Spring Break for many college students is a time to escape the everyday stress of college and head south to the sandy beaches of Florida for some much needed r&r. College students flock to popular destinations in Florida for poolside parties and concerts on the beach.
Although I do love a good beach vacation, I am not a total fan of taking trips to destinations that cater to the college crowd during spring break season. I would rather vacation somewhere that is an ‘unpopular’ place among college students than blend into the crowds on the beaches of Fort Lauderdale, FL. Here are 8 not so typical destinations you should consider booking for spring break.
1. Denver, Colorado
Ditch the beach and head for the mountains. Indulge in the Denver craft beer scene. Take your brunch game to the next level by visiting Snooze Ballpark. Or head 30 miles south of Denver and hike Mt. Falcon.
2. Savannah, Georgia
Visit the Forsyth Farmer’s Market on Saturdays. Sip on a glass of wine at The Grey which is an old bus station ticketing room converted into a bar. Enjoy authentic Southern food by visiting Mrs. Wilkes. Or soak up some rays on Tybee Island.
3. Sedona, Arizona
4. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Check out Philadelphia’s best-known landmarks- Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell. Stroll through vintage shops and indie boutiques. Take in the sights while sitting along the Delaware River Waterfront. Or wander through the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
5. Nashville, Tennessee
Listen to the newest songwriting talent at The Bluebird Cafe. Spend time browsing the shelves at Parnassus Books. Get the full experience at Pinewood Social: brunch, bowling, and booze. Or catch some bluegrass tunes at The Station Inn.
6. Seattle, Washington
Brunch like a champion at Portage Bay Champion. Embrace nature’s beauty at The Seattle Arboretum. Explore the speakeasy hidden above Tavern Law. Or skip the Space Needle and take insta-worthy pictures of the city from Smith Tower.
7. Washington, D.C.
Explore the National Mall and take in the sights at night. Treat yourself to something sweet at Baked and Wired. Or wander throughout D.C.’s original food and art market located in the middle of the Capitol Hill neighborhood.
8. Portland, Oregon
Set aside plenty of time to browse the endless aisles of books at Powell’s City of Books. Climb Mount Hood. Explore the Portland Farmers Market. Hike the trails of Forest Park. Or see the city and the sights by way of the Portland Aerial Tram.
Need more information on these destinations? Check out my Pinterest for additional details, list of activities, and recommendations for places to go and eat in each of these 8 spring break destinations.