What To Do For Spring Break After College
Just a few years ago, spring break was the most important week of the year. You looked forward to this week the second you stepped on campus. It was a week filled with minor debauchery, massive inebriation, and a lot of fun times. Now, spring break is null and void. It’s just a hazy memory buried deep in the back of your mind. However, it doesn’t have to be this way. While you may not be able to “keep up” as much as you could when you were 21, you can still enjoy a week off from work to enjoy some fresh air, sunshine, and friends.
When is spring break?
Spring Break usually starts the last week of February and goes through mid-April. The two really big weeks are the second week in March and third week in March. Deciding when you want to take off from work is almost as important as where you are headed.
If you are still in your mid-20s, you could probably fit in with the college crowd. Whether you want to stay up till 4AM every night and not have a liver when you return to work is up to you, but if that’s what you are looking for UofA’s spring break is March 12-20 and ASU’s spring break is March 6-13. I suggest aiming your trip around one of those weeks.
If you are entering your late-20s (or the dreaded 30s), it’s probably time you lay down the beer bong and head for somewhere a little bit more relaxed. If that’s what you are looking for plan a trip for early April. You’ll get better weather and less drunk co-eds.
Where to go for spring break?
Spring break can be spent inside or outside, in the mountains or on the beach, with friends or with strangers, and it will still be a fun time. Deciding what location and atmosphere you want to enjoy during your week-long sabbatical is up to you. Lucky for us, Tucson is a travel heaven. You can get almost anywhere quickly. Here are our top three post-grad spring break destinations:
- Vail, Colorado
According to Forbes, Vail is the 7th best ski resort in North America. (http://www.forbes.com/sites/christophersteiner/2014/11/18/the-top-10-ski-resorts-in-north-america-for-2015/2/#381ba9b6a430). Vail has almost everything a spring breaker desires. From skiing to concerts, you’ll be able to find something that will keep you busy.
Our favorite day activity: skiing or snowboarding at Vail, or its sister mountain Beaver Creek (only a short drive away). It’s a huge mountain with plenty of on mountain activities including the World Pond Skimming Championships (google it). Vail is also the current host of the Burton US Open. Experts and beginners alike will experience some of the best skiing conditions in America. With weather throughout March in April around the mid-40s, you won’t freeze your butt off but you’ll still get to wear all those winter clothes you purchased at the outlet mall.
Our favorite night activity: When it comes to free concerts in the mountains in March and April, Vail is hard to beat. The biggest end-of-season bash in the Rocky Mountains is the “Spring Back to Vail”. This year on April 8th to the 10th, “Spring Back to Vail” is returning for it’s 13th year. A few days of free concerts and a lot of fun in the sun, this is the weekend to be in town. You can read more about the entire party here: http://www.vail.com/events/springback.aspx#/Schedule
Our favorite place to stay: The Tivoli Lodge (http://tivolilodge.com/) is the best place to stay in town. Offering a fully-equipped fitness room, two outdoor hot tubs with mountain views, underground parking and ski storage, a short walk to hiking or biking trails. Tivoli Lodge in Vail Village is conveniently located in the middle of all things Vail, within a block of the new “One” 10 passenger Gondola with WiFi and heated seats, and a 5-minute walk from Vail Village, so you can be sure to experience everything on your next Vail visit. However, it does come with a pretty price tag so don’t be prepared to make this trip on a budget.
- Las Vegas, Nevada
What happens in Vegas stays with Vegas, except for those tax liabilities on your winnings. Las Vegas is fun any time during the year, but during March it’s even more fun. The host of the Pac-12 Tournament between March 9th and March 12th, this is a Tucsonans’ favorite getaway.
Our favorite day activity: Watching basketball. When you favorite Pac-12 team, hopefully UofA, is winning, you should be at the game. Tickets start at $240 and it’s probably pretty hard to find them now, but check craigslist or stubhub for any openings. It’s a completely different basketball experience. You see the coaches and players walking around your hotel and then you get to cheer them on as they play for the Championship.
Our favorite night activity: Gambling. Duh! Whether you are a blackjack or craps player, Vegas has got you covered. Dress up in your new sharkskin suit or black cocktail dress and get ready to party. If you lose, or win, at the tables, keep the party going at the night clubs or shows.
Our favorite place to stay: The MGM Grand. Host of David Copperfield, The Pac-12 Tournament, Hakkasan Night Club, Wet Republic Ultra Pool, and many many more amenities. This is one of the best resorts in all of Vegas and you can find competitively priced rooms for any time in March or April.
- Puerto Penasco, Mexico (aka Rocky Point)
Puerto Peñasco, better known as Rocky Point, is a popular spring-break destination for Arizona students, providing a Cancun-style atmosphere without the expensive plane ticket. White sandy beaches and turquoise waters are only about a four hour drive away. Obviously, make sure your passport is up to date before you cross the border. There are also some simple safety tips: don’t drive at night, don’t try to buy drugs, don’t sell drugs, and have a copy of your passport emailed to yourself. These are just simple precautions, Rocky Point is still a very safe place to visit and stay.
Our favorite day activity: With temperatures around the mid-70s and warm waters, you must go to the beach. With its soft sand, Rocky Point is perfect for tanning or drinking the day away Jimmy Buffet style. It also has warm water, unlike the California coast, so feel free to swim or snorkel to your heart’s desire.
Our favorite night activity: While you need to make sure you have a plan before you go out each night, it feels like there’s a bar or nightclub everywhere, so finding a decent place to hang out is easy. However, remember to pace yourself, you don’t want to lose your head in a foreign country.
Our favorite place to stay: Las Palomas Beach and Golf Resort. Luxury 1 to 5 bedroom condos that are right on the beach. Close to all the other resorts and night life, so you’ll always have something to do. Each of the condos are owned by different people, so finding an owner who takes care of their condo is pretty easy. Who knows, maybe you’ll buy one yourself.
Don’t lose your fun side just because you graduated. Go travel and enjoy a week off from work with one of these adult spring breaks.