10 Long Weekend Train Getaways to Take Right Now!
Don’t let those paid vacation days go to waste…now’s the time to take that long weekend getaway before it’s too late! The 10 destinations featured here offer tons of things to see and do in just a few days, whether you’re looking for an exciting city adventure or a scenic escape to fresh mountain air. And why not leave the car at home, cut down on costs and enjoy the view along the way by taking the train to any of these exciting destinations, roundtrip from your hometown!
Voted the best weekend getaway in the country by U.S. News, New York City is easily accessible by train and provides so many indoor and outdoor attractions you may be hard pressed to choose between them! Indulge your love of the arts, food, fashion and architecture – the options are literally endless. Highly recommended: Central Park, September 11 Memorial & Museum, Broadway, Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Empire State Building and the Statue of Liberty. While the weather can be brisk this time of year, with a good jacket and scarf you’ll be set to take on the town!
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Escape to the Grand Canyon and enjoy the grandeur of this wonder of the world without the crowds of the warmer months. The light dusting of snow that blankets the rim offers a striking contrast to the layers and layers of earth tones below. Take an invigorating walk around the South Rim, or enjoy a warm cup of cocoa from inside one of the lookout points and just enjoy the world-class views all around you.
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The Big Easy is easy to do over a long weekend – you’ll immediately be seduced by the culture, the music and the food as you stroll down Bourbon Street and discover the French Quarter. Go for a jazz brunch, ride an authentic steamboat on the Mississippi, or take a carriage tour of the French Quarter. And don’t forget to try the beignets and coffee at Café Du Monde – delicious!
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Yes, the weather in the Emerald City can be unpredictable, but that’s just part of Seattle’s unique charm. Bring an umbrella and discover all the city’s iconic sights, including the Space Needle, Pike Place Market, the Seattle Underground, the original Starbucks and so much more! A long weekend is plenty of time to get a feel for this jewel of the Pacific Northwest.
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The famous horseshoe-shaped waterfalls in Ontario, Canada, and the surrounding area offer the perfect activity-filled weekend getaway for the entire family. Living up to their reputation, even in the winter, the Falls are an extraordinary site to behold. Cruise aboard the Voyage to the Falls Boat Ride for a wet and wild view; descend into tunnels to observatory decks on the Journey Behind the Falls and ascend up the Skylon Tower for incredible aerial views. The surrounding area offers numerous activities from theme parks, historic attractions and botanical gardens, to casinos, dinner theaters and wineries.
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The Windy City and America’s third largest city is also the perfect city for a weekend escape! Take the train to Chicago’s historic Union Station and let the exploring begin. Architecture lovers, music lovers, foodies and lovers of the arts and culture will find a haven here and ample things to do any time of year. Take an architecture river cruise, visit Millennium Park and Navy Pier, have some famous Chicago-style pizza and shop ‘til you drop on the Magnificent Mile.
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The City by the Bay is also the top fall weekend destination in the U.S., according to U.S. News. With moderate weather, less people and some of the best activities and attractions, it’s easy to see why. Only seven miles long, it’s relatively easy to get from one eclectic neighborhood to another in San Francisco, leaving no shortage of things to do and see. Highly recommended – a meal at Fisherman’s Wharf, a ride on a famous cable car, and a walk around the unique shops in the Mission District.
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Denver is an outdoor adventure waiting to be discovered. Nestled at the foothills of the Rockies, the “Mile-High City” is famous for its scenic beauty and ample opportunities to ski, hike, kayak, bike, or simply stroll through the many beautiful parks. The city also has a thriving cultural scene brimming with performing arts, live music, museums, art galleries, and festivals and special events. Highly recommended – shopping on Denver’s 16th Street Mall, ice skating at Skyline Park downtown, the Denver Zoo and Denver Botanic Gardens.
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The nation’s capital holds great appeal as a top weekend getaway and for good reason – most of the city’s top attractions are free, and centrally located on the National Mall, making it easy to catch all the highlights in just a few days. The entire family will love seeing the iconic Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument and of course, the White House. And two not be missed museums amongst many – the National Gallery of Art and the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.
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Sunny, mild San Diego offers everything you’d want in a weekend getaway – white sand beaches, great shopping, fine dining and so much more. For gorgeous scenery, visit Torrey Pines State Preserve or frolic in the waves at Coronado Beach. And you can’t beat Balboa Park for a slice of local history and culture. In the evening, enjoy the lively Gaslamp District with its top-notch restaurants, bars and clubs.
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