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Planning Your Spring Getaway

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We all know the luxury apartments in Los Angeles are great — who wouldn’t want to live perched above downtown in superb comfort, after all? Every once in a while, though, you just need a break from the pressures of the urban environment, which is why we suggest planning a spring getaway from the city now (once the winter’s done, you’ll be chomping at the bit for an adventure, and it’s best to be able hit the ground running). If you need some assistance generating ideas, keep reading. Today, we’re running down the list of some of the best spring travel destinations that will be perfect for your inevitable city getaway.

Sedona, Arizona

Want to explore the desert in one of the most beautiful and awe-inspiring ways possible? You’ll want to head to Sedona, then, as this tiny little desert town is huge when it comes to what it has to offer you. Perhaps most famous of these offerings is nearby Red Rock State Park, the 286-acre natural preserve located nearby. The scenery there is amazing; you’ll be able to see it for yourself on the many trails that run through the park and give you a close up view its majesty.

You can tackle the 5-mile network of looped trails on foot, taking on walks like Eagle’s Nest Loop, the Apache Fire Loop, Coyote Ridge Trail, and the Kisva Trail. The park also has a few trails suitable for bike and horse riding, if you consider yourself capable enough to handle them.

And beyond the beautiful natural world that surrounds you in Sedona, there’s plenty extra to do in between those hikes. The town is a little-known shopper’s paradise, has a booming arts scene, and more than enough wineries and wine tasting events to hold your interest. As the saying goes, “no matter how much time you have in Sedona, you can’t see everything.”

Jackson, Wyoming

Located in the famous Jackson Hole Valley, Jackson, Wyoming, is another testament to the unbridled beauty of nature. Again, there are plenty of parks and hiking opportunities to take part in around the region — like Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone — but you’ve also got plenty to do in Jackson itself. The city is small, but the town square (and other landmarks) are well worth your time to visit and photograph.

Then there are the ski resorts in Jackson, like Snow King Mountain. For those who love to hit the slopes, this is the place to do it, and the resorts also provide skiing and snowboarding lessons to enjoy, if you’ve ever wanted to try these activities but just didn’t know how.

And before we forget, if you were thinking about heading to the Elk Refuge in Spring to see the majestic elk, you’ll want to keep in mind that they usually start migrating around this time of year. Don’t feel disappointed, though, because Spring is also when many of the Refuge’s bird species return, so if you’ve got a mind to do some bird watching/photography, this is the perfect season.

Telluride, Colorado

Once you get beyond the rather peculiar name of this town (it’s believed by many locals to be a contraction of “to hell you ride”), you’ll find that you’ve entered something of a time warp here. Telluride was once a Victorian-era mining town, and still retains a bit of that antique charm. Touring the historic district, you’ll see landmarks from another era, like the Sheridan Opera House. You can also get a glimpse at the history of the region over at the Telluride Historical Museum, if you’re interested in learning about the past.

There’s also plenty of nature to take in around Telluride, and you’ll definitely want to plan a visit to nearby Bridal Veil Falls. The hike up to the top might be challenging, but it’s well worth the effort. Bridal Veil Falls is Colorado’s tallest freefalling waterfall (at 365 feet) and from the top, you can see over the town and out into the wild wilderness of the state.

A final note if you’re into adventurous activities. Spring might see less snow (and therefore less skiing) for Telluride, but the great temperatures are ideal for hitting the water for some kayaking or rafting. Surrounded by nature, you’ll be embarking on one of the most calming experiences around. When you’re done, you might also be able to check out one of the town’s yearly festivals, depending on when you decide to visit!

Lake Tahoe, California/Nevada

A little bit closer to home is Lake Tahoe, the grand, freshwater lake in the Sierra Nevada Mountains that’s sits on the border between California and Nevada. It’s so beautiful out here people have written poems about it, and they’re hardly exaggeration. “Extraordinary” is one term that comes to mind when trying to describe the natural aesthetic here, and the mix of towering mountains, powerful cliff faces, glistening blue water, and evergreen trees is more than enough for a slew of picture-perfect moments.

There’s plenty to do here beyond just gawking at the scenery, though. If you love the outdoors, the whole gamut of activities are available to you, from swimming to hiking and beyond. Even if you don’t consider yourself outdoorsy, though, Lake Tahoe still holds more than enough in the way of shopping, dining, and nightlife to keep you satisfied, so don’t forget to include this pristine destination on your list.

The Luxury Apartments in Los Angeles Will Be Waiting for You to Return

After your spring getaway is through, make sure you have a lovely place to come home to upon your return to the city. Few places fit the bill better than Eighth & Grand, the DTLA community that makes the most of its convenient neighborhood location and high-end design aesthetic. Here, you’ll be able to experience life in LA the way it was meant to be — luxurious, and full of excitement. Learn more today; check out what Eighth & Grand has in store for you and drop us a line to learn about our availability.