Wondering where you should go for the upcoming long weekend? It’s not too late to plan a trip! Whether you live in Alabama or Alaska, California or Connecticut, we’ve rounded up the best weekend getaways in every state so you can plan an escape for Memorial Day, Labor Day or any long weekend.
White Sand Beaches in Gulf Shores, Alabama
Maybe you don’t think of Alabama as a beach destination, but the Gulf Shores are a great weekend getaway destination in Alabama! With miles of white-sand beaches and trails, and even ziplining and other outdoor activities, there will be plenty of ways to fill your weekend.
Where to fly into: Pensacola (PNS)
Denali National Park, Alaska
Denali National Park is perfect for when you want a true adventure into the wilderness. With tons of wildlife, hiking and backpacking trails, and more than 6 million acres of forests, mountains and glaciers, there’s plenty to explore no matter how long you stay.
Sedona has long been a hotspot for wellness destinations and is definitely one of the most relaxing weekend getaways in the US. If you need a long weekend full of R&R, Sedona will not disappoint! From fancy spas to totally free scenic views, hiking and outdoor adventure to yoga classes and more, the down-to-earth vibes are a perfect weekend getaway in Arizona.
Where to fly into: Phoenix (PHX)
Hot Springs, Arkansas
Hot Springs, Arkansas is known for—unsurprisingly—it’s hot springs. With both natural and more formal hot springs options, you’ll have plenty of options, including thermal baths and historical bathhouses on Bathhouse Row. It’s the perfect place to unwind for a long weekend getaway!
Where to fly into: Little Rock (LIT)
San Francisco, California
What better city to spend a weekend getaway in California than San Francisco? This geographically-small city is packed with things to see and do, so there’s plenty to fill way more than a weekend. However, the city is still small enough to feel like you can explore it on a long weekend! Visit Pier 39, the Golden Gate Bridge, Golden Gate Park, stunning beaches and more.
Where to fly into: San Francisco (SFO)
Steamboat Springs, Colorado
Steamboat Springs is one of the best weekend getaways in Colorado—a charming mountain town with slopes and hiking or mountain biking trails galore, but also with a cute downtown full of shops, cafes and restaurants. There’s something for everyone here. Don’t forget to make time for visiting the Strawberry Hot Springs!
Where to fly into: Denver (DEN)
New Haven, Connecticut
New Haven is perhaps best known for being home to Yale University. However, this small New England town has a lot to offer for anyone looking for a weekend getaway in New England. From art galleries and museums to city parks and beachfront walkways, New Haven brings classic New England charm to a small town that’s easy to explore in a weekend!
Where to fly into: New Haven (HVN)
Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
Rehoboth Beach is one of Delaware’s best weekend getaway destinations. This coastal town comes alive in the summer, with a bustling oceanfront boardwalk full of restaurants, cafes, shops and more. Outdoor summer concerts and festivals, nearby state parks, and of course, plenty of miles of sand make for the perfect summer weekend.
Miami is on almost everyone’s bucket list, and it’s the perfect place for weekend getaways in Florida! The colorful and energetic city has beaches for days, endless sunshine and lots to do even if you’re not on the beach. Make sure to add the Wynwood Walls to your itinerary!
Where to fly into: Miami (MIA)
Athens, Georgia may not be at the top of your bucket list, but this under-the-radar college town makes for a great weekend getaway in the South. From farmers markets and gardens to art museums and Civil War era history around every corner, Athens has plenty to do during a weekend trip. If you’re old enough, you’ll find tons of cheap student bars and breweries. Plus, Athens has been voted as one of the most underrated foodie cities of the South—great news for travelers of any age.
Where to fly into: Atlanta (ATL)
The Big Island of Hawaii sees far fewer visitors than hotspots like Waikiki or Maui, which is why it’s the perfect place for a weekend getaway. Away from the crowds, Hilo is one of the greenest places on the planet. Plus, it’s full of adventure options for you to explore the local rainforests, waterfalls, beaches and more. From ziplining to snorkeling to exploring Hawaii’s Volcanoes National Park, Hilo is a great destination for any adventurer.
Where to fly into: Hilo (ITO)
For an adventurous weekend getaway, Stanley is one of the best destinations. From rock climbing to fishing, hiking, mountain biking, camping, scenic drives, stand-up paddle boarding and more, Stanley, Idaho has all the adventure options you could want. At the base of the stunning Sawtooth Mountains, this small town is the perfect place to disconnect and unplug for the weekend.
Where to fly into: Boise (BOI)
Clear Lake, Iowa
For a quick weekend getaway in the Midwest, Clear Lake is a popular choice. The lake is popular for sailing, boating, swimming and sunbathing (on nearby beaches), making it a great way to spend a summer weekend.
Where to fly into: Mason City (MCW)
For a perfect weekend getaway in Indiana, Bloomington is a great spot to visit. It’s a hip college town full of other students, cheap and delicious food, nearby state parks and lots of college sports and other activities on weekends to enjoy.
Where to fly into: Monroe County Airport (BMG)
Chicago is one of the best cities for weekend getaways in the US. With an iconic skyline, impressive museums, tons of summer festivals and events, plus amazing food and drinks, Chicago is a must for your bucket list. Don’t forget to get a selfie with the giant bean!
Where to fly into: Chicago (ORD)
If you’re looking for a low-key weekend getaway in the Midwest, Topeka is a good choice—with several museums, parks and gardens, there’s definitely enough to fill a weekend. However, it’s also a small enough city to feel like you can really explore it in just a few days.
Where to fly into: Topeka (FOE)
Red River Gorge, Kentucky
This lesser-known spot in Kentucky is actually a great choice for weekend getaways! From rock climbing to underground gorges, the views are gorgeous (pun intended) and there’s tons of outdoor activities for an adventurous weekend. Unplug for the weekend and get ready for some adventure!
New Orleans, Louisiana
A weekend in NOLA is always an unforgettable weekend. From delicious and unique Southern food to exploring the French Quarter and Bourbon Street (perhaps late into the night), you’ll be sure to find plenty to entertain for a weekend.
Where to fly into: New Orleans (MSY)
Nantucket is one of the prettiest beach getaways in Massachusetts. This tiny island is perfect for quintessential New England coastal vibes, with quiet beaches, cafes and restaurants and a super walkable downtown area. What better way to relax and unwind for the weekend?
Where to fly into: Boston (BOS)
Ocean City, Maryland
Another great beach getaway in the Northeast is Ocean City in Maryland. With miles of beaches and beach boardwalks lined with shopping, dining and entertainment, there’s no shortage of things to do. Enjoy sunbathing by the water or get a thrill at the beachside amusement park—or go kayaking to nearby Assateague Island.
Where to fly into: Salisbury (SBY)
Bar Harbor/Acadia National Park, Maine
This little known National Park (and neighboring town) makes for a great New England weekend getaway. Watch the sunrise come up over Cadillac Mountain (one of the first places in the continental US to see the sun rise), watch out for moose and whales and eat some local lobster in nearby Bar Harbor.
Glacier National Park, Montana
If Glacier National Park isn’t on your bucket list yet, it’s time to add it! This popular park is well-worth a visit, even if you only have a weekend. If you’re an avid hiker, there’s over 700 miles of hiking trails. If not, you’ll find scenic drives galore and plenty of options for relaxing and enjoying the views.
From outdoor markets to hot air balloon festivals to Christmas festivals, Canton almost always has something fun going on, making it a great spot for weekend getaways in Mississippi. Plus, it’s just 30 minutes from Jackon, making it easy for a road trip if you live in Mississippi—or an easy spot to explore if you’re planning a trip to Jackson.
Where to fly into: Jackson (JAN)
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Saint Paul is often an underrated city, and makes for a great weekend getaway! There’s plenty to explore in the modern downtown, whether you want to make time to visit the State Capitol building, the impressive Cathedral of Saint Paul or one of the numerous museums. Nearby lakes and waterfalls are perfect for getting a break from city life, too!
Where to fly into: Minneapolis-Saint Paul (MSP)
Often called “the Las Vegas of the Midwest” by locals, Branson is a great spot for enjoying performances, shows, concerts and more. Besides the entertainment, there’s popular amusement parks, plus caverns and even a National Park to explore. For a weekend, it makes a great Midwestern getaway!
Where to fly into: Springfield (SGF)
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Ann Arbor is another underrated weekend getaway destination. Home to both the University of Michigan and many artists and art communities, Ann Arbor has a lot to explore. Students will love the youthful community with tons to do day and night and everyone will enjoy the numerous museums, theaters, gardens and trails that will easily fill a weekend and leave you wanting to return ASAP!
Where to fly into: Detroit (DTW)
You may think of Nebraska as mostly cornfields and long highways, but Lincoln is actually a good weekend destination. The historic Haymarket District, where old warehouses have been converted into hip brewpubs, shops, cafes and more, is a great place to spend a day. Plus, you can visit funky museums (like the Museum of Roller Skating) or enjoy free summer concerts in the city’s parks.
Where to fly into: Lincoln (LNK)
Asheville, North Carolina
Ashville is an up-and-coming destination for lots of reasons: a hip, trendy downtown full of museums and architecture, a delicious food scene, and a big arts scene that makes the city feel alive, there’s something for every kind of traveler. Plus, plenty of nearby parks and trails if you’re looking to escape the city for a bit.
Where to fly into: Asheville (AVL)
Theodore Roosevelt National Park, North Dakota
North Dakota isn’t all fields and farmland—a weekend getaway to Theodore Roosevelt National Park is a great way to get a change of scenery for the weekend. Scenic drives and short trails to overlooks give you plenty of opportunities to soak in the rocky plains, gorges and wide open sky. The nearby town of Medora has accommodations if you don’t want to camp in the park.
Catskills, New York
The Catskill Mountains are especially gorgeous in the fall, but they make a great weekend getaway in New York year-round. Located just two hours from NYC, they’re full of options for adventures, hiking, camping, ziplining, boating and more. If you need a break from the hustle and bustle of NYC, the Catskills are a great place to unwind.
Where to fly into: Albany (ALB)
Cape May, New Jersey
For a beach getaway on the East Coast, Cape May won’t disappoint! It’s one of the best weekend getaways in New Jersey, offering beautiful beaches, good food and plenty of shopping downtown if you need to get out of the sun for awhile. If you’re old enough, local wineries offer tastings and tapas to enjoy the fresh seaside air.
Franconia, New Hampshire
For quick weekend getaways in New England, Franconia is always a good choice. Located right by Franconia Notch State Park and the White Mountain National Forest, there’s plenty of options for adventure, camping, backpacking or just having a relaxing weekend away. It’s especially beautiful in the fall, but well worth a visit in other seasons, too!
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Sante Fe is a great destination for weekend trips in New Mexico. It’s known for its beautiful scenery and as a creative hotspot. Visit for a weekend to gain some new scenery and a lot of inspiration, plus delicious food around every corner, a historic downtown and some fabulous hiking nearby.
Where to fly into: Albuquerque (ABQ)
Las Vegas, Nevada
Las Vegas is always ready for you when you need a weekend of excitement, entertainment and escape from the real world. With cheap flights to Las Vegas available from most major US cities and warm weather year-round, Las Vegas is one of the best weekend getaways in Nevada. Just remember: what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.
Where to fly into: Las Vegas (LAS)
Hocking Hills, Ohio
For a quiet retreat into nature during a weekend getaway in the Midwest, Hocking Hills is a great choice. The small region is home to Hocking Hills State Park and other forests and nature preserves—perfect for a weekend camping trip or renting a small cabin.
Where to fly into: Columbus (CMH)
Crater Lake, Oregon
Crater Lake is the main sight in the surrounding Crater Lake National Park—and this stunning lake is perfect for a long weekend trip. It’s the deepest lake in the US and one of the purest (and prettiest!) lakes on Earth. It’s stunning blue color will have you mesmerized as you hike on one of the numerous outlook trails in the mountains surrounding the lake.
Beavers Bend State Park, Oklahoma
For a relaxing weekend in nature, Beavers Bend State Park in Oklahoma won’t disappoint! It’s the perfect weekend getaway if you live in the Midwest and don’t want to have to go far for forests, hiking and scenic views. Go camping, canoeing, hiking and even water skiing. The beautiful colors in autumn make it a great fall getaway, but it’s great in the summer too!
Allegheny National Forest, Pennsylvania
Need a break from Pennsylvania’s bigger cities? Allegheny National Forest is the answer. With over 500,000 acres of wilderness, there’s more than enough to explore for a weekend, plus it’s less than a 2-hour drive from Pittsburgh. With ample camping opportunities and nearby cabins and hotels, there’s something for everyone who’s looking for a relaxing weekend getaway.
Where to fly into: Pittsburgh (PIT)
Providence, Rhode Island
This classic New England town is perfect for a long weekend getaway in Rhode Island. The charming downtown, with tons of shops and restaurants, plus proximity to the river and ocean make it well-worth a visit. Plus, it’s small enough to easily explore in a weekend without being overwhelmed.
Where to fly into: Warwick (PVD)
Badlands National Park, South Dakota
A weekend is just enough time to explore Badlands National Park, with its otherworldly landscapes, canyons and rock formations. Sections of the park will leave you feeling like you’ve traveled to Mars instead of South Dakota! Whether you’re enjoying scenic drives, hiking or camping, it’s one of our favorite weekend getaways in the Midwest.
Where to fly into: Rapid City (RAP)
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Myrtle Beach is a well-loved vacation destination in South Carolina, but it also makes a great spot for a weekend trip! It’s small enough to not feel overwhelmed with just a few days in town, but there’s also tons to entertain every kind of traveler. Explore over 60 miles of beaches or hang out at beach boardwalks with arcades, ferris wheels, amusement parks, restaurants and more.
Where to fly into: Myrtle Beach (MYR)
Austin is one of the most up-and-coming cities in the US, with a hip and energetic vibe that’s perfect for students, music-lovers and anyone just needing a break. Fill up on incredible BBQ, go for a swim in the hot-springs-fed natural swimming pool (Barton Springs) and check out some of the numerous live music events happening across the city.
Where to fly into: Austin (AUS)
For quick weekend getaways in Tennessee, Chattanooga should definitely be on your list. It’s known for its underground waterfall (and above-ground waterfalls too), plus scenic views from Lookout Mountain, Civil War history and more.
Where to fly into: Chattanooga (CHA)
Zion National Park, Utah
Zion is one of Utah’s most popular destinations, but it’s also perfect for weekend getaways on the West Coast! Whether you’re braving the Angel’s Fall Trail, backpacking in the Narrows or just exploring some of the park’s shorter trails, there’s something for everyone in this incredibly scenic park.
Woodstock is known for its stunning fall foliage, but it’s worth visiting other times of the year as well! Chill out in the picturesque countryside away from big city life or explore the charming downtown area. You’ll find quiet farms and delicious food—an easy place to get away and unplug for a long weekend getaway.
Where to fly into: Burlington (BTV)
Shenandoah National Park, Virginia
For some of the best hiking and camping on the East Coast, Shenandoah National Park is a must-visit. It offers hundreds of miles of hiking trails, plenty of camping options (and other lodging, if you’d rather not, you know, sleep on the ground), waterfalls, mountains with scenic views, scenic drives and more. Unplug and unwind with a weekend getaway in Shenandoah.
Door County, Wisconsin
Door County is known for its long coastline along Lake Michigan, along with sheltered beaches, calm waters, wilderness parks and other outdoor activities. If you like hiking, kayaking, boating or just waking up to coastal views and long walks on the beach, you’ll love Door County.
Where to fly into: Green Bay (GRB)
Olympic National Park, Washington
Olympic National Park is one of the easiest weekend getaways in Washington, since it’s just a two-hour drive from Seattle. It’s one of our favorite places for a weekend away in nature. There’s lots of places to stay and eat in surrounding towns, but you’ll feel a world away. The Hoh River Trail, Hurricane Ridge and the Sol Duc Falls trails are some of the hikes you should add to your bucket list.
Where to fly into: Seattle (SEA)
Harpers Ferry, West Virginia
Harpers Ferry—a super charming, small historic town in West Virginia—is the perfect place for a weekend getaway. It’s small enough to explore in a weekend, but has just enough to see. From historic monuments, parks and museums to hiking trails to a cute downtown area with vintage shops and cozy cafes, it’s perfect for a weekend escape.
Where to fly into: Washington-Dulles (IAD)
Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Jackson Hole is an incredible adventure destination—with numerous ski resorts and mountains for winter sports to nearby National Parks for summer exploring, there’s adventures year-round here. The charming “Old West” downtown Jackson has plenty of coffee shops and restaurants to fuel your adventures. Grand Teton National Park is just 30 minutes away and Yellowstone is about an hour away.
Where to fly into: Jackson Hole (JAC)
So, which of these weekend getaways are you off to next? Book cheap last-minute flights with StudentUniverse and get ready to get away!