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The Best 4-Day Vacations in the USA

Joanna Rentz

Micro-cations, or short vacations lasting three to four days, are gaining in popularity among younger travelers. Nearly 60 percent of Americans vacationed for fewer than four nights in the past year, with Millennials leading the trend. Busy work schedules, the desire to conserve money, and the potential to travel more frequently contribute to the rise in these mini-getaways. 

Micro-cations still give travel fans many of the perks of being on vacation, but at a generally lower cost and with less time taken off of work. So next time you are thinking of getting away, but don’t have the time or resources for a full-blown vacation, consider a micro-cation to one of these destinations. You just need to take two days off to enjoy these weekend getaways. 

Austin, Texas

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Austin is one of the most eclectic, unique, and friendly cities in the US, making it an ideal location for a short getaway. Whatever your fancy, Austin is jam-packed with fun things to do. See a live music show at one of their 25,000 venues, shop fabulous vintage, or stand up paddleboard on Lady Bird Lake. Plus y’all better be ready to eat some finger-licking good BBQ. 

Where to stay: 

The accommodations in Austin are just as vibrant as the city. Stay downtown at the historic Driskill Hotel, originally built in 1886. This elegant hotel with marble floors, stained glass, and a columned lobby blends down-home charm with contemporary poise. Traveling further south is Hotel Van Zandt, a salute to the Texas musician, Townes Van Zandt. This posh dwelling is a refined take on Austin’s world-class music scene. HVZ boasts live shows, secret hideouts, and a laid back rooftop pool and bar. But if you’re looking for a hip hotel on a hip strip, stay at South Congress Hotel on the legendary South Congress Avenue. A simple yet spot-on aesthetic, modern rooms and suites, innovative design, and a buzzy locale near eateries, shopping, and entertainment make this boutique hotel a must-stay.

What to do: 

  • Indulge in the arts at one of the various galleries like The Contemporary at the Jones Center and the Mexic-Arte Museum
  • Stand up paddleboard on Lady Bird Lake.
  • Spend the day swimming at Barton Springs Pool, Austin’s famous swimming hole. 
  • Vintage shop!
  • Visit the Austin Zoo or Aquarium.
  • Stroll, shop, and eat on South Congress Avenue. 
  • See live music shows, of course!
  • Bike or hike the Butler Trail.
  • Eat all the BBQ. 
  • Take a walking, boat, bike, or double-decker bus tour of the city.
  • Have a food truck feast.
  • Hail a pedicab after one too many margaritas.

What to pack: 

The Swan Dive swimsuit for all your water activities paired with the Long All Buttoned Up Cover-Up is a fresh look that is comfortable, fabulous, and super laid back. Just like Austin. 

 

Grand Canyon National Park

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The Grand Canyon is positively, no joke, stop-you-in-your-tracks stunning. The enormous steep-sided canyon of millions-year-old layered red rock carved out by the Colorado River will undoubtedly bewilder your senses. A great spot for a family micro-cation, this natural marvel is one mile deep, 18 miles across, and is composed of the South Rim (open all year) and the North Rim (open seasonally). 

Where to stay: 

Lodging at the Grand Canyon is rustic and simple. If you opt for the South Rim, stay at the historic “crown jewel of Historic National Park Lodges,” El Tovar Hotel. Built in 1905, this world-renowned hotel is perched atop the rim, presenting indescribable views of the canyon. For a different kind of otherworldly experience, consider Phantom Ranch. It is the only lodging available on the canyon floor. Uniquely accessible by foot, mule, or by raft on the Colorado River, the ranch offers cabins made of wood and native stone. For all of our nature-loving campers out there, check out Mather Campground on the South Rim and the North Rim Campground on the opposite side. 

What to do:

  • Attend free ranger programs.
  • Hike, hike, and more hiking. Rim Trail and Hermit Road are great for most levels.
  • Learn about the vast history by exploring museums, historic houses, and visitor centers.
  • Walk the Trail of Time.
  • Rent a bicycle and pedal the South Rim.
  • Take a bus, van, or jeep tour.
  • Tour Desert View Drive.
  • Take a South Rim Mule Trip.
  • Whitewater raft the Colorado River.  
  • Watch the sunrise and sunset on the South Rim.

What to pack:

Most likely you will be fighting the heat, so pack the Beyond the Lounge Chair Tankini Top and the Beyond the Lounge Chair Short to keep cool during all of your activities. These pieces offer sun protection!

Portland, Maine

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The land of lobsters, lighthouses, and lager await your arrival. Not just another sleepy New England coastal town, Portland is home to the historic Old Port, a lively arts scene, charming boutiques, and exceptional dining. This lovely sea town unites the classic landscape of Maine’s rocky coast with the polished, yet unpretentious, richness of a growing metropolitan city. 

Where to stay: 

Portland has many options for accommodations, from Airbnb and cabins to hotels and resorts. If you are looking for a genuine way to experience Maine, try the Spruce Point Inn which is  perched on 57 oceanside acres. Unwind on your cottage deck fronting Boothbay Harbor while watching passing sailboats and sweeping seagulls. If Old Port accommodations are on your list, consider the Press Hotel in the historic Press Herald Building, just minutes from art galleries and lively nightlife. Here, you can indulge in modern amenities and farm-to-table cuisine at Portland’s first high-end boutique hotel. 

What to do:

  • Sail up and down the Maine coast.
  • Charter a private cruise through Casco Bay, or take a ferry to the Casco Bay islands.
  • Eat a lobster roll.
  • Embark on a lighthouse tour by bike.
  • Have a beach day. Crescent Beach, Pinepoint Beach, and Scarborough Beach are great options. 
  • Sightsee, shop, and dine at the Old Port.
  • Sample local beer at one of Portland’s many breweries. 
  • Check out the Portland Museum of Art.
  • Take a day trip to Cape Elizabeth.
  • Catch your own lobster!

What to pack: 

The Marina is the perfect suit for your Maine adventures. When you’re not at the beach, toss on the Globetrotter Maxi Dress for a day of sightseeing and lobster roll eating.

Miami, Florida

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Visitors from all over the world flock to Miami in South Florida. A cultural hub, shopping mecca, and ultimate beach destination, Miami sits between the lush Everglades and beautiful Biscayne Bay. The many diverse neighborhoods in Miami offer something for everyone, as well as tell the story of a city rich in history

Where to stay: 

Miami is a premier resort location in the US and home to an endless amount of options. Indulge in elegance, style, and five-star luxury at the Mandarin Oriental Miami in Brickell Key. Comforts include a private infinity pool, cityscape and ocean views, and waterfront dining. For a more laid back vibe, book a room at the newly renovated Vagabond Hotel. Once fabled as a Rat Pack hangout decades ago, the artsy boutique hotel has been reinvented with uber-swanky style, modern technology, and a chic pool and bar space.

What to do: 

  • Sunbathe and swim in the warm waters at the famous Miami Beach.
  • Explore the Art Deco District.
  • Shop and dine at Bayside Marketplace.
  • Visit the Miami Zoo. Or Jungle Island.
  • Spend an afternoon in Little Havana.
  • See crocodiles up close and personal at the Everglades National Park.
  • Wander the tourist hotspot, Ocean Avenue.
  • Spend a day at South Beach for shopping and fabulous beaches.
  • Check out cool public art, eateries, and shops in Wynwood.
  • Get your dance on at one of the many nightclubs. 
  • Stand up paddleboard on calm waters at Crandon Park Beach. 

What to pack: 

The Harbor gives off ultra glam Miami vibes. Style it with the Easy Breezy Sarong for a look that is posh, sleek, and totally Miami. 

 

Lake Tahoe, California

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Lake Tahoe, perched high in the Sierra Nevada mountains, checks all of the boxes for a great micro-cation. The striking, awe-inspiring freshwater lake on the California/Nevada state line is surrounded by towering pines, sandy beaches, and idyllic ski resorts. Spend four days connecting with nature and soaking in the magnificent beauty that Lake Tahoe has to offer. 

Where to stay: 

The Ritz Carlton in Truckee is sophisticated mountain lodging. With expansive mountain views, stone fireplaces, and an on-site spa, guests can enjoy the easygoing attitude of mountain living with modern luxuries and impeccable service. For a cozy stay, book a room at the Coachman Hotel in South Lake Tahoe. Travelers enjoy the simple yet chic aesthetic, community feel, and location of this boutique hotel. Perks include free evening s’mores, free breakfast, board games, and a lobby that doubles as a beer, wine, and coffee bar. Plus it’s pet-friendly!

What to do: 

  • Cruise Lake Tahoe’s Emerald Bay on the M.S Miss Dixie
  • Visit Emerald Bay State Park. 
  • Take a hot air balloon ride over the lake. 
  • Hike to Emerald Bay via the Rubicon Trail.
  • Get your swim on at Pope Beach, Meeks Bay Beach, or Kings Beach.
  • Hike the Eagle Falls Trail.
  • Take a packed lunch to Lower Eagle Falls.
  • Visit the Donner Memorial State Park and Emigrant Trail Museum.
  • Rent a (or bring your own) bike to cruise the South Lake Tahoe bike path. 
  • Grab an ice cream at Camp Richardson General Store

What to pack: 

Start your morning with a hike and pair the Mesh Diver Bikini Top with the Beyond the Lounge Chair Skirt. For all day lakeside hangs, pack the sporty Ribbed Voyager

Don’t you think it’s time for a micro-cation?