When you’ve battled the cold weather since November and Spring at home isn’t kicking off quick enough for your liking, consider marching off to enjoy the warmest places in the U.S in March – Whether you want sunny beach days or just to enjoy the mild temperatures of Spring with the smell of blossom in the air, the US has a city that’s waiting to warm your bones as well as your heart this March.
The 10 Warmest Places to Visit in the US in March
1. Atlanta Georgia
65°F High 44°F Low / 18°C High 7°C Low
Spring in Atlanta, Georgia is a beautiful time to explore this vibrant and bustling capital city as the trees burst into blossom and the daffodils and tulips emerge from the ground. However, March is a rainy month with 12 days of rainfall to be expected and thunderstorms not uncommon so both indoor and outdoor activities should be planned for.
When the weather is fine you can enjoy time outdoors at the botanical gardens, zoo, and take a wander around the Centennial Olympic Park but no worries if the weather forces you inside on wet and overcast days as there’s plenty to do with the aquarium, High Museum of Art, World of Coca-Cola, and CNN Studio Tours.
Along with these top indoor and outdoor tourist attractions, there are plenty of events going on in Atlanta over March with the Cherry Blossom Festival, Moorish Renaissance Festival, the Beer, Bourbon, and BBQ festival plus a whole host of St Patrick’s Day events.
2. Austin, Texas
75°F High 51°F Low / 22°C High 11°C Low
Too hot and humid for most visitors to enjoy in the Summer months, March in Austin is mild making it a great time to explore and enjoy this hip and happening state capital though this mild weather also brings the crowds with it. March sees the least amount of rainfall after January though the saying ‘In like a lion, out like a lamb’ can ring true so be prepared for unpredictable weather and pack rain gear along with those shorts and sandals.
When the weather is fine you can spend your time outside enjoying nature at Zilker Park and Botanical Garden, the Umlauf Sculpture Gardens and Museum or hop on the Ann and Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail. If the rain starts to fall, plan a cultural day and head to the State Capitol building for a free guided tour followed by a look around the Bullock Texas State History Museum, Blanton Museum of Art, or Museum Of The Weird.
Come rain or shine Austin’s festivals will put a smile on your face with SXSW, Rodeo Austin, and Austin Kite Fest just to name a few but beware that you’ll need to book up your flights and accommodation well in advance if planning to visit when these events take place.
3. Charlotte, North Carolina
63°F High 39°F Low / 17°C High 4°C Low
March is the rainiest month in Charlotte with an average of 11 days of rain so you’ll need to pack a raincoat but with the rain usually only lasting the morning which leaves the afternoons bright and sunny (without the uncomfortable humidity of Summer), this North Carolina city can still make a beautiful warm-weather destination, especially if you leave your visit until the tail end of the month.
Due to the rain, you’ll need a mixture of indoor and outdoor activities to do which is no problem in this modern city center – Spend a wet morning exploring the post-Civil War history at the Levine Museum of the New South, getting hands-on with science at the Discovery Place, or looking around the NASCAR Hall of Fame before heading outdoors either opting for the water-world fun of Carowinds Theme Park or the peace of the botanical garden followed by a stroll around Freedom Park.
4. Dallas, Texas
69°F High 49°F Low / 20°C High 9°C Low
More often sunny than not and with comfortable temperatures, the modern metropolis of Dallas in March is just right – Not too hot and humid, not too wet, usually experiencing just 8 days of rain though the wind can get up.
March in Dallas is a time for fun and festivities with the beautiful Dallas Blooms festival, the Beer Fest, and both Mardi Gras and St Patrick’s Day parades taking place along with all the regular tourist attractions that you’ll want to check out.
Marvel at mother nature as you enjoy the Spring blossom on the trees at The Dallas Arboretum, visit the Dallas Museum of Art, let your hair down at Six Flags amusement park, and then step back in time as you view the exhibits at the JFK Assassination Site museum located on the 6th floor of the Dealey Plaza building.
5. Jacksonville, Florida
74°F High 50°F Low / 23°C High 10°C Low
March in Jacksonville is the start of the shoulder season with fewer visitors than Summer and some great price deals on hotels. Though the weather can be unsettled, generally mild temperatures enable you to sightsee without the uncomfortable heat and humidity of Summer though you should expect some rain and chilly evenings – if you were wanting an entire week at the beach March isn’t the best time for you to visit Jacksonville but for a mix of indoor and outdoor sightseeing activities, March is a great time to visit.
You can explore Fort Caroline, look around the Zoo and Gardens, take a weekend tour of the Kingsley Plantation, relax at Little Talbot Island State Park, wander around Amelia Island and, for overcast days, head indoors to MOSH, the Museum of Contemporary Art, or take the kids to the “Hands-On’ Museum.
6. Las Vegas, Nevada
70°F High 49°F Low / 21°C High 10°C Low
The sky is a brilliant blue over the Eiffel Tower in Las Vegas in March – Bliss! Though not the cheapest shoulder-season month to visit Vegas due to the massive March Madness Parties, St Patrick’s Day events, and Spring Break, March in Vegas is a very pleasant time to visit – warm enough to sunbath during the day (Vegas experiencing an average of 5 days of rain in March) and also swim if you’re brave enough, temperatures climbing the later in the month you visit.
A jacket is recommended along with the shorts and swimwear to combat the crisp evenings and early mornings though since most people will be indoors during the evenings, either playing the slot machines or taking in a show or sporting event, you don’t have to worry too much about the chill. Should you be unlucky enough to experience the rain, just have a museum day – the whole family will love Madame Tussauds, the Neon Museum, and the Pinball Hall of Fame.
7. Memphis, Tennessee
64°F High 44°F Low / 18°C High 7°C Low
The home of Elvis Presley, Memphis is a must-visit for music fans and March is a great time to go with a Spring buzz in the air thanks to NBA March Madness and the flowers beginning to bloom. The weather can still be on the chilly side, and rain should be expected, but layer up and you’ll be good to go whether you’re sightseeing indoors or outdoors.
The first stop for most visitors will be to Graceland with super Elvis fans also visiting his recording room at Sun Studio. Rainy days can easily be spent indoors – visit the National Civil Rights Museum, the Rock n Soul Museum, the Slave Haven Underground Railroad Museum, the Stax Museum of American Soul Music, and/or the Crystal Shrine Grotto. When the weather clears, or you tire of music and history, spend the day at Memphis Zoo and take a tram ride so that you can explore Beale Street.
8. Phoenix, Arizona
78°F High 54°F Low / 26°C High 12°C Low
If you can’t stand the thought of doing anything and ‘relaxing’ fills you with panic, head off to Phoenix for an action-packed vacation whether you hit the hiking trails of Camelback Mountain, visit the museums, watch baseball with the Cactus League Spring Training starting in March, or attend the M3F music festival.
Unlike other cities, you won’t be seeing any tulips or blossoming trees, but instead can witness the cactuses in flower beneath the brilliant blue sky and although the temperatures are glorious – not cold like back home yet also not too hot, March is a rainy month so plan ahead and pack the rain jacket and umbrella ducking inside during a rain shower to see what the Musical Instrument Museum, Art Museum, and Science Center have to offer your inner culture vulture.
9. San Antonio, Texas
74°F High 51°F Low / 23°C High 10°C Low
With comfortable temperatures and low hotel rates, San Antonio is one of the best warm places to visit in the USA in March that doesn’t have you contending with the crowds nor the unbearable heat of Summer. Some rain should be expected but it’s nowhere near as wet in March as it is in May and June so you should be able to explore a range of both indoor and outdoor activities comfortably.
Pretend like it’s the Wild West by visiting the San Antonio Stock and Show and Rodeo that takes place at the start of March or explore the underwater world with a trip to Sea World or San Antonio Aquarium.
Some fun-filled and sun-filled days spent at Six Flags Fiesta amusement park are a must in March but alternatively, you can spend your days as a culture vulture enjoying a romantic stroll along the San Antonio River Walk, a visit to Alamo fort or the Missions National Historic Park followed by a visit to the art museum or exploring the range of art exhibitions taking place throughout the month.
10. Riverside, California
73°F High 46°F Low / 23°C High 8°C Low
March is one of the driest months in Riverside and although this isn’t the warmest place to visit in the US in March, temperatures are still relatively mild and indeed pleasant for those visitors coming from the North allowing pleasant strolls through the Botanic Gardens and outdoor explorations around California State Citrus Historic Park or Mount Rubidoux.
The largest city of the Inland Empire, culture vultures who love the arts can spend their days exploring Riverside’s Art Museum and Photography Museum before catching a show at the Fox Performing Arts Centre whilst families can create memories at March Field Air Museum followed by thrills and fun at Castle Park with carnival rides for the whole family to enjoy.
Need more options?
If nowhere on the above list of warm places to visit in the US in March grab at your wanderlust heartstrings, go for one of the top three, and plan a visit to Hawaii, Miami, or LA for an assured dose of fun in the sun to banish those Winter blues!