Spring Break is an annual rite of passage, a chance for American college students to skip classes with a professorial stamp of approval in order to go have fun doing something, anything, that’s disassociated with a book, or a lectern, or a library of any kind. Lots of kids head south in search of warmer weather, and after the utterly brutal winter that has clobbered much of the nation this season, our bet is that the Sunbelt states are going to see an unusually large influx of exuberant young adults in the weeks to come.
Pondering this, and in reminiscing about our own road trips taken in the most decent car owned by any of our closest friends, we realized that the Spring Break reality is different from the Spring Break fantasy. In the former, you’re scraping together tips and rolling down I-75 in a car that might just make it to Daytona, with a little luck. In the latter, you’re staying at the best hotel on the beach, you’re meeting the best-looking hookups, and you’re driving the coolest set of wheels, preferably one with at least four seats so that you can cruise with old friends, or offer a ride to new ones.
What would we drive to our Spring Break destination? Here are six of our editors’ choices, listed alphabetically.