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Last-Minute Affordable Spring Break Road Trips


Spring break is here and so is road trip season – our favorite time of year! If you’re anything like us, you’ve had a lot going on so far in 2018 and may not have had time to plan out a quick getaway.

Luckily we’ve crunched the numbers and have found tons of last-minute affordable road trips for your next spontaneous adventure. Whether you want to hit the slopes or sport a bronze glow at the beach, there’s a trip for everyone on this list. So grab your bags, pack the car and hit the road!

Gas prices were reported on February 27, 2018. Road trip costs were calculated using the GasBuddy Trips Calculator and ‘driving’ a Ford Explorer (auto, 3.5L, FWD), the best-selling midsize SUV according to J.D. Power (which can seat seven people!)

Fun in Florida

For those in the Midwest and Northeast weary of winter weather and anxious to travel to sunny Florida, these trips may be of particular interest:

  • Philadelphia to Orlando, Fla. ($186.16 round-trip)
  • Boston to Daytona Beach, Fla. ($231.66 round-trip)
  • Detroit to Panama City Beach, Fla. ($175.52 round-trip)

  • California Dreamin’

    Travelers in the Northwest craving some SoCal sunshine or strutting down the Las Vegas strip might want to consider one of these options:

  • Portland, Ore. to Huntington Beach, Calif. ($234.27 round-trip)
  • Seattle to Santa Cruz, Calif. ($195.50 round-trip)
  • Denver to Las Vegas, Nev. ( $142.50 round-trip)

  • Hitting The Slopes

    Those lucky enough to live where it is warm all year-round might be more interested in hitting the slopes before summer wipes away the snow.

  • Los Angeles to Park City, Utah ($150.13 round-trip)
  • San Francisco to Jackson Hole, Wyo. ($195.68 round-trip)
  • Phoenix to Aspen, Colo. ($141.97 round-trip)

  • Appalachian Alpine Action

    East Coast warm climate dwellers have ski-slope options not far from them as well.

  • Chapel Hill, N.C. to Stowe, Vt. ($159.35 round-trip)
  • Gainesville, Fla. to Lake Placid, N.Y. ($239.48 round-trip)
  • Atlanta to Bretton Woods, N.H. ($223.79 round-trip)

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