Caught the Travel Bug? Here’s Where to Skip Town on a Long Weekend GetawayBy Margie Stahl
Home to cultural outlets, creative locals, and epic sunsets, Cannon Beach, Oregon makes for a stunning weekend getaway. (Photo: Alamy)
After a tiring week at work, there’s nothing like setting out on a long weekend getaway. Coast to coast, the country is dotted with unique destinations and one-of-a-kind attractions. Try out these U.S. cities for a weekend getaway to remember, and check out our infographic for more travel ideas.
Honky Tonk & Southern Hospitality
If you’re into live entertainment, delicious southern cuisine and great shopping, plan a Nashville weekend getaway. For a true Music City experience, make your first stop on Broadway. Bustling with honky tonk bars, live music venues and little shops full of cowboy boots, this strip of downtown is a must-see. You can also check out top Nashville attractions like the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum, the Grand Ole Opry and Ryman Auditorium. After a day of sightseeing, nosh on some classic Nashville barbecue. Take your Nashville weekend getaway during the fall for vibrant autumn leaves and a perfect breeze.
Scenic Views & Sunshine
Escape the winter blues with a long weekend getaway to Scottsdale, Arizona. Home to beautiful wildlife, hundreds of golf courses and natural hiking trails, this destination creates the perfect winter retreat. Spend the day relaxing in the pool at your Scottsdale resort then hit the green with your best buddies. After, go on an evening stroll at Pinnacle Peak. Offered exclusively during the wintertime, “Astronomy Evenings” at Pinnacle Peak offer visitors an educational night under the stars. Starting in October, the park also offers “Full Moon Hikes” where hikers get the chance to scale the rocks of Pinnacle Peak after hours.
Culture & Creativity
One of the best weekend getaway destinations for art lovers is Cannon Beach in Oregon. Full of art galleries, unique architecture and community theatre, this west coast city epitomizes local charm. Spend the day relaxing at the serene beach, then when night rolls around, hit up one of the city’s delicious wine bars. Named one of America’s best art towns, Cannon Beach is a creative’s paradise.