The 25 Best Spring Break Destinations in The US

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Looking for the best spring break destinations in the US? You’re in luck! We’ve got an extensive list of places to visit and things to do in spring break.

As the spring break travel season approaches, people start browsing the internet for some short vacation ideas in America.

Just when you can’t take any more dirty snow, this midseason break will finally get you out of town for a healthy (and well-deserved) dose of vitamin D.

In this massive list, we’ve asked experts what some of the best USA spring break destinations for this year are, and their answers are mind-blowing!

It goes way beyond beach vacations!

But be warned: you will probably add them all to your USA bucket list.

Wondering where to go for spring break? Read on!

The 25 Best Spring Break Destinations in The US

Gey, spring breakers, ready for some incredible ideas?

Here are the absolute best spring break destinations in the US that you can’t afford to miss!

1. Zion National Park, Utah

Zion National Park

While most classic spring break destinations include Insta-worthy beaches, deep rumbles of EDM music, and loads of crowds, depending on the destination, of course, there is a destination that is perfect for rugged adventurers looking to ditch the crowds and get in touch with nature… It’s the one, the only, Zion National Park!

The months of spring break are some of the most favorable times to visit Zion because the crowds of the summer have not swarmed in at full force yet.

And that means iconic trails like The Narrows hike, Observation Point, and Angels Landing will be relatively quiet for an epic sunrise hike! Score!

The temperatures in Southern Utah will be growing around the upper 60’s and 70’s during this time, so the intense summertime heat has not yet settled in for the desert, making it a perfect time to hike.

Few crowds, beautiful weather, epic views… Need I say more?

While Zion is in a relatively remote part of Utah, the grub is still tasty and plentiful!

Coffee Soleil and Deep Creek Coffee Co. are two cute, quaint spots to get a solid cup of joe and a healthy breakfast.

For lunch or dinner, head over to Oscar’s Cafe for mouth-watering Enchiladas or Thai Sapa for a fantastic Pad Thai!

Alternatively, there is a small health-food store, Sol Foods Supermarket, that has a vast arsenal of products to make tasty camp meals! 

The Watchman Campground is one of the best places to stay in Zion because it is right next to the park entrance and it’s super cheap to pitch a tent. Just make sure to book the campsite in advance!

The Watchman Campground is perfect for those seeking to do some sunrise hikes since the campground is right next to the visitor’s center and shuttle pick-up.

Sleep in, brew some coffee, and adventures are a two-minute walk away!

While a little bit more on the expensive side, the Red Rock Inn Cottages have the cutest, wild west inspired cottages right in the heart of Springdale.

They’re for travelers that aren’t interested in a rugged camping experience, have a little more money to spend, and still want to get a unique experience while hiking in Utah.

The downside to staying here is that the visitors center and shuttle is around a thirty-minute walk away from the cottages. Still, they’re worth it for something a little more established (and if showers are a must!).

Zion is one of the best spring break places to experience the magic of Southern Utah! Get out there and get exploring!

Aaren at What Do You Sea

2. Dallas, Texas

Dallas is one of the best spring break ideas

A cultural melting pot, Dallas is a popular spring break destination you can’t afford to miss.

The city is filled with incredible nightlife, historical places, and excellent eating venues.

Beyond that, the city boasts a massive number of murals and wall art spread across its neighborhoods, though most are in Deep Ellum.

Needless to say, Dallas murals are very instagrammable, so have your camera ready!

And while the city has plenty of museums to keep you busy during spring break, the Dallas food scene won’t disappoint you either.

Whether you have one day in Dallas or a weekend in Dallas, you should be prepared for a sensory overload!

Oh, visiting with your significant other? Then you might want to read about these romantic things to do in Dallas!

3. Seattle, Washington

Seattle is a unique spring break trip
Seattle is a unique spring break trip

Although the city is not your usual spring break destination in the US, Seattle has loads of attractions and cafés that you will love!

For instance, spend a full day in Seattle discovering the buzzing heart of the city.

Visit the Chihuly Garden and Glass for some impressive glass exhibitions. Have you spotted the Space Needle from the glasshouse yet?

Then go up there to sip WA state wines with a view of Seattle’s skyline.

Then later, go to Pioneer Square to learn about the oldest neighborhood in town. Here, you can join underground tours, do some shopping, or simply have some bites.

Be sure to wander through the Pike Place Market and maybe grab a coffee at the very first Starbucks, be sure to add it to your Seattle itinerary.

The rainy city is actually a very pleasant spring break trip idea, and you love the local vibe once you experience it. Trust us on this.

As for accommodation, you will want to read our guide on the best places to stay in Seattle for a full overview of the top neighborhoods!

4. New Orleans, Louisiana

New Orleans is one of the best spring break destinations in the US
New Orleans is one of the best spring break destinations in the US

New Orleans is the perfect place to spend spring break in the US. It’s such a unique city with incredible history, incredible food, and a vibe like nowhere else.

While you’re there, spend time checking out Bourbon Street, where there are tons of bars, restaurants, and live music venues to enjoy.

New Orleans allows you to drink publicly in the streets, meaning the entire road comes alive – inside and out.

For a more relaxed place, where the locals hang out at night, go to Frenchman Street for incredible live music and funky bars.

There’s also a night market here with local art, jewelry, and more to check. For food you have to try beignets at Café du Monde and Café Beignet – how else can you compare what’s better!

Cajun cuisine is flavorful and delicious as well. You’ve got to eat jambalaya, po’ boys, and crayfish. While here, also check out the incredible architecture and history.

Head to the French Quarter for astonishing architecture, take a cemetery tour to learn about the unique history and the history of Voodoo.

If you have time, head out of the city, check out the bayou tours available to get up close with some alligators, or a plantation tour to understand the history of Louisiana.

There are so many lovely things to do in New Orleans I could go on and on about them. Oh, and be sure to bring your significant other along. After all, Nola is a perfect romantic getaway in the United States!

Meghan at The Traveling Teacher

5. Outer Banks, North Carolina

The Outer Banks in North Carolina are a warm spring break destination

Outer Banks, a string of islands off the coast of North Carolina, is sure to touch a chord in the hearts of those visiting.

Outer Banks or OBX, as called in short, is a perfect spring break destination but also a lovely summer vacation spot in the US.

This is the best time as the weather starts to get warm and still can beat the crowd.

OBX not only has mesmerizing beaches but a bunch of activities to indulge in. Outer Banks is the place where the brothers Wilbur Wright and Orville Wright created history by successfully flying an aircraft that they developed.

Visit the Wright Brothers memorial and get inspired to chase your dreams.

The Jockey Ridge State Park has the most massive natural sand dunes of the East coast, and flying a kite seems to be a ritual. So, get a kite and let it soar high.

Outer Banks has one of the best beaches to drive on, and the thrill to ride the AWD vehicle on the beach is unmatched for. Corolla and Cape Hatteras do allow driving, but a permit is required for Cape Hatteras. 

Driving the 138-mile long Outer Banks Scenic Byway is the best way to immerse in the gorgeous views of the ocean and could even ride on the ferry all the way to the lovely village of Ocracoke.

The best place to stay is on the beachfront at Days Inn & Suites by Wyndham Kill Devil Hills-Mariner. The suites are right next to the beach, and sunrise can be seen right from the window. 

Neha at Travel Melodies

6. La Jolla, California

La Jolla, California, is one of the best spring break destinations in the US

Nicknamed “the jewel,” La Jolla, is a fantastic place to visit for spring break. An upscale beach community in San Diego, La Jolla offers excellent food, stunning beaches, and a variety of things to do.

Another plus is that with an average temperature of 65 degrees, the weather is always beautiful in southern California!

To take advantage of the sunshine, La Jolla offers 10 different beaches ranging from small local spots like Windansea Beach to bigger ones like La Jolla Shores Beach.

From sunbathing to surfing, snorkeling, and kayaking the sea caves, you won’t run out of things to do on your trip. Be sure to stop by the La Jolla Cove and see the seals. It’s a must-see!

After a day on the water, relax and unwind in the Village, an area about 20 blocks in size that has tons of shops and restaurants to explore. Try George’s Ocean Terrace or Duke’s for stunning ocean views and a great atmosphere.

Wondering where to stay? The La Valencia Hotel is a Meditteranean-style beauty that’s centrally located and within walking distance to everything. 

Looking for something unique? Torrey Pines State Reserve is located on top of a cliff and is an excellent place for a hike.

Just down the road is the Torrey Pines Gliderport, where you can watch hang-gliders in action or even take lessons yourself.

Kelli at Compass & Coastline

7. Maui, Hawaii

Maui, Hawaii

There’s so much more to Maui than golden beaches and waving palms. If an action-packed spring break is what you’re looking for then you’ll find it on Hawaiian Valley Isle.

It’s the time of year when the waterfalls are at their best inviting visitors to take a dip. It is also when the ocean waves transform from the wild into gentle, calling all first-time surfers.

You’ll have to share the warm waters with another kind of spring break tourist, though: Humpback whales! They come to Maui’s protected waters to breed and raise their calves before heading back north.

whale-watching cruise is all it takes to see them up close. Another bucket list item for many is watching the sunrise from the summit of the Haleakala volcano.

There’s no need to get up too early since this amazing experience takes place at a more convenient time in February and March compared to other months.

When you’ve worked up an appetite exploring the volcanic landscape and taking in the scenic island views, head to one of the farmer’s markets for a taste of Maui’s sweetest fruits.

Then treat yourself to a colorful shave’ ice while discovering Maui’s friendly little towns. The afternoons are perfect for relaxing at one of the island’s luxurious resorts.

The Westin Maui Resort Ka’anapali and the Grand Wailea are among the most popular places to stay in Maui, thanks to their sprawling grounds, adventurous pools, and beachfront location.

Enjoy a glorious beach sunset before dancing the night away during a luau performance.

Sarah at ComopoliClan

8. Savannah, Georgia

Savannah, Georgia

For a perfect spring break destination that’s a bit different than the typical beach vacation, consider visiting Savannah, Georgia.

The beautiful Southern city is full of beautiful architecture, luscious green parks, fascinating history, and delicious food.

The beach town of Tybee Island is also just a short drive away, perfect for spending a day or two soaking up the sun.

Many schools’ spring breaks fall over St. Patrick’s Day, which is the perfect time to spend a few days in Savannah. The city is home to one of the largest St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in the United States.

Enjoy the vast St. Patrick’s Day parade while sipping on a green beer or another festive drink before heading out on a St. Patrick’s Day bar crawl throughout the city.

On a side note, Savannah allows open containers of alcohol in the historic district.

There is no shortage of fun things to see and do in Savannah. The Historic District is full of gorgeous, historic squares that are perfect for exploring as you walk to Forsyth Park.

This is Savannah’s largest park and the home of the frequently photographed (and thus very Instagrammable) fountain. Savannah is said to be one of the most haunted cities in the United States.

Therefore, going on a ghost tour is another must-do while visiting the city. Some of the tours even ride around in a hearse!

Savannah is home to plenty of delicious restaurants where you can sample traditional Southern cuisine.

Make a reservation at The Olde Pink House (the fried chicken is AMAZING) and then stop by Leopold’s for ice cream – there will be a line, but it’s worth the wait!

If you want an enjoyable, reasonably-priced place to stay that’s close to all of Savannah’s action, consider the Hyatt Regency. It’s located right on the river and rooms can be booked for as low as $110 a night.

Sydney at A World in Reach

9. Boulder, Colorado

Boulder, Colorado

Boulder Colorado is the perfect spring break destination for anyone who enjoys a dose of culture or the great outdoors!

Located at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains near the famous Flatirons Rock Formations and Rocky Mountain National Park, Boulder Colorado offers some of the best hiking in America.

While also offering a vibrant downtown core, which is rife with live music, craft breweries, and shopping.

Historical Pearl Street is the epicenter of action in Boulder and where you will often find street performers.

You can squeeze in a ski day while on spring break in Boulder. There are 8 nearby ski hills whose seasons typically end in April.

Eldora Mountain Resort is the closest. It is located a quick 40 minute drive up Boulder Canyon. 

While in Boulder, make sure to eat at either Black Cat Bistro or Bramble & Hare, two eco-friendly restaurants right next to each other that are run by a local farmer. Farm to table food doesn’t get much better!

For a place to lay your head, you can’t go wrong with calling St.Julien home. This well-appointed hotel has an impressive list of sustainable practices and is working towards zero waste. 

Oksana & Max at Drink Tea & Travel

10. Moab, Utah

Jeep in Moab, Utah

Spring break is the perfect time to get out of the house and enjoy all that nature has to offer. The best place to enjoy outdoor adventures is Moab, Utah.

Moab is the perfect home base location for exploring Arches and Canyonlands National Parks and Dead Horse Point State Park.

The landscape at these three parks features impressive rock formations where you can enjoy world-class hiking and biking trails.  

There are even more outdoor activities to do in Moab once you’re done visiting the parks.

For instance, you could go hiking, rock climbing, biking, river rafting, paddleboarding, and 4×4 off-road driving. You can do guided adventure tours, or strike out on your own. 

The Moab area is well known for its dark skies. All three national parks are designated as International Dark Sky Parks. Be sure to plan an evening where you drive away from the city a bit and look up! 

After a full day of outdoor fun, you’ll find restaurants offering a variety of food in Moab. The famous places to eat there include Moab DinerMoab BreweryZax, and Jailhouse Cafe.

It won’t be hard to find a place to stay in Moab. There are all types of lodging options from budget-friendly hotels to higher-priced resorts as well as vacation rentals, a hostel, campgrounds, and RV parks.

The affordability and location close to the national parks make the Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites in Moab a popular accommodation.

If outdoor adventure is your idea of an excellent spring break, then Moab, Utah is the place to go!

Jamie at Photo Jeepers

11. Chicago, Illinois

Chicago in Illinois

Chicago is a great spring break destination for families. The city is just starting to warm up, and most places are not that crowded.

You can visit museums, catch a Broadway show or baseball game, do some shopping, and of course, some eat some deep-dish pizza.

You might want to start your trip to the windy city with a visit to Anish Kapoor’s 110-ton Cloud Gate, also known as The Bean.

Chicago has some fantastic architecture, and the best way to see it is on a boat tour. Alternatively, you can go on a walking tour to see all the street art.

Thrill-seekers might like to step on The Ledge, a glass balcony extending four feet outside the 103rd floor of Willis Tower, the tallest building in Chicago, and the second-tallest in the US.

Or visit The Tilt, located on the 94th floor of the 360 Chicago, where you can step onto an enclosed platform that extends from the building and tilts to a 30-degree angle. 

Chicago is a Mecca for foodies as the city has many excellent places for dining, including some Michelin-rated restaurants.

If you are looking for that classic Chicago-style pizza, you have to stop at Giordano’s or Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria.

Stay at The Blackstone, a historic hotel managed by Marriott’s Hotels Autograph division.

It is located on Cultural Mile and surrounded by some of the city’s legendary cultural attractions, like The Art Institute of Chicago, Adler Planetarium, and the Museum complex.

You can even book a special package that includes an In-Room Canvas with Paints, and Coloring Book with Colored Pencils.

Priya at Outside Suburbia

12. Austin, Texas

Skyline in Austin, Texas
Skyline in Austin, Texas – one of the best places for spring break

For plenty of spring break sunshine, head to Austin, Texas! The city offers an abundance of warm weather and plenty of things to do.

Head to SOCO (South Congress Avenue) for some of the city’s best food and shopping.

Grab a bite to eat at Torchy’s Tacos or Home Slice Pizza. Browse through the fun shops like Lucy in Disguise with Diamonds (costume shop), Big Top Candy Shop, and Allens Boots (cowboy boots galore). It’s a great street for Austin fun.

Those looking for outdoor adventures should head to Lady Bird Lake to rent kayaks or canoes and see the city from a different point of view.

Another option is to head to Zilker Park, 351 acres of outdoor fun, including botanical gardens and a miniature Zephyr train to take kids around the park.

Bring a swimsuit to enjoy the park’s natural swimming pool, Barton Springs. This three-acre pool is fed by underground hot springs, maintaining a constant temperature between 68-70 degrees year-round.

Who doesn’t want to swim in a pool this nice?

If you are looking for a centrally located hotel in downtown Austin, choose the Fairmont Austin. The property has beautiful views, spacious rooms, an awesome hot tub, and an outdoor swimming pool, and the staff is brilliant.

Staying at the Fairmont allows for easy access to local restaurants and the downtown area.

Austin is one of the best ideas for spring break. It certainly does not disappoint, making it an excellent option for solo travelers or multigenerational vacations.

Kirsten at Multigenerational Vacations

13. Orlando, Florida

DisneyWorld Castle in springtime

Orlando is one of the best spring break destinations in the US for both families with kids and adults who are just kids at heart!

This Florida city is best known for its theme parks, namely Disney World and Universal Orlando, both of which are perfect for a fun spring break getaway.

Disney World is made up of four separate theme parks: Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios, and the Animal Kingdom.

Each park is unique, and it’s recommended to spend at least three or four days exploring them all.

Beyond the theme parks, Disney Springs is an entertainment and nightlife district within the Walt Disney World Resort that’s full of shopping, restaurants, and bars.

It even has a movie theater, a bowling alley, and Cirque du Soleil!

Disney Springs is the perfect place to go for a nice dinner at a restaurant like STK or to grab lunch at a fun place like Black Tap Burgers & Fries (and be sure to try one of their crazy milkshakes while you’re there!)

Universal Orlando is the other big theme park in Orlando, although it’s smaller than Disney World.

Universal is made up of two theme parks, Universal Studios, and Islands of Adventure, which are directly adjacent to each other.

Since it’s smaller than Disney World, one or two days is enough to explore both parks at Universal.

One of the highlights at Universal is The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, which is known for its delicious butterbeer (try the frozen version, it’s delicious!)

CityWalk is Universal’s answer to an entertainment and nightlife district, and it’s home to lots of restaurants and bars that stay open well after the theme parks close.

While planning your spring break trip, consider staying at the Delta Orlando Lake Buena Vista. This beautiful and affordable hotel is within ten minutes of both DisneyWorld and Universal Orlando.

Dale at Wander Her Way

14. Pismo Beach, California

Pismo Beach, California

Pismo Beach, a beach town located in San Luis Obispo County (California), has plenty of attractions to keep visitors busy for days.

This is a wonderful spring break destination since prices tend to be lower than in other parts of the Californian Coast.  

One of the most popular things to do in Pismo Beach is driving on the Oceano Beach Sand Dunes. This is one of the few places in California where people are allowed to drive their own vehicles in the sand.

Not having the proper vehicle (4-wheel or all-wheel drive) is not a problem since several agencies located nearby specialize in renting motorcycles and ATVs. Camping in the dunes is allowed too.

Those who want to keep things more chill can stroll the long pier, enjoy the facilities of Pismo State Beach, discover the different businesses located in Downtown, or wine taste.

For instance, Tastes of the Valleys and Monarch Grove Winery are good options.

Water sports enthusiasts should head to the Shell Beach neighborhood to kayak among seas stacks and caves. Diving, surfing, and kiteboarding are options as well.

The Cave Landing Trail is an excellent place to watch the sunset. The views are stunning, and it is possible to explore sea arches and secluded coves.

Having a cup of clam chowder is a must while in town. There are many opinions about who serves the best chowder in the city, but I cannot complain about the one served in a bread bowl (and topped with seafood) at Splash Cafe.

Ruth at Tanama Tales

15. Charleston, South Carolina

Sunset in Charleston in South Carolina

There’s a reason Charleston has been received such accolades as #1 city in the world, #1 city in the US, and friendliest city in the world.

Once a best-kept secret of a sleepy little town nestled on the coast of South Carolina, Charleston now boasts over 7 million visitors a year!

It’s no wonder with its historical charm, expansive and beautiful beaches, fantastic food scene, and quintessential Southern hospitality. 

Beaches

There’s no shortage of amazing and pristine beaches in the Lowcountry. The main beaches within the Charleston vicinity are Isle of Palms, Sullivan’s Island, and Folly Beach. 

Isle of Palms: 6 miles of beautiful beach, shops, and restaurants. Front Beach on Isle of Palms is where the action is at!

Don’t miss out on The Windjammer during the day for a refreshing libation or catching a competitive sand volleyball game.

The Windjammer is also open for a “jam good time” at night with regular live music. Sunsets are incredible from the rooftop bar of Coconut Joe’s with your Red Headed Parrot Colada, and they also serve up some delicious seafood!

Sullivan’s Island: a favorite local beach that still maintains a small island town charm. Get your burger at Poe’s Tavern where the drinks are cold and the famed poet Edgar Allen Poe’s spirit abounds.

Mex 1 does not disappoint for amazing tacos and queso and a knock your socks off pineapple habanero margarita.

Folly Beach: hang 10 at this surfer’s paradise on the “Edge of America” where the waves are tubular, and the vibes are good.

Watch the avid surfers at The Washout or head on over to the Folly Beach County Park that has restrooms, showers, and a snack bar.

Taco Boy has a good island feel and serves up some delectable fish tacos and strong margaritas. Sunsets are made for seaside dinner at Blu.

Nature, History, and Culture

You can’t go visit Charleston without a carriage ride tour through this beautiful town.

See and learn about such fascinating sites as Rainbow Row, The Battery, Waterfront Park Charleston’s own antebellum mansions, and lovely gardens by a horse-drawn carriage. 

If plantations are your thing, you won’t want to miss tours of Magnolia Plantation and Gardens or Boone Hall Plantation.

Plantations are deeply woven into Charleston’s culture and charm. Just a short drive outside of Charleston lies what is thought to be one of the oldest living things (and one of the most beautiful) in America, the Angel Oak Tree. 

Shopping

No doubt, to find all shopping quintessential Charleston style, you will need to visit the Charleston City Market.

From clothing and jewelry to local artist paintings to the famed sweetgrass baskets, you will find it all here. King Street and Charleston Place also offer boutique shopping and beautiful town scenery. 

Dining

Delicious food abounds everywhere in Charleston. There are too many places to name! However, some of the hot spots you don’t want to miss include the following:

  • 39 Rue de Jean. French-inspired, fantastic atmosphere. Amazing nibbles include escargot and truffle pommes frites.
  • 82 queen. Lowcountry Cuisine staple. Grab a seat in the beautiful courtyard and have their award-winning She Crab Soup.
  • Poogan’s Porch – Southern Cuisine. Open for dinner but also has a killer brunch and drink specials.

Where to stay

If you really want to capture all the charm Charleston has to offer and be centrally located to the beaches, downtown Charleston is where it’s at.

You can’t be more centrally located for all of the action than Belmond Charleston Place. This hotel really has it all.

The first floor is comprised of shopping and dining, and up the picturesque winding spiral staircase lies the immaculate hotel rooms.

Amenities include a spa, hair salon, and rooftop pool. It is centrally located right across from the Charleston City Market and King Street shopping.

It is roughly equidistant at about 20-25 minutes from Charleston’s best beaches and a hop over to neighboring areas of Mount Pleasant and West Ashley.

Katie at Whispers of the Wando

16. St. Petersburg, Florida

St. Pete Beach, Florida

If you are looking for a sunny spring break destination in the US, St Pete (FL) is worth a mention! 

If you want to enjoy a dose of sunshine, St Pete will be your paradise because of its white sandy beaches and crystal-clear waters.

This spot is ideally located less than 30 mins away from 3 of the top 5 best beaches in the US.

The best-rated beaches near St Pete are Clearwater Beach, St Pete Beach, Caladesi, and Honeymoon Island. 

If you like water activities, you can also enjoy kayaking and paddling in the Gulf of Mexico. Keep on the lookout for dolphins!

St Pete is way more than a spring break destination. It’s also a cultural hub. There are many museums Downtown, including the Dali Museum, featuring the most extensive Dali collection outside of Spain.

In terms of food, head Downtown, and you will find many restaurants and street food on central avenue.

If you want to get a delicious Cuban sandwich, Bodega is the place to go! If Italian cuisine is your go-to food, Mazzaro’s market on 22nd avenue north is definitely worth a visit!

If you’re looking for something different, the shuffleboard ground is open to the public and free on Friday. You can go there, borrow the equipment and play for as long as you want. A very Floridan experience!

Finally, St Pete is home to a very unique open-air venue: Jannus Live. There are gigs every day!

St Pete is a fantastic spring destination. March to May is the best time of the year to go to Florida, it’s warm but not too hot. More importantly, it’s dry! 

There are so many things to do in St Pete, it will surprise you on many levels!

Pauline at BeeLoved City

17. Kauai, Hawaii

Sea turtle in Kauai, Hawaii

Kauai is one of the most incredible places you can see in the entire world.

The outdoor adventures on the Na Pali Coast, snorkeling off of practically every stretch of shore, and of course, all of that relaxation on the beach make Kauai the perfect Spring Break destination. 

The Na Pali Coast is among the most naturally beautiful places on the earth. The enormous green mountainsides that jut out from deep blue Pacific Ocean are indeed a sight to behold.

The best way to experience the Na Pali Coast is by hiking, the best hike to see the landscape from above is the Awa’awapuhi Trail.

There are epic excursions to see the coast from the sea, which take you for a snorkeling trip and Na Pali Coast beach adventure. 

The swimming and snorkeling on Kauai are second to none. Green Sea Turtles are everywhere, in addition to countless colorful fish of all shapes and sizes.

If you are lucky, you might even spot a pod of dolphins swimming somewhere off the coast! Once you’ve tried yourself out swimming, time for some rest & relaxation on the beach.

Kauai is FULL of fantastic beaches, including the incredibly unique Waimea black sand beach! While on Kauai, you’d better spend some time hanging out on the excellent beaches here. 

For your stay in Kauai, the best spots are the Grand Hyatt Kauai and Waimea Plantation Cottages.

The Grand Hyatt is one of the best hotels there is, full of excellent amenities, a perfect location, and an impressive pool area to enjoy. At Waimea Plantation Cottages, you’ll have a more private feel.

You’ll have your own cottage here, and be right on that black sand beach we talked about. Stay in one of these two places, and you can’t go wrong.

Kauai is one of the most memorable and fun destinations in the world. Plan your Spring Break to this Hawaiian Heaven and have the trip of a lifetime!

Julie at Ruhls of the Road

18. Las Vegas, Nevada

Shining night in Las Vegas, a lovely spring break spot

Las Vegas is a great spring break destination in the USA for so many reasons. The city has unique attractions, exciting foodie destinations, and many outdoor things to do for adventure lovers.

Plus, springtime in Las Vegas is pretty perfect – neither too hot nor too cold.

While most know Las Vegas for gambling, drinking, and partying, the city offers a lot of attractions for even those who like to stay away from the casinos. 

Most of the things to do in Las Vegas start at the Strip. Officially known as the Las Vegas Blvd, the Strip is where all the leading casinos are located. The highlights of the Strip are the Bellagio Fountains.

The fountains look their best at night when the music and lights accompany the water shooting in the sky.

Other Las Vegas strip attractions include the roller coaster at New-York New-York, the Eiffel tower ride at Paris, and the circus acts at Circus Circus. 

For foodies, a visit to the Las Vegas buffet is a must. Almost every casino offers a buffet, and they all have many food stations and a variety of cuisines to keep a variety of taste buds happy.

For a place to stay, consider the Luxor. Located at the start of the Strip, the Luxor is conveniently situated from most attractions. The Egyptian decor and luxurious rooms will make any Las Vegas stay enjoyable.

Ketki at Dotted Globe

19. Sedona, Arizona

Sedona, Arizona

Sedona is one of the most beautiful and picturesque towns in Arizona.

It’s a great idea to put it on your Arizona road trip plan for a spring break with pleasant weather, beautiful trails, and attractions offered in the city.

Furthermore, it is an ideal place for people who like active leisure in the fresh air.

Things to do in Sedona

The best idea is to go for a hike. One of the best and easy walks is Devil’s Bridge Trail, which is the most massive natural sandstone arch in this area.

It offers epic views, and it’s one of the best hikes in Arizona. Another great hike is Soldier’s Pass Trail, which offers sweeping vistas of the Red Rocks, unique geology, and hidden caves.

However, it’s also possible to admire Sedona and rock formation from the balloon trip, which is an incredible adventure.

What to see in Sedona

There are many incredible places to see in the town. One of these most impressive spots is the Tlaquepaque Arts & Shopping Village.

This mall is an exceptional collection of Sedona art galleries, boutiques, souvenirs shops, surrounded by outstanding restaurants.

Another magic place is The Chapel of the Holy Cross, sitting high atop the red rocks in Sedona.

Where to stay

There are different lodging options in Sedona, but it’s worth booking in advance. L’Auberge De Sedona offers a sun terrace and views of the mountains, and guests can enjoy a meal at the restaurant or a drink at the bar.

For budget travelers, Days Inn by Wyndham Sedona offers excellent quality for a reasonable price.

Where to eat

It’s a great idea to choose one of Tlaquepaque’s five exceptional restaurants, like Mexicans restaurants.

However, in downtown Sedona, there are plenty of bars and restaurants. Cowboy Club Grille & Spirits is one of the best places for sure.

Agnieszka & Krzysztof at The Van Escape

20. Houston, Texas

Houston, Texas

When it comes to spring break, the 4th largest city in America doesn’t let you down.

Being that Houston is the most diverse city in America, according to Wallethub.com, the assortment of cultures and food from those cultures is readily available in Houston.

Come hungry, and the city will amaze you.

Houston has an array of activities to entertain all ages groups. If the plan is to come to H town for spring break, the biggest city in Texas will blow you away with its options. Some of the best activities are:

Houston Museum District: With its 19 well-established museums and one of the largest in the country, Houston museum district is undoubtedly a must.

Around spring break, the Children’s Museum of Houston has its “destination celebration” which brings activities for public participation. 

Houston Parks and Outdoors: Another great way of spending some time in Houston is to take some advantage of the great weather around spring break and hit the parks.

Houston is the number one in the nation with the most acreage of parkland. The city has over 52K acres of park space, the choices are extensive.

The Discovery Green park in downtown Houston brings a skating rink around spring break, and they also offer many activities to keep little ones busy.

When it comes to lodging, a great place to consider is the Marriott Marquis Houston. The hotel is located in Downtown just a 10 minutes drive to the museum district.

Beyond that, the Marriott Marquis Houston is a state of art property that is connected to the George R. Brown Convention Center.

Another perk of staying at this hotel is the Texas-shaped rooftop lazy river. A must-see attraction on its own.

It sure is going to make it a spring break to remember.

Patricia at Travel Fam Life

21. Ann Arbor, Michigan

Michigan University in Ann Arbor
Michigan University in Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor is the perfect place for a quick getaway for spring break when a beach vacation isn’t an option.

The University of Michigan is located in the center of the city. And with most of the college students out of town enjoying their own version of spring break, this is the perfect time to take a self-guided tour through campus.

For instance, stop by the famous law Quadrangle and its impressive old-world architecture along the way. 

Ann Arbor is known for its one-of-a-kind restaurants that can’t be found anywhere else. After a campus tour, take a stroll down the main street and stop by The Slurping Turtle for an authentic bowl of Japanese ramen.

Alternatively, stop by Jerusalem Garden to experience a healthy take on traditional Mediterranean food.

The food here is so delicious that it makes us all question why hummus and pita bread aren’t part of everyone’s day-to-day diet.  

With the chance of chilly weather still lingering, the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum and Matthaei Botanical Gardens make for a perfect day of exploring while staying indoors. 

If the sun comes out, consider a leisurely walk along the paths at Gallup Park. The geese and their babies will have made their spring debut and are happily waddling throughout their newfound home. 

End the day with a movie at the historic Michigan Theater or a game of bowling at the local Revel and Roll bowling alley.

Ann at Ann Plans Travel

22. St. Augustine, Florida

St. Augustine, Florida

Florida is a go-to spring break destination in the United States.

While many people may think of the shores of South Beach Miami or Panama City when they think of Spring Break in Florida, St. Augustine Beach is a beautiful affordable alternative.

Located on the Atlantic Ocean side of Florida between Jacksonville and Daytona Beach, St. Augustine has not only gorgeous white sand beaches but also historical significance.

St. Augustine is deemed the oldest city in the United States because Ponce de Leon landed there on his search for the fountain of youth.

In addition to the beautiful beaches, there are so many fun things to do in St. Augustine you will not be disappointed.

This includes visiting an old Spanish fort, Castillo San Marcos, or tasting wine and liquor at St. Augustine winery and distillery.

If you like tourist activities, there are also ghost tours, rides through the intercoastal waterway on a pirate ship, and a Ripley’s Believe it or Not Museum.

For those that love to shop, there are unique local artist shops in Old Town and an outlet mall in the city of St. Augustine.

If you are looking for places to stay in St. Augustine, there are two significant areas to stay in. The Old Town historical area and St. Augustine Beach.

Old Town has a lot of great restaurants like The Columbia as well as shopping. In contrast, St. Augustine Beach has the proximity and beautiful views of the Atlantic Ocean.

Both locations are less than 15 minutes apart, so it is easy to get around. St. Augustine is an excellent choice for a fun and affordable Spring Break in the United States.

Allie at WOC Travel

23. Palm Springs, California

The Palm Springs is one of the best US spring break destinations

With its endless sunshine, hip boutique hotels, and laid back desert vibes, Palm Springs is the perfect destination for a spring break getaway! 

Many of the area’s hotels have on-site pool facilities, so hanging out poolside is a must on any Palm Springs getaway. Some properties even host pool parties on the weekends.

For those who are also in the mood for some pampering and R&R, many hotels also have on-site spas.

For those looking to enjoy the outdoors, Joshua Tree National Park is an hour’s drive away.

Another option is to take the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, which ascends almost 6,000 feet in just 10 minutes, dropping you off at Mt. Jacinto State Park.

Other fun activities in Palm Springs include checking out the area’s modernist architecture, doing some retail therapy at the trendy boutiques around town, or enjoying the nightlife in the downtown area. 

Looking for a place to stay? The Ace Hotel and Swim Club is a perfect choice for its fun hipster vibe and impressive pool facilities.

The property also has an excellent on-site restaurant and bar, King’s Highway + Amigo Room. They have an on-site spa as well.

Caroline at Pictures & Words

24. Minneapolis, Minnesota

Minnesota State Capitol in St. Paul
Minnesota State Capitol in St. Paul

Minnesotans embrace every season, and spring is a special time of year to experience in Minneapolis. There’s a joy in the air that warmer weather is coming, and everyone is eager to enjoy the outdoors. 

The number one outdoor activity during springtime in Minneapolis is visiting Minnehaha Falls. The falls are at their most picturesque and powerful because of the melting snow.

After listening to the rushing falls and hiking along the paths, enjoy lunch at the popular Sea Salt Eatery. 

Spend the afternoon exploring Minneapolis by bike. There are several breweries to stop and relax along the way.

Popular options include SurlyDangerous Man BrewingBauhaus Brew Lab, and Inbound Brewing

The chain of lakes in Minneapolis are also worth exploring. Lake Harriet, Lake Bde Maka Ska (formerly known as Lake Calhoun), and Lake of the Isles all offer walking and bike paths to enjoy the lakes.

Additionally, the Sculpture Garden at the Walker Art Center is free to visit and features the iconic Spoonbridge and Cherry. 

Entire days could be spent exploring the Mall of America as it is the largest mall in America.

In addition to the usual stores and restaurants, it features a theme park, aquarium, and movie theater. As an added bonus, Minnesota doesn’t have sales tax on clothing!

Regarding the food scene, the choices are diverse and delicious. Minnesota has a heavy Nordic and Scandinavian influence, which is reflected in a few of its restaurants.

The most iconic dish that was created in Minneapolis is the Juicy Lucy. A burger with cheese melted inside two patties, a visit to Minneapolis isn’t complete without eating a Juicy Lucy.

One evening after dinner, catch a show at the famed First Ave music venue. Prince gave the venue a leading role in his 1984 film, Purple Rain.

The place has launched several careers and remains a mainstay in the Minneapolis music scene today.  

The Hewing Hotel is the place to stay on any visit to Minneapolis. It is a historic warehouse converted into a trendy hotel with local flair.

As a bonus, the rooftop heated spa pool is open year-round and offers great city views.

Danielle at Rambling Companion

25. Denver, Colorado

Climbing in Denver
Climbing in Denver

Denver makes for an amazing spring break destination for adventure lovers. You’ll have all the comforts of a fun-filled city, and the Rocky Mountains are right at your fingertips.

Just a short drive from downtown Denver and you’ll be in the heart of the Rocky Mountains. Enjoy some of the many fantastic hikes near Denver, or go for a scenic drive.

For those that like to ski, you can easily day trip to one of the many famous Colorado ski resorts, which are very popular for a winter vacation in the US.

Climbers will love some of the best climbing walls in the country at Eldorado Canyon and Clear Creek Canyon.

After a day of adventuring, head to one of the hot springs near Denver, like Indian Hot Springs Pool in nearby Idaho Springs.

Come back to the city of Denver and enjoy a lively food and beer scene. There’s no better way to wrap up your day.

Denver has a wealth of awesome things to do, including one of the country’s largest climbing gyms, plenty of world-renowned live music, museums, and more.

Stay in the hip neighborhoods of Lo-Hi, the Highlands, Cherry Creek (high-end), or Capitol Hill (budget-friendly) to make the most of your time in Denver this spring break.

Meg Atteberry at Fox in the Forest

The 25 Best Spring Break Destinations in The US

Next time you start looking for spring break beaches, consider instead going to some cities and towns most people forget about during the midseason break!

You might surprise yourself.

Don’t forget about travel insurance!

Before you leave for your trip make sure you have a valid travel insurance policy because accidents happen on the road. We have been paying for World Nomads travel insurance for five years, and we happily recommend them to our family and friends.

If you get sick, injured, or have your stuff stolen, you’ll be happy to have the ability to pay for your medical bills or replace what it was stollen.

Because, for just a couple dollars a day (depending on how long your policy is for), you’re going to get lots of things covered. Be smart and get travel insurance.

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