Long weekends are the perfect opportunity to get-away for a couple of days and explore nearby towns, or even jump on a plane and tour a completely different state! Let’s be honest, we all look forward to these days—but we won’t tell our boss—and always want to make the most of it. Luckily, the United States has many amazing towns and cities to choose from, meaning every long-weekend, you can discover a new place.
Whether you have children, or just with a loved one, or maybe even just by yourself, check out these 10 destinations that are a must for any long weekend… choose wisely!
10 Asheville, North Carolina
Whether you are in need of re-kindling the fire in a relationship or simply wanting a subtly romantic getaway, Asheville in North Carolina has you covered. Combining luxury artistic elegance with a traditional, rustic feel, this city is perfect for anyone looking to escape the world for a long weekend. While you are here, make sure to visit Biltmore Estate, covering over 8,000 acres of prime vineyards afoot the Blue Ridge Mountains, and exceptional garden. For an added touch of romance, you could book in at the 25-room chateau. If downtown is more your vibe, check out The Windsor Boutique Hotel, where you will be right in the heart of the action.
9 Ann Arbor, Michigan
No matter what time of year you visit, Ann Arbor will always provide the goods. Usually thought of as a university town, this city in the South of Michigan has much more to offer than college sports. However, if you are into this kind of thing, then a trip here might well be on the top of your long weekend bucket list. If you venture here in the winter, catch a game at the Big House, or, if you find yourself here in the summer months, be sure to check out the world-renowned art fair.
8 Seattle, Washington
Hit up Seattle in the sprawling state of Washington for anything related to the gastronomy industry. Base yourself at the Palladian Hotel, smack bang in the center of it all. It's within walking distance from Pike Place Market, where you can indulge in a feast of quick, tasty bites while on the go. If you are one for a sit-down meal, try the Butcher’s Table, which will, needless to say, entice the taste buds in every sense of the word. For something non-food related, you’ll want to head to Chihuly Garden and Glass where you can join the Instagram craze with their famous glass sculptures.
7 Asbury Park, New Jersey
Long weekends are for relaxing, right? Asbury Park is a booming resort town in New Jerse, where a summer’s long weekend will allow you to reinvigorate your body and soul, all while creating some unforgettable memories with family and friends. Begin your day with a rejuvenating swim in the ocean, or yoga on the rooftop of the Asbury Hotel, then soak up some rays on the sand before heading back to the hotel to catch a movie and dinner on the rooftop. Just to add a bit of spice, the Asbury Hotel is actually a renovated Salvation Army building!
6 Miami Beach, Florida
Miami Beach speaks for itself, really. For those wanting a place to sit by the pool, sip cocktails and eat sensational food, Miami Beach should be your very next long weekend destination. There are many hotels and resorts to choose from, all depending on your budget—but, in saying that, why even have a budget? You’ve worked hard, treat yourself in your time off, because after all, we only get so many long-weekends every year, right?
5 Bozeman, Montana
Wake up to the sight of lush green trees back-dropped by the dense, forested hills in Bozeman, Montana. Not one you saw coming on this list, huh? Well, you better believe it. Bozeman is an up and coming holiday destination for people who enjoy discovering the wilderness, cowboy history, and a twist of contemporary life. To keep fit whilst away, because everyone loves doing that, trek up Drinking Hose Mountain for some spectacular views over the city below.
4 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Just a perfect all-rounder; Philadelphia is a major city, so quite easy to get to, simply fly in if need be, meaning you can begin exploring as soon as possible! From art galleries and museums featuring traditional and modern artworks to Al Capone’s old prison and a booming culinary industry, Philly has it all. Oh, and you just need to try a Philly Cheese Steak, go on, you know you want to! Or, if you simply don’t want to, then the Asian inspired cuisine in Philly is one of the most renowned in the country, so what are you waiting for!
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3 Charleston, South Carolina
This perfect waterfront town boasts a patriotic American charm while still keeping with the times of today. You will not find buildings like this anywhere else in the world, and with the added bonus of cobblestone streets, it is a no brainer. Eating is among the well-known activities here in Charleston, so be sure to book yourselves in at the FIG, Charleston Grill, or Husk. Perhaps you would like to dedicate a day to visiting Boone Hall Plantation, the set of many movies over the years. However, it is your weekend and time-off work, so if eating makes you happy, then, by all means, eat! (No one will blame you, the food is THAT good).
2 Austin, Texas
Widely regarded as Texas’ best city, Austin can be conquered easily in a long weekend, giving you time to relax and decide if you’d like to visit again. Hit up brunch at Elizabeth Street Café where you’ll be served a fusion between American, French, and Vietnamese for lunch, Colleens Kitchen or Pool Burger, or, for the more sophisticated, Aviary Wine and Kitchen. Once you have filled your belly, it is time for some shopping in South Congress before a swim in Barton Springs Pool. What next? Well, repeat and enjoy!
1 Palm Springs, California
For those wondering where to vacay in Cali, Palm Springs is where you should head. Year-round perfect weather, rustic, pink desert sunsets and glorious mountains surrounding the city, Palm Springs is a common camping ground for many Southern Californian locals, and, well, now you can join them! Go back in time in Johannes while in the company of a modern cocktail, or simply enjoy some Californian rays! There is no loser here in Palm Springs… everything you do, even lazing by the pool will feel like you’ve accomplished something.