Vacation Ideas to Help Make the Most of Spring Break

Spring break is finally upon us, and many are looking for a reprieve from their daily lives. Maybe you already have plans for the upcoming holiday or are still fishing around for something to do. Here are some suggestions for families, parents, college students, and everyone in between to have the best spring break possible.

Anytime off from school can be hard for parents of young children. It seems that they are only contained and occupied for so long these days. Some spring break ideas that you might like to explore include taking the kids on a picnic in the park. You can make it especially fun by planning a treasure hunt around the park, or serving homemade treats such as popsicles and other delicious foods. Outdoor activity is your friend for tiring out the younger kids.

Staying home this spring break? No worries, there is plenty to do around the area to make your staycation feel like you went out of town. Go to Pigeon Forge or Gatlinburg to do outdoor and indoor activities. You can go zip-lining, bungee jumping, take an ATV tour, or go horseback riding, not to mention the scores of attractions spread throughout the area and the national park. For adults there is always the possibility of taking the day with friends to go wine tasting.

Maybe you have been somewhere for what seems like a thousand times. Try something new and explore a city that you are familiar with. You never know what kinds of shops or attractions could be waiting for you that you never noticed, like wooden roller coasters found in both Gatlinburg and Townsend. You could spend your vacation going on a wildflower pilgrimage, getting a chance to be a botanist for a weekend. You can even rent a cabin and spend the week with friends taking in the Smoky Mountains.

Looking for other day trip ideas? Head to Nashville! If the weather happens to be less than perfect, something inside like The Opryland Hotel or the famous Loveless Café may suit your needs. If the weather permits, visit Cumberland Park, Stones River Battle Field for the history buffs, or the Juno Stables.

Maybe you have a little bit more in the budget to do some traveling over your spring break. Experts have narrowed down the cheapest vacation destinations so you can have fun and not break the bank. Myrtle Beach, Daytona, and South Padre Island round out the top three spots.

If you aren’t feeling the beach and are looking to explore, Nashville, San Diego, Austin and New Orleans have been given the rest of the top seven cheapest travel destinations. You can load up your family or friends, explore one of these great cities, and take in all that they have to offer. You never know what kind of adventures might await you. Many of these destinations have rich histories, with dozens of notable locations to experience.

Wherever you decide to go this spring break, take the week to relax and forget about the usual routine. You’ve earned the break, no matter how busy you think that you are. Take a moment to enjoy being together with friends and family. Be mindful and have the best time possible. The Jefferson County Post hopes you have a safe and joyous spring break!

Source: Elizabeth Lane, Jefferson County Post Staff Writer

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