A weekend getaway is an opportunity to make unforgettable memories with the family. White-sand beaches, mountain trails, historic sites and some of the most picturesque cities in the Americas are closer than you think. Here are some suggested itineraries for easy weekend excursions:
Phoenix to San Diego
Distance: 350 Miles (5 hours)
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.
Boston to Cape Cod
Distance: 60 miles (1.5 hours)
The 1.5 hour drive from Boston to Cape Cod offers a scenic 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 pristine beaches.
Toronto to Blue Mountain Resort
Distance: 65 miles (2 hours, 35 minutes)
One of the largest and most popular ski resorts in Canada is a paradise for adventures of every kind. From wine tastings to outdoor concerts to gondola rides and zip lining, 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.
Montreal to Ottawa
Distance: 125 Miles (2 hours, 15 minutes)
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.
Seattle to Victoria
Distance: 75 miles (5 hours)
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 known for landmarks like the British Columbia Parliament Buildings and multicultural delights like Chinatown. Its stunning shorelines offer beautiful beaches and year-round boating.
Denver to Steamboat Springs
Distance: 160 miles (3 hours, 20 minutes)
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 is also on the rise.
Chicago to Milwaukee
Distance: Chicago to Milwaukee: 90 miles (2 hours)
Take a quick trip from the Windy City to Brew City and explore the vibrant metropolis of Milwaukee. Must-see attractions include the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, the celebrated Milwaukee Art Museum and the state-of-the-art Discovery World . The historic Third Ward neighborhood is packed with art, restaurants, beers of every kind and the Milwaukee Public Market—one of the best in the nation.
Miami to Key West
Distance: 160 miles (3 hours, 50 minutes)
A vacation to the southernmost 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 Jack’s in Key Largo) before gearing up for live music, magnificent parks and tropical drinks in Hemingway’s playground.
Atlanta to Jekyll Island
Distance: 320 miles (5 hours)
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.