Sun, sand, surf, fun—spring break is the ultimate American vacation tradition, so it’s no wonder some of the best spring break spots lie within the United States. Whether you’re traveling with kids or looking for a party, these are some of our favorite destinations—no passport required.
San Diego scores big points with families thanks to kid-approved attractions like the San Diego Zoo, SeaWorld, and miles of golden sand beaches. But adult spring breakers craving some fun in the sun have their choice of adventures as well—everything from surfing on Mission Beach to kayaking through the caves of La Jolla.
The “Theme Park Capital of California” is the ultimate family spring break destination, with a host of family-centric attractions to choose from. Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Farm, and Universal Studios Hollywood are the heavy hitters, but there’s plenty more to do in Orange County outside the theme parks. Take a whale-watching excursion, spend the day on Catalina Island, take a guided mountain biking tour, or explore the culture icons of Los Angeles.
The Sunshine State attracts families and college students in equal numbers. Gulf Coast and Atlantic beaches are always a popular option (especially Panama City and Miami Beach), as are the theme parks of Orlando (Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando among them). For something a little different, explore the Florida Everglades by airboat, swim with manatees in Crystal River, or head out for a sunset sail in Key West.
If your dream spring break involves turquoise water and a white sand beach, it doesn’t get much better than Hawaii. The mix of outdoor adventures and cultural attractions gives the Aloha State some major spring break appeal, whether you’re observing an active volcano in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on the Big Island, catching a wave on the North Shore or practicing your hula at Oahu’s Polynesian Cultural Center, or snorkeling in a marine sanctuary.
Spring break in Las Vegas can mean a 24-hour party, but if you’re traveling with family (or merely need a break from the casinos, nightclubs, and the neon lights of Sin City) you’ll still have plenty to do. Day trip to the majestic Grand Canyon, go on a Jeep safari through Nevada’s red rock country, play cowboy during a sunset horseback ride, or hit up some of Vegas’ lower key attractions like the High Roller at The LINQ, Madame Tussauds, or a gondola ride at The Venetian hotel.