Travel doesn't have to be a big hassle; escape the everyday with a great last-minute weekend getaway! Spend your weekend somewhere new. It's amazing how your perspective can change after a quick trip. Even at the last minute, you can find a great weekend getaway at surprisingly affordable rates. We've got fun ideas for easy and inexpensive weekend jaunts. Do a little wine tasting in glorious Napa Valley or take off for the beach nearest you. Car camping is a great weekend trip, as is taking an invigorating hike in a great national park like Yosemite or the Grand Canyon. So work your imagination, and give your wallet (and yourself) a rest. If you've always wanted to get away to that cozy little bed-and-breakfast in the mountains with your special someone or simply take a solo trip to somewhere to refresh and renew yourself, we've got a host of terrific ideas on the perfect last-minute weekend getaway package.
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For an idyllic last-minute weekend getaway trip, head to one of the best-known wine-growing regions in the nation. Napa's dense collection of vineyards, gentle weather, and beautiful vistas make it one of the most intoxicating places to go on a vacation. There are over 250 wineries in Napa County, nearly two-thirds of which line Route 29 and the Silverado Trail in Napa Valley. Some wineries have free tastings; all have large selections of wine for purchase. Bring some delicious cheese and crusty bread to pair with your wines and picnic among the vineyards. Don't forget the natural hot springs and soothing spas — Rte. 29 runs north from Napa all the way to Calistoga, known as the "Hot Springs of the West." Take a mud bath or a mineral shower after a hard day of wine tasting. What relaxing weekend vacation would be complete without a salt scrub, luxurious massage, or facial? And of course, you won't want to miss out on the great eats in Wine Country. Try Thomas Keller's famed Bouchon in downtown Yountville for a splurge, or check out Taylor's Automatic Refresher in the well-groomed town of St. Helena. It's a roadside stand with burgers, sandwiches, fries, and of course, a wine selection.
There's nothing quite like going to the beach for the ultimate last-minute weekend getaway trip. What's not to love about rolling surf, warm sands, and frosty drinks? There are so many different kinds of beach getaways you can find as well — go to an all-inclusive resort in a place like Cancun, Mexico, if you don't want to plan anything and just want to get right to the fun in the sun. Or, if you want to combine beach combing with a little urban adventure, book a last-minute getaway to hot and happening Miami, Florida, where you can enjoy white sands, as well as the vibrant Latin American atmosphere and world-class cuisine. And check to see if there is a great last-minute deal to be had in Hawaii. One minute you're typing in your details into our FareFinder, the next, you're on Waikiki Beach, sunbathing and feeling a world away from home on your fantastic last-minute getaway vacation.
A last-minute weekend getaway vacation will do wonders for you by injecting some fresh perspective and energy into your life. Indulge your adventurous side by going somewhere full of outdoor activities. Take the weekend to explore a national park like Yosemite or the Grand Canyon to really widen your outlook. Being amidst natural wonders and raw beauty will get your blood flowing! Hike and camp in the winter months if you want to avoid the crowds; you can even go skiing or snowboarding in Yosemite's Badger Pass Ski Area. If you're feeling truly adventurous, head to the highest peak in the American Northeast to see a view of five states and Canada from a mountaintop. New Hampshire's Mount Washington is one of the most dangerous mountains in the world because of its highly unpredictable weather. To get away to real wilderness, take a quick trip to Alaska. You won't ever be the same after hiking through boreal forests and tundra.
One of the most popular last-minute weekend vacations is the ski trip. There are so many fun and diverse ski destinations, the hardest thing about planning your trip will be to decide which place to go! We've compiled a great list of places to visit — check out our ski vacation page to get great information on ski resorts like Lake Tahoe, California, Whistler, Canada and Vail, Colorado, to name just a few happening places. Many resorts boast truly affordable last-minute weekend getaway packages. Get ready to catch some air or simply indulge in some fun and relaxing activities like fine dining or drinking by a cozy fire. It can be a fun group adventure and doesn't have to cost a lot if you find the right budget deal.