Sometimes, getting out of town for the weekend is the best way to rejuvenate after a long stretch at work. As Memorial Day weekend is right around the corner, now is the perfect time to start planning a fun weekend getaway. In the United States, we are spoiled with a wide range of cultures and landscapes to choose from. Without further ado, here are 7 short vacation ideas to consider for an extended weekend.

Short Vacation Tips #1
San Diego, California

Short Vacation - San Diego

Known for its beautiful weather and laid-back lifestyle, San Diego has something for everyone. Whether its touring the famous Midway Museum, sampling a plethora of locally brewed beer, enjoying a night out in the Gaslamp Quarter, or just soaking up the sun on one of the many picturesque beaches, San Diego is truly one of the most renowned locations in the entire USA.

Just be sure to plan out an itinerary beforehand. Time tends to move fast in this paradise city.

Short Vacation Tips #2
Chicago, Illinois

Short Vacation - Chicago

Famous for its deep-dish pizzas (which almost always require a nap afterward), the Windy City is the heart of the Midwest and home to some of the friendliest people in the country. Located right next to the beautiful Lake Michigan, the Lakefront Trail is perfect for a stroll to get a good look at the skyscrapers and urban scenery.

Be sure to check out the lovely Millennium Park in addition to the sky deck of the Sears Tower (now called the Willis Tower). Also, no trip to the state of Illinois is complete without a meal at the beloved Portillo’s restaurant chain.

Short Vacation Tips #3
The Kentucky Bourbon Trail

Short Vacation - Kentucky Bourbon Trail

Did you know that for every person in the state of Kentucky, there are 1.5 barrels of Bourbon? Home to Wild Turkey, Jim Beam, Maker’s Mark, and a number of other famous brands, 95 percent of the world’s supply of Bourbon comes from this southern state. If you’re in this neck of the woods, checking out the Kentucky Bourbon Trail is must.

Located in state’s capital city of Frankfurt, this attraction is ideal for a long weekend as you can tour 9 different distilleries, gorge out at delicious restaurants, and experience the scenery at this beautiful location in the region’s heritage.

Short Vacation Tips #4
Red Rocks Park, Colorado

Short Vacation - Red Rocks

There is perhaps no better place in the world for lovers of the outdoors than Colorado. Red Rocks Park is one the best places in the entire country to gaze in awe at the breathtaking Rocky Mountains. With a range of trails accessible by foot or bicycle, this park is a phenomenal way to experience one of mother nature’s greatest creations. In addition to hiking and exploring the landscape, you can catch one of your favorite musical acts at the world famous Red Rocks Amphitheater.

If you haven’t experienced Colorado, be sure to plan a trip to this gem of the Rockies in the near future!

Short Vacation Tips #5
Lake Tahoe, California

Short Vacation - Lake Tahoe

Bridging the gap between Nevada and California, Lake Tahoe is one the most astonishing locations the U.S has to offer. With few crowds, affordable hotels, and plenty of activities ranging from skiing to boating, Lake Tahoe is a fantastic place to spend a long weekend.
Whether it’s hopping on a bike to check out some of the scenic trails, or relaxing in the hot springs, there is always something fun to do at this this best-kept-secret of the western United States.

Short Vacation Tips #6
New York City

Short Vacation - New York

Ah The Big Apple. The heart of western civilization is almost a required destination spot for travelers all across the world. While there may be too much going on in this city to pack into a single weekend, there are definitely essential sites to hit over the course of a few days. A long stroll in Central Park and a tour of the Ellis Island/Statue of Liberty are the essential attractions for first timers.

Additionally, there are an endless amount of museums to hop around to in the Upper East Side and more than enough classic New York dining options to choose from. No matter how many times you visit, there is always plenty to do in New York City.

Short Vacation Tips #7
Las Vegas, Nevada

Short Vacation - Las Vegas

It would almost be impossible to write about tourism in the United States without mentioning the notorious Las Vegas. As most experienced travelers will tell you, 2-3 days is the perfect amount of time to spend in Sin City. Stay at one the mesmerizing hotel/casinos on the main strip to get the full effect of the country’s favorite nightlife location!

It’s a myth that the only thing to do in Vegas is gamble. There are always an array of shows and events coming through town to tickle your fancy. Just be careful your first time around. Remember, “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.”

Whether you want an action-packed weekend or a just few days to sit back and relax, there are always more than enough options to experience the best places the United States has to offer.

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