5 Top Destinations for a Long Weekend Getaway

posted on Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at 7:09:35 PM

Chicago Buckingham Fountain in Grant Park

After a long work week, sometimes you just have that impulse to pack your bags and get out of town. Problem is, you may not have the funds or time off to take a vacation for a week or two. Luckily, you can squeeze in a brisk, but fun trip in a weekend. And you know what’s better than a weekend? A three-day weekend. Whether you’re taking advantage of a three-day holiday weekend like Memorial Day or using a little bit of your paid time off, here are some of the best destinations to escape from “the real world” for 72 hours.

Denver

It doesn’t matter if you’re seeking the urban lifestyle or an outdoor adventure, the Mile High City gives you the best of both worlds. When hitting the streets of downtown, stop by one of the city’s trendy food halls like Zeppelin Station or Denver Central Market, and soak up the suds at Prost Brewing, Great Divide or any of Denver’s acclaimed microbreweries. Burn off those carbs with a bike ride while taking in spectacular views along the popular Cherry Creek Trail. If you want to make a deep dive into Mother Nature, you can obviously hit the Rocky Mountain ski slopes – but during warmer months, go for a scenic hike along Castle Rock Trail or Bluffs Loop Trail, which are both within a 30-minute drive of downtown. For music lovers, you would be foolish not to plan your getaway between spring and fall to catch an electrifying concert at the iconic Red Rocks Amphitheatre. Set against a gorgeous natural rock formation, this outdoor venue offers incredible acoustics along with a mesmerizing setting to watch a sunset.

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Chicago

There’s a lot to uncover in the crown jewel of the Midwest, but you can easily get a taste of everything from its rich history to its vibrant food scene in just a few days. Map out your weekend getaway around the warmer months to experience the slew of events, concerts and programs at Millennium Park. Of course, you have to take the obligatory selfie in front of The Bean. Since you’re in The Windy City, a deep-dish pizza should be on your agenda, and you can’t go wrong with Lou Malnati’s, Giordano’s or Gino’s East. Marvel at the city’s incredible architecture by taking a boat tour along the Chicago River, or see the sprawling cityscape from 1,353 feet with a trip up to the top of the Willis Tower Skydeck. If you plan your stay around Memorial Day or Labor Day weekend, try to some snag some tickets to a Cubs game at the legendary Wrigley Field to soak up the electrifying energy and storied history. Just don’t put ketchup on your hot dog. Seriously. 

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Nashville

Nashville isn’t dubbed Music City for nothin’. Just take a stroll along Lower Broadway and you’ll be pummeled with a barrage of multi-level bars and venues hosting live rock bands, country acts, dueling pianos and everything in between. The capital of Tennessee is home to several music halls of fame including the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Musicians Hall of Fame and the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. To dig deeper into the city’s musical history, take a tour of Ryman Auditorium, the former home of the Grand Ole Opry, and the renowned RCA Studio B, where Elvis Presley recorded over 200 songs. You can also check out gorgeous estates like Belle Meade Planation and Belmont Mansion to quench your historical thirst even more. Ordering a plate of hot chicken is a must, so swing by Hattie B’s or Prince’s Hot Chicken for your fried chicken fix. If you’re looking to step away from the hustle and bustle of the city, Radnor Lake State Park and Percy Warner Park are excellent retreats for hiking, picnicking and reconnecting with nature. 

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Miami

It’s safe to presume that sunny skies and white-sand beaches are on your mind if you’re planning an escape to Miami. Don’t worry. There are plenty of oceanfront gems from Sunny Isles Beach to South Beach to suit your travel style, whether you’re looking to party or just relax with a mojito in hand. Miami, though, is more than just a gorgeous coastal city. For one, it’s home to the world’s largest collection of Art Deco architecture, which can be easily experienced with a self-guided tour through Ocean Drive. Street art is another cornerstone of Miami culture. Take a stroll around Wynwood for some graffiti eye candy, and while you’re at it, make a pit stop at Concrete Beach Brewery or Wynwood Brewing and savor a seasonal craft beer. For food, be sure to chow down on a Cuban sandwich in Little Havana and grab a table at La Mar for authentic Peruvian cuisine paired with stunning skyline views. And if you’re game, immerse yourself into the city’s vibrant nightlife scene, offering everything from Latin dance clubs to lively gay bars.

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New Orleans

From the European-style architecture to the melting pot of French, Caribbean and Spanish influences, New Orleans is truly in a league of its own. When it comes to visiting The Big Easy, be prepared to loosen your belt a notch or two because it’s difficult not to pig out on the city’s Cajun cuisine. Rev up the gluttony with a plate of raw oysters at Acme Oyster House, then move on to a hot, crispy shrimp po’ boy at Parasol’s and cap off the evening with a beignet at the world-renowned Café du Monde. For history buffs, check out The National WWII Museum and Jackson Square, home to the oldest cathedral in North America, St. Louis Cathedral. Jackson Square also hosts an open-air market featuring vendors, street performers and artists. Of course, no trip to the Crescent City would be complete without a jaunt through the French Quarter that’ll leave you in a drunken stupor. Grab yourself a hurricane, strut down Bourbon Street and experience the wall of sound coming from every jazz club, rock venue and dance hall.

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