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6 Summer Weekend Getaways (You Can Still Do Before School Starts)

As we near the end of summer, there’s still time to fit in one last trip. Let’s face it: we’re in the middle of a recession, and not every vacation is an option, especially for people with families. In case you got bitten by the travel bug and haven’t had the time to scratch that itch, here are six weekend getaways that are relatively accessible from any point in the connected United States!

1. Woodstock, Vermont

If you're looking for a charming New England vibe, Woodstock, Vermont, is the perfect weekend escape. This town is often described as the quintessential New England village, and it's easy to see why. You'll find stunning scenery, friendly locals, and plenty of outdoor activities to keep you busy.

One of the best places to visit in Woodstock is the Billings Farm and Museum. Here, you can meet the friendly cows and horses, enjoy a maple sundae, and grab some smoked cheddar cheese for a tasty trail snack. If you're a fan of The Great British Baking Show, you'll want to take a pie and tart-making class at King Arthur Baking Company in Norwich.

2. Sun Valley, Idaho

For outdoor enthusiasts, Sun Valley, Idaho, is a must-visit destination. This resort town is surrounded by the slopes of Bald Mountain and nearby Dollar Mountain, making it the perfect place to enjoy mountain trails, biking and equestrian routes, and meadows covered with wildflowers.

In the winter, you can enjoy skiing and snowboarding on over 2,000 skiable acres. But there's plenty to do in the summer as well. The town has 12 art galleries, a free summer symphony concert series, and summer ballet performances. If you're looking for a unique experience, take a hot air balloon ride and enjoy panoramic views of the area.

3. Grand Canyon

No list of weekend getaways would be complete without mentioning the Grand Canyon. This 10-mile geological wonder in Arizona is one of the world's seven natural wonders and is famous for its massive natural rock formations.

If you only have one day to spend in the Grand Canyon, spend it on the South Rim. Most people consider this region to be the 'true' Grand Canyon, with its breathtaking panoramic views that represent the Grand Canyon most are familiar with. If you're feeling more adventurous, explore the West Rim, home to the famous Grand Canyon Skywalk.

4. Hot Springs, Arkansas

Hot Springs National Park is a perfect destination for a relaxing weekend getaway. You can take a dip in the thermal mineral waters, hike the 26 miles of trails throughout the national park, or explore the lovely Garvan Woodland Gardens. If you're interested in history, don't miss the Bathhouse Row, a collection of historic bathhouses that date back to the early 1900s.

5. Wilmington, North Carolina

Wilmington, North Carolina, is a lively riverfront city with plenty to see and do. Stroll the Riverwalk to the skylit Old Wilmington City Market and the rambling Cotton Exchange, a shopping and dining complex spread over several historic buildings. Get Airlie Gardens tickets in advance to see 100,000 azalea trees and a live oak dating back to the 1500s.

If you're looking for some fun in the sun, Wrightsville Beach is just a 10-minute drive away. And if you're willing to venture a bit further, you'll find plenty of other powdery island options to explore.

6. Black Hills, South Dakota

The Black Hills of South Dakota is a perfect destination for a road trip. This area of the U.S. is home to Mount Rushmore, Custer State Park, and the fascinating caverns of Wind Cave. You'll find numerous potentially budget-friendly hotels for families, including campgrounds and lodges.

One of the best places to stay is Sylvan Lake Lodge within Custer State Park Resort. Nightly rates start at about $170 per night, and you'll be surrounded by stunning scenery.

Don’t let school start before giving yourself a little break. And as you travel from your home to your escape from home, remember that Interstate Signways is here, safely guiding you on your way!

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