As we head into winter and finals, it’s only natural to start thinking about spring break and the opportunities it presents for untapped entertainment. For those of you not in the mood for Florida, here’s a list of some unconventional destinations.
Savannah, Ga.: Pack your flip-flops for this rather unusual spring break destination. It may not be at the top of your list, but Savannah is definitely worth considering. Well known for its Spanish moss and temperate climate, it is a good place for the explorer in you. For those interested in history, look no further: Savannah is full of historical sites including cemeteries and Civil War-era houses, many of which are open for tours. If that doesn’t interest you, check out the infamous Club One, a drag club home to Lady Chablis, best known for her appearance in the book “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil,” and Pinkie Masters Bar, the site of numerous presidential visits from Jimmy Carter.
Chicago, Ill.: For those who don’t mind the cold and the wind Chicago is the destination. An architectural gem, Chicago boasts buildings designed by some of the world’s most famous architects; half of the fun is just looking up while walking down the street. Explore the famous Magnificent Mile, which boasts some fantastic shopping and the John Hancock building. There is also Millennium Park, the site of unusual art installations like the spaceship-like metal sculpture known as “The Bean,” the Pritzker Pavilion, a massive concert venue designed by Frank Gehry and the Crown fountain an interactive display complete with massive images of the faces of over 1,000 Chicagoans. For those who want to stay indoors, there are always the museums: The Art Institute (free on Tuesdays) contains work from masters all over the world, the Shedd aquarium offers a beluga show and the Field Museum houses everything from rocks and fossils to the DNA Discovery Center. Bring your warm clothes and a positive attitude, and you’re sure to have a great time.
Seattle, Wash.: For anyone who doesn’t mind rain, Seattle is the place to go. Among other things, thiscity offers the world-famous Space Needle and the world-famous Starbucks. There is hardly a shortage of coffee in this city and while you’re buying your latte, check out the unique lengths that some of the coffee houses will go to in order to sell their stuff, such as bikini-clad baristas. Don’t forget the music scene: Artists ranging from Sir-Mix-a-Lot to Nirvana got their start here. Seattle also has numerous art museums and parks. The Woodland Park Zoo boasts over 300 different species and the Seattle Art Museum has over 25,000 pieces in its collection. Pack an umbrella, however; Seattle averages six cloudy or partly cloudy days per week.
New Orleans, La.: New Orleans practically speaks for itself. World-famous food and entertainment meet in this unique American city. Check out the French Quarter, wander down Bourbon Street, grab some beignets at the 24-hour Cajun French Cafe du Monde, and don’t forget to check out the famous zydeco music. If you are so inclined, head to City Park, with its distinctive ancient oak trees and botanical gardens. If this doesn’t get you, New Orleans boasts an exciting night life and, perhaps best of all, cheap food such as gumbo and muffaletta sandwiches. Who could ask for more?
San Francisco, Calif.: Perhaps one of the most distinctive American cities, San Francisco is certainly a great destination for those looking for, well, anything. With a massive Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender scene, there is no shortage of street fairs, bars and entertainment. The Golden Gate Bridge and Fisherman’s Wharf are always worth exploring, and the city’s Chinatown is one of the oldest and largest in the country. San Francisco has been called a walkable city by many, as long as you don’t mind the hills.