Grab Your Girlfriends—These 3-Day Vacation Ideas Live Up to the Hype

Updated 05/10/18
3-Day Vacation Ideas

Taking a full week off work can be a challenge in today's fast-paced world, but that doesn't mean you should resort to staying home and never seeing the world. In fact, with summer Fridays around the corner, this is the perfect time to plan a few excursions that will require you to take little to no time off. Better yet, we've done the heavy lifting for you and found six hot new hotels to serve as your home base for long weekends filled with pampering, culinary experiences, outdoor activities, or cultural exploration—whatever floats your boat.

Don't even worry about planning—whether you're looking for a short , a tropical escape, or a quick hop across the pond, we mapped out the best three-day weekend vacation ideas to fit any personality. So grab your girlfriends or your S.O., we bet your long weekends are about to get a serious upgrade.

Explore Washington, D.C

3-Day Vacation Ideas
Courtesy of The Line Hotel

Stay: Check in at the newly opened  hotel in D.C.'s Adams Morgan district. The area is filled with music venues, all-night diners, coffee shops, bookstores, shops, and vintage boutiques. The hotel itself is worth exploring, featuring over 3000 pieces of original artwork and photography from local female artists as well as curated micro-libraries. 

Do: The nation's capital is filled with excellent museums, so get ready for a culture-filled weekend.  You may have to buy tickets ahead of time, but a visit to the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery to see the Obamas' portraits is a must. Back in Adams Morgan, sample local cuisine that showcases D.C.’s diverse cultural population. Have your pick of Ethiopian, Salvadorian, barbecue, Vietnamese, West African, Middle Eastern, Japanese, or Peruvian fare.

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Lisa Marie Fernandez Diana Double-Breasted Embroidered Polka-Dot Linen Top $395

Escape to Paris

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Courtesy of Hotel Bienvenue

Stay: Paris is never a bad idea, as they say. This rings especially true when you lay eyes on the brand-new  in the city's 9th district. A leafy lobby opens up onto a quaint outdoor terrace where you can grab a glass of wine, lunch, or dinner and unwind after a long day. The deco-inspired guest rooms are a decorated in tone-on-tone pastel hues, each more adorable than the next.

Do: Not that we need to tell you what to do in Paris, but the city is filled with , museums, and shopping, so you'd have to make an effort to run out of things to do. When in doubt, have a picnic on the Canal Saint-Martin or try the hotel's pastry classes and channel your inner Julia Child.

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Fendi Cat-Eye Acetate Sunglasses $380

Indulge in Saratoga Springs

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Courtesy of The Adelphi

Stay: Stepping into The Adelphi in Saratoga Springs is like stepping back in time. One of the last grand 19th century hotels, it was recently entirely remodeled while preserving the charm and elegance of bygone days. Thanks to the hotel's three restaurants including its signature Blue Hen and a library with sprawling balconies overlooking the beautiful Broadway Historic District, you'll feel as though three days is not enough.

Do: Explore the Broadway Historic District of Saratoga Springs and its rich cultural history. Grab the hotel's gold bikes, ride to the Roosevelt Baths, and take a dip in the mineral springs. Go for a hike in the Adirondack mountains, or enjoy a day on beautiful Lake George. The resort town, known for its spas, horse races, and golf courses, is sure to keep you busy or relaxed, depending on what you're in the mood for.

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Ganni Floral-Print Washed-Silk Wrap Dress $440

Let Loose in New Orleans

Long Weekend Vacation Ideas
Courtesy of Drifter Hotel

Stay: The newly opened and Swim Club is the perfect place to let loose for a weekend. The midcentury motel was recently reimagined for the discerning traveler, bringing a modernized nostalgia to the space. The hotel's café serves up La Colombe drinks and baked goods to fuel you up before the day's adventures, and a revolving door of pop-up food trucks keep guests satiated with ever-changing tastes, from Mexico, Haiti, Colombia, and beyond.

Do: New Orleans is known for its Mardi Gras debauchery, but the quaint southern city is much more than just Bourbon Street. Ride a bike around the French Quarter, explore the city's many award-winning , or explore the local art and culture. The hotel also has a network of local creatives and a busy events calendar, so you'll never run out of things to do.

Away Bigger Carry-On $245

Unwind in Tulum

3-Day Vacations
Courtesy of Habitas Tulum

Stay: is the place to stay if you find yourself in the Yucatan Peninsula. The bohemian oceanfront property is nestled in the jungle's wilderness and integrates into the natural environment. A private beach, seafront infinity pool, jungle walking paths, and outdoor bar create the perfect environment for relaxation and reflection.

Do: Swim in Tulum's cenotes, visit the Mayan ruins, or simply lay in a hammock with a cocktail and a good book. Trust us, you won't need more than three days to feel entirely refreshed. Habitas also regularly hosts art, culture, holistic, and culinary events, so check out its before landing.

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Alienina Woven Cotton Bucket Bag $200

Get Lost in Amsterdam

3-Day Summer Vacation Ideas
Courtesy of The Hoxton

Stay: Amsterdam comes alive in the spring, so drop your bags at and get exploring. Once the mayor's home, the hotel, located in the heart of De Negen Straatjes, faces a quiet canal and is surrounded by homegrown brand stores, cool cafes, and gourmet restaurants. After a long day of exploring, take a seat at the lobby bar where you'll be served some of the city's best cocktails.

Do: Amsterdam is one of the only cities where taking a cruise doesn't feel like a complete tourist trap. Carefully pick one of the smaller boats that have a full bar and sip on a Heineken as you discuss local politics and architecture with the boat pilots. Ride a bike around the canal-lined streets and finish off the evening with a karaoke session among friends at .

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Next up: the six that require zero time off.

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