The semester might have just started, but that doesn’t mean it’s too early to start planning your Spring Break traveling extravaganza. We’re not referring to the clichéd, wild spring break as seen in movies. Instead, we have our sights set on the chance to see some really cool places without even leaving the country. So whether you’re looking for a trip on a budget, a multi-destination road trip, or to just soak up some of the United States, check out a few of the awesome places we’ve seen (or would like to see) – and don’t forget to bring your camera!
Some of these places are obvious choices, while others may fly more under the radar. However, the list is meant to be limitless so don’t hesitate to share your own picks with us!
Any book-lover has got to visit the NY Public Library!
New York City – Times Square. The Empire State Building. Central Park. I could go on forever! If you’ve never been there, you should go and if you have been there…you should go again. With countless (literally, countless) things to do, places to eat, and sights to see, you can never take too many bites out of the Big Apple. Head over to Madame Tussaud’s and snap some photos with “celebrities” (or their wax figures, at least) or take in some art at one of the many museums (I enjoy the Guggenheim). Whatever you decide to do, it will definitely make your Spring Break worthwhile.
Austin, TX – Music lovers, listen up! The city of Austin is known as the “Live Music Capital of the World” – and for good reason! The US News compares Austin’s 6th Street to the famed Bourbon Street in New Orleans, and ensures that it has something for everyone. Looking for something a little different? Wander over to Zilker Park, which will delight sports and nature lovers alike.
Baltimore's Inner Harbor - beautiful!
Inner Harbor, Baltimore MD - Our next stop is a great place for those who don’t want education to be lost on their Spring Break (yes, learning can be fun too!). The Inner Harbor, in Baltimore, Maryland is home to both the National Aquarium, and the Maryland Science Center. Baltimore.org informs us that the Aquarium houses more than 16,000 different creatures while the Science Center features a 360 degree IMAX theater in addition to the Davis Planetarium. Having visited both the Aquarium and the Science Center, I can assure you that both are incredibly worthwhile.
Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, CA - As a child, the opening credits of the show Full House made me want to visit San Francisco every time I saw them. Now that I’m older and wiser (okay, maybe just older) my yearning to visit this California city, especially its iconic bridge, has not waned. With places to hike, shop, and learn, the Golden Gate Bridge and its hometown are perfect to explore on your break from college.
The Space Needle, Seattle, WA - No, I’m not talking about a trip to Mars. A friend of mine traveled here recently and I have been envious ever since! The Needle’s observation deck offers a 360 degree view of the surrounding area – from the city’s towering buildings all the way to Mt. Rainier. If taking in the view from the top works up an appetite, head to the Sky City restaurant and experience dining at a whole new level.
History buffs will love visiting the Washington Monument!
Washington DC – Our nation’s capital is a fantastic place to visit because it has the feel of a modern metropolis, but is still chock full of history. While you are there, make sure you visit both the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial, a big statue with an even bigger historical context. These statues commemorating two of our greatest presidents are not something you want to miss. Political affirmations aside, time spent in the District of Columbia will not be time wasted.
The Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona - This final destination on the list does not require an explanation. One of nature’s greatest wonders, the word “grand” is no overstatement. With breath-taking views from every direction, The Grand Canyon offers excitement for everyone from the sightseer to the adrenaline junkie. Be sure to bring a camera, it’s a sight you won’t want to miss.
Don’t fret if you feel this list is too short, we’ll be back in a two weeks with Places to Visit: US Edition Part II! In the meantime, share with us any cool places you’ve visited or any sights you’ve just been dying to see. Bon Voyage!