Spring break is quickly approaching, and if you’re like most people, you’ve either thought about going away on a spring break adventure or you’re in the process of finalizing your plans to do so! The business aviation industry generates $150 billion in economic activity a year, and it can be tempting to jump on the first available flight to the closest tropical destination and get your vacation started. While there are countless destinations perfect for springtime retreats and relaxation, there are just as many activities available in many of these exotic locations to keep you and your friends busy all week long. If you consider yourself a thrill seeker, these exhilarating activities will really get your heart racing. Here are just a few exciting activities to consider during your spring break retreat.
Boating is one of America’s most beloved hobbies, especially for those who are fortunate enough to live near a large body of water. There’s just nothing quite like sailing the open seas with the wind blowing through your hair.
Unfortunately, owning and maintaining your own boat is a ton of work. There are six steps to de-winterizing a boat: check the oil, check the battery, drain the cooling system and hoses, top off the fuel tank, check belts, and check safety equipment (anchor, floatation devices, radio, fire extinguisher, etc.) However, there are countless charter opportunities around the nation that can provide young skippers with a chance to experience and appreciate the life of a sailor, even if only for a short time. And while boat trips come in many shapes and sizes, many say that Newport, Rhode Island is among the best destinations to visit if you want to make the most of the open seas and set sail.
“The picturesque city attracts boaters from across the globe with its beautiful beaches and New England charm. Third Beach Newport is the best there is when it comes to easy access to sailing the sea, the ease of launching and ability to park near your boat. It’s also the home of the legendary New England Laser Masters Regatta. While you’re here, don’t miss touring the Newport mansions as well as the harbor and Narragansett Bay,” writes K.C. Dermody on TripsToDiscover.
If you love the idea of the wind blowing through your hair but aren’t quite so fond of the open waters, hopping on a motorcycle and cruising down some scenic roads and pathways may be a great alternative. You’ll need to feel comfortable on a motorcycle, of course, but if you have even a few years of experience, you can make motorcycling the basis of your entire spring break retreat.
About 78% of motorcycle usage is on-road riding, and motorcycling enthusiasts emphatically cite the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia as one of the most scenic routes in the nation.
“Blue Ridge Parkway wanders through the Virginia countryside featuring a fair share of the local charms… you’ll see the great Smokey Mountains of North Carolina, with countless overlooks to view the beautiful Smokies. Below Ashville, NC are some of the greatest mountain views in the eastern U.S.,” writes Discovery.
If motorcycling isn’t quite your speed either, you can enjoy the same views and much more on a simple bicycle. States across the U.S. have seen a 46% increase in the number of people commuting by bicycle since 2005, making biking an enjoyable activity on road or off-road. Other noteworthy motorcycling and biking roads include Route 50 of the George Washington Highway in West Virginia and Needles Highway in Black Hills, South Dakota.
Ultimately, boating and motorcycling are just two of the many ways to take your spring break getaway to the next level.
Do you have any favorite spring break activities or destinations? Tell us in the comments!