TravelPulse deems this Georgia’s best spring break staycation spot

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Spring break is usually a time where many choose to travel out of state. But amid the continuing coronavirus pandemic, families and college students alike may prefer to stay closer to home.

In that case, a staycation — not a vacation — may be in order.

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This month, TravelPulse compiled a list of the best spring break staycation spots in each state.

“One of the most important travel lessons we’ve learned over the last year is that sometimes you simply have to appreciate what you have around you,” the U.S. and international travel site said. “As travel picks up more and more steam, spring break 2021 might be one of the last great opportunities to truly relish the staycation, and the following are the best spots in each state to do it.”

The best staycation sites around the country range from the cobbles of the Old Port in Portland, Maine to hikes in Red Rock Canyon in Las Vegas. Before exploring the best place for your spring break staycation, be sure to check with local advisories and rules regarding travel as the pandemic continues.

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Georgia’s top spot for residents looking to get away while staying home is Augusta.

The Masters is scheduled to take place in April once again this year, which means spring break will be a time of anticipation and pleasant weather in Georgia’s Garden City,” TravelPulse said of the place near the South Carolina border. “Kick your exploration of the city off by taking a stroll on the characterful Riverwalk, before moving on to the meandering pathways of the Phinizy Swamp Nature Park.”

Those are just a few things you can do, however.

Explore history at the Augusta Museum of History, where you can learn about the late James Brown, who spent most of his youth in the city, and other local legends. Take in art and culture at Vintage Ooollee costume shop and make time for tacos and margaritas at Nacho Mama’s.

Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy hiking and biking along the F.A.T.S. Trails or fishing at Stevens Creek Heritage Preserve, both of which are in nearby South Carolina. For family-friendly options, take the kids for a splash in the pool at the Sheraton Augusta Hotel. Then, dine on milkshakes and burgers at Farmhaus Burger.