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Great escapes for future family spring breaks outside of Washington

Seattle Post-Intelligencer logo Seattle Post-Intelligencer 1/26/2021 Lori A. May, SeattlePI

Spring break looks a little different this year with remote learning and virtual workcations filling in the winter gaps as leisure travel resumes. As the coronavirus vaccine makes its rounds, and families consider how to travel safely during the pandemic, routine events like taking a family spring break may almost seem normal once again.

Before you book your family getaway, be sure to research what it’s like to fly right now and verify the local health and safety guidelines of your intended destination. While many travel hot spots are operating, there are variances when it comes to dining venue protocols, attraction hours and capacity limitations, and local regulations to follow when visiting parks and beaches.

When you’re ready to plan, take a look at these great escapes for spring break. From budget-friendly Tennessee to snowy slopes in Idaho, and a classic beachfront getaway for fun in the sun, there are excellent deals to be had in spacious destinations.

Spacious adventure in Ketchum, Idaho

Resort destinations Sun Valley and Ketchum, Idaho are popular among families and celebrities alike thanks to its abundance of scenic outdoor recreation. The area is populated with rolling hills, ridged mountains and miles upon miles of trails ideal for year-round activity. In winter months, snowmobiling and heli-skiing top the list for adventure-seekers, while snowshoeing and Nordic skiing offer a more grounded pace for enjoying the outdoors.

Sun Valley’s only boutique hotel, Knob Hill Inn, is central to all the action with luxury shopping, craft breweries and independent eateries easily within reach. For those seeking a ski resort town experience, this area offers the ambience without the tourist crowds. That means more wide-open spaces and breathtaking views for a family winter getaway.

Knob Hill Inn, characterized with a European alpine charm, offers impeccable views of Bald Mountain and the Smokey and Boulder Mountain ranges. Yet this terrain isn’t just nice to look at, it’s a winter playground ideal for ice skating, fat tire biking, and hitting the slopes. And Knob Hill Inn has a great variety of package deals to save money on extended stays, lift tickets and more.

At Knob Hill Inn, guests will enjoy a Northwest-inspired menu at The Grill at Knob Hill, a year-round heated indoor pool and hot tub, dog-friendly accommodations, and courtesy airport shuttle. Enjoy a wood-burning fireplace in your guestroom or opt for a two-bedroom suite to space out the whole family.

Friedman Memorial Airport (SUN) has daily direct service from Seattle, San Francisco, Salt Lake City, Los Angeles, Denver and Chicago.

Budget-friendly Clarksville, Tennessee

With spaciousness topping many travel wish lists this spring break, why not venture into unknown territory with an adventurous exploration of Clarksville, Tennessee. This budget-friendly destination is just one hour north of Nashville International Airport and boasts an assortment of scenic outdoor recreation and family attractions.

One of the region’s most popular attractions is Dunbar Cave State Park, a 144-acre natural playground that makes social distancing easy and fun. From nature trails to cave tours and wildlife viewing, this area is perfect for an afternoon outdoors with the family. For a little more adrenaline, take the family to King’s Bluff Park for a limestone climbing adventure suitable for all skill levels.

Then take a stroll along Cumberland Riverwalk, a paved promenade that connects directly to historic downtown restaurants, boutiques, galleries and breweries. Clarksville’s charming downtown is home to an abundance of public art including sculptures, fountains and murals, making this an enjoyable, artsy walk. Be sure to visit the model train exhibit at Customs House Museum & Cultural Center and explore Liberty Park’s tribute to local Olympians Wilma Rudolph and Pat Head Summit.

Follow an adventurous day with a bite to eat at the town’s diverse range of eateries. Pop into The Mad Herbalist to experience a fragrant tea lounge with shareable plates and plant-based beverages. Make a picnic basket from Silke’s Old World Breads, sample small-batch artisanal distillery Old Glory, or dine at regional favorite Catfish House to savor southern classics.

Sun and fun in Daytona Beach, Florida

Daytona Beach is a sun-seeker paradise with year-round sunshine and February temperatures averaging in the low 70s. With 23 miles of white sand beaches, families can spread out along the spacious shoreline for fun activities like paddle boarding, kayaking, sandcastle building and so much more. There are also over 60 miles of cycling and hiking trails along the shoreline and inland at preserves and parks.

Looking for tee time? Explore the Florida Historic Golf Trail and enjoy nearly 20 golf courses, including the 36-hole LPGA International. Enjoy even more of the open outdoors with an eco-tour to witness marine life in their natural habitats. Or engage the whole family with a new challenge by taking a surf lesson together.

Then enliven the senses with a rock star stay at Hard Rock Hotel Daytona Beach. Kids will love the beachfront pool while parents can set the mood with a customized playlist or old-school vinyl delivered to the room. Schedule a Rock Om yoga session while the youngsters enjoy their own special treatment with the Roxity Youth Club. Then enjoy an oceanside meal at the resort or explore regional seafood like swordfish and shrimp throughout Daytona Beach.

Continue your adventure with a zipline course or take a scenic drive to experience Daytona’s monument and statue trail. Then enjoy a Daytona International Speedway tour and explore the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America. Feel the adrenaline first-hand with a NASCAR Racing Experience or unwind with a burger at Cruisin’ Cafe and enjoy the impressive race car memorabilia. Be sure to visit the Daytona Beach website for current travel deals and discounts.


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