Spring break was completely upended in 2020 when the news about the novel Coronavirus outbreak was sweeping the nation. The pandemic was hitting the U.S. right before the typical spring break season, forcing many to cancel their plans completely. However, now that a whole year has gone by, we have a better understanding of how to travel safely and maintain safe hygiene, we can explore the best spring break locations during the pandemic.
Safe Travel Guidelines
While following the CDC travel guidelines won’t eliminate your risk of contracting COVID-19, it can help reduce it. Therefore, take every safety precaution available and act wisely. The CDC recommends avoiding activities that will put you in high-risk environments, such as:
- Going to a large social gathering like a wedding, funeral, or party.
- Attending a mass gathering like a sporting event, concert, or parade.
- Being in crowds like in restaurants, bars, fitness centers, or movie theaters.
- Taking public transportation like planes, trains, or buses, or being in transportation hubs like airports.
- Traveling on a cruise ship or riverboat.
Additionally, make sure to bring plenty of extra facemasks, hand sanitizer, gloves, and disinfectant.
The Rebirth of the Road Trip
Since public modes of transportation such as airplanes and trains are typically crowded with people, many have chosen to travel via the open road. Whether that means packing up your own car or renting an RV, a road trip is a fun way to experience traveling while avoiding risky public situations.
We put together a list of the best spring break locations during the pandemic. These spots are typically less crowded, easy to get to and offer experiences outdoors or socially distanced. Consider planning a road trip to any of these awesome destinations.
Spring Break Locations During the Pandemic
1. South Padre Island, Texas
South Padre Island is a classic spring break destination for college students. Pool parties and concerts on the beach make it an exciting, attractive spot for those seeking exhilarating experiences.
2. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Myrtle Beach is a popular destination on the east coast because of its vast shoreline. The gorgeous beach stretches on for miles and miles, lined with resorts and beach rental properties for you and your fellow travelers to stay.
3. Phoenix, Arizona
Forego the beach altogether and head to a less crowded destination like Phoenix. The greater Phoenix area offers amazing desert hiking with cool temperatures this time of year. Book a rental property with a pool and you can spend the week in poolside bliss.
4. Grand Canyon, Arizona
Of course any of the natural wonders and incredible to visit any time of year, but this spring break makes them an even better option. Camp out with your family or friends and go on day hikes while observing the majestic beauty of the landscape. Avoid the crowds of people and blaze your own trail by visiting the Grand Canyon.
5. Bowling Green, Kentucky
Bowling Green is a hidden gem of a vacation spot. Enjoy ziplining, hiking, and take it underground with a tour of the Lost River Cave and Mammoth Cave National Park. Experience natural beauty that’s far from the traditional beach scene.
6. Santa Barbara, California
Thinking of heading up the west coast? Santa Barbara has many outdoor activities that are safe and socially distanced such as hiking and horseback riding. Explore the amazing parks that the state is well-known for within a short drive from Santa Barbara.
7. Reno Tahoe, Nevada
If the beach isn’t your scene and you’re looking for a snowy adventure, Reno Tahoe offers a myriad of skiing and snowboarding opportunities. With the largest concentration of ski resorts in the U.S., Reno Tahoe is a skier’s paradise. Hit the slopes all day and then warm up at one of the chalets nearby.
8. Taos, New Mexico
Taos is known for having great snow sports and great culture. This little town is perfect for getting away from the big city hustle and bustle and carving out time on the slopes. Enjoy the New Mexican food and culture in between skiing and snowboarding sessions.
9. Telluride, Colorado
Telluride is widely regarded as one of the best destinations in the U.S. for snow sports. The incredible snowfall, numerous, winding trails, and city culture make it fun for skiers and snowboarders of any skill level. When you’re too tired, enjoy the cozy accommodations at one of the many resorts.
From all of us at Park Place Finance, we hope you have a fun, safe spring break this year.