Labor Day weekend is the perfect time to hit pause on the daily grind. For those who live or work in a major city, getting a change in scenery can really help you relax and unwind. Plan a weekend road trip with a group of friends where you’re all guaranteed off-time from the office. From New York and Washington D.C. to Los Angeles, here are some three-day weekend getaway ideas that’ll get you into vacation mode quickly:
New York to Delaware’s Beaches
Approximately a four-hour drive from Manhattan, Delaware’s Beaches are a great spot for soaking up some weekend sun. Find a condo or beach home, and take advantage of the Delaware Coast’s pristine beaches, family-friendly entertainment, watersports, fine dining and tax-free shopping. For active travelers, the area is also home to world-class tennis and championship golf. Get a few rounds in before heading back to the city.
Washington D.C. to the Outer Banks
Five hours outside of Washington D.C., Corolla, North Carolina is an ideal coastal retreat. It’s home to beautiful beaches, quiet communities, and wild horses roaming the dunes. Fun is in ready supply, with watersports, golf, tennis and more. This is the perfect three-day weekend getaway for big friend groups. Stay in a sprawling beach home so everyone can spread out. Get everyone involved in whipping up dinner, and dine on the back deck during sunset.
Atlanta to Florida’s Emerald Coast
Roughly a five-hour drive from Atlanta, Destin, Florida makes for a relaxing, long weekend. Northwest Florida’s emerald green waters and sugar-white sand are worth the trip alone. Escape to a Gulf-front condo and fill your days lounging by the pool and the award-winning beaches. You’ll also find water sports, tennis, fishing and other fun things to do on the Emerald Coast.
Nashville to the Smoky Mountains
About a four-hour drive from Nashville, Gatlinburg, Tennessee is an easy change of scenery. Nestled in Tennessee’s Smoky Mountains, the area offers tons of hiking trails, scenic drives and overlooks. Great Smoky Mountains National Park – the country’s most visited national park – is right there too. In town, you’ll find plenty of restaurants, distilleries and family-friendly attractions. Head to a private cabin for the weekend and soak up the mountain views.
Los Angeles to Palm Springs
Just under two hours from Los Angeles, Palm Springs, California is a hot spot for a weekend getaway. Pick a posh vacation pad, and relax poolside while the kids splash around. Palm Canyon Drive has plenty of restaurants, galleries and shops to check out, and attractions like The Living Desert Zoo are a treat for the little ones. If you’re up for exploring, the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway takes you up to gorgeous views and plenty of desert trails.
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