As a new Boston resident, there are endless options when it comes to weekend getaways. Here are 7 fabulous weekend getaways on the East Coast!
1. Acadia National Park, Maine
Acadia National Park is perfect for the outdoor lovers reading this. If you want a break from city life and need peace and quiet, this is the place to be!
Known for beautiful foliage in the Fall, Acadia National Park is a 4.3hr drive from Boston, perfect for any long weekends coming up. If you live a little further south and need to fly up, Acadia is only a 2hr 45min drive from Portland, Maine.
If you’ve got the time, you also should check out Portland, Maine for at least a day or two. Check out our guide to 24 hours in Portland, Maine for more tips!
Tips for planning a trip to Acadia National Park:
If you have your own car, you will reduce your costs significantly. If you love camping, there is the opportunity to reduce your costs even more (HELLS YEAH). Day to day costs here can be very low too – the best part of Acadia National Park is the hiking! You won’t be spending too much when it comes to your day-to-day activities.
2. New Haven, Connecticut
Recently featured in the Spring 2017 edition of the Lonely Planet Magazine, New Haven is perfect for art and culture lovers. There are endless museums here and of course, New Haven is home to Yale!
If you’ve got a long weekend or a spare few days, make sure to visit Granby, a small area just outside Hartford in Connecticut. This was one of my favorite places to visit in Connecticut. Want to learn more? Check out my blog post about why you need to visit Granby, Connecticut!
Tips for planning a trip to New Haven:
If you live in Boston or New York, the Amtrak can be reasonably priced in comparison to car rental (especially if you book in advance). There are a range of accommodation options available, including the opportunity to stay at Yale! (The Study at Yale, rooms from $199)
3. Savannah, Georgia
Ever since I moved to the US, I’ve been looking forward to when I eventually can fit in a couple of days to Savannah. The city is picturesque, and perfect for photography or Instagram lovers. It’s also a great place to visit if you’d like a taste of the South.
Tips for planning a trip to Savannah:
Unless you can drive in, flights to Savannah can be quite pricey, especially on long weekends or public holidays. Flight prices are significantly lower during the week. As a popular tourist city (and a major city in its own right), Savannah has a range of accommodation options available to suit all budgets.
4. Charleston, South Carolina
If you love photography or are obsessed with getting the perfect Instagram shots, you will love Charleston. The architecture here is colorful, and Charleston is famous for brightly colored buildings.
Tips for planning a trip to Charleston:
Similar to Savannah, unless you can drive in, flights to Charleston can be quite pricey, especially on long weekends or public holidays. If you live nearby, drive in or time your visit during the week.
5. Charlotte, North Carolina
Another Southern favorite, there is something about the South that is so inherently beautiful! Again if you love photography, this is a great place to visit!
Tips for planning a trip to Charlotte:
Unless you can drive in, flights to Charlotte can be quite pricey, especially on long weekends or public holidays. If you live nearby, drive in or time your visit during the week.
6. Tallahassee, Florida
I’ve wanted to make the trip to Tallahassee for a long time. The area known as the Panhandle has so much to offer visitors, but it’s usually overlooked by Southern Florida. I made this mistake when planning my trip to Florida, and as much as I loved Miami and Southern Florida, I wish I had time to explore the Panhandle!
The Panhandle is a diverse area – from the culture filled Southern Tallahassee, to beautiful beaches of the Gulf coast, this is also a great place for nature lovers.
Tips for planning a trip to Tallahassee:
Unless you can drive in, flights to Tallahassee can be quite pricey, especially on long weekends or public holidays. If you live nearby, drive in or time your visit during the week.
7. White Mountains, New Hampshire
Similar to Acadia National Park, the White Mountains in New Hampshire is perfect for those of you who love nature, the outdoors and hiking.
Tips for planning a trip to the White Mountains:
If you have your own car, you’ll be able to keep costs at a minimum. This is not a travel destination where you can expect to be spending a lot when it comes to your day-to-day expenses.
Author: MG is an Aussie girl based in Boston, traveling the world. She shares her adventures on her blog, The Wandering Suitcase. Here, you’ll find her awkward travel moments, late night ramblings and advice for traveling the world on a budget.