Our favorite spring break road trips of 2015

You likely need a change of scenery after this long winter. The good news is that traveling someplace exciting doesn't always require getting on a plane.

While gas prices are still low, it's a great time to explore all that's within a few hours' drive of your front door. Driving can turn otherwise grueling travel into a fun-filled adventure, with exciting diversions and impromptu detours along the way.


And surprise: Baltimore is not too far from all-inclusive resorts, intriguing cities and more. We've uncovered some destinations certain to please. All you'll need to do is pack a suitcase and get going.

Massanutten Resort, McGaheysville, Va.


Distance From Baltimore: 160 miles

Why: This all-season adventure resort offers a full schedule of organized daily activities as well as an indoor water park, three zip lines, horseback riding, two 18-hole golf courses, on-site canoeing, kayaking and rafting, on-site skiing, ice skating and tubing, a spa and evening activities and shows.

Even Better: Even the college crowd can afford the $399 Surf and Stay Package: two-night's lodging in a two-bedroom condo (sleeps six) and all-day WaterPark passes for four.

Dewey Beach, Del.

Distance From Baltimore: 120 miles

Why: The Delaware Music Festival (April 3-4) features performances by more than 30 bands on four stages at the Rusty Rudder. Oh, there's a beach, too.

Even Better: Entry to the festival is free and rates at area hotels are downright cheap since it is pre-season.

Canaan Valley Resort, Davis, W.Va.

Distance From Baltimore: 205 miles

Why: It's a full-scale resort including skiing, hiking and golf. Overnight guests have open access to the Beech Club, an indoor pool, fitness center and whirlpool spa.

Even Better: The Spring Break College Daze special (now through March 28) features $20 lift tickets, $35 lift/ski rentals and $45 lift/snowboard rentals. Valid midweek is the Stay & Ski (or Tube). Free promotion running now through March 26, which includes deep discounts on lodging, lift and tubing tickets.

Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Distance From Baltimore: 450 miles

Why: OK, it's a trek, but totally worth it. North Myrtle Beach around the ocean is a constant parr-tay from mid-March to early April, teeming with the college and 20-something crowd.

Even Better: The $45 Myrtle Maniac VIP Club Card gets you free bar entry every night, free drinks throughout the week, themed events including foam parties and concerts.

Brooklyn, N.Y.

Distance From Baltimore: 190 miles

Why: It's not as expensive as you think. Since NYC is a walking city, exploring on foot allows you to discover hidden gems. Sidestep Manhattan — Brooklyn is the happening place now. The neighborhoods are filled with artists and musicians who bring a pulsing vibe to the streets and shops. There's also authentic restaurants, half a dozen craft beverage producers and superb nightlife. You can also walk across the Brooklyn Bridge and spend an afternoon wandering around the burgeoning Lower East Side.

Even Better: The three-star Union Hotel is just two blocks from the subway, and provides breakfast and free WiFi, often under $100. Go to unionhotelbrooklyn.com, or for dirt-cheap lodging see what you might score on airbnb.com.

Wintergreen Resort, Wintergreen, Va.

Distance from Baltimore: 215 miles

Why: Slide and Splash Bash Weekend is March 21-22. Check out this weekend pond-skimming competition, where skiers attempt to ski down a mountain and skim a pool at the bottom, wearing outrageous costumes. Combine that with a weekend of live bluegrass music, skiing and tubing and you've got a rocking spring break scene.

Even Better: Call and ask for the Winter Escape package, which starts at $83 per person and includes accommodations, lift tickets and early slope access.

Atlantic City, N.J.

Distance From Baltimore: 140 miles

Why: With competition from casinos opening in practically every city on the East Coast and beyond, Atlantic City is trying to step up its game. The casinos themselves are 24-hour action, housed in hotels with beautiful amenities including indoor pools and fitness centers, an array of nightclubs with headlining entertainment and cheap-as-dirt buffets with good food.

Even Better: Check out these fabulous hotel deals: Tropicana's Comedy Stop package (through March 31) starts at $89 per night and includes overnight accommodations and two tickets to a show at the Comedy Stop. Trop is also hosting "Whiskey Week," March 15-21, the starting-at-$75 package (March 15-19) includes overnight accommodations and a $25 food and beverage credit. The Pool at Harrah's is one of the hottest night spots around town. The Thursday Night Swim Package, starting at $70, includes overnight accommodations, a $30 poolside food and beverage credit and 1 p.m. late checkout.

Snowshoe Mountain, Snowshoe, W.Va.

Distance From Baltimore: 260 miles

Why: Ballhooter Spring Break, Friday through March 14, featuring daily concerts including one from the Dropkick Murphys, games, silly competitions and happy hours. March 20-22 is the Homegrown Music Festival where you end your day skiing or boarding down to the live tunes of the region's best musicians, including Celtic punk, old-time bluegrass and soul-infused rock.

Even Better: Book your lift tickets in advance for deep discounts. Daredevils can wait and try their luck for last-minute lodging special deals.