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Yahoo! Travel Releases Ten Great Spring Break Destinations

March 9, 2012

The rise in gas prices doesn't seem to be holding American's back as they gear up to hit the road for Spring Break. In fact, searches on Yahoo! for "spring break" are up 149 percent this week as people look for the best places and deals. Today, Yahoo! Travel released ten great spots to shake off the winter doldrums and get away this spring.

Yahoo! Travel considered a variety of destinations that would appeal to many kinds of travelers ” college students, families with school-age children -- even those looking for volunteer opportunities.

Scottsdale, AZ - Sun and baseball Get a head start on the MLB season where Cactus League games are scheduled through April 4. Scottsdale is also known for its luxury hotels, high-end shopping, 100-plus art galleries and world-class golf courses. A spring bonus: many wildflowers and cactus will be in bloom.

Washington, DC - Americana In addition to its historical significance and spectacular museums, you'll be there in time for the National Cherry Blossom Festival, which this year marks the 100th anniversary of the gift of 3,000 trees to the United States from Japan. And if your timing is right, there's the annual White House Easter Egg Roll, scheduled for April 9.

Yosemite National Park - A natural high Spring is one of the best times to visit Yosemite, if you want to avoid the crowds. And there's plenty to see,whether or not there's snow on the ground. Waterfalls will roar, the lakes will mirror the crystal clear sky andHalf Dome will rule overits subalpinedomain.

Lanai Island, HI -Tranquility Get a passport to the past on a Hawaiian island that has so few tourists you can stake claim to your own deserted stretch of beach. Lanai, once a Dole pineapple plantation, now offers visitors a handful of great hotels and a low-key, lost-in-time ambiance. There is also snorkeling, hiking, horseback riding, yoga and golf.

Charleston, SC - Golf and gardens Charming Charleston”just voted the nation's friendliest city by Travel & Leisure magazine”has something for everyone. Explore an antebellum mansion, go beachcombing along90 miles of scenic coastline or test your golf skills at the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Golf Resort, which will host the 2012 PGA Championship in August. Charlestonwelcomes four million annual visitors and one of the best times to visit is in the spring, when flowersare in bloom and summer heat hasn'tdescended.

Amelia Island, FL - Low key Located off the state's northeastern coast, wins the award for its peaceful, relaxed ambiance. With pristine waters, long sandy beaches and abundant native wildlife, Amelia Island offers plenty of things to do. It's one of the few places in America where you can ride horseback on the beach. Catch a wave, kayak, or comb the white beaches for shark's teeth and shells.

Telluride, CO - Spring Skiing Once a rough-and-ready mining town, has a Wild West flavor that blends well with its luxury hotels, high-end shops and gourmet restaurants. With nearly 100 feet of snow since Jan. 1, Telluride has managed to plow through winter with plenty of powder, unlike many other US ski resorts. Add to that the mountain village's spectacular scenery and you have a great spring getaway destination.

Natchez Trace Parkway - Road tripping A legendary 444-mile Deep South drive through 10,000 years of American history, the Parkway, a unit of the National Park Service, runs from Natchez in southern Mississippi through Alabama and Tennessee to a point just south of Nashville. Today's visitors can drive, bike or hike the scenic parkway, which preserves the original route.

San Diego - For the kids With the world-class San Diego Zoo, Sea World, Legoland, and sandy beaches San Diego is as kid-friendly as they come and the mild climates make it easy to get outside and play.

Newark, NJ - Alternative It might lack the sunny, chi-chi appeal of some popular spring fling locales, but it offers a chance to pay it forward by doing volunteer work for United Way. Newark is one of the sites chosen for United Way's 2012 Alternative Spring program. Throughout March,volunteers from across the country will converge on the city to work hand-in-hand with local educators tutoring students.

Source: Copyright Business Wire 2012

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