Whether you are someone that takes spontaneous vacations or you plan your getaways a year in advance, finding that perfect location to enjoy a weekend getaway can be extremely difficult at times. This is why we have compiled a list of the top 30 Best Weekend Getaways in the US. We have separated them into three categories: Romantic Weekend Getaways, Family Weekend Getaways and Extreme Weekend Getaways. Take your time going through the list and give one a try. You won’t be disappointed.
- Romantic Weekend Getaways
At the top of the list is this all inclusive romantic getaway that gives new meaning to the word romantic. These couples-only resorts cater to love birds everywhere.
Love is definitely in the air when you plan a trip to Poconos, Pennsylvania. These couples-only resorts offer all inclusive packages that make spending a romantic weekend away affordable. They don’t leave out a thing and that leaves you stress free. You will stay in one of the resorts sexy suites and enjoy the finest of dining. They include nightly entertainment and tickets to big name concerts and events. Enjoy unlimited access to all three resorts and the company of the one you love.
Cape May, New Jersey
This Victorian-era town is perfect for any romantic weekend. It is located along the southern tip of New Jersey and offers romance and relaxation. Whether taking a stroll with your sweetheart along its beaches while looking for sea glass, or visiting its historic landmark district to enjoy the shops and sites, you are guaranteed a weekend full of memories.
You don’t need an occasion to visit Cape May. This quaint town has many meticulously maintained Inns that enjoy catering to lovers year-round. Many of them offer restaurants right on the premises while others are conveniently located near one of the many fine restaurants in town. There is nothing more romantic than snuggling with your sweetheart while traveling to dinner on one of the towns infamous horse-drawn carriages.
Located in Niagara County, New York, this magnificent destination is sure to add romance to any weekend getaway. The opportunity to create memories is endless when visiting this spectacular location.
Travel into Canada and enjoy this wonder in all its beauty. Board the historic Maid of the Mist and prepare to get yourself a little wet on this boat ride to the base of the falls. Get a birds eye view from the whirlpool aero car, otherwise known as the antique cable car, which shuttles you across the falls to view the famous Niagara Whirlpools. You may decide to stay in and uncork a bottle of champagne while enjoying the view from your room. The Marriott Niagara Falls Hotel Fallsview and Spa offers rooms with over sized windows in guest rooms offering panoramic views of the falls or the river.
Amelia City, Florida
Amelia Island was given its name by Amelia, daughter of England’s King George II. Located just inside the state of Florida, Amelia sits just south of the Georgia border northeast of Jacksonville.
Amelia is known for its Victorian Inns, stellar resorts and a picturesque shrimp fleet. Fernandina Beach’s old downtown offers shops and restaurants that tourists love. It’s primary beauty lies in its spectacular sunrises and sunsets. Bed and Breakfast Inns are plentiful in this quaint town and the romance is always at its peak. Whether strolling down the beach hand in hand or sitting on the balcony watching the sun go down, you will fall in love all over again.
Deep Creek Maryland combines the luxury of year round resorts with the relaxation and romance in a lakeside retreat.
Finding Deep Creek is not the easiest task but will be well worth the effort. You can find Deep Creek in the far western portion of Maryland showcasing Maryland’s largest fresh water lake. This getaway cater’s more to the couple in search of time alone and away from all the chaos life can dish out. You can experience nature in all its glory while taking a boat ride across the 12 mile long lake or you can just sit and enjoy the company of the one you love. This getaway transports you into another world and is well worth giving it a try.
Little Simons Island is definitely a diamond in the rough. This tropical paradise escape could easily be mistaken for a Caribbean island vacation rather than a tiny destination off the coast of Georgia.
Little Simons Island is the northernmost and most secluded of the string of islands known as the Golden Isles. It is 10,000 acres of wilderness and wild creatures all in a private sanctuary. This island consists of thick forests full of color and palm trees that billow in the breeze. It is bordered by beaches with burrowing crabs and squawking gulls overhead. It is easy to imagine being stranded on a deserted island with the one you love while enjoying this getaway.
There are three ways in which you can explore the island and they include walking, biking and paddling. Simply grab a map and off you go. If you prefer company or a guide, you can join other guests and embark on a guided tour adventuring deep into the island. You might even prefer participating in a birding trip, beach combing, a nature encounter, kayaking or even fishing.
Couples looking for romance are sure to find it at Whidbey Island, the longest island in the state of Washington. This romantic getaway location offers visitors a little bit of everything.
Whidbey Island is a rejuvenating getaway for anyone looking for a lot of romance with a splash of fun. Some of the nearby sites include charming small towns, sandy beaches, historic parks and landmarks, and rolling pastures.
The local cuisine includes an abundance of fabulous seafood from nearby waters; and overnight lodging ranges from northwest elegant to funky-historic. The woodland cottages located at the narrowest point of the island provide the perfect accommodations. These cottages sleep two comfortably and are conveniently placed to offer great opportunities to explore the lush island landscape and create romantic memories of a lifetime.
A visit to one of America’s oldest Amish Settlements is sure to be a unique weekend. Lancaster will take you back to a slower, more peaceful time where life set its own pace.
One thing Lancaster is not in shortage of, when it comes to attractions, is buggy rides. You can find buggy tours galore and they are well worth the time. Travel through town and experience life the Amish way. With its quaint little shops, vast open fields and old style farms, Lancaster induces a feeling of relaxation free of worry. You will want to take the time to enjoy visiting the Amish owned area shops. They offer a wide variety of unique, local made as well as grown, products that you may not find anywhere else.
While in Lancaster, stay at one of the many Bed and Breakfast’s located throughout the area and further enjoy this trip into the past.
- Family Weekend Getaways
When you think of Orlando, Florida the first thing that comes to mind, of course, is Disney world and for very good reason. Disney world is the biggest family oriented attraction in the world welcoming millions of visitors each year.
Disney world is fun for kids of all ages and that includes mom and dad. Rides, games, shows and food are never in shortage in this wonderland. There is so much to do while visiting Disney World that you could almost consider this one an adventure.
As fun and time consuming as a trip to Disney World can be, Orlando does offer quite a few other attractions to enjoy. While visiting this fun family destination, try making time for the mesmerizing Cirque du Soleil show, “La Nouba,” Kilimanjaro Safaris at Disney’s Animal Kingdom or the Battle for Buccaneer Gold attraction at the “virtual theme park,” DisneyQuest (located in Downtown Disney).
Wildwood, New Jersey
What would a family vacation be without a trip to the beach? Now add the fact that the beach is actually on an island full of fun and excitement and you have the makings for a masterpiece.
Three beach front water parks give this fun filled weekend a running start. Follow that up by pushing the limits on one of the six world-class roller coasters. Then give one of the many miniature golf courses a try. When you feel like you are about to explode from the pressure of all the fun, the games, water sports and beach entertainment begin. This is definitely a fun filled family weekend.
Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin
Wisconsin Dells is also known as “The Waterpark Capital of the World!” The nation’s first indoor water park was invented right here at this much appreciated destination.
Let’s go over a few of the reasons why Wisconsin Dells can claim to be the Capital of all water parks. It has the world’s largest concentration of indoor and outdoor water parks on the planet. It has America’s largest outdoor waterpark – Noah’s Ark Waterpark at 70 acres. It has America’s largest indoor/outdoor combination water park resort – the Wilderness Hotel & Golf Resort actually has four indoor waterparks and four outdoor waterparks on its property that, when added together, cover the equivalent of 12 football fields. It also has Wisconsin’s largest indoor waterpark – the Kalahari Waterpark Resort Convention Center. Now that’s impressive.
Atlanta is one of those overlooked vacation spots that is full of life and energy. You are sure to find a place of interest to visit no matter what your pleasure.
Atlanta is home to the largest aquarium in the world with over 8 million gallons of water and more animals than any other aquarium. It also houses the Atlanta Zoo, one of the oldest in the US. The Jimmy Carter Library and Museum traces the life and work of president Jimmy Carter. And finally, the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site features the home in which the leader of the Civil Rights movement in America was born, the church where he preached and the memorial site where he is buried.
Lake Placid, New York
The Adirondacks Park is the largest forest preserve in the United States. To give you an idea of just how big this preserve really is, imagine taking Glacier, Olympic, Yosemite, and Yellowstone parks and placing them side by side. The Adirondacks Park would still be bigger.
This preserve contains forty-six peaks that spire over 4,000 feet above sea level, and nine of these have rocky alpine summits. Mount Marcy reaches 5,344 feet and Mount McIntyre is 5,112 feet. Whiteface is 4,867 feet high. While visiting this breathe taking location you can enjoy lakes, rivers, peaks and flat woodlands. Perfect for any family getaway, you are guaranteed to experience nature like never before.
Smuggler’s Notch, New England
Located in the Green Mountains near Burlington, Vermont, this vacation spot is open summer, fall and winter. It has been voted one of the top family ski resorts in the US.
Smuggler’s Notch daringly promises: “the most fun your children will ever have – we guarantee it.” Kid’s programs offered consist of two teen centers, and a 5400 sq. ft. slope-side child care center for wee ones from 6 weeks of age.
Winter offers skiing, weekly fireworks, game night, a fun zone and more. The FunZone is a giant bubble that houses a Bouncy House, ping pong, air hockey, arcade games, kiddie area, inflatable structures to climb on, 22-foot slide, obstacle course, mini golf, volleyball and basketball.
Summer offers attractions such as four waterslides, a waterpark with slides and cannons, skateboard park, zip lines, disc golf, geo-caching, “digglering”, plus kayaking, hiking, and just about anything else you can think of.
Monterey Bay, California
Located on the coast in northern California, Monterey Bay is located about 110 miles south of San Fransisco. It is a very popular tourist spot and is home to Fisherman’s Wharf and Cannery Row. The Monterey Bay Aquarium is a well known sightseeing destination and is located in former cannery.
Monterey is very close to legendary Big Sur where the beaches are beautiful but cold! Gray whales can be spotted from the highway turnouts from December through April.
Sea kayaking is very popular with adults and older kids alike. It’s not uncommon to see sea lions, harbor seals or even sea otters on this adventure. Don’t forget about those gray whales though. They have no problem sneaking up on you and that’s sure to create a memory that will last forever.
Coconino County, Arizona
The Grand Canyon can simply be described as majestic. From the North Rim to the South Rim and the 18-MILE spread between them, not to mention the 227 miles of length and the mile drop to the Colorado River, this masterpiece will keep you amazed.
You have several options when it comes to exploring the Grand Canyon. There’s a leisurely (or not so leisurely) hike which is always an adventure, and a fun filled mule ride which is always a hit for the kids but the multi-day rafting trip is not for the faint at heart. For those who would rather enjoy the scenic views and eliminate the work of getting there, a helicopter tour is the answer for you.
The Grand Canyon has so much to offer that a weekend will probably not be enough but it will definitely be a weekend you won’t want to see end.
Big Bear Lake, California
Last of the Mohicans, several episodes of Bonanza and Old Yeller were just a few of the films that producers decided to film between 1960 and 1969 in the majestic mountains called Big Bear Lake.
Big Bear Lake is Southern California’s largest recreational lake. It is approximately seven miles long and about one mile wide at its widest point. Fishing has always been one of this locations most popular activities and this remains so today. Trout, bass and catfish can be found in abundance here so all family members are sure to have a great time.
During the winter season, Big Bear Lake becomes a skiing and snowboarding destination for Southern California. There are two major ski resorts: Snow Summit and Bear Mountain. Visitors come from all over the world to give these slopes a try and none go home disappointed. The town is also home to the Big Bear Lake International Film Festival, in operation since 1999.
Philadelphia, more commonly known as the birthplace of America, has become one of the nation’s top travel destinations. The Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, and Betsy Ross’ House are just a few of the many attractions you can experience while visiting this historic state.
The history represented by Philadelphia makes it a must see travel destination. This location was once home to individuals such as George Washington, Benjamin Franklin and William Penn.
Philadelphia is full of culture and its restaurants and style shops line the streets. Revitalization projects have transformed it from old to new. The renowned Italian Market continues to offer exceptional shopping delights. Furthermore, the new Citizen Bank Ballpark has brought pride back to Philadelphia sports.
Pikes Peak, Colorado
Pikes Peak is loaded with fun things to do for the whole family and is located near Colorado Springs. The picturesque mountain views will keep you in awe and will offer activities galore.
This is another one of those family vacation spots that will create family memories that will last a lifetime. This destination offers up a variety of activities many of which surround the beauty in nature. Colorado whitewater rafting Arkansas River is one of the most popular activities you will find. And no trip to Pikes Peak would be complete without experiencing Pikes Peak itself. But the newest attraction to the area was completed in 2010. Segway Tours at Garden of the Gods Visitor and Nature Center is a great way to experience one of natures’ greatest treasures: Garden of the Gods Park.
If you prefer to enjoy nature on your own, you can always go with the spectacular hiking trails, the crystal clear fishing holes or a visit to the world’s highest suspension bridge. You will never find a shortage of things to do on this fun filled family vacation getaway.
- Extreme Weekend Getaways
Clinton, New Jersey
If you are looking for an unusual adventure, then look no further. A trip to Clinton, New Jersey will give you the opportunity to enjoy a weekend with ‘In Flight Balloon Adventures’.
In Flight was established in 1987 and provides the most personalized flying experience. They offer an absolutely amazing ballooning experience with spectacular views of the rolling hills, farms and historic buildings. The Two Night Romantic Adventure Getaway Package that IN Flight offers includes everything to make this weekend complete. It combines the adventure of a Hot Air Balloon flight with the romance of elegant dining. You will be spending your nights in a charming little Bed and Breakfast and your days soaring through the air enjoying views in a way never experienced.
If a full day of Hot Air Balloon rides isn’t your thing, you have the option of enjoying a smaller 2 hour ride while spending the rest of your vacation enjoying all of the history that the local area has to offer. The Red Mill Museum Village sits on a tranquil 10 acre site nestled along the banks of the South Branch of the Raritan River in historic Clinton, New Jersey. You can also visit the Hunterdon Historical Museum, Hunterdon Museum of Art and the Clinton Historic District.
CanyonLands Jeep adventures offers a unique, fun filled experience that any adventurer will surely enjoy. Each Canyonlands Jeep rental comes with a recommended trail map, a cooler with ice and water, and plenty of room for your own snacks.
This adventure will take you through the red rock country around Moab. A great way to start your experience will be to travel 10.1 miles north of the adventure center where you will find the trails starting point off to your left. This is where you will parallel railroad tracks and begin your climb. Your adventure will continue as you drop into a beautiful red rock canyon and find yourself in the middle of a mesa. On your way back to Moab be sure to stop off at Wall Street to enjoy some rock climbing and see some wonderful Indian writings and petroglyphs.
A unique weekend adventure like this should be enjoyed by anyone who loves the great outdoors. It isn’t as strenuous as many other weekend adventure getaways but still provides all of the excitement. This extreme weekend can be enjoyed by young and old alike.
Las Vegas, Nevada
Yes, this weekend getaway was placed in the Best Weekend Adventure Getaways spot because that’s exactly what a weekend in Vegas is. There is so much to do in this ‘city that never sleeps’, that a weekend is almost never enough.
When we think of Vegas, we think of gambling. Although this is a very popular activity for those who frequent this light filled city, it is by no means the only activity. Shows are of the highest quality in Vegas and there are many to choose from but there is a free show that is recommended for all to see. The Bellagio fountains produces a spectacular show throughout the day and night non-stop. This choreographed stream of water shoots out of the fountain and dances to songs by Frank Sinatra or Gene Kelly. This one is sure to amaze. Now if it’s a show that costs that you are craving, there is none better than Cirque. It’s not cheap and will take up three hours of your day but it is well worth it.
Let’s not even get started on food because Vegas is the mecca of fine dinning, designer dinners and extreme buffets. Clubs, coasters, museums and spas are just a few more of the attractions you can indulge in while visiting this extreme city.
Hope, New Jersey
If horseback riding is the adventure for you, then the Double D Guest Ranch is the place for you. This adventure isn’t for the timid but is a fantastic way to enjoy the outdoors.
The Triple Brook Family Camping Resort is where your adventure will begin. This 250 acre farm is tucked away in the beautiful Kittatinny Mountains. The resort offers two swimming pools, a heated whirlpool spa, fishing, boat rentals and farm animals. There is also a children’s playground with tennis courts, basketball, volleyball, shuffleboard, horseshoes and mini golf.
The accommodations may not sound like a visit to the old west but a trip to the Double D Guest Ranch surely will. A short ride from the campground, in Blairstown, New Jersey, is where your adventure begins. Your horseback ride will take you through the Paulinskill River, the Allamuchy Mt. Park or the Swartswood State Park. Rides range anywhere from 2 hours long to a full day experience. This weekend adventure just might have you coming back for more.
Apostle Islands National Lakeshore offers a smorgasbord of activities to satisfy any adventurer. No matter where you passion lies, this getaway destination is sure to satisfy all comers.
There is definitely no shortage in the area of activities. Kayaking and sail boating are very popular ways to travel between the islands and are generally enjoyed by all. While we are on the subject of water, let’s move right on into the topic of fishing. The Apostle Islands and surrounding area offer anglers the opportunity to fish for Lake Trout, Brown Trout, Brook Trout, Rainbow Trout, and Coho Salmon. A Wisconsin fishing license and Great Lakes trout/salmon stamp are required for fishing in the park. The most unusual of water activities you can experience while visiting Apostle Islands is scuba diving. Diving is an adventure that will be different each time depending on where you visit. Apostle Islands offers clean, clear, underwater rock formations, and fascinating shipwrecks that ultimately combine to provide outstanding diving opportunities.
Hunting is permitted at Apostle Islands although there are extreme guidelines to help regulate overexploitation of game species and to ensure that hunting does not unreasonably impact the safety or experiences of other visitors. Hunting is allowed between September and the 1st week of January. The most popular of hunting activities is a muzzle loader deer hunt (by permit only) which is held during the month of October. There is also an archery season that opens for the last two weeks in September and the entire months of November and December. Anyone interested in hunting will be required to apply for a hunter access permit through park headquarters.
New Castle, Virginia
Wilderness Adventure at Eagle Landing is one of Virginia’s all around fun destinations. It offers such a wide variety of extreme activities that, like a few of our other featured locations, one weekend might not be enough.
Since going over each activity that Wilderness Adventure has to offer would take up just too much space, we will just list them and let you decide. Keep in mind that this list isn’t according to the degree of fun because every activity offered is an adventure in itself. The water sports portion of the list consists of kayaking, canoeing, natural water sliding and white water rafting. The land sports portion of the list consists of rock climbing, backpacking, mountain biking, caving, wilderness adventures, high ropes trails, zip line and a 50′ climbing wall.
So now you decide, one weekend or two. Whichever way this adventure takes you, it is sure to return you home full of stories to tell.
Lake Tahoe, Nevada
The adventure never ends in Lake Tahoe and seasons don’t change a thing. Winter brings extreme skiers and summer brings extreme bikers so this one is a year round adventure.
People call Lake Tahoe the ultimate adventure vacation and for very good reason. It takes it’s biggest asset of the winter and turns it into its biggest asset of the summer. With 18 cross-country and downhill ski resorts, Lake Tahoe is a step above the rest. Winter brings skiers from across the country who all have the same expectation: a fantastic time on one of the slopes or trails this resort destination has to offer. And if that wasn’t enough, summer brings extreme bikers who have the same expectation: a fantastic time on one of the slopes or trails this resort destination has to offer. The reason for this is because when the snow melts and the skiing season ends, the resorts opens up the slopes to extreme bikers giving them the thrill ride of a lifetime.
And if that weren’t enough, the night life at Lake Tahoe completes the package. You can expect to find fine restaurants serving up some of the best cuisine and bumping night clubs allowing you the opportunity to work that dinner off. All in all, this getaway is for the young at heart.
Jackson Hole, Wyoming
This is a destination that knows how to combine all of the adventures that the outdoors has to offer with all of the luxury of a true resort destination.
Spring Creek Ranch is located on a wildlife sanctuary almost 1,000 feet above the town of Jackson. It offers spectacular views of the Teton Mountain Range which includes the world famous 13,700 foot Grand Teton. This luxury resort gives guests the choice of Inn Rooms, Condominiums, or Mountain Villas in order to provide the right accommodations to suit your needs. Whether exploring Grand Teton or Yellowstone National Parks, or testing your skill on the Snake River Fly Fishing, White Water Rafting, or any of the other countless recreational opportunities, Spring Creek Ranch is a destination luxury resort for any type of guest.
This unique ranch features something rarely offered at an adventure destination such as this. The Wilderness Adventure Spa, located right on the premises, will pamper you just when your muscles need it the most. Here you can find yourself indulging in massages and other treatments, many of them Rocky Mountains–themed. Just when you thought you’d seen it all, Spring Creek Ranch takes adventure getaways to the next level.
Key West, Florida
This getaway transports you to a paradise where dreams can come true. The list of activities is vast and the possibilities for fun endless. This is yet another ‘must visit’ destination.
Key West, Florida is a tropical paradise destination perfect for relaxation and adventure. The island offers an abundance of activities for adults and children alike. Here you can swim with dolphins, go scuba diving with stingrays and sharks, take sunset or dinner sails or just lounge on the beach. You can also take city tours, ghost tours or Eco tours. Like we mentioned, the possibilities are endless and the list of activities would never end. This destination offers almost too much fun for one location.
New York City, New York
This was intentionally placed in the adventure getaway section because it’s a known fact that getting around New York can be an adventure in itself. With that being said, it also has some of the best attractions in the nation.
Here’s a ‘top ten places to visit while in New York’ list. This just works better because of the enormous amount of attractions in New York City. The number one attraction that New York has to offer is hands down the Empire State Building. Right behind that is, of course, the Statue of Liberty. And in third and fourth come The Grand Central Terminal and The Rockefeller Center. The Ellis Island Immigration Museum, Staten Island Ferry and American Museum of Natural History follow strong with Central Park, The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) bringing up the rear. Keep in mind that this is only the top ten list so the rear of this list is nowhere near the end of the total list of places to visit while in New York City.
The Horseshoe Canyon Ranch features comfortable rustic log cabins for accommodations. This vacation will take you back in time.
Fill your time at this family dude ranch with outdoor activities like horseback riding and rock climbing. The horseback riding is relaxing and enjoyable but the rock climbing is an adventure for the experienced climber. You will encounter some of the best rock climbing in the country right here in the Ozark Mountains surrounding the Horseback Canyon Ranch. If neither of these activities suites you then simply relax on the porch or get some sun by the pool but whatever you do, take in all that this old time ranch has to offer.
More Ideas For Getaways and FAQ’s
1.) Weekend Getaway Ideas With Kids
You and the family could take a weekend trip to your state park. This is a budget friendly trip for the family. You can rent log cabins, swim, go hiking, go fishing and enjoy other activities at your nearby state park. This can be a nice, fun & relaxing trip with your children.
You and the family could take a weekend trip to your state park. This is a budget friendly trip for the family. You can rent log cabins, swim, go hiking, go fishing and enjoy other activities at your nearby state park. This can be a nice, fun & relaxing trip with your children.