While summer is usually a time for lengthy family vacations, weekend trips are just as common. The vibe in your office is more relaxed, and there’s more opportunity to leave early on Friday or tack on an extra day to the weekend. International jaunts aren’t realistic for these impromptu getaways. But there are plenty of domestic cities you can visit if you’re just looking to escape for a couple days.
Atlantic City, NJ
Think of Atlantic City as Las Vegas’ less glamorous cousin. Though some of the city’s major attractions have shut down, the beachside hotspot is still thriving. Grab tasty treats on the boardwalk, sunbathe on spacious beaches, and catch an outdoor concert. Artists like OneRepublic, Anthony Hamilton, and Frankie Valli have scheduled events before the end of August. It might not be at the top of your list but it should be.
If the ocean isn’t a requirement, try a destination city like Chicago. It’s a cleaner, nicer, less crowded version of New York. The newly completed Riverwalk offers a scenic view of the city’s famed Loop. There’s a huge food scene, in which many Top Chef alum have opened flagship locations. And there’s plenty of tourist attractions like the Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower). Chicago is a great Midwestern alternative to the hustle and bustle of bigger coastal cities.
Charleston is a dream come true for the guy who just wants to eat his way through his weekend trips. You can down oysters at Bowens Island. Get finger-licking good barbecue at Home Team. And chow down on crisp pizza slices at Crust Wood Fired Pizza. Take a boat tour to get an adventure-filled view of the coastal city. But most important, just kick back and relax.
San Diego, CA
California might be known for the celebrity shenanigans of Los Angeles or the LGBTQ history of San Francisco, but San Diego is the best option for a long weekend. From a tourist standpoint, there’s plenty to keep busy. There’s the San Diego Zoo, the Torrey Pines State Reserve, and La Jolla Cove, just to name a few attractions. But you can also get some of the best Mexican food on the West Coast at Oscar’s Mexican Seafood and Carnitas’ Snack Shack. It might be time to leave those other two big Cali cities behind.
Regardless of the coast or the timeframe, there are plenty of great options for a summer weekend trips.