Although spring break has become synonymous with impatient teachers, stir-crazy students and college-aged young adults sneaking away to exotic beaches. The week off from school provides ample opportunity to get over the winter blues and prepare for the renewal of spring. That week can turn into a long one if you have not made concrete plans, and the boredom can quickly get overwhelming.
No need to worry as there are many ways you can plan a last-minute spring break getaway for the family. In fact, you don’t have to go very far from home. You already have the makings of a fantastic adventure literally in your backyard.
Perhaps it is time to rediscover what makes where you live so attractive to people from other places. There is a reason tourists visit your city. Chances are, you may not have seen all the sites within a few minutes drive from your home. Touring your town is a wonderful way to show your family what makes where you live amazing, at the same time educating your children about your city and state’s history. A great place to start is to visit your state’s tourism website. These websites are specifically geared to draw people in, so you will find wonderful ideas as to where you can take the family. Pack a cooler, load up the car and be your own tourist.
Since you can find national parks in all but one state in America, chances are you have one nearby. Many people automatically think of well-known places like Yellowstone or the Grand Canyon, but the park services include monuments, parks, historic sites, government landmarks, recreation areas and nature reserves. The National Park Service website provides a comprehensive guide of places you may visit and what to expect when you get there. Check out these great places to stay during the warming spring time near Joshua Tree National Park in California and Shenandoah National Park in Virginia.
Like national parks, states have designated sites quite similar in nature. They can range from recreational areas to historic landmarks. In fact, some people would not be able to tell the difference between the two. The only major difference is one is administered by the federal government, while the other is managed by the state. Simply do a search for your state’s park website to discover places you may visit.
Museums house a variety of collections, and can range from local history, spaceships to American history and animals. All states have them, and they can be a great source of entertainment and education for the whole family. Washington D.C. in particular has dozens of museums. Find great deals on D.C. hotels by clicking here. Plus, by visiting over spring break, you’ll be able to see the cherry blossom’s lining the national mall. Most museums have websites where you can check for the latest features. You may also discover smaller, more localized museums with city-specific interests. If Idaho can have a potato museum, which they do, you can only imagine the wonders awaiting for you to discover.
Cultural tourism focuses on visiting places and sites specific to the regional interests and history of the people in that area. It could be really be anything from geopolitical to religious. These types of attractions tell the story of the local people and their history. If you happen to live in the New England area, these would be sites from colonial times or the American Revolution. In the Southwest, you might find sites still standing from when Spanish priests set up churches, which later became town centers. There are many spots across the US which tell stories about local Native American tribes. These cultural attractions are important to the story of the people who once lived, or still live, in your area.
This list, while not all inclusive, is a good jumping off point for you to get a spur of the moment spring break together. And if all else fails, you can still watch for last minute deals from the more traditional spring break adventures. Many resorts and theme parks do offer specials for late planners. Whatever you do, enjoy this time with your family and be sure to capture lots of photos!