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Spring Break Adventure Guide

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Spring Break Adventure Guide

The holidays came and went, so now it’s time to look forward to Spring Break. Have you planned your next big spring break adventure yet? If not, check out these epic destinations that need to go on your bucket list ASAP. Whether you’re into skiing, hiking, or canoeing, there’s something for you on this list!

Ouray Ice Climbing

It’s hard to get to, but Ouray, Colorado is an unbeatable destination during Spring Break. World-famous ice climbing routes are ready and waiting your arrival, along with local guides to keep you in one piece. Peak season is in January, during the annual Ice Festival, so visiting during Spring Break will allow you a more locals-only experience. Don’t forget to check out the hot springs when you’re done on the ice wall! And definitely sit at the bar at Ouray Brewery- the chairs might surprise you!

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Moab Mountain Biking

Moab is the ultimate mountain biking destination in the United States. Hit up the desert oasis in Utah this Spring Break for an adventure you’ll dream of for years to come. Rent a bike at one of many local shops and hit the infamous Slickrock trail or most demanding Porcupine Rim Trail. You can camp at any of the nearby national parks (Arches, Canyonlands) or find a cheap motel near town.

Caddo Lake Canoeing

Caddo Lake is a hidden treasure on the border of Texas and Louisiana near Shreveport. The breathtaking scene is full of cyprus trees draped with Spanish moss, reflective waters, and the occasional alligator or two. Spend the week paddling through the lazy waters and spot the ecological wonders of the South. It’s a surreal experience!

Appalachian Trail Backpacking

Start from anywhere you want and hit the trail! Spring Break is the perfect opportunity to cross off sections of the Appalachian Trail that you’ve been meaning to get to, but haven’t had the time for. With a scope from Maine to north Georgia, there are hundreds of access points. We recommend knocking out the Smoky Mountain portion of the trail, which takes roughly six days.

Banff Skiing/Snowboarding

An epicenter of skiing and snowboarding, Banff is a seriously cool Spring Break adventure. Surrounded by the epic beauty of Canada’s Banff National Park and the peaks of Mt. Rundle and Mt. Cascade, you’ll probably feel like you’re dreaming. Grab a lift ticket ahead of time so you can pass up the lines and hit the mountain! Banff is well-known for it’s backcountry thrills, but the in-bounds runs are just as epic.

Mandy Burkholder is a travel, adventure, and outdoor writer who honed her craft in the foothills of the La Plata Mountains of Southwest Colorado. After a stint in the Swiss Alps, she now resides in Tennessee. Follow her on twitter — @mandyburkhold3r

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