6 U.S. Cities to Spend Your Next Long Weekend

You don’t need a passport to visit these domestic destinations


Is there anything better than a long weekend? Yes, spending that extra day off in an exciting new city. While 72 hours probably isn’t enough time to jet off to London or Paris, there are plenty of awesome places worth exploring in the states. From the Big Apple to the Windy City, these domestic destinations make for a fabulous three-day getaway—passport not required.

New York City, New York

World-class museums, excellent shopping, iconic attractions—the Empire State Building, Central Park, and the Statue of Liberty, to name a few—make the Big Apple a tempting destination. And while its moniker may be the City That Never Sleeps, you’re going to need to snooze for at least a couple hours while you’re there. Stay in the lap of luxury at uptown hotels like the St. Regis New York and The Surrey or opt for downtown-cool digs such as NoMo SoHo and Public.

Miami, Florida

Miami brings the heat, but there’s more to the Magic City than nightclubs, swanky lounges, and sandy beaches. It’s also a major wellness mecca with a host of healthy cafés, juice bars, and fitness classes like sunrise yoga at the Standard Spa. Peruse fresh produce and homemade jams at the Lincoln Road Farmers Market on Sundays. In need of some pampering? Head to the Bamford Haybarn Spa at 1 Hotel South Beach for holistic services such as a rose-gold massage and face mask.

Sonoma, California

Looking for a low-key, vino-centric getaway? Sonoma is a mesmerizing mix of wonderful wineries, charming accommodations, and farm-to-table fare. From the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa, take your taste buds on a tour: sip sensational pinot noir and chardonnay at Viansa, sample oils, vinegar, and cabernet sauvignon at B.R. Cohn Winery, and savor roasted beetroot salad and wild-caught Pacific Bluenose sea bass at La Salette.

Denver, Colorado

With seemingly endless sunshine and the majestic Rocky Mountains, Denver is a magnet for outdoor adventurers. Start your morning with a scenic bike ride or hike along the 42-mile Cherry Creek trail. For lunch, plan a picnic in Washington Park. Spend the afternoon strolling around historic Larimer Square with its specialty stores and chef-driven restaurants. After a full day of activities, you’re bound to be a bit tired. Catch a few winks at the hip, new Halcyon.

Chicago, Illinois

Make the most of your weekend a stay at the Ritz-Carlton, Chicago. Located in the coveted Gold Coast neighborhood, it’s steps away from the upscale shops and eateries on Magnificent Mile. Not to be missed is the award-winning Chicago Architecture Foundation river cruise, a fascinating and informative 90-minute tour of the Windy City’s most storied structures. Afterward, refuel with deep-dish pie from Gino's East.

Washington, D.C.

The epicenter of the U.S. government abounds with historic landmarks, monuments, memorials, and museums (many of which are free!). Of course, no trip to the nation’s capital is complete without snapping a couple of pictures of the White House. Washington, D.C. is an international city in every sense of the word, home to embassies from all over the world, and its dining scene is equally diverse. Whether you’re craving El Salvadorian, Ethiopian, or Taiwanese cuisine, you’ll find it here.

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