Top 10 Spring Break Destinations You Need to Visit
Spring break is just around the corner, and it’s time to start planning your ultimate getaway. Whether you’re looking for a sunny beach or a lively city, there are plenty of destinations that offer the perfect combination of relaxation and excitement. From tropical paradises to cultural hotspots, here are the top 10 spring break destinations you need to visit this year. So grab your sunscreen, pack your bags, and get ready for an unforgettable adventure.
Are you prepared to embark on an adventure during your Spring Break? Look no further because we have crafted a flawless guide showcasing the top 10 destinations for exploring in Southern Idaho!
1. Chase Waterfalls at Shoshone Falls
Springtime in Southern Idaho brings waterfalls to life! During summer and winter, the water flow decreases, causing Shoshone Falls to become scarce. However, once spring arrives and the snow begins to melt, the area becomes a cascade of falls! Standing at 212 feet tall, Shoshone Falls, also known as the Niagara of the West, is taller than its eastern counterpart. Located just east of Twin Falls, driving to the park allows visitors to witness both frozen and flowing waterfalls leading up to the magnificent Shoshone Falls. With a current flow rate of 6,100 cfs, the waterfall is incredibly powerful and now is the perfect time to witness its beauty!
2. Tube at Magic Mountain Ski Resort
Traveling south from Twin Falls will lead you to the scenic South Hills, where rolling mountains await. Just an hour away lies the Magic Mountain Ski Resort, offering a range of winter activities such as skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, snowmobiling, and tubing. Rent a tube from the lodge for $15 a day and experience the thrill of speeding down the perfectly slicked hill. The resort ensures safety for both adults and children, with a rope to pull you back up the sled hill and conserve your energy for hours of tubing fun. With an abundance of snow this year, Magic Mountain is a must-visit destination for winter sports enthusiasts.
3. Snow shoe at the City of Rocks
The City of Rocks National Reserve is a hidden gem in the United States. The towering mountains dotted with rocks and boulders offer breathtaking views. If you’re interested in snowshoeing, you can rent snowshoes easily from the Visitors Center, which is conveniently located near the park entrance. The rangers at the Visitors Center are knowledgeable and can answer any questions you may have about exploring the reserve. There are plenty of trail options available for all levels of adventure. It’s important to check road conditions before embarking on your snowshoeing adventure, especially since Southern Idaho received a lot of snow this winter. While the snow blankets the ground, the warmer temperatures have left the roads slightly muddy, so it’s recommended that you use a 4WD vehicle.
4. Venture Down the Canyon from Mermaid’s Cove.
The Southern Idaho region boasts of the stunning Snake River Canyon that carves through its landscape, offering breathtaking views from any angle. On the Jerome side of the canyon lies the picturesque Mermaid’s Cove, where a waterfall cascades into a tranquil swimming cove during late spring, attracting locals looking to cool off. However, what many are unaware of is that the trail leading to the cove continues all the way down to the river! At the end of the trail lies the Interstate Bridge, which *almost* crosses the river. During low water levels, it’s possible to cross the bridge, but in the springtime, it creates a spooky atmosphere. The sight of the bridge halting midway across the rushing river is truly a magnificent spectacle.
5. Ski or Snowboard at Pomerelle
Experience the ultimate skiing and snowboarding adventure at Pomerelle, a breathtakingly beautiful destination that will leave you feeling on top of the world. Whether you’re a beginner or a pro, there are incredible runs for every level of expertise, ensuring that everyone can make amazing memories with their friends. And if you’re looking for a little party to celebrate spring break, the cozy lodge offers a wide selection of alcoholic drinks. With fresh snowfall every week and sometimes even daily, the snow conditions at Pomerelle have been nothing short of excellent this year. Who needs a beach when you can hit the slopes of a snow-covered mountain for an unforgettable spring break?
6. Walk Under Perrine Coulee Waterfall
Walking under a colossal waterfall is undeniably an awe-inspiring experience, but what makes Perrine Coulee even more remarkable is its prime location in Twin Falls. To reach the waterfall, one can navigate through rocks and trees along Canyon Springs Rd before Centennial Waterfront Park, or continue on the same road past the park. The latter option will take you beneath the waterfall, where a trail leads up and behind the falls. Regardless of which entrance you choose, both will provide the opportunity to explore around and underneath the magnificent waterfall.
7. Soak at Miracle and Banbury Hot Springs
Idaho boasts scattered Hot Springs, with some tucked away in mountainous regions and others transformed into luxurious resorts. Miracle and Banbury Hot Springs have created a pool and private soak rooms from their natural hot springs, offering the perfect opportunity to unwind and find inner peace. To enhance the experience, guests can reserve a massage for the ultimate spa day. After soaking, those seeking adventure can rent kayaks and paddle boards. Additionally, visitors can observe crocodiles in their natural habitat next to the resort. This stunning destination is located in close proximity to Buhl.
8. Snowshoe to Ross Falls in the South Hills
Located just a mile prior to Magic Mountain Ski Resort, there is a petite cliff that boasts a tranquil waterfall known as Ross Falls. What’s remarkable is that this waterfall freezes over during winter. To take in the serene beauty of the frozen waterfall, one can snowshoe to the location. The trail head begins from the parking lot and is a well-trodden path. It’s a quick 10-15 minute walk to reach the falls. In case the path has been used that day, snowshoes may not be necessary.
9. Walk the Canyon Rim Trail for Insane Views.
The Canyon Rim Trail is a photographer’s dream location. This 6.2 mile path is perfect for walking, running, or biking, and follows the beautiful Snake River. As you walk the trail, you’ll be 500 feet above the river and get to enjoy breathtaking views of the canyon. The trail starts at the Visitors Center, located near the Perrine Bridge, and continues all the way to the stunning Shoshone Falls. Whether you’re a fitness enthusiast or just looking for a leisurely stroll, this path is perfect for all levels of fitness. Don’t forget to check out the Love Lock Gate on the west end of the trail! Bring a lock with you to symbolize your love.
10. Have Drinks and Dinner at Southern Idaho’s Newest Breweries
Indulge in scrumptious cuisine and beverages following an exhilarating day of exploration and entertainment! Established in the latter part of 2018, Koto Brewery presents an array of exceptional beer, wine, appetizers, and entrées. Although only recently inaugurated in 2019, Milner’s Gate welcomes all with open arms! This exquisitely renovated historical structure is a sight to behold and will surely delight your taste buds. Both breweries proudly display their brew kettles for patrons to admire. Impeccable service from the friendly locals is to be expected!
Wherever you decide to go for spring break, make sure to plan ahead and stay safe. Have fun and enjoy your time off!