By Terry Hudson
Stick with me because you’re getting ready to discover 20 fun five day trip and quick weekend destination ideas. There’s enough information on short five day vacations to keep you busy for years. OK. Here we go…
… for a great spring getaway, you can take an Upper 3 or 5 day Salt River Canyon rafting trip out of Scottsdale, AZ, or take a tour to Frankenmuth, Utica, Acton, Boston, Watkins Glen, NY, or spend five fantastic days in Las Vegas.
Like chili? Then you could travel to Terlingua, TX for the annual Terlingua International Chili Championship. And while there, view the awesome Rio Grande Canyon or a few of the ghost towns.
Still hungry? Why not take in these events: Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook off in Reno/Sparks, NV, or the Fellsmere Frog Leg Festival in Fellsmere, FL., or the Chitlin Strut in Salley, So. Carolina, or the Boston vegetarian Society’s October festival in Boston, Mass. For you Frenchies there’s the Giant Omelet Celebration in November at Abbelville, LA.
One event I’ll never forget is the Albuquerque International Balloon Contest in, you guessed it, Albuquerque, NM. If you can’t get what you want there, try these hot air balloon festivals: Battle Creek Field of Flight and Balloon Festival or the Adirondack Hot Air Balloon Festival in Adirondack, NY held
in September or The International Balloon Festival of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, the biggest hot air balloon festival of its kind in Canada.
Ever wanted to get behind the wheel of a real, honest to goodness race car? OK then… there’s Nascar racing, Indy car racing, drag racing, 1/4 mile midget car racing, hill climbs, mud racing, street racing and soooo much more. For an adrenaline pumping experience visit the Walt Disney World Speedway in Orlando, FL or Texas Motor Speedway and for under $500 bucks you can be behind the wheel of a heart pounding, in your face, race car for the experience of a lifetime. Then there are the driving schools that teach you the high speed skills that police departments and beginning race drivers use to learn high speed driving.
Still want thrills… consider flying a real jet fighter airplane. Travel out west to Mesa, AZ and enroll in the Top Gun Fighter Pilot School. You’ll have a great answer for “what did you do on your vacation?”
Now, back to Earth, sort of. Are you a roller coaster junkie or have you been thinking about a quick roller coaster weekend mini vacation, just for a change in lifestyle. Try the Revenge of The Mummy, Universal Studios Florida or, the Silver Bullet at Knott’s Berry Farm. Here’s a few more: Storm Runner, Hershey Park, Thunderhead, Dollywood and the Tsunami at Clementon Amusement Park in Clementon, New Jersey.
How about a little bit of history? One of my favorite five day trips is the Smithsonian in Washington, DC. Been there? Then try some of these highly rated Museums: Academy of Natural Science, Philadelphia, PA, Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, AL, Buffalo Bill Historical Center, Cody, WY, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, NY, Museum of Paleontology, University of California, Berkeley, CA,
Here’s a statistic I bet you didn’t know. Out of the 25 tallest waterfalls in the World, the USA is host to three. If you love waterfalls, then you could certainly plan an eye opening five day trip to see the following thunderous sights of nature: Snow Creek (660 m, California), Ribbon (491 m, California), and Upper Yosemite (436 m, California.) It’s amazing that California has three of the tallest water falls in the world. Disappointed because you live a long way from California? Don’t fret. Thirty-one US states boast waterfalls. Find one near you by searching U S waterfalls in your favorite search engine.
We’ve explored many adventures above ground, but what about below the earths surface? Don’t forget about the many great caves in the US. Visiting the depths of a cave offers an experience you just can’t find anywhere else on earth. Here are the top five rated Cave tours in the USA: Ape Cave, Vancover, WA, Moaning Cavern, Vallecito, CA, Carlsbad Caverns, Carlsbad, NM, Jewel Cave, near Rapid City, SD, and
Niagara Cave, Harmony, MN. Who knows? You might have just found an interesting new hobby.
US tourists often plan trips outside the USA. I can recommend that if you are short on time or have a limited budget, you or your family can find plenty of thing to do less than a hundred miles from your front door. Practically all of the suggestions above are right here in the US. This is a great place we live in, and it offers many quick getaways and short trip destinations. Use any of the ideas presented here and be sure to recommend them to your friends and co-workers.
But, before I go, consider these other fun-filled adventure packed five day vacation ideas: learn to water or snow ski or how to sail a boat. Go fishing… deep-sea fishing, salmon fishing, trout fishing, or learn to scuba dive in five days. How about Sky diving or para-sailing? Just let your imagination go wild.
OK, so I gave you more than twenty great mini trip destinations. The point is… there’s a lot to do and so little time to do it. Get out of your surroundings and get your mind off work and other things… you’ll feel great after returning.
The thing I’ve found about a short five day vacation or weekend getaway is that it seems that it is just the right amount of time to spend away from home and it’s practically guaranteed to keep a big smile on your face for a long time
*** Terry Hudson is a successful webmaster and publisher of FiveDayTrips.com where he provides more information on fun five day trips and quick weekend getaways. A spontaneous traveler, Terry gives you many unique ideas for planning five day trips and quick weekend getaways that you can research in your pajamas at his website http://www.fivedaytrips.com