Bang for Your Buck Spring Break Vacations

Every year when spring break comes around I find myself rolling my eyes at the pictures posted on my Facebook page and Twitter timeline full of white sands, blue waves, and the ever-popular body shot while laying on the beach.

If you have a cruise ticket to the Dominican Republic with your name on it, and you plan on showing the world your bikini through a selfie, then stop reading.

I’ve compiled a list of vacation spots for those of us who have no spring break plans (and want some) because we are broke college students. The places listed are generally close by and all do-able driving distances if you are from Pennsylvania; some may even be closer if you are out-of-state.

1. Atlantic City, NJ

Atlantic City could make for a nice day trip or a week-long getaway. Despite the chilly weather, the beach is still a stunning place to visit. In addition to the great natural scenery, Atlantic City has a lot to offer when it comes to happy hour and nightlife. Even more appealing, March 3-9 is “Atlantic City Restaurant Week,” during which the city celebrates its culinary culture. Another cheap and especially romantic activity would be riding horseback down the beach for only $25.

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2. New York City, NY

While New York City isn’t generally associated with frugality, it could definitely make for an exciting and entertaining spring break without breaking the bank. Only a few hours from most Pennsylvania locations, NYC is worth the drive. With a little online maneuvering, rooms under $100 a night can be found. Take a day to explore the city — shop, try some NYC pizza or sushi, or splurge and see the city from the 86th floor of the Empire State Building for $25. If you want to learn a little or appreciate art more than most, visit the Bronx Museum of the Arts for free, The Metropolitan Museum of Art for $25, or the American Museum of Natural History for $19.

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3. Baltimore, MD

Baltimore is definitely an underrated nearby vacation spot. Known for its fantastic Italian food and excellent crab cakes, a good meal is guaranteed. Along with delicious food, Baltimore brings on beautiful views and breezes. The Baltimore Inner Harbor is one of the better places I’ve been — enjoy the harbor with some seafood and better yet, a trip to the National Aquarium. Admission is just under $30, and it’s one of the most entertaining and fun places to go no matter how old you are.

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4. Lancaster Amish Country, PA

Just kidding.

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5. The Pocono Mountains, PA

If you’re not so opposed to the whole winter weather thing and actually appreciate it for what it has to offer, the Poconos might be the spot for you. The Pocono Mountains are filled with extreme sports, tons of charming bed and breakfasts, and plenty of events over spring break. Hit up the 11th Annual Chili and Wing Cook Off on the 3rd and get tons of food for $20 per person. Or get a head start on Saint Patty’s Day celebrations and go to the Irish Festival. Lots of Irish food, entertainment, and ski slopes are available.

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Rachel Chernaskey

Sophomore at Penn State; Journalism Major and Double minor in Psychology and Italian; Former track and field varsity athlete. I love all food and Kid Cudi.

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