Low-Key Spring Destinations

As the snow melts and life gets a little bit greener, wanderlust sets in. It’s time to pack up and escape for spring break. But avoiding those big spring break crowds seems like a feat. Fortunately, RLHC has great locations in low-key cities for you to explore.


Nashville, TN – GuestHouse Inn & Suites Nashville/Music Valley

Country music and Nashville go hand in hand. That’s why we recommend stopping by the Country Music Hall of Fame, the historic Ryman Auditorium and the Johnny Cash Museum to take in the city’s rich history that’s been paved by legends and has inspired many great modern-day musicians.

For a night out on the town, head to Lower Broadway, where music lovers, cowboys, bachelorette parties and tourists converge. Enjoy the best honky-tonk drinking holes in the nation – no locals here! For a little help navigating the selections, check out Thrillist’s bar list here.

If you’re in the mood for barbeque, Nashville doesn’t disappoint. Try out Peg Leg Porker for an original BBQ experience.  Arnold’s Country Kitchen makes the top of the list for meat & three. Each day, they offer different selections of meats and varying sides. Be sure to check out their ever-changing menu online. The Stillery downtown is a place to relax and enjoy mason jar cocktails, delicious starters, sandwiches and brick-oven pizzas.


Washington D.C. – Hotel RL Washington D.C.

After you’ve seen all the monuments, statues and government buildings you can handle, try something different. Okay, the Smithsonian is a must-see, but have you ever been to the Newseum? Guests can enjoy seven levels of exhibits featuring all five freedoms of the 1st Amendment. You must see the Pulitzer Prize Photographs Gallery that has every Pulitzer Prize-winning entry since 1942.

Dive into the music scene at Gypsy Sally’s – a music venue for serious music lovers who don’t take themselves too seriously. Their calendar is loaded with regional folk, fast-pickin’ bluegrass and tribute shows.

Hungry? Just three blocks from the White House is Founding Farmers, with an energetic, urban setting and new takes on old American classics. From breads and juices to butter and ground beef, everything is handmade with quality ingredients. Oyamel is rich with Mexican culture and offers fresh ceviche, small plates and tacos, with a vast array of wines and tequila. If you’re in the mood for something sweet, hop over to Sticky Fingers for a fresh pastry, cookie or cupcake – they’re vegan, too!


Tucson, AZ – Red Lion Inn & Suites North Tucson – Foothills

Get away to sunshine and blue skies in Tucson, AZ. Embrace the desert life at Saguaro National Park, home to the nation’s largest cacti. Now is the peak season for wildflowers to bloom. Go for a hike or take a guided tour.

If you’re up for an adventure, trek to Kitt Peak National Observatory about an hour southwest of Tucson for the most spectacular stargazing. They offer three nighttime programs, but be sure to bundle up as the desert temperatures drop in the evening.

For some good eats, try Aqui Con El Nene for the best Sanoran Hot Dogs in town. What’s a Sanoran Hot Dog? This local favorite consists of a bacon-wrapped hot dog topped with pinto beans, onions, tomato and a plethora of condiments, such as mayo, mustard and jalapeño salsa, on a bolillo-style bun. Another local favorite, Prep & Pastry, offers breakfast, brunch and lunch options every day from 7am-3pm. Their farm-to-table menu is sure to dazzle your taste buds.


Avoid the crowded beaches in Miami, Daytona Beach and Key West and head to one of our picks for a relaxing and enjoyable spring break. Make It #WorthIt. See other destinations at www.redlion.com