Updated: Dec 30, 2021
Want to go on a spring break trip with friends, but don't want to go to the typical SB places? Finding a spring break destination can be hard, especially with prices being super high around that time. Here are a few ideas for a spring break trip with friends:
1. Denver, CO
Denver is a great place to visit for spring break! You'll get all of the city highlights, but you can also take a day or two to hit the slopes! In downtown, check out one of the city's museum and Larimer Square. To get the best of both worlds, there are plenty of ski areas close enough to Denver for a day trip or two. Check out these posts for more Denver/Colorado inspiration:
2. Nashville, TN
Nashville is an incredible place to visit any time of year and a week (or less if that's all you have) is the perfect amount of time! Take time to visit the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Grand Ole Opry. Spend an evening or night on Broadway for drinks and music! For some small town charm, spend a day in Franklin, Tennessee. It's about 22 miles outside Nashville and is the cutest town full of shopping, restaurants, and charm. If you want something other than skiing or beaches for spring break, Nashville, TN is the place to be.
3. Philadelphia, PA
You want to take a break, but still be able to get back into school mode when you return from spring break. The best way to do this is learn without being graded on what you know. Where? Philadelphia, one of the oldest cities in the US. Before chowing down on a Philly cheesesteak, learn about America at Independence Hall and The Liberty Bell Center. If you're staying in an Airbnb where you will cook occasionally during your stay or if you just want to find some snacks, head to Reading Terminal Market. For a little bit of spooky history, tour Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site. This prison was completed in 1829 and held some famous criminals, like Al Capone. With good food, rich history, and plenty of activities, Philly is the perfect place to visit for spring break.
4. Grand Canyon National Park, AZ
Spring means the weather is changing; warmer weather is arriving and the outdoors are calling your name. You want to spend time outside since you will be stuck inside studying for the rest of the semester. Head to Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona for hiking, wilderness, whitewater rafting, and other outdoor activities! Soak in the amazing views at some of the overlooks and stop to watch the sunset over the canyon. Visiting during winter break is hard because of holiday gatherings with family and the Grand Canyon can be really hot during the summer, so visiting for Spring Break is great!
5. Texas Hill Country
I'm sure Texas Hill Country isn't your first thought for a spring break trip with friends, but it boasts good weather and is great for road trips! Temperatures typically range from the 50s (lows) to 70s (highs) in March, which is perfect for hiking! If you'd rather not stay in hotels or Airbnbs, there are plenty of state parks and nature areas where you can camp! Depending on when your break is and how the weather is in the Hill Country, you may even get the chance to see the bluebonnets. Willow City Loop is the best place in the area to see fields of bluebonnets. For an unpopular spring vacation, explore the Texas Hill Country with your friends!
For students, these aren't your typical spring break destinations, but that's the point! Sometimes you don't really want to go to a crowded beach or ski town. These places are equally as fun, so grab your friends and start planning!