Ditch The Crowded Spots and Try Something New
Traditional spring break towns are often overpacked, leading to cramped accommodations, long lines, and over-priced options. Ditch the old standbys and check out these unusual trip ideas to get the most out of your vacation – truly perfect for spring break.
Taos, New Mexico
This eclectic town in Northern New Mexico is surrounded by breathtaking views of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Wander through artsy venues and retail spaces or take a tour of the extraordinary autonomous Earthships and explore their biotecture.
Known as a place to rejuvenate the spirit, Taos offers an array of labyrinths and local hot springs. Relax at Ojo Spa where you can mix soaks in healing waters with professional pampering, or get a new perspective with a hot air balloon excursion over the Rio Grande Gorge. For a great time on the slopes, head north to the intimate Taos Ski Valley or the nearby Angel Fire Resort, 40 minutes west of town.
Lake Havasu (Lake Havasu City), Arizona
Rent a houseboat for the week or find accommodations in Lake Havasu City, which is located on the Arizona side of the lake (California is on the other). With 400-plus miles of coastline, Lake Havasu offers a multitude of opportunities for kayaking, tubing, fishing, water skiing and just about any other water sport or activity you can imagine. Explore gorgeous beaches with a hike or by setting up camp. You will find no shortage of social opportunities here, but, thanks to two local wildlife refuges, you can easily slip away and enjoy a low-key visit with nature.
Eureka Springs, Arkansas
Tucked into the Ozarks, this picturesque town offers a fantastic mix of history, activities and breathtaking scenery. Whether you want to shop at Victorian Village, soak in one of the famed bathhouses or hot springs, or wander through the renowned arts district, you will not lack options. Spend a tranquil day in a spa or indulge at one of the many diverse eateries around town. For adventure, zip line through the forested mountains, rock climb natural formations, or spelunk through the maze of local caverns.
Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado
If you appreciate a good beach, the Sand Dunes will blow your mind. Thanks to wind patterns throughout the valley, the waves of sand stretch 30 square miles and tower as high as 700-plus feet in some areas. Set up camp then head out for a wild time of sand surfing and sledding, four-wheeling, horseback riding or hiking. In the evening, catch your breath with spectacular stargazing.
Rock your way through the week with a visit to Memphis where blues, soul, and rock ‘n’ roll are the very foundation of much of the city. Get lost on the iconic Beale Street in the heart of Downtown Memphis. Bask in live performances at prominent venues both large and small, then just try to narrow down the restaurant options to enjoy the mouthwatering flavors of the region. Revel in the area’s unique history with a tour of Elvis’s Graceland, the Blues Hall of Fame or the Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum.
Spring break does not have to be ruined by overcrowding and boring activities. No more same ol’ same ol’. Whether you love water sports, reflection or pure entertainment, these non-traditional destinations have you covered. What do you think of these spring break trip ideas? Leave us your thoughts in the comment section!