Looking to beat the back to school blues? Why not book a fun trip for the whole family! Give everyone something to get excited about then set off to create special memories that the kids will be thinking about for years to come. Ready to get moving? Find your perfect weekend getaway to put a spring back in your step this fall!
Chill Weekend Getaway: San Diego
Good weather? Check. Kid-friendly? Check. Vibrant but laid back city? Check! San Diego is a dream destination anytime. The gorgeous beaches are great year-round for soaking in the sun or getting out on the sea for some adventurous water sports. Explore the natural beauty of Coronado Island then take the kids to learn and fall in love with the local wildlife and San Diego Zoo.
Cosmopolitan Weekend Getaway: Toronto
Toronto is regularly voted to be one of the greatest places in the world to live. While you might not be ready to call it home, you should pack your bags for the weekend to see what all the fuss is about! Visit the CN Tower for a sweeping view of the city, explore the aquarium, then take a ferry ride over to the amusement park. It is a highly walkable city with no shortage of activities to fill your weekend.
Teen Weekend Getaway: Portland
Famous as one of America’s hippest city, Portland is a perfect destination for teens. If your kids are into the outdoors, you can bike through the entire city, explore the local gardens, then get out of town into the gorgeous surrounding area. Have a foodie in the family? Portland is a true cultural capital. For the adults, be sure to plan at least one night to check out the thriving craft beer scene in Portland.
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Return to Nature Weekend Getaway: Estes Park, Colorado
Rocky Mountain National Park is a dream come true for outdoor-loving, adventurous families. The quaint mountain village of Estes Park is a prime pick for exploring the local area. Fish, hike, climb, raft, or ski– this place has it all! If you can name an outdoor sport, someone is specializing in it at the Rocky Mountain National Park.
Exotic Weekend Getaway: Montreal
Who says you have to travel to Europe for a culturally rich family vacation? Montreal is unlike anywhere else in North America, and it is a true learning experience for kids of all ages. Emersed in the French language, cuisine, and culture, Quebec is a fascinating spot with a distinctly European charm. And it’s just plain fun! Have a croissant, climb to the top of Mont-Royal for panoramic views, then head over to the Biodome (reopening December 2019) to learn about science, animals, and so much more.
Wild West Weekend Getaway: Tucson
With 350 days of sunshine a year, Tucson, Arizona is a perfect spot to visit all year-round. It is also a cool experience for young kids who want to get a sense of that famous wild west experience. There are truly old fashioned style dude ranches still in operation. As a bonus, it is an ultra-affordable destination, and it’s an easy trip across the border into Mexico if you want to extend your trip a bit.
Southern Charm Weekend Getaway: Atlanta
Atlanta has something for everyone. Animals lovers can see the incredible sharks at the Georgia Aquarium. Sports fans will flip for the Heisman Trophy at the College Football Hall of Fame. Older history buffs can take in the Center for Civil and Human rights. Kids and adults alike with a sweet tooth will have their heart set on the World of Coca-Cola.
Natural Exploration Weekend Getaway: Bowling Green
Just an hour north of Nashville, Bowling Green is nestled in the emerald hills of South Central Kentucky. While it has a unique natural beauty, its real claim to fame has the world’s largest underground cave system. Mammoth Cave National Park is a fascinating place for kids of all ages and adults. For the gearheads out there, the National Corvette Museum, home to the Corvette, is an essential stop. If you can make time for it, it’s well worth spending at least one afternoon in Nashville as well.
Unforgettable Weekend Getaway: Niagara Falls
While it is the destination of a lifetime, Niagara Falls is something you can knock off your bucket list in a weekend. While it is stunningly beautiful and unforgettable, you don’t need more than a couple of days to see it all. Wander the hiking trails, take a boat excursion, and sign up for the Cave of the Winds tour.