Looking for somewhere different to go on spring break? Consider someplace other than your typical beach or ski trip. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE both the beach and the mountains. But, sometimes it is fun to experience something new. Here are 5 ideas that are a bit outside the box but won’t break the bank.
1. Zion National Park
Zion is nothing short of breathtaking and there are so many family-friendly hikes which are perfect for taking it all in. As a cherry on top, the town of Springdale is right outside the park entrance and has restaurants to please even the foodie in your family along with amazing views in every direction. From a weather standpoint, spring is the perfect time of year to visit Zion!
While the windy city may still be a little chilly in spring, there are so many amazing museums in Chicago where you can stay warm and occupied. You’ll have such a great time inside, you might not even miss that bike ride along Lake Michigan. While Chicago can be an expensive city to visit, there are various options for passes offering admission into these museums, so your entertainment doesn’t have to break the bank.
U Boat at the Museum of Science and IndustryThe Shedd AquariumThe Field MuseumSue the T Rex at the Field Museum
3. Buffalo National River
The Buffalo National River is located in the Ozark Mountains in Arkansas. The mild Arkansas weather means spring is a great time to enjoy the outdoor fun! The Buffalo River is perfect for family floats, and you can explore beautiful hiking trails and caves in the area. Local outfitters like Buffalo River Outfitters keep close watch on river conditions and can advise you on which section of the river is best for floating during the time of your visit.
Buffalo National RiverBuffalo National River Hiking Trail
4. Savannah, Georgia
Savannah is a beautiful and historic town located near the coast and on the Savannah River. The city’s architecture and history combine to make it a unique and scenic destination. The river is lined with shops and restaurants and the city is full of inviting squares and parks. While you’re there, don’t miss Fort Pulaski – a civil war era fort in remarkable condition.
Fort Pulaski National Monument was struck with canon balls.
5. Page, Arizona
Page is a little town in Northern Arizona which makes a great base for exploring Lake Powell and the surrounding area. Lake Powell is a huge man-made lake that stretches across the Utah/Arizona border. Renting a boat is easy and exploring a canyon by lake is certainly unique. (Check out Lake Powell Houseboat Adventure: 10 Lessons Learned) Beyond the lake, there is so much to do in this area. For more information: 7 Awesome Things to do at Lake Powell Without Getting Wet!
Lake PowellLower Antelope CanyonHorseshoe BendThe Colorado River
Spring break is a great time to take a trip. Many wonderful destinations have great weather this time of year, so get out there and try something new!