What is going on in your life right now? Have you been working too much? Feeling overwhelmed keeping up with all the expectations from your new year’s resolutions? Ready to just take a break from the cold weather – even though winter just started? Whatever you have going on, a quick weekend getaway may be just what you need.
Benefits of Weekend Getaways
Believe it or not, there are many benefits to enjoying a weekend getaway. You may think that a short trip won’t benefit you as greatly as a long vacation – and you may even think it to be more trouble than it is worth. However, you would be wrong. Weekend getaways are powerful – and sometimes, they are all that is needed to revive your life!
Just look at some of these benefits:
- Boost your mental health
- Empower your relationships
- Improve physical health
- Increase focus and productivity
- Lower stress levels
- More affordable
- Do only the things you love
- No need to take time off of work
Now, if you are ready to jump in, let’s talk about the 9 best weekend getaways.
1. New York City, NY
New York City is the city that never sleeps – so it makes sense to visit it when you are short on time! There is so much to do, including Broadway shows, museums, galleries, stroll through Central Park, shopping, dining, and sightseeing. If you are from anywhere else, you will find that a weekend trip to NYC will have you feeling like you’ve been whisked away from reality.
2. New Orleans, LA
How about sippin’ some sweet tea on the bayou? New Orleans is a happening spot – and the perfect place for a weekend getaway. It is historical and romantic yet sinful and indulgent. Whatever it is that you are feeling up for – sightseeing, eating, shopping, drinking, and more – you will find it here.
3. Austin, TX
We bet you didn’t expect Texas to make it on the list of weekend getaway destinations, did you? Austin is delightful – and you will want to experience it. This is especially so if you are looking to get outdoors and enjoy some mild, very pleasant weather. Here you will find museums, parks, dining, shopping, and a ton of live music. Take a bike ride through Barton Creek Greenbelt and have a drink at Austin City Limits – you are sure to enjoy yourself.
4. Playa del Carmen
Interested in sticking your toes in the sand and listening to the crashing waves as you breathe in the salty air? If this sounds just like how you imagine a weekend getaway, then the beaches of Playa del Carmen are calling your name. Here you can soak up the sun and the ocean breeze during the day and dance your night away, thanks to the city’s booming nightlife. Of course, there is delicious food, outdoor nature adventures, and lots of shopping, too.
5. Miami, FL
If you are looking for a tropical paradise, but prefer to keep it stateside, then Miami may be the destination for you. After all, when it comes to urban beaches, South Beach in Miami is one of the top-rated in the world. Here you will find incredible art deco architecture, culturally-diverse dining, shopping, Wynwood art district, all things beach, and unforgettable nightlife. You may even see one of the many celebrities that frequent the area.
6. Asheville, NC
Asheville is one of those places where you can enjoy the indoors as much as the outdoors. There are hikes through the Great Smoky Mountain National Park and Pisgah National Forest, beautiful mountain scenery, and a ton of street art to take in. There is also the infamous Biltmore Estate, a lot of delicious places to dine, and just a beautiful city to take a troll. Its laid-back atmosphere is what is so welcoming about Asheville. And did we mention it is a craft beer hotspot?
7. Santa Barbara, CA
In Santa Barbara, find yourself some peace standing on Stearns Wharf (the oldest wooden wharf in the CA), looking out over the harbor. If you are getting away for the weekend, this may be a much-needed stop to clear your head. Just don’t forget to visit this spot to take in the stunning sunset. While here, you can stroll through the Santa Barbara Museum of Art or Santa Barbara Zoo, play a round of golf, enjoy some dining and wine tasting, and even take a ride along the Cabrillo Bike Path. You are sure to feel rejuvenated by the time you get back home.
8. Davis, OK
Want to head back in time? Visit the stone buildings and country homes of Davis, Oklahoma that have been around for decades. You can enjoy the 77-foot waterfall (the tallest in the state) and dive into the swimming hole below, both in Turner Falls Park. The entire place is charming, full of antique shops and boutiques. It’s like taking a step back, but with all the modern-day amenities. And don’t miss the ATV and motorcycle track riding at Cross Bar Ranch. Nothing like off-roading on a four-wheeler to refresh your mind and body, right?
9. Nashville, TN
Nashville has been a hot spot for decades, but even more so recently. You can enjoy the touristy spots, such as the Grand Ole Opry, Johnny Cash Museum, and even the Country Music Hall of Fame. There is always a lot of music and a lively nightlife scene. But it’s also a beautiful place to wander, too. You never know what you may come across. Whatever you do, though, don’t forget to try some delicious eats here – most famous for the authentic Nashville hot chicken and bbq!
Pack Your Bags
Well, there you have it. All the fun and excitement to be had when you travel on a weekend getaway to revitalize your life. If you are looking for something more, consider chartering a private jet for your quick trip. Not only will it make the entire trip more enjoyable, but it also offers you the most flexibility so you can make the most of your short time.