Best Getaways in North America

Top Getaways in North America
The results are in! After analyzing over 3.8 million votes from site visitors and subscribers, Travels.com is proud to announce its second annual ranking of Top Getaways, based on getaway and vacation destination popularity in 2006. This list represents the most popular getaway travel destinations in North America. Use this list to get ideas for your upcoming trip or vacation. Select a state and/or an activity from the pull-down lists below to find even more top getaway ideas.
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5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars 1. The Adirondacks Getaway Weekend Getaway
The Adirondack Park is the largest forest preserve in the United States, larger than Glacier, Olympic, Yosemite, and Yellowstone parks ...
Published by The Globe Pequot Press Lake Placid, NY - Daytrips and Getaway Weekends in the Mid-Atlantic States

4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars 2. California North Coast: From San Francisco to Redwood National Park Scenic Drive
Driving the California coast’s Route 1 is a beautiful experience, especially if taken at a leisurely pace. Bear in mind that while ...
Published by Fodor's Travel Publications Mendocino, CA - Fodor's Great American Drives of the West

5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars 3. Adventures in Love: An Outdoor Affair in Chicago Romantic Getaway
Being in love makes you feel as if you can do anything —so why not try it? Trust the one you love to be a boon companion, in adventure ...
Published by The Globe Pequot Press Chicago, IL - Romantic Days and Nights in Chicago

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The name alone summons songs of romance.Amelia, daughter of England’s King George II, gave her name to one of Florida’s least-known ...
Published by Hunter Publishing Amelia City, FL - Romantic Weekends: Northern and Central Florida

5. Lake Geneva: Luxury and the Lake Weekend Getaway
If you’re the kind of traveler who doesn’t like to shave on the weekend, you may perceive Lake Geneva to be too tony for your tastes. ...
Published by The Globe Pequot Press Lake Geneva, WI - Quick Escapes: Chicago

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Founded in 1782 as Mission San Buenaventura, the city of Ventura has evolved into a community of bookstores, coffee shops, and art ...
Published by Falcon Publishing Ventura, CA - Camping Southern California

7. Lake Erie Islands: Island Idyll Weekend Getaway
It doesn’t take long to reach the Lake Erie Islands—just a short ferryboat ride from Port Clinton or Sandusky—but you’ll swear you’ve ...
Published by The Globe Pequot Press Port Clinton, OH - Quick Escapes: Detroit

8. Door Country: Cape Cod of the Midwest Weekend Getaway
You can easily spend a month in Door County, the finger of land that juts out from Wisconsin into Lake Michigan and Green Bay, so ...
Published by The Globe Pequot Press Sturgeon Bay, WI - Quick Escapes: Chicago

4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars 9. Deep Creek Lake Romantic Getaway
You have decided to take a romantic weekend holiday. Where will you go? Perhaps you have been trying to choose between one of the ...
Published by Hunter Publishing McHenry, MD - Romantic Weekends: Virginia, Maryland & Washington, DC

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Long Island offers a microcosm of a much larger region, with distinct areas, ranging from the mansions of the “Gold Coast,” old whaling ...
Published by The Globe Pequot Press Cold Spring Harbor, NY - Daytrips and Getaway Weekends in the Mid-Atlantic States

11. California Travel Guide by Fodor's Weekend Getaway
This travel guide is a chapter on California excerpted from the book "Fodor's USA." It covers the entire state of California region ...
Published by Fodor's Travel Publications Sacramento, CA - Fodor's USA

5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars 12. Cuddling in Connecticut Romantic Getaway
Amazing as it may seem, less than three hours from the teeming streets of Manhattan lies one of the most beautiful parts of New England. ...
Published by The Globe Pequot Press New Preston, CT - Romantic Days and Nights in New York City

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On Presidio Hill in the city of San Diego stands the Mission San Diego de Alcala, the birthplace of the city and of California. A ...
Published by Falcon Publishing San Diego, CA - Camping Southern California

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Imagine a village so quaint it has no parking meters along its narrow, shaded streets and no neon signs advertising its many chic ...
Published by Insiders' Guide Pebble Beach, CA - Driving the Pacific Coast: California

15. Anderson Ferry, OH, & Belleview, Rabbit Hash, Big Bone Lick, & Warsaw, KY, & Vevay, IN Weekend Getaway
If you’re in a hurry to get out of town, here’s your ticket. Just about fifteen minutes west of downtown Cincinnati is Anderson Ferry—the ...
Published by The Globe Pequot Press Vevay, IN - Day Trips from Cincinnati

16. A Village by the Sea: Carlsbad Romantic Getaway
Full of the Quaint spots that make for an idyllic romantic retreat, Carlsbad offers a quiet escape from the more heavily trafficked ...
Published by The Globe Pequot Press Carlsbad, CA - Romantic Days and Nights in San Diego

17. Montauk and the Hamptons: Long Island Beaches Weekend Getaway
Sun-bleached beaches. Platters piled high with spanking fresh lobster. Seabreeze-swept verandas. These are just some of the images ...
Published by Insiders' Guide Montauk, NY - Quick Escapes: New York City

18. Kerr House Spa: Oasis in Ohio Weekend Getaway
It’s hard to believe that a spa with the high quality of the Kerr House could lie just over an hour from Detroit. It has no desert ...
Published by The Globe Pequot Press Grand Rapids, OH - Quick Escapes: Detroit

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The lush, southeastern corner of Oklahoma is nothing short of stunning. The Ouachita (pronounced WASH-ee-taw) Mountains, which rise ...
Published by The Globe Pequot Press Broken Bow, OK - Quick Escapes: Dallas/Fort Worth

4.857142 out of 5 stars4.857142 out of 5 stars4.857142 out of 5 stars4.857142 out of 5 stars4.857142 out of 5 stars 20. Icefields Parkway: Lake Louise to Jasper, Alberta Scenic Drive
The Icefields Parkway, stretching 230 kilometers (138 miles) between Lake Louise and Jasper through the heart of two world-famous ...
Published by Falcon Publishing Lake Louise, AB - Scenic Driving British Columbia

21. Mamoth Cave National Park Family Vacation
Mammoth Cave is the kind of place you’re likely to visit time and again, yet do something new and different each time. The cave—the ...
Published by Insiders' Guide Mammoth Cave, KY - Fun With the Family Kentucky

3 out of 5 stars3 out of 5 stars3 out of 5 stars3 out of 5 stars3 out of 5 stars 22. Bald Head Island Romantic Getaway
Have you been saving your pennies for a romantic tropical vacation – in the Bahamas or Hawaii perhaps? Well, paradise is closer than ...
Published by Hunter Publishing Southport, NC - Romantic Weekends: The Carolinas & The Georgia Coast

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This park is close to major population centers, but its lush greenery and pleasantly rounded peaks create a soothing aura of tranquillity. ...
Published by Hunter Publishing Gatlinburg, TN - Great American Wilderness: Touring America's National Parks

5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars 24. New Jersey Getaway Weekend Getaway
Although some people think of New Jersey in terms of the megalopolis viewed from the New Jersey Turnpike, there is another, quiet ...
Published by The Globe Pequot Press Cape May, NJ - Daytrips and Getaway Weekends in the Mid-Atlantic States

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Starved Rock, one of the state’s most popular attractions, now includes a complex that could compete with some of the best luxury ...
Published by The Globe Pequot Press Utica, IL - Quick Escapes: Chicago

26. Alexander Springs Campground Camping
Alexander Springs is clearly worth preserving, an oasis in the forest, one of the outstanding physical features of central Florida. ...
Published by Menasha Ridge Press Umatilla, FL - The Best In Tent Camping: Florida

27. Chicago, Illinois Weekend Getaway
Chicago has everything for city lovers: culture, commerce, historic buildings, public transportation, ethnic neighborhoods, chic boutiques, ...
Published by Fodor's Travel Publications Chicago, IL - Fodor's Great American Vacations

28. Bimini, Bahamas: The Complete Escape Weekend Getaway
Though you often hear the Bimini Islands called simply “Bimini,” they are really a group of several islands and cays stretching for ...
Published by The Globe Pequot Press Alice Town, BF - Quick Escapes: Florida

5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars 29. New York City Getaway Weekend Getaway
For an overview of the city, visitors can choose a bus tour, helicopter ride, cruise ship, or a skyscraper observation deck. We managed ...
Published by The Globe Pequot Press New York, NY - Daytrips and Getaway Weekends in the Mid-Atlantic States

30. Beach Blanket Romance: Malibu Romantic Getaway
Who wouldn't love to morph into a privileged Malibu beach dweller for a day or two? Well, here’s your chance. Pack a bathing suit, ...
Published by The Globe Pequot Press Malibu, CA - Romantic Days and Nights in Los Angeles

31. Amore! Chicago Romance Italian-Style Romantic Getaway
Here's a question for you and your beloved to ponder: If we were planning a trip to the land of romance, where would we be going? ...
Published by The Globe Pequot Press Chicago, IL - Romantic Days and Nights in Chicago

4.071428 out of 5 stars4.071428 out of 5 stars4.071428 out of 5 stars4.071428 out of 5 stars4.071428 out of 5 stars 32. Santa Barbara County Campgrounds Camping
Many people consider Santa Barbara the most livable city in the United States. The blue ocean, sparkling beaches, green mountain backdrop, ...
Published by Falcon Publishing Santa Barbara, CA - Camping Southern California

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This 209-mile-long drive borders the Pacific coast north of San Francisco. The highway passes historic sites, redwood forests, abrupt ...
Published by Falcon Publishing Gualala, CA - Scenic Driving California

5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars 34. Harpers Ferry Area, West Virginia Family Vacation
On the night of October 16, 1859, John Brown led his band of twenty-one men on an abolitionist-inspired raid of Harpers Ferry. Hoping ...
Published by The Globe Pequot Press Harpers Ferry, WV - Great Family Vacations: South

35. Crossing the Red River: Lake Texoma and Lake Murray, Turner Falls, and the Arbuckle Mountains Weekend Getaway
Leaving concrete, expressways, and prairie behind, escapists looking for some watery adventures can find them on the Red River. Driving ...
Published by The Globe Pequot Press Pottsboro, TX - Quick Escapes: Dallas/Fort Worth

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The well-heeled, well-connected, and just plain choosy have been traveling to Hilton Head for years. Why? This island off the southern ...
Published by The Globe Pequot Press Hilton Head Island, SC - Great Family Vacations: South

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A college town grown up, Austin mixes city pleasures with outdoor recreation in a casual atmosphere that makes it a popular getaway ...
Published by Hunter Publishing Austin, TX - Romantic Weekends: Texas

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In its heyday, during the mid-nineteenth century, Galveston was called the Wall Street of the Southwest. Cotton was king, and this ...
Published by The Globe Pequot Press Galveston, TX - Quick Escapes: Dallas/Fort Worth

39. Bayfield and Madeline Island: Sailboats and Superior Scenery Weekend Getaway
It’s no surprise that Bayfield, Wisconsin, was named the “Best Little Town in the Midwest” by the Chicago Tribune. Bayfield is about ...
Published by The Globe Pequot Press Bayfield, WI - Quick Escapes: Minneapolis/St. Paul

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The Finger Lakes region is one of wine and water—vineyards and eleven long, slender, and deep lakes left by departing glaciers. Waterfalls ...
Published by The Globe Pequot Press Syracuse, NY - Daytrips and Getaway Weekends in the Mid-Atlantic States

4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars 41. Sandusky and the Lake Erie Islands, OH Family Vacation
Often dubbed “Ohio’s summer playground,” Sandusky and the Lake Erie Islands offer lots of family finds. Sandusky has miles of lake ...
Published by The Globe Pequot Press Sandusky, OH - Great Family Vacations: Midwest & Rocky Mountain Region

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This park is the granddaddy of all the incredible California state parks. Big Basin has wonderful camping as well as tent cabins with ...
Published by Menasha Ridge Press Boulder Creek, CA - The Best In Tent Camping: Northern California

5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars 43. Redwood Highway Scenic Drive: Eureka to Crescent City Scenic Drive
This seventy-eight-mile section of U.S. Highway 101 parallels the rugged Pacific coast, passing redwood groves and a rugged wave-carved ...
Published by Falcon Publishing Trinidad, CA - Scenic Driving California

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Payson is in the center of the mountain country made famous by western writer Zane Grey, who often wrote from a small cabin close ...
Published by Falcon Publishing Payson, AZ - Camping Arizona

5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars 45. Covered Bridge Scenic Byway Scenic Drive
A 44-mile highway that winds through scenic hills and past numerous covered bridges. Covered Bridge Scenic Byway winds through the ...
Published by Falcon Publishing Woodsfield, OH - National Forest Scenic Byways East & South

5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars 46. Angeles Crest Scenic Byway: La Canada to Mountain Top Junction Scenic Drive
A sixty-six-mile-long highway that climbs from La Canada to the lofty, forested crest of the San Gabriel Mountains north of Los Angeles. ...
Published by Falcon Publishing La Canada, CA - Scenic Driving California

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The part of Washington east of Wenatchee is getting popular both for desert camping and lake sports between Wenatchee and Spokane ...
Published by Falcon Publishing Spokane, WA - Camping Washington

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The Lake George, New York, area offers families a rare combination —hundreds of thousands of acres of woodlands, ponds, and lakes ...
Published by The Globe Pequot Press Lake George, NY - Great Family Vacations: Northeast

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Tourists traveling to the Sacramento and Western Sierra Foothills Area from the north via the Golden Chain Highway are welcomed to ...
Published by Falcon Publishing Sacramento, CA - Camping Northern California

50. Bahamas Romantic Getaway
Technically, the Bahamas lie outside the boundaries of the Caribbean. But, except for a few days when the islands are cooled by winter’s ...
Published by Hunter Publishing Nassau, BF - Romantic Escapes in the Caribbean

51. A Tropical Paradise: Little St. Simons Island Romantic Getaway
The scenario has been contrived thousands of times: A couple is stranded on a deserted island. Except for the fiddler crabs burrowing ...
Published by The Globe Pequot Press Brunswick, GA - Romantic Days and Nights in Savannah

52. Colorado Springs Romantic Getaway
What the sunshine is to Arizona, New Mexico and southern California, the clear mountain air is to southern Colorado. The state has ...
Published by Hunter Publishing Colorado Springs, CO - Romantic Weekends: America's Southwest

5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars 53. Traverse City Area, Michigan Family Vacation
Along with being the “Cherry Capital of the World,” the Traverse City, Michigan, area is known as a “Great Lakes Paradise.” This city ...
Published by The Globe Pequot Press Traverse City, MI - Great Family Vacations: Midwest & Rocky Mountain Region

54. Catskill and Shawangunk Mountains, NY Family Vacation
Mention the word Catskills, and many people still envision the large hotels in Sullivan County where families from New York City once ...
Published by The Globe Pequot Press Saugerties, NY - Great Family Vacations: Northeast

5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars 55. Annapolis Romantic Getaway
There is a quaint, enchanting city on the banks of the Severn River and the Chesapeake Bay that was, for a short time, the capital ...
Published by Hunter Publishing Annapolis, MD - Romantic Weekends: Virginia, Maryland & Washington, DC

56. Connecticut Coast Scenic Drive Scenic Drive
A 71-mile scenic route along southeastern Connecticut’s historic coastline. This scenic route traverses 71 miles of southeastern Connecticut’s ...
Published by Falcon Publishing Westbrook, CT - Scenic Driving New England

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In Washington, D.C., prepare to have fun and to feel proud, as our nation’s capital is a city that belongs to all Americans. Even ...
Published by The Globe Pequot Press Washington, DC - Great Family Vacations: Northeast

58. Canyons and Rivers: Medina to Garner State Park Scenic Drive
A 46-mile paved drive from Medina to Garner State Park through some of the most rugged parts of the Texas Hill Country. This drive ...
Published by Falcon Publishing Medina, TX - Scenic Driving Texas

59. Big Bay Point Lighthouse Bed & Breakfast Romantic Getaway
A casual, secluded retreat awaits guests at the Big Bay Lighthouse Bed and Breakfast on the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The lighthouse ...
Published by Insiders' Guide Big Bay, MI - Staying at a Lighthouse: America's Romantic and Historic Lighthouse Inns

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Over the past two decades, many major cities have undertaken major revitalization efforts, with varying degrees of success. Few have ...
Published by Hunter Publishing Baltimore, MD - Romantic Weekends: Virginia, Maryland & Washington, DC

61. Los Angeles to San Diego: Quintessential Southern California Along the Pacific Coast Highway Scenic Drive
This drive exemplifies classic California: you’ll pass quaint beachfront settlements, roadside cafés, and surf shops, and may find ...
Published by Fodor's Travel Publications Los Angeles, CA - Fodor's Great American Drives of the West

62. Florida Keys Beaches Beach Vacation
The Florida Keys are not where people generally go with beaches in mind, though they do boast at least one of the finer strands in ...
Published by Falcon Publishing Key Largo, FL - Exploring Florida's Atlantic Coast Beaches

63. A Vine Romance: Taste the Grape in Temecula Romantic Getaway
Temecula's Sunny Valley is the closest thing Southern California has to Northern California’s Napa Valley or even the Santa Ynez Valley ...
Published by The Globe Pequot Press Temecula, CA - Romantic Days and Nights in San Diego

64. Cottage in the Woods: Whidbey Island Romantic Getaway
With its verdant rolling pastureland, charming small towns, glistening sandy beaches, and historic parks and landmarks, Whidbey Island ...
Published by The Globe Pequot Press Clinton, WA - Romantic Days and Nights in Seattle

5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars 65. Lancaster Valley Amish Country Tour: From Morgantown to Lancaster Scenic Drive
This 73.5-mile drive traces a serpentine path through the Lancaster Amish Country, avoiding for the most part the highly promoted ...
Published by Falcon Publishing Morgantown, PA - Scenic Driving Pennsylvania

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Although Misty, the pint-size pony, may have made the Chincoteague/ Assateague area famous, there’s a lot more than wild ponies here. ...
Published by The Globe Pequot Press Chincoteague, VA - Great Family Vacations: South

 
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