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Best Summer Break Destinations for University Students

By Bus Travel, Florida, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, South Padre Island, Texas

Going on vacation with your best friends from college is almost a rite of passage. What better way to celebrate the end of the school year than to hop on a bus and head to the ocean? Deciding to make the most of your summer break with an out-of-town vacation is the first step and planning it is the second. If you haven’t yet figured out where you’d like to go, consider one of these three great summer break destinations.

1. Myrtle Beach

When it comes to a killer vacation for the younger crowd, no one does it quite like Myrtle Beach. Although the balmy beach weather and sandy shores are certainly inviting, there is so much more to be done once you get tired of working on your tan by the ocean. Check out Downwind Sails Watersports to get in on the parasailing or jet skiing action. Or, for something more laid-back, the rental company also has banana boats and kayaks that anyone can take out on the water for a few hours.

Once you’ve had enough fun on the water, get on dry land and explore the many beautiful piers around Myrtle Beach. Surfside Beach Pier is a small quiet pier ideal for anyone interested in fishing or watching the sunset over the ocean. A more festive pier is the Apache Pier, where live music is played every night starting at 8 p.m., providing the perfect scenery to dance the night away over the ocean.

2. Daytona Beach

If you are planning a summer break on a budget, Daytona Beach has got your back. There are plenty of things you can do in the area without spending a dime. Go on a chocolate factory tour any day of the week (except for Sundays) at Angell & Phelps Chocolate Factory and sample some delicious chocolate on your way out. Spend the day (or several days) hanging out on Daytona Beach playing beach volleyball, and walk the Daytona Beach Pier and the Daytona Boardwalk, where you’ll hear live music and find incredible seafood joints along the way.

Even the downtown area of Daytona has plenty to see and do. You can grab ice cream at one of the many parlors that line the streets, sip a coffee at a café, and check out the many boutique shops where you can score unique souvenirs and handcrafted items that you wouldn’t be able to find anywhere else. A spring break vacation wouldn’t be complete without plenty of good eats, so carve out some time to experience the local dining scene in Daytona. Ocean Deck Restaurant & Beach Club is a great spot for cheap food and live reggae right by the waterfront. For Caribbean cuisine, try Caribbean Jack’s Restaurant Bar, which is situated right on the beach and provides lots of live music to go along with your meal. On Friday nights, Tia Cori’s Tacos is the place to be for mariachi music and great food on the outdoor patio.

3. South Padre Island, Texas

A less obvious summer break destination is South Padre Island, just off the coast of Texas. The fact that it’s not a well-known spring break spot makes it an even better place for a college getaway. The island has a handful of amusement parks like Schlitterbahn Waterpark and Beach Resort, known for its massive indoor and outdoor slides and pools, and Gravity Park, home to go-carts, putt-putt golf, bungee-jumps, and iconic amusement park rides. South Padre National Seashore is a great place to pitch an umbrella, lay down your beach blanket, and work on your tan—or to try some more active recreation like ATVing across the beach or grabbing some surfboards and hitting the waves.

Another way to experience all the beauty that the Gulf of Mexico has to offer is to rent some canoes, kayaks, or paddleboards through Southern Wave Sailing Charters. When it comes to food, South Padre Island certainly knows how to impress visitors. For a proper surf and turf experience on a waterfront deck, eat out at Laguna BOB, where you can feast on fresh seafood and giant burgers. If you’re craving some serious Tex-Mex, check out Señor Donkey and enjoy the famous enchiladas and steaks.

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5 Things to Add to Your Summer Vacation Bucket List

By Bus Travel, California, Florida, New Mexico, Oklahoma

Any time is a good time for a vacation, but the summer season makes an adventurous getaway even more appealing. With warm weather and sunshine, there are countless more ways to make lasting memories and have unforgettable experiences on your vacation. And all throughout the United States, travelers will find an extensive selection of bucket-list-worthy adventurous from riding through the sand dunes of California deserts to parasailing over the Miami coastline. In this post, we’ll introduce you to a few things you should consider adding to your summer travel bucket list.

1. Dune Riding Through the Desert

You don’t have to book a flight to another country to do some serious dune riding. Whether you’re an avid motocross aficionado or someone who’s looking to take an ATV out for a spin for a first-time dune riding experience, the United States offers plenty of landscape that is perfect for riding. Imperial Sand Dunes in Glamis, California, boasts an extensive dune system with massive dunes reaching up to 300 feet! Two other popular dune systems in the state include Oceano Dunes SVRA in Pismo Beach and Dumont Dunes in Baker. If you’d prefer to stick to midwestern dune systems, a few favorites include Silver Lake State Park in Michigan, Coral Pink Sand Dunes in Kanab, Utah, and Little Sahara Dunes in Waynoka, Oklahoma.

2. Bungee Jump off the Bridge to Nowhere (and Everywhere Else)

The Bridge to Nowhere in El Segundo, California, is a popular bungee jumping location and certainly one of the highest, most adrenaline-inducing spots in the country. When you jump off the bridge to nowhere, you’ll fly through 100 feet of air above the San Gabriel River in a gorge surrounded by the Sheep Mountain Wilderness. If you’re not in Southern California, there are still many other bungee jumping destinations all over the United States. Travel to Boise Idaho to experience what it’s like to jump through over 300 feet of air off the Crooked River Bridge. Other great bungee jumping spots that come with scenic views include the Navajo Bridge in Marble Canyon, Arizona, Perrine Bridge in Twin Falls, Idaho, and the Rio Grande Bridge in Taos, New Mexico.

3. Ski in the Summer

There is something supremely refreshing about being high up on a mountain surrounded by snow during the middle of summer when temperatures are typically sweltering hot. If you’re a fan of skiing and snowboarding, why not take to the slopes to beat the heat? For travelers headed to the west coast, take on Mammoth Mountain in California where you’ll be able to ski well into July. Colorado visitors will want to stop by Arapahoe Basin for some serious snow activities. Just keep in mind this resort only stays open until June. Even if you aren’t a snowboarding or skiing enthusiast, spending a few days at a ski resort provides the opportunity for many other relaxing activities, like a drink by the pool or a hot tub to unwind in.

4. Parasailing Over the Ocean (or the Great Lakes)

Although a great deal of parasailing is typically done on oceans, anyone visiting the Great Lakes area will also have an opportunity to get in some parasailing. Head to Mackinaw City to parasail over the eastern shore of Lake Michigan. In Key West, you can find plenty of parasailing opportunities on the Key West Bight and Smathers Beach with tandem trips costing anywhere from $29–$49. Miami is another great spot in Florida for prime parasailing, treating you to views of the ocean and city skyline—all from about 400 feet up in the salty sea air.

5. Rock Climbing in National Parks

You don’t necessarily have to be an avid rock climber to enjoy scaling some boulders and getting in touch with your primal side. Provided you’re with an experienced climber, you can get your start in bouldering and rock climbing while being surrounded by some of the most incredible natural wonders in the world. Joshua Tree National Park in California is home to over 8,000 climbing routes. If climbing isn’t your thing, you can stick to the hiking trails and boulders, both equally invigorating and enjoyably challenging. Leavenworth, Washington is another must-visit park for avid climbers, especially for climbers who have a penchant for bouldering. Finally, both beginner and advanced climbers will get a real thrill out of Shawangunk Ridge, just a 90-minute drive outside of New York City. The park boasts over 1,000 climbing routes, all of varying lengths.

Ready to start checking items off your summer vacation bucket list? Start your adventure by buying a bus ticket from today!

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