Usually, the weekend finds us doing one of two things. Either we’re running around, doing too much, or we’re hiding on our couch, with the goal of doing nothing. While life is often filled with lots to do, and there’s no shame in recharging after a long week, occasionally, we should get away from both of these weekend pursuits. Sometimes, you just need a little vacation. While we can’t always afford a weekend trip, we can almost always afford a daytrip. If it’s been a few months since your last adventure, get your inner explorer on and go out for the day. There are plenty of places, no matter where you live, where you can enjoy a single-day vacation.
Somewhere near you is a beautiful small town, just waiting to be explored. With preserved history, delightful shopping, and delicious restaurants, a visitor-friendly town is only a drive away. While nearby, it can feel like a world away, and you’ll savor the chance to visit somewhere new, charming, and unique. Visit Monroeville, AL or Door County, WI, to better get acquainted with small-town charm near you. You can spend the day shopping, relaxing, or sampling the local bakery. No matter what you choose, you can experience a lovely day trip after only a short drive.
Sophisticated, fun, and available just about anywhere, you can spend your day trip taking a wine tour. Strolling through the beautiful grounds and sampling wine can boost your mood and bring a sense of relaxation. Sample reds, whites, and learn all about the winery’s process. You might learn things about wine you never knew, and you might end up heading home with one or two exceptional bottles. Of course, maybe you can’t get all the way to your favorite wineries in Victoria–but you can still picnic with the best they have to offer. Not every winery tour has to happen in the winery.
If you’ve got kids, there are few better day trips to take than heading to a waterpark. Even if you don’t have any kiddos to bring along, waterparks are still a great way to spend your day. You can get your sense of adventure back by daring the truly-scary slides, and the balmy indoor air will make almost you feel like you’re in the tropics. Plus, many water parks have spas, fine dining, and other more “adult” attractions, so you can enjoy a fantastic afternoon with or without kids.
Day trips can be a great way to relax. Maybe all you want to do is drive to a small town and go antiquing, or curl up in their old-fashioned local library. Maybe you want to hike to some outstanding theater or nearby big city. Maybe you just want to drive to the beach and do nothing all day long. Whatever you choose, your day trip could be the perfect chance to relax, spend less money, and experience both adventure and vacation at the same time.