Spring in Colorado can be a fickle thing. Warming temps can quickly give way to massive snowstorms with thick, wet slush. Fortunately, spring break offers the perfect opportunity to escape the Front Range. Parents and children alike can use this week to relax, recharge, and explore a new destination. I’ve long been a fan of making a vacation out of this school break and have added some new places to my list of “must-see” destinations. Check out a few fantastic travel destinations below.
South American Getaways
Bypass more typical travel destinations for a foray into a world apart. South America continues to captivate and inspire with its rich culture and unbridled beauty. There are numerous safe and simple places to spend an uncomplicated and relaxing weekend in this temperate climate.
Tickets from Denver are affordable and sunshine is aplenty throughout South America. Cartagena, Colombia has long been making waves as a beautiful, warm, and safe place to visit. Its spanish-colonial style architecture, tropical colors, and ocean location make it a fantastic spot to spend a week. Dine on fresh seafood, explore secluded Rosario Islands, hike to a volcano, or wander around the walled, historic city.
As one of the first World Heritage sites declared by UNESCO in 1978, Quito boasts the largest, best-preserved historical center in the Americas. Its baroque-style cathedrals and churches will make visitors feel like they are wandering the streets of an old-world European city, but the equatorial climate will say otherwise. Witness breathtaking works of art at Quito’s museums, dine on authentic Ecuadorian cuisine, or take in the city from the top of a nearby stratovolcano – accessed via a moderate hike or gondola.
Find Paradise in the Tropics
If you envision a spring break relaxing on sugar-sand beaches while the children splash around in warm, clear water, look no further than the Caribbean. Esteemed for its better known islands like Aruba and the Virgin Islands, there are still plenty of secluded, relaxing islands to enjoy.
This independent Commonwealth country rests where the Atlantic and the Carribean meet. As such, it’s known for its diverse ecology comprised of lush rainforests and reef-lined shores. Its elegant resorts pepper the islands and offer sophisticated amenities in a relaxing setting. Snorkel, hike, scuba, and charter a boat for a week full of adventure in paradise.
A British overseas territory, Anguilla is one of the lesser-visited Caribbean islands. At just 35-square miles, visitors to this island can explore the entire mass and its surrounding cays by bike or boat. Rent kayaks and paddle around gorgeous rocky outcroppings that resemble Capri or Cabo but lack the crowds. Dip into warm, turquoise waters and get up close and personal with the myriad species of marine life.
Staycation in the Rockies
Wanting to get a few more powder days on your ski season resume? Visit a farther flung resort in the Rocky Mountains and spend the week exploring a new mountain town, tearing down different terrain, and escaping spring break Summit County crowds.
Ask any local and they’ll tell you that “Taos” is a four-letter word for “steep”. Taos Ski Valley is notorious for its rugged, steep terrain that consistently attracts skiers from around the world. In the 2018-2019 ski season, the mountain saw 219” of snow, with huge powder days and warm, sunny skies. Downtown Taos is peppered with historic adobe buildings, fun bars, and live music. Stroll through the plaza or hike to free hot springs nestled alongside the Rio Grande. There’s a reason New Mexico is called the Land of Enchantment.
This gorgeous mountain town is well worth the drive. Spend a week skiing Crested Butte’s enviable terrain, dining at the numerous, award-winning restaurants, or snowshoeing through dense, pine forests. As some of the best inbounds advanced skiing in the country, skiers interested in leveling up their game should absolutely spend a few days here before the season is over.
Spend seven full days exploring a new city and enjoying the outdoors. Boulder’s central location allows residents to travel near and far in search of an epic spring break adventure, suitable for kids and kids at heart.