Spring break—it’s not just for college students!
Every year, students at universities across the country pack their bags and hit the road, with most heading for warm weather party destinations like Las Vegas, Cancun, and the beaches of Florida.
But what about spring break for the rest of us?
With the weather starting to take a turn for the better, and younger kids getting time off from school, the spring travel season isn’t just for frat boys. In fact, last year, more than one-third of Americans planned to head out for a trip more than 50 miles away from home, according to a survey from AAA.
Where should adults of all ages turn when looking for a fun, replenishing vacation? What’s a good spot for families who are looking to reconnect and make new memories together?
Consider skipping the beach—and the crowds—this year, and head for one of these five under-the-radar spring break spots instead:
1.) Charleston, South Carolina
Want to avoid the hustle and bustle of a crowded spring break spot—but still have a bounty of amazing options of things to eat, drink, see, and do? Then you’ll want to check out Charleston, South Carolina.
For foodies, Charleston has been called “a crazy restaurant scene,” and regularly gets named as one of the best food cities in the country.
This vibrant city also offers plenty of museums and tours of historic homes, perfect for the diehard history or architecture buff looking to add to their collection of fun facts. If you just want to get out in nature (or snag a sweet Instagram post), Charleston has you covered yet again; it offers access to beautiful seaside views, as well as some of the most lovely and picturesque gardens in the south.
2.) Austin, Texas
Every March, tens of thousands of people flock to Austin, Texas for the South By Southwest festival. Also known as “South By,” or simply “SXSW,” this meetup for creatives always features a ton of incredible events, including film screenings, concerts, and major technology announcements.
Even if your spring break window doesn’t line up with SXSW, the eclectic city of Austin is a great place to keep on your radar. After all, the city is still a haven for the cutting edge and the creative, even after the crowds have gone home; there’s a reason this hot spot’s unofficial slogan is “keep Austin weird.”
Eclectic and bursting with its own funky energy, Austin has everything that a lot of travelers look for in a city, including world-class dining, countless nightlife options, a thriving music and comedy scene, and plenty of one-of-a-kind shops, hotels, and galleries.
3.) Bend, Oregon
For those people who are a little more “snow bunny” than “beach bum,” spring break can be the perfect time to escape to a winter wonderland.
For one great option, consider heading ‘round the bend. Sorry—make that “heading to the Bend.” Bend, Oregon, that is!
Comfortably nestled in central Oregon, far from the hustle and bustle of Portland, Bend offers “the ultimate snowy vacation” for spring breakers who prefer frosty caves to frothy waves.
In addition to its famous snowy vistas that are perfect for skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, tubing, and dog-sledding, Bend is also the home to more than a dozen breweries, great for those into microbrewery culture – or anyone who may be up for downing a cold one after a long day on the slopes.
4.) The Big Island, Hawaii
With its legendary beaches and welcoming atmosphere, Hawaii’s Big Island is a popular destination for tourists all year long. And while many people head here for sun and sand, a lot leave without ever realizing that there’s plenty more to explore—if you’re willing to leave that perfectly manicured resort behind.
You see, this Hawaiian island quietly plays home to some of the most fascinating and diverse landscapes on earth, including vibrant rainforests, breathtaking lava fields, rocky cliffs, and beaches studded with beautiful stones.
For hikers, bikers, and anyone else looking to have an amazing adventure while surrounded by nature, this spot is certainly one to have on your spring break wish list.
5.) Amelia Island, Florida
OK, you knew we couldn’t make it through this entire list without including at least one beachy getaway!
Amelia Island stands out from other destinations in the Sunshine State thanks to its privacy and seclusion. Located off the coast of northeast Florida, Amelia Island offers 13 full miles of pristine beaches, where visitors can happily swim, stroll, surf, or sail—without ever having to worry about fighting a crowd!
When you get tired of the waves, Amelia Island also offers plenty of other things to see and do, including amazing trails for horseback riding, hiking, and biking; world-class golf courses; and a ton of restaurants serving up everything from famous burgers to five-star fare.
And now the Enrollment Specialists would like to know: Where are you planning to travel this spring? What’s the best “off-the-beaten-path” vacation you’ve ever taken? Be sure to let us know over on Facebook!
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