Spring is finally here, and with it much needed sunshine, flowers, and a chance to take a breather and head out on vacation. If you're still unsure exactly where to spend your precious time off worry not, we've got the answers. We scoured TripAdvisor and poured over every comment and rating to bring you this list of the best vacation destination in every state so you can jet off to the best spot to get you in the spring mood.
Head to this laid-back destination for a spring break with plenty of options for you and your entire family. Not only does Gulf Shores boast pristine beaches, it also has a great zoo and game-filled amusement park for when you need a break from the surf and sand.
Stay at the Kiva Dunes.
Who says you need sand to have a great spring break? Head to Alaska’s Denali National Park to experience all the nature and incredible mountain views that Alaska has to offer. Spend the day hiking, exploring via 4 wheeler, or petting pups at the Husky Homestead.
Stay at the Denali Backcountry Lodge.
Get lost in the middle of the Arizona desert on an unforgettable trip to Sedona. Spend the day exploring all its canyons, red rock formations, and hiking trails and and then unwind at one of the city’s many spas where you can enjoy local-based treatments like red clay wraps and blue corn body scrubs.
Stay at El Portal Sedona Hotel.
We can’t think of a better way to relax while on spring break than by soaking in some hot springs and for that there’s no better place than, well, Hot Springs. Aside from many relaxing spa treatments the city offers plenty of nature via its national park and spring blooms at Garvan Woodland Gardens — don’t miss the the Tulip Extravaganza which runs through the months of March and April.
Stay at the Lookout Point Lakeside Inn.
You could spend hours sitting in traffic in LA or you could be chilling poolside all day long in Palm Springs — we prefer the latter. Enjoy the popular getaway during peak California weather and you might even catch a glimpse of those usually elusive spring blooms you’re seeing all over Instagram.
Stay at La Serena Villa.
If you want a spring break all about the slopes, Breckenridge is the place to go. Conditions for skiing are not only perfect, the city also puts on a Spring Fever celebration complete with free concerts, a beer festival, and competitions for you to show off your skills.
Stay at Valdoro Mountain Lodge.
The quaint little town of Madison has not one, but four beaches for you to choose from, including Hammonasset Beach State Park — Connecticut’s largest sand beach. Aside from the ample sandy locations the town has access to marshes and tons of nature nearby in addition to its charming coastal town vibes.
Stay at the Madison Beach Hotel.
Delaware has many beaches to choose from but Rehoboth is the one locals and tourists alike flock to when the weather gets warm. Spend the day soaking in the sun and then enjoy Cape Henlopen State Park via bike ride down the trails in the afternoon. If you’re traveling with kids opt for Jungle Jim’s, a waterpark with slides, a lazy pool, mini golf, and lots more.
Stay at The Bellmoor Inn and Spa.
Nothing says spring break like Miami Beach. You can easily spend all day relaxing on the pristine beach working on your tan or taking a dip in the crystal clear Atlantic but if you’re inclined to do more, all of Miami’s buzziest attractions are just mere minutes away (the Perez Art Musuem, Little Havana, and the Design District are just a few of our suggestions).
Stay at The Standard.
Just 20 minutes from downtown Savannah is Tybee Island, Georgia’s beach getaway. Spend the day enjoying the white sandy beaches and strolling the pier for fresh southern-style seafood or take the kids to the Tybee Island Light Station and Museum or the Tybee Island Marine Science Center to learn more about the island and it’s critters.
Stay at the Hotel Tybee.
You can’t go wrong with a spring break at any of the Hawaiian islands but we like Maui best. The island offers stunning views and beaches all around but also a breathtaking and totally explorable volcano and national park, an unforgettable scenic drive to nearby Hana, and luaus galore.
Stay at the Hotel Wailea.
If you’re escaping to Idaho for your break Coeur d’Alene is the place to go. The same-name lake is the primary attraction but the small town also has lots to offer by the way of golf courses, tennis courts, pine-forest trails, and natural preserves. For those who want something a little unique, try the nearby alpaca farm and get your fill of furry critters.
Stay at the Coeur d’Alene Resort.
With its many museums, gardens, shopping, attractions, and great views of Lake Michigan, Chicago is a great place to spend your spring vacay. Be sure to stop by the Art Institute of Chicago, Millenium Park, and Chicago Botanic Garden for a complete experience.
Stay at The Langham.
The state capital is a city worthy of your attention when booking your getaway. The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis and Indianapolis Zoo are top-rated attractions that make Indy a great spot for families. If you’re traveling sans-kids there’s still plenty to see including the Indianapolis Museum of Art, central canal, and Garfield Park Conservatory & Sunken Garden — to name just a few. Stay at Ironworks Hotel Indy.
Lying on the banks of the Mississippi River is Davenport, a small city with lots to offer. Head there for marvelous works of art at the Figge Art Museum, pretty spring blooms at the Vander Veer Botanical Park, and of course, dazzling views of the Mississippi.
Stay at the Hotel Blackhawk.
There’s something for everyone in this Kansas city. Revisit pioneer days at the Old Cowtown Museum, see weird treasures ranging from a shrunken head to a baseball signed by Joe DiMaggio at the Museum of Ancient Treasures, or say hello to over 350 species at the Sedgwick County Zoo-no matter what you’re looking for, Wichita has it.
Stay at the Drury Plaza Hotel Broadview Wichita.
Kentucky is the birthplace of many of your favorite bourbons and a handful of their distilleries are in Louisville — check them out on Bourbon Trail Tour or explore on your own; either way, you’re bound to get your fill of liquor like you did on your college spring break. For those interested in non-alcoholic recreation Louisville is also home to the Louisville Mega Cavern, the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, and the Kentucky Derby Museum.
Stay at the 21c Museum Hotel Louisville.
When the city’s motto is “laissez les bon temps rouler,” (let the good times roll, for those non-Francophones), you know the Big Easy is a prime spring break spot. Head to NOLA for tons of jazz, booze, and good old creole food. Oh, and for when you don’t feel like partying there’s plenty of history on every corner.
Stay at The Pontchartrain.
Portland has the perfect balance of spring break fun and cool, upscale vibes. Take a boat tour or explore Casco Bay on your own in the daytime and then unwind with a freshly poured pint at the Allagash Brewery. For art enthusiasts the Portland Museum of Art promises a day full of great works.
Stay at The Press Hotel.
The beach is the main attraction at this Maryland getaway. Aside from sand between your toes you can enjoy a bustling boardwalk and deer and wild ponies at nearby Assateague Island.
Stay at the Francis Scott Key Family Resort.
Cape Cod may not be fully warmed up and ready for you to take a dip but it’s still worth a visit in the spring (especially since it will be a lot more crowded once summer comes around). Lovely beaches, pretty spring flowers, and charming New England towns all along the cape make for a great and relaxing spring break vacation in this corner of Massachusetts.
Stay at the Lands End Inn.
Michigan may not be your first idea when thinking “springtime vacation” but Mackinac Island will make you change your mind. Spend the day sunning on the beach or playing some golf and then head to downtown where the local candy-colored shops will transport you to a bygone era. Don’t forget to get some homemade fudge while you’re there — Mackinac is famous for it.
Stay at the Hotel Iroquois.
Minneapolis has lots to offer for the whole family: stroll through Minnehaha Park, see some art at the Minneapolis Institute of Art or Minneapolis Sculpture Garden (where you’ll find a comically giant spoon and cherry), or eat you way through a riverwalk food tour.
Stay at the Loews Minneapolis Hotel.
Biloxi is known for two things: beaches and casinos. Both of these make for a great spring break, and, as if those weren't enough, the city is known to put on a ton of concerts and events during spring to entice vacationers to visit.
Stay at the White House Hotel.
Branson is the place for a great family spring break. The city is home to Silver Dollar City, a renowned 1880’s-style theme park that kids will be sure to enjoy. Adults can get their fill of nature in the Ozark Mountains, get nostalgic at the Titanic Museum, or unwind with a glass of rum at the Copper Run Distillery.
Stay at the Welk Resorts Branson Hotel.
Montana is all about nature and the Rockies which is why a stay at Whitefish, which sits at the foot of Big Mountain close to Glacier National Park, will make for a very memorable spring break. A stay at this rustic town offers endless outdoor adventures including cycling, horseback riding, and whitewater rafting, to name a few.
Stay at the Lodge at Whitefish Lake.
According to TripAdvisor, “Omaha is home to the world’s largest indoor desert under the world’s largest geodesic dome above the world’s largest nocturnal exhibit next to one of the world’s largest indoor rainforests!”—so you know there are tons of interesting things to see and do there. If none of that tickles your fancy try the Joslyn Art Museum or Zorinsky Lake.
Stay at the Residence Inn Omaha Downtown/Old Market Area.
Do we even need to explain why Vegas is a great spring break destination? Just in case, let us sum it up: casinos, fabulous shows, -worthy pools, and lots and lots of booze.
Stay at the Wynn Las Vegas.
For a calm, upscale spring break head to Bretton Woods, home to the Omni Mount Washington Resort, a charming hotel with a full-service spa, year-round canopy tour, and gorgeous views.
Stay at the Omni Mount Washington Resort.
If you’re looking for a crazy boozed up Jersey Shore experience à la Snooki and JWoww Cape May is definitely not that. Instead you’ll find a charming beach complete with a picturesque lighthouse and lovely pastel Victorian houses further in town. For kids (and honestly grown ups too) there’s an alpaca farm nearby that comes highly recommended.
Stay at the ICONA Cape May.