Where to take the kids for Spring Break

The year is flying by, but there’s still time to plan an epic family spring break. Since this brief mid-year getaway typically only lasts a week, many American travelers are staying closer to home. However, after two years of relatively limited travel, many families may just be willing to go further afield in 2022.

Iconic spring break destinations are popular again this year, with beach destinations and national parks leading the way and many families planning trips to Mexico and the Caribbean to relax by the beach.


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For travelers staying in the United States, many families look to North Carolina’s Outer Banks for their beach getaways. The popular islands off the coast offer beautiful beaches, boutique hotels and a number of vacation rentals as well as a mild climate.

National parks remain one of the most popular spring break trends for families, with many looking to get by in campgrounds or RV parks as the popularity of RV travel continues to increase.

Parks such as Joshua Tree and Death Valley in the California desert as well as parks in the western part of the country are especially popular with travelers in the spring as they enjoy milder temperatures than during the summer months.

Zion National Park, the Grand Canyon and Yosemite are great destinations for families with an abundance of popular activities and sights to see.

Zion National Park (photo via Joecho-16/iStock/Getty Images Plus)
Zion National Park (photo via Joecho-16/iStock/Getty Images Plus)

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is America’s most visited park, and in the spring, blooming wildflowers greet visitors.

For winter sports enthusiasts, spring break is a farewell to the winter season. Families of skiers and snowboarders looking for spring break mountain excursions will find great deals on lift tickets and lower prices on accommodation during the spring season. There are also fewer crowds and fun events. Look to California’s Eastern Sierra resort towns, such as Tahoe and Mammoth Lakes, as well as Park City, Sun Valley and the Colorado Rockies, for family fun in the sun and snow.

Parents looking for an educational vacation can take their kids to Washington, D.C. The capital of the United States is the perfect place for an educational experience at any age, with some of the best museums in the country, stunning national monuments and institutions iconic. Kids of all ages will enjoy the International Spy Museum, and the Smithsonian National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute is a must-see.

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Families looking to travel farther afield are looking to Mexico and the Caribbean during spring break.

Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic and St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands are among the hottest destinations right now. For families, Bavaro Beach in Punta Cana is one of the best with a long stretch of white sand, plenty of restaurants, and all-inclusive resorts that won’t blow the budget.

A mother and her children look at a marine iguana endemic to the Galapagos Islands (photo via shalamov/iStock/Getty Images Plus)
A mother and her children look at a marine iguana endemic to the Galapagos Islands (photo via shalamov/iStock/Getty Images Plus)

Families who want to do something educational together for spring break can head to the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador. The popular wildlife destination enjoys perfect weather during the spring months, and a seven-day getaway in the region is just the time to take in all these islands have to offer, from strolling on pristine beaches while spotting the blue-footed booby swimming with sea turtles and sharks and visiting giant tortoises. It is sure to be a vacation that every member of the family will remember.

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