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A New Adventure Can Blossom

The snow is melting, the flowers are blooming, and everyone is going stir-crazy: It’s officially time for a spring getaway. Find a deal at a summer hot spot before it gets crowded or visit a destination with lots of outdoor recreation — but put a few museums on your itinerary, just in case those April showers move in.

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Washington, DC

Washington, DC

It doesn't cost a dime to enjoy Washington, DC's culture and history, especially during the Cherry Blossom Festival when the city is awash in delicate white and pink blossoms. Free events during the 2-week-long festival in early April include cultural performances, fireworks and a parade. There's no charge for the main event -- the stunning trees framing the Tidal Basin and around the Washington Monument.  960 1280

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Washington, DC

Washington, DC

The bargain continues at the city's renowned Smithsonian Institution, the network of 19 free museums and galleries. 960 1280

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Ocho Rios, Jamaica

Ocho Rios, Jamaica

Jamaica is a popular spot for the spring-break party crowd, but families can find fun for a bargain at the Beaches Boscobel Resort and Golf Club. This all-inclusive resort boasts 5 restaurants, 6 bars and 1 super cool water park with 9 twisting slides and kiddie pools. 960 1280

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Ocho Rios, Jamaica

Ocho Rios, Jamaica

A wide selection of supervised kids water activities are part of the package, also including Sesame Street events for the preschool set and gaming for tweens and teens at the XBOX 360 Game Garage. 960 1280

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Sanibel Island, FL

Sanibel Island, FL

Spring break falls during Sanibel Island's high season from February to April when the weather is perfect and shelling along the sandy shores is at its best. 960 1280

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Sanibel Island, FL

Sanibel Island, FL

Rent a bike and explore the 22 miles of bike paths and you'll not only save on gas, but explore the island's beaches and parks more easily. 960 1280

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Seattle, WA

Seattle, WA

You can explore Pike Place Market with your wallet intact, if you can exercise willpower at the nearly 200 shops and restaurants, and both admission and parking are free at the Frye Art Museum. 960 1280

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Seattle, WA

Seattle, WA

The Space Needle may be the skyline's defining characteristic, but the Sky View Observatory offers panoramic views of the city and surrounding mountains. 960 1280

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Playa Del Carmen, Mexico

Playa Del Carmen, Mexico

Playa Del Carmen is Cancun's classier neighbor with the same stunning beaches, but a more refined atmosphere. It's a spring-break bargain less than an hour from the easily accessible Cancun airport. 960 1280

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Playa Del Carmen, Mexico

Playa Del Carmen, Mexico

But if the resort atmosphere and 24-hour free-for-all isn't your thing, try a dive package with Tank Ha Dive Center. Divers set off on intimate tours to explore the area's reefs and cenote caverns and spend the night in budget accommodations around the town square. 960 1280

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Montreal, Quebec City, Canada

Montreal, Quebec City, Canada

If a week-long European excursion is out of the picture, consider a French adventure in North America in Montreal. Start your worldly adventure in Vieux-Montreal, the city's old town with a distinctively Euro flair, cobblestone streets and breathtaking architecture. 960 1280

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Montreal, Quebec City, Canada

Montreal, Quebec City, Canada

Celebrate the worldwide phenomena of the Cirque du Soleil in the city where the troupe got its start. The nonprofit organization La TOHU brings the avant-garde and artistic circus to the public with free performances and inexpensive guided tours celebrating the city's place in circus arts. 960 1280

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Willemstad, Curacao

Willemstad, Curacao

Even the Caribbean's more exotic islands can qualify for a budget vacation if you stick with an all-inclusive resort. 960 1280

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Willemstad, Curacao

Willemstad, Curacao

Adults can laze on the beach, sip cocktails poolside and challenge lady luck at the casino. Tropical beaches, savory dining, unlimited drinks, exciting activities and entertainment are all included 960 1280

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New York City

New York City

It's not a tropical hot spot, but the world-famous nightlife made NYC one of the top spring-break destinations for our Facebook fans. 960 1280

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Las Vegas

Las Vegas

Because what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, it's a natural hot spot for spring breakers. 960 1280

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Australia

Australia

While a flight to Australia can be 14+ hours from the US, a lucky few said it was their best break ever. 960 1280

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Spain

Spain

Spain was the go-to spring-break spot for those who ventured to Europe. 960 1280

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Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

A trip south of the border is a spring-break standard, and lots of Travel Channel fans picked Puerto Vallarta. 960 1280

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Puerto Vallarta Resorts

Puerto Vallarta Resorts

Puerto Vallarta's resorts make it the second-most visited city in Mexico. 960 1280

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Paradise Island, Bahamas

Paradise Island, Bahamas

Even more popular with spring breakers is Paradise Island in the Bahamas thanks to the Atlantis Resort. 960 1280

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Atlantis Resort

Atlantis Resort

The abundance of snorkeling, jet-skiing and scuba-diving, means there's something for everyone in the family. If parents need some alone time the Atlantis Kids Adventures program will keep them entertained at an extravagant tea party before they hit the waterslides. 960 1280

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Cancun, Mexico

Cancun, Mexico

Cancun is best-known as a popular spring break party spot and haven for college kids living it up at one of the many all-inclusive resorts. 960 1280

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Cancun Resorts

Cancun Resorts

Cancun is a spring break classic, and the miles of beaches and luxury accommodations please both revelers and relaxing families. 960 1280

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Miami

Miami

Because it's in the US, but still boasts nearly tropical weather, Miami is a popluar spot for spring breakers in March and April. 960 1280

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South Beach's Nightlife

South Beach's Nightlife

Fans said they prefer South Beach, where you can enjoy music, martinis and the best of Miami's nightlife for spring break. 960 1280

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Daytona Beach, Florida

Daytona Beach, Florida

The second-most popular destination is none other than Daytona Beach, an old-school spring-break hot spot that's been hosting rowdy college students for generations. 960 1280

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Key West, Florida

Key West, Florida

And the No. 1 destination according to our Facebook fans? The southernmost city in the US: Key West, FL. 960 1280

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Key West's Nightlife

Key West's Nightlife

Our fans love Key West's legendary bars, live music and ice-cold drinks, and you can too. Check out our recommendations for Key West's Best Bars for the perfect bar crawl experience. 960 1280

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