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Best Weekend Getaways

Sometimes, the only way to unwind after a long week is to get the heck out of town. So, as far as we know, a little change of scenery never hurt anyone. To help you maximize your weekend, we've created a list of places with just the right ratio of relaxation and entertainment to leave you rejuvenated and ready to return to the grind on Monday.

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Why Go: Slow it down with a trip to Charleston, S.C. Spanish moss-laden bed-and-breakfasts and gas lamp-lit cobblestone streets transport you to a simpler time. A stroll along The Battery will melt away your workweek stress, while a visit to the vibrant Old City Market will invigorate your senses.  Read More»

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Why Go: Sedona's dazzling red rocks are sure to impress even the most jaded traveler. Adventurous visitors savor the 100-plus hiking trails that grant spectacular views. Less active travelers can take in the vistas from the Chapel of the Holy Cross or go art shopping at Tlaquepaque.  Read More»

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Why Go: Views of purple mountains majesty and amber waves of grain make for a very photogenic weekend. Prime picture-taking real estate can be found atop Pikes Peak, sports fans will love the Olympic Training Center and the Air Force Academy's flight demonstrations awe visitors of all ages.  Read More»

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Why Go: Higher hotel rates may deter some budget travelers, but gorgeous weather year-round makes California's Monterey Peninsula a popular spot among golfers. It's hard to resist the bright green fairways and gorgeous views of Pebble Beach. Laid-back towns like Carmel-by-the-Sea and Cannery Row offer a variety of ways to unwind. Read More»

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Why Go: It's hard to rival Vancouver's idyllic natural landscape: Hiking, skiing, mountain biking, whitewater rafting and boating are all easily accessible. Get your dose of the great outdoors on a picnic blanket in Stanley Park or on the sands of Kitsilano Beach. Or hit the nearby ski slopes on a winter vacation. Read More»

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Why Go: The Live Music Capital of the World sure knows how to have a good time. Sixth Street is constantly grooving to the sweet melodies of undiscovered musicians, which means you'll hear fresh tunes come Friday and Saturday night. Meanwhile, you can spend your days relaxing in Zilker Park and gorging on top-notch barbecue. Read More»

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Why Go: While some travelers look to Vegas as the ultimate escape, most people can't handle Sin City's vices for more than a few days. Two nights is just enough time to dip your feet in the pool without drowning in everything Vegas has to offer. Test Lady Luck on the Bellagio floor or shop till you drop in the Venetian.  Read More»

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Why Go: History buffs will enjoy watching re-enactors perform in Colonial Williamsburg, while connoisseurs will relish wine-tasting at the Williamsburg Winery. And if you're traveling with kids, plan a fun day at Water Country USA or Busch Gardens. An affordable and easy weekend getaway, Williamsburg is a great retreat any time of year. Read More»

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Why Go: Come for the cactus-strewn hiking trails of Saguaro National Park, the lush golf courses in the Catalina Foothills, the palm tree-shaded museums on the University of Arizona campus and the colorful adobe shops in the Barrio Histórico. Just make sure you can handle the heat, as this southern Arizona town is known for its warm, sunny weather. Read More»

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Why Go: If your ideal weekend includes fishing, long walks on the beach and fresh lobster dinners, then Kennebunkport is your town. At this destination on Maine's southern coast, spend your day strolling through Dock Square or along Walker's Point before curling up for a good night's sleep in one of the area's quaint hotels. Read More»

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Why Go: Itching for powdery sands without the fuss of traveling overseas? Then Miami Beach is the place for you. At Haulover Beach Park, you'll find shores made for sunbathing, kite flying and volleyball playing. Or saunter over to South Beach, where delectable cocktails and party people abound.  Read More»

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Why Go: A scenic drive north along Route 1 from Los Angeles will lead to this much more peaceful (much less smoggy) seaside oasis. Santa Barbara's laid-back, small-town feel will be a welcome reprieve from the hectic workweek. Spend your days strolling State Street, touring the historical County Courthouse or lounging on East Beach. Read More»

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Why Go: For a taste of true Texas pride, head to San Antonio. Proud home of the Alamo (and lots of other historic attractions like Missions National Historic Park), this city makes for a great educational escape. And if you've got kids in tow, San Antonio's SeaWorld and Six Flags Fiesta Texas are major selling points. Read More»

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