We all hear the same viewpoint when it comes to traveling….“Vacations are expensive!”...but they don't have to be. Oftentimes we have wonderful destinations to explore right outside of our own town, or a quick drive away. Destinations you can enjoy on a weekend will still give you the “away from home” feeling without the need for long hotel stays, airlines, or many days off work. Let's take a look at five East Coast destinations that would make for a perfect weekend getaway!
1. Savannah, Georgia
Savannah, Georgia was established in 1733 on the Savannah River. It was the first state capital of Georgia and is the oldest city in the state. Savannah is filled with exciting history and beautiful architecture, giving it a small-town feel, and of course, Savannah's coastal landscapes are a sight to see! Stay in a quaint bed and breakfast, enjoy southern hospitality and meals, visit town museums and explore the beautiful natural parks the city has to offer! You will not be disappointed in this breathtaking destination.
2. NYC, New York
If you are a fan of cities, then why not visit one of the most popular and famous cities the United States has to offer; New York City. NYC is home to fabulous museums, live performances, street food, music, the Statue of Liberty, and of course Broadway! In New York you can spend the day shopping, checking out local restaurants, visiting historic landmarks and museums, or exploring different monuments important to the nation. We all know New York is known for its pizza, so check out Lombardi’s Pizzeria established in 1895, which still serves amazing pizza today!
3. Saint Augustine, Florida
If small towns are your thing, then definitely put Saint Augustine Florida on your list of “must-visits!” Established in 1565, Saint Augustine is the oldest city in the United States! Settled near the beautiful beaches of Florida you get the perks of a beach town and historic small town all in one. You can enjoy the sunshine as you walk through the town to visit small cafes, art exhibits, museums, chocolatiers, and more. In Saint Augustine, you can also visit the oldest standing house in the United States, Fort Castillo, and the Saint Augustine Lighthouse and Museum. If you have little ones then head over to the Alligator museum to see gators of all shapes and sizes!
4. Bald Head Island, North Carolina
Bald Head Island is on the east side of the Cape Fear River in North Carolina. If you're looking for a small and quaint relaxing vacation getaway, this is the place to be. You can visit Old Baldy, which is a historic lighthouse commissioned by Thomas Jefferson. If you like the beauty of nature, you can visit one of the oldest trees, a Timmons Oak. You can also enjoy the serenity of the beach, hiking trails, the woods, and the town. Ride around on a golf cart as you enjoy your stay! This destination is a must-see!
5. Burlington, Vermont
Let’s go exploring! Check out Burlington, Vermont for cute downtown shops, restaurants, and museums. Popular seasons to visit are the summer and fall, but year-round this historic city is simply delightful! Burlington is next to Lake Champlain Valley, which can be a lot of fun to visit in the summer.
In the winter the city is just a quick drive away from a few mountain ski resorts. Gear up and get your ski/snowboard on! In this city, you will also find a lot of folk art, decorative art, historic buildings, and unique places to take a stroll. This one is a destination for the books!
Have you ever been to any of these great weekend getaways? Do you have other destinations you think would be a great addition to the list? Let us know in the comments! We’d love to hear what you think.
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Kimberly is the owner of Travel Kimestry. Her areas of expertise include The Bahamas, The Caribbean, Hawaii, Mexico, Europe and ALL THINGS DISNEY. She’s passionate about working with families who enjoy traveling the world. She looks forward to working with YOU soon!