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Locals Share the Best Weekend Getaways in the United States

By , February 1st, 2018

Looking for a break with the family, a romantic getaway with a significant other, or perhaps even a solo retreat? We’ve connected with local experts across the country to put together some of the best weekend getaways in the whole of the United States.

Start packing, start planning, and get ready to see it all from sea to shining sea.


Best Weekend Getaways

Weekend Getaways in Arizona

Fall Arizona Weekend Getaways

When planning your Arizona weekend getaway, you can easily visit various destinations and see a vast difference in scenery. A long desert drive starting at sunrise and ending with a gorgeous sunset over Saguaros or a day spent exploring museums are the start to your Arizona travel plans this season.

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Weekend Getaways in Arkansas


Misconceptions abound when it comes to Arkansas, but in reality, it’s a charming place to be. Start your adventure with these nine weekend getaways in Arkansas.

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Weekend Getaways in Southern California

Best Weekend Getaways in Southern California

Whether you’re looking for a romantic, couples getaway or adventure in the desert, you’ll find something in this collection of eight incredible weekend getaways in Southern California.

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Weekend Getaways in Florida

Weekend Getaways in Florida

Regardless of what kind of weekend you’re in the mood for, Florida has a little bit of everything. So, pack the car, fill the tank, and experience a taste of Florida’s laid-back leisure in one of these 10 spots.

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Weekend Getaways in Georgia

Weekend Getaways in Georgia

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Georgia is easily forgotten about when travelers hastily rush past our cities and head further south. But you’re here, so you’re not about to make the same mistake.

Get ready to relax, in Southern style, with a mason jar of sweet tea, because some of the best weekend getaways are right here in the ‘Peach State’.

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Weekend Getaways in Idaho

Hiking Near Sun Valley - Weekend Getaways in Idaho

Photo courtesy of Idaho Tourism

Idaho may be known for their famous potatoes, and there are certainly a wealth of potato-themed establishments in the Gem State, but you should also know the state for its stunning scenery.

From rugged mountains to placid lakes, to canyons that only a daredevil would attempt to cross, there is no shortage of weekend getaways in Idaho for lovers of the great outdoors.

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Weekend Getaways in Indiana

Weekend Getaways in Indiana

Visit Indiana

Indiana is a state full of surprises. Contrary to the popular image of endless fields of corn, there are sugar sand beaches, lakeside resorts, giant sand dunes, ancient burial grounds, ski resorts German villages, and even vineyards. Suffice it to say, there are plenty of weekend getaways in Indiana to cater toward every kind of traveler.

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Weekend Getaways in Iowa

Weekend Getaways in Iowa

Travel Iowa

Iowa may not appear flashy or exciting from the outside, but give it a chance and you’ll discover delightful treasures not found anywhere else. You can get from vibrant city centers to astonishing scenic wonders in a matter of minutes with these weekend getaways in Iowa.


Weekend Getaways in Michigan

Weekend Getaways in Michigan

The Great Lakes State boasts beautiful fall colors, tons of breweries and top-tier restaurants, miles of lakeshore trails, and plenty of arts and culture to go around. From ArtPrize in Grand Rapids to the colorful trails of Lake Tahquamenon State Park, there’s no better place to spend the fall months than the Mitten State.

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Weekend Getaways in Minnesota


Hansi Johnson, Explore Minnesota

Minnesota is a state with a little bit of everything, to satisfy most any kind of traveler. Whether you’re looking for the cosmopolitan urbanity of the Twin Cities or you prefer lighthouse-spotting around Lake Superior, these weekend getaways in Minnesota take you there and to the small towns and forests in between.


Weekend Getaways in New Mexico

New Mexico Weekend Destination Albuquerque Route 66

Photo from New Mexico Tourism Department

Most travelers only experience New Mexico from behind the steering wheel, never taking time to explore the incredible treasure trove of culture and natural wonder the state has to offer. Read on and find out what adventures you can dive into the next time you visit The Land of Enchantment.

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Weekend Getaways in New York

Weekend Getaways in New York

I Love NY

There’s more to New York than the Big Apple, and with highlights like the Catskills, Adirondacks, and charming historic towns, you’ll want to head Upstate for some weekend getaways in New York.

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Weekend Getaways in Ohio

Berlin Ohio Amish Country - Weekend Getaways in Ohio

Laura Blake

Whether it’s chatting with the master brewer about his new batch of IPA in Cleveland, having a scoop of ice cream with a young entrepreneur in Columbus, or screaming your head off as you plummet down Cedar Point’s Millenium Force, these special moments are unique to Ohio travel.

To help you understand this incredibly diverse state, check out these weekend getaways in Ohio.

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Weekend Getaways in Oregon

From Portland, you can drive less than three hours and be among rivers, forests, waterfalls, mountains, vineyards, or coastlines. This accessibility to numerous diverse experiences makes Oregon a weekend warrior’s wonderland.

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Weekend Getaways in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania is a state and a destination ripe for any history buff. Whether you’re looking for a simple day trip or you want to dive into a place for a few days, these eight weekend getaways will make sure you stay plenty busy.

Weekend Getaways in Tennessee

Tennessee Weekend Getaways

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Even if you’re not from Tennessee, you’ve likely heard of things from there. The Southern state is known for Jack Daniels whiskey, country music, and finger-licking barbecue. From east to west, the Volunteer State has some of the most charming towns and alluring cities the South has to offer. Country roads wind from the plains to the hills of the Smoky Mountains and there’s far more to explore than just cities made famous by the music scene (we’re looking at you Nashville and Memphis).

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Weekend Getaways in Texas

Weekend Getaways in Texas

Texas summers are notoriously long and hot. So when autumn eases the thermometer back down, residents of the Lone Star State start to party. From fall festivals to leaf-peeping, you’ll find plenty of colorful fall weekend getaways in Texas to herald in the new season.

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Weekend Getaways in Virginia

Chincoteague island Pony Swim

Todd Wright, Virginia Tourism Corporation

While rich in history, there’s a lot more to Old Dominion than meets the untrained eye. From wild ponies and white sand beaches to some of the best wineries in the world, you’ll find it all on these weekend getaways in Virginia.

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Weekend Getaways in Washington

Best Weekend Getaways in Washington State

Bellingham Whatcom County Tourism

Whether you’re looking for mountains, ocean views or a bit of Bavaria, you’ll find something for you in this collection of eight incredible weekend getaways in Washington State.

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More weekend getaways are coming soon, so stay tuned to this space until we’ve covered every state and region!

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