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Priceline.com Reveals the Top 50 Most Popular Spring Break Destinations According to College Students

Every year spring break offers college students a much-needed respite from their late-night study sessions and an excuse to take a spontaneous getaway with friends. In fact, 73 percent of Americans between the ages of 18 and 24 say they are likely to take a last-minute getaway in 2015, according to a recent survey commissioned by the brand. In March, students are reserving more hotel rooms in Las Vegas, the most popular 2015 spring break destination, than anywhere else. Runner-up destinations include OrlandoNew York CityPhoenix, and Orange County, according to actual hotel reservations made by college students on priceline.com.

Those juggling college debt can still get the full spring break experience on a budget with Priceline’s best bargain destinations for 2015, including both Myrtle and Virginia Beach that have average daily hotel rates below $90. The hottest spring break destination, Las Vegas, also made the top deals list with an average daily rate of $106.

Sixty-seven percent of Americans between the ages of 18 to 24 regretted not taking a last-minute trip in 2014, according to a recent survey from priceline.com, so those on the fence about traveling should not let the opportunity of an unforgettable vacation pass them by. For students with some flexibility in their budget, hotels in tropical destinations can be scored for less than $300 per night in the Florida Keys and Oahu, HI, with average daily rates of $275 and $199, respectively.

“After a particularly brutal winter and knowing how easy it is to find a deal on our app, students will be on the lookout for an adventure through last-minute travel deals – we call this seizing the Travel App-ortunity,” said John Caine, Priceline’s Chief Product Officer. “We’ve got options for the student who saved for 12 months and for the student who has just decided to go. Express Deals offer exclusive deals with savings of up to 55 percent off published room rates.”

Priceline.com’s Top 50 Most Popular Destinations for Spring Break 2015
Based on advance hotel reservations for March made by students on priceline.com.

1. Las Vegas, NV

2. Orlando, FL

3. New York City, NY

4. Phoenix, AZ

5. Orange County, CA

6. Miami, FL

7. Chicago, IL

8. New Orleans, LA

9. San Diego, CA

10. San Francisco, CA

11. Los Angeles, CA

12. San Antonio, TX

13. Dallas, TX

14. Washington D.C.

15. Fort Lauderdale, FL

16. Nashville, TN

17. Atlanta, GA

18. Houston, TX

19. Seattle, WA

20. Denver, CO

21. Austin, TX

22. Minneapolis, MN

23. St. Petersburg/ Clearwater, FL

24. Boston, MA

25. Fort Myers/Naples, FL

26. St. Louis, MO

27. Tampa, FL

28. Savannah, GA

29. The Florida Keys

30. Palm Springs, CA

31. Portland, OR

32. San Jose, CA

33. Columbus, OH

34. Puerto Rico

35. Toronto, Canada

36. Daytona Beach, FL

37. Atlantic City/Cape May, NJ

38. Kansas City, MO

39. Indianapolis, IN

40. Philadelphia, PA

41. Panama City, FL

42. Oahu, HI

43. LA/San Fernando Valley, CA

44. Charleston, SC

45. Inland Empire (CA)

46. Central Coast (CA)

47. Sarasota, FL

48. Monterey/Salinas, CA

49. Buffalo/Niagara Falls, NY

50. Charlotte, NC

For students who have not purchased their Spring Break trips yet, hotel and airfare deals are available from Priceline oni10exitguide.com

Best Family-Friendly Spring Break Destinations

Spring Break Destinations: Most of the time when you think of “Spring Break” you imagine hoards of 20-something hell-raisers as far as the eye can see. Everyone deserves a spring break, especially families. We’ve rated the 5 best “family-friendly” destinations for 2014.

1. Orlando, Florida

Now, be honest. Can you really list family friendly destinations without including Orlando. More specifically, we’ve selected the International Drive area. Situated in the heart of tourist country, “I-Drive” has literally hundreds of family-friendly lodging, dining and attraction options, with more on the way.

You’re a short drive from Disney, Universal Studios and Seaworld, not to mention dozen of minor attractions within walking distance. Wet and Wild, Dave and Busters, Titanic – The Experience, Ripley’s Believe It or Not, helicopter rides, the list goes on and on.

Recommended Family-Friendly lodging in Orlando, Florida:

2. San Diego, California

If you’re looking for a day at the beach, San Diego is the place. With more than 70 miles of beach, the kids will have a ball. But San Diego is so much more than just beaches. Balboa Park offers a collection of museums you’ll not soon forget. The whole family will love a visit to the San Diego Zoo or Seaworld.  San Diego is a city small enough to feel manageable jet large enough to offer plenty of entertainment and lodging.

Recommended Family-Friendly lodging in San Diego:

3. Hilton Head, South Carolina

While Myrtle Beach has the college spring breakers, families head further south down the coast to Hilton Head, a 12-mile-long, five-mile-wide island with 14 miles of sandy beaches, world-class golf courses, and more than 100 miles of bike paths. If you’re looking for peace and quiet, Hilton Head is just for you.

There are plenty of accommodation options here, from renting a private home to family-friendly hotels to beachside resorts. Hilton Head is a great base for exploring the area… a day trip to Savannah or Charleston will give you a taste of the Old South.

Recommended Family-Friendly lodging in Hilton Head:

4. New York, New York

Who says Spring Break needs to warm weather and sandy beaches? Why not visit the city that never sleeps and show the kids a great time. There is not another place on the face of the earth that has as much to see and do as the Big Apple. Museums, landmarks, entertainment, restaurants, parks, shopping and sports… do you really think you’ll be bored?

Must do’s include the Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty, Times Square, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Natural History, Museum of Modern Art. The kids will get a bit of education without even knowing it.

Recommended Family-Friendly lodging in New York City:

5. Washington, DC

Washington in the spring is an excellent spring destination. The weather is great for exploring this city and all it has to offer.  Take the kids and discover the history and culture of downtown DC. From the Smithsonian museums to national monuments and memorials, everything is relatively close. Just hop on a bus and take a tour of the city’s sites for an American history adventure.

Be sure to take a walk through Georgetown, a historic waterfront location that’s always fun and exciting. Each spring the very popular Cherry Blossom Festival takes place. The blossoms are simply breathtaking and definitely worth a view.

Recommended Family-Friendly lodging in Washington, DC:

Top 5 Snowbird Destinations

Snowbirds are people from the Northeast, Midwest, Northwest or Canada who spend a large portion of winter in the southern United States. Snowbirds can be retirees, business owners, or others fortunate enough to take the winter off. Some snowbirds are RVers who take their homes with them.

Interstate 10 has the distinction of traversing most of the states in the Sun Belt, and includes most snowbird destinations. Here are our top five…

1. Florida

Florida is on the top of the list because there are so many things to see and do there. The Panhandle has great beaches, fishing, golf and delicious seafood in the panhandle. RVers love the Space Coast because of affordable campgrounds and RV Parks. Golfing, fishing, and cruise ships are in abundance here. Atlantic South Florida is a little more expensive and fast paced, but for those who want to bask in the sun and spend time on the beach, this is a must. Gulf South Florida is a little more leisurely with prices lower than on the Atlantic-side. This side is also the golf-lovers paradise. If you’re looking for theme parks, golfing and a never-ending list of thing to do, Central Florida is the place to be. The Keys are simply white sand beaches, turquoise waters, fishing, sailing, and consistently warm temperatures.

2. California

Most of Snowbirds who make Southern California their winter home, head for the Coachella Valley and its desert resort cities. The weather is beautiful in Southern California and any day is a great day for golf or tennis. Fashionable Palm Springs is synonymous with the good life, the ultimate in resort living. People who can afford to winter anywhere in the U.S. often do it here where the winter weather is close to perfect. Palm Desert is home to the “Living Desert” with hundreds of fascinating desert animals on display, in eight different deserts. The city of Indian Wells, a desert oasis of lush, well maintained landscaping and towering date palm groves, is home to wealthy retirees craving world-class golf courses. Indian Wells resorts are some of the world’s finest desert getaways.

3. Texas

Texas has something for everyone and Snowbirds flock to Texas for consistently warm weather and endless miles of beaches lined with palm trees.  The warm South Texas climate has a tropical feel that’s irresistible to snowbirds. Corpus Christi is a popular beachfront city often referred to as the Texas Riviera, It is a city with small-town feel. Galveston is a small romantic island tucked deep within the heart of south Texas with all the charm of a small southern town and just 40 minutes south of Houston, the fourth largest city in the United States. Port Aransas, a semi-tropical seaside village located in the Texas Coastal Bend, is the perfect snowbird destination. It’s often referred to as the “Best Kept Secret on the Gulf Coast”. Rockport is great destination for Snowbirds, especially between Thanksgiving and Christmas when you’ll discover perfect weather, excellent birding, and small crowds. Snowbirds and winter visitors love South Padre Island! It’s got beautiful beaches, warm Gulf waters, fishing, boating, bird watching, shopping, and a tons of activities.

4.Arizona

If golfing and fishing isn’t your idea of a vacation, then Arizona might just be the place to spend your winters. Quartzsite, near the California border is probably the most affordable place to establish a winter home. Each year Quartzite’s population swells from a few hundred full-time residents to several hundred thousand Snowbirds. Mesa has mile after mile of RV parks that cater to Snowbirds, with a full schedule of organized activities. Winters are typically mild with an occasional short-lived cold snap. Yuma is a popular destination as long as you don’t mind the sound of aircraft from the nearby air base. If you’re an RVer make tracks for Oatman, in the northwestern part of the state. It’s a trip back in time when gold mining was a booming industry. Drop anchor here and discover the area. By the way, don’t forget the biggest attraction in Arizona…the Grand Canyon!

5. New Mexico

If you’re the type of person who enjoys the warmer weather but still wants to experience what winter has to offer (skiing, snowshoeing, etc.) Alamogordo might be just for you. Spend days in the lowlands, with an average 70 degree temperature, and then head to the mountains in the afternoon. There are also many attractions, including the White Sands National Monument.  Be sure to check out Albuquerque.  Albuquerque enjoys 300 plus days of sunshine,  with humidity averaging approximately 40% even when the temperatures do rise it still feels quite comfortable. Albuquerque is one of the most popular Snowbird destinations in the entire Southwest.