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Last minute Spring Break Getaway ideas

Every year spring break seems to sneak up on us. If you're wondering where to go this year, and you're looking for some ideas, we’ve created a short list of great places you can explore, right here in North America.

I've asked a few other travel bloggers to give me their favorite places to visit over spring break. If you're looking for some great tips and inspiration, continue reading and discover some places not too far from home that you can explore.

let me know in the comments below where your favorite Spring Break getaway is. 


Westcoast adventure

Empress Hotel Victoria BC
Photo credit: SHAWSHANK61

Consider a trip across the Strait of Georgia and head to Canada’s favorite island and British Columbia’s capital city, Victoria. Located on Canada's westcoast, the souther end of the island has some of the mildest weather. I recently spent a weekend in Victoria exploring the inner harbour and Chinatown.

Places not to miss

If you love antiques and browsing through shops full of vintage finds gets you excited, do not miss browsing antique row. Start on Blanshard Street, head up Fort Street to find some of Victoria’s well known antique shops.

For something different, head to Chinatown and explore all the quirky shops down Fan Tan Alley.

Explore Beacon Hill Park, a 75-hectare oasis located in downtown Victoria that includes a petting zoo, rose garden and endless amount of green space.

Royal Canadian Museum is a great place to spend the day. You’ll learn all about Victoria and British Columbia’s history and the roll they played in Canada’s fascinating history.

Victoria’s downtown inner harbour is often bustling with activity. Walking down Government street you’ll find some truly authentic shops, historical buildings and great restaurants to enjoy.


Eastcoast expedition

Florida streets and Beach
Photo credit: Lance Asper

If your ideal getaway includes sun, sand and salty air, consider a road trip through the Florida Keys.

Blogger Sarah from wandering road blog has some tips on taking a road trip through the sun soaked Florida Keys. Roll down your window, let the salty air kiss your skin and the sun warm your face.

Where to start

Start in Miami or Fort Lauderdale and take your time driving down US State Highway #1. This road trip is meant to be taken at a relaxed pace, stopping along the way is part of the adventure.

Places not to miss

Before leaving the mainland, Sara strongly suggests stopping by the iconic Robert Is Here fruit stand and market in Homestead. This not to miss place has some of the tastiest milkshakes and you can pick up some very necessary road trip snacks.

If you like history and a good tiki bar then you should pop into the Holiday Isle,  which is located a little way down Highway 1 in Islamadora. This beachfront spot dates back to 1969 and is a great place to stop for a frozen drink while you soak up some sun. Of course, we don’t suggest you drink and drive, make sure your driver has a mocktail.

Photo credit Sarah @ wandering road blog

If you love marine life and want to spend some time learning about the beloved sea turtle, then head over to Turtle Hospital on Marathon Key. This unique non-profit rehabilitates injured sea-life.

Insider tip: check out their online schedule and join in on a turtle release. It's a true community event! They are free to attend and seeing that turtle swim home is an experience you won't forget.

After a day of exploring you’ll be hungry so head over to the oh-so-laid-back Keys Fisheries for the freshest stone crab claws you will ever find and a lobster Rueben. Sit on the deck and watch the sunset go down while pelicans swim around the boats at the dock.

Photo credit: Sarah @ wandering road blog

Off the beaten path

If you're looking for somthing a little different, Sarah suggests you head out to the Dry Tortugas, one of the nation's most remote National Parks. 80,000 people visit this unique park each year. You can access it by ferry from Key West.

Another great idea, explore the now-deserted Fort Jefferson and snorkel in the crystal clear waters around the island. The Yankee Freedom is the official ferry service to the island and offers discounts on tickets throughout the year.

SpringBreak Pool

Western USA

With 58 national parks across the United States of America, it's very difficult to choose a favorite. If you ask Lance and Amy of Family Well Traveled they'll tell you their favorite is Rocky Mountain National Park.

With over 415 square miles of protected park, you’ll be surrounded by fresh air and natural beauty. Located in the state of Colorado, just a 2-hour drive north west of Denver, Rocky Mountain National Park is a nature lover’s paradise!

Photo credit Lance @ Family Well Traveled

Places not to miss

Some of the most popular sights not to miss include visiting the town of Grand Lake which hosts art galleries, restaurants and shopping! Take the Trail Ridge Road which links the east and west entrances to the park. Have your camera ready as you may spot some Big Horn Sheep or any one of the other animals that call Rocky Mountain National Park home.

If you’re really feeling risqué then why not check-in to the famous Stanley Hotel found just outside the park on the eastern side in the town called Lake Estes. For those of you who don’t know, this hotel is features in the classic movie, The Shinning.

Rocky Mt. National Park
Photo credit: Lance @ Family well traveled

A few more ideas

This little list was created to inspire you to get out and explore. You don’t have to travel thousands of miles and spend wads of cash. All you need is some inspiration and the will to pack a bag and go.

Here are a few more spring break getaway ideas that are quick and easy to get to;

New Orleans, LA a city full of history and some of the best Jazz musicians, not to mention some great food. Check out their tourism website for great ideas

Austin, TX is home to the University of Texas and know for it’s “different” vibe. The locals likes to keep Austin weird. Full of quirky places and out of the ordinary things to do. You will go home with more than a few interesting tales.

Here in Canada, winter tends to hang on for a little while longer,  but it sure is beautiful. If you have some extra time spend it in the Rocky Mountains. I have a great 7-day itinerary to see 3 of Canada’s most popular national parks.

If the city is your preferred place to explore then consider a trip to one of 3 of Canada’s more popular cities; Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal. Each one is totally different and unique, you won’t be able to choose a favorite.

Vancouver Gastown

With so many great places close to home, it’s impossible to list them all. Everyone has a favorite or two. Please tell me in the comments, I would love to hear about your favorite places to getaway to during spring break.

I hope you're inspired to get out and explore!


2 thoughts on “Last minute Spring Break Getaway ideas

    1. Thanks! My husband has been to Austin several times for business. I have not! 🙁 Hoping he takes me next time. I hear it is so much fun.

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