Spring is just around the corner, and this burst of warm weather in Eastern Canada has given me a taste of what’s to come this season. As a young professional, I relish any opportunity for an extra day off, whether it’s to sleep in or to get an extra day for travel. When you only have two or three weeks of vacation time, you have to take advantage of long weekends and holidays to make the most out of the time you have.
In anticipation of future holidays, I’ve come up with four cities that make great long weekend getaways. Whether you’re taking an extra Friday off or heading out first thing Saturday morning, these places have reasonable flights and plenty to see and do.
As I’ve mentioned before, I’m kind of obsessed with Harry Potter, so it’s no surprise that Orlando is at the top of my list. For a long weekend, I’d mix some theme park time with shopping, food and drink, and hanging out by the pool. Sounds like the perfect Easter weekend to me!
There are plenty of reasonably priced Orlando hotels, including many IHG hotels near Universal Studios Orlando. That means lots of Wizarding World of Harry Potter, pool time, and fun in the sun.
New York, New York
In 2016, I headed to New York City for a long weekend, which included driving for 12 hours. We had roughly 48 hours in the city, and were able to pack in a lot.
Whether you’re driving or flying, NYC is the perfect long weekend getaway. Flights are very reasonable from the East Coast, and it’s great to visit during any season. With Victoria Day in Canada and Memorial Day in the U.S. both coming up in May, take in the beauty of NYC in the spring with patio drinks, strolls through Central Park, or one of the many festivals happening throughout the month.
It’s been a long time since I travelled to Chicago, but it’s high on my list of U.S. cities to visit for a long weekend. Only eight hours away by car or a quick airplane ride from Toronto, Chicago is a fun city, with lots to do and eat, like deep-dish pizza.
Besides eating everything in sight, taking a selfie in front of “The Bean,” and checking out Navy Pier, a long weekend in Chicago wouldn’t be complete without catching a baseball game. I’d love to watch the Toronto Blue Jays play, but I’ll take in a game at Wrigley Field on a beautiful day regardless of who’s playing.
You’re laughing and wondering how you can go to Europe for a long weekend, right? Well, let me tell you, you fly to Iceland. Rowan and I headed to Iceland last November for just five days. Take a few extra days off for an extended long weekend, and explore the beauty of Iceland.
Flying with WOW Air or Icelandair is really reasonable and super chill. If you’re only going for a weekend, you don’t have to worry about crazy baggage fees because you can travel light. There are tons of fabulous things to do all year round, including the Summer Solstice Festival.
What are your favourite long weekend getaways?