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.)
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.
Accessible from both Juneau and Anchorage, Glacier Bay promises manifold adventures among temperate rainforests, fjords and mountains.
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.
Hot Springs is home to an urban national park with historical bathhouses and healing geothermal waters, as well as superb dining and shopping galore.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A sleepy surf town and home to the the unofficial windsurfing beach capital of the world, Paia is happily off the beaten tourist path.
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.
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.
Lake Michigan’s Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is the perfect place for wildlife watching in pristine wetlands or simply lazing on the beach.
Set near the scenic Mississippi, historic Effigy Mounds National Monument is only a few hours’ drive from Cedar Rapids and Iowa City.
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.
Lexington is heaven for horse- and history-lovers, with its abundance of historical sites and equine-themed attractions.
Few American destinations beat music and culture hotspot New Orleans; the Big Easy makes an easy weekend trip from Jackson, Mobile or East Texas.
Wear your finest gingham and khaki to the preppy town of Kennebunkport, where fresh seafood is always on the menu.
A miles-long boardwalk and world-class fishing make Ocean City a seaside haven for urbanites from nearby Baltimore, Philly and D.C.
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.
With its quiet car-free streets and lovely lake views, Mackinac Island is Shangri-La for those who truly want to get away.
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’s capital, Natchez, is home to amazing historical architecture, unforgettable river views and even a prehistoric Native American village.
Spend your weekend boating, swimming, sunning and more in one of the many charming small towns bordering Missouri’s Lake of the Ozarks.
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!).
We’re crushing on Lincoln’s (named after the president, of course) manifold historical sites, museums and pretty parks.
The glass-clear alpine Lake Tahoe, located on the border between California and Nevada, is a top spot for skiing, boating and beach-going.
Don’t forget your finest camera when traveling to Portsmouth; this historical seaside town is the very definition of picturesque.
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.
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.
Grab a lakefront rental and spend your days vineyard hopping in the beautiful Finger Lakes region of New York State.
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.
Get your camera ready: Panoramas of the painted canyons of Theodore Roosevelt National Park (a few hours’ drive from Bismarck) will get you all the likes on Instagram.
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.
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.
The Columbia Gorge is known as “America’s Most Unique Wine Region”—and it’s less than an hour’s drive from Portland.
Home to the site of one of the most famous Civil War battles, Gettysburg is a history buff’s dream.
Two words: Cliff walk. Newport’s stunning cliffside mansions and sweeping sea views make it well worth the drive from New York or Boston.
Families are drawn to Myrtle Beach for the seaside destination’s wide Grand Strand beaches and thrilling amusement parks.
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.
A weekend in Nashville means plates of hot chicken, bike rides along greenway trails and yes—more live music than you can handle.
Drivable from Austin, Houston, Dallas and New Orleans, Galveston is a gem of a beach destination on the Gulf Coast.
If the rivers, towering cliffs and pristine forests of Zion National Park don’t take your breath away, nothing will.
Grab an island cottage and spend your days fishing, boating or simply relaxing by the deep blue waters of Lake Champlain.
Visit Williamsburg’s famed colonial sites, including Colonial Williamsburg and nearby Jamestown and Yorktown, for an unparalleled historical experience.
Whale watching, sea kayaking and more is on the itinerary in the lovely windswept San Juan Islands.
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 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.
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!)