15 Fun Cities To Visit For A Long Weekend In The USA

Best Weekend Getaways in the USA

The best weekend getaways in the USA with tips on where to stay! Life is too short to wait around for the perfect time to travel; make use of your long weekends and explore some of the most amazing weekend trips right here in the United States. 

Use these 3-4 day vacation ideas to start planning your next trip!

Best Long Weekend Trips In USA

1. Portland, Oregon

In Portland, you can really make the most of your weekend outdoors. Spend your Saturday at the Portland Saturday Market, and explore some of Forest Park’s thousands of acres on foot or bike. While there’s plenty of opportunities for hiking, Washington Park remains the most popular spot for visitors looking to get a glimpse of Portland’s roots.

Try one of Oregon’s local brews at an independent brewery, dip into the foodie scene, and don’t leave the city without picking up a legendary vegan VooDoo doughnut!

Where to Stay in Portland, Oregon

Stay at Hotel Monaco or Jupiter Hotel, which really encompass Portland’s funky vibe.

Where to Eat in Portland, Oregon

Portland has such an amazing foodie scene that you really can’t go wrong almost anywhere you go, but a few of our favorites include: VooDoo Doughnuts, Salt & Straw, Blossoming Lotus (for vegetarians), Duck House, The Observatory, Grassa, and Andina Restaurant.

Read more: The Ultimate Guide to Portland in a Weekend

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2. New York, New York

NYC speaks for itself — it’s on nearly everyone’s bucket list (for good reason), so why not take a couple of days and immerse yourself in the Big Apple?

Seeing the city in its entirety is impossible no matter how long you stay, so see a few attractions but don’t spend all your time at tourist traps. See the Statue of Liberty for free on the ferry to Staten Island, and get the best view of the city from Brooklyn Heights Promenade.

Where to Stay in New York

Stay in the glitzy Upper Eastside for easy access to Central Park, or the trendy and artistic SoHo neighborhood for a variety of cuisines and shops.

Where to Eat in New York

Obviously New York is such a huge city that it’s tough to narrow down the best places to eat, but here are a few of our favorites: Los Tacos No.1 (with several locations across Manhattan), Olmsted (a fine-dining restaurant located in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn), Ample Hills Creamery (for ice cream with funky flavors like Peppermint Pattie or Ooey Gooey Butter Cake).

You also can’t visit New York without trying a slice of pizza! Check out Grimaldi’s Pizza and Lombardi’s Pizza (the first pizzeria in the United States!).

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3. Savannah, Georgia

With its beautiful historic squares and wispy Spanish moss draped from every tree, Savannah looks like a town straight out of a storybook. The picturesque Forsyth Park and Cathedral of St. John the Baptist should top your list of things to do, but be sure to make time for a guided history tour and nightlife on River Street!

Where to Stay in Savannah

Enjoy some authentic southern hospitality at a B&B with a view, like Planters Inn on Reynolds Square.

Where to Eat in Savannah

For a truly unique experience, head to Alligator Soul. If you’re looking for delicious pastries and other savory and sweet treats, Auspicious Bakery is the place to go.

And no trip to Savannah would be complete without a visit to The Olde Pink House – an upscale restaurant serving inventive Southern cuisine with a French influence.

4. San Francisco, California

The Golden Gate is an obvious attraction for travelers worldwide, and one that should be seen at least once in one’s lifetime; take a couple days to go explore the natural beauty and artistic appeal of SF!

Go shopping for vintage designer clothing on Polk Street, and grab dinner & drinks in the Mission District. If you’re feeling up for a short day-excursion, you can even make your way across the bridge to the hillside marina town of Sausalito.

Where to Stay in San Francisco

Hotels in Union Square are very popular for the central location, but opting for a Queen Anne-style Airbnb makes for a unique experience!

Where to Eat in San Francisco

San Francisco is a foodie’s paradise, with countless restaurants offering delectable dishes from all over the world. From burgers and dim sum to breakfast favorites, there are endless options.

For the best burgers in town, with ingredients locally sourced from nearby farms, make sure to try Nopa. An iconic dim sum spot that has been around since 1958, Yank Sing offers a delicious selection of dumplings, buns, seafood dishes, and more.

If you’re looking for a hearty breakfast in SF, Plow serves up classic American fare such as pancakes, omelets, sandwiches, and scrambles alongside specialty signature items.

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

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5. Charleston, South Carolina

Recently dubbed “The South’s Best City,” Charleston is a romantic combination of small town living, city life, and coastal relaxation. Fill up on savory southern food at the beach or enjoy the luxuries of fine dining downtown.

King Street is a must for boutique browsing and shopping, while architecture gazing can be done all over the city (although the colorful houses that make up Rainbow Row might be my favorite). Regardless of the activities that occupy your weekend, the history and people of Charleston will charm you!

Where to Stay in Charleston

The Vendue in the waterfront French Quarter is easily one of the best places for accommodation, as is the Francis Marion in the Historic District.

Where to Eat in Charleston

First, Magnolias is a must-visit if you’re looking for an unforgettable fine dining experience. Their menu takes traditional ingredients and cooking techniques and elevates them with modern flair and artful presentation. For seafood, head over to 167 Raw Oyster Bar and for classic southern dishes, try Poogan’s Porch.

6. Miami, Florida

Miami is a place where singles, couples, and friends alike can come to have a lively weekend — regardless of age or interests. And, with average temperatures in the 70˚F to 80˚F range, there’s never a bad time to visit! Escape nasty winter weather and swim in the Venetian Pool, or spend a day in South Beach.

Ocean Drive is the epitome of Miami’s well-known art deco scene, so take a guided tour or stroll it at your own pace. The bright colors, Cuban culture, music and dancing are just a few of the things that make this city the perfect weekend getaway (especially if you’re in need of a tan)!

Where to Stay in Miami

Stay at one of the many boutique hotels in South Beach — like Sense Beach House — or live the high life in South Beach at 1 Hotel South Beach.

Where to Eat in Miami

Located in the heart of Miami’s MiMo district, Phuc Yea is a must-visit spot for those looking to explore Southeast Asian flavors right here in South Florida.

If pizza is what you’re after, Old Greg’s Pizza offers a unique blend of square and round pies.

Finally, El Bagel is another top recommendation for those seeking stellar eats in Miami.

7. San Diego, California

The best weekend trips don’t need to be fancy! With San Diego being in the Top 10 Happiest Places to Live in the US, it couldn’t hurt to spend a few days there, right? Surf, sand, and constant sunshine just about sums up this city (in addition to the best Mexican food you’ve ever had).

Hike Torrey Pines and say hi to the seals in La Jolla, but be sure not to miss the amazing farmers markets! San Diego’s sunsets on the beach are unparalleled, so start your evenings off the right way: on the shores of some of the best beaches in the country.

Where to Stay in San Diego

You can’t go wrong staying in nearly any part of San Diego, but Hotel Pendry in the heart of the Gaslamp District is within close walking distance to the best nightlife in the city.

Where to Eat in San Diego

First on the list is Sipz Clairemont. This vegetarian and vegan Asian-inspired restaurant offers delicious dishes such as drunken noodles and pad thai, with meatless proteins. They have locations in Clairemont, La Jolla, and North Park.

Next up is Homestyle Hawaiian. This mini-chain serves classic island-style dishes at an affordable price point. Last but not least is Jeune et Jolie in Carlsbad – perfect for those looking for modern French fare with a So Cal twist!

Read more: Insider’s Guide to Planning a Trip to San Diego

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8. Austin, Texas

Although in the heart of Texas, Austin doesn’t abide by this state’s stereotypes; you’re not likely to see many cowboy boots in this town! Austin boasts the most vibrant culture and coolest locals of anywhere in the south.

Enjoy a small local concert on 6th Street (it is the Live Music Capital of the World, after all), eat your weight in BBQ and Tex Mex cuisine, and relax in the natural waters of the Barton Springs Pool. At the end of the weekend, your Instagram will be teeming with unique sights and adventures.

Where to Stay in Austin

Embrace Austin’s “weirdness” and settle into the trendy hipster-esque Archer Hotel or eco-friendly Heywood Hotel.

Where to Eat in Austin

Located on Far West Boulevard, Biderman’s Deli is the perfect spot for anyone craving a classic deli experience. Next up is Picnik, where health-conscious eaters can enjoy real food made from scratch using only wholesome ingredients.

And last, but not least, Houston’s beloved Local Foods recently opened up in Austin on 2nd Street – making it an instant favorite among locals! They specialize in big overstuffed sandwiches that use Slow Dough bread.

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9. New Orleans, Louisiana

New Orleans is about more than just the booze on Bourbon Street. Head to Preservation Hall for live jazz every night of the week, check out artists painting in Jackson Square, The Presbytere museum dedicated to Mardi Gras and Hurricane Katrina.

If you’re lucky enough to be traveling in February or March, try to plan your trip for the weekend before Mardi Gras for a bucket list-worthy experience!

Where to Stay in New Orleans

For a grandiose stay in the Big Easy, book a room at Le Pavillon Hotel.

Where to Eat in New Orleans

Bywater Bakery is a neighborhood favorite located on Dauphine Street and it sports a giant red barn-like facade. This bakery features fresh-baked pastries and cakes every weekday, as well as breakfast and lunch options.

Muriel’s serves up its own version of casual refined fare with an unexpected twist – legend has it that a resident ghost oversees the kitchen – and Commander’s Palace may just be one of the most iconic spots in town when it comes to fine dining.

10. Seattle, Washington

Don’t be deterred by a little rainfall! With its ever-green scenery and stunning Mt. Rainier backdrop, Seattle might be the most beautiful city in the Pacific Northwest. 

Get your fill of tasty treats and seafood at Pike Place Market, then walk to Olympic Sculpture Park for the massive sculptures and marina views. If you find yourself in the city on a rainy day, take cover in one of 1,700 (!) coffee shops or the Starbucks Reserve Roastery.

I’d suggest buying a Seattle City Pass for free entry to Seattle’s major attractions like the Space Needle, EMP Museum, and Chihuly Garden and Glass.

Where to Stay in Seattle

As for lodging, book an Airbnb in the central Belltown area — there are plenty of apartments and homes available, often for under $100!

Where to Eat in Seattle

Tilikum Place Cafe, located in the heart of downtown Seattle, is a must-visit spot for any traveler who wants to experience some classic Seattle dishes. Matt’s in the Market, located right next to Pike Place Market, offers some of the freshest seafood in town and for any coffee lover, Original Starbucks is a must-visit spot.

11. Chicago, Illinois

On the eastern border of Lake Michigan lies Chicago, a city known for its modern architecture and towering skyscrapers. Stroll the Navy Pier, take in a Cubs game at the famous Wrigley Field, or see the city’s skyline from a bird’s-eye view at Skydeck. Don’t forget to snap a picture in front of the Chicago Bean!

Where to Stay in Chicago

Book a room at the Ivy Boutique Hotel for rooftop dining, easy access to the beach, and short walk to shopping and entertainment on the Magnificent Mile.

Where to Eat in Chicago

First on the list is M. Henry. Located in Andersonville, this spot has become one of Chicago’s top breakfast and brunch spots for its exciting menu options featuring Jorge’s black bean cakes, huevos borrachos (“drunken eggs”), lemon-raspberry brioche French toast, and so much more.

Second up is George’s Deep Dish in Edgewater and lastly, Kabobi is another great restaurant located in Albany Park that specializes in grilled meat skewers made with juicy pieces of chicken, ground lamb, seasoned filet, shrimp, and salmon along with other Mediterranean options like tabbouleh and baba ghanoush.

12. Nashville, Tennessee

Music City may be an obvious choice for country music fans and whiskey lovers; Tennessee’s capital city has plenty of sights and activities for anyone interested in experiencing a little taste of America’s back-country roots.

Aside from the famous Grand Ole Opry and Ryman Auditorium — both of which offer nearly daily live shows — Nashville offers numerous museums, distilleries, a variety of southern dishes (try the hot chicken!) and outdoor wonders like Centennial Park and Cheekwood Botanical Gardens.

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Where to Stay in Nashville

Stay at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and check out 9 acres of beautiful indoor gardens, rivers and waterfalls.

Where to Eat in Nashville

Rolf & Daughters is one of the best restaurants in Nashville, TN. Located in Germantown, this stylish restaurant combines industrial decor with top-notch New American cuisine, plus an impressive selection of American whiskey.

The Farm House is another great choice. This restaurant features home-style dishes with elevated touches, as well as legendary cocktails and Arnold’s Country Kitchen is the ideal spot for soul food lovers visiting Nashville.

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13. Las Vegas, Nevada

Las Vegas is an internationally renowned city for a reason – it has something to offer everyone. Whether you’re looking for world-class shopping, thrilling nightlife, and entertainment, or simply some of the best restaurants in the world, Las Vegas has it all.

And don’t forget the gambling! Las Vegas is home to some of the largest and most luxurious casinos in the world, where you can try your luck at everything from blackjack to poker to roulette.

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Where to Stay in Las Vegas

With so many amazing hotels located on or near the Strip, it can be hard to choose the perfect destination, but if you’re looking for a truly unforgettable 5-star experience, I recommend checking out the Bellagio Hotel (which recently became eco-certified!).

Where to Eat in Las Vegas

Giada at The Cromwell is one of the most popular restaurants in Las Vegas, and for good reason – celebrity chef Giada De Laurentiis offers up classic Italian favorites like spaghetti carbonara and crispy veal Milanese, all with a unique twist.

Gordon Ramsay Steak at Paris Las Vegas is the perfect spot for meat lovers visiting Sin City and Noodle Asia at The Venetian is a must-visit spot for fans of Asian cuisine.

14. Asheville, North Carolina

With its stunning location in the Blue Ridge Mountains and its vibrant and unique arts scene, Asheville, North Carolina is quickly becoming a popular destination for travelers from all over the country.

Some of the best things to do in Asheville include exploring the city’s many art galleries and museums, hiking in the surrounding mountains (the view of the Appalachian Mountains is incredible!), and sampling the delicious local cuisine.

Where to Stay in Asheville

For a cozy stay, North Lodge on Oakland Bed and Breakfast sits on one acre of beautiful gardens. This 1904 inn features a charming gazebo, gourmet breakfast and a parlor with a fireplace.

Where to Eat in Asheville

Be sure to check out some of Asheville’s famous breweries, like Highland Brewing Company or Wicked Weed Brewing, for a taste of some of the best craft beer in the country!

The White Duck Taco Shop is a great spot for tasty tacos and margaritas and If you’re looking for a sit-down meal, check out Twisted Laurel Downtown Asheville.

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15. Santa Barbara, California

This charming seaside town is located just a few hours north of Los Angeles and is home to some of the best beaches in the country.

The Santa Barbara Pier is a great place to start your visit to Santa Barbara. This pier offers stunning views of the Pacific Coast and is the perfect spot to watch the sunset.

For those looking for some natural beauty, I recommend checking out El Matador State Beach. This beach is known for its dramatic cliffs and caves, making it a popular spot for photographers and nature lovers.

The downtown area of Santa Barbara is also full of cute shops and restaurants!

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Where to Stay in Santa Barbara

For accommodations, I recommend checking out Hotel Milo Santa Barbara. The hotel is located right by the ocean and historic Stearns Wharf pier!

Where to Eat in Santa Barbara

The Palace Grill is a local favorite for Cajun-Creole food. They have everything from Crawfish to delicious gumbo, and the portions are generous!

The Lark is a popular dinner spot for fresh seafood and Opal Restaurant is known for its inventive Californian cuisine. Make sure to try the coconut shrimp!

FAQs: Best USA Weekend Getaways

Is 3 days a enough time to take a vacation in the USA?

Three days can be the perfect time to explore many destinations in the USA. Our best advice is to pick a city where you can easily fly in and out of from your home airport. The less time you spend in the air or the car, the more you’ll get out of your trip.

How much money should you bring on a 3 day vacation?

If brining cash is preferred, it is generally agreed that you should have $50 to $100 in cash per day. Of course, this varies greatly based on your vacation destination. Some places are more conducive to cash usage than others.

How can I travel cheap on the weekends?

1. Travel Saturday through Monday
2. Stay flexible with your choice of destination
3. Don’t travel during a holiday
4. Make reservations on a Tuesday or Wednesday
5. Try flexible date searches when researching what dates to fly

How do I plan the perfect weekend trip?

1. Decide what you want: relaxation, adventure, culture, etc.
2. Choose your destination
3. Set your budget
4. Choose your dates (the best time to go will depend on your destination)
5. Research your destination
6. Book your flights and accommodation
7. Come up with a loose itinerary

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