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7 Off The Beaten Path Spring Break Destinations In The U.S.

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With spring break just around the corner, many people are looking to plan a fun trip. If you feel you've already tired of some of the most well-known spring break destinations, or you're up for a lesser-known adventure, here are 7 off the beaten path places to visit.

1. Sequim (Washington State)

This small town in Washington State is an amazing destination for those who enjoy the outdoors. Nestled near Olympic National Park, Sequim is home to a variety of gorgeous outdoor spots. It also has a good amount of fun things to do in the town itself. Stroll down the beach at Sequim Bay State Park, or see one of the nation’s longest sand spits at Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge.  In town, Sequim Trading Co. Plaza is home to some local shops you’ll enjoy checking out. There are also several thrift and consignment shops in town, if you enjoy the thrill of searching for great deals or rare items. Finally, Sequim does have some classic chain hotels, such as Holiday Inn Express. However, it also offers various local lodging options, such as the Juan de Fuca Cottages, as well as AirBnBs, that are an excellent way to experience a less tourist-y side of the town. 

2. Marfa (Texas)

This is a great option for nature and art lovers alike. Marfa is a small town in Texas that has become known for its eccentric vibes. A small sample of things you can look forward to with a visit here include trying to catch a glimpse of the mysterious Marfa lights and visiting a fake Prada store in the middle of the desert. The town is also home to a great selection of local shops and galleries. 

3. Colonial Beach (Virginia)

This resort town is located alongside Virginia’s Potomac River. If you’re looking for a relaxing getaway in a charming small town, this east coast destination is perfect for you. Consider spending some time tasting wines at Ingleside Winery.

Colonial Beach (Virginia)

4. South Padre Island (Texas)

“Island getaway” may not be the first thing you think of when someone mentions Texas, but South Padre Island, located in the Gulf of Mexico, challenges that. Featuring gorgeous beaches and warm waters, South Padre Island is sure to be a memorable escape from daily life. It's also a great option for those looking for a lively nightlife scene that's a little less well-known than places like Las Vegas or Miami. One thing to keep in mind is that the island’s beaches – like most across the country – do experience larger crowds during the area’s spring break times. Depending on when your spring break is, and the kind of getaway you’re seeking, this may or may not affect your trip. If you don’t mind some potential crowds, however, South Padre Island’s ease of access, beautiful scenery, and variety of quality bars and restaurants make this a great option. 

South Padre Island (Texas)

5. Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park is probably best visited in winter and spring. This makes spring break a great time to check out this one-of-a-kind national park. The park is known for being home to some of the hottest temperatures in the country in the summer months. In the spring, however, temperatures hover around in the much more tolerable mid-70-mid 80s range. The park offers much more than just desert landscapes – though those alone are truly stunning. Go on a self-guided tour of the areas of the park where parts of Star Wars was filmed, embark on a backcountry driving adventure, or explore the nearby Rhyolite Ghost Town

Death Valley National Park

6. Sedona (Arizona)

If you enjoy an artsy vibe with a healthy dose of nature, Sedona, Arizona in the place for you. Situated amongst gorgeous, bright red rock formations that dot the desert landscape, this small town promises a memorable and relaxing time. Spend an afternoon relaxing at one of the town’s spas, such as. Get in some exercise and enjoy the fresh air with a hike at Cathedral Rock or Devil's Bridge.

7. Cedar Key (Florida)

Located in Northern Florida, the city of Cedar Key may not be as well known as some other beachfront towns, but it’s still more than worth considering as a destination. Cedar Key offers all the usual perks of an island getaway. You can look forward to dreamy sunsets, unique local shops and art galleries, and a much slower, relaxing pace. However, Cedar Key also has some one-of-a-kind things to do. Head out to the islands that make up the Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuge or learning more about the town at Cedar Key Historical Society and Museum

Cedar Key (Florida)

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Saturday 12th of March 2022

Thanks for the shout out! Colonial Beach, a favorite vacation destination since 1892!