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21 unique and unusual spring break destinations for families, mostly in the USA. Cheaper ideas, amazing locations, and unforgettable travel adventures!
Every year February starts to ravel away, March gets ever closer, and I get this intense hankering to travel somewhere new. Spring break road trip ideas, trips, and thoughts of family vacations begin to bob around in my head.
It's like a craving, but it's not for food. Rather it's a craving to get outside, get away from the everyday norm, and go explore something with my family. It's like we're breaking out of winter and longing to get back out there.
But my family and I aren't really into party scenes. Instead we really enjoy peace and quiet, but at the same time adventure and fun for all ages.
All this hankering for a real vacation gave me motivation to create a list of unique spring break destinations and spring break ideas!
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Visit Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado, and hike Emerald Lake Trail. 3.6 miles roundtrip, it's full of the most breathtaking places you'll ever see, leading through the forest and up the mountain past magical Nymph Lake and Dream Lake.
And if it happens to be open, you can even drive the back way up the mountains, via Old Fall River Road, and enjoy a little alpine picnic up amongst the snow.
Sanibel Island has a relaxed, laid back feel, and its beaches aren't quite as crowded as your typical Florida spring break beaches. Collect gobs of seashells, watch the sunset, eat good food, and enjoy the charm and feel of a sunny, laid back coastal town.
Everything you need to know for your family's visit to the Arch in St. Louis, Missouri, from the tram to the museum, parking information, and more!
While you're there, explore other things to do in St. Louis, like visiting the Cathedral Basilica, go see the animals at the St. Louis Zoo, visit Soulard Farmer's Market, and eat loads of good St. Louis food, including St. Louis style gooey butter cake.
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Albany, GA is a family-friendly adventure driven destination. The tea is sweeter and outdoor activities are abundant. Plus, Albany has several kid-focused museum options.
A beautiful, rugged, and unforgiving place, Big Bend is full of adventure with some of the best camping known to man (or woman). We've got loads of tips for backcountry or dispersed camping in Big Bend National Park, including where to stay for the best views.
And while you're there, don't miss out on hiking Santa Elena Canyon. You'll cross Terlingua Creek and hike up through the actual canyon, all along the Rio Grande River, with stunning views of Big Bend National Park!
Crossing the Rio Grande River to the Mexican village of Boquillas, Mexico, from Big Bend National Park, created amazing memories my family will never forget. What it's like to row across the Rio Grande, catch a ride into town on a burro, and enjoy an afternoon in old Mexico.
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Orcas Island, the largest of the San Juan Islands, is located just over an hour by ferry off the northern coast of Washington State. An unassuming paradise, it is quite possibly the most relaxing vacation spot in the Pacific Northwest.
While we've visited a few of the more popular national parks, there are 3 that stand out as a little more off the beaten path... Great Sand Dunes National Park, Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, and Mesa Verde National Park. All 3 parks are in southern Colorado, so they'd make a great spring break road trip.
While these parks aren't as widely talked about, they offer so much incredible beauty, history, and adventure. As you make travel plans with your family, don't forget about these parks.
They're well worth adding to your spring break travel itinerary. America the Beautiful!
Camping at Petit Jean State Park is a beautiful way to enjoy this Arkansas state park. With both open and more tucked in campsites, there's something for every outdoor enthusiast.
Cedar Falls Trail is a strenuous hike that ends with a waterfall in Petit Jean State Park in Arkansas. What it's really like to hike this beautiful Arkansas trail.
And while you're visiting Petit Jean, take advantage of other gorgeous hiking trails, like Bear Cave Trail and Seven Hollows Trail.
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Branson is a family friendly destination filled to the brim with fun things to do! There are so many Branson Attractions that you’ll never find yourself bored whether you spend a day or a week!
Mission Concepción, one of the Missions along the San Antonio River, still stands in all of its regal beauty in San Antonio Missions National Historical Park in Texas.
If you're planning to visit San Antonio, I definitely recommend getting trolley tickets, so you can visit other landmarks like Mission San José, walk around the King William Historic District, and eat delicious food at The Guenther House.
The Texas Gulf Coast is just brimming with great beaches, including Padre Island National Seashore. With beautiful blue-green water and white-capped waves, this beach destination is a place the whole family will enjoy.
Padre Island National Seashore has 70 miles of undeveloped coastline, 60 miles of which you can drive on, though conditions do change. You'll also find a prairie-like landscape, along with sand dunes and lots of coastal wildlife.
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If you’re looking for a great family vacation on the Florida coast, check out these fun things to do in St. Augustine with kids. It's one spring break family vacation where everyone will have a great time and won't hesitate to visit again!
Space enthusiasts and astronomy buffs will love this spring break road trip idea. The Very Large Array Radio Telescope Facility in New Mexico is a very exciting and mesmerizing place to visit with kids.
Hot Springs, Arkansas, is definitely a family-friendly spring break vacation destination. And it's in a beautiful area of Arkansas, as well!
With places like Garvan Woodland Gardens, the Mid-America Science Museum, Hot Springs National Park, McClard's Bar-B-Q, the Purple Cow Restaurant, and Superior Bathhouse Brewery and Distillery, there's something for every member of the family to enjoy.
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Off the Eaten Path’s Outer Banks Travel Guide highlights what to do, where to stay, what to eat, and so much more about a family favorite place, North Carolina’s Outer Banks.
Cosby Campground in Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee is one of the best. Sites tucked in the trees allow for quiet, peaceful camping with a secluded feel.
And while you're visiting this gem of a national park, be sure to explore places like the Laurel Falls Hiking Trail and Mingus Mill.
Captiva Island is a blissful island just west of Fort Myers, Florida. With water a teal blue-green color, abundant coastal and ocean wildlife, and piles of seashells everywhere you look, it's definitely one of my number 1 choices when considering where to go for spring break.
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A week driving around Central New Mexico takes you to see sand dunes, lava caves, a slot canyon, petroglyphs, and the indescribable Meow Wolf art installation! Spring is a great time to visit; check out this road trip itinerary!
What it's really like to hike Hawksbill Crag, or Whitaker Point Trail, in Arkansas. Both autumn and spring are beautiful times to hike this gorgeous, beautiful trail in the Ozark National Forest near the Buffalo River.
I'm so ready for a good spring break vacation. How 'bout you?