Warm destinations for spring break

Although the state has enjoyed a relatively mild winter, it appears many Oklahomans are planning to spend spring break where it’s even warmer. According to AAA Oklahoma Travel agents and counselors, the eight most popular Spring Break hot spots in the United States this year include:

Orlando; Daytona Beach; Destin, Fla.; San Antonio; Miami; Anaheim, Calif. (Disneyland); Las Vegas; and Arlington, Tex. (Six Flags);

Among international destinations, AAA’s top eight are:

Punta Cana (Dominican Republic); Caribbean cruises; Rome; Jamaica; Cancun; London; The Bahamas; and Ireland.

“Travelers won’t spend as much money when spending Spring Break outside the United States this year thanks to our strong U.S. dollar,” said Krista Mullenger, vice president of Travel, AAA Oklahoma. “Right now, the greenback is buying quite a bit more than it did a short while ago.”

Closer to home, the Oklahoma Department of Tourism’s website, TravelOK.com, offers more than a dozen family-friendly getaway ideas including the 59,000-acre Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge, located just outside of Medicine Park near Lawton: wildlife, lakes, streams, canyons and the oldest mountain range in the country.

And don’t forget about Oklahoma’s popular state parks, such as Beavers Bend, Tenkiller, Greenleaf and Robbers Cave. TravelOK.com says, “Special Spring Break activities include games for the children, arts and crafts, hiking, horseback riding, fishing and nature programs.”

For a bit of culture, a survey of 200 works of Mexican modern art by Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo and others opens March 12 at the Dallas Museum of Art.

With all the options available to travelers today, vacation planning can be a daunting task. To get the most out of your Spring Break, AAA recommends seeking the advice of a trusted travel advisor, who can provide personalized service and first-hand destination knowledge. For more information, visit AAA.com/Travel.