Spring Break isn’t just about sandy beaches, booze cruises, and party scenes – that’s just a trope! You can spend it doing whatever you want. all that matters is that you have fun! We’ve created a list of the top 5 spring break destinations for college students can make a beeline for – whether you’re a gambler, trekker, nerd, or party animal!
After a demanding cold winter packed with studying, Spring Break 2022 is finally around the corner. Students across the country are already planning their itineraries and getting ready to blow off some steam. As the restrictions on traveling have eased, more scenic locations across the US will open up to spring breakers. So let down your hair, explore, relax, and party!
Daytona Beach, Florida
No spring break list is complete without the Florida hotspot that is Daytona. There‘s a reason why it‘s called the ‘Fun Coast.‘ With white sandy beaches, a sparking nightclub scene, and waves no surfer can resist – Daytona Beach has got it all!
While ‘beach bums‘ can laze around, soak in the sun and work on their tan, the more physically active can take to the cool waters. Try a hand at motorized water sports like water-skiing, jet-skiing, and parasailing, or just grab a surfboard and ride the waves. If you don‘t mind the sand, beach sports like volleyball and frisbee are sure to keep you occupied. After all, ‘sand and sun‘ are what beaches are about!
You can also vibe to the music at the Daytona Beach Bandshell, check out the Museum of Arts and Sciences, or take in the spectacular view from the top of the Ponce Inlet Lighthouse.
Spring Break 2022 Travel Tip:
Avoid public transportation and services like rideshares or taxis as far as possible – opt instead to drive yourself to the airport if you need to catch a flight. You can further minimize your risk by booking your contactless airport parking spot online.
San Diego, California
If sea-side attractions, theme parks, and cruises are what you‘re looking for, the ‘Birthplace of California‘ is where you need to spend your spring break. The pleasant Mediterranean-type climate, cityscape, and vibrant communities make it the ideal spring break spot for college students.
If you‘re a fan of maritime attractions, wait until you see the Maritime Museum of San Diego, which showcases various ships and boats spanning the last 150 years. You can also see the inside of an actual warship if you visit the USS Midway Museum, where you can take a self-guided audio tour by former navy veterans! Aviation fans can also head to the Air and Space Museum.
Bibliophiles on spring break can freak out over the iconic Geisel Library (named after Dr. Seuss). The Balboa Park, which houses the San Diego Zoo, is the perfect place to connect with nature, get some exercise, and soak yourself in San Diego culture – all at the same time!
Once you‘re done for the day, head over to the Gaslamp Quarter to enjoy the city‘s nightlife!
Las Vegas, Nevada
You don‘t need an excuse to visit the Entertainment Capital of the World! The more adventurous spring breakers can head to Las Vegas for a vacation filled with heavy partying – and perhaps a bit of gambling, too, if you feel like your luck will hold.
If you hit the Las Vegas Strip, you‘ll know why it‘s called ‘Sin City.‘ Head down to historic locations such as The Mirage, the Golden Gate Hotel and Casino, and Binion‘s Horseshoe, which gave rise to the booming casino and resort industry here.
While commonly known as ‘Sin City,’ your Vegas experience doesn’t have to be only about casinos, gambling, and nightlife. You can check into the Mob Museum if you feel like learning more about the history of organized crime in the country or the Natural History Museum if your tastes are more exotic. If you‘re into the arts, head on over to the Downtown Arts District (also called 18b), where you can spend time at boutiques, art galleries, and antique stores. There‘s even a Madame Tussauds where you can get clicked with your favorite wax celebrity!
Spring break isn’t just about beaches. Escaping to the cool reaches of the Colorado mountains can be the most breath-taking experience ever. Denver is the best base camp to take in the Rocky Mountains’ major attractions. This includes The Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, Rocky Mountain National Park, and Pike‘s Peak. Strap on your climbing boots, go on a hike, and enjoy the cool mountain air on your spring break getaway.
While in Denver proper, there‘s no dearth of artistic and historical places to visit. The iconic Brown Palace Hotel was once proclaimed by Elvis Presley himself as ‘the best hotel in the world‘! Denver is also big on museums. The Denver Art Museum, Performing Arts Centre, Denver Museum of Nature and Science, and History Colorado Centre will appeal to the more aesthetically inclined spring breakers.
So if you feel like taking in the city sights, Lower Downtown or LoDo with its eclectic nightlife, historic architecture, and New Mexican cuisine will take you to a new high!
New Orleans, Louisiana
If you‘re a cultural connoisseur who would rather spend Spring Break 2021 learning about a new city, its history, and people, New Orleans is the place to be this spring break. A distinct amalgam of French, Spanish, and Creole cultures in the American South, NOLA (as the city is nicknamed) has something for everyone‘s taste.
The biggest draw is the French Quarter, one of the oldest neighborhoods in the city, showcasing architecture dating back to the French and Spanish rule in Louisiana. Bourbon Street is famous for its restaurants, bars, breweries, and pubs that will leave you more than just tipsy at the end of the night!
You can also choose to kayak in Bayou St. John, take in the sights on the steamboat Natchez, or spend an afternoon touring the National WW II Museum. Stop by for a cocktail tasting at Sazerac House and explore NOLA‘s culinary history at the Southern Food and Beverage Museum. If music is your thing, the vibe, and atmosphere of the live music at Lafayette Square will be the best thing to dance the night away!