Quiz: What’s Your Ultimate Spring Break Destination?

Quiz: What’s Your Ultimate Spring Break Destination?

Already thinking about where to go for spring break? With so many destinations to choose from, narrowing down the best place to spring break can be a challenge. Answer these five simple quiz questions to identify your spring break style and where you should go this year.

When you think about spring break, which item are you most likely to pack?

  1. A good book (or three)
  2. Your favorite cozy sweater
  3. Your best yoga pants
  4. A fits-everything, take-anywhere messenger bag
  5. Trusty hiking boots

Do you prefer …

  1. Any drink that comes with a mini umbrella
  2. Hot chocolate
  3. Lemon herb tea
  4. Espresso
  5. Water

Which sound do you like the best?

  1. Waves crashing
  2. Mountain winds whistling
  3. Silence
  4. Hustle and bustle
  5. Cascading waterfalls

Which of the following intrigues you the most …

  1. Sea creatures
  2. Snow
  3. Healing energy
  4. Skyscrapers
  5. Wildlife

Which scene appeals most to you?

  1. Having your toes in the sand and fresh sea breeze in your hair
  2. Riding a gondola to a mountaintop and then racing your friends down the slope
  3. Driving through red stone canyons and stopping to picnic beneath the cliffs at sunset
  4. Watching your youngest throw a dime into a historic fountain
  5. Gazing into the night sky to see how many constellations you can spot

What type of spring breaker are you? Quiz Results:

If you answered mostly A’s, you’re Born to Beach.
If you answered mostly B’s, you’re an Alpine Adventurer.
If you answered mostly C’s, you’re a Serenity Seeker.
If you answered mostly D’s, you’re an Urban Explorer.
If you answered mostly E’s, you’re a Future Park Ranger.

Answer one of each letter? Then, you’re an All-Arounder. No matter where you choose to vacation, you’ll have an amazing time. Take a look at the spring break destinations below for ideas, and explore our travel guides  for even more trip inspiration.

You’re … Born to Beach

You’ve always got a swimsuit packed and will never say no to a piña colada, which is why you’ll love a spring break vacation anywhere near the ocean or a lake. Perhaps your ultimate getaway is in Hawaii. Head to Oahu and experience the island like a local. Your first stop? The beach, of course. Put on your favorite swimsuit and hop in the large swimming area at Ala Moana Beach Park, a resident favorite offering plenty of parking. Here you’ll find the perfect spot to throw down a towel, soak up the sun and begin a new book away from the crowds at Waikiki.

Stay on the mainland and discover the happening beach town of Destin in Florida’s Panhandle. Wiggle your toes in the sugar-white sand at Henderson Beach State Park, where sunbathing, swimming, fishing, picnicking and grilling are all on the agenda for a day’s activities. Prefer taking a swing over casting a rod? Tee off at one of four 18-hole championship courses at Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa. Or, at HarborWalk Village, say “bon voyage” to the mainland as you set out to sea onboard a buccaneer pirate ship for a dolphin cruise.

Bonus: Traveling with an Urban Explorer? Mix your two spring break styles and hit up the beaches in Los Angeles. And don’t forget your beach essentials with this What to Bring to the Beach Packing List.

Ala Moana Beach Park Between Waikiki and downtown Honolulu, the 100-acre Ala Moana Beach Park awaits. Photo courtesy of Alicia0928, Flickr.

You’re … an Alpine Adventurer

You love the feeling of snow crunching beneath your feet, mountains coated in white, a good cup of hot cocoa and the thrill of discovering a place while gliding across its terrain. When scoping out a spring break destination, Alpine Adventurers should look no further than Lake Tahoe.

Situated on the California-Nevada border, this destination is a playground for skiers, snowboarders and adventure enthusiasts. While experienced skiers will get a thrill going down any of the double-black diamond runs at Kirkwood Mountain, newbies can take advantage of Heavenly Mountain Resort’s “learn to ski” areas.

In addition to its outdoor activities, Tahoe boasts plenty of indoor entertainment whenever you’re ready to warm up. Head to a concert or comedy show at MontBleu Resort Casino and Spa, where you can also enjoy a game of blackjack or a massage. And, if you’re traveling with an over-21 crew, don’t miss out on the regular electric après ski parties at Heavenly’s Tamarack Lodge.

Whether you’re traveling with small children or teens or planning an adults-only getaway, head east to Steamboat Springs, Colorado, and discover another spring break destination full of fresh powder and mountain entertainment for all ages. Explore nearly 3,000 skiable trails, go tubing at Saddleback Ranch or take a break at Rocky Mountain Day Spa. Traveling without young ones? Take advantage of après ski offerings like Steamboat Mountain’s Thursday night Sunset Happy Hour, which includes a ride up 9,100 feet above sea level via the Steamboat Gondola, live music and more.

Bonus: Traveling with a Serenity Seeker? Stay on the less crowded and quieter north shore of Lake Tahoe. Here you’ll find a variety of lodging options from luxury resorts with in-house spas to charming mountainside bed-and-breakfasts.

Sierra Nevada Take in a view of the Sierra Nevada coated in fresh powder as you get ready for a run at Lake Tahoe this spring break.

You’re … a Serenity Seeker

You crave a destination where you’ll have a chance to disconnect, enjoy a little quiet and indulge in relaxing and restoring activities. Consider a wellness retreat this spring break. With curated vacation packages offered at places like Enchantment Resort in picturesque Sedona, Arizona, serenity can be yours this spring.

Begin your morning with yoga atop Boynton Canyon’s red rocks and then fill your day with whatever you fancy. Pamper yourself at Mii Amo Spa, take a dip in a heated pool, savor Southwestern cuisine and then settle in for the evening with a healthy dose of stargazing before bed.

For those who seek serenity with a side of ocean views and hot springs, plan your next spring break in Big Sur, California. Stay at Post Ranch Inn, a luxury resort 1,200 feet above the Pacific Ocean, and get ready to exhale. Start with morning yoga, then soak in one of two heated cliffside pools before treating yourself to a coconut paradise facial.

Bonus: If you’re traveling with a Future Park Ranger, the Grand Canyon is only 110 miles from Sedona!

Notre-Dame Basilica Make sure to look up at the ornate decorations and hundreds of carvings inside the Notre-Dame Basilica.

You’re … an Urban Explorer

You feel energized by the fast pace of big cities. Whether you’re visiting historical sites, savoring street foods or sipping sophisticated cocktails from city hot spots, you love interacting with and exploring urban spaces.

This spring break, venture down the Northeast coast to satisfy your craving for an urban adventure. Rent a car and follow this one-way travel guide to some of the nation’s first major cities, including Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C.

If the Midwest is more your style, bring the whole family to Chicago and head for Lake Shore Drive, where you’ll have access to city sites such as the Museum of Science and Industry, Navy Pier, Shedd Aquarium, Soldier Field and more. And for those Urban Explorers who crave a little French-inspired culture but can’t commit to a cross-Atlantic vacation, make Montreal your spring break destination. Pack a coat and discover the rich culture and history this unique Quebec city offers.

Bonus: Traveling with an Alpine Adventurer? Take a minor detour to the slopes in either Pennsylvania or Quebec City to give your fellow traveler a day of mountain thrills.

Navy Pier From Navy Pier, Urban Explorers can see the entire city and choose from a variety of cultural activities, from catching a show to touring a museum, or go for a ride via boat, carousel or Ferris wheel.

You’re … a Future Park Ranger

You’ve got an adventurous spring break travel dream, and it’s filled with some of the nation’s most prized parks and landscapes. Whether you seek a thrilling excursion, a clear look at the stars or a glimpse of endangered wildlife, the national parks present a slew of options for a spring break trip. See Roosevelt elk, black-tailed deer, bears and even cougars at Olympic National Park; stare up into the magical Milky Way at Great Basin National Park; or marvel at Canyonlands National Park’s red rocks as you climb Titan, one of North America’s largest free-standing sandstone towers.

If your spring break falls in March, hit Yosemite at the tail end of its off-season and see this popular park and celebrated sites, like Yosemite Falls, with smaller crowds. For the super motivated who aspire to hit more than one park over spring break, begin your journey in Moab. From there, you can hop on Highways 24 and 12 to see Utah’s five national parks, including the popular Zion National Park, in just two days.

Bonus: Traveling with an Urban Explorer? Get a healthy dose of entertainment and bright lights by planning a day or two in Las Vegas, only a 160-mile detour southwest of Zion National Park.

Yosemite National Park Watch the day transition to night from a different spot inside Yosemite National Park, and no two sunsets during your spring break will be the same.

About the Author

Lisa Zimmermann is a Washington, D.C.-based writer and has previously written for Boston magazine, Boston Home, Boston Weddings, The Dallas Morning News, The Jersey Journal, New England Travel and Atlas Magazine. Follow her on Twitter @lisazimm or Instagram @lzloveslife.