Over 53% of millennials enjoyed spring break this year, according to a joint study by TripAdvisor, Offers.com, and Viator.1 One in ten visited multiple destinations. Many travel overseas to legendary cities like Rome, Paris, and London. But did you know there are plenty of great places to visit right here in the U.S.? Here are five top spots to consider when planning your next spring break.
Las Vegas2 was the most popular U.S. spring break destination for millennials this year, coming in third among global vacation spots after Paris and Rome. With March and April temperatures averaging highs in the 70s and 80s, Las Vegas is warm enough to heat things up. Casinos, nightclubs, and hotels are among the city’s obvious attractions, with most resorts open all night. Besides gambling, there’s a lot to keep you entertained. Stop by the Venetian for a gondola ride. Enjoy one of the theme parks and rides, such as Adventuredome, Stratosphere Thrills, and High Roller. For eating, there’s buffets everywhere. You can also use your trip as an opportunity to visit some of the spectacular outdoor attractions nearby such as the Grand Canyon and Hoover Dam. And if you’re into road trips, Lake Tahoe is just 440 miles away.
While Las Vegas is the top spot, New Orleans3 is second, and also the fastest-growing destination, with a projected 126% increase in visitors since last year. With average high temperatures in the 70s in March and April, the city’s warm weather makes it an appealing destination for those looking to get away from the cold. One of the Big Easy’s attractions during spring is the city’s many cultural festivals, which include St. Patrick’s Day parades, NOLA (New Orleans, Louisiana) FoodFest, French Quarter Fest, and Jazz Fest. Jazz and music are, of course, another of New Orleans’ major draws, and the city’s top-notch bars and clubs provide ample opportunities to enjoy the rich musical atmosphere. The music scene is never ending at spots such as Maple Leaf Bar and Bacchanal Wine. New Orleans is renowned for its food, which you can often find crawfish, oysters, and tacos on special during happy hours in spring. For fine dining, try out the Commander’s Palace. Besides eating, drinking, and music, venues like the Frenchmen Art Market feature local arts and crafts. There’s also cultural activities to enjoy, such as the WWII Museum and the Audubon Nature Institute’s zoo, aquarium, and insectarium.
New York City
America’s next most-popular spring break destination is the country’s largest city: New York City.4 While not as warm as New Orleans or Las Vegas, with average March and April highs in the 50s and 60s, the Big Apple has plenty to keep you busy both indoors and out. The city’s architecture is a must-see, which features such iconic sites as the Statue of Liberty and the Empire State Building. Be sure to visit the National September 11 Memorial & Museum at the site of the former World Trade Center to remember those who died and those who risked their lives in the historic tragedy. New York City is also renowned for its art and science museums, represented by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, and the American Museum of Natural History. The city is further blessed by its many zoos, led by the famous Bronx Zoo. Check out the city’s Theater District and take in a Broadway show or visit nearby Radio City Music Hall, one of the top tourist destinations in the nation. There’s so much to see, you may want to schedule a bus tour to take it all in.
After New York City, American’s fourth-most popular millennial spring break site is San Francisco.5 With average March and April temperatures in the low 60s, the City by the Bay has reasonable weather for a spring break getaway. The Golden Gate City is nicknamed for the Golden Gate Bridge, a must-see if you visit. While you’re getting a view of the Bay, check out such popular sites as the Fisherman’s Wharf, Alcatraz Island, and the Aquarium of the Bay. Within an hour’s drive are several popular amusement parks, including California’s Great America, the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, and Six Flags Discovery Kingdom. To enjoy California’s great outdoors, visit Mount Tamalpais State Park, Yosemite National Park, or Sequoia National Park. If you’re a Chinese food fan, you owe it to yourself to try out Chinatown’s many top-notch restaurants, such as the Chinatown Restaurant, the Hong Kong Clay Pot Restaurant, and the Golden Gate Bakery.
Orlando, Florida6 also tops the list of U.S. spring break destinations (according to travel insurance company Global Allianz Assistance and AA7, which estimates 2.9 million vacationers in spring 2018. With average March and April highs in the high 70s, low 80s, Orlando is perfect for vacationers who want to take in the sun and the beach. The theme park capital of the world is dominated by parks such as the Walt Disney World Resort, Universal Studios Orlando, and SeaWorld Florida. If you prefer the beach, it’s just a 1-hour drive to spots such as Cocoa Beach and Port Canaveral, while sites such as Vero Beach are two hours down the coast. Also within an hour’s drive is the Spirit of the Swamp Airboat Rides, giving you a tour of Florida’s famous swamps and wildlife to see alligators and birds firsthand. With all this plus an array of museums in Winter Park, it’s no surprise Orlando is one of America’s top spring break spots.
Photos by: Pedro Szekely