Whether you’re visiting or you’re a local, one of the best things to do in any place is to make an escape occasionally. Sometimes all you need is a day to re-energize and recharge, and If you live within a couple hours of these cities, you’re especially fortunate to be able to take advantage of your close proximity for an unforgettable day trip.
This picturesque city is one of the most fascinating in Massachusetts. Just 25 miles north of Boston, it’s interesting past includes being home to the infamous Witch Trails which can be experienced through re-creations today at the Salem Witch Museum, and it also hosts the country’s oldest continuously operating museum, the Peabody Essex Museum. It opened its doors in 1799 and today it holds nearly two million pieces of maritime, Oceanic, Indian, African and Asian works along with nearly two dozen historic buildings, including the Qing Dynasty Yin Yu Tang house.
This Ohio city not only makes for a great day trip for those who live in Louisville, Kentucky, Indianapolis, Indiana or one of the many small towns in between, it’s a great place to live. While you’re here you can check out some of the Cincinnati new homes for sale along with its great attractions, including multiple museums like the Cincinnati Art Museum, Smale Riverfront Park, the Cincinnati Zoo and much more.
Houston residents are just an hour from Galveston which offers the ideal blend of cultural and recreational attractions, although the beach is arguably the star of the show. Other than playing on the sand, you can get wet at the Schlitterbahn water park, enjoy amusement rides and games on the Pleasure Pier, feast on fresh seafood like lobster tacos and explore historic homes like Bishop’s Palace.
One of the most beautiful places in the country, if you live in the Phoenix area, Sedona is just a two-hour drive away. It’s famous for its red rocks, highlighted with a nearly always bright blue sky, along with endless trails for hiking and biking, and a downtown filled with art galleries and unique boutiques. The surrounding landscape is also known for its powerful, transformational energy centers known as vortexes.
Narragansett, Rhode Island
This popular summer retreat is easily reached from Providence and other cities, set along the southeastern shore of the state offering many gorgeous beaches from Roger W. Wheeler State Beach to the Scarborough State Beaches. It also hosts a pretty lighthouse and some great hikes too.
Idaho’s capital offers a unique mix of big-city amenities and small-town charm, with a wide range of dining, shopping, and attractions. Visit the State Capitol, take a tour of the Old Idaho Penitentiary State Historic Site, explore Boise Aquarium or catch a game at Albertsons Stadium, home to Boise State’s University’s Bronco football team.
The “Emerald City” is surrounded by water and mountains offering all sorts of outdoor adventure, but it’s also home to many fun attractions of its own from the iconic Pike Place Market to a thriving music and arts scene. There are endless options for dining on delicious seafood and sipping craft brews too.
San Diego, California
San Diego boasts over 70 miles of coastline and some of the best weather in the country. Take advantage of its white sand beaches, explore Balboa Park and the San Diego Zoo, check out museums and stroll the walkable harbor.
Colorado’s largest city dates back to the Wild West while the soaring Rocky Mountains provide an impressive backdrop for enjoying the many things to see and do downtown. Take advantage of the thrills at Elitch Gardens with over 50 rides or cool off at its adjacent water park on a hot summer day. Check out the fantastic art scene, the many museums, the Denver Zoo or go to the game with the Colorado Rockies, Denver Broncos, Denver Nuggets and the Colorado Avalanche all hosted here.
A frequent favorite, Portland is a great city that’s famous for its incredible food scene with endless food trucks offering top-notch gastronomic delights along with plenty of outstanding artisanal restaurants. Outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy tree-filled parks right in town, and after dark, there are endless venues for enjoying local, national and international artists at intimate bars and clubs.