No matter where you live in the country, it’s time to get away and experience something a little different for a week. But, few places offer the number of options the West Coast does. If you want sun, sand, or skiing, it’s all here.
What is surprising about the West Coast is the sheer number of interesting spring break spots. So if you want to still have fun, and miss most of the crowds, check out some of these destinations.
Jackson Hole, Wyoming
For skiers who love nothing more than shredding down a mountain in a really fun city, then Jackson Hole should be one of your top spring break destinations. The springtime skiing will find the mountain less crowded and a bit warmer than the chilly January and February months during the heart of the season.
San Juan Islands, Washington
This small island group is located only a short ferry ride or flight from Seattle, and well worth it. If you want to bring along your camera, take in the views, enjoy a whale watch, ride a bike along the trails, and ease your pace of life for a few days, this is a great spot to do it.
Lava Hot Springs, Idaho
The temperatures will be cold (very cold) and there will be plenty of snow. But one thing you’ll find in this sleepy town? Hot spring pools bubbling with water that hits just over 100 degrees. Perfect for warming up a cool night out. There are also spa activities, and the town is part of the historic Oregon Trail.
Outdoors fans should head to Moab, Utah for spring break this year. Normally jam packed in the summer with hikers and campers, you’ll find the place to yourself (yet no less beautiful) in the springtime. Be sure to enjoy hiking trails at nearby Arches National Park, 4 wheel drive tours, and food at some of the local saloons downtown.
Napa Valley, California
For spring breakers of legal drinking age who are fans of wine, there are few better places in the country to spend a week tasting and walking through the vineyards than Napa Valley. As the premiere wine growing spot in the country, Napa is a great place to enjoy a spring break week that is focused on amazing food and wine.
Las Vegas, Nevada
Sure, Las Vegas isn’t exactly the first place that comes to mind when thinking about spring break, but think again. Not only will the weather be quite mild, but there is something to do in Vegas 24 hours a day. Plus with so much to do, there is literally something for everyone.
If you’re looking to make new memories taking an unconventional spring break out west, then these destinations are certainly a great place to start. What are some your favorite surprising West Coast spring break destinations? We’d love to know!
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