21 Top-Searched Cities for Long Weekends
See where fellow travelers and Travel Channel fans are planning their next weekend getaway.
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In addition to deep-dish pizza slices bigger than your face, Windy City must-dos include cruising on a riverboat architectural tour, taking a "Bean" selfie at Millenium Park and catching an improv comedy show at Second City. Plan your weekend here.
Make your 72 hours in Sin City count with pool parties, incredible shows and the infamous casinos on the strip. Venture out to the Neon Museum and tour the sign graveyard if you love vintage Americana. Skip the crowds in front of the Bellagio by staying at the Cosmo. Most of their balcony rooms overlook the famous fountains and the view makes an incredible Instagram. Plan your weekend here.
New York City
If you've never been to the Big Apple, stay in Manhattan and check off iconic sights like Central Park, the Met and the National History Museum. If you're coming back, stay in Brooklyn and check out the Brooklyn Botanic Garden and tour famous Brooklyn Brewery. No matter what borough, fresh-made bagels are a must. Plan your weekend here.
Whether you have kids or are a kid at heart, don't miss the Atlanta Aquarium, the largest aquarium in the western hemisphere, and the World of Coca-Cola museum, where you can try samples of sodas all over the world. Plan your weekend here.
Music lovers have to pay a visit to Nashville, just for the roaring bars on Broadway. Rock, country, kararoke, dueling pianos -- they've got it all. Make time to visit Jack White's Third Man Records and our friends at Great American Country say Biscuit Love is the best biscuit in Tennessee. Plan your weekend here.
The funky town is synonymous with SXSW, but we love to visit in October. The first weekend of the month is the Austin City Limits music festival and on Halloween they shut down 6th Street for one big bar-hopping costume party. Plan your weekend here.
Soak up the Big Easy with iconic food spots Felix's for creole favorites and Cafe du Monde for beignets and hazelnut coffee. Sunday jazz brunch at The Court of Two Sisters is a rite of passage. Plan your weekend here.
Just east of the Rocky Mountains, Colorado's largest city has a lot of small town charm. Shop the mile-long 16th Street in the heart of downtown and schedule your trip around a show at the Red Rocks ampitheatre inside Red Rocks Park. Plan your weekend here.
For a quick escape from L.A., head north to Santa Barbara or the "American Riviera" for picturesque beaches and the rolling green hills of wine country. Make time to visit and Instagram the iconic Old Mission and the gardens at Lotusland. Plan your weekend here.
You have to cross off a visit to the Alamo and the River Walk if you're in San Antonio, but if you want to spend a weekend like the locals, try the Pearl Farmers Market or tube down the Guadalupe River. And if you're adventurous, make time to visit the underground Natural Bridge Caverns. Plan your weekend here.
No weekend in this Southern food capital is complete without a bowl of shrimp and grits. If you're an early bird, catch the sunrise at Folly Beach. Runners and bikers will love the view from the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge. Plan your weekend here.
One-third of the world's bourbon comes from Louisville and bourbon lovers can pick up a passport at the visitor's center for stamps at local bars and distilleries. Literary fans should have a drink at The Old Seelbach Bar where F. Scott Fitzgerald once listened to jazz. Plan your weekend here.
If you love live music and BBQ there's no better place to visit than Memphis. It might be touristy but camping out at The Peabody Hotel lobby to watch the daily march of the ducks really is adorable, especially if you're traveling with kids. Plan your weekend here.
If you only have 48 hours in The Hostess City, start at River Street, stopping at Broughton Street for shopping and then head south, meandering through the iconic squares toward Forsyth Park. Lunch at Zuni's is a must. Order the Conquistador with both sauces and don't be alarmed when the staff gives you a hearty cheer. Plan your weekend here.
A weekend in this California beach town wouldn't be complete without a visit to the Monterey Bay Aquarium. It's one of the largest in the world with more than 35,000 plants and animals. Skip the crowds at Fisherman's Wharf and head out to Pebble Beach to see the famous Lonely Cypress tree. Watch this video for more trip ideas.
Colonial Williamsburg is a history buff's paradise. Watch reenactments, tour famous homes and walk in the footsteps of George Washington. Schedule a fun and spooky haunted tour at night. Plan your weekend here.
A weekend in red-rock country wouldn't be complete without a hike by day and night. Schedule a moonlit hike through Sedona Hiking Adventures for a different perspective on the landscape. Most resorts offer yoga and spa packages to unwind after a long day outdoors. Plan your weekend here.
Make it a weekend of natural and historic wonders with a hike up the 224 steps beside Seven Falls, mile walk through Cave of the Winds and a visit to the Manitou Cliff Dwellings. Get more ideas here.
Miami Beach is a color explosion with teal water and bright pink and yellow Art Deco buildings. Make time to explore Little Havana east of downtown Miami for vibrant murals, delicious Cuban coffee and plaintain ice cream. Plan your weekend here.
Vancouver has European charm with a Portland attitude. And the Pacific seafood and sushi game is strong. Make time for Instagrams at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park and the historic Gastown district. Plan your weekend here.
The German-style town nestled beside Tennessee's Great Smoky Mountains National Park offers fun for the whole family with museums, dinner theaters and helicopter tours. For a relaxing weekend, skip the downtown strip and camp inside the national park for beautiful waterfall hikes like Abrahm's Falls and Rainbow Falls. Plan you weekend here.