Travelling throughout the United States, you will no doubt see many exciting and fascinating things, especially if you are sightseeing with children. However, not everyone in the family will enjoy the largest ketchup bottle, located in Collinsville, Illinois, or the Tiny Toy Museum located in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia.
If you are planning a trip for adults only, a stop in Hermann, Missouri, for wine tasting and delicious German-inspired foods should top the list. For more information on upcoming events, go to HermannWineTrail.com.
Here are 8 amazing experiences you can enjoy in a single weekend around the country.
1. Hermann, Missouri
There are many things to do in Hermann, Missouri, besides wine tasting, although that is one of the main events of the town year round. There is also a month-long Octoberfest where wine and beer are the central attraction.
The town is located atop several hills overlooking the Missouri River so there are beautiful views from nearly every angle. Many couples plan wedding weekends during the spring and fall months as the town is bursting with colour.
There are many places to eat, drink, taking in the history of the town through a museum or walking trail, as well as several nice lodges to rest and relax.
2. Boston, Massachusetts
From whale watching cruises to museum tours, Boston is a great weekend getaway for the entire family. During the spring and summer, there are always baseball games with the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park and historic walking tours around the town. There is also a Hop-on/Hop-off Trolley Car Tour that allows you to visit various parts of town without having to walk or find a taxi.
Don’t miss a trip to Martha’s Vineyard along with a tour of the island. There are many shops, restaurants, and beaches to explore at your leisure when you plan a day here.
3. New Orleans, Louisiana
The best place to begin your tour of New Orleans is in the French Quarter where the city comes alive with music and colourful buildings along with delicious foods. This is a family-friendly style day trip and there are guided tours, or you could wander the area and see where you end up. Either way, it is going to be a great day to explore the heart of the city.
In the evening, the city becomes even more vibrant and buzzing with thousands and thousands of people enjoy the music, food, and drinks. Save the evening adventure for adults as most of the area is not exactly “kid friendly.”
A visit during Mardi Gras, typically at the end of February or the beginning of March, is guaranteed to be a highlight of any weekend holiday. The food, beverages and fun flow through the streets around the clock.
4. New York City, New York
No list of weekend getaways would be complete without a trip to the Big Apple, New York City. There is so much to do and see in the big city, both for adults and the entire family.
There are Broadway Shows, shopping and fine dining to name a few of the things to do and see. Museums include the Madame Tussauds Wax Museum and The Museum of Ice Cream along with much larger art infused museums.
A weekend adventure to New York City may not be enough to see everything or do all that you want to do here, but it will give you a taste of what a longer vacation in the Big Apple would be like.
5. Santa Monica, California
You may want to take a break from the hustle and bustle of visiting Los Angeles and drive over to Santa Monica, California. Santa Monica is home to one of the best beaches in the country and worth the short drive.
You can also enjoy the 22-mile bike path or the amusement park on the pier. There are many things to do and see in this seaside town.
6. Seattle, Washington
This city has nearly everything a family would want to experience on a weekend holiday. There is skiing at the Olympic Mountains not too far away, as well as museums filled with beautiful art within the town.
Food is always available as well as great coffee. And the Seattle Aquarium is not to be missed. The aquarium contains a 120,000-gallon tank that is home to many different aquatic animals from the western hemisphere.
Of course, there is the Space Needle, a 605-foot tall structure that welcomes visitors to the top for a magnificent view of miles around.
7. Chicago, Illinois
A weekend adventure in Chicago is an all-inclusive trip to food fairs, Broadway-style shows, and the best shopping in the Midwest. Like many of the other sites listed here, enjoy the nightlife without the children. There is plenty for everyone to enjoy as a family during the day, but the nighttime should be reserved for adults.
There are comedy clubs and other types of fun entertainment on nearly every street corner. There are also many street fairs that cater to the adult beverage consumer.
8. Savannah, Georgia
Savannah, Georgia, looks like it jumped right out of a storybook. It is a slow, romantic city with plenty to do for the entire family.
One of the best places to spend a day is at Tybee Beach, about a 20-minute drive from downtown Savannah. The shore is dotted with quaint little inns and small B&B’s that beg you to visit for a quiet weekend.
One of the most popular things to do in Savannah is to tour the many old churches and cemeteries. The moss-covered trees will keep you cool while exploring the unique headstones adorned with different angels and decorative art.
Depending on where you live, some of these weekend getaways may take a day or two longer than the traditional Saturday and Sunday of a weekend. If you have the time, take it and enjoy this big country a few days at a time.