Memorial day weekend draws near unofficially launching the summer travel season. Have you planned your summer travel or are you overwhelmed by the travel options? I have curated ten perfect weekend itineraries, complete with guides and travel tips to help you make the most of your weekend away. From the adventurous traveler to the foodie there is something on this list for you.
MIAMI, FL. If you want to spend the weekend laying on the beach, you will be satisfied. However, Miami has more to offer than the Beaches. Plan an afternoon of history, food and culture in Little Havana or take a tour of the famous Vizcaya Palace. Spend the afternoon shopping on Española Way in South Beach; Ocean drive and Lincoln road on Miami Beach or Coconut Grove. Head out Everglades National Park for a break from the city. If that is not in your wheelhouse, spend some time exploring the art deco district or book a spa session at Cowshed spa.
AUSTIN, TX. Considered the live music capital of the world, Austin has a creative, artistic vibe that satisfies every vacation need. Visit the Texas State Capital to capture the history of the city and state. Paddleboard on Lady Bird lake or hike up Mount Bonnel for an incredible view of the city. Visit South Congress street or 2nd District street for an afternoon of food, shopping, and entertainment. Visit Barton Creek Springs or Hamilton pool for a unique Austin experience. Drive to St. Marcos for the ultimate shopping experience. Get pampered at the skyline spa.
NEW YORK, NY. Visit the latest exhibition at Museum of Modern Art. Walk across the Brooklyn Bridge and spend a leisure afternoon in DUMBO. Alternatively, walk the high line and dine at Chelsea market. Get tickets to a Broadway show or order cereal milk from Momofuku and people watch in Time Square. A quick stop at Grand Central station and picnic in Central Park.
Washington D.C. Enjoy the food and architecture in Georgetown. Visit the National Mall. Start on the Capitol steps, walking towards the Washington Monument and Lincoln Memorial. Visit the Museums and Monuments along the way, including World War II Memorial and MLK monument. Get lost in the Newseum. Visit the lawn of 600 Pennslyvania Avenue.
NEW ORLEANS, LA. Start the day with beignets and hot chocolate at Cafe Du Monde. Explore the French Quarter including Bourbon Street and St. Louis Cathedral. Enjoy great music on Frenchman Street. Don't miss Jackson Square - a great place to people watch and catch street performances. Visit New Orleans city park and the Garden District for beautiful, colorful homes. NOLA is a foodie paradise. Try the food at Upperline, Commanders, or Ruby Slippers.
COASTAL SOUTH CAROLINA. Myrtle beach or Hilton's head - you cannot go wrong with either. Take a stroll on Broadway at Myrtle beach or a bike ride on Hilton's Head hiking trail. Visit the Hunting Island Lighthouse and explore the incredible architecture at Cathedral of St. John the Baptist. Tour Middleton Place in Charleston or get lost in the charm of Brookgreen Gardens.
DENVER, CO. There is no wrong time to visit Denver. It is the destination for all seasons.Participate in the art walk on the first Friday of every month. Take a free tour of one Denver's Breweries or connect with history at the Molly Brown house. Head out to South Broadway area for its collection of antique shops. Try breakfast at One Fold, Tacos at El Taco de Mexico or the cocktail menu at Copper Lounge. Order sandwiches from Mercantile dining and provision plus a bottle of wine from the Proper Pour for a picnic at Denver Botanic Garden.
PORTLAND, OR. Stop by haystack rock and cannon beach. Order sweet treats at Voodoo Donut or Pearl Bakery. Visit the aerial tram for incredible views of the City of Portland. Hike up to see Horsetail Falls before feasting on Brioche donuts from Blue Star and coffee at Public Domain. Browse the collection at Powell city of books or have lunch at Tasty and Alder. Visit Pittock Mansion or explore the Pearl District. Other dining options include Lardo, Kenny & Zucks, Ice cream at Ruby Jewels and Coffee from Coava.
CHICAGO, IL. Start your weekend at the Navy Pier and the Lakefront Trail on Lake Michigan. Take the Architectural boat cruise and finish up with dinner at Chicago Pizza and Oven Grinder Co. Spend the morning at MIlleniium Park and the Cloud Bean. Head over to State Street for a shopping experience. For adventure, stand on the ledge of the Willis Tower for a view of Chicago and have deep dish pizza at Grimaldi's. Purchase a ticket to see Second City Improv Troop. Plan to wind down the weekend at Lincoln Park Conservatory and Oak Street Beach.
SAN FRANSICO, CA. Start your weekend on the beach. Both Baker's and Marshall's beach provide a spectacular view of Golden Gate bridge. Visit the Alamo Square for the Painted Ladies located between Haynes and Steiner Street. Visit the Marina District and the Palace of fine arts. Take a break from the city and visit Muir wood or Alcatraz. Dining options include Stable Cafe and Outlands.
Are your bags packed yet ? I will love to hear where you are headed this summer.