The top 9 weekend getaway – less cost, more fun

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Need a vacation, but haven’t got the time or the cash? Save some time and money by taking advantage of last minute deals on weekend getaways.

Need a break? Now’s a great time to look for travel specials. Check sites such as Expedia.com, Travelocity.com or Travelzoo.com for last minute specials in your area. With a little planning, there are many fun two-day vacations (also known as the weekend getaway) that can be found across the country. Take advantage of last minute airline, hotel and car specials to favorite places such as:

1. Star-Studded Los Angeles

Take a trip to the City of Angels where a variety of sites and activities will bring you back again and again. From star searching in Hollywood to window-shopping in Beverly Hills, you’ll find choices galore in things to do and see in two days.

2. San Francisco Crack Up

The taste of fresh cracked Dungeness crab at San Francisco’s famed Fisherman’s Wharf is enough to warrant a trip to the “City by the Bay.” But don’t forget to ride the cable cars to the Wharf for your crab fest. Also try the Alcatraz tour and wrap it up with a chocolate indulgence at nearby Ghiradelli Square. Fit right in with the cool, fashionable locals by trying a popular sake martini or “tonic” at one of the city’s many trendy bars.

3. Sleepless in Las Vegas

Where else can you climb the Eiffel Tower, see an active volcano, take a ride on a gondola, and enjoy a water and light symphony? Not only offering 24/7 gambling, this town has something for everyone. Explore the world attractions by day and take a chance at the tables and slot machines by night. Make sure to save room for the reasonably priced all-you-can-eat buffets and you won’t go hungry in Vegas (although your wallet may be a lot lighter)!

4. Rockin’ Memphis

Make a quick stop in Memphis, Tennessee, birthplace of the blues, rock ’n’ roll, and soul music. Take a day to tour Graceland, Elvis Presley’s mansion, complete with gold records and years of memorabilia. Stroll down Beale Street and take a break at a blues club for evening entertainment after savoring slow-smoked, hand-pulled pork-shoulder barbecue or barbeque ribs.

5. New York City

New York, New York, what more needs to be said? Shows galore, shopping, Central Park, the Statue of Liberty – the list goes on and on. Sights, sounds, interesting people, and things to do all day and night…this city has it all.

6. Theme Park in Orlando

Mickey and friends await you at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. Visit the gang at Disney World, expand your horizons at Epcot Center or catch the groove at Pleasure Island. Two days will barely scratch the surface of all of the activities available at this mega theme park.

7. American Luxury at the Biltmore Estate

Spend a couple of days in Asheville, North Carolina, home to one of America’s most famous castles, the Biltmore House and Estate. Visit the home on a self-guided tour, and opt for the behind-the-scenes Rooftop Tour, where you can examine a gargoyle or two up close and personal, as well as take in the wonderful view. Take the time to tour the beautiful gardens and visit the winery. Two days can easily be spent just touring the house and grounds of the magnificent Biltmore Estate.

8. Revolutionary Boston

Maybe its Boston’s cobblestone streets that remind you of Old World Europe, but walk the Freedom Trail and you’ll soon see that you are definitely in America. Take the city trolley tours or walk the famous trail of revolutionary sites. Walking or taking the “T” mass transit from the North End to Faneuil Hall to Cambridge’s Harvard Square, you’ll find much more than tea in this city.

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9. Wine-O-Sonoma

You don’t have to travel to Europe to find great wine, olive oil and cheese. Along with Sonoma’s bounty of award-winning wines and gourmet cuisine, you’ll enjoy peaceful, captivating scenery. You can drive or bike to the various wineries in search of the perfect grape. Pick up some cheese and crackers at any of the many delis along the way and treat yourself to a picnic, complete with wine and a wonderful view.

With the decision to go and just a little effort, you can take a weekend getaway near or far, made all the easier and cheaper by an abundance of travel specials.

Have a great trip!

 

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