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The Best Weekend Getaways to Take Right Now

Here's where to spend a few blissful days for that well-deserved break.

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Stowe, Vermont

best weekend trips 2020

Stowe may be a popular ski destination, but it's equally appealing in the fall with its abundance of outdoor pursuits. And, obviously, the foliage alone is reason enough to visit. The 68-room Topnotch Resort sits on an expansive 120 acres with views of Mount Mansfield. Hotel activities include horseback riding, ATV tours, biking, wagon rides, and, for something a little more relaxing, a lovely spa.

Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts

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Want to escape to a quaint New England seaside village? Look no further than Martha's Vineyard, with its miles of beaches and historic houses. Stay in Edgartown, a former whaling port, and you'll have access to shops, galleries, and restaurants galore. The Christopher is a chic boutique hotel with just 15 rooms that mix modern design with a classic New England aesthetic. For a seamless—and fast (read: no traffic)—trip from the New York area, book a flight on Tradewind Aviation.

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Telluride, Colorado

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It is a bit of a trek to get to this Colorado hideaway, but so worth it for its unlimited supply of fresh mountain air. The Madeline Hotel & Residences, an Auberge Resort , is surrounded on three sides by the majestic San Juan Mountains. Horseback ride through Colorado's backcountry, go fly fishing, cycle the mountains, or simply let the hotel set up a picnic feast for you in the middle of a scenic alpine meadow. However you choose to spend your days, you're guaranteed to return home refreshed.

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Washington, Connecticut

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A quick two-hour drive from New York City, Washington, Connecticut has long been a retreat for a very discerning, moneyed crowd, because of its rolling hills, historic architecture, and proximity to the city. Soak that all in at the grand Mayflower Inn & Spa, an Auberge Resort , set on 58 acres of manicured gardens and woodland. There's plenty to do, including hiking, fly-fishing, archery, tennis, and croquet. In 2021, for its 100th anniversary, the hotel was refreshed by celebrated designer Celerie Kemble.

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Whitefish, Montana

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For a more adventurous weekend getaway, the mountain town of Whitefish, Montana offers four seasons of activities—from skiing Whitefish Mountain to hiking through Glacier National Park. Book a stay at the Lodge at Whitefish Lake , a classic mountain lodge that offers suites in the main building as well as standalone luxury homes on the property.

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Malibu, California

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This 27-mile stretch of sparkling ocean and beach is the epitome of barefoot luxury, which is why so many Hollywood A-listers own homes here. Hotels are pretty scarce, all the more lending to Malibu's locals-only vibe. Stay at the 47-room Malibu Beach Inn , located right on the water on a strip of coastline nicknamed Billionaire's Beach for all of its famous homeowners, like Larry Ellison, who owns 10 properties. For a real splurge, book a room at the intimate 16-room Nobu Ryokan , an oasis like no other that marries serene Japanese minimalism with the iconic California coast.

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Annapolis, Maryland

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Just 45 minutes outside of Washington, D.C., Annapolis feels a world apart. Yes, it's home to the United States Naval Academy, but it's far more than a college town. Embrace its nautical legacy with a visit to the Annapolis Maritime Museum, followed by an afternoon out on the water. And then enjoy Maryland's famous crabs for dinner before retiring to 134 Prince , a luxury inn in a Dutch Colonial home.

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The Berkshires, Massachusetts

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Massachusetts' Berkshires are a year-round destination full of scenic hikes, stellar art museums, like MASS MoCA and the Clark Art Institute, and fun seasonal programming, like the region's famous Tanglewood concert series. It's also a hotbed for wellness resorts, including Canyon Ranch Lenox , which is centered around a Gilded Age mansion, and Miraval Berkshires Resort & Spa , which is home to a 29,000-square-foot spa.

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For East Coasters, Bermuda makes for a perfect weekend getaway. It's just a two-hour flight from NYC and Washington, D.C., meaning it basically takes less time to get there than it does to drive out to the Hamptons. Once you're on the island, head to The Loren at Pink Beach if you're in the mood for a little solitude. The property's one- and three-bedroom villas have their own private pools, making them prime spots for lounging and sipping on Bermuda's famed rum swizzles.

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Bar Harbor, Maine

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A gateway to Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor is everything you'd want from a coastal New England town, from stellar seafood restaurants to a bustling harbor from which you can easily hop on a boat for the day. The Primrose is a cottage-style inn built in 1878, but completely refreshed with new decor in 2020.

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The North Fork, New York

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The South Fork of Long Island (aka the Hamptons and Montauk) may be buzzier, but for a more low-key, quiet, and down-to-earth alternative, head to the North Fork. Oysters at Little Creek Oyster Farm in Greenport are a must, as are the homemade pies at Briermere Farms in Riverhead. Then spend your afternoons visiting the area's many wineries, such as Bedell, Sparkling Pointe, and Kontokosta before retiring to the Sound View Greenport , a chic hotel where every room looks out onto the Long Island Sound and has direct access to the private beach.

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Asheville, North Carolina

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Drive the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway on your way to Asheville—the fall foliage is particularly spectacular, though the views are majestic no matter the season. There, you'll want to spend plenty of time at the impressive Biltmore Estate, the largest private home in the country, built by George Vanderbilt at the end of the 19th century. While you can't stay in the home itself, you can stay on the property at the Inn on Biltmore Estate , which grants you access to the Biltmore gardens, Antler Hill Village, and the Biltmore Winery.

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Asbury Park, New Jersey

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When the Asbury Hotel opened in 2016, it promised to bring about a much classier era to the oft-maligned Jersey Shore—and, in particular, the city of Asbury Park. It's just an hour away from New York City, but will feel like a proper vacation. Aside from the beach, which is a block away, the Asbury has plenty of al fresco spaces fit for play, including an expansive rooftop space that screens outdoor movies.

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Texas Hill Country

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Easily accessible from both Austin and San Antonio, Texas Hill Country is filled with quaint towns, wineries, and, in the spring, fields of blossoming bluebonnets. Treat yourself to a wellness weekend at the Sage Hill Inn & Spa , a 16-room luxury property set on 88 acres just 25 miles outside of Austin. Spend your days meandering the hiking trails, getting a massage at the spa, or playing a game of pickleball on the courts.

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Golden Isles, Georgia

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Located along Georgia's Atlantic coast between Savannah and Jacksonville, Florida, Jekyll Island is one of the barrier islands comprising the Golden Isles. Here, you can summer like the Vanderbilts, Morgans, Pultizers, and Rockefellers once did at the Jekyll Island Club Resort . There are loads of leisure activities, 20-plus miles of paved bicycle exploration, and two open-air restaurants. It's easy to see why some of the great American dynasties returned here year after year.

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The Finger Lakes, New York

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The West Coast might get the lion's share of attention when it comes to wine regions, but the Finger Lakes is perfect for a weekend away for East Coasters or Midwesterners. Explore the eleven lakes, the charming towns that surround them, and the scenic gorges. Make your home base Aurora on Cayuga Lake. It's home to the Inns of Aurora , a collection of five boutique hotels in historic buildings.

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Mackinac Island, Michigan

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Retreat to Michigan's Mackinac Island for a leisurely weekend in what might feel like a bygone era. The island, located in between the state's Lower and Upper Peninsulas on Lake Huran, has banned cars, resulting in quite a peaceful atmosphere. Stay at the historic Grand Hotel , which bills its 660-foot-long porch as the world's longest.

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Sedona, Arizona

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Sedona has the perfect blend of adventure and relaxation—the hiking is superb, as are the spa resorts. The 70-acre Enchantment Resort has the best of both worlds, with 50 hiking trails and an extraordinary destination spa called Mii Amo. (As of September 2022, the spa is closed for renovations, but will reopen in late 2022 or early 2023.) The property is also close to downtown Sedona, where you can get your fill of shopping between art galleries and funky boutiques.

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Lexington, Kentucky

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Kentucky has two major claims to fame: horse racing and bourbon. You'll find both in and around Lexington, between the city's famous Keeneland Race Course and the 15 distilleries within 45 miles of the city. While in town, stay at the ultra-modern 21c Museum Hotel Lexington , which also functions as a museum.

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Cape May, New Jersey

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Cape May is perhaps the most charming of all of New Jersey's beach towns, thanks to the colorful Victorian-era houses that line its streets. Spend the day at the beach or peruse the shops of the Washington Street pedestrian mall, which is particularly festive in December. Congress Hall is the grande dame in this seaside resort town, and it's been hosting guests since 1816.

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The Best Weekend Getaways in the U.S. for a Quick Escape

By Mark Ellwood

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Air travel has been tricky at best over the last couple of years, so many people have turned back to the classic American getaway: a road trip . It’s an ideal way to explore your own backyard on a whim for a memorable vacation, either this summer or later this year.

We took five of the country’s major hubs and found four weekend getaway ideas for each, all easily accessible detours. Read on for our picks for the best weekend getaways around the U.S., along with tips for where to stay and what to do while you're there

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Two stand up paddle boarders on misty morning Taken off the mountainous coast of Catalina Island California

Catalina Island

Catalina Island, California

Take the one-hour journey to this island 22 miles or so off the coast via the Catalina Express ferry , which departs from San Pedro, Long Beach, or Dana Point daily; once you’re here, biking and walking are the main transport modes (or you can rent a golf cart for longer drives). Catalina Island is a startling contrast to the mainland, with more than a whiff of East Coast hideouts like Nantucket: Start at the quaint main town, Avalon, and gorge on seafood that’s barely minutes from the water—try Bluewater Grill , right on the dock.

Then head inland to El Rancho Escondido , which earned acclaim for its Arabian horse-breeding program. The ponies are gone now, though, and much of the land has been deeded over to vines, where Rusack Vineyards focuses on Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Zinfandel. Outdoorsy types can hike the entire length of the 38.5-mile Trans Catalina Trail in about four days, too, with campgrounds for overnighting along the route. The Bellanca Hotel in Avalon is the plushest perch if you’d rather have someone else make your bed—or sleep in a bed, period.

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Palm Springs

Palm Springs, California

Around 50 percent of the locals in this Coachella Valley hub identify as LGBTQ+, adding appeal for any open-minded, easy-going visitor. The main drag of gay bars, along Arenas Road, is a rollicking night out for anyone—and just 90 mins from Los Angeles , as long as you avoid the peak times for the drive, like Friday evenings. Come here, too, to explore the design style which was popular when Palm Springs was in its heyday: Midcentury modernism is celebrated everywhere, from antique stores specializing in sleek Danish sofas to the soon-to-open Modernism Museum, which will include installations like a 1950s-era RV, plus a gift shop (of course). Dive deeper into the history of this style via a three-hour tour with architectural historian and author Michael Stern , which includes the chance to visit private homes. Among the countless hotels decked out in midcentury-modern stylings for an overnight, the Parker Palm Springs remains the standout—a riot of color and witty touches from designer Jonathan Adler.

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Paso Robles California

Paso Robles

Paso Robles, California

Just 20 years ago, there were about 50 wineries in and around this charming small town just over three hours from LA; now there are more than 300, and the area’s becoming more widely known for its fine Pinot Noirs and Zinfandels. The self-guided tour run by the Paso Wine Country Alliance is the quickest way to zip between vineyards, but it’s worth hiring local guide Coy Barnes, aka the Wine Wrangler , to drive you for the day if you’re keen to quaff at every tasting room. Some rooms at the Paso Robles Inn have hot tubs on their balconies (a nod to the town’s origins as a spa center) that are fed by water piped in from nearby hot springs.

Hotel Del Coronado San Diego California

San Diego, California

Beaches and green spaces are the defining assets of San Diego , just under a two-hour drive south of LA. There’s the 1,750-acre Torrey Pines State Reserve —kayak through the wetlands for an up-close view—and a namesake golf course with two 18-hole championship courses perched on a cliff overlooking the Pacific; stay at the Arts & Crafts-style Lodge at Torrey Pines , right by the 18 th green. San Diego has 75 miles of coastline, featuring plenty of noteworthy beaches , most of them studded with surfers—hit Moonlight State Beach if you want to head out on the water, rent fishing gear, or snap a shot with the iconic Hotel Del Coronado as a backdrop from Coronado Beach. And even if San Diego has 24/7 beach weather, don’t forget: This is the Christmas Capital of America .

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Saugatuck Michigan

Southwest Michigan

Saugatuck and its surroundings in Southwest Michigan have recently attracted newcomers due to a focus on the state’s extraordinary produce (Michigan is second only to California in agricultural diversity). Drive two and a half hours to eat at the delicious, diner-like Pennyroyal Cafe & Provisions from chef Melissa Corey, or taste some of the estate-grown vintages at Modales Wines . Work off your meal with a bracing hike to the top of Mount Baldhead for spectacular views. You’ll find all that in this corner of Michigan, plus the perennial bonus of gleaming beaches, charming all-American coastal towns, and the best sundowner spots in the state overlooking the lush waters of Lake Michigan.

Wisconsin Dells

Wisconsin Dells

Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin

It might be three hours north of the city, but a trip here is like stepping decades into the past for a miles-long strip of world-class water parks. The Dells emerged as a family-friendly destination in the 1950s and has changed little since then. The best-known fun fest is the Kalahari , a resort with Master Blaster uphill water coasters plus an outdoor lazy river; but purists vouch for nearby Noah’s Ark , which boasts the largest number of water slides in the area. There are outdoorsy options for an adrenaline-powered weekend, too, like the six-acre, zip-line-filled Chula Vista Resort park. Just save room for some cheese curds—the best come from Carr Valley.

Lake Geneva Wisconsin

Lake Geneva

Lake Geneva, Wisconsin

Just 90 minutes north of Chicago , this resort town is the Midwest’s answer to the Hamptons or Newport , made famous by the iconic families that helped build the Windy City (think Wrigley and Sears). The waterfront offers public access for more than 20 miles, thanks to an early treaty that ring-fenced the Shore Path from any development. Otherwise, expect ritzy Gilded Age mansions and over-the-top hotels like the magnificent Queen Anne-style Black Point Estate and Gardens , now a museum, or the turreted Baker House , ranked one of the town’s best hotels. Don’t assume it’s solely a warm-weather destination, though: Winterfest in January and February is a charming, less-trafficked option than midsummer.

Door County Wisconsin

Cave Point in Door County

Door County, Wisconsin

Much like Cape Cod curls into the Atlantic, this 75-mile peninsula juts into Lake Michigan like a raised finger, and it shares much with its New England counterpart. First emerging as an artsy summer colony, it has sandy, family-friendly beaches—more than 50 public ones—and 300 miles of shoreline. Come to Door County to amble around its galleries, or hike around the 14 miles of trails quilting its eastern tip in Whitefish Dunes. Make this a long weekend, as it’s almost a four-hour drive from Chicago, and don’t leave without making a pilgrimage to the Swedish restaurant Al Johnson’s , famous for the herd of goats grazing on its grassy roof.

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Boonsboro Maryland

Crystal Grottoes in Boonsboro

Boonsboro, Maryland

A little over an hour northwest of Washington, D.C. , Boonsboro combines natural wonders with a sobering role in American history. Explore the stalactite-crusted Crystal Grottoes here—the Fairyland cave’s red tinge is thanks to iron oxide—or go whitewater rafting and tubing in the waters near Harpers Ferry. Then squeeze in a trip to the site of Antietam, the bloodiest battle on U.S. soil where 23,000 Civil War soldiers were killed or wounded within just 12 hours of fighting in 1862. Planning a romantic weekend? Nowhere better to overnight than Inn Boonsboro , owned by novelist Nora Roberts, where each of the eight rooms is named after a fictional couple like The Princess Bride’s Westley and Buttercup.

Alexandria Virginia

Alexandria, Virginia

It might only be a 20-minute drive away—or shorter, if you hop on the metro—but this historic town still feels like a getaway and consistently ranks among the top five small cities in the country in our Readers’ Choice Awards. It’s easy to see why: Historic architecture and cobbled streets are a glimpse back past the American Revolution to European settlers’ earliest days. Board the replica 18th-century, 110-foot sloop Providence, a Pirates of the Caribbean prop now moored here as a museum, or head to the Del Ray neighborhood for an assortment of street art that shows the city isn’t simply resting on the past. Stay at the Alexandrian, an Autograph Collection hotel right in the center of Old Town that overlooks the river from National Harbor.

Cape Hatteras North Carolina

Bodie Island Light Station in Cape Hatteras

Cape Hatteras, North Carolina

It’s a long drive—around six hours—Cape Hatteras is still one of the best weekend getaways from D.C., thanks to the astonishing views and bracing air of the Outer Banks . The 70-mile-long National Seashore here was the first in the country and is anchored by the landmark Bodie Island Light Station, the tallest lighthouse in the U.S. with more than 200 stairs. Head to the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum for a glimpse as to why these waters earned that nickname—more than 600 shipwrecks caused by treacherous, shifting shoals. Then again, with the right captain, you can brave those waters yourself on a fishing charter that can easily reach the Gulf Stream. The choice hotel is the charming Inn on Pamlico Sound ; wake up with its seaside view, and you’ll understand how worthwhile it is to splurge on a sound-front room.

Great Smoky Mountains West Virginia

Great Smoky Mountains

Great Smoky Mountains, Tennessee

Yes, it’s an eight-hour drive to reach this ridge, but the jaw-dropping scenery will make the effort more than worthwhile—and we’re not just talking about the sight of a statue of Dolly Parton as you reach the end, erected in her honor in the legend’s hometown of Sevierville.

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most visited in the NPS network (and free to enter, too). It spreads across 500,000 acres in the Appalachian Mountains, straddling two states; the easiest entry point from D.C. is the Sugarlands Visitor Center near Gatlinburg. Once you’re in the park, start walking: There are 800 miles of trails in total, including a portion of the official Appalachian Trail. You can also enjoy a guided tour on horseback operated from several stables dotted around the reserve; just make sure to call ahead and book . The peak times for visiting include leaf-peeping season, of course, plus early summer, when the flame azaleas are in bloom. This is a year-round park, though, with plenty to enjoy even in winter, when the views from high perches like Clingman’s Dome are particularly impressive. In season, you can camp at one of ten different grounds (reserve a spot here ) or book a room at one of the hotels in Gatlinburg, which effectively serves as a resort community adjacent to the park.

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Cassadaga, Florida

The hub of Volusia County, just east of Orlando and around four hours from Miami , is Cassadaga—a town whose residents will likely know you’re coming. Homes here are occupied by psychics and folks who generally believe in life after death, reincarnation, and the power of the spirits. Come to the Spiritualist Camp and check out the list of mediums and healers taking bookings that day, working on everything from past life regression to aura photography. One standout is Louis Gates , who grew up here as the child of two psychics; ask him about his childhood, as he has intriguing stories about life in Cassadaga, as well as a sixth sense ($50 for a half-hour session). There’s also a hotel in town .

Combine a look into your future with a glimpse at Orlando’s past: The Downtown Orlando Historic District is full of grand old mansions that offer a glimpse of how things used to be. This self-guided walking tour will let you explore all the best landmarked properties at your own leisurely pace.

Florida St. Petersburg Salvador Dali Museum

Dali Museum in St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg, Florida

Is there anywhere that captures the essence of Florida more completely than St. Pete? It’s relaxed, rimmed by gorgeous beaches on the Gulf of Mexico, and resolutely determined to let any visitors shuck off their worries within minutes of arriving. If you haven’t decompressed over the four-hour drive, make for Paradise Grille immediately, where you’ll find dinner, ice-cold drinks, and acoustic music. Spend the rest of the day at Honeymoon Island or Caldesi Island State Parks, two of the area’s best waterfront spots. There’s another side to the city, too: The Dalí Museum , a longtime anchor of the culture scene, was recently joined by the Imagine Museum, which showcases the studio glass movement of the 1960s.

Key West Florida

Key West, Florida

The so-called Conch Republic has made its name as a kooky hideaway for America’s eccentrics—it even declared independence from the U.S. for a few days in 1982. It retains that offbeat, end-of-world appeal thanks to enduring sights like BO’s Fish Wagon, a bar on the waterfront that could be mistaken for a junkyard; but the last decade has seen a major upgrade in the accommodations on offer here. Try The Reach , the adult-aimed sister spot to the Waldorf Astoria located next door, which has its own private beach. Walk over to the Bahamian Village, with its ice cream-colored cigar makers’ cottages, and spend a lazy brunch (heck, the whole afternoon) al fresco at Blue Heaven , surrounded by its flock of resident chickens.

Aerial view of Florida Everglades

The Everglades

The Everglades, Florida

It takes barely an hour to hit the entrance of Everglades National Park from Miami, an almost 4 million-acre swampy prairie filled with rare crocodiles and dozens of remarkable birds. Skip the most popular route along the Tamiami Trail, and instead duck in just past Homestead at the Ernest F. Coe Visitor Center entrance , which is the best way to reach Flamingo , the only settlement actually inside the park. From there, it’s a windy, 40-minute drive south to the tip of the Everglades. There are trails en route—Nine Mile Pond is a canoeing trail even newbies can manage—before you hit the 19th-century settlement, named after the pink birds that flock here (likely not actually flamingos, but  roseate spoonbills, though that’s not quite as snappy a placename).

Take boat tours of the backcountry from the marina in Flamingo, or book a houseboat to get some sleep and keep exploring the next morning. Just remember to wear long pants and pack industrial-strength bug spray in abundance—the mosquitoes can be a menace here, year-round.

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The water in Buffalo Springs at Chickasaw National Recreation Area in Oklahoma is full of green plant life

Chickasaw National Recreation Area in Oklahoma

Chickasaw Country, Oklahoma

​​Drive just two and a half hours and cross state lines to explore one of the most noteworthy Native American areas in the U.S. It was here, in South Central Oklahoma, that the Chickasaw Tribe relocated after being forcibly driven from their ancestral lands near the Lower Mississippi in the 1830s. In the almost 200 years since, they’ve established a new homeland in Chickasaw Country, including an impressive center to learn about their culture, where there are artifacts, stomp dance performances, and a historically accurate recreation of a village from the 1700s.

Stay at the Chickasaw-operated Artesian Hotel , with views out across the countryside, and be sure to pack your hiking boots. The Chickasaw National Recreation Area is Oklahoma’s oldest national park area, with plenty of activities for travelers: It has plenty of short and easy trails like Bison Pasture and Veterans Lake, as well as superb fishing in the manmade Lake of the Arbuckles, with catfish, perch, and bass in abundance.

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Fredericksburg and wine country, Texas

Fredericksburg is the best base for exploring Texas wine country , just over a four-hour drive from Dallas . A 14,000-square-mile stretch with more than 30 wineries, it’s the second largest wine region in America after Napa. Bending Branch, south of town, is known for its vintages of Tannat, a grape that thrives in the hot, dry climate. Don’t miss the chance to stroll around the charming, historic downtown founded in the 1840s by a Prussian baron—stay at the Hoffmann Haus , a German-inflected B&B, to feel the history.

Round Top Cafe in Texas. Image shot 2005

Round Top, Texas

If whimsy were a place, it would be this offbeat town three hours south of Dallas . It becomes an antiquing hub each spring, luring 200,000 or more shoppers to browse the bric-a-brac, but there’s also superb shopping year-round at stores like the 1920s-era farmhouse Townsend Provisions . Hotel Rancho Pillow is the mascot for Round Top, a riot of bohemian color where owner Sheila Youngblood rents an eclectic assortment of accommodations on her 20-acre homestead. Ask about the sheet-rocked teepee, and try riding the mechanical bull if you dare.

Palo Duro Canyon. Texas

Palo Duro, Texas

This, the second largest canyon in America after the Grand Canyon , is a suitably epic Panhandle destination about a six-hour drive from Dallas. It’s worth every minute on the road once you’re standing by the 120-mile gash in the earth that plunges almost 1,000 feet. Come to hike, bike, and ride horses; there are almost 90 miles of trails in the state park, with the most popular runs located along the floor of the canyon. Offset the exertion by hunkering down at one of the chic cabins at Dove’s Rest , with a superb view out across the canyon proper. Each cabin has a propane grill and fire pit so you can BBQ each night under the stars.


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Exploring the San Juan islands is an epic US getaway © Adam Hester / Getty Images

The USA is a big country, and there’s a lot of it to explore.

Big-city getaways, small-town adventures and epic road trips are always within reach. Yet with such an expanse to cover, deciding where to go is the hardest part. So we’ve asked four expert writers based in different parts of the USA to share their favorite weekend getaways — which means wherever you are, there’s an ideal trip for you. 

Best weekend getaways on the West Coast 

Originally from Colorado, Tyler Wildeck is a writer based in Portland, Oregon, who has spent most of his adult life roaming the Western USA . 

A lush bay in the San Juan Islands in Washington.

San Juan Islands, Washington

Best for rustic vibes and romance

For adventurous weekenders, the San Juan Islands , off the coast of Washington State , showcase some of the Pacific Northwest ’s rarest wildlife. The San Juans’ most notable island, Orcas is home to three resident pods of killer whales, who are commonly spotted just offshore as they hunt for salmon. The islands also boast the largest concentration of bald eagles in the contiguous United States.

In addition to copious wildlife viewing, hiking and kayaking, the most-populous islands offer a variety of engaging historic sites, restaurants and rustic lodges for a weekend’s stay. Just don’t forget to book your ferry boat (or floatplane) ahead of time. 

Astoria, Oregon

Best for history buffs

Situated at the mouth of the Columbia River on  Oregon ’s coast, Astoria is just a 90-minute drive from nearby Portland . Great for history buffs and outdoor enthusiasts looking for a weekend at the end of the Oregon Trail, Astoria offers the chance to learn about the earliest days of the fur trade in North America, as well as visit the famous Fort Clatsop , where the Lewis & Clark expedition spent the winter of 1805. The current fort has been reconstructed to match the original design, and is part of the larger Lewis & Clark National Historic Park . Spend your weekend getting lost in the stories of river fording and salmon fishing – and if you’re brave enough, cast a line for your own gigantic sturgeon, one of the coastal site’s most famous undersea creatures.  

San Francisco, California

Best for urbanites at heart 

Frisco is synonymous with West Coast culture for a reason. Where else can you find stunning ocean views, top-tier eats and a wealth of shopping, arts and nightlife? San Francisco truly has it all, and while a weekend isn’t enough to see the whole city, it’s enough to make you want to come back many times over. Whether you’re romping around the Mission in search of the perfect cocktail, taking in a Giants game at Oracle Park (two words: garlic fries) or going on a spending spree at the shops around Union Square , there is hardly a better place to spend a weekend away than the City by the Bay.  

Hikers on Boy Scout Trail with Joshua trees (Yucca brevifolia) in the Joshua Tree National Park.

Joshua Tree National Park, California

Best for a family camping trip

For casual outdoorsy types looking for a easy weekend getaway, Joshua Tree National Park offers a wonderful blend of scenery and outdoor activities, with a notably thinner crowd than popular Yosemite , to the north. At just two hours from the Los Angeles area, Joshua Tree offers convenience and a unique desert ecosystem that make it a premium location for a weekend camping trip, and its hiking, world-class rock climbing and stargazing rival anywhere in the US. Bonus points for staying up late enough to snag a picture of the otherworldly Joshua trees underneath a canopy of stars. 

Best weekend getaways in the Northeast

Marcia DeSanctis is a writer based in rural Connecticut whose travels have taken her to Uzbekistan, Rwanda, Egypt – and all over the northeastern United States.

Buildings line a historic rural New York state street at dawn.

Hudson, New York

Best for shopping and charm

Just two hours north of Manhattan, Hudson draws both tastemakers and weekend wanderers. The whaling industry on which it became a 19th-century boomtown eventually faltered, yet Hudson retains the era’s elegant Queen Anne and Victorian bones ⁠– and much of it has been lovingly and stylishly restored. The main thoroughfare, Warren St, is lined with handsome mini-mansions, coffee bars, Scandinavian antique stores and low-key chic-clothing boutiques like Unracked . On the to-do list: brunch at Tavern in the movie theater–turned–hotel Rivertown Lodge ; real French crêpes at Le Gamin ; a visit to Olana , painter Frederic Church’s stunning residence above the Hudson River, which also has several miles of trails; and made-in-the-USA basics at Hudson Clothier .

Washington, Connecticut

Best for art ⁠— and R&R

Located in northwest Connecticut , the town of Washington is an ideal base for a spin around the scenic Litchfield Hills. Full of working farms, broad New England vistas and a pervading sense of tranquility, the town has lured artists, writers and all manner of creators (think Alexander Calder, Frank McCourt and Christine Baranski) to escape the din of New York City (just two hours away) in favor of bucolic Litchfield County.

It is fitting, then, that you can visit world-class art galleries right in town: photography at KMR Arts , and painting, sculpture and ceramics (and an unmatched April-to-October farmers market) at the Judy Black Memorial Park and Gardens . Browse the shelves at cozy independent bookstore Hickory Stick (and find signed copies from authors who call the area home, including Dani Shapiro, Lisa Taddeo, Courtney Maum and Sarah Albee); bring proper shoes for any of the 18 miles of lush trails at Steep Rock Preserve ; and put on something a little fancier – but not too fancy! – for craft cocktails and a sublime, locally sourced dinner at Community Table .

The Marginal Way in Ogunquit on a cloudy autumn day, with a hotel in the distance.

Ogunquit, Maine

Best for New England seaside atmosphere

Sometimes it’s the classics that awaken a sense of discovery, and Ogunquit is quintessential  Maine . To visit is to experience the wonderfully familiar ⁠– like sensory comfort food – since the air here is tinged with the smells of ocean spray and seafood shacks. Drift through Perkins Cove, the weathered downtown fishing village, and stop for salt-water taffy at Perkins Cove Candies . Try a perfect lobster roll at Barnacle Billy’s  between May and November, and all year long at Nubb’s Lobster Shack .

Ogunquit has a dreamy, white-sand public beach , and beyond it lies the Marginal Way, a dramatic, wind-whipped coastal trail along which you can contemplate the Atlantic Ocean to the sounds of waves smashing the granite cliffs.

Providence, Rhode Island

Best for a foodie and cocktail break

Like a lot of American cities that were once down on their luck, the Rhode Island capital has come roaring back. Once the overlooked little brother of mighty Boston , Providence contains some fabulous architectural treasures, plus intimate, historic neighborhoods, like Federal Hill, the city’s vibrant Little Italy. Here, amid the old brick and wooden buildings, you’ll find one of the neighborhood’s (and the city’s) most distinctive dishes: French fries with meatballs at Angelo’s , an institution since 1924.

Urban revivals often center around a food and bar scene – and in this arena, Providence seems to be constantly, brilliantly innovating. For modern takes on classic bars downtown, Eddy is a modern speakeasy, while Clementine , owned by the city’s former mayor, offers small plates and innovative drinks. In the Fox Point neighborhood, Glou has a minimal, almost Scandinavian vibe. Try the crudo – raw, sustainably caught fish – at Oberlin ; its chef/owner Benjamin Sukle is one of the most celebrated chefs in America. And don’t miss the ice-cream sandwiches at Tricycle .

A car drives through fall foliage along the Kancamagus Highway, Northern New Hampshire, New England USA

Kancamagus Hwy, New Hampshire

Best for a scenic drive and the great outdoors 

To born-and-bred Yankees, Rte 112, the scenic New Hampshire highway known locally as “ the Kanc ,” is the prettiest drive in the northeast. For raw, sheer, bold beauty, it is textbook New England, blazing red and orange come fall-foliage season. It is also ideal the rest of the year, with less traffic along the 35-mile mountain gap (and its many connected trails) through New Hampshire’s White Mountain National Forest ⁠– home to Mt Washington and Franconia Notch State Park, both nearby.

Begin in the ski town of Conway  and head west. The route is jam-packed with natural beauty and plenty of hiking trails, so by all means pull over and veer off to stretch your bones, take in the views and chase the seven waterfalls cascading over granite rock faces along the way. Among the loveliest sights: picturesque Albany Covered Bridge, built in 1858; the cascade, lake and footbridge at Rocky Gorge; roaring Sabbaday Falls; the Pemigewassett Overlook, with its panoramic vistas of the Osceola Mountains; and Franconia Falls, with naturally carved chutes and slides for a cool dip in summer. At the end of your drive, you’ll be in the fanciful town of Lincoln.

Best weekend getaways in the Midwest 

Rosalind Cummings-Yeates is a Chicago-born and -bred writer with deep expertise in all things related to the Windy City (she’s written two books on her hometown) as well as the wider Midwest . 

Crowds of people browse the Chicago farmers market located at Daley Plaza during summer morning.

Chicago, Illinois

Best for culture lovers

Chi-town supplies everything from food and art to music and architecture in big, memorable doses. The Midwest’s largest city pulses with history and excitement, whether you opt for a famous excursion like an architecture tour along the lakefront, or a visit to one of its 77 diverse neighborhoods. Come hungry, too – to sample signature dishes like deep-dish pizza, Italian beef and jibarito sandwiches, and then to hit up one of 23 Michelin-starred restaurants. World-class museums like the Art Institute of Chicago and the Field Museum of Natural History  explore human achievement, while gloriously live music at dozens of blues, jazz and indie clubs is always on offer. The cultural riches shine all year round – but the summer brings extra sparkle thanks to dynamic music and art festivals.

Kansas City, Missouri

Best for a (mid-sized) city break

Over 200 fountains cascade water all over  Kansas City , giving this Midwest powerhouse the designation of the city with the most working fountains in the world. KC is filled with surprises like this that make it the perfect mid-sized-city getaway. Munching through mounds of sweet and spicy barbecue and checking out the city’s notable jazz heritage at clubs and at the American Jazz Museum  are definite musts. But there are also unexpected gems like the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum and the 22-acre sculpture park at the world-class Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art .

Hocking Hills, Ohio

Best for families

Perched on the edge of Appalachia, Hocking Hills features waterfalls, caves, forests and hemlock-covered gorges that are great for family excursions. Small-town hospitality makes everything accessible, including cozy inns and old-school diners. Try tube-floating on the Hocking River, zip-lining through the forest or gazing at the night sky at the John Glenn Astronomy Park .

A man kayaks in Cave Point County Park, Lake Michigan, Door County, Wisconsin, Midwest, USA

Door County, Wisconsin

Best for outdoor escapades

Five state parks, forests, orchards, sand dunes, sea caves and 300 miles of dazzling shoreline make Door County , Wisconsin the ultimate natural paradise. This all-season outdoor getaway boasts near-endless recreation options along dozens of scenic trails. A cluster of charming small towns encompasses the peninsula, and travelers can explore the landscapes of each one. After hiking, boating or climbing lighthouses, the signature Door County experience is a fish boil. This centuries-old Scandinavian tradition involves a master boiler who oversees a big cauldron of whitefish – as they toss kerosene on an open fire.

Galena, Illinois

Best for couples

Cozy up with your partner amid the 19th-century elegance of this former mining town, framed by the Galena River, with Victorian houses line the streets with rolling hills as a backdrop. Stroll through a vineyard and wine-tasting tour, hop on an electric bike or opt for a romantic balloon ride. A stop by the Italianate home of 18th US President Ulysses S. Grant is a Galena must-do.

Best weekend getaways in the South 

Writer DeAnna Taylor has visited all seven continents. A native of Charlotte, North Carolina , she has also spent plenty of time exploring her local stomping grounds.

Asheville, North Carolina

Best for art and culture lovers 

Just off the Blue Ridge Parkway , charming and eclectic  Asheville is a great getaway for those who truly appreciate the beauty of street art. Spend some time in the River Arts District to get your fill of ever-changing murals, art galleries and even interactive glassblowing at the North Carolina Glass Center . While there, swing by White Duck Taco for a unique menu that includes tacos made with Thai peanut chicken, jerk chicken and lamb gyro.

Gatlinburg, Tennessee

Best for outdoorsy families

Whether you’re traveling as a family or solo, this mountainous Tennessee town is the perfect nature escape. Take the SkyLift for a 2.1-mile ride offering aerial views of Great Smoky Mountains National Park . Or simply spend a day hiking the surrounding trails, leaving time for a serene picnic surrounded by nature (you may even spot wild elk). In the winter, grab your skis or snowboard for a day of thrills at Ober Mountain . 

A man kisses a woman's kiss on a path flanked with Spanish moss trees in Savannah, Georgia, South, USA

Savannah, Georgia

Cozy up with your significant other for a romantic carriage ride under  Savannah ’s famous oaks draped with Spanish moss. Make a pit stop at scenic  Forsyth Park  to snap a few photos by the famous fountain. Or stroll hand-in-hand as you peruse the vendors and artisans in Savannah City Market . Consider dropping into famed chef Mashama Bailey and John Morisano’s restaurant The Grey for dinner – and don’t forget to order the oxtail pot roast and Dutch Fork pumpkin soup.

Southend, Charlotte, North Carolina

Best for foodies

Southend is easily one of Charlotte ’s  most bustling neighborhoods, with dozens of locally owned eateries and breweries competing for hungry visitors. For Asian fare, order a feast of crispy pork belly, bao buns, soy-pickled deviled eggs, and sweet and mild wings at Seoul Food Meat Company . If you prefer Mexican-inspired flavors, visit Tacos Rick-O on the patio of Hoppin CLT for some of the area’s best birria preparations. At Resident Culture Brewing ,  El Toro Bruto serves up killer breakfast tacos and pan dulce . Just don’t forget to grab a chocolate chai or gingerbread matcha from the coffee counter.

People gather in a pub on St Patrick's Day in Austin.

Austin, Texas 

Best for nightlife 

For fun into the wee hours, Downtown Austin is where you’ll want to go – Rainey St in particular. After famed 6th St, this bustling district is the city’s second-largest entertainment hub, with plenty of bars, live-music venues and eateries. If you’re longing for a Caribbean getaway without having to leave the country, Idle Hands serves up a range of tropical-inspired cocktails.

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Unexpected Getaways

The best unexpected U.S. weekend getaways for 2023

These amazing destinations offer plenty to see, eat and do—and they're hiding in plain sight

Virginia Gil

Domestic travel has changed in unimaginable ways over the past few years. We’ve seen a rise in low-cost airlines and expanded routes throughout America , shrinking the distances between major metropolises and smaller cities. There’s been a boom in cool Airbnbs , making getaways near and far feel all that more special. And who could forget the throngs of remote workers who’ve relocated to new cities and shifted the way Americans vacation? Work from pool? It’s a reality for many, and the reason why literally everyone is in Florida .

These days, Americans are more aware of the pleasures that lie within their own backyards, namely under-the-radar spots located within a short drive or a quick flight. Think unexpected destinations where rather than crowds you’ll find small-town charm and world-class art plus award-winning restaurants with effortless reservations. From coastal towns and quaint escapes to an under-the-radar capital, these are the best U.S. city getaways  you may have never heard of but should absolutely book this year.

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Burlington, Vermont

1.  Burlington, Vermont

Burlington’s charm as a waterfront university town is well known, but with five Vermont chefs and eateries in the running for the 2023 James Beard Awards, it’s a necessary getaway for food and drink lovers. From pastry chef Amanda Wildermuth’s tahini sundae (think sesame caramel and crumbled halva) at the Eastern Mediterranean-influenced Honey Road , to spicy brussels sprouts with a cult following (hello, citrus-garlic chili sauce, golden raisins and sunflower seeds) thanks to chef Mojo Hancy-Davis’s farm-to-table menu at May Day —plus a rotating selection of craft beers from the small experimental brewery Foam Brewers —Burlington’s restaurant and bar scene is bustling. 

Where to stay: Rustic ski lodge meets bougie boutique property at Hotel Vermont , where wood-burning fireplaces, stone walls and views of Lake Champlain are the perfect backdrops for sampling the hotel’s long list of craft beers and cocktails.

Don’t miss it: The killer onion soup and maple creme brulée at Leunig’s , Church Street’s iconic bistro.

Nearest airport:  Burlington Airport (BTV)

— Laura Osborne, Time Out Montreal Editor

Cape May, New Jersey

2.  Cape May, New Jersey

Fun travel fact: “America’s Oldest Seashore Resort” can be found on the southern tip of the Garden State. Yes, Cape May is technically on the Jersey Shore but it’s the antithesis of the Jersey Shore you see on MTV—in lieu of Snookie sightings, nightclubs and tanning parlors, you’ll find Victorian mansions, horse-drawn carriages, gas-lit cobblestone streets, blooming hydrangeas and a famous lighthouse.

So why should you visit Cape May? Most people will tell you the long stretches of beaches and colorful architecture alone are reason enough to come. But locals will opine it’s about the passionate community, walkability to everywhere, the parks peppered with grandiose trees, bangin’ local music scene, mom-and-pop shops, the Coast Guard base, well-manicured lawns, family-owned restaurants, impeccable homes and its charm. Cape May is also a gourmand’s dream where perfectly seasoned, fresh-caught seafood dots the menus of all the town’s best haunts. 

Where to stay: If modern and minimalist are your vibe, look no further than La Mer Beachfront Resort . The family-owned property recently underwent a major renovation and the hotel offers the island’s most swanky accommodations, swathed in beige and white hues and replete with traditional-yet-contemporary furnishings.

Don’t miss it: The Lobster House is Cape May’s most popular restaurant and the dining experience here beside the Fisherman’s Wharf is a must. Order a cold beer with steamed Maryland crabs and fried clams dockside and soak in the sights of the wharf.

Nearest airport:  Atlantic City International Airport (ACY)

—  Maria Tettamanti

Bentonville, Arkansas

3.  Bentonville, Arkansas

More than 100 miles away from a major city (if you can call Tulsa, Oklahoma that) at the foothills of the Ozark Mountains you’ll find charming Bentonville, Arkansas . The birthplace of Walmart (by way of Sam Walton’s first Five and Dime, opened in 1950) has flourished beyond its retail reputation, becoming a destination for art enthusiasts, cyclists and curious travelers interested in an equally charming, and albeit less crowded, alternative to nearby Southern capitals.

Your weekend in Bentonville, which celebrates its 150th anniversary , starts with the familiar—a visit to downtown’s Walmart Museum , because why not?—before venturing to the popular: Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art is a sprawling cultural institution whose permanent collection of works spans five centuries and is always free to visit. Plus, its onsite chef offers a host of unique dining experiences.

Then it’s time to head to the woods. With a trail system that wraps around the museum’s 120-acre park and a host of paved paths throughout the city, Bentonville’s natural landscape is ripe for exploring on foot or two wheels. Airship Coffee at the Coler Mountain Bike Preserve is a delightful open-air cafe where you can power up or cool down between runs. 

Where to stay: 21c Museum Hotel  is equal parts boutique hotel and hip gallery with a dedicated exhibition space. There are also contemporary artworks and sculptures sprinkled throughout the property.

Don’t miss it: Back for its second year this September, Format Festival combines art, music and technology. The 2023 lineup hasn’t been announced yet but last year’s acts included the likes of Phoenix and Rüfüs Du Sol.

Nearest airport: Fayetteville, Arkansas (XNA)

— Virginia Gil, Time Out USA Editor

Rockland, Maine

4.  Rockland, Maine

This small but vibrant coastal town is quintessentially Maine. Rockland packs a punch with stunning views from its rocky coastline plus cultural offerings and top-notch dining. Art enthusiasts can visit The Farnsworth Art Museum  or the Center for Maine Contemporary Art  while those in search of local bounty can hit up the weekly  farmers' market  and gems like Rock City Coffee . There’s waterfront dining aplenty, but few might think to venture inland to the nationally-lauded Primo . Have a night out at the historic Myrtle Street Tavern, Liberator Brewing Company  or The Strand Theater . As one of the biggest lobster shipping centers in the world, Rockland celebrates the coveted crustacean each August at the hugely popular Maine Lobster Fest . Explore Penobscot Bay on a cruise and you’ve completed a true Maine adventure. 

Where to stay: Overlooking the harbor, the luxurious, design-forward 250 Main Hotel  is in the perfect location for exploring Rockland.

Don’t miss it: Walk the mile-long granite breakwater path to the Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse for a panoramic view of the city from the water plus the chance to explore the 100+ year history of the lighthouse.

Nearest airport:  Knox County Regional Airport (RKD)

— Gerrish Lopez

Covington, Louisiana

5.  Covington, Louisiana

Just across Lake Pontchartrain from New Orleans is the charming city of Covington, where you can discover Louisiana culture at a slower pace. The quaint downtown, dotted with oak trees and historic buildings, is packed with independent boutiques and lively art galleries. Restaurants like Del Porto , Lola’s  and The Gloriette  stand up to the best in New Orleans, and there's no shortage of spots serving up boiled seafood or po' boys. Outdoor enthusiasts can bike the Tammany Trace , paddle the Bogue Falaya River or visit a gator ranch . There’s entertainment aplenty too: spring and fall bring outdoor concerts, the Three Rivers Arts Festival  is a draw in November and monthly block parties from March through October on Columbia Street celebrate what makes Covington unique.

Where to stay: The historic, family-owned Southern Hotel  offers luxurious accommodations, fabulous food and plenty of Southern hospitality.

Don’t miss it: Head to the Abita Brewing Company  for locally-brewed beers featuring local ingredients. Take a tour and stick around for a bite, and maybe catch a band at one of the brewery’s frequent weekend events.

Nearest airport:  New Orleans Airport (MSY)

Topeka, Kansas

6.  Topeka, Kansas

As an under-the-radar capital, Topeka’s got a surprising number of hipster brewpubs including the Blind Tiger Restaurant & Brewery , the Norsemen Brewing Company , Iron Rail Brewing and the Happy Basset Barrel House —which includes an attached dog park and a flamingo scavenger hunt to keep humans entertained between pints. Downtown is walkable and neighborhoods are parkable with a selection of locally-owned eateries like the Blue Moose Bar & Grill . Check out NOTO , the arts and entertainment district with art studios, antique stores and a monthly First Friday ArtWalk. At Gage Park, ride a mile-long mini-train and visit the new giraffe exhibit opening March 10 at the Topeka Zoo & Conservation Center . Don your jumpsuit for the Evel Knievel Museum before it moves to Las Vegas, and catch a show at Topeka Civic Theatre , which hosts (they say) the country’s oldest, continuously-running community dinner theater. Topeka was founded in 1854 by antislavery colonists, and the Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site commemorates the Civil Rights landmark case that ended legal segregation in public schools. 

Where to stay:  The  Cyrus Hotel pairs luxury with Midwest charm in a century-old building with striking city views from upper stories.

Don’t miss it: The capitol with its mural of abolitionist John Brown roaring with his rifle and Bible. Stay downstairs to roll a quarter down the sloping tile tunnel, then ascend to the cupola through a series of terrifying stairs and landings suspended in the middle of the vast dome.

Nearest airport:  Kansas City Airport (MCI)

— Erika Mailman

Mendocino, California

7.  Mendocino, California

Located a couple of hours north of the Bay Area, Mendocino feels like a storybook out of a romance novel. The area blends charming New England architecture with a dramatic California coastline. And Mendocino’s remote nature means it never feels like it’s trying too hard or overcrowded. Imagine charming inns with roaring fires, homemade breakfast, and views of waves crashing on the rocky shore. Restaurants that serve fish caught nearby earlier that day. A quaint downtown with Victorian buildings turned into independent shops. Trails that lead you through redwoods and onto the beach. 

Where to stay: SCP Mendocino Inn and Farm , a recently refreshed bed and breakfast that features an 1867 country manor, a modern lodge, adorable onsite llamas and homemade breakfast delivered to your room.

Don’t miss it:  Newcomer restaurant Fog Eater Cafe  is a fully vegan , New Orleans-inspired eatery that draws a crowd. 

Nearest airport:  Charles M. Schulz-Sonoma County Airport (STS)

— Clara Hogan

Lenox, Massachusetts

8.  Lenox, Massachusetts

An enchanting New England town tucked away in a particularly gorgeous section of the Berkshires, Lenox is the perfect home base for a trip spent exploring Western Massachusetts. Culture vultures have long flocked to the town thanks to Tanglewood , the summertime home of the Boston Symphony, and the innovative local theater group Shakespeare & Company . Now, upscale accommodations like 33 Main and the recently renovated Cornell Inn are providing a more luxurious mountain escape. (Those looking for true luxury should pencil some time in at Miraval Berkshires .) History lovers can arrange to tour nearby architectural stunners like Ventfort Hall and The Mount , the one-time home of author Edith Wharton. A day spent taking in the past can also be complemented with some more of-the-moment culinary offerings in downtown Lenox like the intimate wine bar Brava .

Where to stay: The Lenox Collection is a trio of historic inns in the heart of the city.

Don’t miss it: A picnic spent taking in a live concert at Tanglewood is a local tradition for a reason. Check out this summer’s offerings , which include highlights like a Ragtime Symphonic Concert .

Nearest airport:  Bradley International Airport (BDL)

— Will Gleason, North America Content Director

Greenville, South Carolina

9.  Greenville, South Carolina

Just one hour from bustling Asheville lies the charming city of Greenville, which tends to fly (mostly) under the radar— for now, at least. Its walkable downtown area is chock-full of quaint shops like the nostalgia-inducing Mast General Store, diverse dining options (ranging from delectable Mexican street food at Pap’s Tacos  to contemporary Italian at Jianna ), and an abundance of local artwork. We recommend grabbing coffee at Methodical Coffee  and heading to Falls Park on the Reedy , which offers excellent views of the surrounding falls. In the afternoon, refuel with an ice-cold beer at Southernside Brewing Co . as you stroll or bike along the 22-mile-long Swamp Rabbit Trail .

Where to stay: Situated right on the banks of the Reedy River, the luxe Grand Bohemian Lodge Greenville —which just opened last August—is the perfect place to stay when in town.

Don’t miss it: Greenville hosts over 300 events each year, including the trademark Fall for Greenville , a three-day festival that puts the city’s many food, drink, and entertainment offerings on full display.

Nearest airport: Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport (GSP)

— Lauren Dana Ellman

Mystic, Connecticut

10.  Mystic, Connecticut

Mystic, a small coastal Connecticut town once known for its shipyard and seaport is now a quaint New England getaway full of destination-worthy dining. Metro-North trains directly from New York City and a fully walkable downtown make Mystic an easy weekend getaway, no car required. The scenic walks by the water, small shops and boutiques, plus a longstanding independent bookstore  make for an excellent few days of entertainment between eating pizza at  Nana’s Bakery , noshing on pastries at  Sift Bake Shop , sipping craft brews at  Barley Head Brewery  or slurping up oysters during happy hour at  The Shipwright’s Daughter .

Where to stay:  The Whaler’s Inn , a historic 45-room boutique property in the heart of town that’s dog-friendly and welcomes guests in the lobby with a fireplace, warm beverages and cookies.

Don’t miss it:  Book dinner at  Oyster Club , a locally beloved and locally owned restaurant serving farm-to-table upscale fare (don’t skip the cornbread with honey butter, or anything with seafood), plus high-end cocktails. Chef Renee Touponce was recently announced as a James Beard Award Semifinalist.

Nearest airport:  Providence T.F. Green International Airport (PVD)

— Melissa Kravitz Hoeffner

Kingston, New York

11.  Kingston, New York

Kingston, NY may have a rich history as the state’s first capital, but it is so much more than its past. Located 91 miles outside of New York City, it offers a fun weekend getaway with great hikes, historic landmarks, trendy stores and hangouts like Milne Antiques and Kingston Standard Brewing Co. , good food at restaurants like Ship to Shore and Lola Pizza , and a robust arts scene centered around the Ulster Performing Arts Center that operates inside a restored 1926 theater. The city is also home to festivals, including the Artists Soapbox Derby (August), and the Trolley Museum of New York , which offers a 1.5-mile ride on weekends and holidays along the Rondout Creek waterfront to Kingston Point Park.

Where to stay:  The  Hotel Kinsley  for a beautiful, historic stay or  the Newkirk , an entire 1856 home you can rent on Airbnb.

Don’t miss it:  Rough Draft , a bookstore and taproom, where you can enjoy a pint with a good book and friends.

Nearest airport: Newburgh Airport (SWF)

— Shaye Weaver, Time Out New York Editor

Narragansett, Rhode Island

12.  Narragansett, Rhode Island

The seaside town of Narragansett is just 22 minutes by car from the Gilded Age glamour of Newport, but you’d never know it. Narragansett is beloved for its laid-back and low-key vibes. It’s also a popular spot for surfing, and travelers of all experience levels can sign up for lessons and/or rent gear from local businesses like Narragansett Surf & Skate Shop . Whether or not you choose to actually explore the water—you can, alternatively, simply walk along the beach and soak up the sun on your own—hit up neighborhood faves like Cool Beans Cafe for acai bowls or Fuel Coffee Bar for a cold brew and a fresh pastry.

Where to stay: The 31-room Shore House  blends nautical charm and Victorian elegance; plus, we’d be remiss not to highlight the beachy-chic accommodations and Instagram-worthy ocean views.

Don’t miss it: Snag a table at The Coast Guard House Restaurant and savor fresh seafood like freshly shucked oysters, hearty New England clam chowder, and gooey lobster mac.

Nearest airport: Westerly Airport (WST)

Saugatuck, Michigan

13.  Saugatuck, Michigan

This welcoming West Michigan town combines local charm with a beautiful lakefront setting to provide visitors with the platonic ideal of a midwestern beach getaway. Long known for its vibrant arts community thanks to the Saugatuck Center for the Arts and the Chicago Art Institute’s Oxbow School of Art and Artists’ Residency, the laid-back destination is now emerging as a culinary hot spot. Virtue Cider , founded by the former brewmaster of Chicago’s Goose Island Brewery, turns out award-winning cider while Pennyroyal Café & Provisions , helmed by former Chopped winner Missy Corey, serves elevated takes on local specialties like fried perch. Meanwhile, James Beard-nominated eatery The Southerner serves dangerously (in a good way) spicy fried chicken sandwiches. The town has also been long known for welcoming LGBTQ+ travelers thanks, in part, to lively party spots like The Dunes Resort .

Where to stay: The Lake Shore Resort , just north of Saugatuck, provides stunning views of Lake Michigan from a dramatic bluff.

Don’t miss it: The Venetian Festival , taking place this year on July 28 and 29, sees creative, over-the-top floating floats and decorated boats take to the water in a spectacular nighttime parade.

Nearest airport:  Muskegon County Airport (MKG)

Sarasota, Florida

14.  Sarasota, Florida

Nestled between Tampa and Fort Meyers, Sarasota boasts nearly 40 miles of white sand beaches and wildlife along Florida’s balmy Gulf shoreline. But this quaint beach town also touts a quirky history and some serious urban amenities. Circus mogul John Ringling moved his shows here for the winter in 1927. Since then, the city’s become an eclectic cultural hub, home to the renowned Sarasota School of Architecture, numerous respected art programs, museums and performance venues.

Work up an appetite exploring Sarasota’s galleries, botanical gardens and famed keys like Siesta and Longboat, then bounce around its bustling waterfront downtown for dinner and nightlife—but not before indulging in homemade pies from Yoder’s Amish Village . This spring, Circus Sarasota celebrates its 25th anniversary, and the 16th season of Sarasota’s Forks & Corks Food and Wine Festival kicks off on April 20.

Where to stay: The Lido Beach House ’s charming mid-century modern digs are a short, scenic bridge away from downtown.

Don’t miss it: John Ringling's former home, Ca’ d’Zan , is a Venetian Gothic-style stunner with ornate interiors and sweeping views of Sarasota Bay. It also served as the location for Miss Havisham’s dilapidated mansion in the 1996 film  Great Expectations.

Nearest airport:  Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport (SRQ)  

— Falyn Wood, Time Out Miami Editor

Laughlin, Nevada

15.  Laughlin, Nevada

Located 90 miles south of Las Vegas, Laughlin, Nevada is a smaller, quieter version of Las Vegas with a small-town feel. With less than 10,000 permanent residents, Laughlin boasts eight casinos plus dozens of casino resort restaurants like the Western-themed Claim Jumper and bars with live bands like Losers Lounge along the Colorado River. Surrounded by the Mojave Desert and boasting a beautiful mountain backdrop, Laughlin is a paradise for gamblers and outdoor enthusiasts who can kayak or river cruise along the Colorado River that runs through the heart of town, hike the Colorado River Heritage Trails that runs parallel the water, explore stone mazes at Laughlin Labyrinths , and chill in a poolside cabana at Don Laughlin’s Riverside Resort and Harrah’s Laughlin Beach Resort & Casino. Nearby, sunbathers can enjoy Lake Mohave’s 200 miles of shoreline and explore its coves and wildlife, drive Route 66, visit Hoover Dam , and visit Arizona’s oldest distillery, Desert Diamond Distillery .

Where to stay: Most of Laughlin’s 9,000 hotel rooms are less than $50 a night. Aquarius Casino Resort is the largest.;

Don’t miss it: Stroll along Laughlin Riverwalk , a paved walkway along the Colorado River that connects most of the casinos.

Nearest airport:  Laughlin/Bullhead International Airport (IFP)

— Lauren Mack

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

16.  Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Tucked in the rolling hills of southwestern Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh offers a getaway that combines city amenities, lots of green space, and plenty of charm. The city dazzles in the springtime with beautiful parks (meander through Point State Park and visit Blue Slide Park made famous by rapper Mac Miller). On a rainy day, head to The Warhol Museum dedicated to Pittsburgh’s own Andy Warhol; there’s a special exhibit on The Velvet Underground coming up. A ride on the incline , a funicular, is a must for a thrilling view of the city. Eat pierogies (and lots more) at the renowned Apteka , which specializes in central and eastern European cuisine, then grab tiki drinks at Hidden Harbor .

Where to stay:  Kimpton Hotel Monaco  is located Downtown within walking distance of bars and restaurants as well as transit access.

Don’t miss it:  Picklesburgh , this summertime food festival celebrates all things pickled—the weirder, the better.

Nearest airport: Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT)

— Rossilynne Skena Culgan, Things To Do Editor, Time Out New York

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15 Affordable Weekend Getaways Around the U.S.

Need a vacation but are short on time and money? One of these affordable weekend getaway ideas might be the solution.

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You might feel the urge to get out of town for a couple of days, even if your budget is a bit tight. With some planning, you won't have to break the bank to enjoy a much-needed change of scenery. Not that we really needed proof, but studies have shown that even a short vacation and time outdoors can be beneficial to our health. The good news is you don't have to venture too far to experience the benefits of a change in your environment.

If you're seeking an affordable weekend getaway near you, take a look at our suggestions for trips from these 15 major cities. No matter which destination you pick, we're sure you'll return home refreshed and with your wallet not too much lighter.

Los Angeles to Hermosa Beach, California

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Just a few miles away on the coast, the town of Hermosa Beach is ideal for a budget-conscious getaway from Los Angeles. Check into one of the charming beachfront hotels tucked into the shore, like the laidback Sea Sprite Hotel . Or, try the affordable elegance of H2O Hermosa . Pizza, burgers, tacos, and more are available just steps from the pier. Grab a slice from Paisanos Pizza & Pasta for lunch and picnic on the beach.  

Pass a lazy day relaxing on the sandy beach or splashing in the waves. Rent a bike to cruise The Strand or stroll along and check out the homes bordering the path. Visitors can also enjoy Hermosa's murals , painted on various walls and buildings to commemorate the city's history and culture. If your budget allows, opt for jazz brunch at The Lighthouse Cafe , which has been around since 1949, or catch a show at The Comedy & Magic Club .  

New York City to Montauk, New York

The towns on Long Island make for great getaways from New York City, and a wallet-friendly weekend is possible when you pass by the tony Hamptons spots and continue east on Montauk Highway. Head to the South Fork town of Montauk , the easternmost point on Long Island and New York state. There's an array of lodging and restaurants here, as well as beaches, wineries, and historic sites.

Hither Hills State Park , one of several parks in the area, offers an ocean beach, picnic areas, fireplaces, fishing, a playground, and campsites, in addition to hiking and biking paths. Walk along the rocky shoreline at Montauk Point State Park and enjoy the ocean view or hike one of the nature trails. Nearby, the historic 1796 Montauk Lighthouse and museum are reminders of the area's role in U.S. history.

Washington, D.C., to West Virginia

West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle is a scenic two-hour drive from Washington, D.C., but it feels worlds away from the city. Spend your thrifty weekend enjoying nature, a small-town atmosphere, history, and shopping in places like Shepherdstown , a picturesque college community. In Harpers Ferry, where the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers meet, visit the National Historical Park for hiking, rock climbing, and a dose of history. Thrill seekers will even find zip lining in the area.

Relax and rejuvenate with a dip in Berkeley Springs , natural hot springs that have attracted visitors for hundreds of years. Browse the walkable downtown antique shops and dining spots. Or, visit a distillery in Martinsburg or Charles Town and take home a souvenir to enjoy back in D.C.

Seattle to San Juan Island, Washington

For an island getaway, head to San Juan Island , a few hours away by car, plus a ferry ride from Anacortes. Upon arriving, reconnect with nature with a hike , bike ride, or beachfront walk. Fishing, boating, and kayaking are also available options. For some liquid fuel, visit a winery, brewery, or cidery and enjoy a refreshing tasting.

There's also a variety of accommodations on the island that suit all budgets. At Lakedale Resort , for example, visitors can choose a log cabin, lake house, yurt, campsite, RV spot, or glamping retreat in a luxury canvas cottage.

San Francisco to Paso Robles, California

For a welcome change of scenery, a road trip from San Francisco to Paso Robles , about 200 miles south, provides an enjoyable drive. Commune with nature and enjoy the outdoor activities and relaxed surroundings of Lake Nacimiento , which offers miles of beautiful shoreline, mountains, forests, and waterfalls — an ideal spot for fishing, hiking, and wildlife viewing.

As for accommodations, visitors can stay in a bed-and-breakfast, vacation rental, or at The Piccolo downtown. The walkable town is home to coffee shops, restaurants, antique shops, and boutiques. An alfresco picnic lunch at a local winery also makes for a fun experience. Visit Denner Vineyards ' stunning tasting room (by appointment) or taste the outstanding wines at Alta Colina , where you can even spend a night in a vintage trailer alongside the on-site pond. Stop by Thacher Winery , another family-owned vineyard in a lovely setting.

Portland to Sherwood, Oregon

You don't have to go far from Portland to get out of the city. Less than 20 miles south in Sherwood , the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge is home to birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and plants — a perfect place to unwind while exploring the habitats on the trail or from the wetland observation deck. Enjoy the drive through the area's rolling hills and stop at a local winery for a tasting or to pick up a bottle for later.

For a fun and budget-friendly experience, stay at My Tiny House Village , a micro-resort set on an old Christmas tree farm. The collection of tiny homes, each one unique and creatively decorated, is conveniently located near wineries and the quaint town. Farther into Willamette Valley wine country, The Vintages Trailer Resort offers refurbished and beautifully styled retro trailers with amenities like luxurious robes, a pool, and lawn games.

Dallas, Texas, to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Just about 200 miles north of Dallas on I-35, Oklahoma City is an easy weekend getaway and a great place to enjoy the outdoors. In the city's Boathouse District , along the Oklahoma River, you can choose canoeing, kayaking, or stand-up paddleboarding. When the day is done, head for nearby Bricktown , formerly a warehouse district and now home to restaurants, nightlife, and entertainment.

If your furry friend will be joining you, you'll find dog-friendly parks , including one at Myriad Botanical Gardens , with more than 1,000 plant varieties, a waterfall, and a sky bridge with views into a tropical forest. Visit Frontier City for thrilling rides, or check the schedule and catch one of Oklahoma City's horse shows . The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum is another great stop if you can fit a visit into your weekend itinerary.

Denver to Fort Collins, Colorado

A one-hour drive north from Denver, your weekend getaway in Fort Collins might begin with a stop at one of the many breweries , or if you prefer, there are several local distilleries waiting for you to sample their spirits. Spend a day outdoors hiking, biking, birdwatching, or horseback riding. Nearby rivers, lakes, and reservoirs offer lots of water activities , from whitewater rafting to paddleboarding, kayaking, and swimming.

Spend at least a day in downtown Fort Collins , exploring the shops, galleries, museums, and restaurants. The picturesque streets, alleys, and restored historical buildings inspired Disneyland's Main Street USA. For an authentic, comfortable, and convenient stay that will fit your budget, stay at the Armstrong Hotel set in Old Town Fort Collins. The hotel will pamper your dog, too, with a Pendleton dog bed and New Belgium Brewing Company dog bowl to use during your visit.

Atlanta to Asheville, North Carolina

About 200 miles north of Atlanta is the affordable weekend getaway of Asheville . Indulge in the city's thriving arts scene with a day strolling the River Arts District . From paintings to pottery to ceramics, there are hundreds of works and studios to explore. Refuel along the way at Ultra Coffeebar or Wedge Brewing Company .

Dining is taken to a whole new level in Asheville, even for the budget-conscious. Sink your teeth into the pulled pork at 12 Bones Smokehouse , try the biscuits at Tupelo Honey , or satisfy your sweet tooth at Vortex Doughnuts . Walk off your meal by hiking the scenic trails through the Blue Ridge Mountains. When you're ready to turn in, there's plenty of lodging available, whether you prefer a hotel stay or cozy cabin weekend.

Chicago to Indiana Dunes National Park, Indiana

The natural wonder of Indiana Dunes is less than an hour's drive from Chicago. The 15-mile national park curves around the southern shore of Lake Michigan and offers a full weekend itinerary of hiking, biking, and horseback riding complete with woodland and beach views.

Hike down to Mount Baldy Beach for an afternoon of sand and sun, or through the area's bird population on the Great Marsh Trail . If you're really feeling adventurous, try the Diana of the Dunes Dare challenge . Visitors have the option of vacation homes, hotels, or bed-and-breakfasts around Indian Dunes, but of course, the best way to experience the outdoors is by camping out .

Philadelphia to Richmond, Virginia

Philadelphians can head a few hours south to the historic southern city of Richmond. If you're looking for a cheap weekend vacation, Richmond offers a variety of attractions that won't cost a dime , including museums, galleries, and outdoor fun. Tour the city's 400 years of history , then sip your way through the local wineries which offer glasses of vino with a view. Weekenders can choose from accommodations in any corner of the city they want, including the boutique Quirk Hotel for an authentic Richmond experience. Don't leave without trying a few of Richmond's 900-plus restaurants, including James Beard Award nominees like Mama J's and Peter Chang .

Nashville to Blue Ridge, Georgia

For a thrifty trip with scores of natural delight, Blue Ridge , about 200 miles south of Nashville, is the perfect scenic sojourn. In warmer months, cool off by whitewater rafting the Ocoee River, tubing down the Toccoa, or heading out in a pontoon boat on Lake Blue Ridge. Or, hike to one of the area's 16 waterfalls. If you're headed there in the fall (one of the best times to go for the autumnal scenery), you can't miss a trip to Mercier Orchards where you can apple pick the day away before sipping cider with a side of apple fritters.

Ride the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway along the Toccoa River for some of the best sights in the country. When you're worn out from sightseeing, the mountain towns of McCaysville and Copperhill offer shopping, dining, and historic sightseeing. Naturally, there are plenty of cabins and lakeside lodges in the area. Whether you're getting away for a fishing trip, family fun, or a romantic rendezvous for two, accommodations include picture-perfect vacation rentals, hotels, treehouses, cabin rentals, and bed-and-breakfasts.

New Orleans to Meadville, Mississippi

Sometimes even New Orleanians need a break from the city. When you're looking for a restful weekend of mountain air and quiet nights, Getaway provides hideouts just a couple of hours up the road from The Big Easy. The NOLA outpost is set back in the Homochitto National Forest near Meadville.

With all of the essentials like cookware, AC/heat, toiletries, and s'mores (plus no WiFi), these cabins are a perfect, cheap way to unplug and refresh on a weekend away. Don't forget to bring your furry friend as the cabins are dog-friendly and provide pup essentials as well. And if you want to venture out from your cozy little cabin, there's plenty to do and see in the area, from hiking to dining to local muscadine wining.

San Diego to Solvang, California

The quaint Danish town of Solvang is only a few hours up the coast from San Diego. Step back in time into the old-world European architecture and really get a feel for Little Denmark with a ride on the wooden, horse-drawn Solvang Trolley . Located in wine country, Solvang has over 120 vineyards to explore and a distinctive dining scene.

This walkable village has plenty of affordable lodging close by. Enjoy Danish-style inns, quaint vacation cottages, or full-service hotels.

Las Vegas to Phoenix

Those looking to escape the City of Sin can head a few desert miles away to Arizona's Valley of the Sun . For a budget-friendly weekend trip, stay in Phoenix , home to can't-miss dining, shopping, culture, and nightlife. Get acquainted with the Sonoran Desert flora at the gorgeous Desert Botanical Garden , or see historic American architect Frank Lloyd Wright's winter home Taliesin West in Scottsdale .

Once you've had your fun in the sun, grab a quirky cocktail at Bitter & Twisted before indulging in Phoenix's superb restaurant scene. Dine in the shadow of Camelback Mountain at local favorites like Barrio Café and Pizzeria Bianco . In terms of where to stay , Phoenix has an abundance of options, with plenty of pools and desert sky views.

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Best weekend getaways in new england.

Known for its historical roots, rugged landscape, savory seafood and rich sports culture, New England is home to a variety of vacation destinations. But with so many picture-perfect towns spread from the coast to the mountains, it's hard to decide where to head for a weekend getaway. That's why U.S. News took into account sights, culture, food and more to determine the best weekend getaways in New England. Cast your vote below to help us decide next year's ranking. Considering a fall trip to New England? Read our top travel tips »

Newport, RI

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Visitors heading to Newport, Rhode Island, will be treated to breathtaking coastal vistas, glamorous seaside homes and top-notch sailing. Soak up some sun at Easton's Beach, or enjoy the sound of crashing waves while strolling the scenic Cliff Walk. If you'd rather treat yourself during your trip, hit up Thames Street, a bustling strip with delicious eateries, small boutiques and historic Colonial structures. Don't forget to save time for a tour (or two) of Newport's elaborate mansions, including The Breakers and Marble House.

best weekend travel getaways

An ideal destination for foodies and culture hounds, Portland, Maine, is filled with award-winning restaurants, museums, breweries, art galleries, boutiques and more. Spend some time wandering the cobblestone streets of the historical Old Port, where boats line the harbor and seafood is aplenty. Or, venture southeast of the city to Cape Elizabeth to snap a picture of the iconic Portland Head Light – one of the most photographed lighthouses in America – and hike or picnic in Fort Williams Park.

best weekend travel getaways

A popular summertime island retreat for New Englanders and politicians alike, Martha's Vineyard appeals to all types of travelers. Fly or take the ferry from the mainland to explore the Massachusetts island's six towns and numerous beaches. Don't miss the colorful gingerbread cottages in Oak Bluffs, the fresh seafood in the village of Menemsha or the boutiques in Vineyard Haven. While the island's eastern side is walkable, it's best to take a bus or car to the dramatic Aquinnah Cliffs on the more rugged western side.

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Many pass through Bar Harbor on their way to Acadia National Park , but this charming seaside town is definitely worth a stop. Located on Maine's Mount Desert Island, Bar Harbor is bursting with locally owned boutiques, fresh seafood restaurants and gorgeous coastal views. Walk the scenic Shore Path for views of Frenchman Bay and multimillion-dollar mansions, or take a ride on a lobster boat to learn about the craft firsthand. While the town is popular in summer, its smaller crowds and vibrant foliage in autumn make it equally appealing during the shoulder season.

best weekend travel getaways

For a quintessential New England getaway, head to this Massachusetts peninsula known for its laid-back vibe. Vacationers can bask in the sun somewhere along Cape Cod National Seashore's 40 miles of sand before digging into a plate of fried clams or retreating to a quaint bed-and-breakfast . When planning your visit, keep in mind that each Cape Cod town is a little different. You'll find upscale shops in Chatham, historical landmarks in Sandwich, sky-high sand dunes in Wellfleet and a thriving LGBTQ community in Provincetown. Cape Cod's ample restaurants, boutiques, art galleries and ocean views are enough to keep you busy for days.

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In the mood for an adventure? This more than 47,000-acre national park in Maine, one of the state's top attractions , is perfect for hiking, biking and rock climbing, among other outdoor activities. Your top priority should be to hike 1,530-foot-tall Cadillac Mountain – it's the first spot in the country to catch a sunrise from October to March. If you're not a fan of hiking, rent a car and make the drive along the 27-mile Park Loop Road. You'll pass the dramatic edge of Otter Cliffs and the cave at Thunder Hole, as well as other wonders visible from the road's pull-off observation areas.

best weekend travel getaways

The largest city in New England is fairly compact and walkable – perfect for sightseeing in just a few days. History buffs can follow the Freedom Trail to learn about the American Revolution before stopping for a beer at the historic Bell in Hand Tavern. Foodies can get a taste of Italy in the North End or indulge in some fresh oysters and clam chowder in the Seaport District. Meanwhile, fashionistas can browse the many shops on Newbury Street, and souvenir hunters can visit Faneuil Hall Marketplace. No matter your interests, your trip to Boston would not be complete without visiting Fenway Park.

best weekend travel getaways

Despite its small size, Nantucket has no shortage of activities. Board a ferry from Cape Cod or fly into the island's airport to enjoy a unique Massachusetts vacation. Visit Cisco Brewers for private brewery, vineyard and distillery tours, or simply enjoy the food trucks and live music. While Nantucket is a walkable island, many visitors enjoy renting bikes or mopeds to explore the area, especially tiny Siasconset Village. You'll want to also save time for watching the sunset at Madaket Beach on the island's west coast.

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It doesn't get more relaxing than Kennebunkport, Maine. You can lay on sandy beaches, stroll through quaint boutiques and sample local specialties like lobster rolls, oysters and blueberry pies. There are also plenty of unique ways to see the town, including on foot during a food tour, by boat while on a lobster boat tour and by trolley with Intown Trolley. Plus, you can stop along the way to take pictures of Walker's Point – the Bush family compound. Keep your eyes peeled for other famous faces, as Kennebunkport is a popular celebrity vacation destination.

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Although Stowe's small-town charm and dramatic vistas make it a beautiful destination year-round, snow lovers won't want to miss this Vermont retreat in all its winter glory. Stowe is dubbed the "Ski Capital of the East," but this New England hideaway is also ideal for snowboarding, snowshoeing and dog sledding. If you'd rather visit during the warmer months, consider hiking the Stowe Recreation Path or driving the Auto Toll Road to the top of Mount Mansfield for unbeatable views of the Adirondack Mountains. Whichever season you prefer, fans of "The Sound of Music" can't miss a visit to Stowe's Trapp Family Lodge.

best weekend travel getaways

If historic walking tours, charming bistros and tax-free shopping describe your ideal New England weekend, book your ticket to Portsmouth, New Hampshire, today. Take a narrated boat tour of the Isles of Shoals, or spend the day exploring Market Square, the gem of downtown Portsmouth. For a breath of fresh air, sink your toes in the sand at nearby Wallis Sands State Beach or stroll through the gardens at Prescott Park. Time your visit for summer to attend the Prescott Park Arts Festival, which transforms this beautiful green space into a vibrant outdoor performance venue.

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Whether you're looking for a quiet mountain hideaway or an activity-filled weekend, potential abounds in the White Mountains. Designated as a protected national forest, the White Mountains cover parts of New Hampshire and Maine. Take the scenic route along the Kancamagus Highway, and consider stopping at a campground along the way. If you're visiting in summer, hike, drive or take the Mount Washington Cog Railway to the summit of its namesake for spectacular views. In winter, shred powder on some of the best ski slopes in New England before curling up with a cup of hot cocoa at a bed-and-breakfast.

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Walk any direction on Block Island and you'll end up at a free public beach. This oasis off the southern coast of Rhode Island features 17 miles of shoreline, as well as old-fashioned cottages and two historical lighthouses. Take in sweeping ocean views from Mohegan Bluffs, or look for animals at Block Island National Wildlife Refuge. If you want an adrenaline rush, try snorkeling in the island's crystal-clear waters, biking around its picturesque perimeter or hiking its Clayhead Trail. A quick ferry ride from the mainland will take you to Block Island, making it an easy weekend retreat.

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The rolling mountains of the Berkshires attract everyone from artists to nature lovers to city dwellers looking for an escape. This region of western Massachusetts has long been a culture and history hub. Charming towns like Great Barrington and North Adams draw visitors with their quaint main streets and historic homes. The town of Lenox is home to the famous Tanglewood concert venue, while the town of Pittsfield boasts many theaters and art galleries. You'll find a variety of festivals to attend in summer, vivid foliage in fall and plenty of skiing in winter.

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Situated in western Maine's Carrabassett Valley, Sugarloaf Mountain has a lot to offer travelers looking for an exciting weekend getaway in New England. In winter, enjoy a range of cold-weather activities – including cross-country skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, ice skating, tubing and more – at the mountain's namesake ski resort. In summer, take advantage of the warmer temperatures by mountain biking, zip lining or hiking sections of the famous Appalachian Trail.

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About 20 miles northeast of Boston, this Massachusetts town is best known for the witch trials of the late 17th century, which you can learn all about on a historical walking tour. For an even bigger dose of local culture, visit in October when the town hosts Halloween-themed events all month long. You'd also be remiss to skip top sights like the Peabody Essex Museum and The House of the Seven Gables, the setting of Nathaniel Hawthorne's 1851 novel of the same name.

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11 Best Weekend Getaways In Virginia For Every Type Of Traveler

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Virginia’s history, variety, and beauty know no bounds. From charming towns a drive away from the nation’s capital and idyllic horse farms to an impressive wine industry, Virginia is full of weekend getaways just waiting to be explored. Spend the weekend exploring the homes of founding fathers or tune in for folk and bluegrass music. Head to Shenandoah National Park, travel south to the Blue Ridge Mountains , or just settle in with a nice glass of wine. No matter where the state takes you, we guarantee these Virginia destinations worthy of a weekend drive.

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Northern Virginia is known for its horse farms and vineyards, and there is perhaps no place more charming to experience them both than in Middleburg. Explore the town's main street and pop into shops like Crème de la Crème , where you can find hand-selected French and Italian home goods for the home, and Highcliffe Clothier , which sells custom and tailored clothing that works equally as well in Virginia or the English countryside. Grab artisan pizza and chocolate chip and Virginia peanut cookies at Knead Wine before exploring the National Sporting Library & Museum 's collection of equine paintings and sculptures. Sample the area’s viticulture at wineries like Boxwood and Greenhill or stop for a taste of the local cider at Mt. Defiance . Middleburg’s hotels are reasons enough to visit and gems like the Salamander , Goodstone , and the Red Fox Inn , a favorite of Jackie Kennedy Onassis, will make you want to extend your stay.

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Richmond is many things at once: a modern state capital, a college town, and a history-rich city. The best part of Richmond is that it embraces its multifaceted persona and provides a kaleidoscope of choose-your-own adventures for visitors. Start at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts before continuing your museum adventure at The Poe Museum , which offers a fascinating look into the life and death of Edgar Allan Poe. After a tour of the city’s rich collection of museums, head outside to Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden , a fifty-acre garden with a butterfly-filled conservatory, children’s garden, and Victorian restoration garden. Richmond’s hip art-filled hotel, the Quirk , is a welcome place to lay your head after a day of exploring.


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While many people arrive in Sperryville on their way in or out of Shenandoah National Park and the Skyline Drive, the tiny, blink-and-you-miss-it town, packs a punch for those who choose to stay. Sperryville is a jumping-off point for several fantastic hikes, from the  Hazel River Trailhead  which offers a challenging 12.7 out-and-back trail, and the 7.5-mile  Little Devil Stairs Loop  rewards climbers with several waterfalls and sweeping vistas. Right off Sperryville’s main street, Sperryville Pike, the Rappahannock Walking Trail offers a stroll rather than a sweat.

After your hike, relax at  Pen Druid Fermentation , which makes native beers and natural ciders, or  Copper Fox Distillery , which concocts bourbons, brandies, and ryes. Stop in Sperryville’s compact  Corner Store  for local produce, fresh bread, pies, and quiches, and an expertly curated selection of wines from Virginia and beyond. Further up the road, you’ll find galleries, potters, and a great place to refuel with a cup of coffee, Before & After . Don’t leave without trying the pizza at Rappahannock Pizza Kitchen , a cocktail at Bar Francis , or an intimate, candlelit dinner at the renowned twenty-seat restaurant, The Blacksmiths . The historic inn—and ale house— Hopkin’s Ordinary makes for a fantastic place to stay the night.

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Half Virginia, half Tennessee, Bristol is known as the town quite literally cut in two by the state line. Country music has been putting this corner of the South on the map since the early 20th century when Ralph Peer, a talent scout and music producer, traveled to Bristol from New York City to record the songs coming out of the area’s hills and hollers. The most famous of those 1920s recordings were those of A.P. Carter and his family— the Carter Family —of which the legend, and reality, still loom large around Bristol today.

Start at the Smithsonian-affiliated Birthplace of Country Museum to immerse yourself in music history. Stroll Bristol’s State Street, divided by the Virginia-Tennessee state line, and explore a vibrant tableau of storefronts, lunch counters, and restaurants. Stop at gems like Willow Creek Antiques and Cheap Thrills Records , and grab a bite at mid-century styled Burger Bar , the bright and modern Bloom , or  Blackbird Baker for dessert. Return to music in the evening at local venues like  The Paramount , The Cameo Theater , or Sidetracks . Make the thirty-five-minute drive to the Carter Family Fold  in Hiltons, Virginia. Part museum, part concert venue, part dancehall, it doesn’t get more country, local, or authentic. Members of the Carter family introduce the evening, rock their grandbabies to sleep on the stage, and lead the charge on getting the audience to join in the dancing. Base yourself at the in-town Bristol Hotel or at the luxurious country inn, Nicewonder Farm and Vineyards .


Charlottesville is known as the home of the University of Virginia, which has one of the most beautiful campuses in the country, but the town also stands on its own thanks to its charming downtown and surrounding countryside. Start your weekend on campus exploring the interior of the rotunda and walking the grounds. Make sure to look in the dorm that once housed a young Edgar Allen Poe and visit the university’s cemetery which dates back to 1828. From the campus make your way to Monticello , Thomas Jefferson’s sprawling estate, to learn about the renaissance man and his complicated legacy.

When you’ve had your fill of history, shift to filling your glass and sample the local terroir at vineyards like Pippin Hill and King Family , which are noteworthy both for their grapes and the views. For a casual lunch, stop in at student-favorite Bodo's Bagels or head to Dairy Market , the sprawling new food hall in town with local options galore. Opt for dinner at 1799 , the restaurant at The Clifton , once the home of Jefferson’s daughter and now one of the area’s best places to stay. If you’re looking to stay closer to the university, it doesn’t get better than Oakhurst Inn , a boutique hotel located directly on the UVA campus.

Meadows of Dan

In the heart of the Blue Ridge, Meadows of Dan stuns with natural beauty at all times of the year. Most know of this countryside just half an hour north of the North Carolina state line thanks to Primland , a mountaintop report that stretches across 12,00 acres of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Arriving at Primland feels like arriving at a private grand estate that has been around for generations, even though it was only built in 2009. Explore the wilderness on the many hiking trails and ATV paths or during an afternoon of clay shooting. The highlight of a journey to either the resort or the area is Primland’s observatory. The state-of-the-art facility allows for inspiring views of the night sky and lessons from a resident astronomer. While soaking in the Blue Ridge views and grounds make it hard to leave Primland, outside the resort’s gates you’ll the town of Meadows of Dan with its can't-miss sweet shop, Nancy’s Candy Co ., and local market and lunch counter, Poor Farmer’s Country Store .

Virginia Tourism Corporation

Escape to Orange, Virginia, for award-winning wineries, abundant history, and a rich food scene. Make your home base the Inn at Willow Grove , a tried-and-true historic inn with gorgeous views of the Blue Ridge. The hotel was one of the leaders in establishing the county’s Edna Lewis Menu Trail, which honors one of the greats of Southern cooking, Edna Lewis. Lewis, who was one of the first African-American women to write a cookbook that didn’t conceal her race or gender, is celebrated throughout the area. Sample your way through her cuisine at restaurants including the BBQ Exchange ,  Spoon & Spindle , and  Champion Ice House .

When you’ve eaten your weight in barbeque, spend a few hours at James Madison’s Montpelier . As the home of one of the founding fathers of both the United States and Virginia, Madison’s home offers a view into his life, legacy, and role in shaping the country. Montpelier’s powerful exhibit, Mere Distinction of Colour, shines a light on the story of the enslaved workers at Montpelier. Stop by the new Orange County African American Historical Society Interpretive Parklet before making time to sample the award-winning wines at Barboursville Vineyards and Horton Vineyards . Shop the best of the area’s vintage clothing and quilts at Folkling in the charming town of Gordonsville, and garden at home goods at the beautiful and expansive The Market at Grelen .

Just across the Potomac from the nation’s capital, Alexandria feels distinctly unique from Washington, D.C. As one of the oldest cities in America, the town is brimming with 18th-century history and charm. Soak it in historic house museums like the Lee-Fendall House and Carlyle House . No visit to the town is complete without a thorough stroll on King Street, the pedestrian thoroughfare that leads down to the water. Stop in at the Torpedo Factory Art Center , a former torpedo factory turned into a lively space for working artists’ studios and shops, and Old Town Books , a petite but well-stocked bookstore housed in a former bank (complete with an existing bank vault).

If you’re lucky enough to have good weather during your visit, head out on the river for a sunset tour aboard the tall ship Providence . Grab lunch at local favorite, Virtue Feed and Grain , and dinner at the newly opened Josephine which brings the romance of a French bistro to a former firehouse in Alexandria’s Old Town. End the night upstairs, at Bar Jo, with a nightcap. Make time to venture out to George Washington’s Mount Vernon . Just twenty minutes away, a visit to the former home of America’s first president is something to add to your bucket list. For the weekend, base yourself at the centrally located historic Morrison House Hotel , or the newly opened, design-focused Hotel AKA Alexandria .

Bath County

Courtesy of The Omni Homestead Resort

West of the Shenandoah Valley and deep in the Allegheny Mountains, Bath County has been a four-season destination for generations thanks to its natural mineral springs, rural vistas, historic retreats, and fly fishing. Back in the 18th century—1761 to be exact—an octagonal bathhouse was erected for locals and visitors to bathe in the mineral springs, making it America’s very first spa structure.

Since then, different iterations of the bathhouses have been built, and today you can enjoy the waters from the comfort of the historic Omni Homestead Resort . The hotel has been in operation for over 250 years and has welcomed an impressive 23 American presidents. Through the years (and a recent $140 million renovation) it has remained one of the country’s most beloved resorts. It’s far from the only place to stay, however. The Fort Lewis Lodge mixes luxury and rustic on its 3,300-acre property. Base yourself here for a weekend of quiet swimming, stargazing, and country walks. Whether you’re a seasoned fisher or eager to take your first lesson, it would be a shame to come here without indulging in the county’s pastime. For some guidance, local experts like Matt Miles or Wesley Hodges will show you the ropes. Don’t leave without stopping by Troddenvale Cidery , a historic site listed on the National Register of Historic Places that is renowned for its cider made with homegrown apples. 

Front Royal & Shenandoah National Park

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Front Royal is known to many as one of the main routes into Shenandoah National Park, but it's a destination in its own right too. The town is full of mid-century nostalgia. Its main street and roadside motels and attractions harken back to the tourism boom of the late 1930s when Skyline Drive was first extended into town. One of the newest spots, The Catamount Lounge , is embracing that throwback feeling. The cocktail lounge is an intimate space with retro décor and classic, American cocktails and light bites. It’s a good place to spend an evening after spending the day hiking Shenandoah, cruising Skyline Drive , or visiting nearby Luray Caverns . Skyland and Big Meadows Lodge , the comfortably rustic lodges within Shenandoah National Parks can’t be beat for overnight stays in the area.

Rocky Mount

Less than an hour south of Roanoke, Rocky Mount never disappoints for a weekend trip. The small town offers it all: a walkable downtown, great restaurants and breweries, and a lively music scene. That’s a lot, especially considering the year-round population hovers only around 5,000. Rocky Mount might be best known as the gateway to the state’s heritage music trail, otherwise known as The Crooked Road . The Crooked Road guides you through the area’s rich heritage of bluegrass music with panels of information along the route that provide instructions on how to listen to audio recordings about each stop’s musical heritage.

Rocky Mount is also known for its local music scene. Grab a ticket to a show at the Harvester Performance Arts Center or opt for something more casual at bars that double as music venues, like The Alley Cat . Rocky Mount’s home county, Franklin, is known as the Moonshine Capital of the World, so no visit is complete without sampling the local libations. Twin Creeks Distillery is a great place to wet your whistle. While Rocky Mount has some big hotel options, opt for a stay at one of the area’s historic inns like The Clairborne Bed and Breakfast or the Early Inn at the Grove .

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30+ Best Weekend Trips for Singles and Solo Getaways

Posted: January 2, 2023 | Last updated: November 6, 2023

Solo travel is a great way to experience a destination with plenty of opportunities to connect with the locals and the culture. There are lots of amazing locations for the best weekend trips for singles.

Solo travelers often say it may be scary visiting another country alone for the first time, but it creates enriching memories that will last a lifetime.

If you know a solo traveler or are looking to travel alone, you may know that they’re specific destinations that are perfect for solo travelers.

While it is easy to book some singles resorts at a Club Med location, at a Temptation Cancun resort, or on cruise ships, planning your own vacation in a new city is so much more fun!

From national parks to beautiful beaches, here’s the scoop on the best weekend trips for singles or solo travelers!

Solo Travel Trip Guide

1. santa barbara, california.

This coastal city in the beautiful state of California shares similarities with many desert communities nearby while also dipping into a rich background of Native American history.

While the best months to visit Santa Barbara start in May and run through October, there is no shortage of sunny days. This is the perfect destination for a singles vacation or even just a day trip.

One of the best things about Santa Barbara is that it brings the small town feel to a popular area. It is a great option for solo travellers who want the perfect place to relax and unwind.

Traveling alone to a busy city like Los Angeles can be overwhelming, but Santa Barbara offers a laid-back atmosphere with a lineup of attractions just waiting for you to explore. Make sure to visit the Stearns Wharf, Leadbetter Beach, and the museums of art and national history.

While you are there, you can even take a day trip to San Francisco and explore more of California!

2. San Diego, California

A classic SoCal weekend getaway, San Diego is one of the most beautiful areas to travel to in California.

Home to the famous San Diego Zoo and Balboa Park, this coastal city is the birthplace of California and provides a number of attractions and activities for solo travelers .

Take advantage of the hop-on hop-off bus tour for exploring the city or go kayaking in La Jolla. The best way to explore this great town is by taking a trolley or walking tour.

Similar to Rehoboth Beach, you will get to experience lots of new adventures and get a great view of the ocean beach.

3. New Orleans, Louisiana

Immerse yourself in the live music and European-style architecture of this famous city along the Mississippi River. You can’t visit New Orleans without taking a stroll through the French Quarter with over 300 years of history.

While you should visit Jackson Square and The National WWII Museum, some of the best solo activities include the Whitney Plantation, Magazine Street, Bayou St. John, and a food tour.

This is the ideal destination for single guys who love great food. With just a short walk or ride on public transportation you will find delicious gumbo, beignets, and more!

4. Maui, Hawaii

Calling all fellow travelers, you are going to love Maui! It is a great choice for the best vacations for single people. Enjoy the weather of summer months all year long.

With fewer crowds than in Honolulu, Maui serves as one of the best destinations for singles and solo travelers due to the island’s endless activities for nature lovers. Explore the stunning coastlines, waterfalls, and beaches.

One of the most notable places to visit on the island is the Haleakala National Park, home to the largest dormant volcano in the world. If you’re visiting the island alone, take a snorkeling tour and a bike tour.

5. Asheville, North Carolina

Asheville is a fairly small city tucked in between the Blue Ridge Mountains. This city is also one of the most diverse locations in North Carolina with an eclectic mix of restaurants, shops, and art galleries.

Asheville is another one of the best singles destinations. In recent years, more tourists have discovered this amazing town as one of the best weekend getaways.

Asheville is the perfect weekend getaway for a solo traveler as the vibrant nightlife creates opportunities to meet new people. After exploring the city, hike on the Blue Ridge Parkway and experience the Biltmore Estate and Gardens.

6. Polanco, Mexico City

Even though Polanco is the most expensive area in Mexico, the area is rich in Spanish history and architecture with attractions within walking distance. Known for fine dining and luxury shopping, Polanco is surprisingly a safe city only 40 minutes from the airport.

If you enjoy world-famous restaurants, shopping, and museums, Polanco is a great place to stay for your solo travels in Mexico City.

7. Chicago, Illinois

Experience the Chicago skyline with beautifully constructed skyscrapers. Home to the first-ever Ferris wheel, Chicago is a popular destination for all kinds of travelers.

While the restaurants offer an abundance of flavors, this city provides so much more with inspiring museums and picturesque parks.

This city is also home to friendly people, which is great for solo travelers looking to experience Chicago and its culture.

No matter what time of year you visit, you are going to have a good time. If you need help with travel plans you can even find a tour operator to help guide your journey.

Chicago is a great place to meet people and it is one of the best cities to visit for singles.

8. Las Vegas, Nevada

Las Vegas is the central hub for live entertainment and a place where single travelers can go beyond their comfort zone. It can be overwhelming to visit Sin City if it’s your first trip as a solo traveler as there are a number of adult-only attractions with diverse people.

While you might have to spend more money than some of these locations on the list, Las Vegas is a city and club getaway worth visiting if only for the weekend.

9. Nantucket, Massachusetts

An island 30 miles from Cape Cod, Nantucket is one of the most expensive places for travelers in New England. The small, coastal town served as a hub for voyages and deep-sea fishing. It also was a great whaling port.

When visiting this beautiful location, take time to visit Children’s Beach, Jethro Coffin House, Whaling Museum, and Great Point Lighthouse.

One notable aspect of solo traveling to Nantucket is you will have to search for accommodations for only one person as most of them don’t have single rooms and are for a minimum of two people.

10. Austin, Texas

The lone state’s fourth largest city, Austin is a place that tourists visit all year round due to its mild climate for enjoying outdoor activities.

With plenty of museums, wildlife, and parks, Austin is a haven for not only travelers looking to explore city life but also beautiful natural landscapes.

The best solo activities while visiting Austin are to tour the Texas State Capitol, swim in Barton Springs Pool, and experience Texas cuisine through the Secret Food Tour.

11. Amelia Island, Florida

The southernmost of the Sea Islands, Amelia Island is filled with lush nature and rich history. This small island is a hidden gem in Florida with plenty of chances to explore museums and parks while also soaking in the sunshine on their beautiful beaches.

The top things to do on Amelia Island while on your beach vacation are to explore marshes, shop the Historic Downtown Fernandina Beach, swim at American Beach, and visit the Amelia Island Lighthouse.

An actual vacation is so much better than a singles cruise, and you will still get to experience your favorite thing, the ocean view. So grab a group of friends for your singles weekends and travel to Amelia Island.

12. Lake Como, Lombardy, Italy

Step foot into the romantic city of Lombardy with stunning views of Lake Como. While it is fun to dive into the rich history and explore the Coliseum in Rome, Lake Como offers even more activities, especially for solo travelers .

For a chance at soaking up the local history and culture, plan to visit Italy in June for The Sagra de San Giovanni festival. Explore Como Town Centre and the local markets for an enriching Italian experience.

You can also jump on a sailing ship and soak up plenty of culture in a short distance.

13. Colorado Springs, Colorado

What used to be a resort town, Colorado Springs served as a gold mining mecca before transforming into a city. Since it is fairly chilly almost all year round, the best time to visit Colorado Spring is in June, so you don’t miss out on the abundance of outdoor activities.

This city in the United States is popular for the Garden of the Gods with a surreal red rock landscape. Colorado Springs also has a zipline and food tour that would make a solo trip here both memorable and fun.

14. Newport, Rhode Island

Home to charming houses and historic sites, Newport is an underrated weekend trip for singles. Known as the “City by the Sea,” Newport was considered the first landing site for the first steamboat on the Pend Oreille River and is one of the warmest places in the state.

Spend the day hiking the Newport Cliff Walk, exploring The Breakers historical site, or slow down and visit the Providence Athenaeum. Single travelers will adore this sweet town.

15. Charleston, South Carolina

One of the best places to plan a weekend trip for singles is in Charleston, South Carolina. Brimming with over 400 churches and buildings with charming architecture, this Holy City is a great place for history buffs and nature lovers.

Charleston is also near several cities including Savannah, Jacksonville, and Asheville for any travelers looking to prolong their getaway.

The largest city in South Carolina is fairly expensive and should be avoided during the peak season for travelers looking to save money. When visiting, soak up the historical sites including the Heyward-Washington House and the Old Slave Mart.

16. Honolulu, Hawaii

The most popular Hawaiian Island, Oahu introduces vibrant nightlife, stunning hiking views, beautiful beaches, and plenty of shops and restaurants.

Enthusiastic travelers looking to experience more of Honolulu, consider choosing one of the many water sports available for tourists and locals.

Head downtown for a variety of shops and historical buildings. Make sure to stop by Pearl Harbor for an even more in-depth history of the area.

17. Sacred Valley, Peru

North of the Inca capital of Cusco, the Sacred Valley is part of the Andes of Peru. For traveling to Peru, keep in mind that the airport you will most likely fly into is in Lima.

One of the most popular things to do for travelers is to visit and learn about the rich history of Machu Picchu, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Even though Cusco provides a gateway to the Sacred Valley, don’t forget to explore the city and visit Humantay Lake.

18. Montauk, New York

Most people don’t know that there is more to New York than New York City. Montauk is a small place on the eastern end of the south shore of Long Island.

While it may be missing the skyscrapers, busy streets, and vibrant nightlife, Montauk is a laid-back destination filled with history and views of the Atlantic Ocean. This area in New York is home to the oldest lighthouse and is a prime getaway for New Yorkers.

19. Lynchburg, Virginia

For solo travelers looking to dip their toes into the state of Virginia, Lynchburg is one of the best places to explore with Appomattox Courthouse, Crabtree Falls, and Amazement Square.

This southern city is dripping with history and water activities that will make a solo traveler’s weekend memorable. Lynchburg is also close to Richmond, Charlottesville, and Chesapeake.

20. Nelson, British Columbia

Known as “The Queen City,” Nelson is an underrated location in British Columbia, Canada due to its flawless blend of small-town charm and cosmopolitan city amenities.

Located in the Selkirk Mountains, Nelson reminds visitors of their silver rush with the restored buildings. Spend a day at the Whitewater Ski Resort or learn history at the Touchstones Nelson Museum of Art and History.

21. St. George, Utah

One of the few places that can be visited every month of the year, St. George is a place with desert landscapes, mild winters, and sunny days.

The red-layered rock surrounding the city is not its only charm; in fact, St. George offers plenty of historical sites drawing back to the Native American tribes.

When planning your solo adventure, make sure to make a travel itinerary including Pioneer Park, Snow Canyon State Park, and Red Hills Desert Garden.

22. Cariblue Beach, St. Lucia

Cariblue Beach is a serene getaway with lush mountain landscapes and white powder sand. The location is great for couples and singles with a variety of water sports, lounge areas, and spas. It is best to purchase an all-inclusive package to experience all of the amenities of the resorts.

If you’re looking for a good hotel that offers travelers a fulfilling experience, book the BodyHoliday Saint Lucia.

23. Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands

The largest of the three islands of the Cayman Islands, Grand Cayman is a Caribbean paradise filled with captivating cultural and natural attractions. Besides the clear blue water, Grand Cayman is home to the Pedro St. James historical site, one of the best views of the island.

When taking your solo trip to Grand Cayman, visit Queen Elizabeth II Botanical Park and explore the Cayman Crystal Caves.

24. Reykjavik, Iceland

Known for its art and culture, Reykjavik is one of the most popular cities in Iceland. The charming city is a great place to explore, especially for solo travelers with nearby attractions and bustling city life.

Although Reykjavik is smaller than other big cities, it has plenty of accommodation options and offers airport access within a short driving distance.

In Reykjavik, you can find no shortage of museums and historical landmarks with beautiful mountain views. This solo getaway can be super expensive, so plan your itinerary well.

25. New York City

Home to the Empire State Building and Times Square, New York City is a lively destination filled with endless activities and opportunities for every traveler. Encountering the busy streets, people, and giant skyscrapers can be overwhelming at first.

However, it is key to plan out a detailed itinerary and make sure you’re aware of the ways to stay safe as a solo traveler , especially if you’re a woman.

New York City is a destination that can’t be fully explored within a weekend, but it is a place that will instantly take you out of your comfort zone.

26. Seville, Spain

One of the most popular cities in southern Spain, Seville is a go-to destination for travelers, especially Europeans. This city in Andalusia is home to the Plaza de Espana with breathtaking architecture. Seville is also in a prime location for visiting the country’s best UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

What makes this city ideal for solo travelers is the close proximity to attractions, making it fairly easy to walk from one place to the next.

The city is also home to flavorful cuisine and friendly people, so you won’t have trouble finding delicious food and meeting new people.

27. Sedona, Arizona

Located north of Phoenix, Sedona is one of the most beautiful places for a solo weekend trip. In this city, visitors will find red-layered rocks with cacti and plenty of trails for exploring.

If you’ve never been to a place with a desert landscape, Sedona offers the perfect introduction to a wealth of viewpoints, trails, and, parks.

Sedona also has plenty of opportunities to see local artwork with its museums and galleries. This location is also the ideal place for people who love mountain biking.

28. Ljubljana, Slovenia

One of the most underrated places on this list, Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia is where culture, economics, education, and politics take place.

The town is deep-rooted in history with historical architecture dating back to the 15th century alongside a stunning riverwalk and bridges.

When visiting this charming place, make sure to stop by the Ljubljana Castle, Railway Museum, and Cobblers’ Bridge.

29. Bangkok, Thailand

Dive into some of the best street food in the capital of Thailand. Thailand is already a solo travel-friendly destination due to the nice people and bustling nightlife. Bangkok is all that and more with beautiful temples dotted throughout the city with food and accommodations for very little money.

If you want to experience a taste of Asia without spending too much money, Bangkok is the place to explore. Visit the Grand Palace, Wat Arun, and the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre.

30. Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica

Take the time to indulge in surfing when visiting this popular coastal town in Central America. On the Caribbean Sea, Puerto Viejo is a tropical paradise rich in wildlife, white-sand beaches, and lush tropical rainforest.

Travelers will the day snorkeling or surfing before exploring a waterfall or an art gallery.

While all destinations come with safety precautions, Costa Rica is considered one of the top female solo destinations with its endless beauty and fairly affordable accommodations and food.

31. Seattle, Washington

Home to the Space Needle, Seattle is a popular destination for travelers looking for a weekend getaway. In Seattle, you will find the famous Pike Place Market, the Museum of Pop Culture, and the Olympic Sculpture Park.

For solo travelers, it is recommended to ride the Ferry as a way to save money to cruise on the Puget Sound. Take a long walk and soak in the murals or meet new people in a club with live music.

Weekend Trips for Singles

These are only a few places on the map that will make great weekend trips for singles and solo travelers. While most of these towns, islands, and cities are expensive, there are ways to save money in your travel plan while also making the most of your road trips and international trips.

The solo travel industry has been around forever but has only recently taken off due to people sharing their experiences through different forms of media. No matter if you are in the mood for horseback riding, white water rafting, and seeing historic architecture there is so much to do!

While people can’t attest to your experience alone in a certain location, they can offer pointers that will help you stay safe as well as ways to meet new people and live like a local. So, grab your backpack or suitcase and go!

That’s the scoop on the best weekend trips for singles!

For the scoop on more travel locations, visit these:

  • 30 Best Weekend Road Trips from Nashville
  • 25+ Best Tulum Beach Resorts in Mexico
  • 25 Pet-Friendly Cabin Rentals in Smoky Mountain TN

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From national parks to beautiful beaches, here's the scoop on the best weekend trips for singles or solo travelers!

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Travelers faced new frustrations, whether it was higher prices, longer wait times or more crowds. Destinations eager to welcome back waves of visitors were confronted with obstacles like unprepared infrastructure, the impact of inflation on local populations and unforeseen environmental calamities. Hotels and airlines continued to struggle with staffing shortages, operational challenges and supply chain issues.

And yet, despite those hurdles, the desire to travel has never shone brighter. Intrepid adventurers journeyed to new (to them) corners of the globe in search of unique experiences. Folks who had perhaps put off a trip or two found reasons to take them. And all of us discovered the joy of reconnecting with loved ones near and far.

As we look ahead to next year, we are excited to share our list of the best places to go in 2024, drawing from our own editorial team's expertise and also that of our outstanding group of contributors from around the world.

We thought long and hard about things like new airline routes , fabulous hotel openings and events set to take the world stage by storm. But at The Points Guy, we also think why we travel is as important as where we travel.

Maybe you want to use your hard-earned points for an over-the-top flight in Singapore Airlines' Suites or just to get the family together at Grandma's house for an overdue visit. Perhaps you want a carefree all-inclusive beach vacation , or to get firsthand insights into a destination at the forefront of sustainability .

From the thrill of Olympic competition in France to the otherworldly landscapes of Bolivia, the wildlife-rich Bissagos Islands of Guinea-Bissau and the exciting design developments taking place in both San Diego and Tijuana, Mexico — whatever your travel goals or preferences, we've got an incredible roster of places just waiting to be explored next year.

Get ready for a few surprises, a dash of inspiration and a healthy helping of wanderlust as we share our most exciting places to travel to in 2024.

— Eric Rosen

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Best for experiencing once-in-a-lifetime events on the world stage

Whether it's high fashion or haute cuisine, France is known for creating creme-de-la-creme experiences. But the sheer number of special events and exciting new developments expected to take place there in 2024 will have even the French exclaiming, "Sacré bleu!"

The marquee happening, of course, will be the 2024 Summer Olympics from July 26-Aug. 11. The opening ceremony will take place along the Seine in the heart of Paris , but showstopping venues will include the magnificent grounds of Versailles for the equestrian events, various stadiums throughout the country, and even French Polynesia for the surfing competition. The stage is set for a truly spectacular set of games.

The Olympics have even displaced the Tour de France from its normal final stage along the Champs-Elysees in Paris. The alternate is, thankfully, a sun-splashed finish line along the Cote d'Azur in Nice . That's within easy driving distance of the relatively new Carlton Cannes , a luxurious reimagining of one of France's most iconic hotels courtesy of IHG. Hilton is also planning a vast French expansion with various branded properties in cities including Cannes, Dijon, Bordeaux and Marseille.

On a more somber note, June 6 will mark the 80th anniversary of the D-Day landings in Normandy, and the region is planning over 100 special events to commemorate this historic event, including a June 1 sound-and-light show using 2,500 drones over the five landing beaches. From March 22-Sept. 22, the region will also host the Normandy Impressionist Festival, celebrating the 150th anniversary of the first Impressionist exhibition. Events will include a major show of James Abbott McNeill Whistler at Rouen's Fine Arts Museum, while the Musee d'Orsay in Paris will host the "Paris 1874: The Impressionist Moment" showcase of 130 masterpieces of painting, sculpture, photographs and more.

In the east, Strasbourg will be UNESCO's 2024 World Book Capital, with events organized around various themes like poetry, refuge, debate and more. The Alsatian capital is also home to one of Europe's most charming Christmas markets in the month leading up to the holiday , which is well worth a visit.

Wine lovers should head to Bordeaux for its famous Fete le Vin from June 27-30 to enjoy the region's famous vintages and gourmet delicacies, along with live music and other performances. They can even put their Accor points to use with a stay at a new Philippe Starck-designed, 97-room Mondrian constructed around a historic 19th-century building right in the city center, complete with an expansive open-air terrace. Now that's something worth toasting to.

TPG tip: Hotel reservations around the Olympics can be notoriously hard to confirm and Paris is cracking down on short-term rentals, so if you plan to attend the Games, prepare to pay high prices for an official package ... or take your chances trying to book something at the last minute.

San Diego, California & Tijuana, Mexico

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Best for art and design lovers who appreciate cross-cultural collaborations

In a first, two neighboring cities in two different countries have been designated the World Design Capital for 2024: San Diego, California, and Tijuana, Mexico. The World Design Organization accolade recognizes cities that effectively utilize design to enhance their residents' economic, social, cultural and environmental quality of life. San Diego and Tijuana will celebrate the designation through unique experiences, from events and festivals to exhibitions and summits.

Community events scheduled throughout 2024 include Tijuana's World Design Street Festival (April 28), where travelers can attend concerts, public design workshops, exhibitions and design studio open houses. The Mingei International Museum in San Diego and the Centro Cultural Tijuana will simultaneously host an exhibition called "Frontera," focused on jewelry design. In September, both cities will host an interactive World Design Experience.

Aside from its WDO duties, San Diego has a lot going on. One of the West Coast's largest adaptive reuse projects, the 10-acre, sustainably designed Horton Campus , set for completion at the end of 2023, has transformed a former downtown shopping mall into a chic development with white-and-glass structures, parks, shops and lab space, each with either a green roof or solar panels.

San Diego's white-hot culinary scene continues to heat up, with Valle winning Oceanside's first Michelin star earlier this year. Restaurant openings to look forward to in 2024 include all-day cafe Wildflour from award-winning chef Phillip Esteban, the farm-and-vine-to-table Cellar Hand , and chef Brian Malarkey's highly anticipated French-inspired steakhouse, Le Coq, in the tony coastal enclave of La Jolla.

San Diego's hotel roster is also growing. The new owners of the historic Lafayette Hotel in North Park, which had fallen into disrepair, unveiled a stylish $31 million renovation this summer, and the bucolic Inn at Rancho Santa Fe will celebrate its 100th anniversary following the completion of multimillion-dollar renovations in 2024. The iconic Hotel del Coronado is in the throes of a wholesale revamp. The Beach Village at The Del will unveil a full makeover at the end of 2023, while its Victorian section will be renovated in 2025. A new 39-room boutique hotel in Coronado called The Bower is also slated to debut in fall 2024.

Tijuana got its own new hotel in 2023: Hotel Brecha , a boutique hotel with art-filled walls and nine sleek rooms. Recent bar and restaurant openings across the city's diverse culinary scene include the speakeasy-style Border Saloon and seafood spots Don Vergas Mariscos Tijuana and Don Timon .

TPG tip: Tijuana, which has been sorely lacking in green space, will have a new eco-park by the end of 2024, Parque Esperanto . The 320-acre plot will involve the reforestation of 15,000 trees and feature amenities like an open-air gym, sports fields, zip lines, children's play areas and a bicycle path.

— Devorah Lev-Tov

Assam, India

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Best for lovers of tea and tigers keen to explore one of India's hidden corners

Home to a fascinating blend of Indigenous tribes, awe-inspiring landscapes, traditional mountain villages and UNESCO-inscribed national parks, the eastern Indian region of Assam has cultural and natural wonders just waiting for travelers to explore — without the crowds you might find in better-known South Asian destinations.

The region's main artery, the mighty 1,800-mile-long Brahmaputra River, runs from the Himalayan highlands of Tibet to Assam's wildlife-rich floodplains, bordered by lush, terraced tea plantations, ornate temples and riverside villages.

Even with just a week or 10 days for your journey, you can learn about tea cultivation in Jorhat (Assam produces over 50% of India's famed tea), marvel at imposing Ahom temples in bustling Sivasagar — the sacred former capital of Assam's Ahom kings — and learn about the socially inclusive religion of neo-Vaishnavism on Majuli, one of the world's largest river islands and a haven for birdlife.

Straddling the border with Bhutan, UNESCO-listed Manas National Park is a biodiversity hot spot known for its sightings of buffaloes and rhinoceroses that graze in forests that surround the Manas River. The highlight of any visit, though, is a Jeep safari to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Kaziranga, which provides sanctuary to endangered one-horned rhinoceroses, Asian elephants, Bengal tigers, panthers, bears, gaurs (Indian bison) and myriad other species.

Next year, several new cruise itineraries will make the region more accessible to travelers keen to get off the beaten path without sacrificing creature comforts. Banyan Tours will operate four-, seven- and 10-night Assam cruises from Kolkata aboard the luxurious ABN Charaidew II and the more intimate 12-cabin ABN Sukhapa . Both ships feature spacious, beautifully appointed cabins, large sun decks, small spas, a library, gourmet cuisine and onboard naturalists. Guests can spend time in between excursions scouring the waters for species such as the endangered Ganges river dolphin and the smooth-coated otter.

TPG tip : For travelers looking for rare tiger and mammal encounters across several Indian regions, in January, andBeyond will offer a 16-day limited-edition Project Tiger Expedition that will celebrate the 50th anniversary of India's renowned tiger conservation initiative. The itinerary begins in Delhi before visiting three of India's most iconic national parks: Kanha, Kaziranga and Ranthambhore.

— Caroline Lascom

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Best for an affordable Mediterranean beach getaway

Turquoise Mediterranean waters lapping beautiful beaches? Check. Picturesque hilltop villages? Check. Forest-covered mountains and mouthwatering food and wine? Check and check. Albania has all the attributes of more popular Southeastern Europe destinations like the Greek islands but without the crowds and the high price tag.

Begin your adventure in Tirana, the capital city, where Brutalist architecture blends with charming, tree-filled neighborhoods. Take a cable car ride up Mount Dajti for panoramic views of the city and stay at the sophisticated Tirana Marriott , though IHG loyalists might want to hold out for the opening of the InterContinental in 2025.

Just an hour southwest from Tirana International Airport (TIA), check in to the newly opened Melia Durres Albania, a luxurious beachfront retreat in a dreamy beach town offering stunning Adriatic Sea views and an opportunity to unwind.

Heading south along the coast, enjoy picturesque beaches while exploring charming towns like Dhermi and Jale, and savor the local cuisine, renowned for its fresh seafood and Mediterranean spices.

Then, immerse yourself in the country's vibrant summer music scene . The weeklong Kala Festival in early June features house, disco, soul and funk music across five intimate stages along the pristine shores of the Ionian Sea.

Back in the hinterlands, you can delight in mouthwatering delicacies at the AgriTourism Huqi farm located a short drive from the capital, like slow-cooked lamb (mish ne pus), and sample a variety of flavorful cow and goat cheeses. Don't forget to try local wines like the tangy white ceruja and full-bodied red kallmet at the family-run Nurellari Winery, less than a half-hour from the 13th-century fort city of Berat.

For an even deeper glimpse of the country's rich heritage and archaeological sites, wander its many ancient settlements, like Butrint, which played host to the Greek, Roman and Byzantine civilizations. Even with all that history, Albania feels exciting and new once again, and you won't have it to yourself for much longer.

TPG tip : Fly into a major European gateway like Frankfurt or Paris and then connect to Tirana via air. From there, book a one-way car rental to the port city of Sarande so that when your time in Albania is over, you can catch a 30-minute ferry to Corfu, Greece, where you have even more history and beaches to explore, and many low-cost flight options to major European airports.

— Matt Moffitt

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Best for epic wildlife and sustainable travel

One of the most biodiverse places on Earth, framed by rugged Pacific and Caribbean coastlines and home to magical cloud forests, picture-perfect volcanoes and extraordinary marine reserves, Costa Rica has long captivated wild-at-heart travelers.

An eco-tourism pioneer in the 1990s, and dubbed the "Switzerland of South America" due to its mountainous green landscapes and political stability in a sometimes volatile region, Costa Rica continues to raise the bar with its commitment to environmental protections; over 25% of its land is national parks and reserves.

For travelers looking to combine sustainable outdoor adventures with sumptuous accommodations, 2024 is when it all comes together. A flurry of exciting new hotels are set to debut, including Nekajui, just the sixth of Marriott's ultraexclusive Ritz-Carlton Reserves . Designed with a light environmental footprint on a pristine swath of the Papagayo Peninsula, the 107-key resort takes inspiration from a traditional stone Costa Rican hacienda surrounded by treehouse-style buildings tucked discreetly into steep hillsides.

Nearby, the luxurious Waldorf Astoria Residences Guanacaste will be the brand's first Costa Rican outpost, embodying the "pura vida" lifestyle with a holistic wellness center and cenote-inspired spa. Elsewhere, the Four Seasons Resort Peninsula Papagayo comes back online following a multimillion-dollar renovation with a new beach club and expanded wellness offerings.

For travelers looking for a low-key retreat with easy airport access, as well as proximity to San Jose's cultural attractions, the new Hyatt Centric in Escazu — another brand first for Costa Rica — will offer World of Hyatt loyalists an ideal bookend to a Costa Rica road trip.

The wildlife-rich Osa Peninsula is more accessible (and especially alluring to points enthusiasts) these days thanks to the recent opening of Botanika, part of Hilton's Curio Collection. The eco-chic property places travelers within striking distance of Corcovado National Park, one of the best places on the planet to view sloths, toucans, giant anteaters, howler monkeys and ocelots.

Visit the region from August through December to witness one of the world's greatest natural attractions: humpback whales migrating to Golfo Dulce, one of just four tropical fjords on the planet. The habitat, critical for the survival of the whale species, was awarded Whale Heritage Site status in 2023, one of only eight such sites worldwide.

TPG tip : U.S. airlines are adding new flights to Costa Rica, including Delta Air Lines, which will boost its service from Atlanta with three additional flights per week to both San Jose and Liberia (for Papagayo) from Jan. 13. Flights on the Liberia route are currently available this winter starting at 26,000 Delta SkyMiles or $421 round-trip.

South Korea

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Best for glimpsing the future while exploring the past

The "Korean Wave" — a tide of global popularity the country's cultural economy has created thanks to K-pop music, K-dramas on television and movies — has swept the world in recent years. In fact, youth tour company Contiki has announced the first K-Wave trip to South Korea to showcase local pop culture.

However, South Korea's entertainment culture is just one of a long list of reasons this Asian sensation should be on your 2024 travel list.

Four distinct seasons provide stunning backdrops year-round, so there's no wrong time to visit. Spring brings the magic of Jinhae's cotton candy-pink cherry blossoms while crimson and cadmium foliage frames the historic temples of Naejangsa and Taeansa during fall.

The past and the future intersect in the capital, Seoul, where heritage sites like the 14th-century Jongmyo Shrine coexist with futuristic architecture, including the Zaha Hadid-designed Dongdaemun Design Plaza and the striking Seoul City Hall, with its seven-story vertical garden and prismatic glass facade.

Set to open in late 2024, the Seoul Robot and Artificial Intelligence Museum will showcase science and technology through interactive exhibits featuring AI and virtual reality. Robots aided in the museum's construction and will participate in its day-to-day operations, including welcoming guests and leading tours.

New spaces and exhibitions await visitors at the Busan Museum of Art, which showcases modern Korean artwork. Renovations begin in 2024 and will add high-tech features like evolving 3D projections.

A luxury clifftop island retreat overlooking the East China Sea, the stunning JW Marriott Jeju Resort & Spa, designed by Bill Bensley, debuted in 2023. And though it will be a while, in 2025, the luxury chain Capella Hotels and Resorts is set to open its first Korean property, Capella Yang Yang, near Songjeong Beach in Yangyang, Gangwon Province, where travelers can explore the region's famous pine forests and enjoy its ultrafresh seafood.

TPG tip: Travelers eager to explore South Korea's assorted allures can take advantage of increased airlift from the U.S. United Airlines has upped its frequencies between Incheon International Airport (ICN) and San Francisco International Airport (SFO) to 12 flights weekly. By the end of 2023, Air Premia will add flights between Seoul and Honolulu, too.

— Kristy Tolley

Eclipse path, United States

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Best for travelers who want to see a rare total solar eclipse in their own backyard

On April 8, some 31.5 million Americans will be able to witness a total solar eclipse from their doorstep when the moon passes between the sun and the earth, completely blocking the sun's face. The heavenly event will cut its way across North America, passing through Texas, the Midwest and some Eastern states. It's a sight you won't want to miss — the next total solar eclipse won't be visible from the contiguous United States for another 20 years.

Parts of San Antonio will experience about two minutes of midday darkness, making it the largest U.S. city along the path of totality. The 15-mile-long San Antonio River Walk is just south of the path, so visitors there will only see a 99% partial eclipse. Nevertheless, many hotels and restaurants are hosting viewing events, including a Solar Brunch at The Moon's Daughters , where guests and locals can see the eclipse unfold from the indoor-outdoor perch on the 20th floor.

An hour northwest of San Antonio, the town of Kerrville, Texas, one of NASA's Primary Eclipse Partners, will have over four minutes of darkness. The Texas Hill Country community's Schreiner University will host a weekendlong festival with celestial yoga, trail walks and observatory tours.

With renowned institutions known for cutting-edge research in space science and technology — and expecting four minutes of totality — Dallas will be one of the best eclipse destinations. At the Perot Museum of Nature and Science , 20 astronomers will answer questions. The city's many hotels, meanwhile, plan to offer stylish viewing, like Virgin Hotels Dallas, which will host a lively rooftop pool party.

This will be Indianapolis' first total solar eclipse in more than 800 years, and the town is going all-out with a citywide party to celebrate its 3 1/2 minutes of totality, including events at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (NASA will broadcast live from the venue) and the Indianapolis Zoo.

In Cleveland, another NASA partner city, a natural phenomenon known as a lake effect (where cool air blows away clouds from the shoreline of Lake Erie) will allow visitors to view the eclipse for nearly four minutes. Downtown, The Ritz-Carlton, Cleveland is offering a solar eclipse package with club-level accommodations for two and celestial-themed cocktails. The Great Lakes Science Center and NASA's Glenn Research Center are hosting Total Eclipse Fest from April 6-8, with science activities for kids and a classical music concert.

Buffalo will experience just under four minutes of totality, with the best vantage points found inside Niagara Falls State Park, while the Sheraton Niagara Falls is offering a two-night package , including eclipse viewing glasses and breakfast.

In Vermont, Stowe Mountain Resort will whisk skiers and snowboarders via gondola to the top of Mount Mansfield, Vermont's highest peak, for high-altitude views during the nearly three minutes of totality the town is set to experience.

TPG tip: Holland America has put together a 22-day Solar Eclipse cruise , where guests will depart from San Diego and experience the eclipse off the coast of Mexico.

— Casey Hatfield-Chiotti

Bissagos Islands, Guinea-Bissau

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Best for intrepid naturalists seeking an under-the-radar destination

Sandwiched between Guinea and Senegal, Guinea-Bissau is one of West Africa's lesser-visited destinations, but that's what has helped keep the 88-island Bissagos archipelago 31 miles off its coast so untouched.

This astonishingly wildlife-rich island chain — often dubbed the Galapagos of Africa — is an idyll of empty white-sand beaches, thick mangroves, teeming lagoons and dense palm and cashew forests. A UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1996, the Bijagos (as they're also known) are home to thriving populations of saltwater hippopotamuses, manatees, dolphins, green sea turtles, flamingos, rays, sharks and around 175 fish and 500-plus bird species.

And you won't be vying for sightings with other safari vehicles or Zodiac boats. These paradisiacal islets are home to just 33,000 or so residents who hew to their traditional matriarchal society, and there are no formal resorts or ecolodges.

The archipelago has also been quite difficult to reach. However, a handful of luxury and small-ship cruises have begun to call at the islands. Ponant Cruises has just opened sales for its first dedicated nine-day "Adventure in the Bissagos Islands" itinerary (April 7-15, 2025) on Le Lyrial, which starts and ends in Dakar, Senegal. During the journey, guests can expect to spy towering baobabs and flocks of migratory birds, playful vervet monkeys and vividly colored lizards, and take part in ancient ceremonies alongside the Bijago people.

On board MS Spitsbergen, Hurtigruten now offers a 14-day "West Africa Archipelago" cruise (paired with Cape Verde), which includes four days of deploying small rigid inflatable boats and sea kayaks to navigate the islands and channels for awe-inspiring wildlife sightings. The line also arranges encounters with the islanders, who have acted as custodians of this wonderfully biodiverse and pristine part of Africa, and who dedicate some 100 days per year to sacred rites and ceremonies such as fanado and difuntu .

Swan Hellenic's Ghana-to-Senegal "Crucibles of West Africa" trip, on the new 152-guest SH Vega, has two days scheduled in this off-the-grid sanctuary, where shore excursions include explorations of Orango National Park's mangrove thickets and savannah as well as trekking through traditional villages on Canhabaque.

As with many of the world's island paradises, the clock is likely ticking down on the Bissagos remaining immaculate and undeveloped, so if you hope to see them as they are, 2024 is the year to go.

TPG tip: Non-cruisers can visit the islands by first flying into the capital, Bissau, from Lisbon with TAP Air Portugal. Alternatively, Delta Air Lines has daily direct flights from New York to Dakar, from which there are daily connections on Air Senegal to Bissau. From Bissau, hire a speedboat for the hourlong journey to Bubaque, where the affordable Saldomar guesthouse and Hotel Kasa Afrikana make great home bases for daytrips to islands like Rubane, Orango and Canhabaque.

— Kathryn Romeyn

Quebec, Canada

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Best for pristine landscapes and rich Indigenous cultures

Quebec has long attracted travelers with its cosmopolitan towns , distinctly French flair and untouched wilderness. Thanks to a bold commitment to supporting Indigenous tourism, in 2024, the Canadian province will also provide new and meaningful ways to experience its natural beauty, its people and its culture.

Travelers can take in the aurora borealis while learning about Inuit traditions in Quebec's Arctic region of Nunavik, scan for beluga and blue whales with an Innu guide in Saguenay-St. Lawrence Marine Park, or forage for mushrooms and berries in the Laurentian mountain range. Across Quebec, there are now abundant opportunities to delve deeper into the ancestral traditions of the area's First Nations, Innuit and Metis people.

The recent addition of Anticosti Island to Canada's cache of UNESCO-protected heritage sites will draw wilderness seekers to its otherworldly canyons, primordial forests and cascading waterfalls. The island's 1,440 known fossil species offer the most "complete and best preserved paleontological record of the first mass extinction of animal life, 447-437 million years ago," according to UNESCO, providing a unique window into our planet's past.

For urbanites, Quebec City's lamplit, cobblestone streets have never been a hard sell for a weekend getaway, but now there are even more reasons to linger. Join one of Cicerone 's locally led walking tours, shop for regional artworks along Rue du Tresor, see Inuit art at the Musee National des Beaux-Arts du Quebec (a new exhibit starts in February) and then dine on inventive boreal cuisine at Indigenous-owned restaurant Sagamite, whose owners have added two boutique hotels to their portfolio and will open a new microbrewery in 2024.

Head just outside the city's 400-year-old walls to Canada's only recognized Huron-Wendat community. Here, the superb First Nations-owned Hotel-Musee Premieres Nations was recently revamped with luxe suites and rooms appointed with Indigenous artworks and textiles with First Nations motifs. The hotel's restaurant, La Traite, helmed by much-lauded chef Marc de Passorio, provides a magical initiation into ancestral flavors with standout dishes like local tomatoes with sage and Quebec buffalo mozzarella and hearty bison medallions with beet puree and thyme juice.

TPG tip : Bookend your trip with a stay in Montreal , where the hotel scene is buzzing. There's the new art deco-inspired Honeyrose Hotel, Montreal, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel, where Marriott points will come in handy, and the iconic Vogue Hotel Montreal Downtown, an elegant retreat on Montreal's Golden Square Mile which has been revamped and is now part of Hilton's Curio Collection.

Queensland, Australia

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Best for travelers Down Under looking for the right mix of urban and wildlife adventures

Best known for one of Earth's natural wonders, the Great Barrier Reef , there's a lot more to this northeastern Australian state (though a visit to the reef is still top of the list while you still can — climate change and other factors are having increasingly adverse effects on much of the aquatic ecosystem).

In the capital, Brisbane , once-gritty environs like Howard Smith Wharves have been revitalized with trendy bars and restaurants. However, one of the biggest redevelopments is still on the horizon. The $2.6 billion Queen's Wharf precinct is nearing completion on 30 acres of prime riverfront land with not one but three hotels planned, plus over 50 dining and drinking venues, a huge footprint for retail and tons of outdoor spaces like a 100-meter-high sky deck with 360-degree views. In October, the city will also host the first annual Melt Open festival celebrating queer art and culture.

Down south in the blingy surfer haven of Gold Coast, travelers will be able to check in to a sleek new twin-towered Mondrian hotel and residences, while north along the Sunshine Coast, the tourism industry is taking the lead in regenerating bush once used for cattle grazing with native subtropical rainforest, which visitors can enjoy by staying at the avant-garde new Kurui Cabin at the base of the Cooroy Mountains.

In an effort to cultivate Indigenous-owned and -operated tourism businesses, the state has already invested 7 million Australian dollars in the Growing Indigenous Tourism in Queensland Fund. What's more, UNESCO World Heritage-listed Fraser Island — the world's largest sand island and a habitat for diverse wildlife where you can also swim with migrating humpback whales — has officially reverted to its traditional Butchulla name, K'gari.

Speaking of islands, luxury travelers can have an entire one to themselves along the Great Barrier Reef thanks to the November opening of Pelorus Private Island in the Great Palm archipelago off the Townsville coast. The nearly 1,000-acre paradise has just a single four-suite residence designed in a traditional, breezy Queenslander style, where guests can customize their entire experience from days out yachting between islands or exploring the island's teeming fringe reefs to enjoying leisurely meals prepared by a private chef.

TPG tip: It's getting even easier to travel from the U.S. directly to Queensland since United increased its frequencies between San Francisco and Brisbane from three times per week to daily in October and will launch three weekly nonstops between Los Angeles and Brisbane in December.

Train travel

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Best for high-velocity thrills or romantics looking to slow things down

Trains revolutionized travel in the 19th century, but 2024 might just be a rail renaissance thanks to new, thrilling high-speed routes, plush overnight sleepers and lavish itineraries on par with the world's best hotels.

Global developments in high-speed rail are coming to a pitch, with various highly anticipated routes finally entering operation. In Florida, the long-awaited Brightline has opened up an efficient new corridor between two major U.S. cities that are favorites with tourists. The service, which tops out at 125 miles per hour, connects Orlando International Airport (MCO) and Miami in just three hours (with 15 daily departures) and also courses between Miami and West Palm Beach via Aventura and Fort Lauderdale.

In Europe from late 2024, the ultraquiet Frecciarossa train will zip from Paris to Barcelona in just seven hours, shaving two hours from current travel times. In time for the Summer Olympics , Spanish rail company Renfe also plans to extend its daily Madrid-Marseille service through to Paris.

If you're craving tropical surroundings, Belmond's Eastern & Oriental Express returns to Southeast Asia in February after a pandemic hiatus. The restyled trains feature eight sleeper cars, two restaurant cars, a piano bar and an open-air observation car. The three-night "Essence of Malaysia" itinerary will operate from November to February from Singapore to Penang, with stops in Kuala Lumpur and the island of Langkawi (via private boat). Operating from March to May and August to October, the "Wild Malaysia" experience steams from Singapore along the eastern side of the Malay Peninsula, with stops to spot wildlife at Taman Negara National Park and Penang before returning to Singapore.

Later in 2024, Orient Express will debut its opulent La Dolce Vita trains with lavish art deco cabins, haute cuisine and world-class bartending. The eight itineraries span one to two nights and include a Sicilian service starting and ending in Palermo via Agrigento and Taormina with a whiz-by of Mount Etna. Other standout itineraries include from Rome to Sicily (via a ferry) and a romantic circular route from Rome to Venice with a stop at Siena.

Finally, Europe continues its relative boom in new sleeper train services . Leading the way is Nightjet, which already connects major cities like Paris, Amsterdam and Zurich. In 2024, the Austrian train operator will expand its Belgian routes from Brussels to Dresden and Prague. Additionally, Deutsche Bahn and SNCF will introduce a high-speed seven-hour service between Paris and Berlin, including stops in Strasbourg on the night route.

TPG tip: Use a Eurail pass (from $208) to explore multiple European countries using rail operators like Deutsche Bahn, SNCF and Trenitalia. Note that high-speed or sleeper options like Nightjet and Eurostar have extra reservation fees (typically $10-$20), but it's still much cheaper than buying individual tickets.

— Jordan Waller

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Best for beach and nature lovers who want to avoid crowds

Many travelers make the trek to South Africa for its spectacular wildlife and vibrant cities, but few hop across the border to Mozambique. Though the country has experienced ongoing conflicts in the far north, the central and southern parts remain relatively insulated from internal struggles.

Getting there is easier than you might think, too — Airlink offers direct flights to Vilankulos along the coast from Johannesburg , and more recently, the airline launched a nonstop flight between Cape Town and the capital, Maputo. While some travelers tend to skip the city, if you do make use of that route, consider a layover for a night or two. Maputo is a hub of activity with oceanside restaurants serving ultrafresh seafood with icy 2M beers and bakeries proffering crispy, creamy pasteis de nata, a holdover from Portuguese rule. The city's music scene is also buzzing, with bars and clubs playing everything from reggaeton to marrabenta (a hybrid of Mozambican dance with Portuguese folk music).

The main reason people come to the country is for the untouched Indian Ocean beaches along its 1,700-mile coast, which are lapped by aquamarine waters that rival the Caribbean. Over the past few years, a cluster of hotels have opened along the coast, including Kisawa, a design-focused property with 11 villas on a 740-acre sanctuary on Benguerra Island in the ecodiverse Bazaruto Archipelago.

Around two hours from Vilankulos on the mainland and set on a peninsula along a sheltered saltwater lagoon, Sussurro is an intimate pared-back lodge whose sandy-hued rooms are filled with artisan-made baskets and wooden furniture. Next year, Banyan Tree is expected to open Banyan Tree Ilha Caldeira, which promises to be an uberluxury spot, on a private island north of Beira.

For safarigoers, Gorongosa, a national park that has been undergoing a two-decade-long rehabilitation, has become a beacon of regeneration and economic activity in an area where tourism was entirely decimated by civil war. This year, Muzimu Lodge, a tent camp, opened on the banks of the Mussicadzi River. Wildlife is not as abundant as in nearby Kruger National Park (though you can expect to see huge packs of wild dogs and teeming herds of antelope), but the biodiversity is some of the richest in the world, with nearly 500 species of birds. Indelible landscapes like chalky limestone gorges dotted with vegetation and inky caves, woodland savannah and giant "Jurassic Park"-like forests with sausage trees and native Borassus palms will leave you awestruck.

TPG tip : Ensure you allow ample time for your visa application. The process has moved online, which makes it infinitely swifter than previously, but the application time can still take up to a month and costs $160 or more depending on the type you apply for.

— Mary Holland

Note from TPG editors : Due to an ongoing terrorist insurgency in the far north of Mozambique, the U.S. Department of State has issued a Level 2 warning advising travelers to exercise increased caution when traveling in the Cabo Delgado province. The country also recently experienced some unrest following local elections, so be sure to investigate the current situation before booking a trip.

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Best for food lovers and thrillseekers looking for something out of this world

Arriving in Bolivia can feel like you've landed on the moon. Have you seen the magnificent Salar de Uyuni? It's a vast salt pan with 3,900 square miles of desertlike cracked earth punctuated by cactus-covered rock piles. Though this parched corner of the earth draws visitors from around the globe, high-end accommodations have been lacking, but that's been changing quickly. In 2022, the Chilean hospitality brand Explora unveiled an intimate six-room mountain lodge set in a slick, glass-fronted building with snug, wood-lined rooms overlooking the flats.

Guests can partake in excursions, but the property also forms part of a greater six-night odyssey: a nomadic expedition where guests journey from Chile's Atacama Desert to Salar de Uyuni, stopping off at Explora's other "Mountain Lodges" along the way. Loads of thrilling activities are on offer, such as biking explorations across the Salar, through quinoa fields and beyond, as well as hikes across the largest islands and up into a village to see ancient Andean burial sites.

Whether you decide to begin your journey in the Atacama or Uyuni, don't miss Bolivia's capital La Paz, which sits in a bowl at a (literally) dizzyingly high elevation of 11,975 feet. The city's restaurant scene is arguably one of the most exciting in South America. Make a reservation at Gustu and enjoy a multicourse extravaganza of local delights including alligator and creamy aged corn. Hailed as one of Latin America's best restaurants, it was founded by Noma's Claus Meyer and is now helmed by chef Marsia Taha Mohamed. Also snag a table at Ancestral, where chef Mauricio Lopez (former head chef of Gustu) roasts vegetables and osso buco over an open flame, served alongside Bolivian wines.

The same team that opened the design-driven Atix Hotel (long a favorite among international visitors) unveiled the new Met Hotel last year in a soaring charcoal building with traditional Bolivian arts and crafts highlighted throughout its interior spaces. If you're traveling after July 2024, be sure to check out Altu Qala, a hotel set in a restored neoclassical building with wood-paneled walls and handmade cabinets in upcycled wood. The owner is also behind The Writer's Coffee, a cafe serving artisanal brews in the city, perfect for combating altitude fatigue.

Finally, for the best views of La Paz, take a trip on Mi Teleferico, the cable car transit system that's been expanding its network with various routes and now has 30 stations and 10 lines. Climb into the plastic bubbles, filled with locals whizzing across the city, and head up to El Alto, which sits at a staggering 13,325 feet.

TPG tip: If you really want to soak up the food and wine scene in La Paz, add in an extra few days to acclimatize. It's the highest capital in the world (11,975 feet) and altitude sickness is a high probability, so whizzing in and out is not recommended.

Bali, Indonesia

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Best for sustainability searchers who also crave cultural connection

Bali is an island of contradictions. It's home to a majority Hindu population but part of predominantly Muslim Indonesia. Visitors in the millions come both to sunbathe and party on its beaches while also seeking spiritual awakenings through wellness retreats. After decades of overtourism, Bali is also pioneering responsible, lower-impact ways for visitors to enjoy its natural wonders and renowned hospitality.

In 2024, the government will levy a $10-per-person fee on international tourists that will directly fund cultural and environmental protection, such as waste management. It's an incremental but important step toward becoming a more sustainable destination.

Luxury resorts are also leaning into the trend. Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay recently debuted Telu, a bar constructed entirely of upcycled materials that serves cocktails made with sustainable ingredients. In early 2024, Ayana Estate will open Museum Saka, a breathtaking 50,000-square-foot gallery showcasing the work of Balinese artists, historians and scholars, all of which is meant to bestow guests with a deeper understanding of the community's vibrant heritage.

At Buahan, a Banyan Tree Escape , about an hour from Ubud, chef Eka Sunarya began experimenting with hypercreative and ultralocally sourced menus. He has since decamped to nearby Mandapa, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve , where he continues to highlight seasonal Balinese cuisine with a no-waste philosophy.

Seminyak's Desa Potato Head — with its beach club and pair of striking, sustainably designed hotels that all together send just 3% of their waste to landfill — continues to be a regenerative tourism pioneer. In 2024, the resort is opening an ambitious Collective Waste Centre that will radically reduce landfill waste from eight nearby resorts, beach clubs and restaurants through high-efficiency sorting, processing and reuse practices.

A slew of exciting all-new hotels beckons design lovers and wellness seekers to Bali, too. Part of Hilton's LXR Resorts & Hotels, Umana Bali is expected to open in November 2023, a brand first in Southeast Asia. Guests will enjoy not only epic vistas from its 72 clifftop pool villas but also next-level cultural programming emphasizing legacy crafts and spa treatments utilizing ancient healing techniques.

Expected to debut in spring 2024, IHG's Regent Canggu will feature 150 suites and villas in one of Bali's hottest beach locales. Architecture by WATG and interior design by HBA will blend contemporary Indonesian fashion and cultural influences with traditional design motifs. Slated for late 2024, Kimpton Naranta Bali will bring boutique vibes to the Nusa Dua resort scene in the reimagined former Amanusa resort, designed by Kerry Hill.

TPG tip: Some of Bali's best points hotels offer deep cultural dives into Balinese village life. At Alila Manggis (from 3,500 World of Hyatt points per night), guests can take part in water purification rituals, visit the Indigenous Bali Aga tribe and trek to the "Gateway to Heaven" temple. At The Laguna, part of Marriott's Luxury Collection (from 33,000 Bonvoy points per night), exclusive experiences include lunch with the seventh generation of Kerambitan's royal family.

Cairo, Egypt

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Best for ancient treasures in a modern metropolis

Few destinations offer the same look at the mysteries of the past quite like Cairo. While this desert city has long been a magnet for those intrigued by the wonders of ancient Egypt and its former rulers, new attractions and highly anticipated hotel openings will draw even more travelers to this bucket list destination in 2024.

With that in mind, Cairo's most exciting addition will be the long-awaited reopening of the Grand Egyptian Museum, which, after years of delays , is on track to welcome visitors by early 2024. A colossal project that began more than 20 years ago, this massive repository — the largest archaeological museum ever built — will house over 100,000 Egyptian artifacts, including 5,000 relics found in famous pharaoh Tutankhamun's tomb.

Recently discovered artifacts from the Saqqara — an expansive necropolis located within Egypt's UNESCO World Heritage-listed ancient capital of Memphis — are also expected to be added to the museum's collection in due course. The treasures include multiple tombs, ancient workshops and burial shafts full of priceless antiquities, such as a mummy believed to be the most complete one ever found in Egypt.

To accommodate the influx of tourists expected in 2024, Cairo's hotel scene is rapidly expanding, too. Among the new properties currently in the pipeline are points-friendly accommodations like a Hyatt Centric, a Hilton and a Waldorf Astoria, plus the luxurious rebranding of the historic Shepheard Hotel into the Mandarin Oriental Shepheard, Cairo.

Unsurprisingly, Cairo's prime position on the Nile and proximity to other historic destinations also make it an excellent place to embark on a river cruise , especially in 2024. Several top river cruise lines offer itineraries that start or end in the city, making it possible to tack on visits to other ancient sites like Luxor and Aswan, Egypt. New standout ships to consider include Viking Aton (the fourth of six ships Viking expects to be sailing the Nile by late 2025) and AmaLilia (AmaWaterways' second ship devoted to Nile River cruises).

TPG tip: It should become easier than ever to reach this historic metropolis thanks to more nonstop routes from the U.S. to Cairo in the works. In addition to adding new nonstop flights from Newark to Cairo this past summer, Egyptair has filed a request with the Department of Transportation to launch service between Los Angeles and Cairo in the coming months. If approved, service on the Star Alliance carrier would give visitors yet another convenient way to reach the ancient city.

— Christine Gallipeau

Note from TPG editors : We want to acknowledge that all eyes will be on the widening conflict in the region as we end 2023 and look ahead to next year. Before planning your own trip to Egypt, stay up to date on State Department advisories , current events and the unfolding situation in neighboring Israel and beyond .

The Bahamas

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Best for rediscovering paradise right on our doorstep

Dazzling white- and pink-sand beaches; calm, clear seas shaded in myriad hues of blue; and easy access from various U.S. hubs have long made the Bahamas a top tourist destination. Expect 2024 to be an extra-buzzy year for this Caribbean nation, though, thanks to new hotels, exciting cruises and more flights from major airlines.

Goldwynn Resort & Residences on Nassau's famous Cable Beach was 2023's big hotel debut, offering 81 studios and one-, two- and three-bedroom suites just a short drive from the airport so visitors could be on the beach within an hour of landing. Set to open mid 2025, the ultraluxurious Montage Cay will occupy a 48-acre private island in the Abacos. The $352 million project will feature 50 oceanfront suites with private plunge pools and outdoor showers. The property will also comprise villa residences and a 47-slip marina for private yachts.

The Bahamas are drawing even more interest from major cruise lines, too. Norwegian Cruise Line christened its exciting Norwegian Viva megaship with a short cruise to its Bahamian private island, Great Stirrup Cay, in November 2023. The line's second Prima Class vessel, Viva, boasts the "fastest slides at sea," a three-level go-kart racetrack and millions of dollars of art on board. Royal Caribbean's new Oasis Class ship, Utopia of the Seas , is also set to start sailing short new cruises focusing on the Bahamas in 2024.

Cruise lines are adding new private-island experiences, too. Slated to open in summer 2024, Disney's Lighthouse Point in Eleuthera will offer amenities ranging from an adults-only beach to a family water play area and food hall-style dining. The destination is being designed with the environment in mind, too — about 90% of its electricity will be provided via solar panels.

TPG tip : Getting from the U.S. to the Bahamas will be easier than ever in 2024, especially from the West Coast. Alaska Airlines is adding seasonal nonstop flights from both Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) four times weekly and Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) three times weekly to Lynden Pindling International Airport (NAS). The services will run from Dec. 15, 2023, to April 9, 2024. JetBlue is launching its own new flight between Nassau and Los Angeles beginning in November 2023 that will fly once per week on Saturdays. Delta debuted a new nonstop from Miami International Airport (MIA) to Nassau this fall as well.

— Becca Blond

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Whether you’re excited for the perfect family vacation, a romantic getaway for two, or the ultimate city break, we’ve got the Elektrostal vacation rental for you. At Expedia, you can take your pick from private vacation homes, apartments, condos, resorts, cabins, villas, motels. The list goes on, and on …and on.

There’s just as wide a choice of amenities, too. Maybe you’re dreaming of your own pool, long evenings in a hot tub, or watching the kids laugh through the day at a waterpark. Maybe you just want a quiet retreat in a pet-friendly apartment. Well, we can help you find it. Hunt out the perfect Elektrostal vacation rental for you by simply entering your desired dates. Then check your favorite filters to narrow down your search.

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Whenever you want to travel, a warm welcome awaits you in Elektrostal. If you’re looking for a little peace, consider booking during the quieter low season months. For more hustle and bustle, you may prefer to visit Elektrostal in high season.

Prices vary throughout the year. Your chosen location, property type, and amenities will impact the cost of your trip, too. The selection of properties we have chosen for you start as low as per night. Rates vary depending on your travel dates, location, and amenities so make a search and you might find even better deals!

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At Expedia, we put the best Elektrostal vacation rentals in one place. All you need to do is take your pick. And as we offer book now, pay later options, as well as free cancellation on some properties, you can plan your trip with total peace of mind. You’ll always find a great deal with Expedia.

To find some top Elektrostal rental deals, enter your travel dates, and sort your search results by price. You can also filter by budget, so you only see accommodation in your ballpark. Next, add any filters you want—and just like that, you’ve built your dream Elektrostal vacation.

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Yes, we give you a choice of vacation rentals near popular attractions in Elektrostal, or you can choose a more remote option if you'd like a relaxing place to stay. Elektrostal is known for its museums.

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The 5 Best SoCal Romantic Weekend Getaways

The 5 Best SoCal Romantic Weekend Getaways

Explore the top 5 romantic weekend getaways in SoCal, from Catalina Island's charm to Joshua Tree's serene beauty. Perfect for couples!

California.com Team

November 14, 2023

Southern California, a region synonymous with sun-kissed beaches, enchanting deserts, and picturesque mountains, serves as the perfect backdrop for a romantic weekend getaway . Whether you're looking for a serene retreat or an adventure-filled escape, SoCal's diverse landscapes offer an ideal setting for love to bloom. Here are the five best romantic getaways in Southern California, promising unforgettable experiences.

Idyllic Catalina Island

Escape to Catalina Island , a charming island paradise just off the coast. Accessible via a short ferry ride, Catalina offers a unique blend of natural beauty and quaint village charm. Couples can indulge in various activities, such as exploring the island's rugged interior on a guided eco-tour, enjoying a romantic picnic at Descanso Beach, or strolling through the picturesque town of Avalon . The island's serene environment, coupled with its stunning vistas, makes it a top choice for couples seeking tranquility and romance.

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Enchanting Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara, often referred to as the American Riviera , is known for its Mediterranean-style architecture, lush gardens, and stunning beaches. Couples can wander hand-in-hand along the historic Stearns Wharf, explore the exotic plants at the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, or enjoy a leisurely bike ride along the scenic coastline. The city's relaxed atmosphere and breathtaking scenery create a romantic setting that's hard to beat.

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Secluded Joshua Tree

For couples seeking an off-the-beaten-path experience, Joshua Tree National Park offers a unique desert landscape with its iconic Joshua trees and dramatic rock formations. Rent a cozy cabin or opt for a glamorous camping experience under the stars. Spend your days hiking through the park's stunning trails and your evenings enjoying the spectacular desert sunset. Joshua Tree's otherworldly beauty provides a perfect setting for couples looking for a serene and intimate getaway.

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Charming Solvang

Nestled in the Santa Ynez Valley, Solvang is a delightful Danish-style village . The town's European charm, complete with windmills and half-timbered buildings, offers a whimsical escape. Couples can explore local art galleries, take a horse-drawn carriage ride, or indulge in delicious Danish pastries. The romantic ambiance of Solvang makes it a unique and memorable destination for lovebirds.

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Luxurious Laguna Beach

Laguna Beach, known for its stunning coves and artistic community, is the epitome of coastal luxury. Couples can enjoy sunbathing on the picturesque beaches, exploring art galleries, or taking a scenic walk along the Heisler Park cliffside trail. The town's upscale dining options and boutique shopping add to its appeal, making it an ideal spot for those seeking a mix of romance and sophistication .

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Each of these destinations offers its own unique flavor of romance, ensuring that every couple can find their perfect escape in Southern California. From idyllic islands to enchanting cities, these getaways promise to rekindle the spark and create lasting memories. So pack your bags and head to one of these romantic destinations for a weekend you won't soon forget.

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The Best Carry-On Luggage and Weekender Bags to Shop for Holiday Travel: Samsonite, Away, Calpak and More


The right luggage or carry-on bag for holiday travel can help make any trip as smooth as possible.

If you're gearing up for your holiday travel plans, you may be searching for the perfect luggage to accompany you on your upcoming getaway.  Carry-on luggage  — including weekender bags and spinners — is probably the best way to travel if you want to beat the lines at busy airports, especially if you're traveling on Christmas day. 

No matter where your travel destinations are, one thing's for sure: the right luggage will make all the difference for holiday travelers. We've found the best luggage to shop for all of your fall travels, from spacious duffle bags and practical backpacks to large and luxurious carry-ons  for your next flight.

Need a new travel bag to toss everything in for an upcoming Thanksgiving day retreat or a bigger carry-on for a winter bae-cation? The Beis Weekender Bag will fit all your essentials and help you travel in style. Need a new go-to suitcase for every travel situation? Away’s  standard carry on traveler bag has plenty of packing space while still fitting in the overhead bin. Trying to avoid the checked baggage fees and long bag drop line? The Samsonite Underseat Carry-On Luggage helps you save money and time by going straight to TSA.

Below, we've rounded up the best carry-on luggage and weekender bags this holiday season to take along on your next holiday trip.

Best Carry-On Suitcases for 2023 Holiday Travel

Take off luggage personal item suitcase 2.0.

Take OFF Luggage Personal Item Suitcase 2.0

The perfect-sized luggage that doubles as a personal item — just pop off the wheels and slide it under your seat. 

$120   $103

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Away The Carry-On

Away The Carry-On

This Away bag boasts flashy features such as a durable polycarbonate hard shell, spinner wheels and a TSA-approved, ejectable USB charger. The classic rolling hardside luggage with retractable handle is designed to fit in most major airlines' overhead compartments, making it a great go-to Carry-On bag for travel, regardless of your destination.

Samsonite Freeform Carry-On Spinner

Samsonite Freeform Carry-On Spinner

Not only is the Samsonite Hardside Spinner perfectly sized and extremely durable, it's also incredible lightweight so you won't have to strain putting it in the overhead airplane compartment. With all kinds of pockets, you can easily organize all your belongings confidently. 

$200   $140

Travelpro Platinum Elite Hardside Expandable Spinner

Travelpro Platinum Elite Hardside Expandable Spinner

Travelpro is a pilot-founded brand that you've likely seen used by flight crews. Travel stress-free with the Travelpro hardside carry-on luggage that effortlessly fits in the overhead bins of major domestic airlines, thanks to rigorous sizer bin testing and enhanced packing capacity. The PrecisionGlide System delivers impeccable control and a seamless rolling experience, so you can get through the airport with ease.

$370   $314

Rockland Melbourne Hardside Expandable Spinner Wheel Luggage

Rockland Melbourne Hardside Expandable Spinner Wheel Luggage

This Rockland Melbourne Spinner Luggage makes traveling easier by being extremely lightweight. While protecting your items, the wheels rotate 360 degrees for a smooth and seamless stride in the airport. Although it is compact, this carry-on luggage has the ability to hold everything you need for a short vacation.

Samsonite Underseat Carry-On Spinner with USB Port

Samsonite Underseat Carry-On Spinner with USB Port

Compact and convenient, this soft-sided luggage can slide smoothly under the seat in front of you or be tucked away in an overhead bin. The bag's main compartment can fit several outfits and a spare pair of shoes. Interior pockets lining the compartment will keep your toiletries organized. The telescoping handle and rolling wheels make this bag easy to navigate around a crowded airport, making it a great choice for the frequent flyer looking to pack light.

$145   $102

Monos Carry-On

Monos Carry-On

Traveling is a breeze with the minimalist Monos carry-on, designed to fit in the overheard bin of almost any flight.

$255   $240

Travelpro Maxlite 5 Softside Expandable Luggage

Travelpro Maxlite 5 Softside Expandable Luggage

This Travelpro Maxlite softside luggage has spinner wheels and is lightweight, making it easy to maneuver airport terminals and your flight's overhead storage bins. 

$170   $144

Best Travel Backpacks and Totes for 2023 Holiday Travel

Samsonite detour travel backpack.

Samsonite Detour Travel Backpack

Built to protect your belongings from the elements, the Detour Travel Backpack has enough capacity for a business, overnight, holiday or weekend trip. 

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Cotopaxi Allpa 35L Travel Pack

Cotopaxi Allpa 35L Travel Pack

This travel backpack comes with a weight-distributing, low-profile harness system and a 35L capacity, making it suitable for carry-on use. It is designed with a full-wrap zipper opening on the main compartment, along with large and subdivided zippered mesh compartments on the sides, providing convenient packing options. Additionally, its attractive design ensures you can easily identify your bag wherever you go.

Béis Travel Tote

Béis Travel Tote

The Beis Travel Tote, from Shay Mitchell's baggage line, can conveniently slot into place atop a suitcase with its trolley sleeve, but can also be carried on its own with a detachable shoulder strap, and top handles designed to rest comfortably on your shoulder. This bag boasts a bottom zip shoe compartment, padded tech sleeve and multiple exterior and interior pockets. 

Calpak Luka Backpack

Calpak Luka Backpack

With multiple storage compartments including a separate laptop sleeve and a space to store your shoes that has its own exterior access, this lightweight Luka backpack will help you stay organized on the go.

Herschel Strand Duffle Sprout Bag

Herschel Strand Duffle Sprout Bag

Keep all the essential elements and products close by with this Herschel Strand Duffle Sprout Bag that boasts a buckle design shoulder strap.

Troubadour Featherweight Tote

Troubadour Featherweight Tote

A modern classic and easy-access bag. This Featherweight Tote features a light and waterproof fabric with vegan leather handles, and is perfect for gym trips or a day out!

Dagne Dover Jemi Puff Tote

Dagne Dover Jemi Puff Tote

Whether you're traveling to work or a Labor Day Parade, this lightweight tote is perfect with pockets for days to keep all your belongings organized. 

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Lululemon go getter bag 2.0.

lululemon Go Getter Bag 2.0

This sleek, modern bag looks like a tote and duffel rolled into one. There's also a little strap in the back that you can attach to your luggage. 

Herschel Novel Duffel Bag

Herschel Novel Duffel Bag

The Novel duffle bag is an ideal weekender that features a functional side-access shoe compartment, keeping footwear separate and easily accessible.

Away The Everywhere Bag

Away The Everywhere Bag

Away Travel's The Everywhere Bag lives up to its name: you can take it everywhere from work to the gym to a weekend away. It also pairs nicely with The Carry-On and The Bigger Carry-On.

Calpak Stevyn Duffel

Calpak Stevyn Duffel

Enjoy the benefits of a large bottom compartment, ideal for stowing shoes or enhancing the organization of your items.The roomy main compartment comes with interior pockets, ensuring you have plenty of space to store your belongings in a well-arranged manner.

S-ZONE Canvas Duffel Bag

S-ZONE Canvas Duffel Bag

This duffel bag comes with 2 shoes compartments on both ends. It is made of high density durable cotton canvas and soft nylon lining, which is perfect for the gym, travel, hiking, and weekend trips. 

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SwissGear Apex Travel Duffle Bags

SwissGear Apex Travel Duffle Bags

This duffle bag will come in handy during your next vacation. You can wear it multiple ways and it has reinforced sides to keep your belonging secure.

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