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.