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Five Fantastic City Getaways in America

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Spring is upon us, and it’s time to do some spring cleaning. Just kidding, it is time to party! A beach or mountain destination may not be a little slow for the kind of partying you have in mind. We get it. We've rounded up a list of five fun tourist destinations in the United States that are perfect for urban spring breakers.

Five Urban Getaways For Spring Break

New York

New York is a perfect travel destination at any time of the year, but there is nothing like New York City in the springtime. The flowers of spring usher in warmer temperatures ranging from the 50s to 70s which is a welcome relief from the frigid winter months. Visit the Brooklyn Botanic Garden to see the gorgeous blooming cherry trees or stroll through 843 acres of greenery at the iconic Central Park. Spring brings festivals like the Tribeca Film Festival, where you can get a sneak peek at upcoming movies before they hit the theaters. Explore art from world-renowned artists at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and afterward enjoy al fresco dining for lunch. Catch a Broadway show, then take in the sights and sounds of Times Square. Cap your evening with a cocktail at a rooftop lounge overlooking the beautiful Manhattan skyline. 

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New York City Skyline (©Toomas Tartes)

Chicago

The Windy City’s architecture, Michelin-rated cuisine experiences and museums make it an ideal spring break travel destination for travelers with varied interests. Stuff yourself silly with deep dish pizzas, Chicago-style hot dogs or Italian beef sandwiches. Take a selfie in front of Millennium Park’s Cloud Gate, aka The Bean, check out the Cloud Gate, take in a comedy show at Second City, then go on a boat architectural tour. Go to the observation decks of the Willis Tower or John Hancock Building to get epic views of the city. Shop the stretch of Michigan Avenue known as the Magnificent Mile and take in a baseball game at Wrigley Field. No matter what your interests may be, Chicago has something for everyone to enjoy.

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Cloud Gate in Chicago (©Christopher Alvarenga)

New Orleans

New Orleans is a one-of-a-kind experience filled with soul-filled music, vibrantly colored streets, succulent food flavors and a lively nightlife. Spring is the peak season for the Big Easy, with cooler temperatures, crawfish season underway and Mardi Gras marking the start of festival season. Get your drink on at Bourbon Street and savor Cajun and Creole delicacies in the French Quarter. Spend a day browsing art galleries on Royal Street and celebrate world-class Louisiana music in Marigny, the neighborhood adjacent to the French Quarter. You’ll find a plethora of live music venues that offer jazz, blues, reggae and rock music. Grab a beignet at Café Du Monde and visit New Orleans’ Garden District (a meal at Commander’s Palace is a true culinary experience). The area is the epitome of Southern charm, with a grand ensemble of mansions admired by visitors for its beauty and architecture. 

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The French Quarter in New Orleans (©Kristina Volgenau)

Los Angeles

As the second-largest city in the United States, you can bet that there are a million and one things to do in the City of Angels in the spring. With over 250 sunny days a year, it is almost always a great time to visit, but there is something magical about spending your spring break in Los Angeles. Perhaps it’s the bright lights of Hollywood. Los Angeles is home to Universal Studios Hollywood, where you can fill a whole day with movie-themed fun. Take a world-famous studio tour or enjoy themed rides like The Simpsons or Jurassic World. The Griffith Observatory will give a glimpse of the universe with its exhibits and telescopes inside its planetarium. Tour the coastline on a bicycle on the 22-mile bike path called Marvin Braude Bike Trail or walk Venice, Santa Monica or Manhattan Beach. Channel your inner Julia Roberts or Richard Gere from the movie ‘Pretty Woman’ by walking the famed Rodeo Drive for some high-end window shopping. If you’re looking for some exciting nightlife activities, Los Angeles has an amazing comedy scene, live concert venues and some of the best lounges and clubs in the nation.

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Los Angeles Skyline (©Venti Views)

Las Vegas

The weather is near perfect in the springtime in Sin City. It is the best time to visit before the scorching desert sun immerges in the summertime. Las Vegas always seems to be on most bucket lists, and it should be on yours as well. Luxurious hotels, world-class restaurants with celebrity chefs at the helm, amazing entertainment, and gambling up and down the Strip make Sin City an alluring adult playground. You can also experience different parts of the world all in one place. Take a gondola ride at The Venetian Resort Las Vegas or visit the Eiffel Tower Experience at Paris Las Vegas. Watch the fabulous Fountains of Bellagio dance to classic tunes at Bellagio Las Vegas, take your photo in front of the Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas Sign and wander to Downtown Las Vegas to take in the sights and sounds of the Fremont Street Experience. Watch a Cirque du Soleil show or performers who have residencies like Katy Perry at Resorts World Las Vegas, Bruno Mars at Park MGM Las Vegas or Keith Urban at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace. End every vacation night in one of the many Vegas clubs or lounges. Wake up the next day and repeat. 

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Las Vegas Strip (©Stephen Leonardi)