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One thing that we frequently hear from readers, friends and family members is amazement that we’re able to travel as much as we do. It may seem like we’re always going somewhere…and usually we are. One way we’re able to travel so much is through strategic use of our very limited vacation time. Like most Americans, we have a limited 2-3 weeks (10-15 days) per year. That means we need to be really smart in how we use our time.

One way we’re able to make the most of our limited vacation time is through weekend getaways. These two- to four-day breaks give us the chance to see the “best of” a destination in a short amount of time. The articles in our weekend getaway section are the best of these experiences. This is how we make the most out of a limited amount of vacation time and still see the world.

Street art mural showing colorful figures on the Tobacco Soho Building in Winston Salem NC

22 Fun Things to Do in Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Winston-Salem, North Carolina, has the feeling of a small town wrapped in a big city. Once known for its industries like tobacco and textiles, Winston-Salem has broadened its appeal as a center of art, culture, and food while still paying homage to its past.

Scenes from Mayberry painted on a wall in Mt Airy NC

14 Things to Do in Mount Airy, North Carolina

Mount Airy, North Carolina–affectionately known as Mayberry–was Andy Griffith’s hometown and the inspiration for the setting of The Andy Griffith Show. This charming town offers good eats, excitement in the great outdoors, and unexpected history lessons, with a bit of moonshine thrown in.

Old Town Riga Latvia skyline – seeing it is one of the best things to do in Riga Latvia

Fun Things to Do in Riga to Make the Most of Your Trip

Riga is a brilliant mix of old and new. On a walk through this lovely city, you could glimpse a 700-year-old church next to a modern store next to a new building that was reconstructed to look old. This blend means there’s something different around every corner and in every square.

Walking along the River Avon is one of the great things to do on a weekend in Bath England

18 Best Things to Do in Bath, England

Over 25 years ago at summer camp, I met a young woman from Bath. She told me stories about a beautiful town in the west of England that had hot springs and looked like it was right out of a movie set. It turns out she wasn’t lying.

Walking down the charming streets is one of the fun things to do in Annapolis Maryland

18 Fun Things to Do in Annapolis, Maryland

The beautiful city of Annapolis is often overlooked in favor of its larger neighbors like Baltimore or Washington, DC. But Annapolis is a waterfront retreat, a college town, and a picture-perfect capital city full of fun things to do.

Color bar street art mural in Nashville Tennessee

A Perfect Weekend in Nashville

Nashville, Tennessee, is all about fun. Live music, street art, rooftop bars, and some of the best food anywhere combine to make a weekend in Nashville one of the best getaways you can take.

German bakery on Main Street in Fredericksburg TX

34 Fun Things to Do in Fredericksburg, Texas

Despite its proximity to big cities, Fredericksburg, Texas, is popular because it maintains a small town feel while having so many things to see and do. From wine tasting to taking in the local history, you’ll never be bored in Fredericksburg.

Grapes growing in vineyard at Presque Isle Wine Cellars, a winery in Lake Erie wine country

A Wine Weekend in Lake Erie Wine Country

Over 20 wineries occupy a 40-mile stretch on the south shore of Lake Erie. Regardless of your taste preference, you’re likely to find something to love here.