BEST FOURTH OF JULY GETAWAYS IN THE US
Fourth of July is right around the corner and what better way to spend it than by exploring some of the top travel destinations in the United States? There is so much to see and do in this beautiful country. If you are looking for the perfect last-minute getaway, I've rounded up some of the best places to escape to for the long weekend!
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This gives you the option to choose travel dates between June 26th to July 8th and experience luxury hotels in some of America's most popular Fourth of July destinations at the $49 per night price mark.
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Choose from any of the following US Destinations:
- Austin -
I grew up in Texas, so Austin was always the go-to weekend getaway for my family. This city is known for its vibrant culture, hipster vibes and trendy, yet delicious, food scene. It is the perfect getaway for anyone who appreciates eclectic live-music, a true taste of Texas BBQ (Salt Lick, I'm looking at you!) and laid-back outdoor activities. Plus, it's an extremely affordable destination for any traveler all year round!
Don't Miss: A relaxing day of fun in the sun at Barton Springs, seeing the bats emerge from South Congress Bridge at sunset, a night out on Austin's notorious Sixth Street and the best gourmet doughnuts of your life at Gourdough's!
- Chicago -
Summertime in Chicago means spending as much time outdoors as you possibly can! The Windy City makes way for dozens of outdoor activities: concerts, festivals, farmers markets, beach days, rooftop patios and so much more. Take in the bold architecture, explore renowned art museums and soak up the views of or from the city's tallest skyscrapers.
Don't Miss: Capturing your reflection in "The Bean", sipping a cocktail with incredible views from the 96th floor of the John Hancock building and indulging in Portillo's hotdogs & Giordano's famous deep dish pizza (PS: I've dined at all the top deep dish spots recommended by the locals, but this one forever has my heart).
- Los Angeles -
Craving a bit of glitz and glam? A weekend in Los Angeles is in the stars for you! Trendy rooftop restaurants, gorgeous sunsets at Santa Monica Pier and celebrity sightings await. I absolutely love sneaking away to LA for the weekend!
Don't Miss: Sweeping city views from Griffith Observatory, capturing a photo of the Hollywood sign and getting lost in the Urban Light sculpture at the LACMA.
- Miami -
If warm sand beaches and swanky bars set your soul on fire, Miami is the perfect place to heat up your summer travel plans! I spent a long weekend in Miami for my bestie's bachelorette and we had the best time getting in some R&R poolside at our South Beach resort, tasting authentic Cuban food at Havana 1957 and dancing the night away at the hottest nightclubs in the US!
Don't Miss: Brunch at Yardbird, dinner at Cibo Wine Bar and Rosé Saturdays at Nikki Beach Club!
- New York -
In the City That Never Sleeps, there’s no limit to the things you can see and do in New York. You could easily spend the long weekend sightseeing everything from the Brooklyn Bridge to the Statue of Liberty, the 9/11 Memorial to the MET and everything in between. Admire the architecture of Grand Central Terminal or spend the day at one of the the city's many museums. Get lost in the bustle of Times Square or find tranquility in Central Park. Either way, grab a big slice of New York style pizza until you find your way to the next point of interest!
Don't Miss: Climbing to the top of the Empire State Building, catching a Broadway Musical and devouring a Frozen Hot Chocolate at Serendipity!
- Orlando -
Orlando is home to more than a dozen theme parks, perfect for children and adults of all ages. I have been dying to go back since Universal Studios opened up the Wizarding World of Harry Potter! If theme parks aren't your thing, you can opt for a number of other activities: rent a paddle boat on Lake Eola, stroll through the beautiful botanical gardens or check out the unique museum scene (the World of Chocolate Museum sounds pretty amazing).
Don't Miss: Universal Orlando for its movie-themed rides, the wildlife at Disney's Animal Kingdom and a butterbeer Wizarding World of Harry Potter!
- San Francisco -
Aside from the iconic the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island and the largest Chinatown outside of Asia, you'll find that San Francisco has a little something for everyone! Are you the outdoorsy type? There are plenty of hikes, day trips and scenic viewpoints to fill your weekend with adventure. Looking for upscale shops, restaurants and bars? Stop at Union Square! Traveling with kids? Wave hello to the sea lions at Fisherman's Wharf!
Don't Miss: Snapping a photo with the Golden Gate Bridge, checking out the trendy SF coffee scene and riding uphill in a the world's last manually operated cable car system. Want more recommendations? Click here to see my list of 75 Things to Add to Your San Francisco Bucket List.
- Washington D.C. -
What's more patriotic than a trip to our nation's capital for the Fourth of July? With countless monuments, museums and buildings to explore, this city will be sure to keep you on your toes. Don't forget to take a break and enjoy the amazing international foodie scene and grab a whimsical cupcake at my all-time favorite bakery: Baked & Wired! The hubs and I spent Fourth of July here a few years ago and I must say, nothing beats watching the magical Independence Day firework show light up the DC skyline from the Washington Monument.
Don't Miss: Strolling through Georgetown's bustling neighborhood, biking across the state line to Arlington National Cemetery and a visit to the White House.
I have been lucky enough to visit each of these major US cities, and I can guarantee no matter which one you choose there will be plenty to do to keep you entertained all weekend long!
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This post was written in partnership with Hotwire.
As always, all honest opinions are my own.