1. Québec City, Quebec, Canada
It’s your own slice of Old World Europe this side of the pond. And with cheaper flights and shorter travel times, Québec City
is the more convenient destination for your spring break getaway than its overseas cousins.
The city is home to a wide range of awe-inspiring historical sites, museums, an aquarium, aboriginal heritage sites and much more.
2. Costa Rica
Whatever vision you have for your next spring break adventure, there is something for everyone in the tropical world of Costa Rica
At roughly the same size as West Virginia, the country is easily navigable, allowing you to mix and match your itinerary to include healthy doses of both relaxation and adventure. Costa Rica is home to lush landscapes of rainforests, volcanoes and abundant wildlife. To take it all in, grab your hiking boots or rent a kayak. And in areas such as Arenal, turn your gaze upon the nightly spectacle of the incandescent red lava flow as it streams down the sides of the volcano.
3. Hot Springs, Arkansas
You have spent the fall and winter months working hard, and now it’s time to unwind. For hundreds of years the healing thermal pools of Hot Springs, Arkansas
, have drawn relaxation seekers from far and wide.
While many of the old bathhouses – which can be found along the famed Bathhouse Row – have been converted to museums commemorating the history of the area and are nonoperational, there is still an ample selection of bathhouses and soothing thermal pools to choose from.
And if lakeside camping and hiking is more your style, the sprawling atmosphere of Lake Ouachita – which can be found just 13 miles outside of Hot Springs – is sure to fit the bill. Whether you’re there for a whole week or for a long weekend, your stay during spring break in Hot Springs is guaranteed to leave you feeling invigorated and ready to take on whatever may come next.
4. Savannah, Georgia
Food and fun are the simple staples of this historic southern city. And for the spring break traveler who delights in new or old (or even the paranormal), there is something to be found for everyone in Savannah, Georgia
Savannah boasts more than 20 city squares comprised of museums, churches, mansions, monuments and famous forts from the Revolutionary and Civil War eras. And when it comes to the food, it’s impossible to go wrong. While in Savannah, barbeque and fried foods are a no brainer. But with abundant seafood and fresh produce close at hand – and with a diverse population to pull inspiration from – there are nearly an unlimited amount of options to choose from. When you have finished a day of exploring Savannah’s many parks, shops and eateries, spend an evening taking a walk on the spooky side in the historic district with one of the cities many ghost tours that are offered.
5. St. Augustine, Florida
With a fortress steeped in the history of the nation’s oldest city, unique museums and shopping opportunities; plus 43 miles of soft, sandy beaches, St. Augustine, Florida
, is a new spin on the classic Florida getaway.
Kids of all ages will delight in adventures involving the imagination, such as exploring the pirate museum and the chance to climb aboard a real pirate ship. From this vantage point, if you focus your gaze in the distance, you may catch sight of St. Augustine’s famous black and white lighthouse peeking from above the tree line.
6. Dallas, Texas
is an emerging top location for food and culture in the nation. Voted the best skyline worldwide, this sparkling southern city is also home to high-ranking attractions, events, and culinary hotspots that pull in millions of visitors from around the world each year.
From big to small, located in the famous Arts District or scattered throughout the city, Dallas contains numerous museums on a wide range of subjects.
To get outside and enjoy the fresh air and sunshine, lace up your sneakers and take a trip to the Dallas Zoo – home to over 2,000 animal residents – or for a long stroll at the 66-acre Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden.
7. Dominican Republic
After a long – often frigid – winter season, many people desire a tropical escape once spring break arrives. And one of the best places to steal away to and find inviting temperatures is the Caribbean nation of the Dominican Republic
One of the most popular destinations on the island is the city of Punta Cana, where spring breakers will find relaxing beaches warmed by the sun, as well as an outdoor adventurer’s dream. From safaris, coffee plantations and ziplines, to adventure and excursion parks, there is something for all the active members of your group.
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Cory is a contributing writer on various topics for Old National, where she is also involved in the AchieveAbility program. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in communications and a cognate in marketing from the University of Evansville. She also earned her Master of Arts degree in communications from the University of Southern Indiana.
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Spring break is a time of year that everyone looks forward to: the weather grows nicer with each day, and you can finally take time to relax. For something different, consider these destinations that aren’t typically on the spring break radar: