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8 Spring Break Destinations that are Not Beachy

by Char Kernen on February 20, 2023

Non-Beachy Spring Break Destinations for 2023

Like many people, when I think about spring break, I think about heading to the Beach, or at least heading to a warm place with access to a pool, and a beach nearby of course.

Do you agree? I think it also has to do with living in a cold climate. By March and April we are ready to get outside and take in some sunshine.

However, there are plenty of other destinations that can offer just as much sun, fun, and excitement. This is especially true if you love to see the outdoors.

This week we are exploring some of the non-beach spring break locations, including locations out west, south, and also some parts of the mid-west.


 New Orleans, LA

This is a perfect location to consider visiting if you are a foodie and enjoy high-energy day and nightlife. There is music in almost every bar and many musicians take to the streets in the French Quarter which makes this area a must see when visiting.

Home to the popular Mardi Gras celebration, (which is gearing up as I write this, with the big party happening tomorrow), this city also offers a unique culture, historic architecture, and don’t forget grab a beignet from the iconic Café DuMonde while visiting.

New Orleans can get very hot and very humid during the summer months, making February-April a great time to visit. Temperatures are typically mid 60’s – to high 70’s during the day, and evening temps range from 50 (even high 40’s) – 60 depending on the month you visit.

For more information on visiting this unique city, check out https://www.neworleans.com https://www.getyourguide.com/neworleans. You will not be sorry!


Las Vegas, NV

When you think of Las Vegas you may think it is all about casino, gambling and nightlife. Although there is some merit to that statement, Las Vegas has changed a bit and offers much more these days.

It is home to world-class entertainment, arguably some of the best shows in the country. It is also home to10 Michelin starred top rated restaurants. Pretty impressive.

Most resorts on the main strip offer 5-star accommodations, and if you love to shop, you will not be disappointed.

Looking to get outdoors for some adventure, take a day trip to the beautiful Lake Meade.

The weather in Vegas can get very hot. But March and April is a great time to visit as temperatures are not too bad. Day temps are usually between 70’s -80, and evening temps can fall to somewhere around 50.

For more information of what is happening in Las Vegas visit https://www.visitlasvegas.com.


Moab, UT

Looking for adventure? Love to hike? Consider visiting Moab, where you can expect sunny skies, temperatures to be mild in March & April (60-70 during the day & 40’s to 50 in the evening), and many places to experience the beautiful outdoors.

One of the more popular attractions for this destination is Arches National Park.  Visit Corona Arch, Double Arch and Courthouse Towers. Do you love to mountain bike? Consider Canyonland National Parks. Hike Mesa Arch area, mountain climb at Indian Creek, or stargaze at night while camping in this beautiful area.

This area can also be very budget friendly as most of your time will be spent outdoors. For more info on this adventure driven destination check out https://www.visitutah.com.


San Francisco, CA

This is a great destination for any traveler any time of year. In Mar & Apr the temperatures are mild (upper 60’s to 70’s) during the day,  and 40’s to 50’s in the evening.

This popular urban city has something to offer every type of traveler. The list of attractions is endless really, but here are few of the most popular ones.

Take a drive across the Golden Gate Bridge. The bridge connects the San Francisco Peninsula to the Marin Headlands.

Visit Alcatraz Island on a night tour.

Have lunch at Alamo Square Park and view the famous Victorian Homes known as the Painted Ladies located on Steiner St.

Spend a day at Fisherman’s Wharf and Pier 39. Enjoy a meal at one of the many restaurants and stroll past and visit the wonderful shops in the area.

Ride a cable car.

Take a ride down Lombard Street. It is famous for its hairpin turns and steep incline. This area also represents London’s evolution hundreds of years ago.

These are just some of the most popular area’s to visit, but there is so much more from museums, to naval ships, to pother popular areas in and near the city. For more info visit https://www.sftravel.com.


Denver, CO

If you love the mountains and the outdoors this is a great destination to consider. Also, if you are a skier, March is a great time to hit the slopes at one of the many ski towns near Denver. Some of the most popular include; Aspen, Vail, Breckenridge, Keystone, Beaver Creek, just to name a few.

Not a skier, no problem. Denver has something for everyone. Known as the Mile High City, the city is a foodie paradise. In addition, there are over 100 taprooms and breweries.

Visit one of the many museums or gardens, or check out the Denver Zoo, or Union Station.

Visit Rocky Mountain National Park only 2 hours outside the city. Looking for something closer, take an hour’s drive south to Colorado Springs and visit Pikes Peak. It is so worth it!

For more info go to https://www.colorado.com and type in Denver.


Austin, TX

Known as the Live Music Capital of the World, Austin beats to its own drum, and is legendary for its night life. If you are a music lover, a visit to this city is a must.

Austin’s food scene is also incredible, they have some of the best BBQ I have ever had. Another place to visit while there is Torchy’s Taco’s, again, amazing!

The city also has a vibrant art scene and is worth checking out. Walk down some of the iconic streets of Austin and you will surely get an understanding.

Take a walking tour or go on your own to the downtown area, or take a tour to Hill Country you won’t be disappointed.

The weather is perfect in Mar & Apr, 70 – 80 during the day and 50’s in the evening.

For more info on all there is to do here check out  https://www.austintexas.org.


Orlando, FL

Looking for a fun family or friend getaway, Orlando has something for everyone. From the twelve main theme parks; Universal, Disneyworld, Sea World, etc. to the many water parks, and the shopping from outlets to Disney Springs, you cannot go wrong heading to Orlando.

The weather is beautiful in Mar & Apr (high 70’s – mid 80’s during the day & high 50’s – 60’s in the evening) and for the most part sunny! The humidity is also a little less during these months as compared to the summer months.

Orlando can be on the pricey side when considering your budget. Plan your activities in advance and do your homework so that you are not surprised once there at the cost of things.

Check out this website for all the info on what Orlando offers https://www.visitorlando.com.


Nashville, TN

Are you a country music fan? Love the music scene? Nashville is a great place to visit for Spring Break. But there is more to this city than the bars on Broadway and live entertainment, although this street is worth visiting.

There is a lot of history here. Take in a tour of the city and surrounding areas. Take a tour of where all the Nashville stars live.

Visit the Country Music Hall of Fame, The Ryman Auditorium, and The Grand Olde Opry, you will not be disappointed.

The weather is mild in Mar & Apr(60 – 70 during the day & 40-50 in the evening) so it is a great time to visit.

For all the info on this very cool city check out https://www.visitmusiccity.com/things-to-do.

Whether you're looking for adventure, relaxation, or just a change of scenery, these destinations are sure to provide an unforgettable spring break experience.




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