BOSTON, Feb. 15, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The countdown to Spring Break is on, but don't worry if you haven't figured out where you're headed. There's still time to book your getaway, with plenty of affordable options for folks traveling from every part of the country.
Whether your idea of Spring Break involves exploring a Caribbean island, bar-hopping between sets in the live music capital of Austin, or joining spring breakers at a classic Florida beach bash, the travel experts at Cheapflights.com, the online leader in finding and publishing travel deals, have you covered. Split into five sections with the best deals for travel from each region of the country, Cheapflights' Spring Break 2017: Where to go for airfare that's still low highlights 25 student-friendly spots that also have wallet-friendly flight prices, even if you are booking now.
For a sampling of fun and affordable spots, read on:
Traveling From Northeast
- Savannah, Georgia – Haunted mansions (well, purportedly haunted), Instagram-worthy architecture, ultra-friendly locals and a charming, leafy Historic District make Savannah a good choice when it comes to where to spend your Spring Break time. Get your fill of sun at the nearby beaches and food and fun along the Riverwalk.
- Palm Springs, California – Much more than just a golfing hot spot, Palm Springs is a warm weather oasis, both literally and figuratively. The resort town boasts plenty of outdoor fun, with great hiking, as well as horseback and ATV tours. And, for indoor fun, there are plenty of chances to shop, eat and bar or casino hop your way through the laid-back, friendly city.
Traveling From Southeast
- Nassau, Bahamas – You can easily put beach hopping at the top of your Spring Break to-do list with a quick flight to Nassau. In addition to soaking up the sun or splashing around in turquoise water, get into the island mindset at an open air bar, where you can sip daiquiris (the drinking age is 18) and enjoy incredible fresh and affordable seafood. Don't forget to make time to shop the duty-free shops on Bay Street or pick up souvenirs and local handicrafts from the lively Nassau Straw Market.
- Ft. Walton, Florida – Sometimes you want a beach vacation with a lot of action, and sometimes you just want a stretch of warm sand to yourself for a while. Fort Walton is ideal for those who want a bit of both. Located an hour and a half from Spring Break central, Panama City Beach, Fort Walton gives you the best of the Florida sun and sand and puts you in the orbit of the full social scene. How close to the chaos you want to go is up to you…
Traveling From West
- Vancouver, BC, Canada – Nature-lovers and outdoor enthusiasts will want to consider a trip to Vancouver for Spring Break. You can ski, hike, snowboard and mountain bike all in a few days if you want. There's also great food, a good bar scene (available to those 19 and over), laid-back locals and a convivial vibe that makes even first-time visitors feel right at home. (The U.S.-friendly exchange rate might make it feel even better than home.)
- Reno, Nevada – If you've never thought about visiting Reno, make this Spring Break the year you do it. Probably most well known as a gambling spot, Reno is also home to many ski resorts, bars, restaurants and chances to shop until you drop.
Traveling From Midwest
- Niagara Falls – Niagara Falls, no matter which side you're looking at (American or Canadian), are always an epic sight. But the area is also filled with other things to see and do. If you're feeling lucky, you can check out the Niagara Fallsview Casino, sample some wine at one of the surrounding wineries like Inniskillin, take in the views from the Skylon Tower Observation Deck, or ride the Clifton Hill SkyWheel, one of the best ways to view the Falls. Stay on the Canada side for better buying power and to take advantage of the lower drinking age.
- Montreal, Quebec – Get a taste of Europe without leaving North America with a Spring Break trip to Montreal. You'll definitely want to spend some time exploring Old Montreal, browsing cute shops and cafes and feeling like you made a pit stop in Paris. Other Montreal must-dos include browsing the massive Jean-Talon Market, getting the most of your strong U.S. dollar by shopping Sainte Catherine Street (one of North America's longest shopping arteries) and diving into a plate of poutine, washed down with a local beer, before trying your luck at the casino.
Traveling From Southwest
- Phoenix, Arizona – While Phoenix may not be the first place you think of when you think Spring Break, it has a lot to offer last-minute travelers. Phoenix is a diverse destination, home to desert, mountains and more than 300 days of sunshine a year. Hike your way to the top of Camelback Mountain, try one of the 50 miles of trails in South Mountain Park and Preserve or catch a baseball game. The Cactus League spring training season kicks off at the end of February, with games scheduled throughout March for 15 MLB teams. Not a baseball fan? No problem. March is one of the busiest months of the year in Phoenix, with festivals and events like the Arizona Renaissance Festival, theArizona Wild West Festival and the Good Life Festival, which includes music from national and local acts, among many others.
- Nashville, Tennessee – If you're into live music, Music City is, of course, an ideal destination. And with a number of honky tonks, dive bars and barbecue joints downtown within walking distance of each other, Nashville is the perfect place for an alternative spring break.
If none of those options fit the bill, we have plenty more suggestions. For those in the Northeast, these include non-stop New York City, the three-pronged party zone that is Miami/Fort Lauderdale/Palm Beach, and exchange-rate-friendly Toronto, Canada. For students traveling from the Southeast, choose from sunny Puerto Rico, the beach party mecca of Daytona Beach or swinging New Orleans. Westerners have their pick of laid-back Los Angeles, hipster-centric Portland, Oregon, and Salt Lake City's proximity to national parks and mountains. Midwesterners sick of the snow can find sunnier skies in Denver, Las Vegas and Clearwater/Tampa. Folks in the Southwest can head north to Chicago for its notable food and cocktail scene, Austin for live music bar crawls and Myrtle Beach for affordable, beachside fun. To get the full list, check out Cheapflights.com's Spring Break 2017: Where to go for airfare that's still low at www.cheapflights.com/news/spring-break-vacations.
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Founded in 1996, Cheapflights is a leading global flight comparison and deals publishing platform. It is now a market leader in the UK, U.S., Canada, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand generating over $3 billion in global downstream revenue for its partners as it expands into numerous other territories. More than 120 million users visit its websites and apps each year, receiving more than two billion search results a month from across 900,000 routes. The 10 million strong opt-in subscribers to the Cheapflights newsletter receive the best deals from over 120 travel businesses – for whom it has driven more than $65 million in revenue this year. Together, the Cheapflights platforms generate enough bookings for its partners to fill a Boeing 747 every five minutes.
In 2011, Cheapflights became part of the privately owned online travel search and inspiration network, Momondo Group.
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