4 Spring Break Road Trips

Get out of the house, defeat that cabin fever, and hit the road this Spring break. Road trips are a great, safe form of travel because you can still have fun while maintaining COVID practices such as mask wearing and social distancing. We’ve put together four unique and tailored Spring break road trip ideas for you, utilizing savings from our Discounts & Rewards partners. Safe, fun AND saves you money!

Before you begin any road trip adventure, make sure your vehicle is prepared for the trip. Purchase auto parts using your #AAADiscounts at NAPA Auto Parts or check out our Approved Auto Repair Program to check off routine car maintenance pre-trip.

While you’re on the road, be sure to sign up for the Shell Fuel Rewards Program and save on gas. You can also access member savings when renting a car through Hertz or booking a stay at Best Western.

Finally, don’t forget to download the AAA Mobile app so that you can access easy roadside requests, nearby discounts, and cheaper gas while on your trip.

Spring Break Road Trips

Outdoor Idaho | Along the Oregon Coast | Portland Vacation | Western U.S.


Spring Break Road Trip

Outdoor Idaho

Rivers, canyons, hot springs, lava parks…Idaho is a natural bounty and outdoor wonderland. Gather the family and consider exploring some of the “gems” this state has to offer.

Starting destination: Boise, Idaho
Time on the Road: Around 8 hours and 24 minutes
Ending destination: North Fork, Idaho

Idaho Botanical Garden
The first and oldest botanical garden in Idaho, this 15-acre tapestry honors native and domestic plants and is a visual treasure. Even better? AAA members save $1 on adult and senior admissions. Due to COVID, the Garden is currently taking visits by appointment only, so plan ahead. They allow scheduled visits Monday – Friday from 10am – 4pm.

Head east to Swan Valley, Idaho, along the banks of the South Fork of the Snake River where you’ll find all kinds of outdoor treasures.

Hansen Guest Ranch
Consider a stay at Hansen Guest Ranch, where AAA members save 10% on the normal season rate, western cookouts, and special events. Hansen Guest Ranch is on 17.5 acres of land near Rainey Creek with easy access to the South Fork of the Snake River. It’s also just a short drive from Grand Teton National Park.

After your ranch stay, take a short drive Northwest to visit Rexburg, Idaho where you can find a plethora of outdoor adventures like hiking, skiing, camping, fishing and more.

Yellowstone Bear World
After you’ve explored Rexburg to your heart’s content, make a stop at Yellowstone Bear World. This fun and unique attraction allows you to explore and view wildlife and natural habitats from the comfort of your car. AAA member’s save 10% on admission.

Following your bear adventure, head north to North, Fork Idaho, named after the North Fork on the Salmon River. Here you’ll find a quiet and simple beauty, with lots to explore.

North Forks Guides
Consider booking a fishing or floating trip on the North For or even a personalized river trip where you get to customize what you do and for how long. AAA members save 10% when booking with North Forks Guides AND if you book a trip before March 31st, 2021, you can save $200.

spring break road trip

Along the Oregon Coast 

There’s a reason Oregonians flock to the coast when they get the chance — it’s beautiful, relaxing, and family-friendly. Explore the Oregon Coast line, from Northern to Southern Oregon.

Starting Destination: Astoria, OR
Time on the Road: Around 5 hours and 16 minutes
Ending Destination: Coos Bay, OR

Astoria, Oregon is known for being the filming location of cult-classic ‘The Goonies’ and is also home to great local businesses, delicious food and relaxing views.

Bikes & Beyond
Rent bikes with the family and use them to explore all of the wonderful locations in historic Astoria. AAA members save $5off daily bike rental or buy one and get one hour free rental.

Head south to Seaside. Enjoy a stroll on the beach, hit the arcade or the unique shops, and enjoy the crisp ocean air.

Seaside Coffee House
Fuel up and re-energize at Seaside Coffee House and then purchase coffee to take home and enjoy. AAA members save 10% off one pound packages of coffee or more. These can make excellent gifts for family & friends back home.

After visiting Seaside, make your way over to Tillamook, OR, a small town famous for it’s dairy & cheese producing cows.

Blue Heron French Cheese Co.
Avoid the crowds guaranteed to gather at Tillamook Cheese Factory and head over to Blue Heron French Cheese Co. Nosh on delicious cheese and other goodies, plus pick-up gifts for folks back home and treats for the road. AAA members save 15% on all purchases in-store.

Next, Lincoln City is a well-known Oregon coastal town, home to popular Chinook Winds Casinos and some of the best beaches along the coast line.

Safari Town Surf Shop
Pop into Safari Town and curate your own ocean adventure. AAA members save 10% on kayak rentals, stand up paddle board rentals, fat tire full day rentals and Safari Town label clothing.

Newport is another popular coastal town with lots to do and explore, whether it’s at the historic Bayfront, Nye beach or elsewhere.

Oregon Coast Aquarium
No visit to the coast is complete without a trip to the Oregon Coast Aquarium. The Aquarium is dedicated to teaching marine wildlife and ocean preservation while offering a fun & interesting way to learn. AAA members save 10% on admission.

Move your way south down the coast and enjoy the small towns and beaches that litter the path. Your final stop (if you wish it to be) is in historic Coos Bay.

Coos History Museum
Another unique learning opportunity for the family, the Coos History Museum offers Bayfront gathering space, a great store, and a place to tell the stories of Oregon’s South Coast. AAA members save $1 on admission.


spring break road trip

Portland Vacation

Whether you’re from Portland and want to have a staycation or you’re visiting from elsewhere, this unique and well-known city has something for everyone.

Starting Destination: Portland, OR
Time on the Road: Up to you! Portland has plenty of local transportation options
Ending Destination: Portland, OR

Pedal Bike Tours
Portland is a very bike-friendly city and taking a bike tour is a great way to learn about local culture while visiting some great spots. Pedal Bike Tours even offers tours of the wine country and Columbia Gorge. AAA members save 10% on all tours and rentals.

Portland is foodie heaven and there are SO MANY great restaurants, food carts, and shops to try. Head to iconic Northwest Portland and try 23Hoyt. AAA members save 10% on food and non-alcoholic beverages. Grab some food to go and walk the blocks to see all this neighborhood has to offer!

Tap into your creative side and visit Tigard, located just outside of Portland.

Live Laugh Love Art
AAA members save 50% off a social painting or glass fusing workshop and 40% off a welding workshop class fee.

Head downtown and explore all of the unique shops, cultural sites, and food carts that are offered.

Lan Su Chinese Garden
Fit in a peaceful trip to the Lan Su Chinese Garden while you’re at it. You’ll need to reserve your garden admission in advance, in light of COVID, but the beautiful Chinese Garden is well worth the visit. AAA members save $1 on admission.

Adidas Employee Store
Shopping is a plenty in Portland, plus there’s no sales tax. Check out the Adidas Employee Store in North Portland. AAA members will have exclusive access to the employee store March 22nd through April 22nd. Take advantage of this invite period and get stocked up!

spring break road trip

 Western United States

Want to get out of your home state? A Western US road trip might be the answer for you! This is a great option if you want flexibility in what sights you see and states you visit. We have some discounts to help make those choices, too.

Starting Destination: Your Choice
Time on the Road: Your Choice
Ending Destination: Your Choice

RV Northwest
If you’re near the Portland area, consider renting an RV or motor home for your road trip. AAA members save 5% on motor home, travel trailer, and tent trailer rentals.

AAA Tickets
AAA Tickets offers great discounts on entertainment, attraction, event, and virtual experience tickets. AAA member can save up to 40% and there are choices all over the United States, including in the Western region.

Red Rock Western Jeep Tours
If Arizona is on your list, check out this Discount & Reward partner in Sedona.  AAA members can save 10% on Jeep and Grand Canyon tours around the Sedona area.

Grand Canyon Railway & Hotel
Another addition for the Grand Canyon visitors and family-friendly too! AAA members can save 15% on a round-trip rail fare in a historic, restored rail car or 15% on their hotel accommodations, gift shop, and RV Park.