Easter may be around the corner, but that shouldn’t stop you from taking a fun adventure during your long weekend. Especially if you’re feeling antsy at home and would rather explore. So why not take a spontaneous adventure this upcoming weekend with one of these cheap Easter travel ideas? All of these destinations are the perfect day-trip if you’re in the area, or if you’re extra adventurous, find yourself a room at a boutique inn or find a place to stay on Airbnb. Whatever you decide, I promise it’s not too late to take an adventure.
I’m always a fan of the spontaneous adventure. Honestly, I think it just makes life way more exciting. Finding new places to explore, living like a local, experiencing and recording new things. And a long weekend like Easter is the perfect time to do so. Even if money is tight, these destinations are a cheap getaway (obviously if you avoid shopping sprees, pack food to bring with you, and so on).
Some of these destinations are adventurous, but others are very relaxing. Easter weekend is all about rejuvenating the soul, so take some time to reawaken your senses and reflect on the things that bring you joy — and do so either on a beautiful beach, overlooking a mountain, or a huge field of tulips.
So, are you ready for your spontaneous adventure?
Jackson Hole, Wyoming
If you’re in the area, take a day trip to Yellowstone National Park to hike and watch Old Faithful and the other hot springs at the park.
Lake Tahoe, California
Journey to this beautiful lake in California for some incredible lakeside Instagram shots and hiking in the Sierra Nevada mountains.
Cape Cod, Massachusetts
It may not be beach weather yet, but the little town of Chatham in Cape Cod is a good idea any time of the year. Spend a long day of reflection on the beaches of Cape Cod before the crazy summer crowds roll in, and enjoy a night exploring the shops in downtown Chatham.
Take a walking tour to view the foliage blooming in Forsyth Park, take a lazy riverboat cruise on the Georgia Queen, and end your day with a frightening ghost bus tour of the city.
Get a glimpse of the beautiful cherry blossoms in Washington D.C. and tour all of the incredible museums and monuments in the city.
You may be taking a cheap trip, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a day at a mansion! Tour the Belmont Mansion in Nashville followed by a night of authentic country music at Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge.
Start your day in Austin with some delicious breakfast tacos at Torchy’s, and end it with a good two-step at Broken Spoke.
Berkshire Mountains, Massachusetts
If you’re in the East Coast and still craving a mountain adventure, take a journey to the Berkshire Mountains for a day hike amongst these underrated mountain trails.
If you’re in California and looking for a wine adventure, keep it cheap with a journey to some of the wineries in Calistoga instead of Napa Valley. This tiny wine town is the perfect escape for a last-minute Easter weekend.
Walk the cobblestone streets of Boston and the Freedom Trail after a delicious lunch at Quincy Market.
Take to the sea with a quiet weekend in Mystic. Walk through the Old Mistick Village, tour the seaport and spend an afternoon at the Mystic Aquarium. Even spend a night at the adorable Inn at Mystic.
For a fun city adventure, skip the tourist summer crowds and take a last-minute trip to Chicago. Enjoy some delicious doughnuts at Do-Rite Donuts, coffee at Intelligentsia, and an afternoon exploring the Art Institute and Millennium Park.
Mount Vernon, Washington
Gaze at the fields of tulips at the beautiful Skagit Tulip Festival taking place throughout the month of April in Mount Vernon.