2013's Best Two-Day Vacations

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Peachy Canyon Vineyard in Paso Robles, California
Peachy Canyon Vineyard in Paso Robles, California (Malcolm Carlaw/Flickr)
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Sometimes you just need a change of scenery, even if it’s only for a few days. To help turn your weekend-getaway fantasy into a reality, we’ve narrowed down the best two-day trips for 2013. And if you can take a Friday or Monday off to go for three days, that’s even better.

2013’s Two-Day Vacation Winner: Paso Robles, California
Perfect for a weekend getaway from Los Angeles or San Francisco, without the crowds of Napa or the trendiness of Santa Barbara, Paso Robles is the fastest-growing wine region in the country.

More Great Two-Day Vacation Ideas for 2013

Birmingham, Alabama
Next year marks the 50th anniversary of the pivotal events of the civil rights movement, with Birmingham taking center stage—think symphonies, plays, special exhibitions, and commemorative historic tours.

Toronto, Ontario
No longer the bland brother to Montreal, Toronto is becoming certifiably hip. It has always been multicultural, but it’s now growing by 100,000 people each year—enough for two Chinatowns in the city center alone.

Bentonville, Arkansas
People have been making pilgrimages here for years to see Sam Walton’s original five-and-dime, but Bentonville is now home to the most talked-about new museum in a generation. And it’s free.

San Diego, California
California sun? Sure, you’ll find plenty of that. But there are also more than 50 brewpubs here, and another two dozen in the works, with at least six slated to open in 2013.

New York, New York
Okay, so NYC is always a great place to visit, and 2013 is no different. But there are a couple of specific reasons why you should go this year.

Fort Collins, Colorado
Fort Collins is a Mile High university town without Boulder’s ’tude. It’s one of the fastest-growing cities in the United States, but it doesn’t have a city feel.

Portland, Oregon
You may have watched an episode of Portlandia or read about trends going off here (big beards, pickling, food trucks, microbrews, knitting, DIY)—all of which make for a retro-hip weekend escape.

Tucson, Arizona
This southern Arizona city is already established as a primo winter cycling and hiking getaway, but lately it has been pushing for the title of “Best 23 Square Miles of Mexican Food in the U.S.”

Block Island, Rhode Island
The Nature Conservancy recently named Block Island, a 14-mile ferry ride from Montauk, New York, as one of its “Last Great Places.” And we agree that this 10-square-mile island packs a low-key, natural punch.

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 four, seven, or ten days to spare, we have the trip for you.


Published: 15 Dec 2012 | Last Updated: 18 Dec 2012
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication

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