By Kaitlin Ramby
World Education Services
Spring and summer breaks provide great opportunities to take a vacation. But you do not have to travel abroad to enjoy your time off. The U.S. is a large and diverse country and there are many places to explore for students who do not want to venture too far for their holiday destinations.
Here we have listed the top seven spots in the U.S. for students to explore while on break. Get travel tips and discover the best places to visit in the U.S. if you are looking to explore another part of the country.
Why not venture to the live music capital of the world? Visit the Texas State Capitol, eat tacos and barbecue, go canoeing on Austin’s Lady Bird Lake or take a dip in Barton Springs Pool. March is also an exciting time of year to be in the capital city of Texas due to its famous South by Southwest (SXSW) three-week festival, which includes events centered around music, film, technology, and comedy.
Many people choose ski trips over the typical beach vacation for their spring break, and Breckenridge is a great destination for students. Breckenridge is popular among the younger crowd because it has a more laid back and fun atmosphere compared to other ski destinations. It also offers ski packages that fit within the average college student's budget. Try one of the many winter activities, such as different types of skiing, snowmobiling, dog sledding, and more.
Enjoy a quintessential beach vacation by visiting the southernmost tip of the U.S. Take a relaxing break in this lively beach town, where you can snorkel and dive near the coral reefs, go fishing, enjoy a slice of key lime pie, and take a trolley tour to see the town’s historical architecture and experience its eclectic-hippie culture.
Make the trek out to the middle of the desert and see what they call the “city of lights.” Las Vegas is a town made for tourists with its many casinos, nightly shows, world-famous restaurants, and luxury hotels and resorts. Because of its close proximity to many national parks, you could even try renting a car and turn your holiday into a mini road trip.
One of the most visited cities in the world, Los Angeles (LA) has everything you could want in a getaway: nice beaches, great weather, plenty of tourist attractions, and acclaimed restaurants. Take a tour through Hollywood, explore the city’s history around cinema, and visit one of its cultural neighborhoods like Chinatown or Koreatown. In such a large city, it is unlikely that you will run out of fun things to do.
If you want to experience a unique place that is unlike any other city in the U.S., New Orleans is where you should go. A city full of French, African, and American-influenced culture, New Orleans has great food and plenty of live jazz music. You can walk around the lively French Quarter, enjoy authentic creole and cajun food, and take in the unique architecture in the Garden District. New Orleans is also a very popular destination in the spring for travelers due to its famed Mardi Gras celebrations.
Make your break a cosmopolitan one by visiting the largest city in the U.S. New York City has everything to offer, such as museums, international cuisine, shopping, and entertainment. Some essential things to do on your first trip to New York City include going to the top of the Empire State Building, visiting the Metropolitan Museum of Art, viewing the lights in Times Square at night, walking through Central Park, and hopping on a ferry to see the Statue of Liberty.
We hope this list gives you plenty of travel options to choose from, no matter where your location is in the U.S.
Extra tip: Try getting a group of friends together to travel. Being able to split items like hotel rooms and rental cars can go a long way in helping you stick to your student budget.
Do you have other U.S. destinations you like to go to? Share them with us in the comments below!-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Kaitlin Ramby is the digital content producer for WES Advisor.