Weekend Getaways are refreshing, economical, and quaint. Grab your #STARTSAUCE and drive, ride, or sail to these delicious weekend destinations:
1. Santa Barbara
Elegant Spanish architecture and soaring palm trees line the streets of this laid-back, Central California beach town. A regional airport serves both Los Angeles and San Francisco, but renting a car or taking Amtrak’s Pacific Surfliner along the PCH is undoubtedly the best and most scenic way to get to this relaxed coastal community. Surprisingly world-class dining, pristine beaches and wineries that keep up with any Napa Valley vineyard make this West Coast darling the ultimate underrated destination.
Weekend getaways to Charleston are all about taking it slow. The city offers Spanish moss-laden bed-and-breakfasts and gas lamp-lit cobblestone streets to transport you to a simpler time. Spend the day strolling along The Battery, indulging in decadent southern food or visiting the vibrant Old City Market.
If your ideal weekend getaway includes fishing, beachside strolls and fresh lobster dinners, travel to Kennebunkport. At this spot on Maine’s southern coast, you can spend the day meandering through Dock Square or Walker’s Point before curling up in one of the area’s quaint hotels. The vacation spot is more popular during the summer, so book your hotel in advance to save money.
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Austin has become a popular travel destination in recent years – and for good reason. Weekend getaways here include spending the day in Zilker Park before savoring some finger-lickin’ good barbecue and grooving the night away to the melodies along Sixth Street.
5. New York City
Travelers can reach New York City by train, plane or automobile, so weekend getaways are easily doable. Plus, ample attractions indoors (like museums and Broadway shows) and outdoors (like Central Park and the High Line) make unpredictable weather a nonissue in this destination.
If you’re itching for a summer beach getaway any time of year, Miami Beach is the place for you. At Haulover Beach Park, you’ll find shores made for sunbathing, kite flying and volleyball playing. Or saunter over to South Beach, where cocktails are flowing and the nightlife is buzzing. Stay in a hotel or resort along North Beach if you’re seeking a quieter getaway.
No trip to Sedona is complete without a photo op at the dazzling red rocks. Adventurous visitors can spend their days savoring the 100-plus hiking trails that grant spectacular views. Less active travelers can spend the weekend taking in the vistas from theChapel of the Holy Crossor art shopping at Tlaquepaque.
8. Valparaiso, Indiana
Follow the birds 10 miles north to Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore and wander along the Cowles Bog Trail through wetland, oak, savanna, and swale for two miles until you crest the dunes and are rewarded with an expansive view of Lake Michigan and the Chicago skyline. Along dune trails keep your eyes peeled for orange butterfly weed and purple blazing star wildflowers, and the endangered inch-wide blue Karner butterfly.
9. Mount Rainier National Park
The meadows in the park are known for wildflowers—red Indian paintbrushes, purple asters, yellow cinquefoil, white American bistort, and others. To get a good close-up look at those beauties, lace up your boots and hike the less-traveled 2.5-mile round-trip Moraine Trail, which meanders along meadows and also has spectacular views of Mount Rainier. Feeling adventurous? Hike the five-mile round-trip Paradise Glacier Trail, which wanders past waterfalls and into wilder areas of the park.
Year-round pleasant weather makes this California destination a popular weekend getaway. Golfers travel here to be challenged on the bright green fairways of Pebble Beach, while less active travelers come to the city to peruse art galleries and dine in upscale restaurants in Carmel-by-the-Sea. Save on your hotel stay by visiting in spring.