You’ve seen the television footage of beaches packed with college students celebrating – or over celebrating in some cases – a week free of classes and supervision. But honestly, that just doesn’t look all that appealing to you. Instead of wild parties this spring break, you want to get away from the pack and have your own adventure. Unlike your classmates, you want to remember your excursions.
Check out this list of spring break destinations you should consider if you have an adventurous spirit:
1. For the spirit that needs to unplug: Twentynine Palms, California
National Geographic explained that this is the camping getaway experience of a lifetime. Surround yourself in beautiful desert flora in Joshua Tree National Park which hosts over 750 different plant species in this 794,000-acre park. 585,000 acres of that land are preserved as wilderness, so a lot of the land is untouched and unmarked, free for you and wildlife to roam at will. The source explains that the plant diversity comes from being in an “ecosystem trifecta.” The Mojave Desert, the Colorado Desert and the Little San Bernardino Mountains all make up portions of the park, so you’ll see everything from fire-red ocotillo flowers to the creamy white blossoms decorating the Joshua trees. What’s the best part about this destination? There’s no cell phone service. So, make sure you don’t forget your favorite Baby-G pink series watch so you don’t lose track of time!
2. For the spirit that loves to give back: New Orleans, Louisiana
There are plenty of volunteer trips you can pick from, but the St. Bernard Project has put together a spring break itinerary for you to help residents who are still displaced from their homes that were damaged during Hurricane Katrina. This rewarding week will service senior citizens, people with disabilities and families affected by the hurricane. When you choose a trip that serves someone other than yourself, you’ll still feel refreshed at the end of your stay.
3. For the spirit that loves politics: Washington, D.C.
The Travel Channel suggested heading over to the nation’s capital and experience where laws and history are made. You’ll be able to take in all the museums that hold our country’s dearest treasures, including the Declaration of Independence, and dozens more monuments and attractions in our great capital. The source also recommended checking out the National Cherry Blossom Festival that is traditionally held from the end of March to about mid-April. You’ll have to look into the flower’s peak bloom date before you go, as it changes every year, but it’s worth it to see those little pink blossoms of over 3,000 trees.
4. For the spirit that needs to get out of the country: Corfu Island, Greece
This is the destination that all of your electronics pick for default backgrounds – you know, the place that doesn’t even look real? Well it is. USA Today recommended this island as a destination spot not just for its beauty, but also because it’s relatively cheap, especially while the Euro is so low. It’s located on the Ionian Sea in the northwest corner of Greece. You’ll fall in love with the clear blue Mediterranean water that’s surrounded by beautiful rocky outcrops and pristine beaches for a day of lounging in the sun.
5. For the spirit that’s always seeking new heights: Kilimanjaro, Tanzania
National Geographic put together a list of must-climb mountains, and Kilimanjaro should be at the top of your list. This mountain will get you out of the country to the great continent of Africa. It’s an exciting climb as it is made of three extinct volcanoes: Kibo, Mawenzi and Shira. The highest peak of the climb is 19,340 feet, giving you a bird’s-eye view of the wildlife and landscapes below. Are you up to the challenge?
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