The Best Staycations in Every State

Built in 1385, this moated castle in East Sussex in England looks like a fairytale scene, trapped in amber. Visit Bodiam Castle and let the scenery and a tour carry you back to medieval times. And don’t miss seeing one of southeast England’s largest bat roosts here, too.
In the hipster oasis that is Seattle, art comes in many forms, including, um, gum? According to the News Tribune, this sticky situation offends many locals who believe that their city should be known for something other than a wall of gum. This bacteria-infested art installation is in an alleyway next to the famed Pike Place Market, meaning that locals looking to pick up some fresh-caught fish have to endure Instagrammers looking for their best angle against a wall holding the germs of at least a few thousand other people.
Slide 1 of 51: If you want a true winter wonderland, this might be it. The Rustic Inn Creekside Resort in Jackson Hole is a lodge-style hotel on about 12 acres of land. With a heated pool and offering every winter activity imaginable, this is a great home away from home when it gets cold out. Next, check out the best state gifts from all 50 states.
Slide 2 of 51: If you're looking for a romantic getaway, we've got the perfect spot for you. Named one of the most romantic vacation spots in Alabama by Crazy Tourist, Gorham's Bluffs is right on the Tennessee River where you can kayak or have a picnic with that special loved one. Plus every room has a cozy fireplace and a hot tub.
Slide 3 of 51: Named one of the best lodges in Alaska by Forbes, the Ultima Thule Lodge is the perfect place for when you really want to get away. It takes a six-hour drive and a 90-minute flight to get to the five cabins, but you'll be thankful that you did. Luxury accommodations and the best outdoor adventures Alaska has to offer and you've got yourself a dream staycation. If you're traveling to Alaska, make sure you follow this travel checklist.
Slide 4 of 51: Looks like you have to live in Arizona if you want to live out your mermaid dreams. According to North Valley Magazine, the most unique staycation in the state is The Phoenician. Located in Scottsdale, the hotel offers Aquamermaid School where guests can learn to swim like a mermaid in 60-minute sessions.
Slide 5 of 51: The 21C Museum Hotel in Bentonville is every minimalist's dream with its clean aesthetic and it houses an art museum for cultured folks looking to appreciate creativity.
Slide 6 of 51: It's pretty hard to compete with California beaches. One of the best staycations is the small town of Laguna Beach where the water is crystal clear and not usually packed with tourists. One of the best places to stay is at the Montage, which has a cliff looking over the Pacific for a killer view.
Slide 7 of 51: A good staycation doesn't have to be expensive. According to 303 Magazine, staying at a place like Steamboat Springs for just about $60 a night and go on hikes, ski, or utilize one of the hot springs.
Slide 8 of 51: The Litchfield Inn is the quintessential New England colonial home. Come for the incredible property, but stay for the fun activities, like a hot air balloon ride, around the area. Don't miss these charming bed and breakfasts in each state.
Slide 9 of 51: Hotel Rehoboth is a great place to stay for a beach getaway. It's walking distance from every place you need to visit, including restaurants, the boardwalk, and shops.
Slide 10 of 51: Voted as the number one place to have a staycation on Wallet Hub, Orlando is the home of arguably the best amusement parks in the United States. Disney World, Harry Potter World, and Universal Orlando—you will never be bored.
Slide 11 of 51: The Barnsley Resort is truly magnificent. Located in north Georgia, the 3,000-acre estate offers everything from horseback riding to luxurious spas to guarantee the ultimate staycation for anyone who lives in the south. Check out these stunning hiking trails all over America.
Slide 12 of 51: Hawaii is one of the most desirable vacation destinations in the world. If you're lucky enough to live in paradise, where do you go to get away? Do something non-beach related. According to Honolulu Magazine, you can take a tasting tour of Kona coffee beans. Located on the Big Island, you can see every step to making coffee and explore the coffee orchards.
Slide 13 of 51: As the country's first destination ski resort, Sun Valley is a no-brainer for those seeking a little R&R. But you can do so much more in this picturesque ski town than hit the slopes. It has a thriving art scene, too; the Friesen Gallery is a must.
Slide 14 of 51: Voted as Illinois's most scenic spot, Elash is a tiny town filled with cozy homes that will bring you back 150 years and make you want to stay there. It's located right on the bank of the Mississippi River and the entire village is on the National Register of Historic Places. Check out the best family travel destinations in each state.
Slide 15 of 51: The Arbor Hill Inn features fireplaces and whirlpool tubs in rooms and offers visitors a chance to go boating on Lake Pine and apple picking at Garwood Orchards. Check out this list of the best natural hot springs you can find around the country.
Slide 16 of 51: Spend time in downtown Des Moines by staying at Hotel Renovo. You can eat at popular restaurants like Machine Shed and Living History Farms, and it's a short drive to Adventureland amusement park.
Slide 17 of 51: According to Expedia, Overland Park, the second largest city in the state, is perfect for those with kids, those looking for nightlife, and those looking for killer brunch spots. Check out these 50 facts about the 50 states.
Slide 18 of 51: If you want to live like a king or queen for a weekend in the south, definitely check out CastlePost. Located in Versailles (yes, there's a Versailles in the United States too), this beautiful castle has 16 guest rooms, a ballroom, a billiards room, swimming pool, tennis court, and farm-to-table cuisine—it's what every fairytale dream is made of.
Slide 19 of 51: Lake D'Arbonne State Park is perfect for campers. It's an impressive 15,250 acres and you can really immerse yourself with nature with tons of fishing and watersports. Check out the 50 hidden gems in every state.
Slide 20 of 51: We have two words for you: whale watching. The New England coastline is beautiful on its own, but that pales in comparison to seeing a magnificent sea creature like a whale in its natural habitat. We recommend staying at Bar Harbor Inn; it covers eight-acres and gives you killer views of Frenchman Bay and the Porcupine Islands.
Slide 21 of 51: Named one of Condé Nast's most beautiful national park beaches, Assateague Island is one of the few beaches you have to share with wild horses—and that's pretty cool.
Slide 22 of 51: With five stars on Tripadvisor, you know you're in for a treat, like this bed and breakfast on the water: At Green Turtle Floating Bed & Breakfast, which is located in Boston, you get the view of the harbor while being directly in it. If you love being by the water, this is for you.
Slide 23 of 51: Another Condé Nast Traveler pick for one of the most beautiful national park beaches, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore has steep sand dunes that are perfect for sandboarding straight into Lake Michigan.
Slide 24 of 51: Calling all shoppers: Bloomington, Minnesota is the city for you. It's where you can find the famous Mall of America, which includes over 530 department stores, an amusement park, and an aquarium. According to Expedia, it also has great green spaces for nature lovers and a fun nightlife.
Slide 25 of 51: History buffs will appreciate the National Military Park in Vicksburg. Visitors can learn more about the Civil War and the Siege of Vicksburg, which led to the Confederate Army to surrender and give the Union control of the Mississippi River. Check out the best festivals and fairs in each of the 50 states.
Slide 26 of 51: Springfield offers a lot for visitors to do. You can take a tram ride through Fantastic Caverns, take a tour of the Pythian Castle, and pay respects to the brave men and women who fought for our country at the Springfield National Cemetery.
Slide 27 of 51: Triple Creek Ranch gives you the ultimate luxurious experience. This all-inclusive resort has amazing amenities, fun activities such as ATVing and horse riding, and gourmet food. If you're struggling to find a nice (and cheap) place to stay, check out the top Airbnb rentals until $100 in all 50 states.
Slide 28 of 51: Brownville has two major attractions we know everyone will love: the Antiquarium and Bill Farmer Gallery and the Whiskey Run Creek Vineyard and Winery. Book and art lovers can get lost for hours checking out the collection at the Antiquarium and then end the day with a glass of wine.
Slide 29 of 51: Las Vegas is really a world of its own. Think of it as an adult Disneyland, with the best nightlife in the country, home to one of the biggest malls in the United States, and five-star luxury hotels all located next to each other; you really do get it all in one place.
Slide 30 of 51: Lake Winnipesaukee is the ideal place for all summer activities. Apart from the usual lake activities like canoeing, you can also take Segway tours, explore a castle, and shop. Check out these 9 best-kept secret American travel spots.
Slide 31 of 51: The Jersey shore gets a bad rap. (Not the reality TV show—it earned its reputation.) But the beaches along the shore are great weekend getaways for locals. They're every bit as beautiful as the strands in the Hamptons but without the all the fuss. Check out Spring Lake or Cape May.
Slide 32 of 51: Want to do some good for the environment on your staycation? Desert Harbor, which is located between Santa Fe and Albuquerque, is an eco-friendly resort that is entirely solar powered. The food is also all organic. All that plus it's ideal for some serious alone time with your significant other; it's totally isolated and sits at the base of sandstone cliffs in the desert.
Slide 33 of 51: When most people think of this state, they picture Manhattan. But New York is so much more than the Big Apple. One of the best places to get away from the hustle and bustle is a visit to the Catskills Mountains. There’s something for everyone, from hiking to exploring wineries, all with a beautiful backdrop that was made for that perfect Instagram story.
Slide 34 of 51: The Biltmore is the largest home in America, and it was built by American family royalty. You can shop, you can bike, and you can visit the winery on this incredible estate. If you're traveling during the warmer months, take down the 15 best vacation spots for summer travel in the United States.
Slide 35 of 51: You can literally live life on the prairie at Coteau des Prairies Lodge. Apart from the stunning architecture of the lodge itself, the land it sits on miles of farm and fields. You can also enjoy activities such as farming and horseback riding.
Slide 36 of 51: Landoll's Mohican Castle is a pretty and grand hotel sits on a 30-acre estate. But what sets it apart from other places are the ghost hunts; you can tour the grounds and learn about its haunted history. There's a chance that some spirit or another may join you. Make sure you check out the most haunted cities in America.
Slide 37 of 51: If you're looking for an active staycation, head to the Boathouse District. There you can do pretty much every water sport—starting with paddle boarding and kayaking—and you can also explore the many paved trails that are ideal for running, biking, or hiking.
Slide 38 of 51: Ever wanted to hike up a volcano? Portland houses an inactive volcano Mount Tabor with different trails based on difficulty so that absolutely everyone can enjoy this hike. Read about the cheapest months of the year to visit all 50 states.
Slide 39 of 51: If you want to explore Philly in a new, unexpected way, try staying in one of the houses in Elfreth's Alley (a.k.a the oldest street in America). For about $200, you can Airbnb a home from William Baran and experience all the cobblestone in its adorable glory. It's walking distance from Liberty Bell, the Benjamin Franklin, and other historical monuments.
Slide 40 of 51: Nothing says staycation like a spa day. Newport is home to Bodhi Spa, which bills itself as New England's premier hydrotherapy spa. It's all about detoxification here; the spa offers hot mineral baths, infrared saunas, cool plunges, and more that will enhance your wellness journey.
Slide 41 of 51: Hilton Head is known for its top golf courses and beach access in the south. Stay at a place like The Sea Pines Resort, which sits on 5,000 acres with an oceanfront view and three golf courses. Plan ahead: Here are the best spring break getaways in every state.
Slide 42 of 51: Get away from all the noise and stress that comes with normal life by escaping to Peregrine Pointe Bed and Breakfast. You can do all the outdoor activities that your nature-loving heart desires while still being just a drive away from the closest city.
Slide 43 of 51: Stay a weekend in the woods and catch up with friends by getting a cabin at Eagles Ridge Resort. All cabins come with fully equipped kitchens, whirlpool tubs, and fireplaces. There's even a communal pool where you to make new friends.
Slide 44 of 51: According to Tripsavvy, the small town of Wimberley is the place to escape to. It's the most scenic community of all of Texas with a great shopping scene. If you're a beach lover, read up on the 10 best beach vacations in the United States.
Slide 45 of 51: Hiking lovers, this one's for you. Named one of Condé Nast's best hikes in the world, the Narrows Trail follows the Virgin River 16 miles through the incredible Zion Canyon.
Slide 46 of 51: The Woodstock Inn and Resort is a gorgeous year-round resort that holds a golf course, access to a ski mountain, and a spa. It gets better: The consensus on the review site Yelp is that the staff is phenomenal.
Slide 47 of 51: According to CNBC, Virginia Beach is one of this year's best U.S. cities for a staycation. On top of being a great town, you can check out the Naval Air Station military airport. If you're a beach lover, read up on the 10 best beach vacations in the United States.
Slide 48 of 51: Port Townsend is home to creators, craftspeople, and hipster philosophers, according to the experts over at Seattle Magazine. They suggest spending 36 hours in town to experience the food and great live music.
Slide 49 of 51: Blackwater Falls State Park is home to magnificent waterfalls that are definitely worth checking out. If you're not up for a strenuous outing, you're in luck: The hike in is very manageable.
Slide 50 of 51: The Osthoff Lake Resort is about 500 feet of recreational lakefront where you can either spend time in the water or just take in the relaxing view. The resort also includes an indulgent spa, fine dining, and even a cooking school.
Slide 51 of 51: If you want a true winter wonderland, this might be it. The Rustic Inn Creekside Resort in Jackson Hole is a lodge-style hotel on about 12 acres of land. With a heated pool and offering every winter activity imaginable, this is a great home away from home when it gets cold out. Next, check out the best state gifts from all 50 states.

Sometimes, the best vacations are ones that don’t require a passport or even a plane ticket: They’re in spots that can be found in your state—or one nearby. Click through to find close, easy, and fun staycation options.

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