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Best Weekend Getaways

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After a long week, sometimes a short getaway is in order. But deciding which destination to travel to can be daunting when you only have a weekend to spend. To help you choose the right trip for you, U.S. News considered factors like accessibility, affordability and entertainment offerings, as well as reader votes, to determine which cities offer the best weekend getaways. So whether it's just a short drive from home or a flight away, you're sure to enjoy your weekend at these locales. Don't forget to vote for your favorite cities below to help guide us in determining next year's ranking. 

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#1 Charleston

#1 in Best Weekend Getaways

Why go: Weekend getaways to Charleston are all about taking it slow. The city offers Spanish moss-laden bed-and-breakfasts and gas lamp-lit cobblestone streets to transport you to a simpler time. Spend the day strolling along The Battery, indulging in decadent southern food or visiting the vibrant Old City Market.  Read More »

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#2 New York City

#2 in Best Weekend Getaways

Why go:Travelers can reach New York City by train, plane or automobile, so weekend getaways are easily doable. Plus, ample attractions indoors (like museums and Broadway shows) and outdoors (like Central Park and the High Line) make unpredictable weather a nonissue in this destination.  Read More »

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#3 Sedona

#3 in Best Weekend Getaways

Why go: No trip to Sedona is complete without a photo op at the dazzling red rocks. Adventurous visitors can spend their days savoring the 100-plus hiking trails that grant spectacular views. Less active travelers can spend the weekend taking in the vistas from theChapel of the Holy Crossor art shopping atTlaquepaque. Read More »

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#4 Monterey

#4 in Best Weekend Getaways

Why go: Year-round pleasant weather makes this California destination a popular weekend getaway. Golfers travel here to be challenged on the bright green fairways of Pebble Beach, while less active travelers come to the city to peruse art galleries and dine in upscale restaurants in Carmel-by-the-Sea. Save on your hotel stay by visiting in spring. Read More »

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#5 Santa Barbara

#5 in Best Weekend Getaways

Why go: Just a two-hour drive north along Route 1, Santa Barbara is an easy weekend getaway from Los Angeles. The vacation hub's laid-back vibe will be a welcome reprieve from the work week. Take a stroll on State Street, enjoy a guided tour of the historic County Courthouse or lounge on East Beach.  Read More »

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#6 Miami Beach

#6 in Best Weekend Getaways

Why go: If you're itching for a summer beach getaway any time of year, 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 cocktails are flowing and the nightlife is buzzing. Stay in a hotel or resort along North Beach if you're seeking a quieter getaway.  Read More »

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#7 Tucson

#7 in Best Weekend Getaways

Why go:Travel to Tucson for the cactus-strewn trails of Saguaro National Park, the prime golf courses in the Catalina Foothills and the colorful adobe shops in the Barrio Histórico. Just try to avoid a summer trip, when high temps can reach triple digits.  Read More »

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#8 Vancouver

#8 in Best Weekend Getaways

Why go: It's hard to rival this Canadian city's idyllic natural landscape: Hiking, skiing, mountain biking, whitewater rafting and boating are just a few activities travelers can enjoy on weekend trips here. Get your dose of the great outdoors with a picnic in Stanley Park or on the sands of Kitsilano Beach.  Read More »

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#9 Kennebunkport

#9 in Best Weekend Getaways

Why go: If your ideal weekend getaway includes fishing, beachside strolls and fresh lobster dinners, travel to Kennebunkport. At this spot on Maine's southern coast, you can spend the day meandering through Dock Square or Walker's Point before curling up in one of the area's quaint hotels. The vacation spot is more popular during the summer, so book your hotel in advance to save money.  Read More »

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#10 Las Vegas

#10 in Best Weekend Getaways

Why go:Sin City is best experienced in small doses, making it perfect for a short weekend trip. A getaway here will be full of raucous hotel pool parties and nights spent on the Strip, but after a few days (and nights) spent on the Strip, you (and your bank account) will be ready to get back to reality.  Read More »

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#11 Austin

#11 in Best Weekend Getaways

Why go: Austin has become a popular travel destination in recent years – and for good reason. Weekend getaways here include spending the day in Zilker Park before savoring some finger-lickin' good barbecue and grooving the night away to the melodies along Sixth Street.  Read More »

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#12 San Antonio

#12 in Best Weekend Getaways

Why go: Weekend getaways to this Texas city are all about experiencing the flourishing art and food scenes. Other options include touring The Alamo and the Spanish Governor's Palace, plus the River Walk is free to enjoy. What's more, San Antonio is a big town for business, so hotels offer lower room rates on the weekends. Read More »

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