Best Weekend Getaways in the U.S.
For many people, weekends are a time to stay in, catch up on household chores or simply relax. However, if a weekend at home doesn’t appeal to you, planning a weekend city getaway may be just the ticket. Many of the nation’s cities offer great opportunities for weekend visitors, with plenty of easy-to-access activities, ample city transportation options and enough culture and history to encourage a return trip in the future. Whether you choose a simple hotel or seek out a deluxe Bluegreen Resorts rental, you can be sure of an exciting stay in any of these fine cities.
Top weekend getaway cities in the U.S.
If there is one U.S. city that you must visit in your lifetime, it is most definitely New York City. A world center for finance and art, New York is a true melting pot of cultures and influences. You can say that a city has something for everyone, but nowhere is that more true than here. Events are always on the schedule, from street fairs to theater and film premieres, sporting events to seasonal activities, new restaurants and clubs opening and, of course, the many landmark attractions from Central Park to the Statue of Liberty.
If skyscrapers are not to your taste, then the low-rise buildings and more neoclassical aesthetic of our nation’s capital make for an excellent weekend destination. Washington, D.C. is not only packed with museums housing natural history, historical relics and tributes to the spirit and accomplishments of Americans, but it has also become a real food destination in recent years. Its walkability and accessibility by train make it very attractive for a weekend visitor as well.
The beautiful city by the bay will most definitely capture your heart if you stop in for the weekend. San Francisco possesses scenic views, plenty of outdoor parks and some of the loveliest Victorian architecture in the country. A vibrant nightlife and diverse food scene give this city an allure that you will find difficult to leave behind.
If truly exciting nightlife is what you want out of a weekend break, then Miami may be the place for you. This is the place to be seen and to see the beautiful people, international partiers and the truly unique. Plenty of delicious food with a heavy Latin influence can be had, and the Art Deco district of South Beach is a must-see during the day and at night.
History may seem to be the only drawing card for Philadelphia, but the “City of Brotherly Love” has much more to offer than simply colonial architecture and historical documents. True, here is where you will find the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall and Benjamin Franklin’s grave, but “Philly” is also home to a diverse ethnic scene, including the Italian neighborhood and Chinatown, the spectacular indoor Reading Market and Fairmount Park; and where else can you run up the art museum steps and have your picture taken with a statue of Rocky Balboa?
The hardest part of planning for a weekend mini-break is deciding where to spend those three days. With so many diverse and exciting cities to choose from, all packed with activities, must-see sights and must-have experiences, you may need to start planning your next weekend as soon as this weekend ends.
Article by Luke Stanfield