Weekend Getaways are an absolute must between the traditional yearly summer trips. Rejuvenate your soul and make the most of your weekend by getting out of your rut — and out of your town! Here’s a list of some of the best cities in the nation for a two-day mini vacation.
New York City
We’re pretty sure that New York City has made it to every top ten list for any category, and there’s no reason why it shouldn’t make this one, too. NYC is good for any length of vacation, but it’s especially nice for quick trips. It’s pretty easy to find cheap plane tickets to New York City, so even people living far away from the big city can often afford to make a two-day visit. Besides, planning an impromptu trip is simple: there is so much to do in the city that you can’t go wrong with activities, no matter where you decide to stay.
This is one of the strangest little towns in the West, but it’s totally worth a visit. The town is filled with an eclectic mix of Western culture and New Age, but if you’re not into that kind of thing you can quickly leave it behind and get lost in the endless hiking trails. Sedona is known for its incredibly bizarre, otherworldly red rock formations, some as high as small mountains! You can crawl all over these hills and get your outdoor fix, even in the winter. If you’re driving in from Phoenix, be sure to make a stop at Tuzigoot National Monument, a site with ancient Native American ruins.
Las Vegas, Nevada
Las Vegas is certainly a favorite weekend spot, especially for those on the Western side of the States. Sin City has cheap accommodations and cheap food, so if you can stick to your gambling budget, a weekend trip to Las Vegas is very doable.
San Antonio, Texas
Who wouldn’t want to spend a weekend in San Antonio? There are so many different two-day trips you could plan here. Take the river walk and explore the Alamo, or hit up the many curiosity shops and the Guinness World Records Museum. Even better, make Six Flags theme park your weekend adventure! History, shopping, and amusement — San Antonio has it all.
Black Hills, South Dakota
You know Mount Rushmore, but do you know Sylvan Lake, the horseback ride through the hills, or the shop where you can pan for gold? The Black Hills area is perfect for a weekend of sightseeing and poking around the woods. You can spend some of your time visiting all the touristy areas, and the rest you can while away deep in the beautiful forest.
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
It’s not Miami, but who cares? Fort Lauderdale has it all: beaches, shopping, and views. One of the best things to do here on a weekend trip is a deep sea fishing excursion. How big of a fish do you think you can reel in? Whatever you catch, you can bring it to a local seafood restaurant and have it cooked specially for you. Besides fishing, you can enjoy the beach with a frozen yogurt in hand, or listen to live music at a restaurant by the sea.
Silver City, New Mexico
You’ve probably never heard of Silver City, but its lack of fame doesn’t minimize its suitability as a destination. This sleepy little town offers a charming downtown that feels like its straight out of a bygone era. If you like antiquing and old-time ice cream shops, you will love it here. You could spend hours just trying on curious old hats and shoes.
San Diego, California
The adorable beach houses that dot San Diego are the perfect place to rent and stay for a weekend. San Diego’s many beaches provide plenty of entertainment for a weekend, but if you must do something else then Birch Aquarium at Scripps is an interesting place to visit for an afternoon. Plus, there are dozens of restaurants to try, ranging from vegan, wheat-grass smoothie sort of joints to fine seafood places.
The first thing you’ll notice about Eugene is the massive numbers of runners jogging along roads, in parks, and through wooded paths. This city is home to University of Oregon and its famous Ducks track team, which produces some of the best runners in the country. If you’re not a running geek, you can enjoy nice strolls down the running paths, hit up the pubs and yogurt shops near the university, or check out any of the museums.
We can’t always squeeze a 2 week vacation into our busy schedules, but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy a relaxing, refreshing short vacation. Even a 2 or 3 day getaway can be a great break from the daily grind. Don’t we all deserve a little treat now and then?