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Weekend getaway ideas in the US?

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Weekend getaway ideas in the US?

Hey all - looking for solo weekend getaway ideas. I'd be driving from Chicago on Friday night, returning Sunday night, and looking for anywhere within a 5-6 hour drive that would be good for a solo traveler. Just looking for a little escape from real life, so not sure what in particular I want to do. Just a change of scenery - something different (and hopefully not too costly!).

Any suggestions?

Thanks! : )

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1. Re: Weekend getaway ideas in the US?

Hi Mindy and welcome to the solo travel forum!

Since you know so specifically the area where you want to go, you might also want to post this on the Illinois forum and possibly also on some of the surrounding states.


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2. Re: Weekend getaway ideas in the US?

6 hours from Chicago will take you to Columbus, Detroit and Louisville. in that range, there are a lot of interesting things to do.

Detroit/Ann Arbor are not often considered a tourist mecca, but there's a lot to do - some great museums, a good food culture, and you an always hop the border into Windsor, Canada if you want to try their casinos.

Just east of Toledo is a world-renowned area for birdwatching. Also Cedar Point, home to some of the highest-rated roller coaster in the world.

Indianapolis has about every sport you could ever want to see.

Head to Kentucky and view the races, the horses, maybe find a bourbon tasting.

Stop in Cincinnati. Hike the Red River Gorge over the river in Kentucky. Hit the fabulous and free Cincinnati Art Museum. Drive a little north to some of the historic sites like Moundbuilders Park. While you're there, canoe the scenic river.

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3. Re: Weekend getaway ideas in the US?

St. Louis has great food and Cardinal baseball. That'd be enough for me!

Other suggestions:

Eastern Iowa. You would find some interesting sites, around Iowa City and the Amana Colonies, and West Branch

Door County, Wisconsin. Stop off in Green Bay and then explore the peninsula jutting out into Lake Michigan.

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4. Re: Weekend getaway ideas in the US?

Have you looked at Amtrak? Chicago's an Amtrak hub, you can take a bunch of scenic train rides, relax, read. If you have an employer issued WageWorks card (transportation flexible spending account), you can use it for Amtrak travel. I over-contribute to my transporation FSA every month and use the additional funds for travel.

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