Are you looking for a budget-friendly weekend getaway? You don't have to go far to experience the benefits of a change in your environment. From the coast of Hermosa Beach to the rolling hills of Fort Collins, here are 15 cities that offer affordable getaways.
Hermosa Beach is ideal for a budget getaway. Enjoy a picnic breakfast or lunch on the beach, and explore the murals of Hermosa that commemorate the city's history and culture. Berkeley Springs is a great place to relax and rejuvenate with a swim in natural hot springs.
For an island getaway, head to San Juan Island, a few hours away by car plus a ferry ride from Anacortes. Reconnect with nature with a walk, bike ride or swim on the beach. Fishing, boating and kayaking are also available. Visit a winery, brewery or cider house for some liquid fuel.
Take a road trip from San Francisco to Paso Robles and explore downtown antique shops and restaurants on foot. Visit Lake Nacimiento for outdoor activities and the relaxed surroundings of its beautiful coastline, mountains, forests and waterfalls.
Less than 20 miles south of Portland is Sherwood's Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge, home to birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians and plants. Enjoy a stroll through the rolling hills of the area and stop at a local winery for a tasting or to pick up a bottle for later.
Oklahoma City is an easy weekend getaway with plenty of outdoor activities in its Boathouse district along the Oklahoma River. Explore downtown Bricktown for dining, nightlife and entertainment. Visit the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum or Myriad Botanical Gardens for an enjoyable day outdoors.
Within an hour's drive north of Denver is Fort Collins, where you can enjoy outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, bird watching or horseback riding. Explore downtown Fort Collins' shops, galleries, museums and restaurants. Stay at the Armstrong Hotel located in Old Fort Collins for an authentic and comfortable stay that fits your budget.
Asheville offers delicious food options even for those who care about their budget. Hike through the Blue Ridge Mountains and explore the picturesque streets of Asheville's restored historic buildings.
No matter which city you choose, you'll come home rested and not too light on your wallet. So take some time off and enjoy one of these affordable weekend getaways near you.