Adventure By Dayna Engberg

The Weekend Wanderlist

You finally have a few days for a much-needed escape. What’s your ideal destination, the bustling big city or wide-open wilderness? Whether your vacation style is shopping, museum-hopping or simply lounging on the beach, some of the best destinations are right in our backyard. Read on to discover the perfect U.S. destination for your long weekend getaway.

Central Park NYC

Metro Chic
New York, New York

Few cities match up to the glitz and glam of the Big Apple. Unwind amongst acres of green expanse in Manhattan’s famed Central Park, stroll the celebrated Metropolitan Museum of Art, and snap a selfie against a backdrop of the city skyline atop the observation deck at Rockefeller Plaza. Tour famous monuments like the Brooklyn Bridge or the Statue of Liberty, be wowed by a world-renowned music and theatre scene and top it all off with dinner at one of over 20,000 restaurants, from teeny tiny diners to the most illustrious Michelin eateries in the nation. And we haven’t even mentioned the shopping.
 
WHERE TO STAY
Looking to stay somewhere nestled right in the middle of all the action? Opt for an oh-so-NYC loft-style guestroom at the chic Andaz Fifth Avenue. When you book with Protravel SELECT, you can start each day with complimentary breakfast before heading out to explore the city. You’ll be within walking distance of Grand Central Station, Times Square and right across the street from the New York Public Library circa Carrie & Big’s iconic “Sex and the City” wedding. It doesn’t get more New York than this.


 

Culturally Immersive
Albuquerque, New Mexico

Step back in time wandering the charming streets of Old Town Albuquerque, passing historic adobe buildings dating back to the 1700s, browsing shops selling Native American jewelry and handicrafts and soaking up the spectacular high desert scenery. Visit the Petroglyph National Monument and see over 15,000 examples of prehistoric art located along a beautiful 17-mile canyon in the Albuquerque Basin Volcanic field. Don’t miss a chance to ride the Sandia Peak Tramway, the world's longest aerial tram ride reaching the summit of the breathtaking Sandia Mountains. For a next-level bucket list adventure, visit in October during the annual Balloon Fiesta and catch a rare glimpse of over 500 colorful hot air balloons rising with the sun.

Albuquerque, New Mexico Hot Air Balloon Fiesta
Albuquerque, NM Sandia Peak Tramway and Mountains


WHERE TO STAY
If you’re looking for something truly unique, stay just outside the city in an area steeped in over one thousand years of history. At Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort & Spa nestled within the Native American Santa Ana Pueblo, you’ll have the opportunity to learn the rich culture of the Tamayame people firsthand. Book with Protravel SELECT and enjoy a $100 resort credit for the spa or other unique resort activities. Participate in Srai Wi cultural classes like bread-making, jewelry-making and pottery led by local tribal members, take a trail ride on a rescue horse through the iconic southwest mesas and wake up with picture-perfect views overlooking the Rio Grande River and the Sandia Mountains.



Vintage Vibes
Miami Beach, FL

From its captivating bright blue beaches to its loud retro architecture, Miami Beach glows with the colors of yesteryear. Take a tour though over 800 pastel stucco buildings of the Art Deco Historic District, do some shopping in the high-end boutiques of Lincoln Road and cruise the famous Ocean Drive. A trip to Miami Beach is not complete without a visit to the picturesque South Beach Boardwalk. Here, stunning ocean views and wide beaches dotted with more than three dozen colorful lifeguard towers make for an instagrammer’s paradise.
 
WHERE TO STAY
For the perfect vintage getaway, snag a room at The Confidante Miami Beach. This retro-cool retreat hotel dates back to the 40s with details to match, like vibrant mid-century modern décor and candy-colored lounge chairs facing sprawling ocean views. Plus, book with Protravel SELECT and enjoy a $100 credit to use at their sun-soaked rooftop spa.


Colonial Glam
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Located in one of the original thirteen colonies of the United States, Philadelphia is a history buff’s dream. See the historic Liberty Bell at Independence Hall, the location for the signing of both the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution. Take a tour of dozens of museums, like the Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Barnes Foundation, the hands-on Please Touch Museum and many more. Tour the chilling halls of the notorious Eastern State Penitentiary, wander countless parks and gardens once visited by our country’s forefathers and don’t even think about leaving without ordering the obligatory cheesesteak at Reading Terminal Market.
 
Independence Hall Philadelphia, PA


WHERE TO STAY
The Bellevue Hotel isn’t just a city landmark, it’s the only Philadelphia hotel on the National Register of Historic Places. Envisioned by pioneer George C. Boldt in 1904, it was designed from the start to be recognized as one of the world’s most magnificent hotels. Book with Protravel SELECT and receive a $100 food and beverage credit to dine at the lavish 19th-floor restaurant XIX, winner of the 2018 Wine Spectator Award. Enjoy brunch or dinner surrounded in sophisticated French Renaissance décor and soaring arch windows overlooking stunning skyline views.

                          

Scenic Splendor
Lake Tahoe, California

Sometimes the ideal weekend escape doesn’t involve wild nights and busy days, but the peaceful calm of nature—someplace where the only twinkling lights are the stars overhead. With crystal clear blue waters and snowcapped Sierra Nevada Mountains, California’s Lake Tahoe is the perfect fit. The diverse terrain supports outdoor activities of all kinds, from hiking to fishing, golfing, canoeing, skiing and more. Go mountain biking on the dynamic Tahoe Rim Trail, explore the spectacular scenery of Emerald Bay State Park or enjoy panoramic views of the lake from the Gondola at Heavenly.

Lake Tahoe, CA canoes Lake Tahoe, CA skiing Lake Tahoe, CA


WHERE TO STAY
The four-diamond Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort is the perfect home base for your adventures. Think charming private cottages with stone hearth fireplaces and breathtaking lakefront views. Relax at the spa, try your luck at the casino, and unwind in the year-round heated pool. Plus, when you book with Protravel SELECT, you’ll receive a $100 food and beverage credit to use at numerous onsite restaurants.