With many areas of the US shivering under record-low temperatures, it might not seem like the appropriate time to plan your spring break. But if you make your plans now, you can have something to look forward to. To get you started, here are the top three budget-friendly destinations in North America.

Montreal, Quebec isn’t exactly the beach resort you think of when it comes to spring break, but it’s worth a trip up to Canada. That’s because it just might be the closest thing to a European city in North America.

And it’s a much more affordable way to have a French-inspired trip than flying trans-Atlantic. You can check out Vieux-Montreal, the old town center within Montreal, and enjoy the quaint shops and cobblestone streets.

Florida is an obvious choice, but most people never think to visit Sanibel Island. The warm, moderate weather is ideal between February and April and if you’re looking for a more active vacation, this is your place. You can bike to the parks and beaches thanks to 22 miles of pathways spread throughout the island.

Finally, it might be hard to imagine the nation’s capital as a spring-break destination, but if you love a beautiful setting and a bit of history, early April is prime time to visit Washington, DC. You can check out all the free events surrounding the stunning Cherry Blossom Festival, as well as the Smithsonian Institute – a mix of 19 galleries and museums that you can access without spending a dime.

From Montreal down to Florida, there are lots of affordable spots where you can enjoy your spring break. Where do you want to go?

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