When most of us think about Spring Break, we limit our fantasies to a traditional beach getaway. There’s nothing wrong with a tropical escape but for those looking to avoid the crowds and chaos, there are plenty of alternative escapes that are both affordable and impressive. Whether you’re looking to party or take it easy, there are so many unique destinations (beyond beaches) that will make for a very memorable vacation. Here are 4 cheap spring break ideas that will surpass your expectations, not your budget:

Orlando, Florida

Most people think Florida is only good for a beach vacation but let’s not forget it’s also home to the most magical place on earth: Disney World. While spring breakers are flocking from all over to head to Daytona Beach, you can make your way towards Orlando for a reasonable & rewarding experience. There’s nothing more exciting (or enchanting) than visiting a Disney theme park. Whether you love the rides, the Disney cast members, or simply the atmosphere, you’re sure to have a magical time. While many think that theme parks and lodging can add up to a pretty expensive trip, there are plenty of ways to cut costs. With a surplus of hotels, restaurants, and activities to chose from, you can definitely find a competitive price out there. Some tips for cutting costs: don’t waste your money on overpriced food at the theme parks. Try to pack your own food and snacks to create some serious savings. Not to mention, it will be super fun to have your own picnic!

Memphis, Tennessee

Memphis could not be more opposite from a beach vacation but this rad (and affordable) destination would make for an awesome spring break escape. If you love good music and good eats, look no further than this lively Southern city. There’s something for everyone! Elvis Presley fans can experience Graceland, the place that Elvis called home. History buffs can absorb the moving exhibits at The National Civil Rights Museum. Music lovers can find their groove on Beale Street, the entertainment district that is known for legendary nightclubs, restaurants, and shops. There are plenty of free attractions so you can appreciate all that Memphis has to offer without breaking the bank.

Las Vegas, Nevada

Las Vegas is the perfect city to visit if you’re interested in partying like you’re on a spring break beach vacation but not sold on sand and surf. Las Vegas is home to world-class shows, iconic hotels, and electric casinos – all the ingredients for a successful spring break getaway. All of this talk about gambling and partying probably has your bank account in a frenzy. Rest assured, you can absolutely do Vegas on a budget. You might not be able to stay in the ultra-luxurious hotels located on the Las Vegas Strip but there are plenty of quality hotels that offer a great value. If you brought your appetite, there are several mouthwatering buffets under $30. Bars & nightclubs can get expensive so try to take advantage of Happy Hour when you can. For all of the ladies out there, make sure to check out the bars with drink specials designed just for women. If you’re looking for more than an entertaining time, there are 5 absurdly breathtaking parks near Las Vegas that you can spend time hiking and exploring. Needless to say, you’d be lucky to visit Las Vegas.

Washington D.C.

Our nation’s capital isn’t an obvious choice for a Spring Break getaway but it’s certainly deserving of consideration. Not only is it extremely educational but it’s very affordable. Did we mention the iconic cherry blossoms make Springtime one of the absolute best times to visit? There are over 100 free things to do so you won’t be bored or broke during your travels. Whether you love to visit museums, monuments, or memorials, there is something for everyone. Washington D.C. is also extremely accessible so flights to and from are very reasonable. This dynamic city is perfect for those that love to sight-see and people-watch!

Still in search of some more budget-friendly destinations & tips? Here a few more worthy locations to be considered in your selection process. There’s also some useful tips to help you cut costs, no matter your destination. From trying to book your flights for midweek travel to reserving your airport parking ahead of time online through Park ‘N Fly, there are all kinds of creative ways to save money.

With temperatures starting to warm up, there’s no better time to travel and take a break from the demands of everyday life. We all love a good beach vacation but sometimes it’s nice to switch it up. Do yourself a favor and consider these alternative spring break ideas. These unique vacations will be good for your soul, and wallet.