A weekend getaway is an opportunity to make unforgettable memories with the family, and luckily you can always find an amazing setting close to home. White-sand beaches, mountain trails, historic sites and some of the most picturesque towns in the world are closer than you think.
Phoenix to San Diego
From desert to beach in one afternoon, a trip from Phoenix to San Diego makes for a great weekend adventure. San Diego has much to offer
adults and children alike, including year-round surfing, a world-class zoo, unbeatable Mexican food and, of course, Sea World.
Phoenix to San Diego: 350 Miles (5 hours)
Boston to Cape Cod
The 1.5 hour drive from Boston
to Cape Cod is an opportune introduction to one of America’s oldest and most charming vacation destinations. Whale watching, lighthouse sightings, fishing and seaside dining define “The Cape” experience. Stroll down Falmouth’s idyllic Main Street, catch a game of the famed Cape Cod Baseball League or check out one of the area’s numerous heavenly beaches.
Boston to Cape Cod: 60 Miles (1.5 hours)
Toronto to Blue Mountain
One of the largest and most popular ski resorts in Canada is a paradise for adventures of every kind. From wine tastings to zip lining to gondola rides and outdoor concerts, this stunning region is a hub of year-round entertainment. Don’t miss a tour of Apple Pie Trail, located in the heart of Canada’s apple country.
Toronto to Blue Mountain: 65 miles (2 hours, 35 minutes)
Montreal to Ottawa
Canada’s capital of Ottawa, at the border of Quebec, is bursting with cultural importance. Grand Victorian architecture, world-renowned museums and a diverse population all boost the city’s famed quality-of-life ratings. Situated between the Ottawa River and the Rideau Canal, the setting lends itself to both warm-weather boating and bracing winter ice skating.
Montreal to Ottawa: 125 Miles (2 hours, 15 minutes)
Seattle to Victoria
Board the passenger-only Victoria Clipper from Seattle
, and enjoy a scenic ride to Canada’s “Garden City.” Located on the southern tip of Vancouver Island, Victoria is one of the oldest cities in the Pacific Northwest. The city is famous for its historic landmarks, including the British Columbia Parliament Buildings, and multicultural delights like Chinatown. Its stunning shorelines offer beautiful beaches and year-round boating.
Seattle to Victoria: 75 miles (5 hours)
Denver to Steamboat Springs
Few Colorado ski resorts offer the idyllic, small town charm of Steamboat Springs. The scenic drive up the mountain reveals some of the best trails in the nation, while the region’s Yampa River hosts world-class fishing, tubing and kayaking. Hot air ballooning in the warmer months is popular thanks to an unforgettable view of the American West. Steamboat’s growing culinary scene, featuring family-friendly New York Times favorite LOW Country Kitchen, is also on the rise.
Denver to Steamboat Springs: 160 miles (3 hours, 20 minutes)
Chicago to Milwaukee
Take a quick trip from the Windy City
to Brew City and explore Milwaukee’s vibrant metropolis. Excursions such as the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, the celebrated Milwaukee Art Museum and the state-of-the-art Discovery World guarantee memories filled with amazement and delight. The historic Third Ward neighborhood is a must-see, packed with art, restaurants, beers of every kind and the Milwaukee Public Market – one of the best in the nation.
Chicago to Milwaukee: 90 miles (2 hours)
Miami to Key West
A vacation to the southern most city in the continental U.S. begins the moment you get in your car. Settle into “Island Time” as you cruise over the blue waters of the Keys (via the famed Seven Mile Bridge) and breathe in the salty air. Make time to stop for some savory fish sandwiches along the way (you can’t go wrong with Alabama Jacks) before gearing up for live music, magnificent parks and tropical drinks in Hemingway’s playground.
Miami to Key West: 160 miles (3 hours, 50 minutes)
Atlanta to Jekyll Island
Just off the coast off Georgia lies Jekyll Island, a paradise for beach lovers and animal enthusiasts alike. Bike trails, sand bars and golf courses pepper the small island, while a bevy of wildlife live in the inland marshes. Both the Georgia Sea Turtle Center and Summer Waves water park attract visitors from far and wide.
Atlanta to Jekyll Island: 320 miles (5 hours)