March brings spring to much of the Northern Hemisphere. After months of grey days and long nights, it’s time. Now is the time to shake off the winter blues and the last snow drifts for an incredible spring getaway.
The United States is a vast country, and from national parks to beaches, cities, small towns, and even islands, spring break has many options.
March and April are usually the time of spring break, and you’ll find that the weather can vary widely across the United States, from snowy to cool and brisk to completely warm and sunny.
So no matter what kind of vacation you’re looking for, chances are you’ll find something that suits you.
From hiking to beach vacations, from the culture and gardens of big cities to national park vacations, we’ve got the perfect spring break getaway for you. We’ve put together a list of the best things to do during spring break at each destination to get you started planning your spring adventure.
In addition to having a good travel guide for your destination, it can be helpful to know the price of a ticket and choose the right hotel in advance to make your spring break a success. It’s easy to find good deals on flights and hotels on Expedia. When you’re ready, choose your favorite destinations from the list below, invite your friends and family, pack your gear, and start exploring the best spring break spots in America!
1. South Beach, Florida (Miami)
If you want to relax and enjoy yourself, South Beach is the place to go. The beautiful beaches are sunny and the water is perfect for swimming. Rent a jet ski or try your hand at air boarding – there’s always something fun to do in Miami’s South Beach.
Check out the boutiques, art galleries, and restaurants on Lincoln Road. At night, the temperature is the perfect time to put on your best clothes and head to town. Enjoy the party atmosphere, dance, club, or live music venue. With a great restaurant and plenty of nightlife, you’re sure to have a fun night out in Miami!
2. Sedona, Arizona
Visiting Sedona in the spring, you’ll enjoy comfortable weather and explore a red rock paradise filled with soaring cliffs, magnificent scenery, and cultural treasures.
There are plenty of family-friendly hiking trails to choose from, perfect for a picturesque nature adventure. Devil’s Bridge (4 miles) is one of the busiest and most beautiful Bridges.
The Bell Rock Pathway (3.6 miles) and Bell Rock Loop Trail (1.5 miles) have views of Court Hill and, of course, Bell Rock. The Sedona Viewing Trail (1.2 miles) showcases Chimney Rock, Coffee Pot Rock, and Thunder Mountain. No matter the distance, you are left in awe.
Bring a bathing suit and splash out on the natural slides at State Slide Park.
Also, you won’t want to miss the African Wildlife Park, which is a must-see for animal lovers. End your long discovery journey by watching the sunset from the Sedona Airport observation deck. There is no shortage of fun experiences in Sedona that create lasting family memories.
3. Monterey, Calif
Monterey is one of the most interesting spring break destinations in the United States. Whether you’re traveling alone or with your family, you’ll have plenty of options when you’re on vacation.
Daytime temperatures in March and April are generally around 60 degrees, and spring is generally fog-free.
The Monterey Bay Aquarium is a must-see in Monterey, California, where kids and adults alike enjoy observing the multitude of Marine life and birds.
Monterey is also one of the best places in the world for whale-watching, so be sure to book a whale-watching tour. March and April are the best months to watch killer whales in the bay. Monterey is known for Cannery Row and Old Fisherman’s Wharf, where you’ll find plenty of shops and restaurants.
The Monterey Peninsula is densely packed with towns, so visit its charming European-inspired villages in Carmel-by-the-Sea, which has top-notch restaurants, and beautiful White Sand Carmel Beach, perfect for sunsets.
At Pacific Grove, you can hike among the coastal dunes or enjoy water activities at Lovers Point Park. For a hike, head to Point Lobos Natural Reserve on California California State Route 1 south of Carmel. Take a drive along the scenic COAST Big Sur. Or head to 17 Mile Drive in Picturesque Pebble Beach!
4. Orlando, Florida
There are so many fun things to do in Orlando that everyone will enjoy. Whether you want to visit a theme park or spend some time exploring the city, there’s something for everyone.
One of the most important things to do in Orlando is of course to visit the Walt Disney World Resort, which is home to the Magic Kingdom, Epcot Center, Animal Kingdom, and Hollywood Studios. Enjoy breathtaking rides, parades, fireworks, shopping, and dining.
The weather in Florida during spring break is beautiful and not too hot. Temperatures are rising and this is the best time to start enjoying the outdoor pool and one of the many water parks in the area.
If you want to go to the beach, check out the Kennedy Space Center and nearby Cocoa Beach. The Kennedy Space Center is about an hour away, making it the perfect way to spend a day. There are also adventurous things to do in the area, such as Everglades Airboat Tours and kayaking in the spring.
Blue Spring State Park is about 45 minutes from town and is a great place for kayaking, tubing, and swimming. If you’re looking for something to do at night, consider going to Kissimmee’s Old Town. It’s a town full of delicious restaurants, live music, entertainment, and rides. On Friday and Saturday nights, they have a car show. It’s fun.
5. Las Vegas, Nevada
Las Vegas is a place to party hard, especially during spring break. Spring temperatures mean it’s the perfect weather to do just about anything, whether it’s swimming in the hotel pool or exploring the Las Vegas Strip.
March and April are the best times to go on vacation to Las Vegas. With so much to do in Las Vegas, your trip is sure to be filled with action. So, you can go see a Cirque du Soleil show, visit the Hoover Dam, or even try your luck at gambling.
Don’t like gambling? Don’t worry, there are plenty of fun things to do in Las Vegas besides casinos. The clubs, bars, and restaurants have earned Las Vegas an unrivaled reputation for nightlife.
6. Galveston, Texas
Galveston is a favorite spring break destination for college students, families, and anyone looking to shake off the winter blues, and no wonder. Sandy beaches offer a glimpse of summer, while plenty of restaurants and bars help relax and recharge.
The party scene can be nasty for anyone trying to have a good time. Cultural attractions like the Bryan Museum, Moody Mansion, and Gardens also have plenty to do on non-beach days.
7. San Diego, California
San Diego is a great spring break destination for Southern California fun in the sun. Balboa Park and the San Diego Zoo are two of the most popular events in San Diego. History buffs will love the USS Midway Museum.
You’ll want to spend time at the beach in San Diego, soaking your toes in the water at Coronado Beach, La Jolla Cove, or Mission Beach. Check out all the best day trip options in San Diego.
You can also check out urban hiking trails at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve in San Diego, Bay Park Tecolote Canyon, and Sunset Cliffs Natural Park at Point Loma.
The gaslight district is where everyone goes to parties at night. Check out the nightclubs and rooftop bars in the Gaslamp Quarter. On top of that, foodies will love San Diego’s restaurants.
8. Moab, Utah
Moab is an ideal location for active vacationers and thrill-seekers, with an abundance of natural attractions. Outdoorsy types can save money at campsites in the Moab region.
Hiking and exploring Utah’s stunning scenery is one of the best things to do in Moab during warm weather, and hiking in Arches National Park should be the first destination on your spring break adventure. The must-see hike here is Delicate Arch, but there are plenty to choose from. Nearby, the Mesa Arch trail in Canyonlands (the Island of the Sky section) offers views to rival the Grand Canyon.
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