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    19 Spring Break Destinations That You Don't Need A Passport For

    Beach destinations, national parks, and more vacay spots you may not have realized are within reach!

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    The US (and all its territories) offer every flavor of spring break you can imagine, whether you're planning a solo trip or bringing the whole group chat with you.


    1. San Juan, Puerto Rico

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    On top of super delicious food and an exciting nightlife scene, Puerto Rico’s Caribbean waters are some of the most blue and beautiful within all the boundaries of the US.

    What to do: Take a ride on the longest zipline in the Americas! The zipline at Toroverde Nature Adventure Park in Orocovis (a little over an hour from San Juan) is a 1.5-mile long journey where you can get an aerial view of Puerto Rico.

    Where to stay: At the Embassy Suites by Hilton in San Juan, all suites have two bedrooms and a kitchen area that's perfect for big groups bunking together. Plus, the property is only a few blocks away from the beach.

    Note: Puerto Rico is still recovering from Hurricane Maria and the more recent earthquake of January 2020. Now more than ever, a visit is an opportunity to support the local economy with your vacation fund.

    2. Asheville, North Carolina

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    This Blue Ridge Mountains town is raved about for the countless number of breweries you can visit, but you shouldn't miss out on its other quirky drinking spots — like the champagne bar at Battery Park Book Exchange or the Top of the Monk speakeasy.

    What to do: No trip to Asheville is complete without a visit to Biltmore, the biggest house in America that is still owned by the famously wealthy Vanderbilt family. (Sorry Anderson Cooper fans, he probably will not be home.)

    Where to stay: Stay close to the party downtown at the Hotel Indigo Asheville, where you'll find fresh and spacious rooms along with live music in the restaurant every night.

    3. The Big Island, Hawaii

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    With airlines like Southwest and Hawaiian Air offering competitively low flight prices, you're a lot closer to crossing Hawaii off your bucket list than you might have thought.

    What to do: If you're going all the way to Hawaii, be sure to see some volcanoes. Volcanoes National Park is located on the state's namesake island of Hawaii — aka the Big Island — and has two active volcanoes that allow you to see lava flowing and glowing in real life!

    Where to stay: Resorts like the Grand Naniloa Hotel offer surprisingly affordable rates, with waterfront views and must-try attractions (think the longest zip line course on the island) included.

    4. The Grand Canyon

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    While most people think of the Grand Canyon as a quick trip for a photo op, it's actually a part of the country that deserves a deep dive.

    What to do: With a whole week, you'll have enough time to take the adventurous hike to the stunning Havasu Falls. To be allowed to do the hike, you'll need to obtain a three-day permit from the Havasupai Reservation — no day hikes allowed!

    Where to stay: You might be camping in the park, but you'll probably want a bed to sleep on the last night before you head home. If you want something close to the park (but still close to the rest of civilization), the Hotel Flagstaff is only an hour's drive away.

    5. US Virgin Islands

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    Like Puerto Rico, the USVI is another US territory in the Caribbean that you won't need your passport to visit. In this tropical paradise, island hopping and snorkeling is the best way to spend a week of pure relaxation.

    What to do: To make the most of your trip to the islands, consider booking a boat tour that will take you past the island's most scenic spots — like Turtle Cove and Honeymoon Beach.

    Where to stay: If you're looking for something on the simpler side, Treetops is an adorable and locally-owned B&B in a quiet part of St. John with rates sure to impress the most budget-minded traveler.

    6. Miami, Florida

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    Miami's South Beach is the quintessential spring break destination, and they totally know it. Come March, there are pool parties and beach concerts scheduled all day and night, which means you couldn't get bored even if you tried.

    What to do: If electric music is your jam, March is the best time to dance all day and night at Ultra, the annual electric music festival held in Bayfront Park.

    Where to stay: When you need to escape the beach party or festival madness for something a little more zen, The Gates Hotel is designed with modern wellness-inspired touches that'll inspire you to finally use that meditation app you downloaded months ago.

    7. Utah's National Parks

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    If you're itching to hit the open road this spring, there's no better place for a road trip than Utah, where you can visit five of the country's most dramatic national parks in a single week: Zion, Bryce Canyon, Capitol Reef, Arches, and Canyonland.

    What to do: If you only have time for one of the above parks, then the gravity-defying rock formations at Arches National Park should not be missed.

    Where to stay: In between Arches and Canyonland National Park, the Hoodoo Moab lies right in the middle of Utah's rocky red landscape and has views that will make your whole Instagram feed jealous.

    8. Stowe, Vermont

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    Not far from the Canadian border, you should find plenty of snow in Stowe until April. The ski resort is located on Vermont's highest mountain, so there will be plenty of routes for the hardcore skiers in your group and lots of cutesy stuff in the village for those who are just there for the cozy aprés-ski vibes.

    What to do: If you're traveling with any Sound of Music fans, you'll want to make a pit stop at the Trapp Family Lodge, the historic Vermont home of the original singing Austrians who inspired the musical.

    Where to stay: The Sterling Inn Lodge Cabin Resort may be the closest thing you'll ever experience to sleeping in a gingerbread house. It's super quaint, nestled in the woods, and there's even a heated swimming pool!

    9. New Orleans, Louisiana

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    In NOLA, you can have the best of both spring break worlds: discovering the French and Creole-inspired culture of America's most unique city by day, the party strip that is Bourbon Street by night.

    What to do: Take a trip to Auction House Market, a food hall where you'll find everything from fried oysters to macarons.

    Where to stay: Keep things classy at the surprisingly affordable Troubadour, a boutique hotel with a rooftop bar that you have to see for yourself — think string lights and a ton of happy hour specials.

    10. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

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    Great parties are in store for any spring break trip to Myrtle Beach, which may be a more accessible spot for those who can't make it all the way down south.

    What to do: You'll find the biggest parties at Club TBA, Señor Frog's, and the Myrtle Beach Speedway, which are all included in the MyrtleManiac package.

    Where to stay: Surprisingly doable budget-wise, the Island Vista Resort is a sophisticated counterbalance to the club scene with lushly decorated rooms that overlook the ocean.

    11. The Florida Keys, Florida

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    At the southernmost point of continental US, the Florida Keys feels like a piece of classic Americana dropped into the tropics with plenty of bars ready to cater to the party crowd.

    What to do: Make a day trip out to Dry Tortugas National Park, which can only be reached by boat. Here you'll find incredible sites for snorkeling along with Fort Jefferson, an enormous American fortress that dates back to the 19th century.

    Where to stay: The affordable Hampton Inn Key West is close to the airport, but still near the beach. It's the fastest way to hop off the plane, drop off your bags, and run straight into the ocean!

    12. Savannah, Georgia

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    Slow things down in this charming city by wandering the historical streets and indulging in Southern cuisine. If you need beach time, it's also easy to make a quick 20-minute drive to Tybee Island.

    What to do: If Halloween is half your personality, you'll love how haunted Savannah is. Check out some of the different kinds of ghost tours, which includes cemetery tours, haunted pub crawls, and a tour in which you ride around the city in an actual funeral hearse.

    Where to stay: One of the oldest hotels in the city, the River Street Inn, is right on the water and in the city center. It was also recently renovated, which means the rooms are contemporary and Instagram-ready.

    13. Nashville, Tennessee

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    For a big group trip, there's no place more fun than Music City. Nashville has so much to offer in the way of nightlife and Southern cooking that you'll already be planning your next trip itinerary before you finish the week.

    What to do: Go bar hopping downtown at music venues like Robert's Western World or The Patterson House, and don't forget to put your spicy-food eating skills to the test at Hattie B's Hot Chicken.

    Where to stay: Home2 Suites is in the heart of Downtown and is equipped with spacious rooms that allow for big groups to hang out together.

    14. San Diego, California

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    There are plenty of beaches (and beach bars!) to explore in San Diego, like The Beachcomber and the Pacific Shore Beach Club, the latter of which is particularly famous for its Red Bull slushies.

    What to do: Take advantage of the fact that spring break season happens to coincide with the flower bloom in the Anza-Borrego Desert. The desert is a two-hour drive from the city, but it's definitely worth the day trip when the flowers are in bloom!

    Where to stay: If you want to stay right on the beach, settle down at the Hotel del Coronado, a resort with a long history of catering to Hollywood starlets. It was even the filming location of Marilyn Monroe's Some Like it Hot.

    15. The Catskills, New York

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    Just three hours north of New York City, the ski season on Hunter Mountain lasts until mid-April. If your trip is light on snow, there are also some great trails if you're down to swap out your skis for hiking boots.

    What to do: Don't miss a chance to stand inside the World's Largest Kaleidoscope, which was built out of an old grain silo at the Emerson Resort.

    Where to stay: In the town of Woodstock, The Hotel Dylan is an actually affordable boutique hotel that embraces a hippie vibe with '60s touches, mod furniture, and a record player in every room.

    16. South Padre Island, Texas

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    South Padre Island sits in the Gulf of Mexico at the very tip of Texas and is the state's number one destination for spring breakers.

    What to do: If it's a crowd you're looking for, Rockstar Beach and Clayton's Beach Bar are two of the main party venues that are always packed with people and live music.

    Where to stay: Rooms at the Hilton Garden Inn are a relative steal given the quality of the accommodations and easy access to the beach.

    17. Gulf Shores, Alabama

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    Take a step away from the commercial side of beach culture and head way off the beaten path to Alabama's Gulf Shore.

    What to do: If you like good seafood and nice cars, don't miss the annual Orange Beach Seafood Festival & Car Show! It happens at the end of February at the wharf, where you can try inventive Creole dishes like blackened-shrimp tacos and coconut shrimp beignets.

    Where to stay: A sustainable resort, the Lodge at Gulf State Park focuses on ecotourism and offers programs to help you connect with the immediate environment while reducing your carbon footprint.

    18. Vail, Colorado

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    Craving fresh mountain air? Depending on when your spring break is, you might still be able to ski the slopes of the Vail Valley — if it's later in the season, you can instead catch the wildflower blooms.

    What to do: In April, you can join in on the excitement of Spring Back to Vail, a weekend of concerts and partying.

    Where to stay: Highline Vail is a cozy hotel with a hot tub and heated pool, so you can warm yourself up after a day spent in the snow.

    19. Long Beach, California

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    In Long Beach, you're not far from LA but you can still enjoy the beach. You can also make time to tour the legendary Queen Mary ocean liner that's permanently docked in the Los Angeles River.

    What to do: This time of year is peak season for whale watching in California, which is the perfect excuse to spend some quality time on the water while getting a glimpse of these ocean creatures in their natural habitat.

    Where to stay: Hotel Maya is a modern boutique hotel that offers a fantastic location; it's right on the water and not too far from the Queen Mary or Alamitos Beach.

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    The Blue Ridge Mountains surround Asheville, North Carolina. A previous version of this post misstated the mountain range.