Sometimes the weekend rolls around and you and your partner need a break quite a ways from the daily grind. Not to worry; there are plenty of top-class locations for couples' weekend getaways. Whether you're looking to stay active on the slopes or the trails, get your thrills on a roller coaster, or imbibe some one-of-a-kind local culture, these destinations have just what you need. And with plenty of vacation rentals to choose, finding a great place to stay for an unforgettable weekend getaway is no problem.
Active getaways for couples
When your idea of a fun couples' weekend getaway involves large amounts of excitement and activity, there are plenty of places to choose from. Whether you're looking for the lush mountain greenery of the Berkshires, the uniquely arid landscape of Utah's national parks, or the thrilling pleasures rides and roller coasters in renowned amusement parks, these destinations are sure to satisfy your need for an active adventure.
Getaways in the Berkshires
Running through the westernmost portion of Massachusetts, the mountainous Berkshires teem with stunning natural beauty and year-round recreation. Gorgeous mountain vistas, miles of hiking trails—including part of the Appalachian Trail—and thrilling rapids on the Deerfield River, not to mention fine powder in winter at Ski Butternut and Catamount Mountain Resort, are all on offer. If you prefer your nature more curated, take a stroll through the Berkshire Botanical Garden or Herbert Arboretum. For a spot of culture, drop by the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art or the Norman Rockwell Museum, or head to Tanglewood for a performance by the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Be sure to book a vacation rental with a fireplace to relax by after an active day.
Couples getaways in Utah's national parks
Preserved in 5 national parks, southern Utah's unique and breathtaking rock formations are a must-see for nature lovers. Zion National Park and its namesake canyon are great spots for hiking and horseback riding; they're popular rock-climbing locales as well. At Capitol Reef National Park and Arches, named for its natural sandstone arches, you can marvel at ancient petroglyphs. The Green and Colorado rivers run through Canyonlands, making it a fantastic destination for rafting and kayaking. At Bryce Canyon, the natural amphitheaters are beautiful whether you approach them on horseback or a snowshoe trek. Book a vacation rental with a hot tub and indulge in a long soak to relax those tired muscles after a day on the trails.
Theme park getaways
When your inner child needs to be let out, there are few better places for fun than theme parks. With scream-inducing rides, indulgent eats, and live entertainment galore, treating yourself couldn't be easier. Cedar Point, on Lake Erie's shores in Sandusky, Ohio, lays claim to roller coasters over 200 feet tall, while Six Flags Magic Mountain in California's Santa Clarita boasts the most roller coasters of any park in the world. Hersheypark, in Hershey, Pennsylvania, originally built for the workers of the famed chocolate company, now hosts numerous rides, a boardwalk, a zoo, and Hershey's Chocolate World. Vacation rentals near theme parks range from condos to houses, with amenities like smart TVs to keep you entertained indoors.
Eclectic city getaways for couples
Every city is unique, but sometimes the confluence of geography, history, and culture come together to create something truly special. If you're looking for a weekend getaway to an eclectic urban center, cities like Charleston, Portland, and Vancouver are sure to satisfy. Beautiful landscapes, delicious food, and thriving contemporary culture—plus lovely vacation home with everything needed for a comfortable stay—make for a memorable escape for couples. What more could one want?
Best spots to visit in Charleston
South Carolina's port city of Charleston can lay claim to a culture all its own. The influence of the Southern, English, French, and West African communities have produced a vibrant and thriving city. Charleston is justifiably renowned for its cuisine; dishes like gumbo, shrimp and grits join oysters and barbecue as iconic staples. Check out the plethora of history and culture on offer, too. Fort Sumter, site of the first shots of the Civil War, and the Charleston Historic District, great for walking tours, are popular locations. Grab a ticket for a Charleston RiverDogs minor league baseball game and you may run into part-owner Bill Murray. For the genuine Charleston experience, book a vacation rental in a historic home and live like a local.
Portland, Maine's top destinations
Possessed of a breathtakingly rugged coastline, Portland in Maine is worth a trip for the landscape alone. It's also among the country's top food destinations, offering everything from flaky French pastries to spicy Vietnamese specialties—not to mention fresh seafood. Should you and your partner need a break from the onslaught of deliciousness, take a stroll around the Arts District, which the Portland Museum of Art, Maine Historical Society & Museum, and Portland Stage Company all call home. After the sun sets, head over to the Old Port district, notable for its 19th-century architecture, for a late meal and a nightcap. An apartment rental in a restored 19th-century building and furnished with Victorian antiques is a great place to stay for a romantic getaway in Portland.
Top locations in Vancouver
Few cities combine breathtaking natural splendor, lively culture, and a thriving food scene as well as Vancouver in British Columbia, Canada. A picturesque waterfront and stunning mountain backdrop bless the city with a stunning landscape. Drive the Sea-to-Sky Highway, hike the Grouse Grind, or bike the Seawall for some spectacular vistas. The Vancouver Museum and the Museum of Anthropology celebrate the city's history, while the Vancouver Art Gallery and Contemporary Art Gallery showcase its creative wonders. Vancouver's food scene reflects its multicultural residents, with East and Southeast Asian communities particularly well-represented. For nightlife, head to Gastown, the city's original settlement, or the Granville Entertainment District. Choose a house with a rooftop terrace or patio for picturesque views of English Bay or downtown's bustling streets.