Have you traveled much recently? Chances are you haven’t due to the pandemic. But as Spring rolls forward, more vaccines are getting into arms and we’re getting closer to returning to normal life. While the pandemic is far from over, it’s a great time to consider taking a spring break trip! Many typical destinations are off at the moment due to travel restrictions, so we’ve rounded up some of the best places to visit in the United States for your spring break trip.
If the phrase “spring break” conjures up images of party-goers on the beach, a city filled with monuments and government buildings might not be your first thought. But Washington, D.C. is a lovely place to spend spring break, even if you don’t want to spend all your time perusing the fantastic historical and cultural offerings around the National Mall
Spring in D.C. is the time of the famous blooming cherry blossoms – and the cherry blossom festival is back this year! In fact, it’s ongoing now and peak bloom is anticipated to occur between April 2nd and April 5th. Read more here about how to enjoy the blooms and what’s happening during the festival!
If you’re looking for a more traditionally tropical locale for your spring break, but are nervous about navigating the regulations that come with international travel right now, your answer is a trip to Hawaii! All you’ll need to do is to get a negative state-approved COVID test within 72 hours of your last flight into Hawaii. Then you can travel freely and avoid a quarantine period upon arrival.
There are still regulations at the moment surrounding inter-island travel, so your best bet is to fly into Honolulu and stick to Oahu. You’ll still have a fantastic time though, as that island offers everything you could want on a spring break trip. Here are some ideas:
· Waikiki: If you’re looking for a luxurious vacation where you spend your days lounging on the beach or shopping and your evenings dining, this neighborhood is your best bet.
· Pearl Harbor: If you want to get a good dose of history and culture during your trip, head to the Pearl Harbor National Memorial. The complex is packed with multiple museums, and you could easily spend a full day there.
· Haleiwa: If a more casual and laid-back style is what you’re after, take a day trip to the other side of the island. Haleiwa is a small surf town packed with food trucks, gift shops, and beaches. While you’re there, make sure you get some shave ice!
San Francisco is a perfect place to start any spring break trip, whether you like bustling city activities or getting back to nature. If you’re coming for the latter, San Francisco is the gateway to some beautiful natural areas:
· Redwood Forests: This area is a hiker’s paradise! Take a day trip to Muir Woods, or travel a bit further afoot to Redwood National and State Parks.
· Wine Country: If you’re looking for a more sophisticated spring break trip, Napa Valley is the perfect place to have a laid-back, adult vacation.
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