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Top Destinations for Spring Break

Learn about the top destinations for spring break in the U.S.

Some of the top desitnations for spring break in the U.S. include Florida, Utah,  Colorado and Wisconsin. [©Jupiter Images, 2009]
©Jupiter Images, 2009
Some of the top desitnations for spring break in the U.S. include Florida, Utah, Colorado and Wisconsin.

When flowers are in bloom and schools have recessed, many families take the opportunity to head to one of the U.S.'s top destinations for spring break. Such family vacations vary from frolicking in the sun for some early summertime fun to hitting the slopes and trying to hang on to the last bits of winter, and everything in between.

Spring Break Destinations in the North and South

No matter what the temperature, families can enjoy their spring break vacations in a climate-controlled amusement park setting at one of the many Great Wolf Lodge resorts around the United States. Great Wolf's gigantic indoor water parks -- along with themed restaurants, interactive arcades and full-service spas -- make summertime fun possible anytime, anywhere. Families looking to weatherproof their spring break can travel to Great Wolf Lodges in the Pocono Mountains, Pa.; Sandusky, Ohio; Traverse City, Mich.; Wisconsin Dells, Wis.; or Williamsburg, Va., just to name a few.

The entire state of Florida becomes abuzz with family vacationers each spring as thousands make the journey to the Sunshine State for spring training. The American Automobile Association (AAA) provides visitors with a schedule of Major League Baseball spring training sites and schedules. Of course, many families also choose to visit the Florida beaches, including Clearwater, Ft. Lauderdale and the Florida Keys.

But baseball and beaches are far from Florida's only offerings. Orlando's well-known amusement parks make for popular family fun spring break travel, as well. Walt Disney World, Universal Studios and SeaWorld parks all report some of their highest admissions of the year during spring break weeks. The parks even host some large-scale festivals with big name attractions during this time of year, such as Epcot's Flower and Garden Festival and Universal Studio's Mardi Gras Weekends. Disney also offers all-inclusive vacations on their cruise line, which leaves from the nearby Port Canaveral, Fla.

Spring Break Destinations in the East and West

Washington D.C.'s world famous Cherry Blossom Festival kicks off annually in late March or early April. The wondrous vision of the cherry blossoms in full bloom draws thousands to the city each year. The festival is sponsored by the National Cherry Blossom Festival Committee, which promotes the event and public participation surrounding the festival. Plus, the dozens of monuments and historical sites make Washington D.C. an educational trip for all family members.

Families looking to play in the snow can visit Rocky Mountain resort spots, such as Park City, Utah, or Winter Park, Colo., to ski their vacation away. Depending on the season's snowfall, the Rockies' ski season can last well into April, and late season deals on lodging and lift tickets are common.

Where to Find the Deals for Spring Break Vacations

Procrastinators may get the best vacation fare deals, as hotels, attractions and airlines offer many last-minute specials to fill vacancies. Although, resort destinations with unique or limited lodging features may require an advanced purchase in order to get the best rates. Snow Mountain Ranch YMCA Resort in Winter Park, Colo., for example, offers lodging that consists of a limited number of cabins that sleep five to 12 people and have their own kitchens, which book up quickly. Finally, some larger-scale U.S. resorts offer free nights of lodging with a certain number of consecutive purchased nights.

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