Enjoy a getaway with March break vacations

Enjoy a getaway with March break vacations

With the cold winter retreating and the kids getting time off of school, spring is a great time to plan a vacation. Many of the best March break destinations offer mild, dry weather, sunny days, and fewer crowds than peak seasons. You’ll also find some incredible experiences that take place during March, such as one of the world’s biggest dog sled races and festivals, incredible music events, and wildlife migrations. From nature trips and beach days with the kids to city sightseeing and outdoor adventure, find inspiration for your next March break vacation to plan your itinerary.

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico for tropical beaches

Home to some of the most beautiful beaches in Mexico and far from the crowds of partygoers, Cabo San Lucas offers a lovely retreat from a cold winter up north. In addition to ideal weather and endless opportunities for family beach days and water sports, spring is also the whale migration season. You can take a whale-watching tour to see one of the many whale species that migrate along the coast in March.

People at the local bars along the coblestone streets with orange, green, and white pendant decorations overhead

Dublin, Ireland for St. Patrick’s Day

What better way to celebrate St. Paddy’s Day than in Ireland? Dublin hosts one of the most incredible St. Paddy’s Day parades that travels through the cobblestone streets of the nightlife district. You’ll find plenty of historic bars for having a few drinks and holiday-themed cocktails. You could also take a tour of the Guinness Storehouse to see how the legendary brew is made or sample spirits in the Jameson Distillery. Dublin has an array of museums and historic sites to see outside of the holiday as well.

Phoenix, Arizona for outdoor activities

In March, Phoenix is leaving a cold, dry winter behind but is not yet in the heat of summer, making it the ideal time to visit. You can enjoy outdoor activities without worrying about the heat and sun, such as taking an ATV tour of the desert, whitewater rafting on the river, and hiking in the canyons. Phoenix also has excellent nightlife and plenty of sports events to make the most of the trip.

Miami, Florida for a family beach trip

If you want a break from the cold winter, Miami is ideal in March. The temperatures are mild and comfortable, the sun is out, and the beaches are quiet. You’ll have beaches and local sights mostly to yourself before the college kids come, or you could stick around for Miami Music Week to enjoy live music in clubs, restaurants, and art galleries. There’s plenty to see and do in Miami, such as shopping at the Bayside Marketplace, touring the Miami Seaquarium with the kids, and strolling the scenic paths of the Vizcaya Museum & Gardens.

A family hiking up a hillside covered in lush green grass and yellow daisies.

Platte River Valley, Nebraska for wildlife encounters

Each March, a massive gathering of 600,000 sandhill cranes come to the Platte River Valley in Nebraska. This incredible occasion must be seen in person to appreciate the spectacle of such a huge animal migration. The Platte River Valley has a lot of other unique experiences, such as touring the Buffalo Bill Ranch State Historical Park, taking in the railway scenery at Golden Spike Tower, learning about the creation of Kool-Aid at the Hastings Museum, and hiking or swimming at Lake McConaughy.

Anchorage, Alaska for a family trip

For an exciting and unique experience with the family, nothing beats Anchorage. In March, Anchorage has the Iditarod, a famous long-distance sled-dog race. This is not only a once-in-a-lifetime event to witness, but it’s also the time for the Fur Rendezvous, a fun winter carnival. Some of the events include the Miners and Trappers Charity Ball, the World Championship Dog Weight Pull, the Miss Fur Rendezvous pageant, a snow sculpture competition, a carnival, and a figure skating show, among other activities. If that’s not enough, you could take a sled-dog tour to learn the ropes yourself or take to the air for a helicopter tour. March is also the prime time for northern lights sightings in Anchorage.

Montego Bay, Jamaica for beach resorts

Though it’s a draw for college kids, Montego Bay has plenty to offer solo travellers and families looking for something quiet and relaxing. You’ll find a variety of luxurious beach resorts in Montego Bay if you want to be pampered and enjoy long beach days and thrilling nightlife. If you like being active, you can hike to Glistening Waters to see the bioluminescent bay or trek along the Dolphin Head Mountains to see hidden waterfalls.