Summer is drawing to a close and we soon must say goodbye to the long sunny days and weekends on the beach, but there’s still time for one more last minute trip between now and Labor Day! In case you don’t have a destination in mind, we’ve hand-picked a few beautiful spots across the continental U.S. so that no matter where you are there are spas, wine tastings, golfing and sunsets to squeeze in before summer ends. So what are you waiting for? Go grab your bags, gas up your shiny BMW and don’t forget your Ultimate Drive app to steer you down the best routes to these luxury destinations…
1. Cape Cod, MA
Cape Cod is known for its laid back lifestyle, but this little town in the North East offers more than just centuries-old lighthouses and beautiful beaches! A trip to the Cape wouldn’t be complete without spending time sport fishing, admiring yachts in the harbor, wine tasting at a local vineyard or taking a biplane tour. While you’re there, be sure to cruise the 40-mile stretch of Route 6 between Eastham and Provincetown on the outer Cape for a chance to see all the National Seashore has to offer — nature trails, bicycle trails, picnic areas, scenic overlooks and historic sites!
2. Palm Springs, CA
Situated in the California desert just two hours east of Los Angeles, Palm Springs is a short drive for South Western vacationers looking to sunbathe at swanky hotel pools and play rounds on some of the country’s most exquisite golf courses. If you’re in the area, pack up your clubs and get ready to enjoy not only your weekend, but also the ride up mountains and across barren desert to reach this beautiful destination!
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3. Kennebunkport, ME
Just 30 miles from the Maine-New Hampshire border, the seaside haven of Kennebunkport has long attracted vacationers, celebrities and those looking for a little New England adventure – it is even home to two US presidents! Kennebunk takes full advantage of its waterfront property, offering a variety of activities like whale watching, charter boat excursions and tours of the homes of sea captains and shipbuilders (some of which are even thought to be haunted…). Be sure to pack a sweater because the sea breeze can get chilly!
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4. Boca Raton, FL
Only a 20 minute drive from Fort Lauderdale and slightly east of the Everglades, Boca Raton is a paradise in paradise for those in the South East! Boca Raton offers lavish country clubs, sophisticated restaurants and is the perfect weekend vacation spot for anyone looking to experience the elegance and fun nightlife of the downtown district.
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5. Greenwich, CT
Greenwich is a vibrant cosmopolitan community considered among the most affluent and elegant towns in the North East. Boasting five harbors, Greenwich is a haven for yacht enthusiasts, sunbathers and those who love to explore historic lighthouses. If you’re after a more relaxed getaway, this small town also is littered with five-star hotels, spas and country clubs. Situated on scenic Long Island Sound, just 30 miles from midtown Manhattan, this is the perfect destination for a weekend road trip!
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6. Russian River, CA
Just over two hours north of San Francisco, Russian River is in the heart of Northern California wine country and is home to many small and several large commercial wineries — a true wine-enthusiast’s dream destination! Not only does Russian River produce award-winning Chardonnay and Pinot Noir wines ready for tasting, it is also home to lush wildlife preserves, boutique lodgings and relaxing day spas.
7. Jackson Hole, WY
The rustic adventure and sophisticated style of Jackson Hole meld together to create the perfect atmosphere for a little R&R on your last vacation of the summer. This valley, situated just east of the Wyoming-Idaho border is framed by the Grand Tetons, offering ranges perfect for horseback-riding, beautiful vistas and luxurious five-star accommodations to keep you comfortable at night… or during the day if you wish.
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