Weekend Getaways: Explore the Best Places Near You

Are you looking for a weekend getaway? Whether you're looking for outdoor adventures, unique museums, or charming towns, there are plenty of great places to explore near you. From romantic inns and family hotels to full-service resorts and spas, our list includes driving times from Richmond, Denver, Philadelphia, and more. Discover the best drive-time getaways from your city and plan a relaxing weekend trip to the Blue Ridge Mountains, Florida, Hawaii, or the Caribbean.

We have a whole section dedicated to romantic weekend getaways, so it's a good idea to start your research there. Couples celebrating an anniversary, birthday, or renewal of vows have plenty of options, from quick trips to New England, Florida and Arizona to ultra-relaxing spa vacations and all-inclusive weekend getaways. Weekend getaways with children can include a trip to a new city, a beach destination in Florida, the East Coast, California and other beautiful places.

If you can find a special offer in a luxurious resort room, you'll have some extra money left over for massages, golf, tennis, wine tasting, hot air balloon rides, adventure tours and more. Look for events taking place this weekend in nearby cities and you can attend a fun outdoor concert or a theatrical performance.

The best weekend vacation destinations are those that are easy to get to, allowing you to pack your bags and get in the car or on a short flight near the resort of your choice. From cities on the east coast, head to Vermont, Maine and upstate New York; from West Coast cities head to Napa and Sonoma for gourmet food and wine; from Southern California head to Florida for painters; and if you don't mind a 6-hour flight head to Hawaii for sandy beaches and relaxing spas.

No weekend getaway in the Northeast is complete without a trip to the famous Martha's Vineyard. A day trip destination from Boston, this is a paradise for celebrities, weekend warriors and members of the upper echelons of society. Boast two hours of driving time and cross the state line to this outdoor mecca in Chickasaw Country - home to Oklahoma's tallest waterfall - Turner Falls. The 77-foot drops accumulate in a huge swimming pit perfect for cooling off in the heat. Camp or rent a cabin in the eponymous 500-acre park; try caving in the caves or exploring Collings Castle - a madness of stone buildings inspired by English country houses and built by an eccentric teacher in the 1930s. Before you head home hone your driving skills at Cross Bar Ranch - an ATV and motorcycle track for rugged off-road riding.

Fredericksburg and Wine Country Texas is also worth visiting for its incredible music scene. Recently opened in the historic South Main Arts District is Central Station Hotel - offering an infinitely cool atmosphere and music-themed artwork that fits the area's blues legacy. Nearby visit Memphis Blues Hall of Fame, National Museum of Civil Rights and Memphis Rock 'N' Soul Museum for the birthplace of rock and roll. Also don't miss Sun Studio - where not only will you have a personalized tour but you can also take a photo with the same microphone that Elvis used to record his first album.

And of course no visit to Memphis is complete without a trip to Graceland to see the king's house. Then curl up with your loved one at one of these amazing weekend getaway destinations.

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