After two years of being (mostly) locked down in our communities, people are feeling more confident to travel not just across Colorado, but internationally as well.
As the start of spring break begins for many Front Range families, you may have questions about travel, gas prices, where to go and what to do with the children (or without them).
In this Denver7 360 in depth report, we will tell you about:
- Gas prices and how to save at the pump if you’re traveling
- Some of the most popular spring break destinations in and out of the country and what you need to know if you’re flying
- Where to go if you’re staying in Colorado so you don’t spend a lot of money
First of all, the big question on everyone’s mind right now is of course: How much will my spring break cost if I plan to take a road trip in Colorado? I’m not going to lie to you, the average regular gas price in the Denver metro area is high — $3.94 as of Wednesday, March 16, up from $3.88 the previous week, according to AAA.
These prices only go up as you drive west and head into the mountains, so you might want to fill up before you go.
“Gasoline prices will always be highest among high-demand, low-competition corridors like Vail, like I-70, where many motorists need gas and few people supply it,” says Skyler McKinley, regional director of public affairs for AAA Colorado. “Generally stock up well before you go and stock up in larger communities as they tend to have much lower prices.”
If you were to drive into Pitkin County before filling up, for example, you would pay about $4.82 on average for a gallon of gas. Ouch!
Want to watch a video instead? Denver7’s Nicole Brady and Brian Sanders give you some tips for making the most of Spring Break 2022.
Alright, so you don’t want to drive but rather fly. What are the popular destinations during spring break?
It’s no surprise landlocked Coloradians want to see water if they travel out of state. An analysis carried out at the beginning of February by The Washington Post found Orlando, Florida to be the top spring break destination this year for US travelers, followed by Cancún, Mexico; Vegas; Miami; and Phoenix.
Travel Pulse, however, says national parks are also leading the spring break craze this year. Some of the most popular destinations in this category include Joshua Tree and Death Valley in California; Zion National Park; the Grand Canyon and Yosemite.
If you’re looking to leave the state, be prepared to pay higher airfares. Not only the price of gas affects airlinesthe urge to see something other than the aisle you’ve been watching from outside your window for the past two years is also driving ticket prices up.
The Hopper travel website says domestic air fares during spring break jumped 21% from 2021 and if you wait until the last minute to buy that ticket, you could pay up to 45% more. Hotel rates jump 30% to approach pre-pandemic prices.
If you still steal after this blow to your wallet, don’t forget to bring your face mask with you. The TSA has extended its rule that requires travelers to wear masks on planes to prevent the spread of COVID-19 until April 18.
Be sure to arrive at DIA at least two hours before your flight as the airport expects traffic volumes similar to March and April 2019. DIA officials estimate that over 190,000 passengers will pass through by DIA on Sundays, Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays for approximately the next three weeks.
For those with TSA PreCheck benefits, you’ll want to go through the North security checkpoint. Other travelers subject to standard screening will need to pass through the South Security Checkpoint or Deck A.
You can park in the economy parking lot at Pikes Peak and in the East and West Terminals.
Alright, so say you don’t want to travel out of state. What can you do on spring break in Colorado that’s, you know, outdoors? Here are some ideas:
If you’re up for a hike but aren’t sure if the kids will be able to tolerate a 16-mile round-trip adventure, try these 7 Great Beginner Hikes Near Denver, 7 Waterfall Hikes That Have Little To No Hiking , and for the most seasoned hikers, check out 7 amazing places within 150 miles of Denver.
If you want more spring break getaway ideas, our partners at Colorado Parent have put together an amazing roundup of family getaways.
OK, but what about ski resorts?! It might be called Spring Break, but you all know #COwx doesn’t really care about your feelings, so if you go out, you might as well ski.
Colorado ski resorts have already notified our partners of The Denver post they are planning a return to visits at the pre-pandemic level, which will certainly help cities – even if they are understaffed.
Accommodation bookings in Breckenridge are 70% higher than March 2021 figures and bookings in Aspen are on par with 2019 figures, according to the newspaper.
If you go skiing, remember to be patient with those skis and poles. Due to understaffing at ski resorts, there will be crowds and long queues – so please be kind and compassionate to staff who are just trying to do their jobs du best he can. Summit County officials are also urging people to consider carpooling or visiting ski resorts midweek to avoid getting stranded on I-70 when the weekend exodus from the mountain begins Sunday. afternoon.
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If you don’t want to deal with this madness, there’s a ton of stuff you can do with the little ones to keep them entertained that requires little to no driving. John Wenzel at The Denver Post has written a helpful guide to family activities in Denver that you can afford. These include the Denver Art Museum, Denver Botanical Gardens, Nature Art Camp March 21-24, Spring Break Superhero Camp at History Colorado March 30-April 3. , And much more.