While most of us can’t afford to take a week or even a whole month off from work, everyone deserves some time for fun. After all, how many people do you know whose lives revolve around working and nothing else? A short weekend away can be essential to keep your sanity during your time off.
These are great places because you can pack up Friday afternoon after work or school and get back Sunday night in time to prepare for another week at work. That way, you don’t have to worry about where you’re going to go or what you will do.
1. Kentucky Derby (Louisville, Kentucky)
If you’ve ever watched the movie The Blind Side, you know how exciting it is watching horse races for a living. Well, if you really want to experience the most exciting two minutes in sports, then you have to visit the Kentucky Derby. They have tons of fun activities for both adults and children alike. The best part is- it’s absolutely free!
2. The World Series Of Hot Air Ballooning (Albuquerque, New Mexico)
There’s nothing quite as magical as watching the World Series Of Hot Air Ballooning. Who wouldn’t want to witness a bunch of hot air balloons racing through the sky? This event is located in the city of Albuquerque, which has tons of fun activities. There’s something for everybody, from zip-lining to visiting the ice rink.
3. Santa Monica Pier (Santa Monica, California)
If you’re into surfing, this is a place for you. The Santa Monica pier has been around for over a century and has some of the best waves around. There are also tons of places where you can eat, which is great if you’re hungry after catching your first wave.
4. Santa’s Village (Jefferson Township, New York)
It’s every child’s dream to visit the North Pole. Who wouldn’t want to live in a place where candy canes and gingerbread houses are everywhere? Not to mention, they have tons of fun carnival rides that are sure to thrill you. It’s definitely one of the best places for anyone with a little bit of child-like wonder.
5. The Indianapolis 500 (Indianapolis, Indiana)
If you like racing, then chances are you’re going to like the Indianapolis 500. They also have tons of other activities, including the Indianapolis Speedway Hall Of Fame Museum. This museum has all kinds of cars on display. In addition to all of this, there’s another racing event called the Indy 300 that you can watch.
6. Mount Rushmore National Memorial (Keystone, South Dakota)
This spot would definitely be a favorite for anyone who loves American history. If you’ve ever seen pictures of those four presidents carved in the side of a mountain, you can only imagine how impressive it is in person. Plus, there are tons of other fun things to do in this area, like wineries and skiing resorts.
7. The Daytona 500 (Daytona, Florida)
If you’ve ever wanted to watch grown men race around in circles all day long, then this is the place for you. They also have tons of other fun activities like the “crash fest,” which has monster trucks smashing into each other. There are also lots of beaches you can sit on and sunbathe while watching the race.
If even a quick weekend is hard for you to manage, then check out our article on Virtual Field Trips.