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Best spring break trips to plan with your friends

Where should you go for spring break with friends? From wine tasting to road tripping to unconventional all-inclusive resorts, these spring break ideas make sure your vacation will go down in style. | By Jacqueline Kehoe | November 30, 2021 (Updated April 3, 2023)

It’s time to shake off those winter blues! And a spring break trip with your friends is just the cure. For some fresh spring break ideas, we’ve done the brainstorming for you to help you and your pals decide where to go. Take a look:

  • Go tried and true: Sun, sand and all-inclusive resorts never go out of style

  • Hit the highway: Because it’s always road trip season

  • Find your adventure: Put some checkmarks on that bucket list

Find your spring break personality type

Which spring break trip best fits your crew? Let us help you discover spring break ideas to create the ultimate memorable getaway.

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The traditionalists: Spring break on the beach

Spring break on the beach doesn’t have to mean endless margs, sandy toes and cabana-side tacos (though no one would complain if it did). It could be all that and more. In Waikoloa, Hawaii, where it also means snorkeling steps from your hotel. In Gulf Shores, Alabama, it can mean sleeping inside a state park. You and your mates could go further afield to Panormo, Crete, where it means strolling along preserved medieval streets past the ruins of 13th-century Castel Milopotamo to the sand. In Sydney, it means gallivanting between Sydney Harbour National Park, the Royal Botanic Garden (right near the opera house) and the incredible coastline. Spring break on the beach can be whatever (and almost wherever) you want it to be.

The urban adventurers: Spring break road trip

Music on, windows down, the open road —- it’s perfect. And you can get to a lot of places in nine days. You could go from Chicago to Santa Monica, tracing all 2,000-plus miles of Route 66. Dive deep into the Civil Rights Movement from Atlanta to Memphis, taking in spots like Montgomery’s Freedom Rides Museum. Keep your windows down as you wind your way down the Blue Ridge Parkway’s 400-plus miles from Virginia to North Carolina. You could hug the coast on California’s Highway 1 from Capistrano Beach to Leggett (definitely stop to ‘gram the Bixby Creek Bridge).

The foodies: Spring break wine-and-dine

You always have the classics when it comes to a foodie vacation. We’re thinking: vineyard hopping through Napa Valley, hunting down fresh Cajun fare in New Orleans or Tex-Mex touring through the Lone Star State. For some road-less-traveled ideas: we love the fresh seafood in Puget Sound or Basque cuisine - originating between Spain and France - in Idaho (yes, Idaho). Scout for craft beer in Colorado’s Front Range or go wine tasting through Michigan’s pretty peninsulas or in the country’s oldest American Viticultural Area in Missouri. That’s just in the U.S., friends. Imagine wine touring in France or learning how to make pasta in Italy. On spring break, the world can be your oyster.

The outdoor adventurers: Spring break in nature

From Bali to Moab, Mother Nature’s springtime offerings don’t exactly help you to narrow it down when considering spring break ideas and options. You could go for an uncrowded option with loads of outdoor adventures, like Portland and Vancouver. But why not go for the extreme this year? Have you always wanted to slide down a salt mine in the Bavarian Alps? Go on a wildlife safari through Kenya or zoom down sand dunes in Namibia? How about road tripping through Vietnam’s Central Highlands and hopping between coffee farms? Let yourself dream a little.

The indulgent travelers: Spring break at an All-Inclusive

Mexico is one of the more classic spring break ideas for good reason. No-fail, no-stress. For a reliably blissful experience, it’s hard to beat all-inclusive spots like Cancun or Playa Del Carmen. But cast your net further, like to Jamaica, and you’ll dine to reggae beats and hike through the jungle to spots like Dunn’s River Falls or the “Blue Hole.” In the Dominican Republic, you could stroll eco-friendly beaches, take merengue lessons with your friends and taste traditional Dominican dishes like sancocho. Or look to Türkiye, where the right resort puts you a short walk away from ancient town centers or saves you a spot at the Champagne bar overlooking the Mediterranean Sea.

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Hilton Vallarta Riviera All-Inclusive Resort

Learn new skills, unleash your inner athlete, and cut loose on the dance floor at this oceanfront resort in Mexico.

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Hilton La Romana

Take a merengue lesson or snorkel the day away at this adults-only retreat in the Dominican Republic.

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Hilton Dalaman Sarigerme Resort & Spa

Treat your tastebuds to local Turkish delicacies while soaking in the mountain AND sea views in Türkiye.

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From beach-y classics to far-flung locales, these ideas will inspire the kind of spring break you’ll wish were a seasonal tradition. With a little planning, it could be.

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Jacqueline Kehoe is a travel writer, editor and photographer based in Madison, WI.