For the travel lovers who work full time, weekend getaways are a staple that helps us function in between longer vacations. There’s no better way to start your work week after having been away for the weekend.
Side note: if you’re after tips for keeping the travel mindset in your every day, check out this blog post!
So… Why am I all-of-a-sudden obsessed with weekend trips?
I’ve realized that we’re practically mid-year, and I still have a massive bucket list of destinations I want to visit!
As a new Boston resident, there feels like endless options when it comes to east coast weekend getaways. I mean, of course, there’s New York, Miami or Portland (Maine), but surely there’s more?
Yes, my dear friends… There is definitely more.
Bucket loads more…
Read on for some east coast weekend getaways ideas:
1. Acadia National Park, Maine
Acadia National Park is perfect for the outdoor lovers reading this. If you want a break from city life and need peace and quiet, this is the place to be!
Known for beautiful foliage in the Fall, Acadia National Park is a 4.3hr drive from Boston, perfect for any long weekends coming up. If you live a little further south and need to fly up, Acadia is only a 2hr 45min drive from Portland, Maine.
If you’ve got the time, you also should check out Portland, Maine for at least a day or two. Check out our guide to 24hrs in Portland, Maine for more tips!
Tips for planning a trip to Acadia National Park:
If you have your own car, you will reduce your costs significantly. If you love camping, there is the opportunity to reduce your costs even more (HELLS YEAH). Day to day costs here can be very low too – the best part of Acadia National Park is the hiking! You won’t be spending too much when it comes to your day-to-day activities.
2. New Haven, Connecticut
Recently featured in the Spring 2017 edition of the Lonely Planet Magazine, New Haven is perfect for art and culture lovers. There are endless museums here and of course, New Haven is home to Yale!
If you’ve got a long weekend or a spare few days, make sure to visit Granby, a small area just outside Hartford in Connecticut. This was one of my favourite places to visit in Connecticut. Want to learn more? Check out my blog post about why you need to visit Granby, Connecticut!
Tips for planning a trip to New Haven:
If you live in Boston or New York, the Amtrak can be reasonably priced in comparison to car rental (especially if you book in advance). There are a range of accommodation options available, including the opportunity to stay at Yale! (The Study at Yale, rooms from $199)
3. Savannah, Georgia
Ever since I moved to the US, I’ve been looking forward to when I eventually can fit in a couple of days to Savannah. The city is picturesque, and perfect for photography or Instagram lovers. It’s also a great place to visit if you’d like a taste of the South.
Tips for planning a trip to Savannah:
Unless you can drive in, flights to Savannah can be quite pricey, especially on long weekends or public holidays. Flight prices are significantly lower during the week. As a popular tourist city (and a major city in its own right), Savannah has a range of accommodation options available to suit all budgets.
4. Charleston, South Carolina
If you love photography or are obsessed with getting the perfect Instagram shots, you will love Charleston. The architecture here is colorful, and Charleston is famous for brightly colored buildings.
Tips for planning a trip to Charleston:
Similar to Savannah, unless you can drive in, flights to Charleston can be quite pricey, especially on long weekends or public holidays. If you live nearby, drive in or time your visit during the week.
The pineapple motif is a traditional representation of hospitality and can be found within the art and architecture of Charleston, South Carolina. In the heart of the city, you will find Waterfront Park, where the Pineapple Fountain flows with the hospitality and charm of the #USA's South. 📷: @explorecharleston #VisitTheUSA
5. Charlotte, North Carolina
Another Southern favorite, there is something about the South that is so inherently beautiful! Again if you love photography, this is a great place to visit!
Tips for planning a trip to Charlotte:
Unless you can drive in, flights to Charlotte can be quite pricey, especially on long weekends or public holidays. If you live nearby, drive in or time your visit during the week.
6. Tallahassee, Florida
I’ve wanted to make the trip to Tallahassee for a long time. The area known as the Panhandle has so much to offer visitors, but it’s usually overlooked by Southern Florida. I made this mistake when planning my trip to Florida, and as much as I loved Miami and Southern Florida, I wish I had time to explore the Panhandle!
The Panhandle is a diverse area – from the culture filled Southern Tallahassee, to beautiful beaches of the Gulf coast, this is also a great place for nature lovers.
Tips for planning a trip to Tallahassee:
Unless you can drive in, flights to Tallahassee can be quite pricey, especially on long weekends or public holidays. If you live nearby, drive in or time your visit during the week.
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7. San Juan, Puerto Rico
If you love the beach and colorful architecture, you will love Puerto Rico. A popular getaway for North Americans suffering during Winter, San Juan is a popular tourist destination to kick back and relax.
Tips for planning a trip to Puerto Rico:
Flights to San Juan can be quite pricey, especially on long weekends or public holidays. If you’re on a budget, try to time your visit for during the week or to not clash with a public holiday. If you have more than a couple of days here, you will also probably need to rent a car – public transport isn’t that great.
8. White Mountains, New Hampshire
Similar to Acadia National Park, the White Mountains in New Hampshire is perfect for those of you who love nature, the outdoors and hiking.
Tips for planning a trip to the White Mountains:
If you have your own car, you’ll be able to keep costs at a minimum. This is not a travel destination where you can expect to be spending a lot when it comes to your day-to-day expenses.
9. Montreal, Canada
Perfect for culture lovers and francophiles, Montreal is often overlooked as a weekend getaway destination for those of us who live in the North East. If your idea of a perfect weekend is spending your time café hopping and checking out local museums, you will love Montreal.
Tips for planning a trip to Montreal:
Flights to Montreal can be expensive over long weekends/public holidays. Look out for flight specials or if you live in NYC/Boston, consider driving up with a group of friends!
A highlight of @Montreal's 375th anniversary is the new Michal and Renata Hornstein Pavilion for Peace in the @mbamtl. Two of its floors are dedicated to art therapy and education programs and another section is dedicated to historical art. This new addition has made the museum Canada’s most expansive art institution. 📷: @mevetaillefer #ExploreCanada . Un des points forts du 375e anniversaire de @Montreal est le nouveau Pavillon pour la Paix Michal et Renata Hornstein au @mbamtl, musée d’art connaissant la plus grande expansion au Canada. Deux étages complets sont consacrés à des programmes d’éducation et d’art-thérapie. Les quatre autres présentent des œuvres d’art couvrant plusieurs époques. 📷 @mevetaillefer #MtlMoments #QuebecOriginal
10. Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
Before I moved to Boston, I didn’t know too much about Newfoundland and Labrador. I had often spotted it on google maps, as its name definitely stood out!
What I didn’t realize was how stunningly beautiful it was as a place to visit. This area is the perfect weekend away for outdoor lovers.
Tips for planning a trip to Newfoundland and Labrador:
Flights can be very pricey, especially on long weekends or public holidays. If you’re on a budget, try to time your visit for during the week or to not clash with a public holiday. You will also need to consider car rental once you arrive.
Phew, what a list of east coast weekend getaways!
There are so many weekend travel options if you live on the East Coast. Regardless of whether you’re keen on the outdoors or love a bit of culture, there definitely is a perfect destination for you.