Wouldn’t you love to take a long vacation? Unfortunately, an extensive trip isn’t always in the cards. If you’re like most people, you have work obligations and other commitments that are preventing you from taking a significant amount of time off.
Not to fear—if you don’t have a full week or two to spare, here are 10 of the best weekend getaway spots you should visit!
Flying from one coast to another or embarking on a cross-country road trip can easily eat away at your vacation time. As Branson, Missouri is fairly central to other areas of the country, however, a trip to this town means less time traveling and more time vacationing.
What Branson lacks in scale and spectacle it makes up for in small-town charm and family-friendly attractions. A wildly popular tourist destination each year, Branson is home to hundreds of exciting activities.
Enjoy a dinner show at the world-famous Dolly Parton’s Stampede, spend a day at Silver Dollar City theme park, or a hike through the beautiful Ozark Mountains at Table Rock State Park!
If you’ve ever been to New Orleans, you know that the city oozes character. Largely known for its affinity for jazz music, Cajun cuisine, and Mardi Gras celebrations, “The Big Easy” offers a getaway experience unlike any other.
When you’re not busy enjoying live music or trying new foods from different cultures, make sure you take a walking tour through the Garden District—an area of the city that features an array of historic homes.
What’s more, New Orleans is home to the National WWII Museum—a six-acre campus with five pavilions that house all types of historical exhibits.
Many people visit Miami to escape the cold winter temperatures up north. Fortunately, a weekend in Miami is more than enough time to soak up the sun and enjoy some of the different attractions that this city offers.
Visit South Beach to witness gorgeous ocean views and take part in the area’s vibrant nightlife activities. Also, be sure to visit the Everglades National Park—the largest subtropical wilderness in the United States. By booking an airboat ride or another tour, you’ll be able to view the wildlife up close!
As America’s first planned city, Savannah is home to dozens and dozens of historic buildings and homes that are still standing today.
Stroll through the city’s historic district—an area that contains churches, museums, and mansions that were established centuries ago. Then, book a self-guided tour at Webb Military Museum, where you’ll learn more about the men and women who served our country between the Revolutionary War and Operation Desert Storm.
After getting your history fix, walk the cobblestone streets of Savannah’s waterfront area and even treat yourself to a day at the beach!
While the relentless hustle and bustle of “The City That Never Sleeps” isn’t for everyone, NYC is a spot that you should experience at least once in your lifetime.
If you love art, be sure to visit The Metropolitan Museum of Art (“The Met”) and The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). Then, take a stroll through what is arguably the world’s most famous park—Central Park.
Before you leave, don’t forget to snap pictures at some of the country’s most iconic historical sites—such as the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty, and One World Trade Center, to name only a few.
US News has dubbed the city of Charleston as the #1 Best Place to Visit in the Carolinas and the #2 Best Weekend Getaway in the nation.
This gorgeous waterfront city is the ideal vacation spot for the person who is looking to dodge the congestion of a major city but would still like to experience the many attractions that a metropolitan area offers.
For an authentic Charleston experience, make sure you check out the colorful display of houses on Rainbow Row, stroll through Charleston City Market, and take a boat tour at the Charleston harbor!
The relatively small city of Asheville is somewhat of a hidden gem and one that is bound to resonate with those who have a deep appreciation of art.
Kick off your getaway by visiting The Folk Art Center, a large marketplace that sells the crafts and artwork of southern Appalachian artists. There are many different talents on display, from pottery and sculpting to painting and quilting.
You’ll find that there are many other fine art galleries and shops scattered throughout Downtown Asheville’s Art District and Grovewood Village. Purchase your favorite piece and bring it home!
Whether it’s the White Sox, Cubs, Bulls, Bears, Blackhawks, or another major franchise, “Windy City” natives are passionate about their sports teams. Experience the electric sporting atmosphere for yourself by catching an event at Wrigley Field, United Center, or Soldier Field.
For those who have a deep appreciation for fine art, the Art Institute of Chicago is one of Chicago’s can’t-miss attractions. While you’re in the area, witness the iconic Cloud Gate at Millennium Park!
When you visit the Pacific coastal city of San Diego, you’ll enjoy warm weather, stunning beaches, and some of the best Mexican food that can be found north of the border.
Of course, no San Diego getaway is complete without a trip to the San Diego Zoo—widely regarded as the best zoo in the world. With more than 4,000 animals on site, this massive park is sure to keep you and your family occupied for hours!
If outdoor activities are what you crave most from a weekend getaway, take a trip to Boulder, Colorado.
In Boulder, there are multiple parks where you can hike or bike toward a beautiful mountaintop view—whether it’s the Flatirons, Colorado Chautauqua Park, Eldorado Canyon, or Flagstaff Mountain.
Boulder is also home to a handful of top-notch breweries. Stop by the Avery Brewing Company, Sanitas Brewing Company, or Twisted Pine Brewing Company for a beer and a bite!