Spring has sprung (or at least limped trembling out the shadowy depths of February) and it’s time to celebrate new life with new horizons. But what are the best places to travel in March? There’s a whole world out there, begging to be explored—from the souks of Morocco and the orangutan-filled jungles of Borneo to the mesmerising mosques of Istanbul and the mighty forts of the rose-hued city of Jaipur in India. Fortunately for you, all those excellent ideas feature in the following list of recommendations, and there’s plenty more where they came from. Get your travel boots on this March: adventure awaits!
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Best places to travel in March
Straddling two coastal islands, Denmark’s capital makes for an excellent city break in March. You’ll want to layer up— temperatures don’t tend to exceed 5C/41F—but it’s a small price to pay to avoid the seething tourist crowds that descend later in the year. Most of the main attractions are open, from the National Museum of Denmark to Amalienborg Palace.
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Pleasing alliterations aside, there are some huge pluses to visiting Morocco’s Marrakech in March. The daytime temperatures lounge around a manageable 22C/72F, perfect for a city that begs to be explored on foot, with a tantalising maze of alleyways within the ancient medina walls (not to mention the enormous public square, Jemaa el-Fna, at the heart of it all). Get lost in one of the world’s best souks, and soak up the atmosphere of the street food stalls in the aforementioned square once evening falls.
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The frankly glorious Mexican state of Yucatan has more world-class things to see, do and experience than some entire countries, and March is a great time to visit. Laze on paradise beaches (take your pick from Tulum, Playa del Carmen, Riviera Maya or nearby island Cozumel), explore ancient Mayan ruins, walk around vibrant cities with stunning colonial architecture, and dive into gorgeous cenotes (azure sink-holes).
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This oasis of a city, located in the California desert about a two hour drive east from L.A., is a brilliant spot to soak up some spring (or late winter) sunshine (expect 27C/80F). Other than lounging by a hotel pool, a must-do is the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, which will carry you on a rotating cable car through a majestic canyon before depositing you at a viewpoint which presents the entire Coachella Valley in all its glory.
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Jaipur, aka the ‘Pink City’ on account of the blushed hue of its buildings, is one of India’s top highlights, and March temperatures (around 30C/86F at the hottest part of the day) make it all the more agreeable. Highlights include the stupendously impressive palaces of Hawa Mahal and Jal Mahal (the latter sits in the middle of a lake), and Nahargarh Fort, which is one of the finest in a country where there’s plenty of competition.
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March is one of the best times to visit Central America (the dry season runs from December to April), with balmy air and pleasant sea temperatures: Trek to Belize for splendid coral reefs; Guatemala has beautiful Lake Atitlan; Nicaragua, with its surfable volcanoes (bucket list anyone?); and Costa Rica's jaw-dropping biodiversity. It’ll be a trip to remember.
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The Texan capital has firmly established itself as the live music capital of the world (to borrow its self-awarded slogan), and the corresponding highlight that is SXSW occurs in March (March 13-22 in 2020, to be exact). Other than the music scene, there’s a huge amount to experience here, especially outdoors: the city boasts 300 or so parks, and many miles of urban walking and cycling trails. It’s also absurdly friendly, and has an awesome food truck scene.
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The South East Asian island of Borneo, shared between Indonesia, Malaysia and Brunei, forms one of the most wonderful natural environments Planet Earth has on offer. Its most famous residents are its orangutans, which can be seen in abundance in their natural jungle home, but there are plenty of other reasons to visit: you can swim with turtles, hike up mountains, and explore jaw-dropping caves.
One of the world’s most fascinating cities, Istanbul has one foot in Europe and one in Asia, with the mighty Bosphorus strait dividing the city in two. While the Asian side is well worth a visit, most of the attractions can be found in the European part, from the Blue Mosque and the Grand Bazaar to the Hagia Sophia and the Topkapi Palace. And plenty, plenty more. March is generally pleasant weather-wise, with sunny days and mild temperatures.
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South Korea is a bit chilly in March, with temperatures rarely exceeding 10C/50F, but it’s a good time to visit anyway. While the cherry blossoms in April tend to attract most of the attention, lesser known are the plum blossoms, which occur around mid-March, and are equally exceptional (Seomjin Village is the best place to see them). Other must-sees include Jeonju Hanok Maeul (a village with hundreds of traditional wooden homes) and of course the capital, Seoul, with its grand palaces and beautiful parks.
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