Your love of travel need not be compromised by the fact that you
have a job, kids, a home, and a “normal” life. If you’ve been
daydreaming about your next travel adventure, let me be the one to
tell you… a
life of travel benefits everyone!
Sure, you may not be able to get away for a yearlong
whirlwind round-the-world caper, or even quit your job to become
a digital nomad, but everyone has weekends (or equivalent days
off during the week). Whether you have two short days or a special
three-day weekend due to holidays or your extra
vacation days, there are absolutely fun, meaningful, and
adventurous getaways that you can use to slake your wanderlust. The
following are three great ideas for “weekend warrior” travelers that
provide all the newness and thrill of going somewhere you’ve never
been, with the convenience of relative nearness, one suitcase portability…
Weekend Hiking Trip
Hitting the road for a great hike makes for a memorable and
invigorating weekend! It’s a fabulous way to explore your state’s
national park(s), or those of neighboring states if you have the time
and inclination to drive just a little while. Best of all, if you have
is an activity that can be enjoyed by the whole family!
Best U.S. Hikes: If you’re keen to stay Stateside, you won’t
have to travel far. Here are a few of my favorite hikes from coast to
coast. No matter which you choose for your weekend adventure getaway,
pack a lightweight
backpack with the day’s essentials and hit the trail!
● The “Pemi” trail through the White Mountains of New Hampshire
is a loop hike bedecked with a riot of wildflowers, and fresh views
around every turn in the trail.
● If you live near the center of the U.S., the Paintbrush and
Cascade Canyons of Grand Teton, Wyoming are
day hikes that reward your exertion with stunning vistas of the
Cathedral Group in all their glory.
● Get lost in the deep, pine-scented woods of Grand Island Loop
in Michigan, which requires a bracing ferry ride to even access.
● If you live on the West Coast, head to the innumerable
hikes located along the Pacific Crest Trail.
Want a Passport Stamp for Your Effort?If you have airline
miles to burn, book a flight into Oaxaca, Mexico and get ready
for incredible food alongside a whirlwind hike through the Sierra
Madre de Oaxaca. With such a short time, book a tour through Expediciones
Sierra Norte—it’s a fabulous social enterprise run by local
communities—and they’ll sort you out for that short hiking trip!
Adventurous Kayaking Getaway
Whether you are an experienced paddler or a
first-timer, kayaking is a vigorous but enjoyable fun,
family-oriented activity that offers just enough risk to be thrilling,
while still safe enough to bring your mom or kids along for the ride.
Best U.S. Kayaking Adventures: As is the case with hiking,
there are tonsof great places for kayaking trips in the U.S.
This vacay is best paired with a camping or
trip, or even a campervan
getaway. For this type of trip, you’ll want the right weatherproof
gear—pack your water-repellent
duffel with a clean/dirty
packing cube for any soiled gear.
● The tree-canopied San Juan Islands in Washington state are a
welcoming archipelago that makes for laid-back, highly scenic kayaking
that is perfect for beginners.
● Alternately, the Youghiogheny River, or “Yough” as the locals
call it, is a 134-mile-long tributary that cuts through West Virginia,
Maryland and Pennsylvania. While parts are turbulent and
white-knuckle-kinda crazy, the middle section is relatively serene and
bordered by gorgeous forests.
● If you’re hoping for a taste of summer no matter the time of
year, head to Orlando, Florida—my home state—where a number of
freshwater rivers and state parks nearby offer a nearly unlimited
number of incredible kayaking trips. We’re partial to kayaking on
Crystal River, where manatee sightings are nearly guaranteed.
Want a Passport Stamp for Your Effort? Pack your
get ready for a dose of incredible kayaking along the second largest
barrier reef in the world. Caye Caulker, Belize will not only offer
the chance to kayak and snorkel shallow waters alongside nurse
sharks and rays, but Caye Caulker is a completely affordable option
for adventurous travelers on a budget.
Go for an Adrenaline Rush
Sometimes you want your weekend getaway to give you a lot of bang
for your buck—you’ve only got a few short days, so you’d best pack as
much adrenaline-inducing fun as possible. Here are a few ideas to get
your blood moving before you go back to the weekday grind.
Best U.S. Adrenaline Adventures:
Each of these adventures might entail a bit of the unexpected, so
pack your essentials into a waist pack so
that you have everything at your fingertips no matter what travel
throws your way.
● Head to Florida’s Space Coast and get ready for one of the
prettiest skydives in the states—you’ll amazing have views of the
variegated coastal waters, the Kennedy Space Center, and more.
● You’ll need to pack
super light for an epic
mountain biking trip along the Poison Spider Mesa Trail in Moab,
Utah—this 13-mile (21-kilometer) loop requires skills, so it’s for
experienced mountain bikers only!
● The best part about planning a rock climbing trip to Saddle
Peak in California is the fact that you can combine it with incredible
hiking, too. It’s a region full of outdoor activities, so you can pack
your weekend full of adrenaline.
Want a Passport Stamp for Your Effort? You’ll just need a
weekend but you’ll spend a lifetime remembering your horseback ride
through the Cloud Forest of Costa Rica, and time exploring Arenal Volcano.
Your turn, readers. Where are you planning on spending our next
weekend getaway? Sound off on Eagle Creek’s social media, and keep adventuring!
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