Spring break ideas, from package tours abroad to a Colorado ranch vacation
By Phil Marty
Feb 02, 2018 | 11:00 AM
Families, couples and singles looking for a spring break getaway without breaking the bank should take a look at online tour companies offering packages that often include airfare. Friendly Planet Travel is a good example, selling tours and packages internationally (but not in North America) at a good price and with international air. Packages are geared to a variety of travel lifestyles — escorted tours, family travel or independent travel — and custom tours are available too. Families looking to explore exotic cultures might want to take a look at the 10-day Taste of China package that includes round-trip air from Los Angeles. When we checked, a March 1-10 package was showing a standard price of just $2,099 per person, double occupancy. Friendly Planet is constantly running special offers, so the price could drop. Travel dates in March, of course, may sell out because of school vacations that month. Couples or singles who like to strike out on their own might enjoy the seven-day Captivating Costa Rica tour. It includes round-trip air from Miami, transportation to various sites and lots of free time to explore on your own. We found an April 3-9 package that was discounted $300 from the normal price of $1,799 per person, double occupancy. Single occupancy would add $399. Friendly Planet also can arrange air from other cities at a higher rate. Info: 800-555-5765 www.friendlyplanet.com
Parents who want to keep the kids busy during spring break without traveling too far should look at the list of 50 Must-See Attractions in Every U.S. State (and Close Seconds) at FamilyVacationCritic.com. Some of the picks won't be a surprise, like the Illinois entry for The Bean in Chicago. But then, in Florida, where you'd expect the honors to go to Disney World (it's the runner-up), the pick was the relatively unknown Dry Tortugas National Park. Check out the top 50 and runners-up at http://tinyurl.com/ya7bhmd7.
Kick back in Colorado
The Home Ranch, an all-inclusive luxury guest ranch in Clark, Colo., is offering a Spring Break Vacation March 1-24. Guests can enjoy cross-country skiing, snow tubing, winter horseback riding and snowshoeing or take the shuttle to the nearby Steamboat Springs downhill ski area. The ranch, which is in the upper Elk River Valley at an elevation of 7,200 feet, has eight private cabins that, depending on the cabin, can sleep two to six people. Cabins have private hot tubs and wood-burning stoves, and all meals are included. A two-night minimum stay is required, and rates are as low as $765 a night for two people. Taxes are extra. Info: 970-879-1780. http://tinyurl.com/y88z23c4