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Where To Spend Spring Break in the US—For Every Type of Traveler

Have a perfect spring break week (or month) at these US destinations, no matter your travel style or favorite vacation activities.

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Hi, I'm Gianmaria!

Gianmaria Franchini is a writer based in Oakland, CA who makes his life between California and Italy. He’s a Senior Writer with Viator, and the in-house San Francisco expert.

Spring break is an American phenomenon, although if you think of top spring break destinations, international spots like Cancun, Cabo, and the Bahamas may come to mind first. But you shouldn’t forget that the United States is home to endless places perfect for a spring vacation. This year, US spring break getaways are calling, so leave your passport behind and stay closer to home. Consider exploring the San Antonio River Walk, catching SoCal deserts in bloom, or enjoying Florida’s less crowded spring spots. Whatever your inclination, here are some of the country’s best spring break locations for different types of travelers.

1. For families: Savannah, Georgia

tree-lined road in Savannah, Georgia
In March, Savannah's weather is perfect for being outside.Foto: Sean Pavone / Shutterstock

Gardens, arboretums, and a family-fun island.

Stately Savannah is radiant in March, when the flowers bloom and the temps and humidity hit the springtime sweet spot. Plus, the city is made for family walks in pleasant weather—take an urban botany walk and teach the kids how to identify plants and flowers in the city’s most inviting parks, gardens, and even historic cemeteries.

Then, bring the whole crew along to the beach at Tybee Island, the perfect family-friendly spring break destination, and don’t miss visiting the island’s historic lighthouse.

2. For surfers: San Diego, California

beach in San Diego, California
Surf's up in San Diego each spring.Foto: Dancestrokes / Shutterstock

Surf season is just warming up in spring.

First-rate surf breaks line the San Diego coast from Point Loma to Oceanside, but experienced surfers usually head to Windansea Beach just south of La Jolla, a small SoCal gem famed for consistent breaks, undersea reefs, and a historic surf shack. If you’re a beginner, start with a basic lesson in La Jolla; then, after you’re wiped from a day in the water, set sail on the bay and celebrate with a drink.

3. For low-key beach bums: Marco Island, Florida

kayak in Marco Island, Florida
Not everyone wants to surf during spring break.Foto: SunflowerMomma / Shutterstock

Avoid the rowdier spring breakers by skipping Orlando and Miami.

In spring break travel-magnet Florida, you can always hit up Miami’s party-hearty beaches or booze-cruise scene. But if you’re looking for a relaxed beach trip, Marco Island in the Gulf of Mexico is a better choice. Residents’ Beach, the long, sandy beach that covers most of the island’s west coast, and Tigertail Beach up north, are ideal for lounging the day away in the sun. After the beach, laid-back kayaking and relaxing wildlife viewing should be on your itinerary.

4. For budget-conscious travelers: Galveston, Texas

Galveston, Texas
Beaches, a party scene, and wildlife viewing—Galveston has it all.Foto: Cire notrevo / Shutterstock

Texas is one of the top affordable US spring break destinations.

When the heart is willing but the wallet is weak, South Texas has you covered. In mid-March, Galveston becomes an affordable spring break road-trip hot spot with the best Texas-sized beaches, bars, and beachfront dining on this side of the Mississippi. After hitting the party scene, head out in search of dolphins, catch a sunset on a Segway, or build sand castles with the help of a pro.

5. For snorkelers and divers: The Big Island, Hawaii

scuba diver under water off The Big Island, Hawaii
If you snorkel at night, you might be able to see a manta ray.Foto: Brian Fulda / Viator

Secluded, scenic, and snorkel-and-scuba-friendly.

There’s hardly a poor snorkeling spot in Hawaii, but the Big Island makes this list because it promises fewer crowds during the hectic spring break season, at least in some places. For example, the marine sanctuary of Kealakekua Bay is both a secluded and scenic snorkeling spot. The Big Island is also a destination for magical nighttime manta ray snorkeling trips and scuba diving adventures with green sea turtles off the coast of Hilo, the island’s capital.

6. For campers: Big Bend National Park, Texas

camping tent in Big Bend National Park, Texas
Big Bend National Park is worth the long drive.Foto: Eric Poulin / Shutterstock

For stargazing and getting far away from it all.

The Chihuahuan Desert in West Texas wakes from frigid winter in March, ideal for a spring break road trip. The desert spans Big Bend National Park (a great swathe of protected land tracing the Rio Grande along the US-Mexico border), a desirable, remote camping destination. Float through secluded canyons on kayaks and stargaze in the US national park with the least light pollution in the lower 48 states.

Insider tip: While Big Bend is among the most remote US national parks, it does draw spring breakers. Campers and backpackers should make reservations ahead of time—no later than February.

7. For late-season snow sports: Park City, Utah

skiers at Park City, Utah
Ski season lasts well into the spring in Park City, Utah.Foto: FashionStock.com / Shutterstock

Take winter sports into spring.

Just because the weather heats up doesn’t mean you have to give up on sports that make winter fun, like skiing, snowshoeing, snowboarding, and ice skating. The Park City ski season typically runs through April, which means you have time to get your skis ready and hit the slopes even as late as spring break. Not a traditional winter sports kind of person? You can snowshoe to the top of Empire Pass and try “snowga,” yoga in the snow.

8. For wildlife lovers: Wyoming

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Look for bison with their calves in Wyoming in the spring.Foto: Daniel H Chui / Shutterstock

Bison, bears, newborns, and biologists.

Wildlife viewing might not be a standard spring break activity, but it should be, as spring is when newborn (and newly hatched) animals make their first appearances in public. In Grand Teton National Park in northwestern Wyoming, moose, bison, and elk come into view in April while enormous herds of bison roll through Yellowstone’s Hayden Valley with their calves. With a little courage (and help from a wildlife biologist), you can safely spy wolves, bears, and more bison in Lamar Valley, also known as the “Serengeti of Yellowstone.”

9. For history buffs: San Antonio, Texas

the alamo, San Antonio, Texas
Don't miss Fiesta San Antonio in April.Foto: Sean Pavone / Shutterstock

The heart of the Texas Revolution throws a historic celebration in April.

If you love history, there’s never a bad time to check out one of these top spring break activities and attractions: the Alamo, San Antonio’s string of UNESCO–listed Spanish-era Missions, and other key sites throughout the historic city via a Segway tour. However, during spring break, the Texas weather is (relatively) pleasant, making it the perfect time to stroll along the waterside shops, museums, and eateries on the River Walk and catch a river cruise. Plus, the city’s signature annual festival, Fiesta San Antonio, which celebrates the history of the Alamo and the Battle of San Jacinto, takes place in April.

10. For wallflowers: Death Valley, California

yellow flowers in death valley, california
Solitude and superblooms—what more could you ask for?Foto: Jeffrey T. Kreulen / Shutterstock

Seek out superblooms and stay for stargazing.

The shy among us might prefer solitude and wide open spaces to party sprees, and we know just where to send them. Come spring, Death Valley sheds winter tones for a kaleidoscope of desert flowers—and even superblooms about once a decade. Bloom season runs from mid-February to June but peaks in March and April, making it an ideal time for your spring break trip. Depart from Vegas to take the wallflowering down a notch, or stay for stargazing to turn it up.

Related: Know Before You Go: Catching a California Superbloom

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