4 Affordable Spring Break Trips Flying from Missoula 

Spring break is coming up, but you’re a college student and on a budget. Understandably so, we all are. Whether you want to see a beach, dine in the city, or explore a new country, you don’t have to break the bank to spend the week enjoying somewhere new. Spring break is a time for relaxation, exploration, and being a tourist. To get you all the fun without spending a fortune, I’ve compiled a list of 4 places with flights from Missoula, hotels, Airbnbs, and activities. I encourage you to travel with a group of friends and split the costs of hotels and Airbnb.

Keep scrolling to see 4 trips out of Missoula that will fit anybody’s budget.

1. Phoenix, Arizona

Phoenix, Arizona is beautiful and hot. Why not Spring Break here? In March, roundtrip flights from Missoula, MT to Phoenix, AZ average to about $156.

Low-priced hotels to consider:

Airbnb’s including pools:

There are endless activities in Phoenix. I love to look at TripAdvisor: Things to do in Phoenix to get some inspiration. My recommendation would be to visit the Desert Botanical Garden.

2. Los Angeles, California

If you want to relax on the beach, explore the city, or catch a Lakers game, Los Angeles is the place for you. In March, roundtrip flights from Missoula, MT to Los Angeles, CA average to about $198.

Low priced hotels to consider:

Airbnb’s with rooftop pools:

Beachfront Airbnb’s:

Los Angeles is known for its Mediterranean climate, ethnic diversity, Hollywood, and sprawling city. TripAdvisor: Things to Do in Los Angeles lists many categories featuring outdoor activities, day trips, museums, walking & biking tours, and historic sites. I would go see the Hollywood sign.

3. Portland, Oregon

Portland, Oregon is one of the world’s great towns for weirdness, funky neighborhoods, beer, inexpensive good food, and outdoor activities. In March, roundtrip flights from Missoula, MT to Portland, OR average to about $196. You will not fall short of a good time if you visit Portland for Spring Break. Plus, it’s only 80 miles from the coast!

Low priced hotels to consider:

Airbnb’s with a hot tub:

For the adventurers:

I’ve been to Portland several times and all I can say is if you don’t try Salt & Straw while you are there, you are doing it wrong. If you can’t find something to do during Spring Break in Portland (which I highly doubt), check out TripAdvisor: Things to Do in Portland.

4. Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Are you the type of person that is itching to get out of the United States for Spring Break? I know I am. Puerto Vallarta, Mexico might just be that place for you. Of course, when you fly anywhere out of the country flights will sky-rocket. However, in March, roundtrip flights from Missoula, MT to Puerto Vallarta, MX average to about $530.

Low priced resorts to consider:

Beachfront Airbnb’s:


Puerto Vallarta is famous for its art and culture. There are sculptures found throughout the town, on the seaside boardwalk, and in hideaway places. If you are a beach lover, Puerto Vallarta has the second-largest bay in the world (Banderas Bay). Check out the activities TripAdvisor: Things to Do in Puerto Vallarta has to offer.


Author: Megan Erickson

Sources: Kayak.com, TripAdvisor, Airbnb, Google Hotel Finder