The best weekend getaway in every state

Every state in the Union offers umpteen opportunities for weekend adventures. To inspire you to make the most of your time off from work, we selected one fantastic, unforgettable mini-getaway destination in each of the 50 states. (Most are within half a day’s drive from a major city.)

Alabama: Gulf Shores

Grab a beachfront rental in Gulf Shores, where you can spend your days playing on the sand and your nights enjoying Southern hospitality and just-caught Gulf seafood.

Alaska: Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve

Accessible from both Juneau and Anchorage, Glacier Bay promises manifold adventures among temperate rainforests, fjords and mountains.

Arizona: Sedona

Sedona is a New Age mecca and colorful artists’ community where you’ll encounter spectacular red rock formations, hip boutiques and restaurants, and plenty of positive vibes.

Arkansas: Hot Springs

Hot Springs is home to an urban national park with historical bathhouses and healing geothermal waters, as well as superb dining and shopping galore.

California: Santa Barbara

Sunny seaside Santa Barbara has near-perfect weather no matter the season and is surrounded by some of the best wineries in the country. Did we mention it has its own taco trail?

Colorado: Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs is a hotspot for winter sports, but during warmer months it offers fun festivals, epic hiking adventures and, of course, the chance to take a dip in those famous hot springs.

Connecticut: New Haven

We love New Haven for its world-class museums, beautiful coastline and elegant lighthouses. Visit on a fall weekend to peep colorful leaves on Yale’s storied campus.

Delaware: Rehoboth Beach

An iconic boardwalk lined with amusement rides and—coupled with tax-free shopping—puts Rehoboth Beach at the top of our Delaware weekend bucket list.

Florida: St. Augustine

Get a side of history with your beach getaway in St. Augustine, one of the oldest cities (and arguably the oldest city) in the States.

Georgia: The Golden Isles

On the Georgia coastline midway between Savannah and Jacksonville, you’ll find the Golden Isles, a collection of magical barrier islands with beautiful beaches and pristine, undeveloped marshlands.

Hawaii: Paia, Maui

A sleepy surf town and home to the the unofficial windsurfing beach capital of the world, Paia is happily off the beaten tourist path.

Idaho: Craters of the Moon National Monument

Craters of the Moon National Monument, where travelers can explore an incredible volcanic landscape, is less than four hours’ drive from Boise and less than three hours’ drive from Idaho Falls.

Illinois: Bloomington-Normal

Live the small-town life (for a weekend) in charming Bloomington-Normal, a pair of towns full of pretty historical houses and chic farm-to-table restaurants.

Indiana: Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

Lake Michigan’s Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is the perfect place for wildlife watching in pristine wetlands or simply lazing on the beach.

Iowa: Effigy Mounds National Monument

Set near the scenic Mississippi, historic Effigy Mounds National Monument is only a few hours’ drive from Cedar Rapids and Iowa City.

Kansas: The Flint Hills

Head to the vast prairie lands of the Kansas region known as the Flint Hills, where seemingly endless grasslands encircle charming small towns. Be sure to visit the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve while there.

Kentucky: Lexington

Lexington is heaven for horse- and history-lovers, with its abundance of historical sites and equine-themed attractions.

Louisiana: New Orleans

Few American destinations beat music and culture hotspot New Orleans; the Big Easy makes an easy weekend trip from Jackson, Mobile or East Texas.

Maine: Kennebunkport

Wear your finest gingham and khaki to the preppy town of Kennebunkport, where fresh seafood is always on the menu.

Maryland: Ocean City

A miles-long boardwalk and world-class fishing make Ocean City a seaside haven for urbanites from nearby Baltimore, Philly and D.C.

Massachusetts: Salem

This spooky small town is truly one of a kind: Visit adorable Salem to get a glimpse of Colonial history and explore plenty of kitschy “supernatural” spots.

Michigan: Mackinac Island

With its quiet car-free streets and lovely lake views, Mackinac Island is Shangri-La for those who truly want to get away.

Minnesota: Mall of America

Hear us out. This mall offers more than just shopping: attractions from LEGO Imagination Center to SEA LIFE aquarium make Bloomington’s Mall of America a must-see spot in the Midwest.

Mississippi: Natchez

Mississippi’s capital, Natchez, is home to amazing historical architecture, unforgettable river views and even a prehistoric Native American village.

Missouri: Lake of the Ozarks

Spend your weekend boating, swimming, sunning and more in one of the many charming small towns bordering Missouri’s Lake of the Ozarks.

Montana: Bozeman

Hit the slopes in nearby mountains, soak in hot springs, visit Yellowstone National Park and check out Bozeman’s urban attractions (including a dinosaur museum!).

Nebraska: Lincoln

We’re crushing on Lincoln’s (named after the president, of course) manifold historical sites, museums and pretty parks.

Nevada: Lake Tahoe

The glass-clear alpine Lake Tahoe, located on the border between California and Nevada, is a top spot for skiing, boating and beach-going.

New Hampshire: Portsmouth

Don’t forget your finest camera when traveling to Portsmouth; this historical seaside town is the very definition of picturesque.

New Jersey: Cape May

Affectionately known as “America’s First Seaside Resort,” charming Cape May is abundant with colorful, beautifully preserved Victorian homes, as well as pretty Atlantic beaches.

New Mexico: Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Ride an elevator 75 stories deep into the earth, where you’ll discover more than 119 magnificent caverns at this national park outside of Carlsbad.

New York: The Finger Lakes

Grab a lakefront rental and spend your days vineyard hopping in the beautiful Finger Lakes region of New York State.

North Carolina: Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Less than an hour’s drive from Asheville, Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the place to go for dreamy views of old-growth mountain forests, and scenic hikes past waterfalls and historic sites.

North Dakota: Theodore Roosevelt National Park

Ohio: Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Bring your hiking boots and fishing gear to the scenic forests and winding trails of Cuyahoga Valley National Park; the destination is a quick drive from Cleveland or Akron.

Oklahoma: Turner Falls Park

Just a few hours’ drive from Oklahoma City, Turner Falls Park is known for its turquoise natural springs and the state’s largest waterfall. Chickasaw National Recreation Area is nearby, too.

Oregon: Columbia Gorge

The Columbia Gorge is known as “America’s Most Unique Wine Region”—and it’s less than an hour’s drive from Portland.

Pennsylvania: Gettysburg

Home to the site of one of the most famous Civil War battles, Gettysburg is a history buff’s dream.

Rhode Island: Newport

Two words: Cliff walk. Newport’s stunning cliffside mansions and sweeping sea views make it well worth the drive from New York or Boston.

South Carolina: Myrtle Beach

Families are drawn to Myrtle Beach for the seaside destination’s wide Grand Strand beaches and thrilling amusement parks.

South Dakota: Rapid City

Known as the gateway to Mt. Rushmore, Rapid City, is one of the best spots in the region to see great American monuments and historical exhibits. Plus, head to Custer State Park to see majestic roaming herds of wild buffalo.

Tennessee: Nashville

A weekend in Nashville means plates of hot chicken, bike rides along greenway trails and yes—more live music than you can handle.

Texas: Galveston

Drivable from Austin, Houston, Dallas and New Orleans, Galveston is a gem of a beach destination on the Gulf Coast.

Utah: Zion National Park

If the rivers, towering cliffs and pristine forests of Zion National Park don’t take your breath away, nothing will.

Vermont: Lake Champlain Islands

Grab an island cottage and spend your days fishing, boating or simply relaxing by the deep blue waters of Lake Champlain.

Virginia: Williamsburg

Visit Williamsburg’s famed colonial sites, including Colonial Williamsburg and nearby Jamestown and Yorktown, for an unparalleled historical experience.

Washington: San Juan Islands

Whale watching, sea kayaking and more is on the itinerary in the lovely windswept San Juan Islands.

West Virginia: Harpers Ferry

Enjoy pristine natural surroundings and a wealth of historical attractions in Harpers Ferry, a charming small town that sits beside a pair of rivers and a national park.

Wisconsin: Wisconsin Dells

Wisconsin Dells is arguably best known for its water and theme parks, but the city’s proximity to Mirror Lake State Park makes it a top spot for adventures in nature as well.

Wyoming: Yellowstone National Park

You’ll never forget your weekend in otherworldly Yellowstone, the famed first-ever national park. (Plus it’s less than five hour’s drive from Salt Lake City!)

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