Forty-eight hours. That’s all you get for a typical last-minute weekend getaway. Even though it doesn’t seem like much time, it doesn’t take a long vacation to get away from it all, recharge, or have fun. Weekend getaways can be just as adventurous—and are definitely more affordable—than that big yearly trip. How do you make the most of every minute? With just a few days to work with, it requires some planning.

You don’t have to go overboard by filling your weekend with tons of planned activities and mapping out every second of the day. Instead, just plan for a couple of activities per day, building in a little downtime into the weekend to relax. Even just going on a quick hiking trip will make you feel good as new. After all, putting your needs first is necessary for both your mental and physical health. Chances are you’ll be back at work more refreshed and productive than you were before.

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Once you’ve selected a weekend that suits you, chosen your ideal destination, and found accommodation, you’re ready to go! Or for some of our weekend getaway recommendations, you can even come home to sleep in your very own Blueground home.


Weekend Getaways from NYC

weekend getaway two chairs facing the calm lake

New Yorkers know are always on the grind but they still manage to find a balance between working hard and playing hard. So, when the weekends hit, it’s time to relax and unwind. Whether you opt for a low-key trip to Catskills or prefer to spend your days swimming in Montauk, there are plenty of quick weekend getaway options just outside NYC. And the best part is that these incredible destinations are only a short train, plane or car ride away.


Weekend Getaways from LA

misty morning over looking the hills and downtown Los Angeles

Los Angeles is certainly a great place to live in, but sometimes you just need an out of town getaway. The city’s many freeways can take you to a wide variety of getaway destinations, many within just a few hours. From the desert sunshine in Joshua Tree National Park to the loud and vibrant vibe in Las Vegas, there is an ideal destination for everyone to reboot.


Weekend Getaways from San Francisco

Yosemite National Park for a weekend getaway from San Francisco

San Francisco is, without a doubt, a wonderful place to be in. But there are so many other destinations worth getting to know. And luckily, SF is extremely versatile when it comes to its accessibility to unique destinations nearby. Whether you enjoy scenic landscapes, national parks, camping spots, beaches, wineries, top-notch cuisine, or boutique shopping, all of these exciting things are in store if you intend to plan a weekend escape.


Weekend Getaways from Boston

Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Bridge

It’s the least wonderful time of the year. The temperature is still below freezing, the roads are still covered in salt and slush, you need a change of scenery, and the next long weekend is ages away. This calls for a winter weekend getaway! Thankfully there is a myriad of options to pick from that are waiting to be explored. And they don’t even require you to refill your gas tank.


Weekend Getaways from D.C.

Rehoboth boardwalk in Delaware

There’s never a dull moment in the nation’s capital, which gives you a good reason to get out on the weekends and find a little peace. When that time comes, your destination options include almost all of the Eastern United States. Within a few hours drive, you can visit other big cities, beaches, and mountains as well as enjoy a wide range of activities, including shopping, golfing, hiking, and exploring historical sites.


Weekend Getaways from Chicago

packed weekend back on bed with shoes and clothes ready for a trip

Even though few destinations can stand up to Chicago, sometimes we all need a break from the concrete, people, and traffic. Some prefer the charm of a small-town, others whilst others cannot resist an escape into the great outdoors. Whatever the case, there are numerous unique places to visit that can be reached within a few hours and are totally doable over a simple weekend getaway.

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