Memorial Day is coming up soon – Monday, May 29th! If you’re planning a weekend getaway but don’t know where to begin, try these JudyP favorite vacation destinations. We’ve organized our recommendations by region (plus a special bonus spot for Florida) so you don’t have to travel far. That means more time for relaxing with family and enjoying a well-deserved reset!

Kitty Hawk, North Carolina
This coastal city has it all: natural tranquility, a scenic boardwalk, and plenty of activities for the kids. Play all day at Jockey’s Ridge State Park, home of the sand dunes where the Wright Brothers were inspired to invent airplanes!

New Windsor, New York
Centered in the Hudson River Valley, this town is host to gorgeous mountain hikes, cute vintage shops, historic sites, and of course the legendary Storm King Art Center – an open-air museum and sculpture garden with over 500 acres to explore.

Spring Green, Wisconsin
This town is located in the “Driftless Area,” a region which was never touched by glacial activity. As a result, it’s known for its lush valleys and thriving natural environment. Artists have always been drawn to this landscape, so Spring Green is home to incredible attractions such as Frank Lloyd Wright’s estate and the House on the Rock – a legendary architectural complex and museum of wonders.

Hot Springs, Arkansas
Just a day trip away from the Ozarks, Hot Springs is known for its diverse woodlands and breathtaking mountain views. Spend an afternoon at the Garvan Woodland Gardens, or enjoying the main street’s deco architecture. And if you need a brief getaway from your vacation, no one would blame you for heading to the spa!

Twin Falls, Idaho
You may know Twin Falls as the spot where world-famous daredevil Evel Knievel achieved his legendary car jump. While you’re appreciating that history, take a canyonside hike along the waterfront, plan a picnic by one of many scenic overlooks, or snap a shot of Perrine Bridge! Then, when the kids are asleep, head to the nearby town of Jackpot for a luxurious night at the casino.

Micanopy, Florida
While not technically its own region, we had to share this site. Micanopy, also known as “the town that time forgot,” is a slice of the 1800s, with several historically protected buildings to explore – including an old movie theater! The nearby Paynes Prairie State Park is a conservation site home to wild horses and other fauna. 

Enjoy the long weekend, and travel safely!

– JudyP