Lesser-Recognized Weekend Getaways in the US

From the excitement of New York Metropolis to the tranquil bliss of Yosemite Nationwide Park, the US is ripe for exploration. Narrowing it all the way down to the highest ten biggest US journey spots is an unattainable problem! With a lot to see, it’s all about matching the journey to the adventurer.

The most effective place to go to within the US all depends upon you and what you’re after.

When you haven’t seen a lot of the nation but, go for a quintessential US street journey. For solo vacationers, I’ve run by means of the checklist of one of the best spots for solo feminine vacationers. I’ve additionally shared about spots which can be higher for social distancing and COVID-friendly journey.

For these of us who’ve already seen the well-known cities and iconic websites, it’s time to maneuver onto the hidden gems.

While you’re able to scratch beneath the floor, it’s all about these lesser-known weekend getaways in the US!


Ojai, California

Simply some of the charming cities in California, this hidden gem has been described as a “nouveau hippie utopia.”

Spend an extended weekend in Ojai soaking within the sizzling springs; sampling the native wine, honey, and olive oil; or searching the distinctive handicrafts (and possibly even making your personal!).

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Sedona, Arizona

One other hippie haven, the glow purple stone mesas, and valleys of Sedona will depart you in awe. Discover the New Age outlets, luxe spas, and artwork galleries that make this place such a novel choose or simply soak within the pure magnificence.

Santa Fe, New Mexico

The pueblo vibe and Spanish colonial structure of Sante Fe together with its 350 days of sunshine a 12 months make Sante Fe a straightforward winner. Discover the thriving native artwork scene, deal with your self to a wellness retreat, or study in regards to the wealthy historical past of this area.

Leavenworth, Washington

Who says you’ve got to suffer the jetlag to explore the wonders of Bavaria? Sip on imported suds in the beer garden then grab a wurst and pretzel while you soak in the wonders of Leavenworth.

Visiting Leavenworth during winter, I had the chance to visit the adorable European-inspired holiday-themed street.

Jackson Hole, Wyoming

A prime winter weekend destination in the US, Jackson Hole is a nature lover’s paradise. Walk amongst the greenery, spot buffalos (from a safe distance), and watch the eagles fly overhead while you breathe in the oh-so-fresh air here.


Scottsdale, Arizona

Another gem from my list of Places to Visit in Arizona (That Aren’t the Grand Canyon), Scottsdale has something for everyone. Climb Camelback Mountain, tee off at the world’s best golf courses, or just get some much-needed winter sun.

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Grand Junction and Gateway, Colorado

Forget Aspen! For an unforgettable Colorado adventure, explore Grand Junction and Gateway. These must-see spots are less than an hour and a half apart, and well worth the trip.

Whether it’s a luxury ski break or a summer hike through the mountains, this year-round destination is a must.

Marfa, Texas

In the Trans-Pecos high desert of West Texas, this little town is known for its modern art scene and something that you won’t find in even the biggest cities of the USA…

Bring your camera and try to spot the mysterious orbs, known as the infamous Marfa Lights.

For an unforgettable night out, head to the official Marfa Lights Viewing Area that is nine miles east of town on Highway 90. Now, just wait to see if you get a glimpse of the ghostly light. Come ready for chills, and don’t say I didn’t warn you!

How gorgeous is Forsyth Park?

Savannah, Georgia

This is an ideal spot if you’re heading out on an Ultimate Southern USA Road Trip. Oozing that famous Southern charm, Savannah has stunning architecture and more to do than you could possibly squeeze into even the busy weekend adventure.

Central California

Get a set of wheels and travel California in style! Travel down the Pacific Coast Highway and make a detour into Central California’s best destinations.

From San Luis Obispo to Solvang to Paso Robles, Central California is a place that far too many travelers miss out on.

New Smyrna Beach, Florida

Just south of Daytona Beach, you will find one of Florida’s best beaches. A world away from the spring break hotspots, this famous surf hub is perfect for catching a wave.

Be sure to check out nearby Canaveral National Seashore for a chill afternoon on a secluded beach.

Coeur d’Alene, Idaho

Also known as Lake City, this dreamy destination is famous for its picturesque location on Lake Coeur d’Alene. Whether you want to get your heart racing with ziplines and waterparks or spend laidback afternoons on the water, this is the ultimate summer break.

Pack your hiking boots, swimsuit, then simply choose your adventure on arrival. You’ll feel like a kid just starting out summer break all over again!

Moab, Utah

During a revitalizing wellness and hiking retreat in Moab, I fell in love with the otherworldly beauty of this unique region. Hiking amongst the red rocks and exploring the rugged landscapes, the Mars-like scenery takes your breath away.


San Juan Islands, Washington

Take the scenic ferry trip from the mainland to the San Juan Islands to explore one of America’s best archipelagos.

Mingle with the locals in the seaside town of Friday Harbor then trek your way through Lime Kiln Point State Park for a chance to see the orca whales swimming by.


Block Island, Rhode Island

On the opposite end of the country, you’ll find another island prime for exploration. Hike or bike your way from the Southeast Lighthouse sitting atop the striking cliffs of Mohegan Bluffs then get up close and personal with the locals at Block Island National Wildlife Refuge.

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Finger Lakes, New York

From Cape Town to California, I’ve been lucky enough to taste my way through the world’s best vineyards. Amongst the most underrated wine destinations is Finger Lakes.

Known for its world-class Rieslings, this is a prime pick for a weekend exploring the countryside.

Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks

As much as I love visiting Yosemite, the other great parts of the state often get overlooked. You’ll find some of the best campsites in California around Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks, and there are great picks for an adventure day out.

St. Augustine, Florida

On the northeast coast of Florida, you’ll find the oldest city in the US. Wander the cobblestone streets, soak in the European colonial architecture, explore Anastasia State Park, then hit up the beach.

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Stowe, Vermont

When it comes to the Best Destinations in the United States for Leaf Peeping, few locations can compete with Stowe.

The explosion of colour on this magical autumn vacation spot will knock your mountain climbing boots off. Seize your digicam and are available prepared for a present.

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Mackinac Island, Michigan

This tiny car-free island comes alive in the summertime. Whereas it’s value a go to all summer time lengthy, there’s one very special occasion annually right here. This island holds a Fourth of July celebration that may compete with one of the best Independence Day festivals within the US.

So, the place’s it going to be? Is your subsequent journey going to be a wine tasting weekend? An adventurous hike? I’d love to listen to which of those made your bucket checklist of must-see American locations.