Travel To Go San Diego Reviews Three Spring Break Destinations For Families

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Washington D.C.

Washington DC is a top destination for spring break, and for many families the spring school break coincides with the two weeks of the National Cherry Blossom Festival. The Festival commemorates the gift of thousands of cherry trees given to Washington by the city of Tokyo starting in the spring of 1912. The Festival has grown into a city-wide celebration with hundreds of special events and cultural performances. Dates for 2012 are from March 20 to April 27. Fun things to do include special bike ride tours and free walking tours with a Park Ranger. A highlight for families is the National Cherry Blossom Festival Family Day which precedes the Opening Ceremony at the National Building Museum. This free event showcases Japanese arts and includes performances and hands-on activities such as creating origami. Another big event is the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade. This is Washington’s biggest annual spectator event, and tickets for grandstand seats go on sale as early as November. Families might also le the Smithsonian Kite Festival, which is part of the National Cherry Blossom Festival, and which takes place on the National Mall. Washington DC is generally an affordable destination, and many hotels offer packages during the Festival weeks. Sightseeing options are many and include the free Smithsonian Museums such as the National Museum of Natural History, National Air & Space Museum, and more.

Arizona

Spring break is good timing for dude ranches in Arizona, which typically shut down during the heat of summer months. Imagine horseback riding, the Great Outdoors, home-cooked meals, cookout under the stars, and maybe a massage and spa treatment. While rustic working ranches do still exist, 21st-century dude ranches have trended to resort-style luxuries. Many also have kids’ programs.

Rancho de Los Caballeros is an authentic guest ranch that has been welcoming “tenderfeet” since the late 1940’s. Located just outside of Wickenburg, Arizona (aka: the Dude Ranch Capital of the World), this place is all about families and horsebck riding. Guests can also enjoy resort activities including golf and a beautiful spa.

California

In northern California’s Bay Area, San Francisco has plenty of sightseeing for families. Moving south, the Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay has a scenic spot on bluffs above unspoiled coast. Monterey Bay is home to a major aquarium, and a good place to see sea lions, harbor seals and sea otters; March and April are whale-watching months as well. Halfway between SF and LA, San Luis Obispo has low-cost attractions plus free fun at beaches with tide pools, or piers, or sand dunes. There is also a free night-time farmers’ market with live music, and bouncy houses for kids. California offers skiing too, in the east of the state: for example, Mammoth Mountain is a great place for spring break skiing, and is in the Sierra Nevada range.

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