15 great escapes in March
Winter's not over till it's over. Meanwhile, here's where to go for fun.
© Beth Gauper
In March, slabs of blue ice pile up along the Lake Superior shore in Duluth.
March can be a cruel month. We're tired of the cold, and it's tempting to sit tight and wait for spring.
But don't do it. This is the best time of the year for a lot of things, including eagle-watching, expos, ice-exploring and, of course, St. Patrick's Day parties.
We offer you three options for March getaways: outdoors, indoors and outdoors/indoors. Enjoy!
A lot of people think March is the best month for winter sports, with its long, sunny days and ample snow (at least up in the north woods). Here's where to go.
Wabasha. Anyone up for some eagle watching? In March, the eagles that flew south start to return along the Mississippi River flyway, right past this southeast Minnesota town.
Every weekend in March, the National Eagle Center hosts a Soar With the Eagles festival, with live-bird programs and family activities.
This is where you go when you want to be around a lot of
reliable, long-lasting snow.
Along this 57-mile road in far northeast Minnesota, you'll find great skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, sleigh rides and dog-sled mushing all the way to Easter.
Cross-country skiers can glide for miles at ABR, and theres excellent alpine skiing at four hills Whitecap near Hurley and Big Powderhorn, Blackjack and Indianhead near Ironwood.
© Beth Gauper
In the Wisconsin Dells, families find a "beach'' vacation in water parks.
Sure, a lot of people are dying for warm weather. If you can't go south, you can at least find warm temperatures in water parks, skyways, shops and exposition halls.
Madison. In addition to high-school tournaments, March is the time for expositions in the Wisconsin capital. It's your ticket to dream about the coming summer.Wisconsin Dells. This is where you go to get warm if you can't afford to go to Mexico. The many indoor water parks are as close to the tropics as you can get in Wisconsin.
Minneapolis. One word: skyways. They link nearly 80 blocks downtown, so you can book a hotel and scurry from your room to great restaurants, shops and the grand Hennepin Avenue theaters without putting on a coat.
What's the big event in March? St. Patrick's Day unless you follow high-school sports, in which case it's tournaments. You have to watch the big parades outdoors, but then you'll get to duck inside for some green beer.
For more Irish food and music, stay at the County Clare Irish inn. For more beer, take a brewery tour.
At the foot of the hill, tour the Minnesota History Center.
In Chicago, they dye the river green before the big St. Pat's Day parade.
Chicago. In March, they really do dye the river green. Watch the dye job from the east side of the bridge at Columbus Drive or upper and lower Wacker Drive between Columbus and Lake Shore Drive.
Stroll along the riverfront if the weather is fine. If not, retreat to the many shops, restaurants, wine bars and boutique hotels. In the evening, see what's going on at Hudson's Phipps Center for the Arts; in Stillwater, check out the many live-music venues as well as the Zephyr Theatre.
Duluth. In this usually frigid Minnesota town, you can spend the whole weekend under one roof, if you like the Fitger's complex includes a hotel, spa salon, nightclub, brewpub, restaurants and shops.
But also plenty to do outside, including skiing at Spirit Mountain. And in March, the blue ice piles up on Lake Superior's shores, creating a photographer's dream and a fun place for families to climb around.
Last updated on February 17, 2020