As we creep closer and closer to spring break, which usually falls between March and April in the U.S. Not sure where to go? We tapped travel sites Expedia and Hipmunk, who gave us the lowdown on the most popular spring break destinations in the U.S. this year. While some spring break staples unsurprisingly made the list, a few destinations either gained or lost popularity, leaving them shining bright or just hanging on. So for those still trying to figure out where the crowds will be - either to beat them or join them - here's where folks are flocking this spring.
Appearing on both Expedia's and Hipmunk's list for the most popular spring break destinations, Las Vegas remains a perennial favorite for friends, couples and even families. In addition to affordable flight options, Sin City is home to hotels for every budget - and type of traveler. Not interested in gambling? Don't cross Vegas off your list just yet. From poolside lounging and live performances to celebrity-chef restaurants and wild nightclubs, this desert oasis offers a variety of activities. In March, the notorious Vegas pool parties pick up again with a rowdy crowd. However, even those on a budget will have plenty to keep them occupied, thanks to the city's fun and free attractions.
Las Vegas hotel pick: The Venetian Las Vegas
NEW YORK CITY
Spring in New York City can bring unpredictable weather (do you pack scarves or swimsuits?), but that doesn't stop people from visiting. World-class museums, iconic landmarks, gorgeous parks, superb shopping and an excellent food scene are just some of the draws that make the Big Apple a top destination this time of year and beyond. And although a trip to NYC doesn't come cheap, there's lots of free sights and events, from tours of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden to yoga at Socrates Sculpture Park.
New York City hotel pick: Hugo Hotel
Aside from all the beaded madness of Mardi Gras, New Orleans is still a great choice for spring break, thanks to its fascinating history, tasty Creole food, ghost tours, river cruises, loads of live music and of course, warm weather. Plus, partiers can take advantage of the lax open-container laws and potent cocktails.
New Orleans hotel pick: Royal Sonesta Hotel New Orleans