The Best Weekend Getaways in Every State
Got 48 hours to enjoy a relaxing retreat? You’ll maximize your time (and fun!) at these amazing resorts and destinations in every state.
Hawaii: Surfjack Hotel & Swim Club, Waikiki, Oahu
Who wouldn’t want to spend a weekend in Hawaii? At the Surfjack Hawaii in Waikiki, visitors can enjoy hip and modern weekend getaways that at the same time take them back to 1960s beach culture within its midcentury modern design. Rent bikes to explore Waikiki, take Pilates on the penthouse lanai, or learn how to make a lei at one of the resort’s Aloha Friday workshops. Here’s what you need to know before booking a Hawaii vacation.
Idaho: Sun Valley
For a mountain escape in Idaho, look no further than Sun Valley where you’ll not only find plenty of outdoor activities from skiing in winter to hiking and biking in summer, but also diverse arts and culture offerings. The area is also a haven for shopaholics, and don’t miss the Wood River Farmers’ Market for some authentic local fare. What’s more, the area bills itself as dog-friendly, so feel to bring Fido along for the fun.
Get away to the big city and Chi-town for a weekend full of food, fun, and seemingly unlimited things to do. Fill up on Chicago deep dish at Gino’s East and then burn it off shopping along Michigan Avenue, aka the Magnificent Mile. Take in a Chicago Cubs game at Wrigley Field and then get some culture at the Art Institute of Chicago and The Field Museum. Fun places to stay the night are the funky ACME Hotel Company or the Kimpton Hotel Monaco with in-room window seats overlooking the Chicago River. These are the 30 must-see places in the United States to take your kids before they grow up.
Indiana: West Baden Springs
Located in southern Indiana’s rolling hills, West Baden Springs once attracted visitors looking to soak in its healing hot springs. The West Baden Springs Resort was built in the mid-1800s to accommodate these visitors and remains today as an elegant gem and National Historic Landmark. Its incredible atrium, which spans 200 feet and was constructed in the early 1900s, was once the largest free spanning dome in the world. Today, you can enjoy the resort’s luxurious spa, nightly atrium light show, fine dining, and several golf courses.
Explore world-class museums, historic sites, breweries, and shopping in quaint villages in the riverfront community of Davenport, a great place for weekend getaways. Set along the Mississippi River, visitors can take a riverfront cruise or cheer on the minor league Quad City Bandits at the historic Modern Woodman Park, which was once named the best U.S. minor league park. Pampering hotels include Hotel Blackhawk or the Current Hotel, and for a treat, grab a famous hot fudge sundae at Lagomarcino‘s.
Kansas: Kansas City
Got a hankering for some barbecue? Get to Kansas City, because you’ll find their brand of BBQ in abundance. Come with an empty stomach for stops at Slap’s, Gates, and Rosedale restaurants, serving saucy selections. Located on the western side of the Missouri River from Kansas City, Missouri, the city offers shopping, outdoor activities, and historic sites like a park that marks Lewis and Clark’s passage. The Hotel Indigo Kansas City Downtown, housed in a 1930s-era building, makes a convenient home base to see attractions like Union Station, the Arvest Bank Theater, and legendary jazz clubs.
Picture miles of rolling green horse farms with white picket fences and prized thoroughbreds grazing, and you’ve got a vision of Lexington, Kentucky. This southern town in central Kentucky, known as the Horse Capital of the World, offers organized tours of its more than 400 horse farms. Its charming downtown has plentiful shopping, trendy restaurants, and many hotels like the 21c Museum Hotel Lexington, which has a free art gallery open 24 hours a day, and the classic Hilton Downtown Lexington with easy access to the home basketball court of the University of Kentucky Wildcats’ famous Rupp Arena.
Louisiana: New Orleans
Let loose in New Orleans, where weekend getaways can be as crazy as you want. Go bar hopping down Bourbon Street sipping a hurricane and get your fill of jazz music, or opt for a more tame streetcar ride to see the city sites. Of course, you’d be remiss if you didn’t down a beignet in the French Quarter or try one of the city’s many up-and-coming restaurants. You can’t go wrong staying at The Old No. 77, built in a refurbished coffee warehouse; the mid-century industrial design is super-convenient to the French Quarter, and houses one of the best restaurants in town, Compère Lapin.
Maine: Acadia National Park
Escape to the beauty of Mother Nature in Maine at the popular Acadia National Park along the state’s coastline. The 47,000-acre National Park offers both coastal and forest trails for hiking, as well as horseback riding, and boating and fishing in its lakes and ponds. Stay in Bar Harbor, which has plenty of accommodations and restaurants along with Cadillac Mountain for even more hiking or rock climbing. Don’t miss these stunning photos of National Parks in full bloom.
Maryland: Talbot County
Sitting along Maryland’s famed Eastern Shore is charming Talbot County comprised of various towns along the Chesapeake Bay, including Easton, St. Michaels, Oxford, and Tilghman Island. Be sure to get on the water with one of the many tour and cruise companies, and eat plenty of crab especially soft shells in season, at establishments like St. Michael’s Crab House and Michael Rork’s Town Dock. Oh, and try to find a piece of Smith Island cake, Maryland’s official state dessert, before your weekend is over.