Spring Break for the Rest of Us! Orbitz Helps Travelers Relax…

With its Top Alternative Spring Break Destinations that Avoid the College Party Scene

Spring Skiing in Santa Fe and Southern Hospitality in Savannah are Cities on the List of Orbitz ‘Insider Staff Picks’

CHICAGO, March 22 /PRNewswire/ — Looking for a spring getaway without the blaring music, crowded beer can littered beaches and bar crawls with questionably dressed college co-eds? With many universities across the country letting out in March for Spring Break 2006, lots of destinations that would otherwise boast relaxed atmospheres become scenes that many couples and families may want to avoid. Orbitz ( http://www.orbitz.com/ ), the faster, easier way to find the trip you want, is helping travelers find vacation alternatives to the typical Spring Break party spots with its sixth edition of The Orbitz Insider Index.

“With winter weather still keeping temps low in much of the country, college students aren’t the only travelers looking to hit the beach as March and April approach,” said Heather Leisman, director of merchandising for Orbitz. “Spring is also a popular time for families and post graduate travelers that want to take their first big break of the year following the winter holidays.”

“It’s a great time to travel this spring, as many destinations are offering special deals, celebrating festivals and hosting events to attract visitors,” added Leisman.

Alternative Spring Break Destinations

This month The Orbitz Insider Index has identified the top alternative destinations that travelers are visiting in March, by a process described below, excluding the historically popular college Spring Break hotspots such as Key West, Cancun and South Padre Island among others.

The Orbitz Insider Index for alternative Spring Break destinations reviews future hotel bookings on Orbitz.com, indicating significant destination trend information within the data. Orbitz.com staff nominated 20 destinations and ranked the Top Ten using hotel bookings from March 1-31, 2006. The most popular alternative Spring Break destinations according to The Orbitz Insider Index are:

The Orbitz Insider Index
Top 10 Alternative Spring Break
Destinations

1 Orlando, FL
2 San Diego, CA
3 Savannah, GA
4 Naples/Ft Myers, FL
5 Puerto Rico
6 Scottsdale, AZ
7 Tampa, FL
8 Los Cabos, Mexico
9 Charleston, SC
10 Reno, NV

Orbitz Staff Insider Picks

The Orbitz “Insider Staff Picks” provides vacationers with our top recommendations for off-the-beaten-path spring break destinations that won’t require bringing earplugs or shielding your children’s eyes on the beach.

Alternative Breaks in … The Sun:

Scottsdale, Arizona

Horseback riding, rock climbing, rafting and golfing are just a few ways to take advantage of Scottsdale’s warm climate and beautiful desert terrain. For travelers with an adventurous side that desire an up-close and personal look at the Scottsdale topography, climb to the summit of Camelback Mountain and take in the view. Those looking for a more relaxing side can choose from great local shopping, spas or lounging poolside for the day.

Fort Myers/Sanibel Island, Florida

During the spring, Fort Myers is a great place to visit for sports fans. Some of your favorite professional baseball teams call Fort Myers home in the spring, with games starting in early March and running through the end of the month. In addition to watching your favorite teams, avid golfers will find many great courses and those looking for a little adventure on the seas can try a day of deep sea fishing.

Alternative Breaks in … The Mountains:

Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Jackson Hole is a wonderful getaway for travelers seeking to reconnect with nature and those looking for a few great runs down the slopes before the ski season ends. For fishing enthusiasts, the area is home to the Snake, Hoback and Green rivers where visitors can try their hand at big river fly fishing. For those looking to enjoy some bluebird days on the mountain, skiers and snowboarders can test their skills on the 2,500 acres of in-bounds terrain the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort has to offer.

Santa Fe, New Mexico

Only 16 miles from the city and boasting great weather and a 12,000 foot summit, skiers looking for a spring getaway in the southwest should visit Santa Fe. Featuring ski resorts in and around the city, travelers are never far from great Rocky Mountain skiing. After hitting the slopes all day within the Santa Fe National Forest, retire to one of the city’s outstanding spas for some much deserved pampering. Many great spas and spa therapists are in Santa Fe because the city boasts a large concentration of world-class massage schools. Spa technicians at local resorts use both new age and traditional practices in order to relax and heal guests.

Alternative Breaks in … The South:

Charleston, South Carolina

Charleston is a beautiful city with great shopping and plenty of history. Downtown Charleston features the City Market, a shopping area with a variety of vendors selling unique goods from local art and tapestries to homemade sauces and candy. Get your fill of southern history and culture by exploring Charleston’s many majestic homes during the 59th Annual Festival of Houses and Gardens, taking place March 16 – April 15. During the festival, visitors can enter many of the city’s private residences and get close-up looks at the interiors and lush gardens.

Savannah, Georgia

Order up a mint julep! Savannah’s southern charm draws visitors year round to this hospitable town. One of the largest National Landmark Historic Districts, Savannah is a city that is alive with history and excitement. While strolling the streets of Savannah, travelers can take in the beautiful architectural examples of Victorian, Federal and Italianate styled structures within the city’s historic district. For music lovers, visit the city between March 17 and April 2 and take part in the 17th Annual Savannah Music Festival featuring a wide variety of musical genres, including music from the Deep South.

Alternative Breaks in … Europe:

Barcelona, Spain

Visitors to Barcelona will find that one of the most enjoyable experiences is simply wandering the streets of this architecturally rich city. Barcelona is peppered with architectural works from famous designer Antonio Gaudi, including one of his most visited architectural wonders — La Sagrada Familia, a soaring temple that has been under construction since 1882 with its expected completion around 2026. After taking in the architectural sites, visit the city’s main thoroughfare, Las Ramblas, for authentic sangria and great seafood, an eclectic group of street performers, followed by a well deserved siesta.

Monaco

For the traveler looking for excitement and relaxation in elegance, Monaco is the place to go. The city-state, a sovereign nation within the French Riviera, offers abundant nightlife, fine dining, and if you’re feeling lucky, visit a local casino for some European roulette, blackjack or craps. Just remember, Monaco is a classy place, so bring a sports jacket and more dapper attire when headed to the gaming tables. If you prefer taking part in activities that require a little less exertion, visit one of Monaco’s luxury spas or take in a professional soccer game. Monaco’s professional club plays in France’s professional league, where they have won numerous awards.

About Orbitz

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