Best Weekend Getaways In The US – Three Awesome Spots

If you are fortunate enough to live in or near the United States, then a weekend getaway is a wonderful idea. There are quite a few popular weekend destinations, as well as some lesser known choices. Off-the-beaten path weekend trips, as well as hustling bustling city trips await you in some of the best weekend getaways in the US.

You can find anything and everything from excitement to peace and quiet and any range in between when you travel throughout the US for a weekend escape.

Las Vegas, Nevada

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best weekend getaways in the us-venetianIf you are in the mood for the most excitement that you can handle, than a trip to Las Vegas, Nevada is the place for you. The excitement and adventure never ends here.

There is an exciting array of activities for you in Las Vegas. How about the Venetian Grand Casino and canal?

Besides being a casino, having the ultimate in nightlife and entertainment, the Venetian offers a taste of Italy right in Las Vegas. They offer gondola rides, high fashion, and shop-until-you-drop opportunities and a luxurious spa.

Staying in the Venetian for a weekend is more than enough to satisfy all of your needs. You can visit a museum, eat in a trendy restaurant, or enjoy the nightclub scene.

Miami Beach, Florida

best weekend getaways in the us-south-beachIf your scene is combining excitement with beautiful beaches, then Miami Beach in Florida is the place to go for you. There you can enjoy the many activities of nightlife and still hit up the sand for some rest and relaxation.

The beautiful thing about Miami Beach is that the beaches are sugar white and soft, making you feel like you are actually in another country than the USA.

Upscale spas, renowned shopping, swimming, surfing, kayaking, nightclubs, and entertainment are all part of what makes Miami exciting and relaxing at the same time.

Washington, DC

best weekend getaways in the us-washington-dcWashington, DC is a must-see destination for your weekend getaway in the USA. There is so much history steeped there, it may not be possible to see it all in just one weekend – but it is a great place to start.

There you can visit famous historic sites such as the Lincoln Memorial, the Capitol, the White House, Ford’s Theatre, and the National Air and Space Museum, just to name a mere few of the attractions that await you.

The Smithsonian Institute, the Washington Monument, the National Gallery of Art, and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts do not even come close to an end of what there is to see and do over a weekend in Washington, DC.

These are just three of the best weekend getaways in the US.  You will find that there is plenty to enjoy right here in the good old USA.

Get Rejuvenated with a Weekend Getaway

There are so many pills, diets, and fads that claim to rejuvenate your mind, but nothing beats a good old-fashioned weekend getaway. A weekend getaway does not have to be expensive or far away; it can be something as simple as staying in an old refurbished barn and packing a picnic lunch or visiting a relative.

There are so many ways to take a weekend getaway.

Visiting Family

If you are fortunate enough to be able to go home and visit your family, then how about taking a weekend trip to do just that? Some individuals do not have the opportunity to go back home, so if you do, take advantage of that fact.Family homes where you grew up in are the most rejuvenating place you can go. The stories you can share with other family members and the old memories you can recreate are priceless. As well as that, you can create new memories on your family weekend getaway.

When you leave your family home, chances are you will feel refreshed and ready to face reality once again.


Spa Weekend Getaways

wellness-654422_1280You may visit a spa near your home and get a massage and even a facial with a manicure and pedicure; however, you return home to the same old scene.A spa weekend getaway is designed with just that in mind – the feeling of getting away from it all. When you enter the world of spa treatments, you can choose an array of treatments that suit your needs.

You may be in sore need of a good massage or a simple walk through nature, or both. Some time on the mat doing yoga may be just the thing the doctor ordered.


Benefits to Going Away for the Weekend
There are many benefits to going away for the weekend, wherever you do. Here are some examples:
  • Recharge
  • Rejuvenate
  •  Unwind
  • Relax
  • Refresh
  • Gain clarity
  • Attain health goals
  •  Learn a new skill
  • Go on an adventure
  • Meet new people
  • Try something new
Sometimes weekend getaways are not about relaxing at all. Sometimes they are about trying something adventurous such as white water rafting, surfing, skiing, or hiking. Hot air balloon rides, horseback riding, and mountain biking along with rock climbing may be the very thing you need to recharge your batteries, your mind, and your body.

No matter how you look at it, getting away for the weekend is a wonderful tool to refresh, recharge, and rejuvenate your body, soul, and mind. Moreover, it does not really matter what you do while you are away. Weekend getaways are like medicine for the soul.

Best Places to Travel in September

Fall is a wonderful time to travel.  The weather is starting to turn cooler and the crowds are usually thinner.  Many parts of the world have brilliant fall foliage.  There are festivals and fairs happening all across the globe.

If you are looking to take a trip this fall and want to know the best places to travelbest places to travel in september in September then you need to check out these destinations from Fodor’s.  They have listed 14 travel destinations from which you can choose when planning your fall vacation.

So if you haven’t taken a fall trip before now is a good time to start.  It is a totally different experience from the usual summer vacation and one which I am certain you will find enjoyable.

Happy travels!

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Want to Know More About LEGOLAND Florida? – Video

LEGOLAND Florida!In a previous post we had listed the prices for theme parks in Florida.  In it we mentioned LEGOLAND.  I came to the realization that many of you might not be as familiar with LEGOLAND as you are with Disney (since everyone talks about them) or even Busch Gardens since it has been around for a pretty long time.

I thought I would post a video showing some of what you could expect if you decide to go there.

It is a nice place to take the kids and it’s not quite as expensive as Disney, so if you are planning a vacation on a budget this might help you out.  It has it’s own hotel so you can immerse yourself in the experience much like it’s bigger brother up the road.

I will probably do another post breaking down what there is for each age group of kids to help you if you want to take the whole family, as there is something for all ages.

So enjoy the video trip and stay tuned for more.

Packing a Carry-On Bag? – Try These Techniques

One of the thing that has always bugged me about traveling is packing. I always needed to use the largest suitcase just to get (what I thought was) the bare minimum amount of clothes. And when I got to my destination it seemed I still didn’t pack all I needed and what I did have was so wrinkled that it bore no resemblance to what I had originally packed.


And then the airlines got smart and realized that could make more money off of guys like me for charging for that checked bag. One by one they have all adopted this practice with JetBlue finally falling, leaving Southwest as one of the last holdouts.

So now it makes sense whenever possible to pack only a carry-on. Those are generally still free (so far) and you don’t have to worry about things like losing your luggage. But there are problems. Number one is you have to obey the TSA rules, but that is for another time.

Today we will talk about how to pack more creatively. This was a lesson I had to learn (and am still learning) since I never really worried about packing this way. Let me share a couple of hacks which were originally shared by The Frugal Travel Guy that will help you and me consolidate our personal packing into one carry-on.


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Your Daily Pill
Interestingly enough, these hacks com from Pinterest. The first hack comes in the form of how you pack your shirts. According to the illustration, a t-shirt and undergarment can be rolled up together, and packed together in a pair of socks. This gives you one day of underwear, all put together in a space-saving pill! Give it a try on your next flight – you’ll be amazed by how much you can pack in your (still free) carry-on!

It’s How I Roll
Since we are talking about rolling items, here is another tip from Pinterest. It shows how to roll your own items. It’s more than just getting rolled, however, it’s also very important where you put them in your luggage.

This hack, for instance, shows a proper way to pack a carry-on suitcase for your travels. Start by layering rolled items, half-fold pants over the rolled items, pack with another layer and roll on top. If you are taking a longer trip, there’s also many places in your suitcase to roll items everywhere. For instance belts can be rolled up in shirt collars. This will keep collars straight and also save additional space in bags. Seems so simple yet who would have thought?

There are many other packing hacks I am sure. If you know of any others feel free to comment and let me know. I am always on the lookout for better ways to do thing and I am far from a perfect packer (just ask my wife).