A long weekend getaway — three nights away from the daily routine — can do wonders to revive the spirit and fortify the soul. Wherever you live in the U.S., there is a quick getaway you can set your sights on, so start planning! The following five destinations offer vacations ranging from the great outdoors to art and culture, sizzling nightlife or golf and spas. Best of all, you can get a handle on these places within a three-night, four-day timeframe.
South Beach, Miami, FL: These two square miles at the southern tip of Miami Beach are packed with trendy hotels, restaurants, nightclubs and shops along a stretch of beach so wide there is room enough for everyone to play in the sun. Days are hot, but nights are even hotter.
Adirondack Mountains, NY: The mountains and waterways of northern New York lend themselves to leisurely drives; hiking and biking trails; climbing a peak for a majestic view; swimming and fishing in a serene lake; or retracing America's past at historic sites throughout the region, which is larger than the state of Vermont.
Sante Fe, NM: The crisp, clean mountain air of this city in New Mexico is not the only thing that will surprise visitors. Historical charm accompanies exhibitions at the Georgia O'Keefe Museum and the Museum of Spanish Colonial Art, many galleries and shops, and exceptional cuisine at renowned restaurants.
Telluride, CO: Everything to see and do in Telluride is packed into the tiny 8-by-12 block town, surrounded by a stunning landscape of mountains that make up the outdoor playground. People prefer to walk from place to place in town, so it's the perfect getaway for those who would rather not drive.
Palm Springs Desert Resorts, CA: This oasis encompasses 8 different blossoming desert cities, making it the perfect resort getaway. In addition to shopping, visiting casinos, spas, bars and clubs, there are more unconventional pursuits such as tandem skydiving to try. The best part is the guarantee of excellent weather.
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