Need some ideas for your family’s spring break in 2021? When planning a family vacation, you typically don’t have to work around a global pandemic. With travel restrictions still in place all over the world, domestic travel is more appealing than ever. Luckily, the United States is bursting with incredible destinations for the whole family to explore. From picturesque beaches to national parks, there’s beauty to be seen and fun to be had all over the country.
Here are the top 21 spring break destinations for families in 2021:
1. WASHINGTON, DC
Between the astounding national history, a wealth of museums, and incredible food, DC is a fantastic spot for families. Springtime is the perfect time to visit, as the famous cherry blossoms are in full swing and you can check out the National Cherry Blossom Festival.
2. CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA
This thriving town known for its incredible food, palm tree-lined streets, and rows of colorful houses. Families can enjoy the beach by day and stroll through the bustling downtown by night. As one of the oldest cities in America, there are also plenty of ghost tours to get your blood pumping if you have older children.
3. SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA
A haven known for its year-round sunny weather, San Diego is a great spot for a family vacation. With no shortage of stunning beaches, culture, and mouthwatering cuisine, there’s something to be enjoyed by everyone.
4. KAUAI, HAWAII
Get ready to feel like you’ve stepped into a postcard. The northernmost island of Hawaii is less well-known than Honolulu and Oahu, meaning it’s much less crowded and therefore perfect for a family vacation. While the crowds are fewer, Kauai is filled with stunning natural beauty and family-friendly adventures.
5. HELEN, GEORGIA
A tiny Bavarian village tucked away in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Helen will make you feel like you’ve been transported to a town in Germany. Located about 85 miles north of Atlanta, Helen is the third most visited place in Georgia. Grab some German food and beer, stroll through downtown for unique local goods, or go hiking in the nearby mountains.
6. ORLANDO, FLORIDA
When I think family-friendly, Orlando is one of the first cities that comes to mind. Home to Disney World and Universal Studios, Orlando is one of the top spring break destinations for families for good reason.
7. BOULDER, COLORADO
This mountain town has an urban atmosphere surrounded by panoramic mountain views. Stroll through Pearl Street Mall for shopping and great food, then go hiking on one of the many beautiful trails. Centrally located within an hour of Denver and the Rocky Mountain National Park, Boulder is also the perfect starting point for day trips.
8. HILTON HEAD, SOUTH CAROLINA
With world-renowned golf courses, radiant beaches, and a bustling town center, Hilton Head is an amazing place for families to visit.
9. TEMPE, ARIZONA
This vibrant desert town has a surprisingly awesome food scene and a ton of family-friendly attractions. Check out the Desert Botanical Garden, go hiking in Papago Park, or hit the Phoenix Zoo to see over 1,200 animals.
10. GALVESTON, TEXAS
Located along the Gulf Coast, Galveston is a gorgeous beach town with plenty to do. It’s inexpensive and a little quiet compared to other spring break spots, making it perfect for visiting families. Soak up some sun on the beach or hit the local amusement park, Moody Gardens.
11. OUTER BANKS, NORTH CAROLINA
The Outer Banks offers plenty of charming beach towns like Duck, Corolla, and Kitty Hawk. Less crowded than it is in the summer, spring break is a great time to visit for a relaxing getaway filled with warm-weather activities.
12. PALM SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA
The spring break is the best time to visit Palm Springs because the weather is warm, but not hot the way the desert gets in the summer. Take in the vast array of culture and live music, or head over to Joshua Tree National Park for the iconic picturesque views.
13. ZION NATIONAL PARK, UTAH
Home to some of the most beautiful sights you will ever see, Zion National Park is definitely a bucket list destination. From massive canyons to gushing waterfalls, you’re surrounded by the natural beauty that the whole family can appreciate everywhere you turn.
14. THOMASVILLE, GEORGIA
This award-winning town is rich with a history that lives on in the brick-paved streets and preserved historical landmarks. Strolling through Thomasville, you’ll feel like you’ve been transported back to the Victorian era. With ample museums, beautiful sights, and great food, this town makes for a great spring break family trip.
15. PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA
Famous for its historical significance, Philadelphia is so much more than just the home of the Liberty Bell. With stunning architecture, a thriving arts scene, and amazing food, Philadelphia is a fantastic spring break trip for the whole family. Be sure to ask a local about the best spot for the famous Philly Cheese Steak!
16. FLORIDA KEYS, FLORIDA
If you want to feel like you’ve stepped into a paradise for the week, the Florida Keys is the place to be. With sandy beaches, crystal blue waters, and a ton of tourist attractions, this is a spring break your family won’t soon forget.
17. SEDONA, ARIZONA
Not only is spring weather in Arizona absolutely gorgeous, but Sedona is filled with jaw-dropping sights that make it the perfect spring break destination for adventurous families. There are a ton of stunning natural rock formations and an endless supply of outdoor activities like hiking, zip lining, and off-roading.
18. ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI
Home of the famous Gateway Arch, this wildly underrated city is a hub of art and culture. St. Louis is a thriving city filled with eclectic shops, vibrant museums, and hip breweries. Nestled on the banks of the Mississippi River, this beautiful city deserves way more credit than it gets.
19. LAKE TAHOE, CALIFORNIA
This laid-back mountain town features crystal blue waters, luxury resorts, and lakeside casinos. The stunning views of the lake are reason enough to visit, but there are also plenty of family-friendly activities for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts.
20. HISTORIC TRIANGLE, VIRGINIA
Jamestown, Yorktown, and Williamsburg make up Virginia’s Historic Triangle. Often spotted on lists of the top destinations in the U.S. for tourism, the Historic Triangle is home to three of the oldest towns in the country. Once you’ve gotten your fill of colonial history, be sure to take the kids to Busch Gardens in Williamsburg.
21. NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK
This wouldn’t be a complete list of U.S. spring break destinations without the Big Apple! With some of the best art, culture, and food in the country, New York City has something for every member of the family to enjoy. Catch a show on Broadway, check out the luxury shopping on Madison Avenue, and stroll through Times Square for a sight everyone needs to see at least once.
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