Updated: Mar 3
Shoulder season is growing in popularity for various reasons, but that always leads to the question of where to travel. This week we will explore some of the best places to travel during this up-and-coming shoulder season.
Staying local, Chicago is always great to have on your destination list. By visiting in the early spring or late fall, you’ll be able to avoid the crazy, unpredictable winter weather and the crowds of summer. While in Chicago, visit Shed Aquarium, the Natural History Museum, the Bean, an Architectural River Tour, and of course, the Willis Tower.
When you think of Iceland, you don’t typically think of going in the spring or fall, but it is probably the best time to travel to Iceland. The capital city of Reykjavik is no exception. This is a great time to beat the crowds if you decide to take the Ring Road, and you won’t have to worry about not having enough sunlight in early fall and late spring. From the Blue Lagoon to whale watching day tours, Reykjavik will keep you busy no matter when you travel.
One of the trickiest places to travel during shoulder season due to closed shops and hotels. But traveling during the shoulder season is worth it. The crowds over take Dubrovnik during peak season and can make the experience not what you are looking for. Dubrovnik may be notable due to the series “Game of Thrones” Kings Landing scenes. There is no shortage of things to do in Dubrovnik, even off the big screen, from the historic old town to the beautiful beaches and mountains.
Another exciting destination during shoulder season is Barcelona. Traveling to this amazing city during the peak season will deliver wall-to-wall people, making it difficult to walk, and taking a bit of luck even to get a spot on the beach. However, by traveling just a month earlier or later, you’ll find nearly empty beaches, beautiful views of Sagrada Familia, and quickly grab a table at any restaurant. Don’t wait too much into the fall to travel to Spain because you may find the waterway chilly to enjoy the beaches.
Whistler, British Columbia
Famously known as a ski town, Whistler has more to offer than just on the slopes. Traveling during the shoulder season offers a quick look into more of what makes Whistler beautiful. One of the best times to hike and see Whistler is during the fall as the season shifts, the leaves are changing, and the summer hiking crowds are returning home. One of the nice things about the spring is that into April you can still find snow on the slopes.
Which destination piqued your interest the most? It’s clear that in these cases, it is the perfect time to travel. Schedule a consultation today to pick your ideal destination to explore during shoulder season.