We all love a good getaway in the summer months, but sometimes the end of everyone’s favorite season can sneak up on us without so much as a warning. One minute, the kids are saying their goodbyes to teachers and friends, and the next minute you’re shopping for back-to-school clothes, wondering where the time went.
If the dwindling days of summer are making you wonder why you didn’t plan a vacation when you had the chance, the good news is that there’s still time! While an elaborate trip across the country might not be in the cards, you can still plan a fabulous, local trip to a destination your family will be talking about for years to come.
Below are five ideas for planning a last-minute trip out of town that will prove memorable for you and your family:
If your family likes a dose of history and politics on their time off, a long weekend in Washington, DC is just the ticket. Located just south of the Mason-Dixon line, our nation’s capital is a just a short road-trip away for most people on the East coast. This city provides a wonderful opportunity for teaching your children about the history and political processes of the U.S., all while enjoying a host of free museums and fine dining experiences. Along with hotspots like the Air and Space Museum, the National Zoo, and the ever-popular Spy Museum, consider checking out Old Town Alexandria and Mount Vernon, both just a short Metro ride into Northern Virginia. You won’t be disappointed!
Charleston, South Carolina
If you’re looking for a laid-back trip to an up-and-coming Southern city, consider checking out Charleston, South Carolina. The city is currently experiencing a burgeoning of its food and bar scene, so there are plenty of great restaurants to check out. In addition to eating and drinking to your heart’s content, take the family on a trip to Boone Hall Plantation, one of the oldest working plantations in the U.S. If you’re in a beach-y mood, Charleston is just a stone’s throw away from some of the most beautiful beaches on the East Coast. All in all, Charleston has a lot to offer for a short family trip.
If camping is more your family’s speed, think about taking a quick trip to Yosemite. This national park offers a host of natural wonders for you and your kids to enjoy. Hiking, biking, and exploring are all on the agenda during the summer months. The rivers and waterfalls are something to marvel at, and if you’re lucky you’ll also be able to enjoy the wildflowers while they’re in bloom. Just remember that while the park is open throughout the season, campgrounds can fill up quickly, so be sure to get to the grounds you’re interested in early to secure a spot.