As the best cities to visit for free and fun weekend activities remind, sometimes, we just need to get up and go for 48 hours. Better still, many are quickly and easily reachable via plane, train, or automobile, and won’t cost a fortune to visit. Interested in planning your next weekend getaway? No problem. As even a cursory search reveals, plenty of places across the country offer tons of opportunities to relax and unwind. Following is a handy guide to several of the best cities to visit for free and fun weekend activities, or for the occasional day trip.
New York City
It likely seems like a no brainer, but New York City is obviously chock full of fun, free things to do. Take a leisurely walk across the High Line, an old railroad track covered in greenery, benches and breathtaking views of the city. Roam through Central Park as well and keep an eye out for different street fairs, especially during the summer.
Las Vegas, Nevada
For a fun-filled, affordable weekend in Las Vegas, all you have to do is visit one of its many hotels. The Bellagio has a gorgeous fountain and exterior. If that’s not your scene, head over to the Red Spring Boardwalk and bask in the great outdoors. There’s always people watching on the Las Vegas strip.
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Beaches, beaches and more beaches: You’ll find them at the best cities to visit for free and fun weekend activities. However, sun and sand aren’tt all there is to enjoy in Myrtle Beach, SC. Visit the boardwalk for a fun night out or check out the Vereen Memorial Historical Gardens.
Miami might conjure up images of neon-drenched nightclubs and pounding dance music. But you can also enjoy taking your trip at a slower, more relaxed speed. Obviously visiting the beach is a must while you’re here. Don’t forget to hit up the Wynwood arts district or head to Little Havana to unwind, however.
In Chicago, hit Navy Pier for free fireworks and music, or check out Millennium Park which boasts tons of public artwork. While you’re there, make sure you snap a photo with the iconic “Bean” (Cloud Gate) sculpture.
Suzanne is a journalist in Queens, New York. She’s interned at Rolling Stone, NBC local media, Mashable and the Queens Chronicle. Though she’s from upstate New York, she considers herself a Queens girl. If she’s not writing or editing, she’s probably scrolling through goat Instagrams.