When preparing for spring break, there are the usual beach cities that everyone seems to gravitate toward. The only problem is that those attractions are incredibly crowded, which never makes for a great trip. Instead, take a look at these five getaways that are unique and likely to be a little less crowded this spring.
Situated in America’s Pacific Northwest, Seattle is a cultural hub with many activities for tourists to enjoy. Starbucks addicts will want to make a pilgrimage to the original store at 1st and Pike. While there, venture into the famous Pike’s Place Market for local crafts and great food, either as raw ingredients or prepared delicacies. The Space Needle offers impressive views of the area, and the Experience Music Project (EMP) Museum offers a look into America’s pop culture. For more information about the city, visit http://www.seattle.gov/visiting-seattle/points-of-interest.
No list of quintessential American destinations would be complete without mentioning Williamsburg, Virginia. Colonial Williamsburg recreates the city on the brink of the Revolutionary War and allows visitors to learn what it meant to live in the time when our nation was born. Homes, shops and the Governor’s Palace look as they did way back when, and historical interpreters help make the visit seem that much more believable. Not far from the town is the site of the original Jamestown settlement, the first permanent English settlement in the Americas. To learn more about Colonial Williamsburg, visit the official website at https://www.colonialwilliamsburg.com/discover/.
New Orleans, Louisiana
Like Williamsburg, the city of New Orleans preserves its past to impress visitors. New Orleans, however, is a bit better known for the city’s laid-back attitude and fun parties. Any visitor to the city cannot miss Bourbon Street, the famous French Quarter’s main street. Now it is home to the city’s most famous bars, and its building style is unique and reflects the street’s long history. The French Quarter is full of great food, including the Café du Monde and its famous beignets. Multiple tours are available in the city to explore its history and famous sites. For more information, visit http://www.neworleansonline.com/.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Located in North Carolina and Tennessee, the Great Smoky Mountains are a wonderful natural beauty. The park is the perfect destination for active families and individuals, with plenty of opportunities for bicycling, hiking, fishing, horseback riding and more. Photographers will love the opportunities to see wildlife and plants in their natural habitats. If members of the group like natural beauty but prefer creature comforts and a city vibe, tourist hub Gatlinburg, Tennessee, is a short drive from the park’s border. Learn more about the park at http://smokymountains.com/.
The Grand Canyon
The Grand Canyon in northern Arizona is one of America’s most iconic destinations. For millions of years, the Colorado River has cut through the landscape, creating the canyon we see today that is about a mile deep. Most visitors go to the South Rim, which is open year-round and features the visitor center, scenic roads and places to eat and buy gifts. Adventurers who are not afraid of heights can visit the Skywalk at Eagle Point, a glass bridge that holds visitors over the canyon’s edge and challenges them to look down. For more about the Skywalk and area attractions, visit http://www.grandcanyonwest.com/.
This spring break, escape the crowded beaches by exploring all that this great country has to offer.
This article is presented by Perkins Motors in Colorado Springs, Colorado.