Top Summer Weekend Getaways in the USA

From California to Maine to Texas to Alaska, there is so much to see in this beautiful, amazing country. It’s my dream to spend a weekend in every major city around the nation and I’ve been slowing checking them all off my list.

Here are my all-time favorite weekend getaways in the USA!

California Coast Big Sur

California Coast

There’s no place like home. Wherever I go and whatever I see, no place will ever be closer to my heart than California. And, of course, there is no better way to see the Golden State than to take the quintessential west coast road trip!

Read More: 3-Day California Coast Road Trip


The Hamptons

Is there any chicer destination than The Hamptons? Just 90 minutes outside of NYC, this celeb hot spot is the place to be every summer. Go antiquing, indulge in amazing seafood, and lounge beachside.

Read More: The Ultimate Girlfriend Getaway Guide to The Hamptons

Wahclella Falls in Portland


Ever since my spontaneous weekend getaway to Portland, I have been in love! Home of hipster cool, this happening city is a foodie heaven and home to the largest independent new and used bookstore in the world, Powell’s Books.

There are also a number of fun day trips you can take, including to majestic forests and waterfalls!

Read More: The Ultimate Guide to Portland in a Weekend

Guide to Venice Beach

Venice Beach

This hip, cultural mecca has everything you could ever want in a weekend getaway (plus a few unexpected surprises). If you are in California, you absolutely must check out the Venice Boardwalk, go vintage shopping, and stroll the Venice Canals.

Read More: The Ultimate Guide to Venice Beach in a Weekend

San Francisco

San Francisco

There’s a reason why generation after generation leaves its heart in San Francisco. With the iconic Golden Gate Bridge, the trendy Mission neighborhood, and the largest Chinatown outside of Asia, there is something for everyone in this cultural capital.

Read More: The Ultimate Guide to San Francisco in a Weekend

New York City

New York City

Attention, world! If you only visit one city in these United States, make it New York City. This dizzying, stunning, incredible city needs to be on the bucket list for every single traveler. NYC is like a world unto itself. You could explore it for 100 years and never be bored for a second.

Read More: The Ultimate Guide to New York City in a Weekend



Take in the breathtaking Red Rocks, window shop in Larmier Square, or take a brewery tour to see what makes Denver different from any other city in America. A flawless blend of urban cool and natural beauty, the Mile High City is in a class all its own.

Read More: The Ultimate Guide to Denver in a Weekend

Joshua Tree Glamping

Joshua Tree

See the other side of California at the Joshua Tree National Park. With otherworldly natural beauty, this stunning desert region is dotted with eclectic towns and a dreamy landscape that you could explore for days.

Read More: The Ultimate Guide to Joshua Tree in a Weekend



Epicenter of all things country music, this is a wonderful destination for all types of music fans. Take in a piece of classic Americana at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, the Johnny Cash Museum, and the Ryman Auditorium a.k.a. the Grand Ole Opry House.

Read More: The Ultimate Guide to Nashville in a Weekend

Napa Valley

As one of California’s most popular destinations, Napa Valley is paradise for foodies and wine lovers. Home to some of America’s most impressive restaurants and vineyards, this is one of my favorite places to indulge for the weekend.

Read More: A Weekend Getaway Guide to Napa Valley

Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe

Ready to get back to nature? Lake Tahoe is one of the United States’ best outdoorsy getaways. Go hiking, paddle boarding, or skiing, or just lounge by the campfire and take in the amazing scenery.

Read More: The Ultimate Girlfriend Getaway Guide to North Lake Tahoe

South beach in a weekend

South Beach

Ready to glam it up? Head to South Beach in Miami! Home to ultraposh hotels, world-class restaurants, and some of the hippest nightclubs on the planet, this is the ultimate place to see and be seen.

Read More: The Ultimate Guide to South Beach, Miami in a Weekend

Kona Kai Resort, San Diego

San Diego

As soon as you arrive in San Diego, you’ll see why it is one of America’s most popular tourist destinations. With picture-perfect beaches, an impressive craft beer scene, and countless outdoor attractions, this city will win you over in a heartbeat.

Read More: San Diego Travel Tips

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Kiersten Rich is the bikini-obsessed author of award-winning solo female travel and lifestyle blog, The Blonde Abroad, featuring travel tips, fashion, food, festivals and photography from around the world.