It’s almost time for spring break! Still deciding where to go? Even if you have a tradition, why try something new this year? Inspired by articles on various sites including Travel Channel and Taking the Kids, we’ve compiled a few great ideas for cool, unique experiences for 2019!

Before we dive into the trends, let’s address everyone’s favorite destinations: theme parks. While you might be tempted to hit Disney or Universal Studios during spring break, remember that everyone else has the same idea. The parks are probably going to be packed during so be sure to check crowd calendars for the best times to visit.

All-Inclusive Resorts

When you’re traveling with a family, it’s hard to beat an all-inclusive resort. There’s no scrambling to find a restaurant, the bills (for most things) are already paid, and there’s no driving (unless you really want to). Everything you need is in one convenient place!

For 2019, look for resorts that are implementing environmental initiatives as well as offering unique activities and experiences. Lounging on the beach is great, but your family might also enjoy a hike through a nearby historic district. Really dig into what the resort has to offer and choose something fresh!

Family Rail Adventure

Road trips get all the attention these days but what about hopping aboard a train? Vacations by Rail has some pretty epic adventures, including “America Coast to Coast with Grand Canyon.” Can you imagine being able to see this beautiful country without having to worry about finding a gas station or someplace to eat?

Packages include meals and accommodations (with the option to book a roomette/bedroom on the train, a hotel room—or both) so all you’ll have to do is sit back and enjoy the ride.

Ski Resorts

For spring break, many families envision a destination filled with sandy beaches, warm sunshine, and a tropical breeze. What if you did the exact opposite? There are many great family-friendly ski resorts across America including Keystone Resort in Colorado and Park City Mountain Resort in Utah.

In addition to skiing, look for locations that offer other fun activities such as cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, tubing and ice skating. You may need to huddle together to stay warm but that counts as bonding time, right?

Cherry Blossoms in Washington, D.C

Learn more about America’s cultural ties to Japan during the National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, D.C. If possible, be sure to attend while the Blossom Kite Festival is taking place—your whole family will be amazed!

Of course, you’ll also want to explore the nation’s capital and enjoy the many free attractions the District of Columbia has to offer. History buffs might want to venture just outside the area to visit Mount Vernon, the home of George Washington!

Campus Tours

It’s a bittersweet choice but you may choose to spend your spring break checking out potential college campuses with older children. If they are interested in more than one school, visit the one that’s farthest away since you’ll have more time to explore the surrounding areas.

Be sure to check the college and university calendars to make sure you tour while classes are in session. If things are in full swing, you’ll get a better idea of the school’s culture and vibe. Talk to locals and ask specific questions to avoid surprises down the road.

What does your family do for spring break? Do you go away or enjoy a staycation together?