The Slovenian Alps who Loves Sport

Finally, spring. And after months of gray days and long nights, it’s about time. But where to go? Shake off those memories of winter and last bits of snow with one of our spring getaways.

We picked our top spring break destinations – with a couple surprises thrown in – that have direct flights from major North American airports and are sure to change the color of those winter blues. Thaw out in the Caribbean or sunbathe among the stars in LA. If something off-beat is more your style, we have some beer-bong-optional picks as well. Spring is the perfect time to night-kayak through a bioluminescent bay in Puerto Rico, practice your sea lion roar in Baja California, or get hopped-up in Asheville.

 

Hawai’i, the Big Island

With year-round temperatures that hover between 70°F and 80°F (21°C and 27°C), there’s never a bad time to head to the Big Island. But March marks the end of the high season, and budget travelers can usually find discounts on the largest island in the Hawaiian archipelago. Through April, the island sees upticks in visitors hula-ing at major festivals like the Merrie Monarch Festival (a worthy trip in itself), but if you time it right you can score a spot on one of Hawaii’s most dynamic islands. Trek into the snow-capped peaks (try Mauna Kea, Hawaii’s tallest at nearly 13,800ft), wander through a verdant Kona coffee farm, and watch the Big Island get bigger at one of the longest-running volcanic eruptionsanywhere in the world.

 

Whistler, British Columbia

For those who’d rather trade in the surfboard for skis on their spring break, head to the Coast Mountain resort town of Whistler, BC. By March the peak season has begun to die down, and the resorts offer up great deals to keep the winter momentum going. Longer days, clear skies and a good snowpack make a spring in Whistler the perfect choice for skiers and snowboarders. For 360 degree views of this alpine Arcadia, take a ride in the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola, a 4.4km feat of engineering that connects the peaks of Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains. At lower elevations, hike through conifer forests to spot the area’s black bears as they emerge from hibernation.