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Great Weekend Getaways in the U.S. for Father’s Day Gifts

Patti Morrow


Chances are your dad has made a lot of sacrifices for you over the years. What better way to say “thank you” than to give him a gift he’ll really love, and not just stuff into his drawer next to the psychedelic tie and monogramed razor you gave him in the past.


Even if he says he wants “nothing,” a getaway that focuses on the way he likes to travel will be sure to bring a smile to his face.


1.  For the adventurer: Alaska
Best known for its diverse terrain, postcard-perfect Alaska has picturesque mountains and forests which easily lend themselves to outdoor activities like kayaking, mountain biking and skiing. There are also opportunities for viewing wildlife such as whales and bears.


2.  For the golf enthusiast: Destin
Destin, on Florida’s Panhandle is known as a major golf destination. It’s an upscale city with hotels, resorts and time-shares for dad to rest his head after his rounds of golf. In addition to its golf courses, Destin also offers Gulf of Mexico emerald sugar-sand beaches, the Destin Harbor Boardwalk, nature trails, and fine dining.


3.  For the history lover: Boston
Founded in 1630, Boston played a major role in the American Revolution. The Freedom Trail, a 2.5-mile walking route, represents the historic places where many of the nation’s defining moments transpired. Some popular Boston spots include Faneuil Hall and adjacent Quincy Market – a meeting house utilized during the Revolutionary War era and an upscale marketplace. The North End, aka “Little Italy” is the best place for authentic and unforgettable Italian cuisine, and Fenway Park – one of America’s most beloved baseball stadiums and home to the famous “Green Monster” wall.


4.  For the partier: Key West
It’s no wonder Ernest Hemingway considered this his first choice for a vacation getaway. The US’s southernmost point, Key West isn’t primarily a beach destination. There’s a colorful nightly sunset celebration with food and music at Mallory Square Pier and Duval Street is known for it’ raucous pub crawls – including a clothing-optional rooftop bar.


5.  For culture fan : New Orleans
Nicknamed the "Big Easy," NOLA offers a vibrant live-music scene and delightful cuisine, both of which reflect its history as a melting pot of French, African and American cultures. Pulsating music wafts out of hotels and bars, and you’ll have to scramble around musicians of varying styles and ages on every street corner. Places to visit include Bourbon Street, Jackson Square, and the French Market. Be sure to try beignets, chargrilled oysters, jambalaya and shrimp po’boys. NOLA is celebrating its 300th anniversary all year long, so there will be even more festive events than usual, if that’s even possible.


6.  For the foodie: Charleston
It is said that you can eat at a different restaurant every night of the year in Charleston…and they will all be fabulous. With its mix of Southern hospitality, history and harbor views added into the mix, Charleston has consistently been included as one of the top cities in the entire world. Indulge in the seafood – shrimp and grits, she-crab soup, beer muscles, crab toast, and raw oysters – they’re all outstanding.


7.  For the hiker: Southeast Utah
If dad favors hiking alongside jaw-dropping views, Southeast Utah is just the thing. The landmarks and national parks here are magnificent, e.g. Arches, Canyonlands, Zion, Capital Reef, Bryce, and Monument Valley. The landscape of the desert is spectacular, and the treks range from a short nature hike to traversing a canyon.


8.  For the wine lover: Sonoma
Sonoma is a historic city in northern California at the heart of the renowned Sonoma Valley winemaking region. It's known for its art galleries and the colonial-era Sonoma Plaza. Surrounding the plaza are significant 19th-century adobe buildings including Mission San Francisco Solano and the Sonoma Barracks, once used by the Mexican military. With more than 425 wineries, miles of rugged Pacific coastline, towering redwood forests, and its close proximity to San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, Sonoma County is a traveler’s dream vacation spot in California.


9.  For the patriot: Washington, DC
The capital is defined by imposing neoclassical monuments and buildings – including the iconic structures that house the three branches of the Federal Government: the Capitol, White House and Supreme Court. DC is home to the Smithsonian museums, and performing-arts venues such as the Kennedy Center. The National Mall is one of the most picturesque areas of the city, flanked by the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial. Even if you are in town only for a short trip, strolling along the Mall is a must-visit stop for any first-time visitor. Other monuments to see include the World War II Memorial and Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial.


10.  For the best of everything: Oahu
For the dad who deserves the very best! Oahu offers a combination of everything: breathtaking scenery, volcano hiking, golfing, oriental temples, USS Arizona Memorial at the World War II Valor. If he likes relaxing on the beach, Lanikai and Kailua are two of the most gorgeous crystal turquoise beaches in the world. There’s snorkeling with turtles at Hanauma Bay, nightlife in Honolulu, and your pick of international cuisine throughout the island. And if he wants a real thrill, try skydiving over the gorgeous north coast.



Naturally, it depends on where you live in order to see these some of destinations in a weekend. However, there’s always the option of extending your stay to one of the more distant locations.



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Patti Morrow is a freelance travel writer and founder of Luggage and Lipstick – an award-winning travel blog for baby boomer adventurers. She was recently named by TripAdvisor as one of “20 Baby Boomer Travel Bloggers Having More Fun Than Millennials.” Patti is the author of the book “Girls Go Solo: Tips for Women Traveling Alone,” and has over 150 bylines in 35 publications, including The Huffington Post, The Washington Post, International Living Magazine, Travel Girl, JustLuxe, GoNomad, Epicure & Culture, Ladies Home Journal and more.

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