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.
The “Garden Island” is encompassed by gorgeous white-sand coastlines hugging the glistening ocean, so we wouldn’t blame you for not leaving the beach all week. But you would be remiss not to see Kauai’s other offerings, including tropical rain forests, rivers, waterfalls, valleys, mountains, cliffs, and trails. Wailua River is great for kayaking (and it’s the only navigable river in all of Hawaii), or grab your sneakers and head to the beautiful hiking trails in Koke’e State Park. If you want to get a closer look at all of Kauai’s lush mountain valleys, go ziplining with Skyline Eco Adventures and soar over Hawaii’s breathtaking scenery. Back at the beach, you can surf, scuba dive, kitesurf, and stand-up paddleboard. And if you’re visiting between December and May there’s a good chance you’ll see a few majestic humpback whales off the shorelines. Don’t forget to channel your inner Hawaiian and partake in an unforgettable luau before you leave! Here’s everything you need to know before booking a trip to Hawaii.
Start digging out your kayaks, mountain bikes, and camping gear, because springtime in Boise is not to be missed. With warm weather on the rise, there are plenty of fishing, hiking, biking, and boating to be enjoyed. If the weather is warm enough, camp out at Woodhead Park, Hells Canyon Park, or Copperfield Park. (Note that in April, average daytime temps are a balmy 62, but at nighttime that plunges to 39, so wear layers!) If you’d rather explore downtown Boise, visit the Aquarium of Boise, home to more than 250 different species of animals and marine life. Then, meet hawks, eagles, falcons, and other incredible birds at the World Center For Birds of Prey. The Idaho Botanical Garden is also especially beautiful during the springtime. You’ll definitely want to take note of these foods you shouldn’t eat on vacation.
With its vibrant urban culture, the Windy City is Illinois’ perfect spring break destination. First, visit the Art Institute of Chicago located in the heart of the city. With over 300,000 incredible pieces of art to admire, like “The American Gothic” by Grant Wood and “Nighthawks” by Edward Hopper. Another notable Chicago museum is the Field Museum, home to SUE, the largest and best preserved T-Rex fossil that’s ever been found, ancient Egyptian tombs including the 5,000-year-old tomb of pharaoh’s son Unis-Ankh, and more. After, head to the ArchiCenter and check out the 320 square foot model of downtown Chicago. Plus, the Windy City is home to the famous Navy Pier Centennial Wheel. Enjoy spectacular views of the city skyline from 200 feet in the air and 360-degree panoramic views of the city and Lake Michigan. And for the baseball fans, check off Wrigley Field from your to-do list and catch an exciting Cubs game. To wrap up your day, grab a bite to eat at one of Chicago’s excellent restaurants; favorites include The Purple Pig, Girl & The Goat, or Quartino Ristorante.
Indiana: Fort Wayne
With so many family-friendly activities, it’s no wonder why Fort Wayne, Indiana was named one of the best cities in the U.S. to visit with kids by Travelocity. Perhaps one of the most popular kids’ attractions in Fort Wayne is the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo, which re-opens for the season in late April. The zoo features more than 1,000 animals of 200 species. While you’re there, you can even feed the giraffes, penguins, and stingrays! Besides the zoo, other attractions include the Science Central, the Botanical Conservatory, and the Fort Wayne Museum of Art. Fort Wayne’s parks with bike routes are also popular stops for an active day. For the sports fanatics, catch a TinCaps (a minor league team affiliated with the San Diego Padres) baseball game in downtown Fort Wayne. Then, stop by Combat Ops Arena and play a round of laser tag or mini-bowling. Ultrazone and Lazer X are other popular laser tag “battlefields” that everyone will definitely enjoy. By the way, here are 10 sneaky money traps you fall for every time you travel.
Each spring, this quaint Midwest town’s famous Tulip Time celebrates the more than 300,000 colorful tulips with a parade and a festival. Pella is also home to the Vermeer Mill, the country’s largest working grain windmill that dates back to the 1850s. After you visit the mill, head next door and check out all of the beautiful flower gardens and buildings from the 1800s in the Historical Village. The 170-year-old Scholte House Museum reopens in the spring and is another popular attraction in Pella. According to Pella Historical Society & Museum, the house was built by Dutch immigrant leader Hendrik Peter Scholate around 1847. While you’re in town, be sure to catch a performance at the Pella Opera House, play a round of golf at Bos Landen Golf Club, or head to The Cellar Peanut Pub, which was named one of the top 25 best beer bars in the country by craftbeer.com.
As the warm weather arrives in Wichita, over 50,000 tulips, 120,000 daffodils, and other gorgeous flowers bloom throughout the city’s vast botanical garden, Botanica. Then, visit the Wichita Art Museum, the largest art museum in all of Kansas, which and includes exhibits like “Monet to Matisse” and “Savoir-Faire.” After, admire over 6,000 works of art at the Ulrich Museum of Art at Wichita State University. Bliss Bouldering and Climbing Complex and Dart Warz, an indoor foam dart “battlefield,” are always a hit with adventure-seekers. And to satisfy all of your shopping needs, downtown Wichita, Old Town, and Douglas Design District are some of the most popular shopping destinations in the area. Find out the best vacation for you based on your personality type.
One of the primary attractions in Williamstown is Ark Encounter. Measuring 510-feet long, over 51-feet tall, and 85-feet wide, this full-size reproduction of the famous ark is the largest timber-frame structure in the world, according to its website. With over 100 exhibits to explore, the Ark makes for a great day trip. After, head to the Ark Encounter zip lines 17 stories in the air and reach up to a thrilling 50 mph down the lines. Featuring 24 different zip lines, with two that are about 2,000-feet long, there’s are plenty of lines for beginners and thrill-seekers alike. If you’re looking for something a little more relaxing, stop by Ararat Ridge Zoo and meet animals from around the world like kangaroos, Tibetan yaks, and ostriches, then ride on donkeys or camels. The best part? If you bought tickets to see the ark, admission to the zoo is free! When you’re done visiting Ark Encounter, head to Main Street and check out the historic William Arnold Log Cabin or one of Williamstown’s parks like Frank Webb Memorial Park or Family Fun Park.
Louisiana: Baton Rouge
The first thing you should do when you arrive in Louisiana’s capital is indulge in extraordinary Cajun or Creole cuisine–whether that means alligator on a stick, crawfish boil, jambalaya, or seafood gumbo, downtown Baton Rouge has a dynamic culinary scene. Baton Rouge is also well-known for its music. If you’re around mid-April, don’t miss the annual Baton Rouge Blues Festival. A visit to the State Capitol Building and Gardens is another must. You can still put your finger in the bullet hole from the day former Governor Huey P. Long was assassinated. (He’s buried on the ground’s gardens.) Be sure to take an elevator up to the 27th-floor observation deck for a stunning view all of Baton Rouge. The Old Governor’s Mansion is another historic spot to visit, the former home is said to be modeled after the White House. If you’d rather spend some time outdoors, downtown Baton Rouge has three lovely parks–you might even catch a concert, festival, or movie viewing while you’re there. And football fans will want to pay tribute to the Louisana State University Tigers with a visit to Mike the Tiger’s Habitat.
Maine: Bar Harbor
Depending on where you go in Maine during spring break, you could be looking at snow-covered mountains or glistening ocean views. As the largest island off the coast of Maine, you’ll be surrounded by gorgeous coastlines almost everywhere you go. Take in the view and stroll along the historic Shore Path, which is well-known for its incredible sunrise views. Or head to Sand Beach and explore its rugged Ocean Trail. If you continue down Ocean Trail for about two miles, you’ll end up at Otter Cliff, which at 110-feet tall offers unforgettable scenic views. No trip to Bar Harbor is complete without going to Acadia National Park, which encompasses the highest rocky headlands along the Atlantic coastline of the United States, according to the National Park Service. With 158-miles of hiking trails, 16 gorgeous stone bridges, and seven breathtaking peaks reaching over 1,000-feet, there’s plenty to do. After spending the day at the park, hop aboard one of Oli’s Trolley tours and explore the coastlines, landmarks, mansions, and other scenic Bar Harbor views. Whale watching and sunset tours are also popular activities in the Harbor. Some other popular activities in Bar Harbor are visiting Bar Harbor Historical Society, exploring the Mount Desert Island Oceanarium, seeing Egg Rock Light, and checking out Abbe Museum.
Annapolis isn’t called “America’s Sailing Capital” without reason. Maryland’s capital city is home to the U.S. Naval Academy. Tour the “Yard” and discover the history behind all of its 18th-century brick buildings (Annapolis has more than anywhere else in the U.S.). After, see the homes where all four of Maryland signers of the Declaration of Independence lived–three of which are open to the public. For more history, stop by the Maryland State House, which is the oldest state capitol in continuous legislative use and the only state house to ever have served as our nation’s capitol, according to American Heritage. The Annapolis Maritime Museum celebrates the spring equinox by partaking in this unique ceremony along with hosting a popular Oyster Roast. If you’re looking for something a little quieter and away from the crowds, head to Quiet Waters Park and explore its 340 acres of land. Speaking of vacations, here’s what your dream vacation says about you.