Your ‘travel more’ New Year’s resolutions won’t plan themselves. Good thing today is National Plan for a Vacation Day. It’s time to set those excuses aside—the SOTU Address can play in the background—and get back to enjoying life. To help balance work and life, here are our top road trip and weekend getaway destinations for the sunny yet chilly season.
1. ‘The Hamptons’ road trip from Boston
Yes, the Hamptons in winter is a thing—just not the thing you were thinking. Hampshire County Massachusetts, made up of Northampton, Easthampton, Southampton, and Westhampton, is the winter wonderland (and hideaway) you need. A short two-hour drive from Boston will satisfy even the most extreme of travel junkies. Load up the Lincoln from Boston and head for this hills. You can ski at Mount Tom, pop across the Connecticut River for a hike through the Seven Sisters (in the Holyoke range), and then go Where the Wild Things Are at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art.
2. Muir Woods day trip from San Francisco
So you’re visiting San Francisco or you’re a long-term transplant from the Midwest like most, either way, you’ve been itching to get away for the weekend. You really don’t have to look too far since this area has so much to offer. You can pick up Greta the Jetta and head east to the Tahoe, South to Yosemite, or West to well… you’ll need an amphibious car for that. But if you’re looking for serenity, simplicity, but also want to save time and money, head up North to Muir Woods and take a drive through the setting of Planet of the Apes.
3. ‘Cool Runnings’ road trip from Chicago
Feel the rhythm, feel the ride on a road trip to go bobsledding in Muskegon, Michigan. I don’t know about you, but I just added ice luge racing to my bucket list. If you’re in the Chicago area you can enjoy the three-hour scenic ride around Lake Michigan through a panoramic roof and check this off of your list.
4. Dip in and out of hot springs near Washington D.C.
Why would you want to leave your house when it’s 30 degrees out? Because mineral hot springs. The Omni Resort promises southern hospitality, elegant charm, and endless hot springs for all the R&R you need. Take to the road and see the world through a panoramic windshield before you relax your mind and your muscles in 90<° water.
Now to put your 2018 vacation days to good use on one of these unforgettable road trips. You deserve time off.