Where to Spend Spring Break in the US
Enjoy this uniquely American tradition – the grown up way.
Planning to enjoy spring break in the US? We know you’re not spending your hard-earned money from the job you hate to hang out with a sea of students who remind you of yourself on your gap year, only cooler (sorry). That’s why we’ve put together this fantastic list of where to go for spring break in the US curated especially with you in mind. Thanks to our expert advice, you can avoid the spring breaker crowds and opt instead for the luxury spring break wows. See, we know what you like.
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The City of Angels is the perfect place when it comes to where to go for spring break in the US. LA boasts beaches, boardwalks, hiking trails and miles of unique boutiques and high-end designer shops. Chic and delicious restaurants mean you’ll be dining in style although the beautiful gardens in our local homes make a strong case for staying in with a bottle of wine (or three). There's so much to do here we even have a 10-day LA itinerary – and that only scrapes the surface of the place.
Keep it trendy at Cactus Beach in Venice. A prime example of contemporary and sustainable LA living, you’ll feel like an LA power couple if you choose to call this pad home. Sipping a cocktail on the insane landscaped terrace accessed by sliding glass doors that run the length of the house will almost have you ready to move here. Keyword: almost.
A list of places to go for spring break in the US wouldn’t be complete without Lake Tahoe. This expansive freshwater lake in the Sierra Nevada Mountains spans across the border of California and Nevada. In springtime the area starts swapping its ski slopes for its beaches, but depending on when you visit you may well be able to get your apres on. If you miss the snow, boating on the lake makes for a great family day out.
Crackle and Spark in Tahoe Vista sits on the doorstep of the beautiful Tahoe National Forrest. The retro design totally complements the luxury cabin in the woods vibe. Just one mile away lies the lively little town of Kings Beach, where shops, restaurants and musical performances await you when you need a change of scene.
For a mountain escape, why not choose Telluride, Colorado when deciding where to go for spring break in the US? Located in the majestic Rocky Mountains, this former Victorian mining town, is perched among forested peaks at the base of a popular skiing and golfing resort. The town boasts a quaint historic district home to a number of cultural landmarks including the Sheridan Opera House, which dates back to 1913, and the Telluride Historical Museum housed in a converted hospital built in 1896.
Plant your holiday roots at Great Wide Open surrounded entirely by nature. Located in the woods on the banks of a stream, you’ll love a morning dip in the hot tub before starting your day either skiing if the weather still permits or exploring the charm of Telluride and its abundant activities. If you want to spend a day just relaxing, snuggle up by the fireplace with a book or screen a film in the media room. Picturesque forest hikes can be taken right from your doorstep and promise lakes, parks and waterfalls you won’t want to miss.
San Diego is another great shout when planning your spring break in the US, especially if warm weather is a concern of yours. Year round mild temperatures mean you can probably even hit the beach if you come here. And that’s lucky too as San Diego boasts some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. There are also great museums, expansive parks, and fantastic activities to keep the kids occupied like the San Diego Zoo, LEGOLAND California and the Science Museum.
The Shack Life in the posh La Jolla neighbourhood makes the perfect luxury home away from home around these parts. Natural light-filled rooms mean you’ll be welcoming spring inside each morning when the sun comes up and the relaxed beach vibes of the home are the best way to say goodbye to winter. Spend evenings by the outdoor fire pit roasting marshmallows after hours spent hiking San Diego’s many trails, shopping till you drop (we won't tell anyone) or simply hanging out on the sand.
For a picturesque holiday on the east coast, try staying in the Hudson Valley for your spring break in the US. Known for its vineyards, orchards and farms, the area also boasts cultural attractions to inspire even the pickiest of aesthetes among you such as Storm King Art Centre sculpture park and contemporary powerhouse museum Dia: Beacon. Farm to table food options like Blue Hill at Stone Barns will tantalise your taste buds so much that you won’t care what a big bite they took from your wallet (just don't say we didn't warn you).
Burnt Sienna in New Paltz is the luxury cabin of your dreams. Explore the lush surrounding landscape by foot or bicycle before settling on the porch to read in the spring light. You and your better half will love the romance factor in this home. With views like these there’s no way either of you isn’t going to feel inspired.