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Sure a long vacation is great. But even a short getaway can help you feel refreshed. Forbes suggests 10 destinations for a weekend trip. All these cities have at least one major attraction, as well as a variety of other things to meet just about any interest.
Indianapolis. If you are traveling with children, the Indianapolis Children’s Museum (photo) is a must; it is the largest children’s museum in the world. Indianapolis also has a top-notch zoo. And of course, sports fans of any type will find plenty to interest them in any season.
Denver. Denver is the gateway to the Rocky Mountains, which are a huge draw any time of year. But there is plenty to do without leaving Denver. Visit the Denver Art Museum and/or the Denver Contemporary Arts Museum, watch the NFL Broncos or the NBA Nuggets, or rent a bike and enjoy the 850 miles of bike trails.
Boston. The perfect destination for history lovers, Boston’s 2.5-mile Freedom Trail allows you to walk past 16 Revolutionary War sites. If all that walking makes you hungry, you can dine on Italian food in the North End or sample lobster rolls almost anywhere. Faneuil Hall offers opportunities for shopping as well as eating.
San Diego. The big draws in San Diego are the weather and the beach. Kids – and kids at heart – will enjoy the world-famous San Diego Zoo and Legoland. Explore the shopping and dining opportunities of the Gaslamp District, and take a walk along the breathtaking Coronado Beach.
Charleston, S.C. This gem is always mentioned as among the country’s friendliest cities. You can explore its historic district on foot or in a horse-drawn carriage or tour a nearby antebellum plantation. Be sure to stop and enjoy the famous low country cooking
Memphis, Tenn. If you are a fan of the late Elvis Presley, his Graceland mansion is a must-see. Music lovers also can visit Beale Street, the legendary home of the Memphis blues. Visit the National Civil Rights Museum, and sample some of the country’s best barbecue. And don’t forget to watch the ducks at the Peabody Hotel make their twice-daily journey through the lobby.
Austin, Texas. Austin has more places to see live music than any other city in the country. It also is home to the University of Texas, and a short drive away from the beautiful Texas Hill Country. There are lots of wonderful restaurants, serving not only the barbecue for which Austin is famous, but a variety of other foods as well. And you can take a sunset cruise to see the bats come out every evening from under the Congress Street Bridge.
New Orleans, La. Music is a main attraction in the Big Easy, which is famous for its jazz. Another major draw is the food, which can range from sophisticated Creole dining to more casual po’ boys and beignets. Stroll through the sedate Garden District, or hang out in the French Quarter, where revelry is king even when it is not Mardi Gras. The World War II museum is a must-see for history lovers.
Nashville, Tenn. As the Home of Country Music, Nashville is the site of the Grand Ole Opry, the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Ryman Auditorium, which was the Opry’s first home. You also can see live music virtually any time of day or night in the city’s honky-tonks.
Seattle. Seattle has a lovely waterfront with great food, as well as several professional sports teams. Visit the Pike Place Market to watch the fish vendors put on a show. Go to the top of the Space Needle. And be sure to sample crab as well as local wine and craft beer.