View from the water of Seattle's busy waterfront.

PCH Road Trip: Washington in 4 Days

This four-day itinerary starts in Seattle for two days of sightseeing. Then it’s off to the harbor town of Port Angeles for a day before heading southwest through wooded lowlands and beaches to Lake Quinault for more hiking and a relaxing evening.

Magen's Bay on St. Thomas. Photo © Susanna Henighan Potter.

A St. Thomas Weekend Getaway Itinerary

Dip your toes into the U.S. and British Virgin Islands with an extended weekend getaway to St. Thomas. Sample the beaches, snorkeling, shopping, and dining, and return home revived and refreshed. Good air connections make this a practical choice for visitors from the eastern United States.

Torre Observación lookout tower in Bosque Estatal de Toro Negro.

Four-Day Travel Itinerary: Cordillera Central, Puerto Rico

As enticing as Puerto Rico’s beaches are, there are plenty of reasons to spend time in the Cordillera Central, the island’s interior mountain range. This four-day travel itinerary allows you to explore the area’s gorgeous tropical jungle, hiking trails, natural pools, and indigenous culture.

Stone Centennial Monument marking the Cantonment site,

Itinerary: Hudson Valley Revolutionary War Tour

The outcome of the nine-year struggle for independence from the British hinged largely on who controlled the Hudson River. Today, a number of interpretive museums and historic sites preserve and commemorate various events and decisions that took place in those long years between 1774 and 1783. The following itinerary identifies major Revolutionary War sights along the river, from south to north.

Tahquamenon river in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

Michigan’s Eastern Upper Peninsula in Four Days

To the uninitiated, the Upper Peninsula’s deceptively large size can come as a shock. Visiting the U.P. with too little time can be a real disappointment. The solution is a well-planned four-day getaway. If you have only a few days and are arriving from the Lower Peninsula, follow this plan to take in the highlights of the eastern U.P. Make sure to have your passport on hand, and don’t look at the odometer!

The Number Seventy-Two (The No March) 1972 Marble Sculpture by Louise Bourgeois, Storm King Art Center, New York.

Itinerary: Hudson River Valley Contemporary Art

The arts scene is alive and well in the Hudson River Valley. Artists-in-residence can arrange long-term retreats, while the public gets to experience the results of their creativity. Several premier museums, galleries, and outdoor sculpture parks can anchor a multiday tour of the region. This tour starts in the Capital District and makes its way to the Lower Hudson Valley.

A pink lily at the Zilker Botanical Garden in Austin, Texas. Photo © Anne Swoboda, licensed Creative Commons Attribution Share-alike.

Itinerary: Austin in a Long Weekend

Austin is a city that can easily and satisfactorily be explored in less than a week. It’s so alive and accessible that it takes little effort to be completely submerged in its life and culture.