Spring break is fast approaching and unless you have plans to rob a nearby diner à la Spring Breakers, you probably don’t have a ton of extra funds to take an impromptu trip abroad. There’s a lot to be said for traveling home to visit family or holing up around campus to recoup while everyone else is gone, but if you’re someone who suffers from a serious travel bug, those options won’t be high on your list … instead, a west coast road trip might be perfect for you.
If you have a car and a craving to explore new places, it’s pretty easy to make your own spring break adventure — and for those of you living in the so-called “real world” who aren’t even lucky enough to get a spring break, a weekend away would probably do you a world of good. If you’re feeling extra independent you could take the trip on your own but it may be even better sharing your experience with a few friends.
For you West Coast dwellers, here are five of the best road trips you can take in a single weekend. And don’t stress about which one to choose. We’ll tell you exactly which one will give you what you’re looking for in your short getaway.
If You’re Hoping for a Little Adventure…
5.) Bend, Oregon
Bend is probably not the first place you think of when you hear “adventure” — in fact, you may have never heard of it at all. It’s a small city on the Deschutes River right in between Oregon’s high desert and the Cascade Mountains, meaning it offers nature lovers a little bit of everything.
Skiing, snowboarding, whitewater rafting, canoeing, kayaking, paddleboarding, hiking and climbing are all close by. There are even a few trails you can hike to reach the top of Pilot Butte, Bend’s extinct volcano. And did we mention it’s a secret haven for craft beer fans?
If you’rehoping toimmerse yourself in nature and get a few thrills before you head home, Bend is the road trip perfect destination.