2013's Best Four-Day Vacations

Don't let your valuable vacation days languish in some workplace-controlled bank. Get out there and take your vacation back in 2013!
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Michigan
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Michigan (iStockphoto)

A four-day vacation can put a surprising amount of recharge in your batteries. Read on to discover our favorite long-weekend getaways of 2013. If you have the extra vacation days, and here’s hoping you do, stretch any of these into a weeklong trip.

2013's Four-Day Vacation Winner: Traverse City, Michigan
Long a favorite vacation spot for Michiganders, Traverse City is making its way onto the national radar. Celeb chef Mario Batali has called Traverse City “truly magnificent.” And we know he has great taste.

More Great Four-Day Vacation Ideas for 2013

Olympic National Park, Washington
Washington’s 900,000-acre jewel boasts both high peaks and rugged shoreline—and, thanks to the largest dam-removal project in U.S. history, it’s gaining a rushing river.

Oaxaca, Mexico
New boutique hotels, cooking schools, and opportunities to sip mezcal are but three reasons to visit Oaxaca this year.

Asheville, North Carolina
Thanks to The Hunger Games, tourism in North Carolina is on the rise (the tourism office even has a Hunger itinerary). But there are also some great outdoors, non-Hunger attractions.

Ketchum, Idaho
Around here—where Tom Hanks and Clint Eastwood own homes—a lot of people come to ski Sun Valley in winter, but summer is why they never leave.

Finger Lakes, New York
It’s delightfully possible to spend four days here doing nothing but eating and drinking. Last year, the Finger Lakes produced more than 40,000 tons of grapes, making it the largest wine-producing region east of California.

Great Basin National Park, Nevada
Most people think of Vegas when they think of Nevada—but if you head toward the Utah border, don’t miss Great Basin, which had just 91,000 annual visitors at last count.

Gulf Islands, British Columbia
Already seen Vancouver and Victoria? Next stop: the Gulf Islands. There are 200-plus of them, right between Vancouver Island and mainland British Columbia.

Palm Springs, California
Take a few days to tour Palm Springs, with its mix of old Hollywood and desert-mod design, and then drive 35 miles out to Joshua Tree National Park, known for its world-class rock climbing.

Four Corners Road Trip, Southwest U.S.
A road trip in the Southwest is likely on your to-do list of travel. If 2013 is finally going to be the year, we suggest you skip the obvious places and loop to some of the National Park Service’s most interesting—and culturally rich—spots.

Could you use $2,500 toward your next vacation? Enter our Operation Vacation Sweepstakes for a chance to win! And while you’re there, check out more of our recommendations for the best trips in 2013. Whether you have two, seven, or ten days to spare, we have the trip for you.

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