10 Spring Break Trips To Take With Your Mom This Year, No Matter Your Age

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Spring break is something many Southerners look back on fondly—whether spent on the Gulf beaches, Outer Banks, or sea islands of South Carolina and Georgia. However, our idea of spring break now is a little different from cramming 15 people into one house and surviving on PB&J sandwiches, along with the occasional basket of fried shrimp. While the memories are worth every sunburn, we have no interest in repeating history. Going on your own self-dubbed spring break trip as an adult can be relaxing, fun, and full of quality time, which is why it's the perfect opportunity to grab your mother and hit the road.

Don't have a "spring break" per se? Who cares! You're never too old to go on a mother-daughter getaway, and there is no rule saying there has to be only beach destinations involved. Get rid of the post-wintertime blues with these spring break trip ideas for every type of mother-daughter duo, whether you're into beaching, hiking, shopping, or wine-tasting.

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Orange Beach, Alabama

The Gulf, Orange Beach, Alabama
Robbie Caponetto

For the beach lovers

This Gulf Coast getaway is all about taking it slow and easy. When you're not digging your toes into the sand and working on a pre-summer glow, hit the pedals. Just inland from the beach, Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail offers over 15 miles of paved trails for biking. That makes for a whole lot of catching-up talk. No trip to these parts is complete without a visit to Doc's Seafood Shack & Oyster Bar, where you'll find the "the best fried shrimp in the entire civilized world." Just ask anyone. Stroll around The Wharf, an entertainment district of sorts, for a breezy ending to the perfect lowkey beach day. No fancy shoes required.

Here are more of the South's best beach towns to visit.

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Gatlinburg, Tennessee

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For the plush mountaineers

It might be located on the border of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, but Gatlinburg is the exact opposite of roughing it, which happens to be right up our alley when we want to be entertained by everything from catching major views from the Gatlinburg SkyBridge, the longest pedestrian-only suspension bridge in the country (and you should see it at Christmas!), to shopping around the colorful alpine village for unique goodies to bring home. You can even stay at Treehouse Grove, a luxury treehouse resort opened in 2020.

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Grapevine, Texas

Bella Vista Ranch Grapevines
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For the vino enthusiasts

If you're of age, it doesn't get more fun than hitting the wine trail together. Learn about some of the South's best wines and take in gorgeous Texas views while you're at it. Grapevine makes the perfect home base between tours, and it happens to ooze small-town Texas charm to boot. Located just north of Dallas and Fort Worth, the town has plenty of wine tasting rooms to explore, but head out of town with Grapevine Wine Tours to see all the pretty Texas vineyards. Back in town, get a quintessential Tex-Mex meal at Mi Dia From Scratch and frito pie at Tolbert's. Now you're a Texan.

See why Grapevine, Texas, is also known as the "Christmas Capital of Texas."

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Asheville, North Carolina

Asheville JuneBug Retro Resort
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For the funky trailblazers

It's hard to find a town whose personality almost outshines the colossal beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains that surround it, but that's kind of Asheville's thing. The quirky town was into all the cool stuff (think kombucha, craft beer, and co-ops) before most and still has the same laid-back, groovy attitude despite all the crowds constantly coming into "Beer City U.S.A." So if you've never been, time is of the essence—and Mama's ready to tag along. You can't leave without eating whole-hog 'cue at Buxton Hall Barbecue, paying a visit to the insanely gorgeous grounds of Biltmore Estate, and having a brew at Highland Brewing Co. You can even stay in one of JuneBug Retro Resort's postcard-worthy vintage campers or trailers to make it an unforgettable trip.

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Dahlonega, Georgia

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For the small town gals

We couldn't skip over the obvious, could we? Dahlonega, Georgia, is the ultimate small-town getaway for girlfriends, perfect for you and your mother. The charming little town practically overflows with feel-good Southern vibes (basically, imagine if Stars Hollow was in the South), and you'll want to take in every attraction, from the town's drop-in café, Picnic Café and Dessertery, to the North Georgia wineries outside of town. There's rarely ever a need to step foot into a car, which is our type of getaway. Stay close to town square at The Smith House or Hall House Hotel.

Read more about Dahlonega, Georgia.

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Florida's Highway A1A

Flagler Beach Florida
Robbie Caponetto

For the road trippers

The best thing about this road trip could be the pastel sunset skies or perhaps the laidback attitude of this lesser-traveled side of Florida. But our money's on the endless potential of where you can go along this coastal highway. Start in Fernandina Beach and drive as far as Key West, if you so please. If hitting the road hard enough, you could hit Amelia Island, St. Augustine, Daytona Beach (birthplace of NASCAR), and Miami before it's all over. Or just hole up in one or two of the funky beach towns and indulge in some much-needed mother-daughter hangout time.

Or take a cruise on Florida's Highway 30A.

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Thomas, West Virginia

Adventures on the New River Gorge, West Virginia. July 2019. Adventures on the Gorge river rafting.
Robbie Caponetto

For the outdoor adventurers

Spending time in the great outdoors can only be made greater by spending it with your forever gal pal. This area of West Virginia is flush with some of the South's most impressive hiking trails and mountain views. This isn't your typical day trip over to the low-riding mountain outside of your hometown. This is outdoor adventure time, and a majorly Instagram-worthy one at that.

Explore Blackwater Falls State Park for five-story waterfalls, Seneca Rocks for real-deal rock climbing, or Dolly Sods Wilderness for a more low-key hike. Stay in the charming little town of Thomas to have access to locally owned shops and restaurants, such as TipTop, a cozy coffeehouse; Ella & Company, an antiques and decor store; and Santangelo, a books-and-home goods shop. The Purple Fiddle is a legendary live-music venue where you can find good music and family-friendly fun on the weekends.

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Louisville, Kentucky

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For the busy bodies

Louisville gets a lot of love, but we usually leave it to the Derby or bourbon folks. However, it makes the perfect spring break trip idea for a mother-daughter duo purely because of one thing: all the flair. This is a town where you can get dressed up to the nines for a spring horse race at Churchill Downs or nearby Keeneland and people-watch until your heart's content. At the race track, the action is on and off the turf. Place your bets, rank the big hats, and have a mint julep or two. When you're not at the track or exploring the Kentucky Bourbon Trail (the views of green rolling hills along the drive is worth traveling to the tastings alone!), Louisville's iconic Whiskey Row provides all sorts of fun things to add to your itinerary.

Here are the best things to do in Louisville, Kentucky.

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Sea Island, Georgia

The Cloister on Sea Island
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For the "actually, let's hit the spa" travelers

Specifically, The Spa at Sea Island. Not only are the historic resort grounds both classic and coastal, but the services are exactly how a mother-daughter duo with a penchant for pampering would like to spend spring break. Guests are greeted with a "Spallini" cocktail on their way to the property's sanctuary centerpiece: a garden atrium that transports the area's natural windswept riches inside. Hospitable beyond compare, prepare to be relaxed at every turn as you choose from the 65,000-square-foot facility's treatments. Other notable spa resorts in the South: Old Edwards Inn & Spa in Highlands, North Carolina; Lake Austin Spa Resort in Austin, Texas; and (of course) The Breakers in Palm Beach, Florida.

Or stay in nearby St. Simons Island for coastal charm.

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Annapolis, Maryland

Sailboat in the Chesapeake Bay off Annapolis
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For the waterfront wanderers

The streets of Annapolis hold more than 350 years of American history. You could spend hours strolling up and down Main Street, where shops and restaurants thrive inside 18th-century brick storefronts. Fly into Baltimore or Washington D.C., which are both a close drive over to the small town. Tour the impressive United States Naval Academy grounds, get a dose of sailing with a cruise on the Schooner Woodwind, and eat plenty of crab cakes.

See more to do on your trip to Annapolis.

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