If you’re getting cabin fever having endured this brutally cold winter, why not consider flying the coop and taking a last minute vacation this President’s Day? Schools are closed for the long weekend so you can enjoy a nice family getaway, or pack up your spouse and surprise them with a well-deserved (and much-needed) spa vacation. If you need some inspiration, here are 6 great last-minute vacation ideas to get your wanderlust piqued.
1. Washington, D.C.
History buffs will be thrilled to head to D.C. for the long weekend. Visiting the capital of our great country is a fabulous trip any time of year, but President’s Day is especially memorable. You’ll have your fill of monuments, museums and historical places to visit. When you want some downtime, you can watch the nation’s largest President’s Day parade across the river in Alexandria. If you really want to commemorate the holiday, visit the American History Museum to learn about every president and all of their individual contributions to making the United States what it is today.
If you’ve been sluggish this winter, nothing will cure you of your lassitude like Colorado. From skiing and tubing to hiking and rafting, Colorado will get your blood pumping and your body moving in all sorts of fun ways! Head to Telluride for the best views or Vail for the best skiing. Boulder is a good fit if you’re looking for a more laid-back city vibe. And if you’re thinking that Colorado is out of your price range since President’s Day weekend is one of the busiest times for these ski towns, it may not be! You can still snatch up some surprisingly great deals at some of the area’s most renowned resorts.
3. Catskill in Upstate New York
The Catskills is great for folks in the Northeast who want to get away to a beautiful spot without breaking the bank. Despite its small price tag, this vacation has plenty to offer travelers of all genres: there’s skiing, zip-lining & hiking for active folks and there are shows and concerts, fishing and unique museums for those who prefer more relaxing getaways.
4. Montreal, Canada
If you’ve ever dreamed of visiting Paris, why not head north to enjoy Canada’s version of the city of lights for a long weekend. You’ll get to savor some of the best cuisine in North America and enjoy a city that seems like it stepped back in time with cobblestone streets and horse-drawn carriage rides. Flights and lodging are inexpensive this time of year, so if you don’t mind the cold and want to explore a cultural wonderland, Montreal may be your perfect destination!
5. Phoenix, Arizona
If this brutal cold has been too much to bear this winter, consider a trip to sunny and hot Phoenix. Take advantage of the warm weather by hiking, playing a round of golf or taking in the unique natural landscape of Arizona at the Desert Botanical Garden.
6. Naples, FL
If you want the sophistication of Miami without the exorbitant price tag, Naples is a great option. It’s practically the perfect destination for all travelers. It’s inexpensive, yet there’s high-end shopping and dining options and families will love the white-sand beaches with an abundance of dolphin spotting and the city’s beautifully manicured parks.