(BPT) - It’s that time of year again — after the holidays, you’re back to the usual and looking forward to your next vacation. Whether you’re planning a trip around the kids’ spring break or scheduling your own out-of-office getaway, these six unique spring break destinations have something for everyone to enjoy. Best of all? They aren’t on everyone’s radar, so there’s more for you and yours to enjoy without too many crowds.
A great travel tip is to look for direct flights to minimize the time spent at airports or in the air. In case plans change, savvy travelers know that it’s best to choose flights that offer flexible perks, like same-day changes, no change fees and more.
The 6 Best Off-the-Beaten-Path Spring Break Destinations
For the Free Spirit: San Diego, CA
Best Airport: San Diego International Airport (SAN)
If you long for sun and sand but want to avoid spring break madness, head to San Diego instead! There are over 70 miles of cliffside beaches and bays to explore, plus plenty of attractions like zoos, theme parks and botanical gardens to keep your whole crew happy. The weather in San Diego is gorgeous in the spring, making it a fantastic time to view the city’s breathtaking wildflowers.
For the History Buff: Washington, D.C.
Best Airports: Reagan National Airport (DCA), Dulles International Airport (IAD), Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI)
As the nation’s capital, there is a long list of reasons why D.C. should be on your travel agenda — and spring is the perfect season to cross it off your list! Walking to D.C.’s various free museums and historical buildings is all the more enjoyable before the summer heat sets in. Get there in late March or early April and you might even catch the city’s famous Cherry Blossom Festival!
For the Nonstop Fun Lover: Austin, TX
Best Airport: Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS)
Austin is known as the Live Music Capital of the World®, but this boot-strappy city boasts more than a famous music scene. Try a uniquely Austin experience like swimming in a naturally cool spring-fed pool or attending a rodeo. If you’re a foodie or a thrill seeker, you’ll love the world-class restaurants, bars and entertainment options on every block. Venture just outside of the city to discover outdoor adventures like ziplining and kayaking on Lake Travis.
For the Fresh Air Enthusiast: Denver, CO
Best Airport: Denver International Airport (DEN)
If you’re ready to get out of the house and strap on some outdoor gear, the Mile High City is your perfect spring break spot. The area offers stunning views of the Rocky Mountains and plenty of hiking, biking, skiing, bouldering and more. After a day of enjoying the crisp alpine air, descend back into town to explore bounteous breweries and local shops. Don’t forget to see a show at Red Rocks Amphitheatre to complete your Denver experience!
For the Music Fanatic: Nashville, TN
Best Airport: Nashville International Airport (BNA)
Music City is a must-visit if you have a soft spot for Americana. While country music fans will delight in the Grand Ole Opry, Ryman Auditorium and Country Music Hall of Fame, there are plenty of other iconic recording studios and attractions for those who prefer other genres. There are also tons of top-tier restaurants, honky-tonks and family-friendly fun to add to your itinerary. Whatever you do, be sure to try some Nashville hot chicken or a fluffy biscuit.
For the Artsy Foodie: New Orleans, LA
Best Airport: Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY)
New Orleans is so much more than Mardi Gras. Go to see the French influence, rich arts and culture scene, swamp tours and annual Jazz and Heritage Festival — stay for the world-famous food (we’re looking at you, Café du Monde beignets).
How to Make the Most of Your Spring Break
Now that you have some stellar spring break spots to choose from, it’s time to book that flight and pack those bags! To make planning your trip as seamless as possible, be sure to pick the airline that best suits your needs and maximizes your time exploring a new city.
For more travel inspiration, be sure to visit The Southwest Airlines Community Blog — and bon voyage!