Every year, The New York Times posts its annual 52 Places to Go list. Even though we’re halfway through 2019, you still have time to plan a few exciting journeys for your busy travelers this summer. Here are five top picks curated with Weekend Warriors in mind. All five destinations make perfect three- and four-day weekend getaways for bleisure (business + leisure) travelers heading out solo, with friends or families.
- San Juan, Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico, the first selection on the Times’ “52 list,” has reinvented itself as a sought-after destination for tourists worldwide. The island’s recovery from Hurricanes Maria and Irma testifies to its indomitable spirit, and local officials are boosting tourism with travelers and meeting planners through the Discover Puerto Rico initiative.
What we love: The historic colonial city of Old San Juan and Castillo San Felipe del Morro, a UNESCO site. For more ideas, check out Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winner Lin-Manuel Miranda’s favorite spots.
- New York City, New York
Larger than life, “the city that never sleeps” beckons visitors with countless restaurants, bars, jazz clubs and cuisines; nearly 50 museums; a world-renowned theater district; major league sports; lively city neighborhoods – and so much more.
What we love: A Hudson River cruise by the Statue of Liberty, walking the Brooklyn Bridge, Central Park and the Metropolitan Museum of Art – and people-watching in Times Square. View the official New York City Guide here.
- Denver, Colorado
The family-friendly Mile High City boasts a state-of-the-art international airport and modern rail system connecting Denver to outlying communities. Summer is peak season for hiking and festivals. Enjoy brewery tours, Rocky Mountain treks, the Denver Art Museum, sports events and unlimited dining options.
What we love: Stroll the charming village of Keystone; take the ski lift to the top for elk burgers, beer and live music. Enjoy a brewery tour in Golden, and hit a Colorado Rockies baseball game. Get a true Denver insider’s perspective at The Broke Backpacker blog.
- Amish Country, USA
For a walk back in time, take a trip to Amish Country for home cooking, unique handicrafts and authentic furniture. You’ll probably see a horse-drawn buggy along the way! Amish communities are located in 31 states, 4 Canadian provinces and two South American countries. States with the largest Amish populations are Ohio, Pennsylvania, Indiana and Michigan, so if your travelers are heading to the Midwest on business, Amish weekends are just a few hours’ drive from major cities.
What we love: Amish culture, crafts and foods (cheese, pies, home-style cooking) in the bucolic communities of Charm, Berlin and Sugarcreek, Ohio. For a folksy list of things to do, visit the Amish Country Insider.
- Your town, America
Never underestimate the fun of taking a “staycation” in your own city or town. Wherever you live, there’s bound to be something you can do: Pack a picnic in the park, hike trails, surf your local pool or water park, attend a sporting event, try new cuisine at a summer festival, or stroll through a local college campus or library.
What we love: “Screen-free” time spent together with family and friends, enjoying the sights and sounds of your favorite home town.
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What getaway destinations would you recommend for long weekends?