52 Weekend Getaways
Whether you want to hike, snorkel, stargaze, or spend time with the family, here are 52 great (and quick!) escapes—one for every weekend of the year.
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22. The Arizona Grand
Wave pool, water slides, lazy rivers—the kids won’t want to go anywhere besides the Oasis Water Park at this Phoenix resort. For big kids, there’s a spa, golf course, tennis courts, horseback riding, and mountain biking.
Distance: 5 hours by car or 1 hour by plane
23. Aulani Resort
It’s a long flight to Hawaii, but the kids are less likely to whine if they’re headed to Aulani, a Disney resort just 30 minutes from Honolulu. Amenities and activities are plentiful and organized by age. Adults can do yoga on the beach, teens can indulge at the teen spa, and everyone can appreciate watching new and classic Disney flicks outside under the stars.
Distance: 6 hours by plane
24. Monterey Bay
The famous Monterey Bay Aquarium continues to dazzle youngsters with its floor-to-ceiling marine habitat displays, and beginning April 12, there will be a new tentacle-themed exhibit featuring squid, cuttlefish, and the world’s largest octopus. Visit the shops on Steinbeck’s muse, Cannery Row, and cruise along the scenic 17-Mile Drive, where you’ll spot sea lions, multimillion-dollar mansions, and the famed Pebble Beach golf course. And when the kids are spent, check into Monterey Bay Lodge, located steps from the beach.
Distance: 1.5 hours by plane or 7 hours by car
25. Big Bear
In the winter months, Big Bear Mountain Resorts is a popular choice for the little ones who want to try skiing and snowboarding. Come summer, they’ll want to hit up the lake, where stand up paddleboarding and jet boat tours are all the rage. For fun of the less hair-raising variety, Big Bear Alpine Zoo, a rescue facility that rehabilitates species like bobcats and bald eagles native to the nearby mountains, serves up education, while a stroll through quaint Pine Knot Village offers a vacation staple: ice cream!
Distance: 3 hours by car
26-30: Food Stops & Festivals
MAY 8-11: Vegas Uncork’d
This Bon Appetit food festival comes with a strong pedigree that features the culinary stylings of Mario Batali, Daniel Boulud, and Thomas Keller, among others.
Sonoma Marin Cheese Trail
Serious fromage enthusiasts can taste artisan cheeses from 29 NorCal creameries.
Good Land Organics Coffee Farm
July is the best time to visit California’s first coffee farm, located 10 miles north of Santa Barbara. Tours are held once a month and include tastings along with a hike through the orchards.
JULY 11-20: Napa Valley Festival del Sole
The 10-day fête celebrates wine with a side of music, ballet, and even yoga.
JULY 26-27: Oxnard Salsa Festival
This annual fest celebrates “salsa” in the fullest sense, including food, music, and dance. There will also be cultural crafts, home décor, and more, from 75-plus vendors.