Looking for an exciting weekend getaway in the U.S.? I’ve got you covered with my top five destinations that offer beautiful scenery and unforgettable experiences for a quick trip.
1. Badlands National Park, South Dakota
Take an adventure to Badlands National Park in South Dakota, where you can spot bighorn sheep, bison and prairie dogs within the breathtaking grasslands and canyons. This park is not only a nature-lovers dream, but it also holds unique fossils, making it an ideal destination for fossil hunting with the family. Take a thrilling off-road jeep ride to explore the rich history that the Badlands National Park has to offer.
While in South Dakota, make sure to check out:
- The famous Mount Rushmore, just a short 90-minute drive away.
- Custer State Park’s new Bison Center, which teaches the importance of the Bison through dynamic and interpretive displays.
- The Native American Scenic Byway, a journey through the lands of the Yankton, Crow Creek, Lower Brule, Cheyenne River and Standing Rock Sioux Tribes.
Bonus: This year marks the 75th year anniversary of the Crazy Horse monument, which honors the brave Lakota leader.
2. San Juan, Puerto Rico
Escape to the natural beauty of Puerto Rico. Enjoy miles of stunning coastlines, perfect for surfing, hiking or simply sun tanning by the lagoons. Don’t miss the chance to kayak through three bioluminescent bays, a magical experience that you will not want to miss.
Nature enthusiasts will be thrilled by the reopening of the renowned Camuy Caves, known for its extensive network of natural lime caves and underground waterways. Puerto Rico makes an ideal destination for those seeking a unique and adventure-filled weekend getaway.
3. Boston, Massachusetts
Explore the beauty and charm of fall in Boston, Massachusetts. With the unmatched weather and the bright fall colors, it’s the perfect time to visit. Explore the history by taking a walking tour of the Freedom Trail, where you’ll see iconic sites like the Boston Common and the Old South Meeting House.
Head to the North End for an Italian food tour with North End Boston Food Tours.
Explore other exciting activities in Boston, such as:
- Touring the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum.
- A walk through the Boston Public Garden.
- A visit to Fenway Park.
- Capturing the picture-perfect Acorn Street in Beacon Hill.
4. Telluride, Colorado
For a cultural and exciting weekend trip, head to Telluride, Colorado, in September to experience the iconic film festival. Get a taste of Telluride’s vibrant town as it comes alive with filmmakers, actors and movie fanatics from all over the world!
Perfect weather conditions and avoiding peak holiday months, make September the ideal time to visit.
5. Acadia National Park, Maine
October in Acadia National Park, Maine, is truly one of the most magical places to visit. From challenging hikes to gorgeous mountaintop scenery, there are seasonal color changes to take in at every view.
Take the opportunity to truly explore all that Acadia has to offer by hiking on any of its trails, such as the Precipe Trail, Beehive Trail and Jordan Pond Trail, offering gorgeous views of mountains, lakes and the eastern coastline. Witness the famous sunrise at Cadillac Mountain, where you can be one of the first in the country to see the morning sun.
No trip to Acadia is complete without a visit to the charming town of Bar Harbor, where you can enjoy butter-filled lobster rolls and the endless line of shops.
Until our next adventure,