Close-to-Home Weekend Getaways

Life is short – mix in some fun weekend getaways every now and then, to chill out, have a good time, and get away from your daily routine.

You might imagine it will be hard to find a place close enough to make it worth it for just a few days. Getaways figure There are, fortunately, a lot of places that are perfect for an idyllic weekend away.

New York City

Depending on where you live, The Big Apple can be reached quite easily by flying, driving, or taking a train. It is fantastic even in wintertime, as there are many indoor attractions such as Broadway shows or museums, while in summer you can enjoy outdoor places including the High Line and Central Park. If you appreciate fascinating historical monuments, you can reach both Ellis Island and the iconic Statue of Liberty via an enjoyable ferry ride.

San Francisco

Visitors love the climate in San Francisco, which encourages tourists and locals alike to enjoy outdoor activities such as riding the iconic cable cars, walking across the spectacular Golden Gate Bridge, and exploring the eclectic neighborhoods that each have their own colorful personalities. Baseball has never been as scenic as in San Francisco; go to a game at AT&T Park and enjoy the gorgeous views of the stunning San Francisco Bay.

Washington, D.C.
Both history aficionados and would be politicians will love Washington, D.C., with its many things to see on the National Mall such as the inspiring Lincoln Memorial, the spectacular Washington Monument, and many others; and most are free of charge.

Foodies will enjoy the weekend brunch tradition, popular with both local people and visitors alike.

New Orleans

New Orleans has so many things to do it’s difficult to fit it all into a single weekend, so select carefully.

The picturesque City Park has a lot of great things to do if you want to be outside in the open air, or if you prefer museums, check out the distinguished and fascinating National WWII Museum.

Of course, if you have a weekend in New Orleans, you must walk around the famous French Quarter and sample the traditional beignets.

Nashville, NC
If you are looking for a weekend of clean mountain air and sunshine followed by delicious artisanal hand-crafted beer from a craft brewery, Nashville, NC is the perfect weekend getaway. The Blue Ridge Parkway and Pisgah National Forest boast jaw-dropping vistas, and the North Carolina segment of the Appalachian Trail is a must for die-hard hikers.

When you have worked up an appetite, stop in at one of the regional breweries to enjoy one of the 100-plus local beers and some fabulous food.

Chicago

Because it is centrally located and easy to get to from nearly anywhere in the U.S., Chicago is a great weekend destination for anyone wanting to experience its lively bar and restaurant scene, architectural history, or other activities. When the temperatures are mild, check out the legendary sculpture nicknamed “The Bean” or take a cruise down the Chicago River to see the beautiful architecture.

If you go in the colder winter months, you might prefer to visit the amazing local museums like the Art Institute of Chicago or the Field Museum.

Seattle

In Seattle, be sure to stop in a local café for coffee, as the city is famous for its laid-back coffee scene (it’s home to the original Starbucks); visit the iconic Space Needle; then head over to lively Pike Place Market in the evening for dinner or drinks. You might also fit in a hike in Discovery Park or on nearby Mount St. Helens. Be sure to take an umbrella, as it does rain quite often in Seattle, though it’s normally more of a light mist.

Ten Off-the-Beaten Hikes for Your Bucket List

Weekend description How pleasant would it be to take time away for on your own and be absolutely by yourself? Detach from the monotonous everyday and reinvigorate yourself with the magnificence of nature on some of the most out of the way treks. Go from Africa’s third biggest summit to the Australian deserts or visit the most southerly point in Patagonia - each is magnificent. And don’t be intimidated by the remoteness of these spots - there’s a path for every level of trekker.

Gokyo Lakes & Renjo La in Nepal
Duration: Approximately 17 days - 13 days actual trekking
Difficulty Level: Moderate to Challenging (6)

Ideal for: Active travelers who want to try a trail trail to the popular Everest Base Camp trek
Departure dates: February to mid-May & end of September to December

How would you like to steer clear of the busier trails in Everest?

Close-to-Home picture This path goes through Sherpa villages to the beautiful turquoise Gokya Lakes and continues through the Renjo La (5,400m). The course to the Everest region is deemed to be one the grandest walking trails and gives one a view of the Himalaya’s 8000-meter crests.

As you travel to the top of Gokyo Ri, you will get one of the most beautiful sights of Everest and neighboring mountains, like Cho Oyu in Tibet.

Larapinta Trail End to End in Australia
Duration: 14 days (approximately}
Level is Moderate to challenging (6)

Ideal for: Wilderness lovers and seasoned walkers looking for a challenge

Mid-April to August is the ideal time to go
An iconic walk in Australia, the complete traverse of the Larapinta follows the West MacDonnell range, over 223 kilometers in Central Australia.

Hike through this desert-like area with tucked away ridges and canyons, sleep under the night sky in the Outback; climb Mount Sonder, one of the highest mountains in the Northern Territory and wake up to a most memorable sunrise.

Dientes Circuit on Navarino Island in Chile
Duration is Approx. 6 days (4 days trekking)

Level is Challenging (7)

Ideal for those trekkers who want to get off the beaten track in Patagonia
Ideal time to go is December to March

Experience traveling to the southernmost part of the planet to Dientes de Navarino Massif and feel like you are removed form everything and everyone.

There will not be many other travelers throughout this 42-kilometer area at the edge of South America. This path has been identified by Lonely Planet as an outstanding trek in Patagonia and is probably one of the few very distant spots on earth left to visit

K2 Base camp, Concordia & Gondogora La in Pakistan

Duration: About 24 days (16 days trekking)
Level: Entry level mountaineering/ exploratory trekking (8)
Ideal for: Those who are looking to get into mountaineering, or who are looking to take on a challenging trek
Best time to go is from June to August

Described as a top trek, it crosses from the prominent Baltoro Glacier, to the “Throne Room of the Mountain Gods” and to the bottom of the planet’s second highest summit. Pakistan’s renowned walk has impressed the likes of trekkers and mountaineers for many years, with a 360-degree view of 7,000 meter and 8,000-meter crests, incorporating the remarkable K2.

The Southern Alps, New Zealand

Duration is about 6 days

Grading: Moderate (5)
Ideal for those looking to head for heights
Ideal time to go is November to April

New Zealand’s Southern Alps are regarded as one of the top hiking (“tramping” to the locals) locations on Earth with its rolling hills, magnificent glaciers, and blue-green lakes. Exploring the alpine tarns with unobscured vistas, this trek is considered a warm up for backpacking in the Himalayas.

Mountains of the Moon in Uganda

Duration: Approximately 13 days (10 days trekking)
Grading: Entry level mountaineering/ exploratory trekking (8)

Ideal for: Those who have overcome Mt Kilimanjaro and are seeking their next summit challenge
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Ideal time to go: December to February and June to September
Private and rarely visited, the Rwenzori Mountains (or Mountains of the Moon) are Africa’s secret jewel.

If you are looking for a challenging adventure - hike Margherita Peak (5,109m), Africa’s third tallest summit.

West Coast Trail in Canada
Duration is approx. 8 days (7-day full-pack trek)

Grading: Moderate to challenging (6)

Best for the active walker who loves coastal walks and wants to combine it with an exciting forest trek and wildlife spotting
When to go: Month of August
Tour the Strait of Georgia by ferryboat, head to the northerly trailhead of Vancouver Island to begin your travels, with the likelihood of seeing Orca whales, sea lions, eagles, and bears near the shoreline. Recognized as the world's top 10 hikes, if you plan it right, you will be able to wander along the coastline on the shelf.

Snowman Trek in Bhutan

Duration: Approx. 27 days (23 days actual trekking)
Grading: Exploratory trekking (8)
Ideal for: Anyone looking for an extremely challenging trek that ventures far off the beaten track

Best months to go: Sept. to Nov.
Journey the greatest traverse of Bhutan crossing over 11 splendid passes over 4,500 meters through the remote part of Lunana. This coveted walkabout explores the splendid Paro Valley where you will uncover an area of tiny Buddhist monasteries and out of the way villages that are hidden from the world most days of the year.

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Pamir Fann Mountains in Tajikstan
Duration: Approx.14 days - 5 days actual trekking

Grading: Moderate (5)
Ideal for: Those desiring to take their bush walking adventures up a notch while incorporating historical and architectural sightseeing

Best time to go is June to September
Well-known for its rare mountain scenery and its profoundly stunning alpine lakes, this off -the-beaten walk in the virgin areas of Pamir crosses deep valleys with clear lakes and blooming grasslands.

You could potentially spot the summer camps of the Tijiki shepherds.

Tavan Bogd in Mongolia
Duration: Approximately 11 days (4 days trekking)

Grading: Moderate (5)
Ideal for: Anyone seeking to explore untracked wilderness and authentic nomadic culture
When to go: June to August

In this most remote area of Mongolia, you will be presented pure natural landscapes, wild animals and an intriguing historical past.

You will come across local herders, bactrian camels, Kazakh eagle hunters and throat-singing Tuvan locals, and observe more about this nomadic culture.

Check Out Some of the World's Recommended Treks

The greatest journeys are more than the steps you take, they are about the knowledge and impact you receive from the destination - they are about stepping into a destination’s culture and history.

Still, these adventures are not as easy they sound. They will test your strength both physically and mentally, leaving you with a lasting impression of the beauty of the earth. Here, we have listed 8 best hikes.

Inca Trail in Peru - 26.7 miles in 4 days
Remarkable moments are bountiful on the Inca Trail, but none can compete with the time you walk through the Sun Gate and first see the sight of the forgotten city of Machu Picchu. The best months to go are May to September

Colombia's Lost City ~ 27 miles and 5 days
Voyage through the abundant jungle across steams before arriving at the ruins of Teyuna. Make this your principal stop and you will be alone in the Lost City. Ideal time to go: December to March.
Nepal's Everest Base Camp - 38.5 miles in 13 days

The walk will connect you more to the men and women of the Himalayas while realizing an opening to the top of the planet.

After seeing Everest, you will not look at Earth in the exact same way anymore. Ideal time to go: August to November.

Tanzania: Mt. Kilimanjaro, 8 days and 21.1 miles
Mt Kilimanjaro is Africa's premier crest at 5,895m (19,340 ft). It is no easy task, but unlike other massive peaks, it gives those daring enough to make it to the top. Ideal time to go: September to March.
Europe's Mont Blanc - 77.7 miles & 8 days

Getaways picture The Tour du Mont Blanc is more than one hundred miles and takes you through three countries: Switzerland, Italy, and France. The best months to go are June to September.

Patagonia's Torres del Paine Circuit - 82.6 miles in 10 days
Best-known for its spectacular views, you will discover stunning volcanic backdrops, massive glaciers, and vast steppe-like plains leading to the horizon.

Perfect time to go: December to March

Venezuela's Mount Roirama ~21.1 miles and 6 days
The splendid mountain of Roraima is sacred to the area’s natives and may have inspired Arthur Conan Doyle to pen the fictional story, "The Lost World."

Ideal time to go: The Roraima trek can be walked at any time of the year but from November to April is advised

The Camino de Santiago in Spain - 30 days and 466 miles

The noteworthy Camino de Santiago, also recognized as the St. James Trail, was a meaningful Christian retreat during the Middle Ages, and continues to be a popular spiritual pilgrimage even today. Best time to go: It can be walked 12 months out of the year but it is optimal between the spring and autumn - however it will be very busy.

Planning Your Perfect Honeymoon

Weekend image Let's face it, one of the best parts about organizing a wedding is that you get to take an amazing vacation after your "I do’s." One thing cruise lines and resorts have come to understand is that more and more newly married couples want exclusive honeymoon packages designed just for them. Your first experience as a married couple should be a time to relax and revitalize as well as create unforgettable moments together. Newlyweds can choose from an array of destination options where they can spend those first days or weeks hand-in-hand.

Will you marry me?

You’ve been swept away by your sweetheart and now you want to organize the perfect honeymoon.

The extensive US, from the Atlantic to the Pacific oceans, has any number of destination possibilities for all honeymooners whether they’re into mountain climbing, kayaking, skiing, or sightseeing.

L.A. & S.F., CA
The famous Hollywood sign in Los Angeles and the remarkable Golden Gate Bridge are just two of the most internationally recognized symbols that California has to offer.
NYC

The seasoned hoteliers in New York City know just what honeymooners and other romantics need to make their stay memorable. The Big Apple’s recognized sites, museums, and night scene make it well worth getting out from under the sheets.

Hawaii

Hawaii’s striking beaches and hidden coves; premier hotels; fresh, inventive cuisine; water sports aplenty; extraordinary natural beauty; and optimal weather make it one of the world’s top-notch honeymoon destinations.

Las Vegas, baby!

And don’t forget Las Vegas. For those newlyweds who want round-the-clock entertainment and night-time fun more than they want to lay back at some beach, this city is the perfect destination.

If you and your new spouse are into culture, good food and striking shores, Europe is a great honeymoon destination.

Vive La France!

Paris, referred to as the City of Love, is pretty much the perfect backdrop for a romantic honeymoon: snuggling in an inviting bistro by day and walking under the sparkling lights of the Eiffel Tower by night.

Italia!

Not far away, Italy is a captivating country replete with fantastic food, great fashion, art beyond compare and so much more.

Retreat to Tuscany for its idyllic vistas, a taste of the region's well-know Chianti wine, its enchanting little towns as well as its cities steeped in art and history. The City of Water is iconic for its romantic, singing gondolieri on the Grand Canal and the fancy face masks worn at the Carnival of Venice.

Spain

Spain offers may places to visit: from the historic, the natural wonder, to the sunny coasts and party islands.

Seville will enchant newlyweds with its sophisticated architecture and Spanish folklore. By day, you can meander through its extravagant palaces and parks.

Follow this up with a rejuvenating siesta so you have the stamina to dance all night long.

Greece
And let's not forget about Greece with its azure waters and dazzling whitewashed homes. Its famous ouzo is an excellent accompaniment to its delightfully fresh seafood and other specialties. You can also experience a fantastic and romantic honeymoon in the South Pacific.

Fiji and Tahiti are two of the South Pacific's greatest honeymoon destinations. Weekend foto Both islands offer honeymooners long stretches of pristine, tranquil beaches as well as over-the-top accommodations. In the over-water suites, you'll be captivated when you see tropical fish swimming beneath the glass panels under your coffee table.

Experience the trip of a lifetime on an African honeymoon.
If you’re looking a real escapade, then a honeymoon in Africa is just what you're looking for, from great safari walks, great fishing, or exciting canoe trips, or maybe just a good book in front of a hippo-filled river. Gaze up at the heavens around a camp fire while drinking to your married life to the music of the African bush and perhaps the occasional roaring lion. The “Real Africa”, as Zambia is frequently called, is a place to explore authentic wilderness without the disruption of big crowds.Honeymooners seeking adventure and an opportunity to enjoy nature up close have made it a popular destination. Home to many of the most remote and unspoiled wildlife areas in Africa, there is no end to the amazing sunsets and instances of harmony and tranquility.

For honeymooners wishing to have a wide variety of adventures in one spot, South Africa is a great destination with its Big 5 game reserves, scenic wine routes, unspoiled beaches and breathtaking mountain ranges. It has been named the “Rainbow Nation” because of the many different cultures living there. Approximately 1,200 miles off the southeast coast of the African continent lies Mauritius, one of the world's most fashionable honeymoon hot spots, and for valid reasons. This island on the Indian Ocean, with its year-round good climate and palm-fringed fabulous beaches, ticks of all the boxes as an idyllic, romantic retreat. In Mauritius newlyweds will find that there are lots of activities to keep busy, but not exhausted, with all of time necessary to kick back in a glamorous setting and just the right standard of service they desire for such a special moment.

Millions of Different Adventures for Two

It’s up to you what kind of romantic getaway is best for you, whether it’s at some luxurious resort or a more relaxed place where you can share quiet, romantic moments. Spending a romantic, intimate trip with that special someone is always more treasured than any gift you could ever buy.

Vacation resorts around the world now cater expressly to the needs of couples who choose to shake things up a bit.

What's your idea of a perfect romantic escapade?
Although not everyone may like rose petals sprinkled on their bed, just about everyone enjoys conveniences like champagne, chocolate and freshly cut flowers in their room or suite.

When you think of romance, particular images of spots might pop up in your head. For you, that may entail palm trees on a white-sand beach, or cocktails with a view of the sun setting on the Pacific Ocean.

Others may prefer visiting cities like Paris and Florence for a lover’s getaway. For an idyllic, stress-free trip, here are some of the best romantic destinations for couples seeking to spend quality time with the person they most love.

St. Lucia

Getaways artwork One of Eastern Caribbean’s concealed treasures remains the small island of St. Lucia. With equal parts relaxation and adventure, the island of St. Lucia is ideal for couples who appreciate basking in the sun and making the most of the first-rate amenities on offer.

Kauai, Hawaii
Kaui, Hawaii is perfect for couples looking for the right amount of romanticism and excitement.

The oldest of the Hawaiian Islands, it has everything from breathtaking scenery to breathtaking beaches to signature views. Often called the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific”, couples will be left speechless by its spectacular canyon and awesome waterfalls.

Zambia
Though this beautiful East African country may not be your first thought as a place to take a romantic vacation, it has all the makings of a great destination for couples to enjoy.

Fiji
In addition to its super -romantic nature, Fiji, in the South Pacific, is also a place where a lot of fun can be had. Made up of more than 330 islands, this Melanesian country is teeming with luxury resorts and spas. Fiji has become a popular couple’s vacation spot due to its year-round warm weather and romantic setting.

Patagonia

The life-altering trek through Patagonia, an expanse of largely uninhabited land crossing Chile and Argentina, is making its way on everyone's bucket list. Romantics and curious travelers alike have long been enticed to this distant place filled with awe-inspiring vistas you will likely never forget. Patagonia is one of the most unique places on earth because of its unrivaled, stunning fjords and ascending snow-capped mountains as well as its massive glaciers and ancient forests.

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