Mini Vacation | The Unplanned Escape

January 10, 2022

Art In Voyage invites you to take a look at some of the best mini vacations in and around the country, providing vacation goers with scenic drives, incredible experiences, and a flurry of good times, right on their doorstep! From the bustling sidewalks of the big Apple, to the quintessential southern city of Savannah, Georgia, we’re taking a look at it all, and showing you our top picks for the best Mini Vacations.

From road trips to the Grand Canyon, to beach trips in Miami, we’ve got you covered as we explore some of the best Mini Vacation Destinations in the U.S.

Top 10 Best Mini Vacation Locations

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New York City

Things To Do: New York is the most populous city in the U.S and this can be attributed to the fact that NYC truly has something for everyone. For the vacation goer who loves music, The Radio City Music Hall in Manhattan is just for you. Have a preference for the theatrical? Explore your love of music and theatre by taking in a Broadway show.

Visit New York to see world-famous monuments like the Statue of Liberty, or take in the city skyline from the Top of the Rock lookout point. For better views of the city, venture to the top of the Empire State Building, which boasts the best views in the city.

Where To Stay: If you’re looking for something more affordable, places like “Jazz” at the Park Hotel, or “The Manhattan” at Times Square Hotel, offers visitors a comfortable stay that won’t break the bank. Alternatively, you can amp up your stay in the city by booking a stay at the “Walker Hotel” in Greenwich, located between Washington Square Park and Union Square. This luxury hotel is regarded as an Art Deco gem, and also has a flurry of different restaurants to choose from, right on their doorstep!

Budget Tip: Although an expensive city by all accounts, don’t let your budget stand in your way! For travelers looking to spend less and see more, you can easily spend your days wandering the city streets taking in the unique atmosphere of fast-paced, big-city life; sample some freshly made hot buns and dumplings from Chinatown, or simply grab a slice of New York Pizza, when taking a walk through Central Park.

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New Hampshire

Things To Do: New Hampshire offers nothing less than spectacular picturesque views that can be seen by car, or on foot. The White Mountain National Forest offers hikers dozens of trails to choose from, while the drive up the Mt. Washington Auto Road (the oldest-man made attraction in America) gives you a scenic driving experience like you’ve never seen before.

Where To Stay: One of the more popular places to stay would be the Glen house, situated within the White Forest National Park, at the base of Mt. Washington Auto Road. The property is dog-friendly and also provides vacation goers with an assortment of nearby hiking, walking and biking trails. The Glen house makes the perfect base from which to explore the surrounding sights.

Budget Tip: Many of the activities in New Hampshire are relatively cheap. Visitors can enjoy fun-filled days at the Mount Kearsarge Indian Museum, learning about the history of Native America, for free. Or simply spend hours outdoors taking in the stunning, natural landscape of the countryside.

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Savannah, Georgia

Things To Do: Savannah could easily make it onto a list of the world’s most romantic destinations. Cobblestone alleyways, historic mansions, and stately oak trees dripping with Spanish moss create an environment that screams romance.

Where To Stay: The Perry-Lane Hotel is an art filled abode with a sense of charm and style all its own. Found in the heart of historic downtown Savannah, the hotel gives you the full experience of a mini, southern-style vacation.

Budget Tip: Some of the best things in life are free, and that’s why we recommend packing a picnic basket, and spending the day at Forsyth Park.

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Clearwater, Florida
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Clearwater, Florida

Things To Do: Clearwater’s beaches have won multiple awards and are still regarded as some of the most beautiful beaches in Florida. When arriving in Clearwater, be sure to look out for the Clearwater Marine Aquarium where you can learn about their unique animal rehabilitation program.

Where To Stay: The Sandpearl resort sits at the beachfront and is the perfect place to make s’mores and unwind from the day’s activities. The hotel also boasts a swim-in Movie theatre where the phrase “Netflix and Chill” takes on a whole new meaning.

Budget Tip: Enjoy the free sunset festival every sunday night with live entertainment at Clearwater’s main beach at Pier 60. Floridian locals are also eligible for a 30 percent discount on their Sandpearl resort stay, making this a great option for locals simply looking for a weekend of pampering.

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Portland, Oregon

Things To Do: Known for its outdoor activities, it’s natural beauty, and its sustainable practices, Portland is the perfect getaway for an affordable vacation. Not only is it a great destination for teens who enjoy cycling through the city, but one can also get around with Portland’s great public transport system.

People who visit Portland can enjoy hip vintage spots with food from every continent, without the high-end price tag. When not dining out, shopping or enjoying the local arts and culture, you can also easily spend a day visiting the International Rose Test Garden, which houses over 500 different plant varieties.

Where To Stay: The Kimpton RiverPlace Hotel is situated on the river, and offers guests easy access to activities such as; Kayaking the Willamette River or biking the many different nature trails within the vicinity.

Budget Tip: Portland has many great hiking trails. Take a drive outside the perimeter of the city, and hike up to the rushing waters of Multnomah Falls.

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Niagara Falls, Canada

Things To Do: People come from all over to see the 3,000 tons of water that crashes over the falls every second. Niagara Falls makes for the perfect mini vacation for the person looking to escape the concrete jungle and explore the outdoors. When visiting the area, travelers can also wander around the Niagara Falls State Park (the oldest park in the country) for free.

Where To Stay: If you are looking to be right alongside the falls, look no further than the Sheraton Fallsview Hotel. This impressive location includes an indoor water park and casino and is situated just steps away from the top Niagara Falls attractions.

Budget Tip: Visit the Old Falls Street where families can take part in activities like catching a concert together or spending an evening at the local, outdoor movie theatre.

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Claremont, California

Things To Do: Located only 35 miles outside of Los Angeles, Claremont makes a perfect mini vacation spot, and a local escape from the fast paced life of the big city. With over 150 restaurants and shops to choose from, your days in Claremont will certainly be filled with non-stop activity.

Visit Raymond M. Alf Museum of Paleontology and explore their prehistoric exhibits with fossils of the Tyrannosaurus Rex. Alternatively, spend a day at the California Botanical Garden, where you can grab a coffee at their café, and walk amongst their native plants.

Where To Stay: The DoubleTree Hotel is the popular pick for this destination, and has lots of budget-pleasing perks, including free WiFi and chocolate chip cookies when you check-in. The Hotel features a massive outdoor pool, and rates start just $200 a night during summer.

Budget Tip: The Claremont Wilderness trail in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains makes for the perfect morning hike to work up an appetite before your first cup of coffee!

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Rapid City, South Dakota

Things To Do: With a rich history of cowboys and Native Americans, Rapid city is regarded as the gateway to the west. The Badlands National Park, Mount Rushmore, and the Crazy Horse memorial – which is yet to be completed – are all within driving distance.

Other sights worth visiting in this presidential town include Storybook land, a place where the characters from your favorite books come to life, as well as the South Dakota Air and Space Museum, where the history of aviation is proudly on display.

Where To Stay: Situated in the heart of the city is Hotel Alex Johnson. Built in 1927, the hotel combines historic architecture with handcrafted Native American art in tribute to the area’s Lakota and Sioux culture. Main Street Square is a block away, and the hotel is only 25 minutes from Mt. Rushmore. The venue features a rooftop bar, Irish pub, salon, and spa.

Budget Tip: Rapid City has many free activities to choose from: Take a free interactive walking guided tour through the city of the Presidents, or visit Main Street Square,, while taking in some of the best public art in the city like the Sculpture Project.

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San Juan, Puerto Rico

Things To Do: Puerto Rico is a beautiful, Spanish speaking Island that forms part of the US commonwealth. US residents are eligible to travel to the region without a passport making it a perfect stop for a short getaway.Rich history and culture, exceptional food, pristine beaches, majestic mountains, relaxation, adventure — all packed into one sun-kissed Caribbean paradise.

Where To Stay: The Sheraton Puerto Rico Hotel offers some of the most picturesque views from its doorstep, while being readily affordable, with rates starting as low as $200 a night. Enjoy the super cool infinity pool, or visit the streets of the new Entertainment district, also known as Condado district, and enjoy luxury shopping opportunities.

Budget Tip: The walled fortress in Old San Juan known as El Morro, is a must visit. There are plenty of fun activities for kids, and better yet, El Morro is a National Park and entry is free with a National Park pass.

San Juan’s Condado and Isla Verde neighborhoods are also great places to visit for more inexpensive fun.

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Reno Tahoe, Nevada

Things To Do: Big things really do come in small packages, as the largest Alpine lake meets the biggest little city in the world, Reno, Tahoe. With attractions such as; the Nevada Museum of Art, along with holding the world record for the largest Outdoor Rock Climbing Wall, this quirky little city is on the rise.

Summer is the time for festivals: Artown in July features live music performances, while the Shakespeare Festival, at Lake Tahoe, is where you can find and enjoy one of Shakespeare’s traditional plays.

Where To Stay: The Circus Circus Reno is a fun-filled property great for family vacations. The property is home to the Midway, a huge arcade and theme park, where families can play games like skee ball, air hockey, and whack a mole.

Budget Tip: Reno is a great place for inexpensive fun as the city has many great hiking areas, along with biking trails to choose from. Rent a bike and take a ride along the Truckee River to end up at North Lake Tahoe. This location makes for the perfect picnic spot, so don’t forget to pack in some great snacks!

Mini vacations do not require a lot of planning, as they are in close proximity, as well as inexpensive. There’s no need to catch a plane to an exotic beach in South Africa, as some of the best beaches can be found right here in the U.S. And not only beaches, but the U.S also features some of the world’s most beautiful national parks, with hiking trails through mountainous areas that people from all over fly hundreds of miles to see. So what are you waiting for? Get out your map, and start planning your next mini vacation today!