Long Weekends 2018 - Traversing Across the Zesty USA

 long weekends in USA in 2018

Welcoming the New year brings about a different kind of enthusiasm. For most it seems like a good way to start something new, and it is the anticipation of ‘good change’ that is thrilling! Let’s decide on a New Year resolution, and try and keep it this time, shall we? Long weekends in 2018 are plenty and to make the most of these breaks, let’s decide to travel! 

In case you are wondering about the ‘where, what and how’, here is a list of the top destinations that will pull you out of your homes on every long weekend in 2018.  

TOP DESTINATION IN USA FOR THE 2018 LONG WEEKENDS

1. Atlanta, Georgia

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Starting this list with Atlanta is a joy! Perfect for families, youngsters, couples, nature lovers, adventure enthusiasts and history fanatics, this city has it all. The famous Georgia Aquarium boasts of a collection of over 120,000 animals, while the Atlanta Botanical Garden displays nature at its best on 30 acres of land. If you’re going for a long weekend with children, a visit to the World of Coca-Cola is mandatory! Enjoy fine dining and comfort food, the groovy nightlife and the authentic jazz concerts in this diverse city. 

Best Time to Visit: May to August

Suitable for: 

26, 27, 28 May- Memorial Day weekend

4, 5, 6, 7, 8 July- Independence Day weekend 

What to see: Georgia Aquarium, World of Coca-Cola, Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site, Atlanta Botanical Garden, Six Flags over Georgia, Fernbank Museum of Natural History,  Porsche Experience Center.

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2. Nashville, Tennessee

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Fondly called "Music City", Nashville is a small city with deep roots. A perfect choice for a long weekend, you can experience the melodious vibe of this region in one trip. All types of genres of music can be seen here, right from Broadway to live afternoon jamming sessions...professional concerts to street artists… Soak in this lively atmosphere during the warm months. And if you miss it, make sure you visit it during Christmas, as the entire city comes alive with lights, music and magic! While here you can indulge in some exciting activities like a hot air balloon ride, hop on hop off tour, walking city tour and more. 

Best Time to Visit: April to October, December

Suitable for: 

1, 2, 3 September- Labor Day weekend

22, 23, 24, 25 December- Christmas weekend

What to see: Riverfront Park, Ryman Auditorium, Schermerhorn Symphony Center, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, the Tennessee State Capitol, Madame Tussauds Nashville. 

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3. Austin, Texas

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Gaining rapid popularity as a weekend getaway, Austin is a favourable contrast within itself. With parts of it set deep in the history of Texas, the next neighbour will be a lush park and just around the corner a posh restaurant with live music will beckon you. Shop for country treasures at the many antique stores and go taco truck hopping to try and compare this all time favourite dish. This unique blend is alluring and very interesting! Check out these other weekend getaways in Texas.

Best Time to Visit: March to May, September to November

Suitable for:

30, 31 March, 1 April- Good Friday weekend

6, 7, 8 October- Columbus Day

What to see: Texas State Capitol, Bullock Texas State History Museum, Zilker Metropolitan Park, Mount Bonnell, Zilker Botanical Garden, McKinney Falls State Park, Blanton Museum of Art, Museum of the Weird. 

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4. New Orleans, Louisiana

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The year 2018 is very special for New Orleans, as it marks its 300th birthday! Celebrations are expected all year long, and so, whichever long weekend in 2018 you decide on, you are sure to be a part of the musical, delicious and cultural fest. Known for its festive vibe, all you have to do is eat, drink, and enjoy the revelry. 

Best Time to Visit: February to May, December to January

Suitable for:

17, 18, 19 February- Washington's Birthday/ Presidents' Day

What to see: Jackson Square, The National WWII Museum, St. Louis Cathedral, Frenchmen Street, New Orleans City Park, New Orleans Museum of Art, Backstreet Cultural Museum, Blaine Kern's Mardi Gras World. 

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5. Denver, Colorado

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Thriving to be better than the previous day, Denver is buzzing with contagious energy. There are many institutes and museums for kids and adults to explore, a number of parks and nature areas to escape the city, and most importantly the several natural wonders which make this city special. Home to a number of lauded restaurants, you can gorge on the most delicious cuisines, recipes and drinks prepared with perfection!

Best Time to Visit: April to May, September to October

Suitable for: 26, 27, 28 May- Memorial Day weekend

What to see: Denver Art Museum, Red Rocks Park and Amphitheater, Denver Botanic Gardens, Denver Museum of Nature & Science, Denver Zoo, Coors Field, Molly Brown House Museum, Larimer Square.

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6. Charleston, South Carolina

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Step into a fairytale with a tinge of modernity and a glimpse of France. Take a stroll along the antebellum houses that line the cobblestone lanes and take a leisure ride in a horse drawn carriage. It is set like a paradise on the coast of the beautiful South Carolina. The union of land, water and the brilliant blue sky goes on for a long stretch, and every beach has some special story to tell. Some great for a party, you will find some ‘too good to be true’ beaches hidden from the rest of the world. A fusion of nature, history and culture, Charleston has some incredible experiences to give you for the coming long weekends. 

Best Time to Visit: March to June

Suitable for:

30, 31 March, 1 April- Good Friday weekend

26, 27, 28 May- Memorial Day weekend

What to see: Nathaniel Russell House, Drayton Hall, Magnolia Plantation & Gardens, The Battery, Middleton Place, Aiken-Rhett House Museum, Sullivan's Island, Angel Oak Tree. 

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7. Savannah, Georgia

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Antique parks and squares, freshly manicured gardens and ancient architectural masterpieces are just some of the wonders that you can expect on your trip to Savannah. A terrific destination to explore on foot, this city offers the best seafood coupled with innovative cocktails, enchanting art and history, and the unblemished coast of the Savannah River. Plan a trip here for one of the 2018 long weekends, and you’re sure to have a unique experience. 

Best Time to Visit: March to July

Suitable for:

14, 15, 16 April- Emancipation Day weekend

4, 5, 6, 7, 8 July- Independence Day weekend

What to see: Forsyth Park, Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, Bonaventure Cemetery, Wormsloe Historic Site, Tybee Island, Fort Pulaski National Monument, Telfair Museum of Art. 

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8. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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With a history that shaped this marvelous country, Philadelphia has the most interesting timeline. A visit to any of the halls, museums and even the parks will give you intricate details and amusing facts of the past. The essence of this city lies in its adaptation of modern excitement and still staying true to its original simplicity. Winter brings out a different mood of this city, with vibrant celebrations in these month, do try and visit then!

Best Time to Visit: March to August, January

Suitable for:

30, 31 December 2017, 1 January 2018- New Year weekend

13, 14, 15 January- Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend

26, 27, 28 May- Memorial Day weekend

4, 5, 6, 7, 8 July- Independence Day weekend 

What to see: Independence Hall, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Liberty Bell Center, Philadelphia Zoo, Franklin Institute Science Museum, Rittenhouse Square.

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9. Orlando, Florida

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Packed with the world’s best amusement parks, theme parks and film studios, Orlando is a favourite amongst all those travelling with children. While Disney World attracts millions of kids from all over the world, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter entices youngsters, adults and little ones too! Apart from these exciting arenas, the city flaunts gardens and monuments which give you a glimpse of its true vibe. Celebrate New Year here, and a different personality of this city will shine. 

Best Time to Visit: March to May, December, January

Suitable for: 

30, 31 March, 1 April- Good Friday weekend

30, 31 December 2017, 1 January 2018- New Year weekend

29, 30, 31 December 2018, 1 January 2019- New Year weekend

What to see: Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art, Orlando Magic Basketball, Harry P. Leu Gardens, SeaWorld Orlando, Universal's Islands of Adventure, Universal Studios Florida, Discovery Cove, Walt Disney World.

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10. Chicago, Illinois

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One of the largest cities in the country, Chicago has been admired for its gutsy architectural wonders, its artists, its food and of course, its unending coastline overlooking the gorgeous Michigan Lake. Enjoy the breathtaking view of the skyscrapers and the artistic treasure that it possesses. Strewn across the city are some of the finest restaurants, and if you are looking for a gastro adventure and a romantic long weekend destination, this is your answer! 

Best Time to Visit: April to May, September to October

Suitable for: 

1, 2, 3 September- Labor Day weekend

6, 7, 8 October- Columbus Day weekend

What to see: Art Institute of Chicago, Navy Pier, Millennium Park, The Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium, Lincoln Park Zoo, Grant Park and Buckingham Fountain, Skydeck Chicago. 

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11. San Francisco, California 

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The graceful Victorian homes, the lively coast, the magical fog and the famous red bridge...there’s something about San Francisco that says home. Comfort and excitement so enticing, that you will be overwhelmed by just one trip here. The groovy nightlife calls out to all the youngsters, while the quiets of the parks invite families. One place where you can treat yourself to cuisines from all over the world, a long weekend in 2018 will help you tick this brilliant city off your bucket list. 

Best Time to Visit: September to November

Suitable for: 

10, 11, 12 November- Veterans Day weekend

22, 23, 24, 25 November- Thanksgiving weekend

What to see: Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island, San Francisco Bay, Fisherman’s Wharf, Chinatown, Japanese Tea Garden. 

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12. Louisville, Kentucky 

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Known to be a popular destination in May for all the sports lovers, the best time to visit this city is in October and November. The weather at its best, you can not only satiate your thirst for exciting sports, but also take a tour of some of the most wonderful natural miracles. Pay your respects to the legendary Muhammad Ali, explore the atmosphere at the Cherokee Park and dive into the flavors of the delicious comfort food. 

Best Time to Visit: October to November

Suitable for:

10, 11, 12 November- Veterans Day weekend

22, 23, 24, 25 November- Thanksgiving weekend

What to see: Kentucky Derby Museum, Louisville Mega Cavern, Churchill Downs, Louisville Zoo, Belle of Louisville, Speed Art Museum, Thomas Edison House, Old Louisville. 

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Some more popular long weekend destinations in USA are:

  • Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Washington D.C.
  • NYC, New York
  • San Antonio, Texas
  • Memphis, Tennessee
  • Kansas City, Missouri 
  • Houston, Texas 
  • Los Angeles, California

OFFBEAT THINGS TO DO IN 2018

1. Prince William Sound, Alaska - Nothing can beat the chilling and exhilarating experience of gliding from between mountains, and enjoying the water of glaciers. This famous spot is a great idea for a holiday, and anyone who seeks adventure must try it in the coming long weekends! The view of the lush mountains and the cascading waterfalls are as enchanting as the snow peaked hills and the chilling river breeze. 

2. Burlesque Show in Oregon - With this art becoming scarce by the day, Portland’s last true Burlesque Show in Oregon stays true to the art and the culture. Be an audience to a show and you will experience something very special! 

3. Cedar Point, Ohio- For all those who love the adrenaline rush of the roller coaster, you must visit this place. Known as the roller coaster capital of the world, Cedar Point is a park all set to give you the most thrilling ride of your lifetime. 

4. Rocky Steps, Philadelphia - I remember my father putting on the Rocky series on a cosy Sunday afternoon, and all of us would cuddle together to watch it. Halfway through the movie we would all be at the edge of our seats, cheering our favourite hero. This childhood memory hasn’t remained in the past, as everytime i watch the movie, i relive the same experience. The magic of the series is unfathomable and this has led the steps of the Philadelphia Museum to be lovingly addressed as the Rocky Steps. While in the city, jog your way along the street and up the stairs, just to enjoy the rush and live the movies again. 

5. Salton Sea, California - Another miracle of nature, this sea is in the middle of a scorching desert. A mirage of sorts, you can gaze at the lovely cobalt hues and just take in the fascinating views.

6. Meteor Crater, Arizona - Home to the most unbelievable site, Arizona has the most well preserved Meteor Crater in the world. The sheer size of this crater is astounding, and a glimpse at it from a distance will give you goosebumps for sure. 

7. Coral Castle, Florida - The wonders of the ocean displayed on land, the Coral Castle is like a tiny marine colony. The history of the park and the tale of Edward Leedskalnin is intriguing and this site is a must visit for all! 

8. Unclaimed Baggage Center, Alabama - I know what you all must be thinking...Unclaimed Baggage Center hardly sounds interesting. But one look at this secret thrift store, and you’ll change your mind! Shopping at it's weird best, you will find the most unique items here. 

A STEP AWAY DESTINATIONS FOR THE 2018 LONG WEEKENDS

  • San Juan, Puerto Rico

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An important contributor to the charm of the Caribbean, San Juan in Puerto Rico is a refreshing change from the monotony of the city life. With the lapping waves of the sea and the historic monuments standing tall on the shore, you can escape here on any of the long weekends of 2018. 

Best Time to Visit: mid-April to June

Suitable for:

26, 27, 28 May- Memorial Day weekend

What to see: Bioluminescent Mosquito Bay (Vieques), Flamenco Beach, El Yunque National Rainforest, El Morro (Fuerte San Felipe del Morro), Castillo de San Cristóbal.

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  • Vancouver, Canada

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Giving you the opportunity to fall in love with the personality of this diverse country, you can head here to make the most of your long weekend. Outdoor activities, shopping, dining and all the other leisure activities can be enjoyed here, along with the best company and great weather.

Best Time to Visit: April through October

Suitable for:

26, 27, 28 May- Memorial Day weekend

1, 2, 3 September- Labor Day weekend

6, 7, 8 October- Columbus Day weekend

What to see: Vancouver Aquarium, Capilano Suspension Bridge, VanDusen Botanical Garden, Vancouver Art Gallery, Stanley Park, Kitsilano Beach, Queen Elizabeth Park, Grouse Mountain.

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  • Oaxaca, México

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Staying true to their culture and traditions, Oaxaca is the best long weekend destination if you are looking to have the most authentic experience. From the customs, language to the mouth watering recipes, you can immerse yourself in the goodness of this energetic country. 

Best Time to Visit: All year!

Suitable for:

26, 27, 28 May- Memorial Day weekend

22, 23, 24, 25 December- Christmas weekend

What to see: Museum of Oaxaca, City House, Monte Alban Ruins.

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The coming year has with it a bunch of holidays, and with such exciting destinations, who would want to stay put? You still have some time now, plan ahead and keep your bags ready...exploring the best of the country is now your New Year resolution! 

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ARUNDHATI BHAND ARUNDHATI BHAND

An animal lover at heart, marketer by education and artist by passion, Arundhati aims to seek out to all that satisfies her diverse interests. She believes that it is only through experiences that one learns, and a traveller of sorts, she strives to explore the unexplored. She finds herself drawn to the richness of mythology, and the next minute she may be pouring over the latest comic book. A combination of a carefree happy person and an introvert, you will find her playing with her dogs, or reading Yugandhar or Pride and Prejudice in the quiets of her home, staying true to the quote “Adventure is right where you are…”

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