Travel: 7 Inexpensive Ways To Spend Spring Break in Virginia

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Brian Angus | bangus@radford.edu

Spring Break is almost here!

After being stuck in the rain and cold this last month, you’re probably dreaming of warm, sunny weather.

However, traveling to places with such a climate can put a dent in your bank account. So, while the weather may not feel very spring-like, there are still a ton of fun things to do right here in Virginia that can make your break feel a little brighter.

Go on a Road Trip

From cities to the countryside, to the coastline, Virginia has a lot to offer. One of the best and cheapest ways to see it all is by taking a road trip.

You could drive from city to city, or start in one of the corners and complete a triangle around the state. If friends come along, they could pitch in for gas to reduce the cost.

Play in the Parks

Mt. Rogers in Grayson Highlands State Park.

Virginia is filled with parks. There are 40 State Parks, and 22 National Parks throughout the state which all of them different from the next.

Claytor Lake and Grayson Highlands State Parks are two of my personal favorites, and both are relatively close to Radford.

The National Parks are even more amazing.

There’s Shenandoah National Park, which has over 500 miles of hiking trails. Although, if hiking isn’t your thing, the park can be enjoyed from the seat of your car, 105 miles of slow scenic road through the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains.

Shenandoah’s most popular hike is Old Rag Mountain.

I’ve hiked Old Rag at least five times now, and never get tired of it. Most of the hike is a gradual incline, but about a half mile from the top, there is a rock scramble. Boulders the size of buildings will surround you as you have to use all four limbs to get up the mountain.

Once at the top, you can relax and take in the breathtaking views that the Shenandoah Mountains have to offer – I guarantee your mind will be blown by this hike.

Shenandoah National Park (2).

Another one of my favorites is Great Falls National Park. It’s only a twenty-minute drive from my home in Northern Virginia. So, during breaks, I spend a ton of time there hiking, climbing rocks, and just sitting out in the sun if it’s a beautiful day.

Explore Cities

Cities can be a great place to experience a lot in a short amount of time. Some of Virginia’s most popular cities to explore are Richmond, Roanoke, and Virginia Beach. Each offers different unique culture and attractions. Of course, there is also Washington D.C. bordering Virginia.

D.C. can be a great place to explore inexpensively. Admission to all the Smithsonian Museums and the National Zoo is free. Also, Metro passes are reasonably inexpensive and can be used to go anywhere in the city.

Visit Other College Campuses

Something I enjoy doing is visiting other college campuses to see what they look like, and how they are organized.

If it’s a public college, and they aren’t on a break as well, you could pretend to be a student for a day by eating at the dining halls and studying at the library. It can give you a new perspective on what college is like for other students.

See Wacky Attractions

Shenandoah National Park.

If you’re looking for something out of the norm, Virginia has plenty of weird and unusual attractions scattered around the state. One attraction is Foamhenge, a full-scale replica of Stonehenge in England, but made out of foam.

There is also Dinosaur Land which is a park that consists of more than 50 life-size dinosaurs made from fiberglass.

Work

If all of these options sound out of your budget, then you may want to make some money.

If you already have a job, you could just go back and work there. Alternatively, you could get creative and make money by selling items on eBay or Craigslist, babysitting, dog walking, or work for food delivery apps like Ubereats, GrubHub, and Doordash.

Stay at Home

The coastline of Virginia.

Sometimes you need time to do nothing. If you don’t feel like going out stay at home and relax. There are plenty of things you can do around your house: read, write, meditate, watch TV, pick up a new hobby, work out, cook, or spend time with your family.

You could also take walks around your hometown. Things may look a little different after being away for a while; you may even notice things you never noticed before.

Whatever you chose to do this spring break, enjoy it, reflect on your hard work, and prepare yourself to come back even stronger for the rest of the semester.

Photo Credit: (Brian Angus | The Tartan – The featured is from the Great Falls National Park)