The Best Spring Break Getaways in Every State
Your perfect spring break getaway is closer than you think. Here’s the best spot in every state for your upcoming break.
Alabama: Gulf Shores
With plenty of water activities, trails, sports, spas, shopping, scenery, and other fun activities, a spring break getaway to Gulf Shores practically guarantees that you’ll never hear the words “I’m bored.” After you’ve spent some time relaxing on the area’s 32 miles of gorgeous white-sand beaches, enjoy an unforgettable dolphin-spotting cruise. For even more animal fun, head to Alligator Alley, home to more than 450 alligators, or take a trip to the nearby Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo with more than 500 exotic animals. History buffs won’t want to miss the Fort Morgan Alabama Historical Site; it’s built on the site of the former of Fort Bowyer, which was attacked by the British during the War of 1812. If you’re looking to add thrills to your trip, thrill-seekers will love ziplining from 90 feet in the air at Hummingbird Ziplines at the Wharf. After you experience the gorgeous scenery from a bird’s eye view, explore Gulf Shores’ many nature trails by foot or bike. Worked up an appetite? Head to one of the beach’s best restaurants, like the Original Oyster House Seafood Restaurant, The Hangout, or Bahama Bob’s Beach Side Cafe, and grab a bite to eat. You won’t want to miss these 20 great spring break destinations for grown-ups.
Anchorage is the perfect place to go to cure your Seasonal Affective Disorder: According to anchorage.net, after March 20, Anchorage has more hours of daylight than anywhere in the United States. And with that much daylight, the activities are practically endless. Another pro of visiting Anchorage in the spring is seeing all of its incredible wildlife; as the weather warms up, bears come out of hibernation, moose calves come into the world, and gray whales return back to the Alaskan waters. You could even take advantage of one of Alaska’s glacier or wildlife cruises and see those the whales up close. Then, take a trip to the Alaska Zoo, ranked one of the ten best zoos in the country by Condé Nast Traveler. A visit to the Anchorage Museum, Alaska’s largest museum, will fill you in on the area’s native history, culture, and art.
Arizona: Lake Havasu City
Arizona’s Lake Havasu City isn’t nicknamed “The West’s Biggest Spring Break Party” without reason. Lake Havasu City has beaches galore and many ways to enjoy the water including boat and water sport rentals that will delight the college crowd. More of a pool person? Check out the heated pools, water slides, wave pool, and more at the Aquatic Center. With a two-mile jogging path, shaded walkways, beach volleyball courts, picnic tables, and more, Rotary Community Park is especially lovely in the springtime. And don’t forget to keep an eye on Lake Havasu City’s events calendar. You might be right on time to attend a beach music festival, a car show, a boat race, a fashion show, a wine and painting night, or another must-see event.
Arkansas: Hot Springs
According to the Hot Springs website, this outdoor paradise is often referred to as “America’s First Resort” because of its historical healing waters that have been visited for centuries. But in addition to being famous for its relaxing hot springs, the city is also home to Lake Catherine, Lake Hamilton, and Lake Ouachita. So rent some tubes, fishing rods, and just about any other equipment for your favorite water sport and head out for a day on one of Hot Springs’ gorgeous lakes! The lakes’ surrounding parks are also perfect for an adventurous day in the great outdoors and are filled with hiking and biking trails, picnic areas, and campgrounds. If you want to play some golf while you’re in town, the city has two championship courses at Hot Springs Country Club. The kids can join in on the fun, too, at one of the mini-golf courses around the city along with a go-kart track at T-Rex Golf. Other must-see attractions in Hot Springs are Magic Springs Theme and Water Park, the Mid-America Science Museum, Funtrackers Family Park, and Arkansas Alligator Farm & Petting Zoo.
California: Santa Monica
With seemingly endless beaches, you’ll never run out of sand to relax on in Santa Monica. Check out the famous Santa Monica pier, where you can go fishing, ride the historical Santa Monica Pier Carousel, play one of the 200 games at Playland Arcade, or take a ride on the world’s only solar-powered Ferris wheel at Pacific Park. Or grab your bikes and head down the city’s 26-mile bike path and take in all of the gorgeous West Coast views. The Annenberg Community Beach House is another stop that should be on your Santa Monica to-do list. It offers breathtaking views, a gorgeous pool, a children’s splash pad, and tours of the historic Marion Davies Guest House. Plus, check out these spring break ideas that can actually cost less than staying home.
Colorado: Crested Butte
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Nicknamed “Colorado’s Last Great Ski Town,” Crested Butte, nestled in the Rocky Mountains, has 1,547 acres of skiable terrain, with over half of the mountain suitable for beginner and intermediate skiers. More advanced skiers will be happy to hear there are plenty of black diamond and double black diamond trails, too; in fact, the city hosted the longest extreme skiing competition in the world, shares the Crested Butte website. When you need a break from the slopes, visit Winter Adventure Park. Kids and parents alike will have a blast playing mini golf, speeding down ziplines, and jumping on a bungee trampoline that shoots you up to 30-feet in the air. Besides being an incredible ski town, Crested Butte is also home to one of Colorado’s largest National Historic Districts—you’ll fall in love with the town’s charming Victorian storefronts and coal mining history.
Whether you want to relax by the Long Island Sound and sunbathe on a quiet beach (be forewarned it’s too cold for swimming in the spring) or explore the lively downtown streets of the city, Stamford has just about everything. Festivals, concerts, markets, and other events are commonplace in “The City That Works.” If you’re around over Memorial Day, don’t miss the Connecticut Salsa Festival. Did we mention the streets of the city are dotted with incredible paintings and sculptures? Stamford is an art enthusiast’s paradise. One of the city’s most beloved attractions is the Stamford Museum and Nature Center. With over 80 acres of trails, an animal farm, an observatory with a 22-inch research telescope, and rotating exhibits, everyone will love this North Stamford gem. If you want to spend some more time outdoors, take a trip to Cove Island Park, which has a one-mile walking trail, a rollerblading path, playgrounds, and two gorgeous beaches. Some other must-see attractions in Stamford are Half-Full Brewery, Palace Theater, and the Stamford Historical Society. Speaking of parks and beaches, these are the best beach boardwalks in America to visit this summer.
Aircraft enthusiasts will love the Air Mobility Command Museum, home to over 30 incredible aircraft along with several exhibits covering historical airlift from the Vietnam War, the Korean War, and other times in history. For some four-wheel, grounded fun, head to Dover International Speedway, which has hosted NASCAR events for almost 50 years. After, take the family on a trip to Biggs Museum of American Art; since the museum changes its exhibitions throughout the year, there’s always something new to see each visit. Visit the John Dickinson Plantation for a glimpse of what life was like in 18th-century Dover.
Glittering Miami is known as a single’s paradise, but there’s also a lot for families to do, too. Sunbathe, swim, surf, and relax at 21st-45th Street Beach, rated the best beach in Miami by Time Out. Some other Miami beaches that are definitely visit-worthy are Lummus Park Beach, Haulover Beach, South Pointe Park Pier, and Surfside. When you’re not soaking up the sun, sand, and surf, there are so many exciting attractions that the kids will love, including the Miami Children’s Museum, Jungle Island, the Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science, Zoo Miami, Miami Seaquarium, and more. You’ll also want to check out Miami’s Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, which has an incredible 83 acres of garden to explore, including a stunning waterfall, a butterfly exhibit, and more. After, grab a bite to eat at one of Miami’s best restaurants, like Joe’s Stone Crab, KYU, or Stubborn Seed.
Springtime in Atlanta means warm weather, gorgeous scenery, and a whole lot to do. The Atlanta Botanical Garden is a must-see during the spring, especially during its Orchid Daze festival, when thousands of these gorgeous exotic blossoms are on display. Another must-visit is the Georgia Aquarium, which not only is the largest aquarium in the United States, it also features more animals than any aquarium in the world. You won’t want to miss the SkyView Atlanta Ferris wheel where you can view the city from nearly 20 stories in the air. Next on your itinerary should be a visit to the Center for Civil and Human Rights, which brings the past, present, and future of the American Civil Rights Movement to life. For some refreshment, tour the World of Coca-Cola, where you can see the vault containing the world’s most famous beverage’s secret formula, check out over 1,200 artifacts, and taste more than 100 beverages from around the world. While you’re in town, The Children’s Museum of Atlanta, and the Inside CNN Studio Tour should also be on your list. Here’s how to make your next hotel stay as safe and healthy as possible.