Being a college student means you don’t have a whole lot of money to burn, but that’s not a good reason to not go somewhere for spring break! Traveling on a budget isn’t easy but it can be done. Staying within the continental U.S. is the easiest way to keep travel costs low. Who doesn’t love an epic road trip to kick off an epic break?
You can do the classic Daytona Beach and Fort Lauderdale spring break trips, but those aren’t for everyone or maybe you’ve already hit up those party cities! Either way, no one wants a basic spring break.
If you don’t want to spend a ton of money and definitely don’t want to stay home while everyone is out traveling here are the top 11 best spring break destinations in America.
1. Miami, Florida
South Beach will guarantee to be a good time. It’s just about as south as you can go while staying in the U.S. so the weather will be hot and sunny, perfect for spring break. If beaches aren’t your thing there are plenty of museums and cultural history to take in. If you want to blow off some steam the clubs in Miami are unmatched. It also helps that the food in Miami is so good. Seriously Miami has it all.
2. Las Vegas, Nevada
When you hear spring break you think beach, but a trip to Sin City is better than any beach. The possibilities are endless on the Strip you can gamble, see shows, eat amazing food and of course drink. Las Vegas is all about entertaining so you won’t run out of things to do. If you need a break from partying you can also take a quick drive out of the city to go hiking in the desert.
3. New Orleans, Louisiana
After seeing Girls Trip going down to New Orleans with your girl squad is a no brainer. Even though it’s not Mardi Gras, the city will still be bumping. It’s known for its vibrant nightlife and party vibes. Make sure to try some classic NOLA foods like gumbo, jambalaya, po-boys and beignets.
4. Santa Monica, California
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This coastal city just west of downtown Los Angeles is perfect to visit if you want a chill spring break. The Santa Monica Beach and Pier are not your average beach and pier. You can sun, ride bikes, go surfing or workout at the iconic muscle beach. The Pier is iconic for its amusement park that overlooks the ocean. If you don’t want to beach it, you can do some serious shopping at the third street promenade.
5. Biloxi, Mississippi
You may never have heard of Biloxi, Mississippi but you’ll be obsessed. The city sits right on the Gulf of Mexico and has one of the best beaches in the country. This is perfect if you want a beachy spring break without the stereotypes of having a beach spring break.
6. Austin, Texas
Austin is perfect to visit to escape the pressures of school. The city is the capital of Texas and is known for it’s growing music scene and amazing food. The city is also surrounded by amazing state parks where you can hike and swim. Sounds like a dream.
7. Phoenix, Arizona
Relax in the desert heat in Phoenix. Arizona’s capital has so many great national parks that are perfect for hiking and soaking in the sun. If that isn’t your thing the city has so many amazing high-end spas and resorts. But you should definitely drive north a few hours to visit the Grand Canyon.
8. Nashville, Tennessee
Nashville has so much to offer you won’t be bored the entirety of break. The city is obviously known for being the pinnacle of country music, but you don’t have to be a country fan to love the city. Downtown has tons of honky tonk bars with live music. Make sure to stop at the Grand Ole Opry House for a show and the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.
9. Siesta Key, Florida
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Why not visit America’s number one best beach in the country? That’s right, Siesta Key, which is located on the Gulf of Mexico is home to America’s best beach, Siesta Beach. When you’re not burring your feet into the powder white sand you can eat amazing seafood and enjoy the quaint beach town.
10. Charleston, South Carolina
Charleston is on the east coast and has beach and history. The city has cobblestone streets, pastel homes and an amazing beach. Charleston has a budding culinary scene, the latest Top Chef season was filmed there.