The best vacations are those that allow you to simply escape and forget about the stresses of home, and oftentimes a weekend getaway is the perfectly sized taste of that vacation that still lying in wait. Thanks to U.S. News, this list of the best weekend escapes can help you enjoy yourself and survive a little longer until your next trip.
This list, takes into account such contributing factors like affordability, entertainment options, accessibility, as well as votes from their readership to determine which United States cities are ideal for a weekend getaway. Though, it should be noted to always travel safely by remaining masked, socially distanced, and compliant with travel advisories and Center of Disease Control guidelines. It’s good practice, especially given recent events to check with the U.S. Department of State before traveling.
Perhaps America’s most famous city; NYC is (of course) impossible to catch all of in a year, though its density of culture, events, cuisine, lodging, etc make it perfect for a weekend escape. Visitors can come to the big apple by plane, train, or automobile to experience the various indoor attractions like museums and theatrical productions as well as the outdoor sights like Central Park and the High Line. With so many options, unpredictable weather will simply become a nonissue. Add in a dash of history by taking the ferry to Ellis Island and the famed Statue of Liberty, or take in authentic culture with New York pizza and bagels before heading home.
Often missing from traditional beach-laden weekend escapes, old-world charm goes a long way, and thankfully, it’s front-and-center in the Canadian city of Montreal, which only sits 50 miles north of the U.S.-Canada border. Travelers can stroll up and down cobblestone streets that are lined with various eateries and quaint boutiques perfect for window shopping in Old Montreal. If you find yourself in Montreal during a time in which nice weather is present, head out to the sprawling, vast Mount Royal Park for a leisure-filled bike ride, guided hike, or quiet picnic to find a moment of nature and respite in a city so exciting.
The Pacific Northwest’s crown jewel, the city of Seattle offers residents and travelers iconic, picturesque sights like Pike Place Market, the original Starbucks coffee shop, and the famous “gum wall,” and that’s all within a five block radius. Head out a little farther and you can visit the Space Needle or a hike in Discovery Park or on the nearby Mount Si. No matter the weekend, be sure to pack away an umbrella and raincoat, as Emerald City weather is as misty and rainy as it is unpredictable.
This treasure of a South Carolina city is #2 on the U.S.News list of the best weekend escapes, sandwiched between New York City and Chicago, so if you haven’t been privy to the wonders of this quaint, southern delight, allow yourself to be enlightened. The city boasts accommodations of Spanish moss-laden bed and breakfasts, cobblestone-laden streets, and street lamps that are lit by gas, thus making you feel as though you’ve stepped into another time period or an alternate reality. Spend an afternoon or a whole day strolling along the waters of The Battery, taking memorable photos of the colorful, historic homes along Rainbow Row, surveying the decadently low country cuisine or the vibrant exciting Charleston City Market. Lastly, brave a trip off shore by signing up for a woat tout or wading in the ocean on Sullivan’s Island for an unforgettable experience.
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