There are so many fantastic places to see right here in North America. The United States is a massively diverse country offering everything from big cities to desert destinations and small towns to mountainside escapes. I’ve had some fantastic weekend getaways in the U.S.A. and it’s country that I would love to see more of. The next time you need a change of scenery, choose from one of these fantastic places!
- United States Weekend Getaways
- Philadelphia PA
- Salt Lake City, UT
- New York NY
- San Juan PR
- Burlington, Vermont
- Orlando FL
- Austin, TX
- Palm Springs, CA
- Joshua Tree National Park, CA
- Seattle, WA
- Washington, DC
- San Diego, CA
- Boulder, CO
- St. Louis, MO
- Hudson Valley, NY
- Atlanta GA
- Sedona, Arizona
- Cape Cod, MA
- Charleston SC
- San Antonio TX
- Nashville, TN
- Moab UT
- Savannah, GA
- Scottsdale, AZ
- Clearwater Beach FL
- Portland, Oregon
- Kansas City, MO
- Death Valley National Park
- Shenandoah National Park, VA
- New Orleans
- Blue Ridge, Georgia
- Big Sur
- Miami, FL
- Cleveland OH
- Provincetown MA
- Lake Placid NY
- The Oregon Coast
- Key West, FL
United States Weekend Getaways
History and food are the front-runners of Philadelphia. It’s the birthplace of USA independence and there are no bad restaurants in Philly. On your visit make sure to visit the Historic District where you can step inside Independence Hall, see the Liberty Bell for yourself, and visit North America’s oldest inhabited street. Next up, make sure to visit Eastern State Penitentiary and explore using the audio guide. This former prison is full of stories!
Philadelphia is known for great food. Grab a hot pretzel to munch on as you explore and stop in to Reading Terminal Market for all guides of yummy options. Check out my 2 days in Philadelphia itinerary for the perfect weekend plan!
Salt Lake City, UT
Salt Lake City, Utah, is the perfect getaway weekend destination for outdoor-lovers. Sitting at the base of the mighty Wasatch mountain range, Salt Lake City is the perfect jumping-off point for a weekend in nature. Whether you’re a seasoned adventurer or simply looking to spend some quality time in the mountains, there are gobs of trails for you to explore.
New York NY
It’s always a good time of year for a weekend escape to New York City. Whether you love history and museums, live entertainment, shopping, or great food you will find it all in New York City. It can be a really overwhelming place but not to worry – I’ve got the only NYC guide you will ever need including the perfect weekend itinerary.
My favourite things to do in New York City are to explore Central Park, visit the Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art, and catch a Broadway show. If you’re visiting for the weekend you won’t be able to see absolutely everything the city has to offer so a pick a few highlights and go have a blast! Rent bikes in Central Park so that you can maximize your time there. Lock them up outside the MET and then ride back downtown after your visit. Have pizza in Times Square and make your way to Broadway for a great show. It really doesn’t matter what you see – everything is good on Broadway.
San Juan PR
One of the very cool things about the United States is that it’s not only the mainland. Puerto Rico is a Caribbean island that USA citizens can visit without a passport. Just hop a plane and touch down a few hours later is a tropical paradise. Spend the weekend exploring the colourful streets of Old San Juan and relaxing on the beach. One of my favourite places in Old San Juan is Castillo de San Cristobal. This incredible historic site is a great place to spend a few hours exploring if you’re curious about Puerto Rico’s history.
Feeling more adventurous? Rent a car and make your way to El Yunque rainforest to spend the day hiking. El Yunque is home to all kinds of birds and animals (that you will see if you’re quiet). I recommend visiting on your own as tour groups are loud and make it hard to see any wildlife. Hike up to one of the waterfalls and enjoy the soothing sound. Check out my Puerto Rico guide for everything you need to know before you go and tips for visiting the rainforest.
Burlington, Vermont is a lesser-known spot for a weekend getaway, but it is an absolutely amazing one. With the BTV airport right nearby, it’s an easy place to escape to for a New England weekend. Burlington is ideal for couples or friends traveling together. There’s so much to do, whether you enjoy outdoor activities, food & drink, or art & culture. The biggest city in Vermont, Burlington is still relatively small. The city is set on a hill overlooking beautiful Lake Champlain. The lake itself provides an endless array of opportunities for fun. Visitors shouldn’t miss paddling, sailing, or simply riding on one of the scenic ferry cruises.
I’ll admit it – I have been to Orlando for the weekend but only to spend the entire time at Universal Studios. This makes a fantastic weekend getaway! Arrive on Friday night and stay at one of the resort hotels so that you can catch a shuttle in the morning and be at the park within minutes. By staying on the resort, you get early access to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter (check out these tips if you’re a muggle that loves magic and wants to ace the Wizarding World of Harry Potter).
This is the perfect weekend getaway for families, couples, and mother-daughter adventures because there’s something for everyone. The rides there are everything from super charged to very chill. If you’re not in to thrill rides, you will love some of the interactive and 4D experiences at Universal Studios.
One of the best cities in the USA for a weekend getaway has got to be Austin, Texas. It’s perfect for a girls’ weekend or a getaway with your significant other. You could go there to relax, but with all the activities and sight-seeing to do, you’ll probably want to venture out on the town.
Downtown Austin has live music around every corner and some of the best food you’ll ever taste in your life! And while you might think that Austin, Texas is all about country music, there’s actually live music of every genre playing in the downtown area.
Grab food at one of the many food truck parks and most definitely eat some good barbeque while you’re in Austin. – Nikki of She Saves She Travels
Palm Springs, CA
Palm Springs in inland southern California is the perfect weekend getaway, whether you’re looking to explore or to relax. After all, it was the getaway of choice for Hollywood stars for years!
Joshua Tree National Park, CA
Joshua Tree National Park is a perfect weekend getaway for anyone who loves the outdoors or just needs to get away from it all. Whether you want to hike all day or relax in a hot tub under the stars (or both!), Joshua Tree is perfect. Joshua Tree is located just a few hours from Los Angeles, San Diego, Las Vegas, and Phoenix and only a short drive from Palm Springs.
Once you get to Joshua Tree, you have plenty of options for accommodations including camping under the stars in the park, glamping at Joshua Tree Acres, chain hotels or unique AirBnBs. Within Joshua Tree there are plenty of easy hikes to do during the day. Make sure to see Arch Rock, the Cholla Cactus Garden (especially at sunrise or sunset), Queen Valley Road, Skull Rock, Barker Dam, and Keys View on your weekend getaway in Joshua Tree. They are all easy to access but will let you enjoy the beauty surrounding you at this national park. – Christine Wheeler of Live Love Run Travel
DC is best explored by foot, making it an amazing city for history lovers and outdoor enthusiasts alike. Head towards the National Mall to see iconic sights like the Smithsonian museums, the Washington Monument, the Capitol building, the Lincoln Memorial, and the Tidal Basin (among other famous DC sights). Or, alternatively, you can go kayaking in DC to explore the city by its waterways – the Potomac and Anacostia Rivers.
While DC is a year-round destination, springtime is one of the most popular times for a weekend in DC, as the cherry blossoms are in full bloom and the city bursts with white and pink blooms. There’s really nothing like it anywhere else in the USA! – Kay from Skyline Adventure
San Diego, CA
I highly recommend a weekend in San Diego, no matter your travel style. If you want an urban escape with cultural experiences and amazing food, San Diego has it. If you want outdoor adventure, San Diego has over 70 miles of coastline with tons of beaches that are perfect for surfing, swimming or just relaxing with a cocktail. Sports fans can catch a Padres baseball game at Petco Field and then hits the bars in the historic Gaslamp District.
If it’s sightseeing you are interested in, San Diego is alleged to have one of the best zoos in the world, and Balboa Park has 16 museums to explore.
Coronado Island is the best spot for a relaxing beach getaway. We recently stayed at the historic Hotel del Coronado, and saw no reason to leave for the entire weekend. We had everything we needed at the resort and within walking distance. It was so nice to park the car and just relax for a few days. – Leigh of Campfires and Concierges
Whether you’re looking to plan a couples trip or a girls weekend getaway in Boulder, Colorado, it’s the perfect weekend destination in the USA. Boulder has a small town feel with everything you’d want from a larger city. That includes great restaurants, fun bars, boutique shops and trendy hotels. Plus, it’s filled with awesome local breweries with a fun vibe and views of the mountains everywhere you look. If tea is more your thing, you can do a tour at the Celestial Seasonings headquarters or indulge in an afternoon tea at the beautiful Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse.
If you’re looking for a boutique style hotel without the boutique price, the Embassy Suites in Boulder is a great option for your weekend in Boulder. It has unique touches like a rooftop pool and beautiful artwork from local artists throughout. Amanda of Toddling Traveler
St. Louis, MO
St. Louis, MO is a great destination for a weekend away in the USA. There are so many different things to discover and see in St. Louis, you definitely will not get bored during your weekend away.
One of the best things to do in St. Louis is to try all the delicious food the city has to offer. St. Louis is known for its BBQ, so make sure you check out a couple of famous restaurants such as Pappy’s Smokehouse for delicious BBQ meats. Don’t forget to get some famous custard at Ted Drews for some delicious dessert. Other than the food, visiting one of St. Louis’ many breweries and going on a brewery tour is a great way to get to know the city.
St. Louis is also known for Forest Park, a famous park right in the middle of the city. Check out the free Zoo or Art Museum, or spend your day relaxing in the shade of a big tree with a picnic. Whatever you choose to do while visiting St. Louis, we promise it will not disappoint! Jessica of Unearth the Voyage
Hudson Valley, NY
The Hudson Valley lies just north of New York City, spreading either side of the Hudson River north to Albany. It makes the perfect weekend getaway. Stop off at the Rail Trail Cafe as you cycle through the area for free live music. Take a cruise on the river from Kingston and visit lighthouses – and even stay in the one at Saugerties. The Lighthouse B and B is small and popular, so book well ahead.
There are plenty of cute towns with restaurant and antique shops, including Rhinebeck, Kingston and Hudson. Seasonal highlights include spectacular fall color of Hudson Valley, the Sinterclaas Festival in Rhinebeck in December, and county fairs in the summer. No matter when you go or what your interests are, there is something in the Hudson Valley to make it your perfect weekend getaway. – James Ian at Travel Collecting
Atlanta may not be a top destination when you think of a weekend getaway, but it should be. Not only is it easy to get to, via Hartsfield Jackson International Airport, but it’s an affordable city with tons of southern charm and great things to do. From surprisingly great hiking trails to delicious southern food to the must-see World of Coke and Georgia Aquarium, Atlanta has something for everyone.
History lovers will especially enjoy the city since it is full of Civil War and Antebellum history, as well as roots in the Civil Rights movement and more recent events like the 1996 Olympics. If you’re looking for a historical weekend, the Atlanta History Center and Historic Oakland Cemetery are two essential stops. The Atlanta History Center has varying exhibits about, what else, the history of the city, including a cyclorama depictingThe Battle of Atlanta and the Swan House, a Jazz Era mansion that is featured in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. – Jordan of The Solo Life
This quaint town is in the heart of red rock country and the views of huge red mesas, buttes and cliffs are mesmerising. It’s a place that has been attracting outdoor lovers and new-age believers who come for the unique landscape and the area’s vortexes for years. You can see elements of this spirituality in the cafes, shops and restaurants in town, but it doesn’t dominate Sedona, it’s just one of the town’s many fascinating aspects.
The most popular trails are the Devil’s Bridge and Cathedral Rock – two places that have become incredibly famous on Instagram for their epic photo opportunities but there are also many other hikes which are quiet and just as beautiful. Go for a more relaxing break at the one of the spa hotels and there are few things more special than relaxing in an open-air hot tub over-looking the stunning red cliffs.
Whatever you’re in to, you’ll find something for an amazing weekend away and probably leave wishing you had a little longer! – Cat of Walk My World
Cape Cod, MA
If you are on the east coast of the United States, one of the most popular weekend getaways is Cape Cod in Massachusetts. Located right next to the Atlantic Ocean, Cape Cod is an excellent destination for people that want to relax at the beach or have some amazing seafood. However, if you do want to come for the beach, just know that Cape Cod is freezing in all the seasons except summer. Even during autumn or spring, the weather can be quick chilly.
If you do decide to come in the cold seasons, make sure you check out Chatham Lighthouse, one of the iconic landmarks of Cape Cod. Take a drive to the tip of Cape Cod and you will arrive at a very open-minded city called Provincetown, or P-town for short. There you will find amazing food, great friendly people, amazing nightlife, and some of the best beaches on the east coast. No wonder why Cape Cod is such a popular weekend vacation in the United States. – Sean of Living Out Lau
Beaches, beautiful scenery, amazing architecture, and some of the best food in the world…what more can you want from a weekend getaway? Charleston, South Carolina is a great place to relax, eat, drink, and revel in the southern charm of this quaint, yet modern city.
Shop your way through the Charleston City Market where you will find handcrafted local items. Take a walk along the waterfront. Admire the antebellum homes and the colors of rainbow row. Ride in a horse drawn carriage. Try shrimp and grits at Poogan’s porch or a bit of nouveau southern cooking at SNOB – make reservations! – Postcards from Nana
San Antonio TX
San Antonio is the perfect place in Texas for a weekend getaway; a compact city centre that is very pedestrian-friendly as well as opportunities to head a little out of the city to explore more of the local history.
The centre of San Antonio is the location for the River Walk. This man-made “canal” is located below the streets above, leaving you isolated from the traffic and able to wander in peace.
Just a short stroll from the River Walk is the famous Alamo, sitting incongruously just metres from ‘Ripley’s Believe it or Not!’ museum. The Alamo is famous for being the final stand of the Texan volunteer soldiers against the Mexicans and is where Davy Crockett lost his life. Four other missions are accessible along a mission trail if you have a car and these are well worth a visit.
The Tower of the Americas provides panoramic views from the viewing platform atop the 750-foot high tower as well as the opportunity to learn about the six flags that have flown over Texas in its history. – Lee and Stacey from One Trip at a Time
One of our favorite weekend getaways is Nashville, Tennessee. This southern capital is a great romantic getaway, or fun party destination with a group of friends. And there’s good reason for it!
The flavors and sounds of the south come alive in Nashville. This is Music City USA after all. Nashville is more than the country music, and there’s so much more to the city than the Grand Ole Opry and Country Music Hall of Fame. The clubs in Nashville feature a wide range of musical styles including rock, blues, folk, and even punk. No matter what your interests, age, or musical style, you’ll feel right at home here. Nashville welcomes one and all.
The city’s culinary scene is legendary. Yes, you’ll find southern BBQ, but you’ll also find so much more, including the local delicacy: hot chicken. Nashville’s food scene will impress even the most finicky gourmand. There are also a ton of breweries and whiskey distilleries in the area to explore. – Lance and Laura Longwell of Travel Addicts
If you are looking for a great USA weekend getaway then a great choice is the town of Moab in Utah!
The town is within driving distance of Salt Lake City and Denver, both of which have major airports and some even drive from Vegas to visit this delightful town. Moab is great because it is situated near not one but two national parks – arches and canyonlands national park and is close to an amazing state park – dead horse point state park.
If you like the outdoors then you won’t be short of things to do in Moab with all parks offering great hikes for all levels, climbing and other outdoor pursuits. And once you have finished in the parks you will find a great food and craft beverage scene in the town of Moab itself. It really is the ultimate weekend away destination! – Leona of Wandermust Family
Romantic, relaxed, and breathtakingly beautiful, the stunning city of Savannah, Georgia, belongs on any list of excellent weekend trips in the United States.
While in Savannah, be sure check out several of Savannah’s 22 historic squares, walk through Forsyth Park, tour a house museum or two, stare in awe at beautiful Jones Street, peruse City Market, and to sample a scoop (or three) of from famous Leopold’s Ice Cream.
Shoppers will love strolling down River Street or Broughton Street while checking out boutiques, while art lovers will likely prefer to head right to the Telfair Museum of Art.
Indulge in delicious southern cuisine: there is an endless array of delicious options available in Savannah, but for a tried-and-true favorite, head to Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room, Elizabeth’s on 37th, or The Olde Pink House (and be sure to order the BLT salad featuring fried green tomatoes).- Kate of Our Escape Clause
One of the best places for a weekend getaway in the USA, the picturesque city of Scottsdale in Arizona has been revamped into something out of a magazine. With a charming Old Western feel (Scottsdale has actually been named “The West’s Most Western Town”!), brightly colored architecture, never-ending list of great places to eat, and a laid-back atmosphere, it’s no wonder this place continues to draw in travelers from all over the globe!
Renowned for its plethora of artsy shops, golf courses, and brilliant places to dine, Scottsdale is for those who want to kick back, relax, and munch on some tacos (because, wow, the Mexican food in Arizona is outta this world).
Whatever you’re into for weekend getaways — endless shopping, nights out with friends, or outdoor adventures — Scottsdale is definitely a destination to check out. And if you do visit the area, don’t forget to check out all the mouth-watering vegan restaurants in Phoenix!– Sophie of The Wanderful Me
Nantucket island is the perfect place for a weekend getaway in the summer months. There is so much to do and see and the cottages are so cozy. The island is known for being pricy, though you can do as I did and stay at the backpackers on Surfside and see Nantucket by bike. Downtown with its many museums, shops, and restaurants, is the most vibrant part of the island. Make sure you don’t miss the Whaling museum, Nantucket Shipwreck and Lifesaving Museum, and the Museum of African American History. They are all great for understanding more of the history of Nantucket island.
You should also go to Siasconset. The beach there is amazing, and there is a cute little walk along the cliff passing gardens and majestic cottages that take you to Sankaty Head Lighthouse. If you are looking for the perfect sunset, this is the spot to be.
If you want more adventure, there are whale watching tours from the island all over the summer months. – Linn of Brainy Backpackers
Clearwater Beach FL
Clearwater Beach Florida is a terrific city for a weekend getaway which is probably why USA Today calls it America’s best beach city. Not only do they have broad, white beaches but fabulous restaurants and romantic beach resorts as well. You can spend your days in Clearwater lounging by the pool or laying out on the beach. If you’re looking for a little more excitement, rent a jet ski and tour the bay or go on a dolphin cruise. If you like urban adventures, cross the bridge over to Tampa to see the Dali Museum or explore the riverfront.
Enjoy the romance and fun-filled nights at Clearwater by drinking cocktails at a rooftop lounge or savoring fresh Gulf seafood at a waterfront restaurant.
Whatever you do, don’t miss the sunset. Clearwater faces due west affording you unobstructed sunset views over the water highlighted by Pier 60 hosts nightly sunset parties with live music and street performers. There’s also sunset cruises or walking hand in hand on Sand Key. – Jenn and Ed Coleman of Coleman Concierge
Portland, Oregon is the perfect place for a weekend getaway! Things to do: grab coffee or lunch from a food truck and sit on the steps of Pioneer Square (great for people-watching), take a stroll along the Willamette river, wander around the Rose Garden and take in the beautiful view, head over to the Japanese garden for relaxation in nature, indulge your inner child at OMSI, browse the shops and beautiful old houses in the Sellwood neighborhood, or load up on books at the famous Powell’s Books, just to name a few!
Got a sweet tooth? Portland is filled with delicious desserts! A trip to Voo Doo Doughnuts or Salt and Straw is always fun (touristy, yes, but touristy can be fun!). I also recommend Jade Bistro and Patisserie for Thai food and Pok Pok Wing for Vietnamese food. – Cate Brubaker of International Desserts Blog
Known as the Windy City, Chicago is a great weekend getaway for a couple or for friends, as the city is one of the largest in the USA and has an array of amazing things to do, eat and see. Downtown Chicago is likely the best area to stay at when visiting for a quick weekend of shopping and sightseeing.
Many people know Chicago for its deep-dish pizza, which should be tried at Gino’s East or the well-known Lou Malnati’s. A Chicago style hot dog is another popular and well-known food and can easily be tried at many quick stop locations. Shopping on Michigan Avenue one of the most famous streets in the world, is a popular and necessary part of staying in Chicago.
The 95th floor Signature Room at the Hancock Tower is a must do for couple’s in the evening. Grabbing a quick drink or appetizer in the evening and watching the dazzling city skyscape lights is a perfect way to end an evening in Chicago. – Diana, The Elusive Family
With its deep history, fanatical sporting fans and tasty seafood, a trip to Boston is an excellent weekend getaway. Hit the footpath and take in all of the major sites of the Freedom Trail. On this walk, you’ll discover sites that helped shape what the US has become like Bunker Hill and the Massachusetts State House. See the final resting places of American heroes like Paul Revere, John Hancock and Samuel Adams.
For those who aren’t much into history, the proud sporting town of Boston is home to some of the most well known sporting franchises across every sport. Whether it’s watching the Boston Bruins, the Celtics or the Red Sox, there is a team of every persuasion.
A visit to Boston isn’t complete without sampling some New England fare. If oysters are your thing, head to the oldest continuously operating restaurant, the Union Oyster House. – Jeff Miller Our Passion For Travel
Kansas City, MO
Kansas City, Missouri, is one of the Midwest’s hidden secrets. Best known for their delicious barbecue, jazz heritage, and fountains rivaling the best of Europe, Kansas City offers something for everyone. This city makes a great weekend getaway for couples, girlfriends and friends in general.
Start your weekend getaway by selecting a hotel near the KC Streetcar route. This free mode of transportation ushers guests along a two-mile route from Union Station to the River Market area. The streetcar ushers guests through five distinct areas. In the Crossroads Art District, fans of theater, music and shows can catch the latest acts. Find plenty of dining options and places to party the night away. Foodies find delight in the River Market area’s international cuisine restaurants and colorful farmer’s market. Sports fans rejoice as well.
A getaway to Kansas City will surely delight the foodie, the sports fan, the jazz lover, and the art appreciator. Kansas City delivers on its promise of offering something for every type of visitor. – Annick, The Common Traveler
Death Valley National Park
Death Valley National Park is located only 2 hours away from Las Vegas and about 4 hours away from Los Angeles. It is a great place to explore on the weekend as you only need one or two days to explore the majority of the national park.
One of the best activities to do in Death Valley is to watch the sunrise at Zabriskie Point. Many people wake up before the break of dawn just to see the first light hit the unique formations. Hike some of the most popular hikes that are Golden Canyon, Gower Gulch, and the Badlands Loop. The trailhead is located right next to Zabriskie Point. One of the best spots to enjoy the sunset at is at the Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes. – Michelle of The Wandering Queen
Shenandoah National Park, VA
For those who live in the greater Washington, DC area, Shenandoah National Park is the perfect weekend getaway.
Located just 50 miles from the nation’s capital, Shenandoah is a haven for those looking to escape the city. For hikers, the park has over 500 miles of hiking trails that go to waterfalls, mountain peaks, and other hidden treasures in the park’s vast backcountry.
For the less adventurous, the famous Skyline Drive is the perfect setting for a weekend road-trip. The drive travels along the Blue Ridge for over 100 miles, providing countless views of the Shenandoah Valley to the west and the green, rolling hills of Virginia to the east. – Maggie of Pink Caddy Travelogue
New Orleans packs a cultural punch. Sure, you can party all weekend on Bourbon Street, but the birthplace of jazz offers so much more. The wrought-iron balconies of the French Quarter, the sizzle and spice of Cajun and Creole cuisine and the leafy mansions of the Garden District offer a cityscape like no other.
Sip chicory coffee with a sugar-dusted beignet in Café du Monde. Surround yourself with sequins in the Mardi Gras museum (or catch the real thing if you travel in the spring.) Retrace crucial steps in African-American history in Tremé and the Louis Armstrong Park. Simply put, it’s one of the best places to visit in America. – Abigail www.insidethetravellab.com
Blue Ridge, Georgia
If you’re looking for a relaxing mountain getaway then look no further than Blue Ridge, Georgia. The quaint downtown area of Blue Ridge is not only a cozy mountain town, but has some seriously good places to grab a bite to eat or do some shopping in the boutiques dotted along Main Street. Some of my favorite food spots are Serenity Garden Cafe for lunch, Chester Brunnenmeyer’s Bar & Grill for dinner and the Blue Ridge Brewery for a cold beer and music after.
Besides having an adorable downtown area, the nature surrounding Blue Ridge is perfect for a weekend getaway up in the mountains. Multitudes of great hiking trails, waterfalls and lakes are only a short drive away. Another fun outing is Mercer’s Orchard where you can find homemade local food, products, gifts and crafts as well as pick blueberries when they’re in season. Best place to stay in Blue Ridge? Rent a cabin in the woods for the weekend and truly receive the full mountain experience. – Alex of TheWaywardWalrus.com
Big Sur is one of my absolute favorite spots for a couples’ trip, girl’s weekend, or solo adventure. There are so many types of getaways to be had along the absurdly beautiful stretch of California’s Pacific Coast Highway.
There are tons of lovely hiking trails through the lush coastal forest. You could spend days just driving along Highway 1, stopping at overlooks, and hopping out onto trails into the forest or down to the beach. My favorite restaurant in Big Sur is Nepenthe, a slightly upscale restaurant famous for their burgers, local beers, and iconic terrace overlooking the water.
Monterey and Carmel-by-the-Sea are lovely spots to stay while you’re in the area, or just explore for the afternoon from your base in Big Sur. – Kaisa of Glam Granola Travel
No matter how you hope to spend your weekend, you can spend it in Miami. Whether it’s a stretch of sand, a gallery opening, or a four-course meal on your mind, the Magic City is the perfect spot for a weekend getaway. With 35 miles of beachfront, it’s no surprise that any mention of Miami brings to mind emerald blue waters and white sand. With an average year-round temperature of 77 degrees, any weekend you choose will be a beautiful one to check off your Miami Bucket List items.
Miami’s culinary scene is on the rise. From quick bites at the street vendor to evenings spent at Michelin star spots, the city’s menu has something for everyone. Croquetas, arepas, Cuban sandwiches— to try it all, you’ll need more than three meals a day.
Locals and visitors alike spend their days wandering the famous Wynwood District, the home of over seventy galleries. But the sights aren’t confined to the gallery walls. A simple walk down Miami’s streets is enough to fill your itinerary. A stroll through Little Havana, a tour of the city’s murals, an afternoon on South Beach’s Ocean Drive— with only a weekend, you’ll have trouble choosing. – Roslie of Coastlines to Skylines
Clevelandis a beautiful midwestern city that is perfect for a fun weekend getaway. Located right on the shores of Lake Erie, there are several neighborhoods in Cleveland with unique bars, breweries and restaurants to explore.
Check out the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame to learn about the musicians who helped make music what it is today. Afterwards, walk or Uber to East 4thStreet for restaurants and nightlife, including Lola Bistro for a memorable meal, Society Lounge for handcrafted cocktails, or Hilarities for a night of comedy.
Spend some time in Tremont, a quirky neighbourhood with a mix of cafes, galleries and high-end restaurants like Dante or Parallax. This is also where you can find the famous house where A Christmas Story was filmed. – Theresa, Fueled By Wanderlust
Located on the tip of Cape Cod, Massachusetts only 2+ hours from Boston, you’ll find the upbeat, charming beach town known as Provincetown; or as locals refer to it, “P-Town”. Best known for its art scene, seafood, and as a LGBTQ have, when you visit Provincetown there’s something for everyone.
Where the Atlantic meets the east coast, in Provincetown you can expect to be able to relax on the many beaches in town, stroll the back streets admiring charming old cottages. Or rather choose to be part of the multiple summer festivities such as “Bear Week” or “Carnival Week” that take place on Commercial Street. While Provincetown closes down for winter in the summer month’s tourism jumps from 3,000 locals to a town of 60,000 visitors. – Kylee Nelson, RN, BSN of Passports and Preemies
Lake Placid NY
A getaway in Lake Placid is ideal if you’re looking for a weekend to be spent exploring nature. Whether you come in the warm or cool seasons, there’s no shortage of outdoor activities to be had in the heart of the Adirondack mountains.
Nestled in the mountains and surrounded by lakes, once of which is it’s namesake, is this small but quaint town. The city hosted the Olympics not once but twice and still has the structures standing to prove it! A big attraction are the Olympic sites themselves that have been turned into museums; from bobsledding to the ski jump that overlooks the entire mountain range.
Lake Placid is a destination that genuinely surprised me and it was the perfect place to spend 2 or 3 days reconnecting with nature. – Ahlan Monica https://ahlanmonica.com/
The Oregon Coast
You could spend weeks exploring the Oregon Coast and never get bored! Those incredible sea stacks sprinkled in the ocean, the hazy morning fog weaving through the tree tops, and surf crashing on the sandy shores—It just doesn’t get old. The Oregon Coast doesn’t make for your typical beach vacation in any way whatsoever. You will rarely be able to bust out that bikini but that’s OK because the coast here has plenty else to offer.
Start at Cannon Beach and the Ecola State Park for some quick trails and great views. Eat all the cheese things in Tillamook and then climb sand dunes in Pacific City or kayak the Nestucca River. Spend a whole day exploring the Samuel H Boardman Corridor which has quick forest hikes that take you around the coastline with some of the most beautiful vistas in the state.
Key West, FL
Key West is one of our favorite spots for a weekend getaway. We suggest renting a car androad tripping Miami to Key West. You can decide whether you want your trip to be adventure-packed, pure relaxation, or a little bit of both! The island city is home to sandy beaches, tons of good eats and plenty of sights and activities. If you’re looking for water activities, we recommend a sunset sail, kayaking the mangroves, snorkeling in the clear waters and checking out the deep sandy Smathers Beach.
When exploring the Key West, be sure to make your way to Duval Street that has a similar vibe of Bourbon Street in New Orleans – full of live music, art galleries, shops, and bars. It’s great during the day and at night! Another great stop is Sloppy Joe’s, a bar made famous by Ernest Hemmingway.
The best end to the trip? Head to Latitudes for a sunset dinner. And don’t forget to have a slice of the best Key Lime Pie from Kermit’s. – Hannah & Adam Lukaszewicz www.GettingStamped.com