15 weekend trips to take this spring in the US

By The Active Times
May 10, 2016, 1:28:44 PM EDT

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Most people can’t go on vacations every week to regroup, but they can take advantage of a relaxing or adventurous weekend getaway instead.

There is always a place near you where you can go to shake off work without driving for days.

Spring is a great time to explore this kind of trip because it’s not the holiday season yet, crowds are smaller, prices are lower, and gas is still cheap. Whether you are looking for a place to take your family or are traveling solo, there is a getaway for you.

Plan your upcoming escape. You have endless options – camping, hiking, boating, rafting, wine and bourbon tasting, beach-hopping, to name a few.

The places on the list are accessible, affordable and fun. Some are romantic – in case you want to swap the boring dollar pizza and Netflix date night for an adventurous weekend that won’t break the bank.


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Shenandoah National Park, Virginia

Head to Virginia for the weekend and visit Shenandoah National Park. They have a spectacular wildflower display that begins in early spring. According to the National Park Service, “wildflowers comprise 862 species, or greater than half of the 1,406 vascular plant species found in Shenandoah National Park.” Get out there and visit this mind-blowing colorful display before it’s too late.


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Road trip: Blue Ridge Parkway, North Carolina and VirginiaThis famous road was designed as a recreational drive. The iconic Blue Ridge Parkway provides both stunning scenery and close-up looks of the natural beauty through the Great Smoky Mountains and Shenandoah national parks, which are especially beautiful in the spring. Along the way you can go biking, hiking, golfing, motorcycle touring, wildlife watching and even fishing.


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Grand Canyon, Arizona

There are so many adventurous things to do in the Grand Canyon, there is no wonder it’s No. 6 on our annual ranking of all national parks. Rafting there is many people’s favorite. The popular Bright Angel Trail leads hikers from the south rim down to the Colorado River, over the course of 9.5 miles. Backpack the Deer Creek Thunder River Trail and see three of the Grand Canyon’s biggest waterfalls.

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