Here are just a few destinations that will make for excellent trips this Spring Break — no passports required.
Looking for great trip idea this Spring Break, but you forgot to renew your passport? Not to worry! There are excellent Spring Break destinations right here in the United States that are perfect for families and adventurous college students. Whether you’re traveling on a tight budget or planning to splurge with your tax rebate, here are just a few destinations that will make for excellent trips this Spring Break — no passports required.
1. Puerto Rico
If you’re desperate to get out of the continental United States, you can head to the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico without a passport. Because Puerto Rico is a US territory, you can get there with just a driver’s license and enjoy a vacation of beaches, parties, culture, and endless fun. The drinking age in Puerto Rico is 18, making it a favorite spot for college groups.
2. St. Croix
The US Virgin Islands are also a US possession, so you don’t need a passport to get here, either. On St. Croix, St. John, and St. Thomas you can enjoy scuba diving, snorkeling, warm sandy beaches, and botanical gardens. These islands also offer historical tours, festivals, and excellent food. Do a little research to find out which of these three islands have all of the beachy thrills you’re looking for.
3. Las Vegas
You can never go wrong with Vegas. It’s is a great destination for everyone, especially travelers living in the Southwest. Just a three or four hour drive from Los Angeles, Vegas offers the whole world on one street. Whether you want a high-rolling adventure filled with fancy hotel rooms and irresponsible gaming or a cheap getaway characterized by an off-strip motel, lazing by the pool, and nights filled with people watching, you can find it all in Vegas. The nearby Red Rock Canyon is also a great spot for nature seekers looking for break from the bright lights of Sin City.
As you may have learned from watching Portlandia, Portland, Oregon is a hipster’s dream destination. It’s full of funky bookshops, artisan coffee shops, and enough foodie enclaves to make even the most pretentious twenty-something die of happiness. But Portland has a lot more to offer than that. The beautiful city is surrounded by great nature including the stunning Columbia Gorge, Mt. Hood, and the nearby Oregon coast. It’s also a beer-lover’s dream destination with over fifty breweries located in the city and twenty more within a few miles.
5. Washington DC
If you’d like to learn a thing or two while on vacation this spring, head to Washington DC and check out some of our nation’s most fascinating and beloved national treasures. Take a stroll on the National Mall, snap some photos of the White House, or head to the Smithsonian to learn a thing or two about our nation’s history. Spring is an ideal time to visit the District of Columbia because it’s when the National Cherry Blossom Festival takes place. All around the city, cherry trees are in full bloom from mid-March to mid-April. If you’ve never seen it before, it’s truly a wonderful site.
Rob Lee is co-founder of Swift Passport and Visa Services. Originally from Michigan, Rob is an avid fisherman and SCUBA diver who enjoys adventure travel.