Best Cities for a Weekend Escape

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.

New York City

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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Best Places for a Weekend Getaway in Louisiana

Louisiana is a great place to plan a weekend getaway, but knowing where to start when it comes to actually planning your trip can seem overwhelming. Should you visit Cajun Country, as everyone else seems to? Or maybe explore the deep southern routes in Plantation Country? But if you want to do outdoor activities, maybe it’d be best if you head north?

Planet Ware put together a list of the best top-rated weekend getaways you can take in Louisiana, complete with activities and attractions you’d enjoy. Here are a few of our favorites!

New Orleans

Naturally, New Orleans had to be in our top favorites! This city is one of the top vacations spots in Louisiana thanks to its neverending adventures and over 300 years of history, culture, and amazing food.

Hop on a streetcar and explore the French Quarter. You can choose from one of four streetcar lines, but the oldest is the Saint Charles Streetcar Line, which has been in operation for more than 150 years.

Once you’re in French Quarter, make sure to stop at the Vieux Carre, where you can explore Jackson Square and tour St. Louis Cathedral.

A few other adventures to add to your list include stopping at Café du Monde for their famous beignets and stopping at the French Market. The French Market is an open-air market that spans five blocks. It has specialty shops, a community flea market, home-cooked food, and music.

Plantation Country

If you prefer a quiet getaway, this is your stop. This region of Louisiana is about an hour outside New Orleans and is home to a multitude of sprawling plantations you can tour. It’s also the birthplace of Louisiana’s famous andouille, a staple in their Southern dishes.

A few of the more plantations to tour are the Houmas House Plantation and Gardens, the Laura Plantation, and the Oak Alley Plantation. The Ormond Plantation, Houmas House, and Oak Alley all offer dining and lodging if you’re looking for an extra special trip!

A few other activities you can do while in Plantation Country that doesn’t involve touring these historic homes are taking a kayak, pontoon, or airboat swamp tour and learning about local wildlife, the Cajuns, and the Native Americans that originally inhabited the area, spending an afternoon taking in the Louisiana culture, or going on a food tour of the Cajun cuisine made in Plantation Country.

Toledo Bend Reservoir Weekend Getaway 

If you’re a fan of the outdoors and want to make sure you have plenty of opportunities to be outside on this getaway, your best bet is Toledo Bend Reservoir in North Toledo Bend State Park. This reservoir is home to the largest man-made lake in the south and is known as one of the top fishing spots in Louisiana. You can even take a guided fishing trip on the lake.

Activities include hiking, biking, water sports, and year-round golf. You can rent kayaks, canoes, and flat-bottom boats from the park for day-to-day use. The reservoir is also a fantastic birding location, with over 900 acres to look for native and migrating species.

If you prefer to camp, the state park has campsites on site that range from premium sites to backcountry camping. Cabins are available that sleep up to 6 people and lodging for larger families is also available.

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