Planning a spring vacation? No matter if you’re looking for a beach destination or a ski getaway, there’s a city to meet your every vacation need. Check out these ten best spring break destinations!
- Breckenridge, CO
- Charleston, SC
- Holland, MI
- New Orleans, LA
- Palm Springs, CA
- Park City, UT
- Santa Fe, NM
- Savannah, GA
- Seattle, WA
- St. Petersburg, FL
- Average High & Low Temperature in Spring: 45 degrees; 21 degrees
- Average Nightly Hotel Cost: $169
Known for its small-town charm and fabulous slopes, Breckenridge is the spot to take a spring ski trip—especially since ski season goes through May and is a more affordable time to visit. Dominate the slopes at Breckenridge Ski Resort with five peaks, 2,908 skiable acres, and 187 trails to explore. Stand on the Continental Divide along the scenic Boreas Pass drive, where you can also admire Rocky Mountain vistas. Go hiking in Breckenridge to see a stunning alpine lake and visit Isak Heartstone, the Breckenridge Troll, along the way on the McCullough Gulch Trail. Learn about Breckenridge’s history as a gold-mining town and pan for actual gold at Country Boy Mine! Visit Historic Main Street in Downtown Breckenridge where you can hit up aromatherapy oxygen bar The O2 Lounge or the Main Street Station for endless shopping, food, and drinks. Find live music at the Riverwalk Center as well as art galleries, performances, studios, and more in the Breckenridge Arts District! Sip on brews like a Ginger Pale Ale or Coconut Porter at Broken Compass Brewing. Try the Crispy Curried Cauliflower or Korean Fried Chicken at the highly-rated Aurum Food & Wine.
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- Average High & Low Temperature in Spring: 74 degrees; 56 degrees
- Average Nightly Hotel Cost: $144
A charming beach town home to many historic sites—and one of the most romantic cities in the U.S.—Charleston is one of the best spring destinations! Spend the day lounging at Front Beach or boating in Charleston on the at the Isle of Palms, where you can catch live music or a game of beach volleyball at The Windjammer. Soak up the sun or go kayaking, sailing, surfing, and more at Folly Beach. Or head to another beach in Charleston, Sullivan’s Island, where you can go fishing in Charleston and see the inspiration for the setting of Edgar Allen Poe’s famous short story, The Gold Bug. View a series of colorful, historical houses in Downtown Charleston while walking along Rainbow Row. Take a trip to the fortified seawall and promenade from the 1750s and see mansions bordering the historic site, The Holy City, at The Battery. Relax with a pineapple waterfall, beautiful pathways, and views of the harbor at Waterfront Park. Shop for locally crafted items like sweetgrass baskets at Charleston City Market. Tour historical homes from the early 18th century and visit lectures, wine tastings, and concerts at the Festival of Houses & Gardens. Or chow down on Pimento Cheese Fritters and She-Crab Soup at Poogan’s Porch.
- Average High & Low Temperature in Spring: 58 degrees; 38 degrees
- Average Nightly Hotel Cost: $121
With its Dutch roots and beautiful beaches along Lake Michigan, Holland is one of the best Midwest spring break destinations. Make sure you don’t miss the Windmill Island Gardens, home to the 250-year-old and five-stories-tall windmill, “DeZwaan.” Explore sugar-sand beaches and the Big Red Lighthouse—which has dune staircase takes you 157 feet above sea level—at Holland State Park. Learn Holland’s Dutch history through ships on the Great Lakes as well as exhibits showcasing Dutch heritage, artifacts, agricultural beginnings, and more at the Holland Museum! Watch the sun set on Lake Michigan through the concrete tunnel that cuts through a sand dune at Tunnel Park. Explore other beaches like Kirk Park or Laketown Beach where you can play horseshoes and sand volleyball or go swimming in Lake Michigan. Participate in Tulip City’s biggest event and enjoy blooming tulips lining the streets, the carnival, artisan market, or a tulip immersion garden at Tulip Time. Enjoy rides, a petting zoo, giant wooden shoe slide, Dutch dancers to watch, and more at family-friendly vacation spot, Nelis’ Dutch Village. Catch a show at Knickerbocker Theatre. Go to Downtown Holland for Tiki Tuesdays and Whiskey Wednesdays at Obstacle No. 1. Or dine on Dutch-inspired dishes like Dutch Delight and Klompen Cakes at DeBoer Bakery.
New Orleans, LA
- Average High & Low Temperature in Spring: 79 degrees; 61 degrees
- Average Nightly Hotel Cost: $200
As one of the world’s greatest places, New Orleans should marked down as a must visit on your spring destinations list. Play mini golf, visit the sculpture garden, or the Carousel Gardens Amusement Park, among other activities at the 1,300-acre New Orleans City Park. Go biking or take a stroll along the riverfront at Crescent Park. Delve into history at the National World War II Museum with exhibits like The Arsenal of Democracy and Road to Berlin. Attend a concert or walk among portraits and paintings of famous jazz festival headliners and other 25,000 artifacts at the New Orleans Jazz Museum. Explore iconic streets in The Big Easy like Bourbon Street and Frenchman Street, and visit vibrant music venues, restaurants, bars, and museums in the French Quarter. Sip on a Pimm’s Cup or Vieux Carre at The Carousel Bar & Lounge. Sway to live jazz bands like Washboard Chaz Blues Trio and Shake Em Up Jazz Band at The Spotted Cat Music Club. Admire grand mansions in Uptown & The Garden District—which is also home to one of the best restaurants in New Orleans, Commander’s Palace, which serves dishes like Turtle Soup au Sherry and Pecan Crusted Fish. Celebrate the French Quarter revival with over 20 stages of different genres of music, from New Orleans funk to R&B, and food from 60 plus New Orleans restaurants at the French Quarter Festival.
Palm Springs, CA
- Average High & Low Temperature in Spring: 86 degrees; 58 degrees
- Average Nightly Hotel Cost: $191
If you’re looking for a warm spring break destination, Palm Springs is the city for you! Ride the Palm Springs Aerial Tram for a fantastic view of Mount San Jacinto State Park. Discover a 60-foot waterfall, rock art, ancient irrigation systems, wildlife, and some of the best hiking in Palm Springs at Tahquitz Canyon. Bring your clubs while visiting the Golf Capital of the World, which offers fairways designed by iconic architects like Arnold Palmer and Greg Norman at over 100 golf courses in Palm springs. Examine 3,000+ plant species and the world’s first Cactarium, a 1-acre botanical space specializing in cacti, at Moorten Botanical Garden. Party at the largest LGBTQ dance party in the world, complete with DJs, live performances, and pool parties at White Party Palm Springs. Admire Modern and Contemporary art as well as the Aluminaire House and the Annenburg Theater at the Palm Springs Art Museum. Wander the Palm Canyon Drive, home to art galleries, antiques, furniture stores, dining, and Village Fest, a Thursday night street fair. Taste dishes like Spicy Tuna Tostada and The Venue Roll by acclaimed Chef Engin Onural at Sandfish Sushi & Whiskey. Or experience a unique bar setting at PS Air Bar, an airplane-inspired speakeasy with drinks like the Black Box and Jet Lag.
Park City, UT
- Average High & Low Temperature in Spring: 54 degrees; 28 degrees
- Average Nightly Hotel Cost: $323
For a ski destination like no other, ski in Park City, home to the biggest ski resort in North America! Explore local shops like Dolly’s Bookstore and entertainment venues like Egyptian Theatre—where you can catch concerts, comedy, drama, dance, and community theatre shows—on Historic Main Street! Snowboard at Park City ski resorts like Park City Mountain (with 7,300 acres and 330 trails), or go through less crowded runs at Deer Valley Resort, which limits the number of skiers allowed on the slopes daily. Watch elite athletes train and compete at a U.S. Olympic training and competition site, and go down “The Comet” bobsled ride at Utah Olympic Park. Venture outside the resorts and take advantage of the perfect season for fishing and go fly fishing in Park City. View rotating art exhibits of resident artists and participate in workshops at Kimball Art Center. Learn about ski history with exhibits on Olympic stars, the evolution of skiing, and mountain and ski simulators at Alf Engen Ski Museum. Attend live concerts on the village stage, an outdoor movie night, craft events, and the annual pond-skimming competition at the month-long Spring Gruv festival in March. Head to Twisted Fern for Après Ski and feast on New American cuisine like Utah Elk and Shiitake Fritters. Tour historical locations and taste vintage wines on a Fox School of Wine’s Mines & Wines Tour.
Santa Fe, NM
- Average High & Low Temperature in Spring: 65 degrees; 33 degrees
- Average Nightly Hotel Cost: $129
Art-lover? Take your spring vacation in Santa Fe, one of the best cities in the world for art lovers! Check out notable museums around every corner, including the four museums on Museum Hill. Admire the iconic artist’s paintings and drawings inspired by Santa Fe at the Georgia O’Keefe Museum. Camp, go gold-panning, horseback riding, and more at Santa Fe National Forest. Hike or go mountain biking on the Santa Fe Rail-Trail. Stroll through the Santa Fe Farmers Market or visit establishments like Boxcar, a bar with live music and great food like a Popper & Avocado Tempura Plate and Green Chile Mac and Cheese, in The Railyard. Learn more about the state with exhibits on archaeology, paintings of Spanish colonial battles, and more at the New Mexico History Museum. Listen to soloists and New Mexico’s premiere baroque ensemble in The City Different’s historic Loretto Chapel at Baroque Holy Week concerts in March. Spend a night at the Santa Fe Opera, which has had over 2,000 performances of 170 different operas since 1957. Browse and buy local art, paintings, printmaking, photography, and sculptures at the outdoor weekend market. Or follow the Santa Fe Margarita Trail to taste more than 40 of the best margaritas in the world!
- Average High & Low Temperature in Spring: 77 degrees; 54 degrees
- Average Nightly Hotel Cost: $135
Whether you’re making a stop on a classic car road trip, or looking to visit one of the most haunted cities in the United States, Savannah is the ultimate spring getaway! Kick back at three public oceanfront beaches and two river beaches in Savannah, as well as Tybee Island Pier & Pavilion—which has great fishing and a dance floor—on Tybee Island. Hang out in a 4.5-acre, $330-million entertainment hub on the banks of the Savannah River with LED-lit swings, rooftop bars with slides, garden speakeasies, live music, and an animated chrome dinosaur in the Plant Riverside District. Hop over to the Historic Landmark District, a national historic landmark known for Forsyth Park, which is home to the famous Forsyth Fountain and Savannah City Market. Cover all the famous Savannah ghost stories on a Hearse Ghost Tour, hosted through the Historic District in Savannah. Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Savannah—one of the best places in America to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day—with 400,000 visitors and see a show-stopping parade, Forysth Park’s fountain water dyed green, live Celtic music, and more. Chow down on a Fried Pork Chop or Southern Sushi at The Olde Pink House. Or sip on cocktails like Frosé and Netflix & Chile in the Hostess City of the South at rooftop bar Peregrin.
- Average High & Low Temperature in Spring: 59 degrees; 43 degrees
- Average Nightly Hotel Cost: $189
With cherry blossoms blooming in March, Seattle is a beautiful spring break trip you don’t want to miss. Plus, it’s a great stop on an RV road trip! Roam all 485 parks in the Emerald City, one of the best cities for outdoor recreation, and don’t forget to visit Mount Rainier to find waterfalls, catch trout at Mineral Lake, or take a gondola ride up its summit. Revel in eight galleries, centerpiece Glasshouse, and a garden of glass-blown art at Chihuly Garden and Glass. Explore events in Downtown Seattle like First Thursday Art Walk at Pioneer Square. Wander through exhibits on Disney costumes, science fiction, and a guitar gallery at the Museum of Pop Culture. Deepen your understanding of Japanese culture including Japanese art, food, dance, and music at the Seattle Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival. Catch a show at art-deco venue The Showbox, which has hosted performers like Prince, Duke Ellington, and Pearl Jam. Buy fresh spring tulips, crafts, and other local goods, or watch the famous fish throwers and contribute to The Gum Wall at famous Pike Place Market. Go whale watching in Seattle for orcas, gray, and humpback whales on guided kayak and boat trips in May. Grab a cup of coffee in the original Starbucks location at 1912 Pike Place. Taste some of the best Mediterranean food in Seattle like Spiced Rubbed Lamb Chops and Deep Sea Alaskan King Cod at Lola. Or live it up and participate in karaoke, drag queen bingo, variety shows, trivia, and a drag brunch at Unicorn + Narwhal.
St. Petersburg, FL
- Average High & Low Temperature in Spring: 81 degrees; 64 degrees
- Average Nightly Hotel Cost: $203
If you’re wanting to go on a spring beach trip, head to some of America’s best beaches in St. Petersburg! Plan a beach day at any of St. Petersburg’s beaches like Clearwater Beach, St. Pete Beach, or Fort De Soto Park where you can dolphin watch on the Gulf Pier. Chill on what locals call the coolest block in St. Pete, Central Avenue in Downtown St. Petersburg, which hosts First Friday events, concerts at Floridian Social Club, and more! Fish off the deck, view public art, and walk along the waterfront at St. Pete Pier. Observe over 2,400 Salvador Dalí works, as well as rotating exhibits involving virtual reality and local art students at The Dali Museum. Cheer on contestants, and enjoy a waterfront party after anglers weigh in their catches and a fishing competition just for kids at the Spring King of the Beach Fishing Tournament. Play shuffleboard, one of St. Petersburg’s favorite pastimes, in clubs like St. Pete Shuffle. Find Latin dishes at Bodega like a Cuban Sandwich or the Lechon Plato. Drink along the “Gulp Coast,” which includes 35 different local breweries that make up the St. Pete/Clearwater Craft Beer Trail.
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