It started in the early 1960s with the publication of the book “Where the Boys Are,” and has continued as an annual tradition for college kids nationwide. Most spring break destinations have the same thing in common: they are somewhere warm, which is also a topic of all of Jimmy Buffett’s songs. Last time me and my brother went on a long road trip during spring – we actually bought a small truck for the trip, and sold it right after for a profit! For those looking for a ride or who also prefer to buy a car to get to “somewhere warm,” check out the hundreds of cars available online on sites like SCA auctions LLC for example, for an affordable set of wheels.

Here are some of the best road trip destinations for spring break.

Las Vegas, Nevada

Not just for adults with lots of gambling money to spend, Las Vegas, NV is a popular spring break destination for those who love to party. There are pool parties, bars, happy hour spots, and the never-ending supply of clubs where you can dance the night away. Those who do enjoy doing a little gambling will run out of money before they run out of options.

If you plan your trip right, you might be able to snag a few tickets to your favorite musician. Some of the recently noted and upcoming names include Usher, Taylor Swift, Sting and Adele.

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Charleston, South Carolina

If you’re not looking for wild parties, but want to get somewhere warm and inviting, then Charleston, SC could be the place for you. Charleston is a town rich in history that features Fort Sumter, which you’ll remember from your history class where the first shots of the Civil War were heard. It’s also home to a walkable downtown where you can learn more about the historic buildings and monuments. There are also clubs, bars, restaurants and places to kick back and enjoy the night. Seafood lovers can gorge themselves until they can’t move.

Should this be too tame for you, head up the road to Myrtle Beach or down the road to Savannah where you’ll find other college students on spring break sprawled out on those beaches.

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San Diego, California

When you’re in San Diego, you can head to the beach or visit the San Diego Zoo. If you’re a hiker, then hit the trails and head out for a day wandering around on the miles of trails that cross the San Diego area. There is even a National Park in the city, so be sure to check out Cabrillo National Monument while you’re trekking along the coast where you can explore the tide pools or marvel at an 1854 lighthouse.

Nightlife abounds, so don’t miss out on the festive Gaslamp Quarter in the heart of San Diego where you’ll find all the best bars and music venues around. It is a haven for college students with its youthful vibrance.

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Mexico City, Mexico

If you can’t drive to Mexico City, Mexico, you might find airfares to be reasonable due to the currency exchange rate. If you do drive, have your passport handy. Mexico City is inexpensive, and the food and drink are plentiful. You’ll find fascinating architecture and outstanding artwork at the heart of the city. You’ll find the nightlife fantastic, but during the day, you won’t have a beach to hang out on, so you might have to settle for the hotel pool.

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Park City, Utah

Not a beach bum? Then take to the slopes for some skiing during spring break in beautiful Park City, Utah, where there is snow in April like up in the Wasatch Mountains. Main Street downtown is hopping with hotspots, and you can meet up with other spring breakers and dance to stay warm.

If you love wild stories, then check out the silver mining history of the town. Founded by prospectors in the 1860s, the entire history can be found at the Park City History Museum on Main Street, where you can examine old bank notes, read the tales, and relive the past.

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Habitat for Humanity

Not everyone is keen on drinking, partying, and clubbing, so there is an alternative to spring break you might want to consider. For the altruistic college student, Habitat for Humanity started the alternative spring break. You’ll spend time swinging a hammer rather than being hammered while you help homeowners improve their homes. You’ll walk in the footsteps of former President Jimmy Carter and serve communities in a meaningful way without spending one minute thinking about school. The only test you’ll have to take is whether or not you can aim a hammer.

Other organizations that need help are the United Way and Global Citizens Network. Every year, there are more than 10,000 high school and college students who sign up to make a difference by joining any of these organizations during spring break.


If you can’t wait to get away from your desk and feel the warm sun on your face, any one of these and other tourist destinations are happy to help you not study for a week or so.