The unofficial start to the summer season, Memorial Day, is almost here. If you still haven’t figured out how you’ll be spending your long weekend away from work, no need to worry because all hope is not lost.
There are still a few amazing getaways you can take that are close to home, full of culture, fun and of course, sun! Whether you’re looking for a solo adventure, a baecation or family-friendly activities, these destinations got you covered.
Charleston, South Carolina
Southern charm and a great mix of culture, and nature make Charleston, South Carolina, a smart choice for a domestic getaway. Check out Skyscanner for last minute flight deals (or road trip it) and make the Belmond Charleston Place your home away from home. While there, be sure to spend time wandering down cobblestone streets, exploring the French Quarter and enjoying the finest Southern cuisine.
A trip to Florida is always a good idea! The laid back Surfside Beach area is perfect for travelers who want to escape the crowds on South Beach but still be close to the action. Stay at the Four Seasons Surfside and spend your days shopping in Bal Harbour, exploring Miami’s hip Wynwood district, or simply relaxing in a cabana by the hotel pool.
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Napa Valley, California
In need of a quick getaway with bae? Napa Valley is the perfect quaint, romantic escape. Flights to San Francisco can typically be found for around $500 from the East Coast, and there are plenty of hotel and Airbnb options up for grabs. While there, be sure to stop by the Black-owned Brown Estate vineyard for a wine tasting and don’t forget to grab a few bottles to take home!
U.S. Virgin Islands
Known as “America’s Paradise,” the U.S. Virgin Islands have made an incredible comeback since the devastating hurricanes ravaged St. Croix, St. Thomas and St. John back in 2017. Make St. Croix your base and rest easy at the island’s grand dame, The Buccaneer Hotel. If you prefer to stay closer to downtown Christiansted, the Company House is a great choice. From snorkeling on Buck Island and enjoying delicious Cruzian cuisine at Balter, to day trips to St. Thomas and beach time at Trunk Bay in St. John, you’ll never run out of fun things to do.
Mexico City, Mexico
Skip the crowded beaches of Cancun and Playa del Carmen, and head to Mexico City instead. This underrated gem has it all – hip neighborhoods, culture, a burgeoning food scene, and fun nightlife. Our favorite part of Mexico City? The streets surrounding the Reforma close down on Sundays so locals ride bikes, take walks and simply enjoy the city. Stay at the St. Regis Mexico City so you’re right in the center of it all.