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Spring Break Destinations: The Coolest City Escapes

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If sandy shores aren’t your vibe this spring break, why not shake things up with a visit to one of these vibrant cities? Packed with endless excitement and all the ingredients for an unforgettable getaway, these urban hotspots offer a fresh twist on the classic spring break experience!

Las Vegas, NV

If you still want to party where it’s hot, spend your spring break on The Strip!

Even though you’re not actually at the beach, Las Vegas has plenty of pools to keep you cool. Though you’ll have to pay a cover charge, you’ll get access to an indulgent all-day party at places like Tao Beach Club at The Venetian, Wet Republic at MGM Grand, or Rehab at the Hard Rock.

At night, move your party to one of the famous Vegas clubs like Marquee at The Cosmopolitan, Light at Mandalay Bay (where you can spot Cirque du Soleil acrobats high up in the air above the dancing), or XS at the Wynn Encore. And for a cheaper, more casual party, go to The Rockhouse, which prides itself on its “ultra dive bar” status.

For some good eats that will still leave you plenty of cash to party, try Tacos & Tequila at the Luxor or Burger Bar at Mandalay Bay, which offers a build-your-own burger menu. Or just fill up on one of the extensive breakfast buffets, and you might not need to eat again all day!

How to get there: Book a ticket to Las Vegas from Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, and many other places across the country!

Nashville, TN

If you love live music and the casual friendliness of the Midwest, you’ll love spending your spring break in Nashville!

Broadway is Nashville’s main drag, and Lower Broad is where the party starts…and continues all night long. You can simply wander down the street and bar hop to your heart’s content, but if you’re looking for that spring break scene – and a mechanical bull – don’t miss Tequila Cowboy (and Wanna B’s Karaoke Bar next door).

For spots that locals frequent, check out Tin Roof for live music that’s more than just the traditional honky tonk. And Acme Feed & Seed offers up excellent food, creative cocktails, and a small stage for that honky tonk feel.

When in Nashville, you have to get yourself some hot chicken. Prince’s Hot Chicken is the original place for this signature city dish, but you could be in for a long wait due to its enduring popularity. Another favorite option is Hattie B’s, which probably will have a line, too, but not as long as the one at Prince’s. Plus, Hattie B’s is centrally located – and they have pimento mac and cheese!

How to get there: Book a ticket to Nashville from Louisville, St. Louis, Cincinnati, and lots of other locations!

Savannah, GA

For a dose of Southern charm, make Savannah your spring break spot!

This gorgeous town is easily walkable, making it convenient to explore everything you want to see – and to make your own bar crawl. The Historic District is the heart of the city, full of restaurants, shopping, arts and culture, as well as plenty of Instagram-worthy places for pictures, thanks to the cobblestone streets, immaculately maintained parks and gardens, and that signature Spanish moss.

If you want to spend your spring break shopping for the new season, the boutiques in Savannah are made for you. Spend your day strolling the City Market and River Street before hitting the bars at night.

When you’re ready to party, get your dance on at The Jinx, which features live music and a dance floor in a fun and funky atmosphere, which attracts all types in the crowd. Congress Street Social Club is a great place to bring your group of friends – and make new ones! And for a party scene with the best view in town, grab a drink at Rocks on the Roof, overlooking the river.

If you end up with an urge to hit the beach, Tybee Island is just a quick day trip from Savannah!

How to get there: Book a ticket to Savannah from Atlanta, Charlotte, Jacksonville, and many other cities, too!

New York City, NY

No matter what you’re interested in exploring, you can’t go wrong with spring break in New York City!

The only problem with a trip to NYC is that you can’t possible do everything, so you’ll have to narrow it down. Make it a Brooklyn break, and you’ll never have to leave the borough, with its bars, restaurants, parks, and, of course, hipster hotspots – plus, a stunning view of Manhattan across the river.

Or walk across the Brooklyn Bridge for an experience (and Instagram pics) to remember. And keep with the walking on air theme with a visit to the High Line, an elevated park created on old railroad tracks with restaurants, shops, food carts, and art installations along the way.

Find the New York that is right for you – appreciate art at The Met or one of the many small galleries, get lost in Central Park, eat street food or splash out on a five-star meal. Whether you prefer an exclusive club, a cocktail bar with creative mixologists, or a brewpub pouring local beer, you’ll also find plenty of ways to party in NYC.

How to get there: Book a ticket to New York City from Boston, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Toronto, and just about anywhere else around North America!

Make the most of spring break by booking a ticket to one of these cities on or by downloading the Wanderu app, and get ready to explore!

And if you’re not the city type, check out our spring break destination guides to beach getaways and outdoor adventures!

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Kate Sedrowski

Kate Sedrowski

Kate Sedrowski is on a mission to spread delight while inspiring and encouraging people to travel. Her favorite travel companion is her teddy bear, and her favorite souvenir is the scar from the broken nose she got in a snowball fight in Québec City.

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