With winter in full swing in most of the country, cabin fever is also in full effect. The tried and true cure is to start planning a way to get away – and soon. Spring break is just around the corner and will give the whole family a way to unwind, stretch their legs, and get outside again. Here are four destinations perfect for spring break, whether you are looking for some early sun or to catch the last of the snow.
Palm Springs, California
This desert oasis gets more than 350 days of sunshine! Still, springtime is arguably the best time to go. The weather ranges from about 80-90 degrees Fahrenheit during March and April, so those tired of winter can warm their bones. And there is plenty for the family to do: take the Palm Springs Aerial Tram to the top of Mount San Jacinto for a gorgeous view, play a round of golf at Tahquitz Creek Golf Resort, or take a family hike in the Indian Canyons, which are full of ancient palm groves. In the evenings, stroll around Villagefest, an outdoor market in downtown Palm Springs that features an array of artists, entertainers, and vendors. Of course, if you rent a home with a private pool, you may want to just stay put the whole time! Check out rentals in Palm Springs.
Gulf Shores, Alabama
The whole family will have a blast on the Gulf Shores of Alabama. Weather ranges from 65-80 degrees Fahrenheit, so you will have a chance to enjoy the beach as well as loads of outdoor activities. Enjoy games on the sand, try your hand at a round of golf, go sailing or kayaking, take a dolphin cruise, and enjoy incredible seafood dinners overlooking the ocean. And with the waterfront as your backyard, your rental home will feel like a getaway in itself. Check out rentals in Alabama.
Whistler, British Columbia, Canada
If you and your gang are chasing snow instead of sun, head to Whistler for spring break. The northern climate means that ski conditions are excellent well into the end of March and early April. Hit the slopes on skis, boards, snowshoes, or a snowmobile. Other outside-of-the-box activities include winter ziplining, dog sledding, winter bungee jumping, and touring the Whistler Olympic Park. There’s plenty to do all day and a warm fire to come home to at night. Check out rentals in Whistler.
Smoky Mountains of Tennessee
When you think Smoky Mountains, you might think fall foliage. But springtime offers a whole new view: the wildlife is waking up from hibernation, and the flowers begin to bloom in the valley. So exploring the numerous hiking trails or taking scenic drives in the mountains will be a treat for travelers of all ages. Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge feature a range of festivals and events this time of year as well, including the Dollywood Festival of Nations, the Gatlinburg Smoky Mountain Wine Fest, and the Wildflower Pilgrimage in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Check out cabin rentals in the Smoky Mountains.