25 Cheap Spring Break Trips You Can Book Right Now (Video)
Last-minute spring break trips can still be affordable, if you know where to look.
Spring break is coming quickly, but if you haven’t had a chance to book a getaway for 2019 yet, don’t fret.
There are still a range of popular U.S. spring break destinations you can travel to this year, with airfare prices starting as low as $107 round-trip.
To help those looking to take a last-minute getaway while still keeping the trip within budget, Cheapflights.com has broken down 25 destinations where spring breakers will find affordable options based on average airfares from March 4-15, 2019.
This year, all of the 25 cheapest stops fell within the U.S., giving American travelers close options to choose from.
Whether you’re looking to hit the beach or take in the view, here are the most affordable stops to book a trip to this spring.
From the Northeast:
Fort Lauderdale, Florida (average airfare $162): This beach destination is a popular spring break stop thanks to its combination of lively bars, delectable food, and clear waters.
Atlanta, Georgia (average airfare $173): Head to Atlanta in the spring, and you’ll be greeted with blooming azaleas and dogwoods throughout. Take the scenery in while enjoying activities like a 15-course tasting at seven locally owned eateries through the Atlanta Southern Food Tour.
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina (average airfare $175): Myrtle Beach is another hotspot for spring break, thanks to its combination of beach houses that provide easy access to the water and its mix of bars, clubs, and nightlife arenas that host special events for spring breakers.
Orlando, Florida (average airfare $181): Besides its countless theme parks, Orlando is also home to warm temperatures in the spring that allow for activities like boat tours to explore the area’s flora and fauna, al fresco dining, and relaxing dips in one of its many sprawling resort pools.
Houston, Texas (average airfare $182): With average temperatures of 90 degrees Fahrenheit or more throughout most of the year, Houston offers visitors outdoor activities to take part in throughout the year, but in the spring, visitors can take part in special activities like shows, crafts, and interactive performances across its parks and museums.
From the Southeast:
Atlanta, Georgia (average airfare $107): Besides its historic offerings and its Southern cuisine, Atlanta is also home to family-friendly activities like visits to the nearby Six Flags Over Georgia — the largest regional theme park in the Southeast with more than 40 rides and attractions and a water park.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (average airfare $121): Celebrate the arrival of spring at the Philadelphia Flower Show, America’s biggest and longest-running flower show. The show, which runs from March 2 to 10, includes designers from more than 20 countries around the world that create elaborate arrangements.
Chicago, Illinois (average airfare $180): Thanks to warmer temperatures, those who visit Chicago in the spring can have the opportunity to explore its more than 500 parks at a relaxed pace.
Washington, D.C. (average airfare $188): Get immersed in the heart of spring with Washington, D.C.’s various floral-themed exhibits and attractions you can explore throughout March, including a display of new American gardens renovated in the last five years at the U.S. Botanic Garden. Orchids also abound at the "Orchids: Amazing Adaptations" display held in the Kogud Courtyard of the Smithsonian American Art Museum.
Tampa, Florida (average airfare $197): Tampa is home to a combination of waterways and beaches to enjoy thanks to the warm weather the area receives throughout the year. Explore its urban parks like the Tampa Riverwalk, where you’ll find a combination of bars and restaurants, or embark on outdoor activities like paddling along the Hillsborough River for a scenic ride.
From the West:
San Francisco, California (average airfare $124): San Francisco is booming with parades, festivals, and performances to take part in throughout March, from Mardi Gras celebrations on March 5 to film festivals like the International Ocean Film Festival (March 7-10).
Denver, Colorado (average airfare $126): Beer fans can explore the city's numerous brewpubs, while those looking to get outside will also find magnificent natural attractions like the nearby Red Rocks Amphitheatre to wander through. The hiking trails here weave through its colorful rock formations to create magnificent views throughout.
Portland, Oregon (avarage airfare $156): Thanks to warmer temperatures, visitors can take in the various craft breweries, food trucks, and foodie stops that Portland is known for. The city is also blanketed with cherry trees, roses, azaleas, and rhododendrons in the springtime to offer lovely views with every stroll.
Las Vegas, Nevada (average airfare $167): The pools here slowly start to open in March, offering partiers the chance to keep the party going from day to night at the city's nightclubs.
Seattle, Washington (average airfare: $186): The University of Washington is known for its display of cherry blossoms, which are forecasted to arrive this year during the third week of March. Catch them before your departure and be treated to seas of pink. Those willing to drive one hour out to La Conner can also take in entire fields that are filled with bright daffodils.
From the Midwest:
Washington, D.C (average airfare $125): Besides its floral displays, Washington, D.C. also offers visitors headed into the city before April 21 a chance to take a look inside James McNeill Whistler’s Peacock Room in its original splendor as the room’s shelves have been removed to allow guests to admire the intricate peacock patterns and artwork on the walls.
Boston, Massachusetts (average airfare $147): Though temperatures are still cooler in Boston at the start of March, indoor activities visitors can explore include stops into the SoWa art and design district, which hosts more than 200 galleries, studios, boutiques, restaurants, and markets. These spaces open their doors for the public to enjoy art-filled walks on the first Friday of each month starting on March 1.
Salt Lake City, Utah (average airfare $172): Those looking to ski one last time before the season ends can head to the Salt Lake City area's ski resorts.
Jacksonville, Florida (average airfare $189): As Florida’s largest city, Jacksonville is home to a variety of beaches. In fact, it’s home to more than 20 miles of wide and often uncrowded beaches, according to Visit Florida representatives. The Riverside Arts Market is available each Saturday throughout the year, offering art and jewelry, while warmer temperatures are ideal for enjoying the city’s growing craft-beer scene and its various natural parks.
Austin, Texas (average airfare $200): Music lovers will find more than 250 live music venues to check out in Austin, while families can also enjoy activities like miniature train rides in Zilker Park and canoe rides on Lady Bird Lake. Zilker Park is also home to hiking and biking trails, and the spring-fed Barton Springs Pool, which is open year-round.
From the Southwest:
Dallas, Texas (average airfare $145): Those visiting Dallas in the spring have the opportunity to visit one of the Southwest’s largest floral festivals through Dallas Blooms at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden. The festival, which runs through April 7, includes a whopping 500,000 tulips and hundreds of additional spring flower species that douse the area in color.
West Palm Beach, Florida (average airfare $146): West Palm Beach, along Florida’s Atlantic coast, is home to a variety of soft-sand beaches that visitors can take advantage of in the springtime thanks to its warm temperatures. Enjoy ocean swims before heading to its downtown area to explore an array of bars, nightclubs, and shops.
Seattle, Washington (average airfare $176): Foothills and ski resorts in close proximity offer those headed to Seattle in March the chance to still take in some last-minute skiing, while the city is also booming with festivals throughout the month.
Los Angeles, California (average airfare: $182): Soak up the sunshine in Los Angeles before exploring some of the city's art scene at stops like the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and its famous Rain Room.
Nashville, Tennessee (average airfare: $182): Known for its music scene, Nashville is home to a wide variety of free music events visitors can take advantage of throughout the year, while the spring also brings more than 150,000 bulbs of everything from hyacinths to magnolias that bloom in the Cheekwood Estate and Gardens.