One of the toughest things about being an adult is living by a work schedule. But just because you have limited vacation days doesn’t mean you can’t use the occasional weekend to get out of town, unwind, have a great time and come back to your work life refreshed.
To get you inspired for your next weekend trip, here are five cities across the United States that you might visit, along with activities you could do to get the most out of your two-day adventure.
Enjoy Short Weekend Travels at These 5 Locations
You probably won’t be able to do everything listed for each city over the course of two days, but the ideas provided should help you get started on planning a kickass weekend trip.
San Francisco isn’t a small town. Whether you’re drawn to historical sites, beautiful natural scenery or just some really good wine, this is the place to spend your weekend trip. Here are a few ideas to get you started on the planning:
- Set up a picnic by San Francisco Bay — and enjoy a great view of the Golden Gate Bridge
- Tour Alcatraz Island
- Explore Muir Woods and marvel at the breathtaking giant redwoods
- Go wine tasting — California is home to a lot of amazing wineries
- See giant sequoias, the Yosemite Falls and other natural wonders at Yosemite National Park
- Watch the amazing street performers of the city
Since San Francisco is such a large city, you’ll want to plan your vacation geographically. That is, if you’re interested in activities that take place on either side of the Golden Gate Bridge, you don’t want to keep driving back and forth across it. Not only is the bridge about 1.7 miles long, but it also has a toll that you won’t want to pay repeatedly if possible.
St. Louis is a large but modest, hard-working city. Manufacturing is vital to the city’s economy, and so it offers a lot of unique sites — and some really good beer. Here’s how to take advantage of your weekend trip:
- See the St. Louis Arch — inside and out
- Enjoy a tour of St. Louis’s fine breweries — the Anheuser-Busch Brewery being the most well-known
- Watch a Cardinals baseball game or a Blues hockey match
- Spend a long afternoon touring the St. Louis Zoo
- Explore the city’s unique structures, like the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis, the City Museum or the Missouri Botanical Garden
If a sports event is on your bucket list in St. Louis, make sure to plan ahead. Pick a weekend with a home game you’d like to see, then structure the rest of your trip around the scheduled event.
To many, Panama City isn’t as glamorous as some of the other locations on this list. But it has a quaint, small city charm to it. Not to mention the greatest attraction of all — the beach!
On that front, here are a few ways you can get the most out of a sunny two-day trip to Panama City:
- Take a boat trip out to Shell Island
- Play sand volleyball, beach soccer or simply beach bumming
- Go snorkeling or, if you’re certified, SCUBA diving
- Try every water sport the calm water has to offer — paddle boarding, windsurfing, parasailing, water skiing and/or whatever else appeals to your adventurous side
Of course, even Panama City has its rainy days, and if your trip happens to fall on a less-than-ideal weekend weather-wise, you can still have a great time exploring the city’s other attractions. For instance, you can:
- Visit the Ripley’s Believe It or Not museum
- Walk around the Pier Park shopping district
- Assert your wit at a local escape room
- Sit in at a dueling piano bar
No matter what time of year you visit, Panama City always has fun activities to offer. But to really get the most out of your trip, try to pick a nice, warm, sunny weekend!
As the nation’s capital, Washington, D.C. is of course going to have its own unique set of attractions. If you’re a history buff, this is definitely a worthwhile weekend destination. Here are a few things you could do there:
- Visit the most iconic U.S. government buildings — the Capitol, the White House, the Supreme Court and the Lincoln Memorial
- See a performance at the Kennedy Center
- Tour amazing museums, like the Air and Space Museum and the Museum of Natural History
- Explore the Smithsonian Institute Building
- Walk through D.C.’s areas of interest, like the Tidal Basin, the National Mall and Georgetown
Since D.C. is so large, and since it’s rated as the U.S.’s number one most stressful city to drive in, the best way to get the most out of your trip is to put aside the anxiety of fighting the traffic and let a bus tour guide handle the details for you.
After all, the local professionals know their history, which sites to visit and how best to get around the city. All you have to do is sit back and enjoy the incredible sites the capital has to offer.
Yellowstone National Park
Most of Yellowstone National Park is located in northwestern Wyoming, but it does bleed into Montana and Idaho as well. That gives you a lot of site-seeing options to choose from. At the park itself, you can do this and much more:
- Watch Old Faithful and other park geysers erupt
- Look in awe at colorful hot springs and Yellowstone’s Grand Canyon
- Wander through the park’s versatile landscape of mountain, forest and lakes to witness wildlife activity
- Camp on park grounds overnight
Outside the park — depending on which states’ attractions appeal to you most — you can:
- Raft down one of Yellowstone’s many nearby rivers — a couple of which begin in southern Montana
- Visit Riot Zone Family Fun Park, Legacy Flight Museum, Yellowstone Bear World or one of the other fun attractions of eastern Idaho
If you’re an avid outdoors-person, you could easily spend the whole weekend at Yellowstone National Park. If, on the other hand, you want to see more of the surrounding area as well, it may be wise to spend one day at the park and another day exploring elsewhere.
Make Your Weekends Count
Adulting has its stresses, but it’s important not to take life too seriously. Your work and your responsibilities are important, but they shouldn’t consume your entire life.
So take a breather. Plan the occasional weekend out of town, and leave your adult life behind when you go.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Kacey is a lifestyle blogger for The Drifter Collective, an eclectic lifestyle blog that expresses various forms of style through the influence of culture & the world around us. Kacey graduated with a degree in Communications while working for a lifestyle magazine. She has been able to fully embrace herself with the knowledge of nature, the power of exploring other locations & cultures, all while portraying her love for the world around her through her visually pleasing, culturally embracing & inspiring posts. Follow her on Twitter and Pinterest.
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