Sometimes, all it takes is two days to unplug, get inspired, and have some fun. That’s why we’re prescribing you a weekend getaway! With a finite amount of time to spend at your destination, we’ve chosen a must-do experience that will surely be a weekend high point. From spotting whales in Boston to roaming around Malibu in a vintage VW van, we’re showing you these top US cities in a whole new way.

Chicago

photograph of people crowded around the landmark downtown Chicago's Cloud gate in Millennial Park. The urban cityscape is reflected in the mirrored surface. A couple takes a selfie in the foreground.

If you’re coming to Chicago for the weekend, you may know the city’s food, shopping, and architectural sites, but how about its underground scene from the Prohibition era? See Chicago’s Loop in a whole new (or rather old) light on a professionally guided gangsters and ghosts tour. Learn about Al Capone’s dealings, step into the legendary Palmer House, and ask all the questions you’ve wanted to know about Chicago’s vices of yore.

Boston

Boston skyline and harbor, USA

Even a trip to Boston can include some outdoor fun — and we’re talking in a big way. Your whale watching catamaran cruise departing from Boston will bring you around to see finback, humpback, and minke whales along with white-sided dolphins and other marine life native to Massachusetts. This sturdy ride aboard the catamaran includes expert narration by members of the Whale Center of New England.

New Orleans

Woman using tongs picking grilled shrimps at buffet restaurant

Some of the best travel souvenirs are the intangible ones — and a cajun and creole cooking class sure fits the bill. Set aside one of your meals on your weekend in NOLA for a booking at the New Orleans School of Cooking. Your cooking instructor will guide you through the history, preparation, and flavors of the complete meal before you, with typical Louisiana beverages included. You’ll also be sent home with recipe cards for dishes like shrimp and artichoke soup and crawfish etouffee, to whip them up again back home.

New York

Image of the hudson river and the new york city skyline from the edge observation deck in midtown manhattan

You’ve never seen the Big Apple like this before. Dare to dangle over 1100 feet above Midtown Manhattan from the Edge observation deck. You’ll be tracing the New York City skyline from Central Park, along the Hudson River down to the Statue of Liberty. The Edge’s unique angular shape offers a very snappable photo from its “Eastern Point” offering you an uninterrupted vantage point of the city below.

San Francisco

Alcatraz prison with sailboat in foreground

You can really only get to know the City by the Bay but getting out on the water. Cap your weekend in San Francisco with a memorable Bay sailing tour aboard the privateer sailboat. This intimate vessel will sail you by Alcatraz, Sausalito, and alongside the Golden Gate bridge — all with a complimentary drink in hand. You don’t know SF’s top attractions until you’ve seen them from these hard-to-reach angles.

Miami

Tourist kayaking in mangrove forest in Everglades, Florida, USA

On your next weekend in Miami, pair your city escape with a visit to the Everglades. For families and couples alike, you’ll love the open-air Sawgrass Park airboat tour. This unmatched trip will bring you up close with alligators in their tropical wetlands. Your 30-minute tour also includes admission to the park’s reptile exhibit to learn more about these native Floridians.

Orlando

young boy looking at a pamphlet about the titanic while visiting the artifact exhibition in Orlando

Orlando knows how to transport its visitors to a whole other world and the Titanic Artifact Exhibition is no exception. Home to hundreds of original and reproduced artifacts from the famous shipwreck, you’ll be immersed in the opulence of this transatlantic journey. Movie buffs will love having the chance to walk down the grand staircase and to speak with actors portraying some of the Titanic’s illustrious passengers.

Las Vegas

image of flying people (on ziplines) at a the last vegas fly linq show

Get your adrenaline pumping in Vegas from a trip down the FLY LINQ Zipline with exclusive Fast-Track access. For those dreaming of starring in their own action movie, or simply soaring above Las Vegas Boulevard while screaming their head off, this 1,000-plus foot zipline is not for the faint of heart. Daredevils can step up in ‘superhero position’ where they’ll be barreling down the zipline headfirst with their arms stretched out in flight.

Los Angeles

Group of friends having a glass of wine. They're having a toast for their holidays.

Pamper yourself like a 70s starlet on a vintage VW hippie sightseeing tour with wine tasting around Malibu. Your weekend in L.A. peaks on this photogenic whirl around Santa Monica, its vineyards, the coast, and Malibu Pier. A sampling of local wines pair to a cheese and charcuterie board in addition to a guided history of the region. You’ll want to make sure your memory card is ready for this one.

Atlanta

Atlanta, USA - Historic MLK Martin Luther King Jr National Park walk of fame in Georgia downtown, green trees in urban city and people walking

Martin Luther King, Jr said that: “We are not the makers of history. We are made by history.” To learn how the current state of American civil rights and the ongoing fights have been formed, few places can compete with Atlanta’s Martin Luther King Historic District. On this 2.5-hour guided walk, a local guide introduces the work of MLK through the neighborhood that shaped him and that still feels his influence today. This bucket-list Atlanta tour includes admission to Freedom Hall at the King Center, the Ebenezer Baptist Church, and the Prince Hall Grand Lodge.

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