The Best Staycations in Every State
Sometimes, the best vacations are ones that don't require a passport or even a plane ticket: They're in spots that can be found in your state—or one nearby. Click through to find close, easy, and fun staycation options.
If you’re looking for a romantic getaway, we’ve got the perfect spot for you. Named one of the most romantic vacation spots in Alabama by Crazy Tourist, Gorham’s Bluffs is right on the Tennessee River where you can kayak or have a picnic with that special loved one. Plus every room has a cozy fireplace and a hot tub.
Named one of the best lodges in Alaska by Forbes, the Ultima Thule Lodge is the perfect place for when you really want to get away. It takes a six-hour drive and a 90-minute flight to get to the five cabins, but you’ll be thankful that you did. Luxury accommodations and the best outdoor adventures Alaska has to offer and you’ve got yourself a dream staycation. If you’re traveling to Alaska, make sure you follow this travel checklist.
Looks like you have to live in Arizona if you want to live out your mermaid dreams. According to North Valley Magazine, the most unique staycation in the state is The Phoenician. Located in Scottsdale, the hotel offers Aquamermaid School where guests can learn to swim like a mermaid in 60-minute sessions.
The 21C Museum Hotel in Bentonville is every minimalist’s dream with its clean aesthetic and it houses an art museum for cultured folks looking to appreciate creativity.
It’s pretty hard to compete with California beaches. One of the best staycations is the small town of Laguna Beach where the water is crystal clear and not usually packed with tourists. One of the best places to stay is at the Montage, which has a cliff looking over the Pacific for a killer view.
Hotel Rehoboth is a great place to stay for a beach getaway. It’s walking distance from every place you need to visit, including restaurants, the boardwalk, and shops.
Voted as the number one place to have a staycation on Wallet Hub, Orlando is the home of arguably the best amusement parks in the United States. Disney World, Harry Potter World, and Universal Orlando—you will never be bored.
Hawaii is one of the most desirable vacation destinations in the world. If you’re lucky enough to live in paradise, where do you go to get away? Do something non-beach related. According to Honolulu Magazine, you can take a tasting tour of Kona coffee beans. Located on the Big Island, you can see every step to making coffee and explore the coffee orchards.
Voted as Illinois’s most scenic spot, Elsah is a tiny town filled with cozy homes that will bring you back 150 years and make you want to stay there. It’s located right on the bank of the Mississippi River and the entire village is on the National Register of Historic Places. Check out the best family travel destinations in each state.
The Arbor Hill Inn features fireplaces and whirlpool tubs in rooms and offers visitors a chance to go boating on Lake Pine and apple picking at Garwood Orchards. Check out this list of the best natural hot springs you can find around the country.
Spend time in downtown Des Moines by staying at Hotel Renovo. You can eat at popular restaurants like Machine Shed and Living History Farms, and it’s a short drive to Adventureland amusement park.
If you want to live like a king or queen for a weekend in the south, definitely check out CastlePost. Located in Versailles (yes, there’s a Versailles in the United States too), this beautiful castle has 16 guest rooms, a ballroom, a billiards room, swimming pool, tennis court, and farm-to-table cuisine—it’s what every fairytale dream is made of.
We have two words for you: whale watching. The New England coastline is beautiful on its own, but that pales in comparison to seeing a magnificent sea creature like a whale in its natural habitat. We recommend staying at Bar Harbor Inn; it covers eight-acres and gives you killer views of Frenchman Bay and the Porcupine Islands.
Named one of Condé Nast’s most beautiful national park beaches, Assateague Island is one of the few beaches you have to share with wild horses—and that’s pretty cool.
Another Condé Nast Traveler pick for one of the most beautiful national park beaches, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore has steep sand dunes that are perfect for sandboarding straight into Lake Michigan.
Calling all shoppers: Bloomington, Minnesota is the city for you. It’s where you can find the famous Mall of America, which includes over 530 department stores, an amusement park, and an aquarium. According to Expedia, it also has great green spaces for nature lovers and a fun nightlife.
History buffs will appreciate the National Military Park in Vicksburg. Visitors can learn more about the Civil War and the Siege of Vicksburg, which led to the Confederate Army to surrender and give the Union control of the Mississippi River. Check out the best festivals and fairs in each of the 50 states.
Springfield offers a lot for visitors to do. You can take a tram ride through Fantastic Caverns, take a tour of the Pythian Castle, and pay respects to the brave men and women who fought for our country at the Springfield National Cemetery.
Triple Creek Ranch gives you the ultimate luxurious experience. This all-inclusive resort has amazing amenities, fun activities such as ATVing and horse riding, and gourmet food. If you’re struggling to find a nice (and cheap) place to stay, check out the top Airbnb rentals until $100 in all 50 states.
Las Vegas is really a world of its own. Think of it as an adult Disneyland, with the best nightlife in the country, home to one of the biggest malls in the United States, and five-star luxury hotels all located next to each other; you really do get it all in one place.
The Jersey shore gets a bad rap. (Not the reality TV show—it earned its reputation.) But the beaches along the shore are great weekend getaways for locals. They’re every bit as beautiful as the strands in the Hamptons but without the all the fuss. Check out Spring Lake or Cape May.
Want to do some good for the environment on your staycation? Desert Harbor, which is located between Santa Fe and Albuquerque, is an eco-friendly resort that is entirely solar powered. The food is also all organic. All that plus it’s ideal for some serious alone time with your significant other; it’s totally isolated and sits at the base of sandstone cliffs in the desert.
When most people think of this state, they picture Manhattan. But New York is so much more than the Big Apple. One of the best places to get away from the hustle and bustle is a visit to the Catskills Mountains. There’s something for everyone, from hiking to exploring wineries, all with a beautiful backdrop that was made for that perfect Instagram story.
The Biltmore is the largest home in America, and it was built by American family royalty. You can shop, you can bike, and you can visit the winery on this incredible estate. If you’re traveling during the warmer months, take down the 15 best vacation spots for summer travel in the United States.
You can literally live life on the prairie at Coteau des Prairies Lodge. Apart from the stunning architecture of the lodge itself, the land it sits on miles of farm and fields. You can also enjoy activities such as farming and horseback riding.
Landoll’s Mohican Castle is a pretty and grand hotel sits on a 30-acre estate. But what sets it apart from other places are the ghost hunts; you can tour the grounds and learn about its haunted history. There’s a chance that some spirit or another may join you. Make sure you check out the most haunted cities in America.
If you’re looking for an active staycation, head to the Boathouse District. There you can do pretty much every water sport—starting with paddle boarding and kayaking—and you can also explore the many paved trails that are ideal for running, biking, or hiking.
Ever wanted to hike up a volcano? Portland houses an inactive volcano Mount Tabor with different trails based on difficulty so that absolutely everyone can enjoy this hike. Read about the cheapest months of the year to visit all 50 states.
If you want to explore Philly in a new, unexpected way, try staying in one of the houses in Elfreth’s Alley (a.k.a the oldest street in America). For about $200, you can Airbnb a home from William Baran and experience all the cobblestone in its adorable glory. It’s walking distance from Liberty Bell, the Benjamin Franklin, and other historical monuments.
Nothing says staycation like a spa day. Newport is home to Bodhi Spa, which bills itself as New England’s premier hydrotherapy spa. It’s all about detoxification here; the spa offers hot mineral baths, infrared saunas, cool plunges, and more that will enhance your wellness journey.
Get away from all the noise and stress that comes with normal life by escaping to Peregrine Pointe Bed and Breakfast. You can do all the outdoor activities that your nature-loving heart desires while still being just a drive away from the closest city.
Stay a weekend in the woods and catch up with friends by getting a cabin at Eagles Ridge Resort. All cabins come with fully equipped kitchens, whirlpool tubs, and fireplaces. There’s even a communal pool where you to make new friends.
Hiking lovers, this one’s for you. Named one of Condé Nast’s best hikes in the world, the Narrows Trail follows the Virgin River 16 miles through the incredible Zion Canyon.
Port Townsend is home to creators, craftspeople, and hipster philosophers, according to the experts over at Seattle Magazine. They suggest spending 36 hours in town to experience the food and great live music.
Blackwater Falls State Park is home to magnificent waterfalls that are definitely worth checking out. If you’re not up for a strenuous outing, you’re in luck: The hike in is very manageable.
The Osthoff Lake Resort is about 500 feet of recreational lakefront where you can either spend time in the water or just take in the relaxing view. The resort also includes an indulgent spa, fine dining, and even a cooking school.
If you want a true winter wonderland, this might be it. The Rustic Inn Creekside Resort in Jackson Hole is a lodge-style hotel on about 12 acres of land. With a heated pool and offering every winter activity imaginable, this is a great home away from home when it gets cold out. Next, check out the best state gifts from all 50 states.