Spring Break, California Style

Mountains. Desert. Ocean. City. California students have it great when it comes to spring break choices. Without venturing too far, there are numerous options for Bay Area students. Some of our favorites are below. We’ve also offered up some “pairings,” courtesy of Urban Outfitters, to ensure you arrive in style no matter where your escapades take you.

SANTA BARBARA This coastal city offers a little of everything – city, surf, sand and high peaks. With great restaurants, a zoo, museums, and endless sports and leisure activities, Santa Barbara also boasts a walkable downtown. Like Los Angeles, you might glimpse a celebrity or two, but you also can go car-free if you care to. Plan your visit here >

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ANZA-BORREGO DESERT STATE PARK: Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, about two hours east of Carlsbad, is known for its vibrant display of wildflowers in spring. After the rains this winter, be prepared for a spectacular show. Plan your visit here >

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SEQOUIA & KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARKS: Situated alongside each other, these two parks offer a stunning forest landscape without the Yosemite level crowds. Camp, hike and take in the Sierra scenery. Plan your visit here >

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SANTA CRUZ BEACH BOARDWALK has long been one of the best spring break destinations in California. The admission-free Beach Boardwalk has been named the world’s best seaside park for the past eight years. Some of the region’s best hiking trails can also be found in Santa Cruz, such as Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, Wilder Ranch State Park and Pogonip near UC Santa Cruz. Plan your visit here >

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CALIFORNIA ROAD TRIP: If picking just one place isn’t enough to keep you entertained, there’s always the road trip option. Fill up your tank, load up on snacks and hit the road. Highway 1 is always a scenic ride, but no matter where you go, plan to stop at one of these must-visit California roadside attractions.

Urban Outfitters pairing: The 500 Best Places on the Planet, Ranked by Lonely Planet