Graduation day is drawing closer and closer for high school and college seniors all across the United States. Graduating from school is a huge accomplishment—you deserve a week of fun before heading off to school or starting a job! Senior week is a popular tradition with new graduates, particularly on the East Coast, and there’s no better way to celebrate your achievements. Start planning your senior week getaway and looking for vacation rental properties now with your group of friends in one of these top locations.

Senior Week: Plan the Ultimate Graduation Celebration

1. Panama City Beach, Florida

Located on the Florida Panhandle, Panama City Beach is already well-known throughout the country as the top spring break beach destination for students. PCB is also the way to go for senior week trips—low prices and tons of fellow students add up to a great time for all. Popular with students from all over the U.S., PCB is sure to deliver if you are looking for a classic senior week experience. As an added plus, options like the “Official Grad Pass VIP Party Card” do some of the trip planning work for you, handling your group’s entrance to popular clubs and parties while celebrating in Florida.

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2. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

With over 60 miles of beaches, Myrtle Beach is another great choice for a senior week. The Myrtlemaniac Senior Week VIP Card party program gives your group access to the most fun events in town—including the legendary foam party and the paint party. Myrtle Beach is particularly popular with students on the East Coast and in the South, but expect to meet other recent grads from all over the country, too! Myrtle Beach’s senior week also draws top performers—past talent includes Waka Flocka Flame and Travis Porter. As if that wasn’t enough, Myrtle Beach also has quite a few great restaurants—try out Sole Italian Restaurant just a few blocks from the beach for quality Italian food.

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3. Ocean City, Maryland

Each June, new grads (known as “June Bugs”) flood Ocean City for senior week celebrations. One of Ocean City’s newer initiatives is the “Play It Safe” campaign—sponsoring free substance-free events like laser tag, bowling, and water park access. Ocean City is very popular with East-Coasters, particularly with residents of Maryland, and is known as one of the original destinations where the senior week tradition began. Amenities like reduced-rate bus transportation for newly graduated seniors also sweeten the deal.

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4. Wildwood, New Jersey

As one of the best beach destinations in the United States, Wildwood also has quite a bit to offer to senior week vacationers. Wildwood is welcoming to renters under age 25, and offers great nearby attractions in addition to the beach, including the boardwalk with over 100 rides and attractions. Shopping is another popular pastime in Wildwood—there are tons of cute, small stores filled with great souvenir opportunities. Water sports are also popular in Wildwood, with options for jet skiing, surfing, and jet skiing available. For new grads located in New Jersey or New York, Wildwood offers the perfect last getaway before the real world begins.

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This article was written by Kaitlyn Lannan.