From cities to national parks to beach towns, the U.S. is home to getaways for all types of travelers.
Want to get away from it all? Each state in the nation has a handful of destinations that are ideal for last-minute travel, and are also affordable and fun. Explore these unique vacation ideas in every state for inspiration the next time you need a last-minute getaway.
The 32 miles of soft sand beaches overlooking the Gulf of Mexico make Gulf Shores an appropriate spot for a last-minute trip with the kids. Set up on the beach for a day of playing in the sand and surf, sign up for some championship golf, explore the area’s many nature trails or visit the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo to see exotic animals, including baby tigers and sloths.
Skagway, in southeast Alaska, offers an array of outdoor activities for travelers to enjoy, although what you’ll do can vary dramatically based on when you visit. Visit Skagway during the summer for salmon fishing, hiking and fun family activities like the July Fourth street fair, parade and ducky derby. And you can explore Skagway from October through April for beautiful fall colors followed by ski season and views of the Northern Lights.
Sedona’s red rocks and art-filled city center make it an interesting place to get away with or without kids. Surrounded by 1.8 million acres of national forest land, Sedona in central Arizona offers trails for hiking and biking, opportunities to learn about nature and a quaint downtown area with unique eateries and boutiques.
DeGray Lake Resort State Park in central Arkansas is the only place in North America where you can dig for your own diamonds and keep any treasures you find. DeGray Lake Resort State Park Lodge is also the state’s only resort within a state park. Here you can fish, enjoy water sports like kayaking or play on a championship 18-hole golf course.