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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Part natural wonderland, part New Age mecca, part artist enclave, Sedona has something for everyone. The hikes at Cathedral Rock and Devil’s Bridge are particularly awe-inspiring, while those inclined to more leisurely pursuits will appreciate the plentiful spa treatments (try the Spa at L’Auberge de Sedona). For a more DIY approach to rejuvenation, take a dip at the Grasshopper Point swimming hole in stunning Oak Creek Canyon.
Distance: 7 hours by car
46. Death Valley National Park
Ominous name aside, this geological beaut offers hiking, climbing, and, if you’re lucky, fantastic wildflower-spotting. Stop by Artist’s Palette, a colorful rock formation that resembles its namesake, and drive along Badwater Road for the best views. Camping is always an option, but just outside the desert is Furnace Creek Resort, where you can soothe those tired muscles in the pool. Best time to go: winter or spring, when temperatures stay below 100.
Distance: 5.5 hours by car
47. Palm Springs
Palm Springs is a hot choice for many reasons, but it’s the glamorous pool scenes that keep visitors coming back. At the 1950s motor lodge-turned-rustic-chic Sparrows, dip your toes in the warm saltwater pool without worrying about a rowdy game of Marco Polo. No kids allowed. For a luxury stay, the Ritz-Carlton Rancho Mirage opens May 15.
Distance: 2 hours by car
48. Anza- Borrego
Within just two hours, transport yourself to Borrego Springs, where psychedelic sunsets rule and outdoor activities run the gamut. Borrego, a designated International Dark Sky Community, also has some of the best stargazing. Psst: We love the recently refreshed La Casa del Zorro.
Distance: 1.5 hours by car
49-52: unique ACCOMMODATIONS
A combination of “glamping” and the retro road trip, the sleek trailers from Airstream 2 Go are outfitted with flat-screen TVs, Egyptian cotton sheets, iPads, and more. Drive up the California coast from L.A., cruise through the Southwest, or create a DIY adventure.
Lake Powell Resorts and Marinas offers an Intro to Houseboating weekend class, where you’ll learn basics like piloting, anchoring, and towing on the blue-green waters of the Colorado River.
Want seclusion? Spend a few nights cozied up in historic Point Arena Lighthouse off the Mendocino coast, with views of the Pacific, a wood-burning stove, and Tempur-Pedic mattresses.
Inside Yosemite Lakes RV Resort lies a secluded cul-de-sac neighborhood of generously spaced yurts. Each round-shaped tent-cabin has a bathroom, kitchen, satellite TV, and porch with a barbecue. A large skylight tops the cone-shaped ceiling, allowing a view of the full moon from your pillow. thousandtrails.com
Go really off the grid at this Taos, New Mexico, eco-accommodation where you can kick back in private pods made from recycled and sustainable materials. The units recycle water, grow food—and come with Wi-Fi and Netflix.