6 of the best US weekend getaway ideas

6 of the best US weekend getaway ideas

Love that Friday feeling? Give it an extra-charged boost by planning a weekend vacation to remember. Whether you’re looking to whisk your loved one away on a romantic cabin getaway, take the family off on 2 days of adventure, or get the band back together in an ocean-view villa, we’ve got you covered. Hike your way to picture-perfect waterfalls in Rocky Mountain National Park, take a leisurely meander around toytown streets in Cape Cod, or follow the music in New Orleans! Having an amazing weekend getaway is easy—the hard bit is choosing where to go first!

Cabin rentals in Rocky Mountain National Park

Offering over 350 miles of hiking trails with truly spectacular sights at every turn, the Rocky Mountain National Park is just the place to get away from it all for a weekend. Wander around the serene perimeter of Bear Lake or follow various forested routes to beautiful waterfalls. Or, to be rewarded with a breathtaking panorama, hike up to the peak of Flattop Mountain. Complete your Colorado getaway by staying in a rustic-chic log cabin nestled in the forests. Take a respite on your outdoor deck and watch the locals stroll by; you might be able to spot deer, bobcats, and coyotes while enjoying your morning brew.

Cottage rentals in Cape Cod

With its charming villages and picturesque sand-dune beaches, it’s easy to see why the curved peninsula of Cape Cod is an ever-popular destination for summer rentals. Home to many an artist, writer and photographer, Provincetown is a bohemian hub of art galleries, boutique shops, and eateries. The quaint town of Sandwich—the oldest in Cape Cod—boasts a plethora of historic museums, a treasure trove of antique shops, and a charming 1350-foot-long boardwalk leading you through tranquil marshes towards Town Neck Beach, a popular beachcombing spot. For a romantic getaway, choose a cozy clapboard cottage with a fireplace and free loaner bikes.

Cape Cod's sandy coastline at low tide, with a lighthouse in the distance

Getaway cabins in Yellowstone National Park

Home to dramatic geysers, steamy hot springs, and striking canyons, Yellowstone National Park offers a veritable smorgasbord of natural wonders within its 3,500 square miles. If you’re on a family weekend getaway, there’ll be no shortage of activities to fill your kids with awe; watch the Old Faithful cone geyser erupt up to a massive 180 feet, then cycle to the colorful Morning Glory Pool hot spring. Stay up past sunset and gaze at the unpolluted night sky where magical sights await; the Milky Way, meteor showers and Saturn can all sometimes be seen above the atmospheric silhouettes of the trees. With many of the cabins in this park offering hot tubs, fire pits and idyllic vistas, you’ll be sure to experience a perfect weekend trip here.

Vacation rentals in the Florida Keys

Comprising a series of tropical islands, Florida Keys is the ideal location for a classic US weekend getaway—think palm-fringed, white-sand beaches, azure seas, and consistently high temperatures throughout the year! Home to the continental US’s only living coral barrier reef, the Florida Keys is the ideal place to get up close and personal to a kaleidoscopic array of marine life; try snorkelling or kayaking, or, if you prefer, admire this extraordinary underwater world from the dry confines of a glass-bottomed boat. Make this a mini-vacation to remember and choose a pretty oceanfront cottage with its own pool.

Vacation home rentals in New Orleans

For an unforgettable weekend trip filled with live music, delicious Creole and Cajun fare, and eclectic architecture, head straight to New Orleans. A melting pot of American, African, Spanish, and French cultures, the Big Easy is truly unique. The beating heart of the city, and its oldest neighborhood, is the French Quarter, where the many-hued buildings play home to lively jazz clubs, a wealth of art galleries and classy eateries. For the perfect introduction to the area, why not go for an amble around Jackson Square, where painters gather to sell their wares and the spirited sound of street musicians fills the air? Just like the rest of this distinctive city, the vacation rentals here ooze character and style; chose one near the French Market which, as you might expect, sells tasty continental goodies such as freshly made crepes and fancy cheeses.

Villa rentals in Malibu

Featuring over 30 miles of beaches, surf-ready waves, and stunning sunsets, Malibu has been capturing the hearts of Hollywood stars and those with cash to splash for many a decade now. For a super-fun weekend getaway, grab your mates and find out what all the fuss is about. Make like a local and choose an oceanfront villa; many have unique architectural details and enough bedrooms for a bevy of friends. Amp up the luxe factor and treat yourself to a vacation rental with an outdoor hot tub and private pool. And don’t forget the champagne!

A palatial villa nestled on a hillside, with an outdoor pool and hot tub