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  • Spring breakers head to places other than the beach this year

    2013-03-07

    Even for those who have long since left college, spring break is on the mind of many travelers. After a rough winter, higher temperatures are on the horizon and some people are beginning to get the itch to travel. While most people think of spring break trips as respites to beachside destinations, a growing number of travelers are instead turning their attention toward some surprising locations, according to an analysis by the travel search website Kayak.

    The top 10 list features a number of cities that shouldn't come as much of a surprise. Orlando, Miami and Fort Lauderdale all made appearances, but there were also some most searched spots that had nothing to do with sand and surf. For instance, landing at number 10 was Denver.

    Searches for the Colorado capital accounted for 0.41 percent of all queries on the website, and it's easy to understand why. While some may yearn for warmer temperatures, other travelers during spring break want the winter to continue so they can hit the slopes, and there is nowhere better than Denver for some fresh powder. Winter Park stands as one of the premiere ski destinations in the United States.

    Located a little further to the west, San Francisco came in at No. 9. There are few bad times to go to this California hotspot, and spring break is no different. San Francisco is arguably one of the most picturesque cities in the world, with breathtaking panoramas featuring the Golden Gate Bridge and views of the bay.

    New York City found itself at No. 6. The Big Apple might not seem like an ideal spring break destination, especially since it can still be quite cold during the middle of March, but searches for the city accounted for 0.59 percent of all inquiries at Kayak. Still, a trip to New York can be just as rewarding as lounging on the beach, whether you want to check out a Broadway show or enjoy the city's legendary night life.

    Las Vegas landed at the top spot, according to Kayak. Sin City is a popular tourist draw nearly all year, and that doesn't wane during the run-up to spring break. With shows, chances to win big and affordable air fare, its no wonder Las Vegas is the most searched destination.

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