20 Spring Break Destinations for Grown-Ups
If you’re looking for a spot to relax and unwind without running into college students, these places cover that perfect balance of serenity and adventure.
Sante Fe, New Mexico
If you’re looking for adventure and luxury in one destination, New Mexico’s capital city situated in the Sangre de Cristo foothills is a must-visit. The weather is especially ideal during the springtime, when temperatures are not too hot during the day and not too cold at night. It’s almost always sunny—in fact, Sante Fe has, on average, about 350 days of sunshine each year! There’s plenty to do and see, including exploring the epicenter of Santa Fe’s artistic culture, Canyon Road, home to a plethora of art galleries featuring everything from paintings and pottery to hand-woven rugs and wood carvings. You’ll also want to make time for a visit to Santa Fe Plaza, full of history and culture, as it’s served as an important landmark since the city’s founding in 1610. Stay at Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado just a 15-minute drive from the city center. The resort hosts an incredible array of adventures, from whitewater rafting and hot air ballooning to horse-back riding and snowshoeing—Santa Fe Ski Basin just 35 miles from the resort.
A coastal urban city with an innovative and pedestrian-friendly layout, Savannah Georgia offers a unique glimpse into Southern hospitality, art, and food culture. It’s home to one of the country’s best art schools, Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), which is one of the reasons the city has become a rich tapestry of art. Stay at the Perry Lane Hotel, a brand new boutique hotel set to open this spring. It’s right in the center of Savannah’s Landmark Historic District, an area that recognizes the city limits prior to the Civil War. Before you check out of the city, stop by City Market, an open-air marketplace filled with restaurants and boutique art galleries and stroll through Forsyth Park, 30 acres of greenery in the heart of the district. Plan around these 11 best-ever off-season travel destinations.
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Looking to escape to warmer weather without running into the spring break crowd? Head to what’s arguably the best Miami alternative and a more relaxing destination for adults old and young. The city, which sits on the state’s southeastern coast, is known for its beautiful beaches, boating canals and walking promenade along the oceanside highway. Stay at Pelican Grand Beach Resort, a coastal-chic waterfront retreat that sits on 500-feet of private, pristine beachfront. The hotel has its own restaurant, OCEAN2000, a rejuvenating, Scandinavian-inspired PURE Spa, and Fort Lauderdale’s only lazy river. When you’re not relaxing on the beach or by the pool, visit Las Olas Boulevard, home to three museums, ten international art galleries, and tons of retail stores, take an airboat tour of the Florida Everglades at the Sawgrass Recreation Park, or hike or kayak in Hugh Taylor Birch State Park.
If you love a good cup of Joe, a visit to the home of Starbucks and the city which still has the most coffee shops per capita in the U.S. is a must. But there’s far more to experience in the great city of Seattle than good coffee. It’s also home to lush mountain ranges, relaxing beaches, and bucket-list golf courses. While you’re visiting, don’t miss such notable sites as the iconic Space Needle, the 605-foot-tall tower built for the 1962 World’s Fair, which has served as a landmark of the city as well as the entire Pacific Northwest. Take a ride on the Seattle Center Monorail, which can reach a top speed of 45 miles per hour and takes you on a tour through the city streets. Museum lovers won’t want to miss the family-friendly Pacific Science Center, Chihuly Garden and Glass Museum, Seattle Art Museum, or the Museum of Flight, which has on the of the largest space collections in the U.S. There are plenty of great hotels in the city center, some of the top recommended include the Fairmont Olympic Hotel, Four Seasons Hotel Seattle, and the Inn at the Market. If you’re bringing the kids, you should know about the 15 best spring break destinations for families.
Although beautiful year-round, the spring season is arguably one of Charlottesville’s most gorgeous. Nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, this quaint destination is steeped in a rich history, while also possessing a warm Southern charm, perfect for escaping the more traditional (and crowded) beach spring break destinations. History buffs will enjoy the bevy of historic presidential homes including Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello (a UNESCO World Heritage site), James Monroe’s Highland, and James Madison’s Montpelier. Also worth a quick visit is the University of Virginia, which was founded by Jefferson himself. Tour the prestigious grounds and stop by and take a glimpse inside the iconic Rotunda, which serves as the university’s centerpiece. You can also catch a view of the room where Edgar Allan Poe lived while he was a student. After you’ve had your fill of history, there’s no better place to enjoy spring months in Charlottesville than by exploring one (or a few!) of the more than 30 nearby wineries or dozens of craft breweries, artisanal cideries, and distilleries. There are plenty of luxurious and romantic hotels to choose from including Keswick Hall, Clifton Inn, and Boar’s Head Inn. Here’s where to find 15 under-the-radar places to visit in 2019.
If you’re looking for an alternative to Moab or Vail, which both have a heavy college crowd, Eagle has a lovely low key mountain town and is saturated with scenic mountain views and full of hiking trails. The downtown area is ringing with live music, festivals and events, and plenty of award-worthy restaurants. Since Eagle is a high-desert town, biking is big. Over 100 miles of single track mountain biking trails are open well into mid-December, and are certainly in pristine condition by springtime. The new Eagle River Park opens this spring offering a world-class whitewater park and new recreation amenities. For a budget-friendly stay, the Comfort Inn Vail Valley, which offers everything you need and is centrally located.
Nassau, The Bahamas
This island is a true paradise, with white, sandy beaches, crystal clear waters and a vivacious culture. Avoid the partying spring break crowd by staying at the all-inclusive Breezes Resort & Spa on Cable Beach, just 15 minutes from the airport. Whether you prefer to be pampered in their Blue Mahoe Spa, relax in one of their beachside cabanas or try a fun water sport, such as paddle boarding or sailing, you’ll leave rested and rejuvenated.
If you’re looking for a Caribbean destination that you don’t have to book a year in advance and that offers an escape from rowdy college spring breakers, head to St. Lucia, a mountainous island that sits between Martinique and St. Vincent. Stay at Jade Mountain Resort, a relaxing, 600-acre hotel that sits right on the beach. In addition to the breathtakingly scenic views of the Caribbean coastline, the resort boasts stunning architecture and a prime location just steps away from Anse Chastanet Beach. Accommodations include 24 infinity pool sanctuaries, five sky Jacuzzis, a full spa, a plethora of wellness and fitness activities such as yoga, culinary events, and both private and resort dining options. If a seaside vacation is what you’re looking for, these family-friendly spring break cruises will float your boat.
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
If you’re looking for a romantic and European spring break destination that’s not Paris, Amsterdam couldn’t be more up your alley. The beautiful and immensely diverse city looks like it’s straight out of a storybook, yet it’s extremely progressive and tech-savvy. The best time to visit just happens to be between the months of March and May before the summer tourists crowd the streets. The weather is also relatively mild around this time, hovering between 45-55° F. If you want to feel surrounded by water, much as you will in most areas of Amsterdam, stay at The Dylan, a charming hotel that sits right on the Emperor’s Canal, the middle one of three main canals in the city. If you prefer to stay smack in city center, stay at Conservatorium. It’s only a few minutes walk from important sites including the Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh Museum (which houses the world’s largest van Gogh collection), and just a short subway ride from others such as the Anne Frank House, Dam Square and Jordaan for shopping and hip eats. You won’t believe how cheap a getaway can be until you read these unforgettable European vacations under $400.
While most people think to visit this historical city on the north coast of Massachusetts around Halloween, you’ll actually get more bang for your buck and potentially enjoy yourself even more if you visit in spring. Most of the landmarks you’ll hope to visit are open year-round, such as the Salem Witch Museum, The Witch House, Peabody Essex Museum and House of the Seven Gables. Stay at the Hotel Salem, a brand-new boutique hotel that recently opened in the heart of the bustling pedestrian mall on Essex Street and don’t miss the chance to dine around the corner at Ledger, an eclectic restaurant serving up new American and New England fare, which opened up in a space that had served as a bank since 1818. Spirits lovers will want to add Deacon Giles Distillery to their must-visit list. The place serves up their own exceptional vodka, gin, rums and more. Next, learn where to find the best spring break getaway in every state.