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When it comes to planning a weekend break, there are some destinations that simply cannot be beaten. From the music and culture of New Orleans to the sunshine and sand of Miami Beach, here are some top weekend getaway destinations to choose from.
Easy to access and packed with history and culture, New Orleans is the perfect city for a weekend break. The two main neighborhoods that beg to be explored are the French Quarter and the Garden District, both of which can be done on foot. Another popular highlight of the city is taking a riverboat tour down the Mississippi, where you will have a panoramic view of the city’s skyline and its iconic architecture. Of course, stopping off at a jazz and blues club is a must, and while these can be found all over the city, some of the best times to be had will be on Frenchmen Street.
For those who want a spiritual and restorative weekend away, then Sedona is the place to go. Often described as being one of the most beautiful destinations in the country, Sedona’s colorful landscapes have attracted creatives for years, with everyone from cutting-edge filmmakers to traditional painters finding inspiration here. In addition to the famous red rocks, Sedona is also home to many spiritual spots, as well as traditional spas where you can truly pamper yourself.
Often referred to as being America’s Riviera, Miami Beach is a dynamic destination filled with culture, art and plenty of gorgeous beaches. From the family-friendly activities around the Miami Beach Boardwalk to the history and architecture of the Art Deco District, this is a destination that is ideal for the entire family. A visit to chic South Beach is also a must, especially in the evening to check out its glittering nightlife.
Austin, Houston and Dallas
If you want to spend your weekend indulging in the finest of foods, then America’s foodie triangle in Texas is the destination for you. Begin in Austin, which has earned itself quite the reputation for innovative street foods, as well as for a music scene that never seems to stop. Next up is Houston, where you will find more fine dining options than you could possibly fit into one weekend, from Bernadine’s, which was a runner up for Best Restaurant of the Year, to Le Colonial, which is known for its French-Vietnamese fusion. Finally, stopping off in Dallas will reward you with overflowing plates of traditional Texas barbecue, provided you still have room in your stomach after your flavor-filled culinary weekend.
Vancouver is a great destination for those who want a weekend of outdoor adventure, with many considering it to be both an urban, as well as a natural, playground. The city’s eleven miles of beaches make it perfect for many water-based activities, while its stunning mountain ranges are always thrilling to explore. If you are seeking a bit of an adrenaline-rush, you can try your hand at everything from white water rafting to skiing to mountain biking here, while those wanting a culture boost can spend the day visiting the city’s many world-class museums and galleries.
It is always easier to choose a weekend getaway destination once you have already established the type of break that you would like. If you are seeking food, drink and music, then you will not go wrong with Texas’ three foodie cities, while those wanting some peace and relaxation will no doubt find that in Sedona.