Mini Vacation Ideas

Mini vacation ideas #1: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – Visit Philadelphia, the birthplace of the Declaration of Independence and take the 30 Minute Historic Carriage Tour. Board a stylish horse drawn carriage and tour the nation's most historic square mile.

See the Liberty Bell, the Betsy Ross House, Society Hill, and Independence National Park. You will feel like a colonial aristocrat as you travel the tree-lined cobblestone streets and view the many 18th century homes, churches historic spots.

#2: The Verde Canyon Railroad in Clarkdale, Arizona is another mini getaway . Ride the Verde Canyon Railroad as it heads out through the remote wilderness of the Sonoran Desert for, what’s billed as, Arizona’s longest-running nature show.

The Verde Canyon is referred to as Arizona’s other Grand Canyon and it is only accessible by rail.

It’s a historical route that takes you from Clarkdale (two hours north of Phoenix) to the ghost ranch of Perkinsville and Verde Canyon through the beautiful desert landscape that the west is famous for.

Manhattan by Sail, Shearwater Classic Schooner

#3: Manhattan, New York City is another great spot for a mini vacation. Sail New York Harbor on cruise trip with Manhattan by Sail. Climb aboard one of their passenger sail boats for a unique view of the famous New York City skyline. A sailing tour of the New York harbor is an exciting addition to the traditional New York vacation spots.

Whether on the classic 82-foot vintage schooner Shearwater or the 158-foot "Tall Ship" Clipper City, with Manhattan Sail you will enjoy the special sights and sounds of the harbor in a way that most tourists cannot.

Mini vacation ideas #4: Las Vegas, Nevada – Enjoy a morning horseback adventure with the Maverick Breakfast Ride provided by Wild West Horseback Adventures. You’ll need to be up early so you can head out to the Maverick Ranch for a hearty authentic western-style outdoor breakfast. Then you’ll head out on horseback for an unforgettable ride across the natural desert trails.

Wild West Horseback Adventures

The majestic views of the surrounding desert and mountains provide plenty of photo opportunities. This is a great way to take break from the gaming tables and artificial lights of the famous Las Vegas Strip.

#5: Savannah Georgia Spend an afternoon, a day or a couple of days touring the beautiful and charming southern city of Savannah, Georgia. Old Town Trolley offers narrated tours of all the many historical sights. Savannah, with its slow pace, tree-lined streets and grand old historical buildings, is considered one of the top walking cities in the United States.

Old Town Trolley’s Walk Through Midnight Tour is a unique and fascinating walking tour and it is based on the bestselling novel, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, A Savannah Story. Their Savannah Tour - 2 Day Pass gives plenty of time to ride their trolleys at your leisure and explore all the popular attractions, shops and restaurants in the city’s large historical district.

Sunset Balloon Ride over Orlando

Mini vacation ideas #6: Orlando, Florida – Enjoy a magical sunrise hot air balloon ride over the theme parks, orange groves, forests and swamps of the Florida countryside. Orlando Balloon Rides offers this exciting vacation idea 365 days of the year.

Cruise along smoothly and quietly just above the treetops and up to several thousand feet high. Bring your camera because you are sure to want to take some photos. Afterward you can enjoy their Traditional Champagne Toast and dig into the all you can eat breakfast buffet.

Balloon Rides Over Orlando - Awesome

San Diego Skyline

Mini vacation ideas #7: San Diego - My last vacation was my by far my favorite. It was a short, unplanned and completely last minute getaway.

My husband and I decided to go to Los Angeles for the weekend while he was stationed in San Diego, California.

We did not even take the time to pack anything. We hopped in the car when he got off of work on Thursday and pulled up directions on our navigation system. After arriving, we rode around the city looking for a hotel room. We found a chain hotel and was able to get a room. We were right on Sunset Boulevard, near all of the attractions, and paid a reasonable rate for the weekend.

The hotel room was small, but clean and relatively safe for the area. We went shopping for clothes and necessities for the weekend at some local, reasonably priced stores. We had the opportunity to spend a lot of quality time together exploring the city of Los Angeles. The restaurants were excellent, beaches were beautiful, and the nightlife was exciting. I would love to go back someday. - Jane from CA

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