Coast Highway.
The Columbia River Highway is well known for the stunning drive through gorges and mountain peaks as well as the opportunity to view one of the tallest waterfalls in America, which is why most people take this drive through the summer months while on summer vacation, not realizing what they are missing by not going in the early spring instead when wildflowers abound everywhere. Not realizing the delight spring can bring along the banks of melting streams and the waterfalls that everyone comes to see months later missing one of the prettiest times of the year to actually visit the area.
Everyone thinks when they are going for a car trip to enjoy spring flowers that means escaping out of the city and this is where Chicago can surprise. Rent a car and consider taking a drive along Lake Shore Drive, which while short, you can take the opportunity to stop and explore the Buckingham Fountain Flower Garden, and you will have lots of time to get outside in the 319 acres that surround it. Why is this drive so special in the spring? Well just imagine what 143,000 tulips that the city plants will do for your spring fever. You don’t always need to get out of the city to enjoy the first signs of spring.
It doesn’t matter where you are on your latest business trip. Take a day, just twenty-four hours to have some time to enjoy the first flowers brilliantly blooming in the first days of spring. All you will need is a car for a day and with car rental places in every major city, you are sure to find someplace that will rent you a car just for twenty-four hours even at the last minute so that you can enjoy the first signs of spring. Take the time to explore and you will be ready to go back to work, fully energized and recharged.