Have you not got any plans to enjoy this weekend? Not a problem. Here’s a list of easy escapes that will let you break away from the monotony of your routine. What you should have is a spirit for adventure, a craving for exploration, and a tank full of gas!
1. Undiscovered Capes of New England
The famous Nubble lighthouse in Cape Neddick, Maine, is a great option to get away from Boston. Along the way, you could absorb some sun in Cape Ann, Mass, and maybe a stopover in Gloucester at the Blue Shutters Beachside Inn for a starting amount of $125, or seize a mouth-watering lobster roll in Portsmouth, N.H. You can still feel satisfied knowing that you’re spending less than crowd of people visiting New England’s popular capes.
2. Central Coast of California
People living in San Francisco are lucky enough to be able to escape down to the Pacific Coast Highway to Big Sur. The windy highway, cliffside view of the ocean, lively beaches and captivating forests have made nature lovers feel at home for centuries. The drive from Monterey’s lively quayside to the Central Coast is a short one. You can also stop over at Casa Munras, Monterey, for an amount starting from $147. If Big Sur has not been able to satisfy your nature-loving pangs, then you can head straight towards San Simeon for watching the incredible Hearst Castle.
3. Mississippi Gulf Coast
This place has been voted by Budget Travel subscribers as one of America’s coolest Small Towns in 2013. Digest that! It’s a break from New Orleans. You should look for the art aesthetics in the old, historic town, visit the unique Creole cottages, and grab the huge mocking burger from the Mockingbird Café. This would be the perfect way to top off a weekend. Hangout at the Bay Town Inn from $149.
4. Door County, Wisc
This is a top secret location. Not all Americans are aware of Cape Cod of the Midwest. Door County is a calm cape between Lake Michigan and Green Bay. It has been an immensely loved spot among visitors. This is one of those places where you can go about skipping on rocks, enjoy a traditional fish boil, treat yourself to a high ice cream cone and smooth out the day with a sunset view. It’s also known by the name of Cherryland USA because of its delicious yearly crops. You can lodge at Lodgings, Ephraim. The costs start from $109.
5. The Black Hills and Badlands of South Dakota
Our personal favorite road trips include those across South Dakota’s Badlands. You can bring out the inner cow boy/girl in you, soak up the western terrain and at Mount Rushmore, greet the four U.S. presidents as well. Hangout at Custer State Park’s State Game Lodge from $115 and above.
6. Missouri’s Excelsior Springs
Another unknown secret is to chill at Elms Resort and Spa from $139. Treat yourself in this little abode of heaven and decide whether you want to go back and tell your friends about it or keep it your little secret. The Excelsior Springs, Missouri, is your chance to delve into an unforgettable experience.
7. New York’s Hudson River Valley
New Yorkers like a little escape now and then from the hustle and bustle of city life. Hudson Valley’s compilation of revamped homes and historical treats along side the river are a complete ticket. You can also reach here through the metro North commuter.
For inspiration and educational purposes, you have the option of Washington Irving’s Sunnyside and the Rockefeller estate whereas, for the daring souls out there, they have the village of Sleepy Hollows and offers tours from time to time into the graveyard. They have something for everyone. You can hang out at Alexander Hamilton House, Croton-on-Hudson, from $135.
8. Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley
Inhabitants close to the D.C. area take the Blue Ridge Highway to run off into the Shenandoah Valley. It’s guaranteed to relax and soothe you and make you forget the noise of the city. You can even go further south into forests, historic battlefields and beckoning mountains and lose yourself in natural beauty. Hang out at Mimslyn Inn, Luray, Va., from $160.
9. Oregon’s Hood River
Not far from the city center, outside Portland, lies the Hood river and the Columbia River Gorge that bid on a break-through into the wild. Orchids are sure to amaze and surprise the weekend roadie. Hang out at Seven Oaks Bed and Breakfast, from $160.
10. Yountville, California
Want to experience a warmer climate? Need a break from the chilly winds and harsh weather? Fasten your seatbelt and make this short drive from San Francisco. Despite the posh restaurants and spas here, travelers on a budget can pack a local picnic basket and venture into the wilderness instead. Hang out at Maison Fleurie, from $145.
11. California’s Joshua Tree National Park
The thing about Joshua Tree is that it allows you to evolve by allowing you to soak up one-of-its-kind flora and a dark night’s sky. It’ll always have something for you to take along home. This is your option if you want a calm and quiet recluse. Hang out at Desert Hot Springs and Sagewater Spa. Costs start from $195.
12. Gold Coast of Michigan
For people of Chicago, Gold Coast is a favorite hot spot. Take a ferry across the Kalamazoo River to Oval Beach, jump in for a swim or watch the Midwestern surfing – your options are open and diverse. Up the road ahead, you can see lighthouses, quiet dunes and beaches, and treat yourself to amazing seafood. Hang out at Best Western Plaza Hotel Saugatuck, from $99.
13. Texas’s Big Bend National Park
Located on the border between Texas and Mexico, it’s a rare and overwhelming place of nature. It’s usually scarcely crowded. Temperature remains mild in winters and doesn’t get too hot during summers. The landscape of mountains and Rio Grande are full of magnificence and splendor. Hang out at Gage Hotel, Marathon, from $215.
14. Eastern Shore of Maryland
Recently, an episode of PBS series Travels with Darley, who is the contributing editor of Budget Travel, were shot in Maryland’s Eastern Shore. They made a stop at Ocean City. This place is an easy break from D.C., Baltimore and more such metro, mid-Atlantic areas. Hang out at Sun ‘N Fun Motel, Ocean City, from $181.
15. Virginia Beach
In order to get the most out of your weekend, Virginia Beach lets you submerge yourself in the fantastic views along the Atlantic and forget the worries of the world. If you are lucky enough, you might also find porpoises playing happily in the water. The question of where to stop over at Virginia Beach is not a problem because there are many options to choose from.