Things to Do on a Staycation

How You Can Get Away Without Setting Foot on a Plane

You don’t have to fly halfway across the world to enjoy a great vacation–some of the world’s best attractions may be just a short bike, train, or car ride from your home. Take a look at the following suggestions for things to do on a staycation, and visit Inspirock to discover more exciting activities in some not-so-far places.

1. Take a Local Tour

Regusci Winery, Napa Valley by: Malcolm Carlaw (CC)
Regusci Winery, Napa Valley by: Malcolm Carlaw (CC)

If you think you know everything about your part of the country, a local tour might just prove that you can still learn a thing or two. Spend part of your local vacation in San Francisco exploring Napa Valley, just over an hour from the City by the Bay. Once there, take a guided trip of this picturesque region to visit some of its best vineyards and taste some of its finest wines. You can also access the area from Sacramento, a good base for activities like hot air balloon rides, spa treatments, and romantic journeys aboard Napa Valley Wine Train.

2. Get Thee to a Local Park

Central Park by: m01229 (CC)
Central Park by: m01229 (CC)

Budget-friendly getaways offering lots of fresh air and a chance to catch up on that workout schedule, local parks let you see your hometown from a slightly different perspective. No vacation in New York can ever be complete without a stop at Central Park, delivering greenery and shady places ideal for relaxation, as well as lakes, jogging paths, woodlands, walkways, and lawns tailor-made for stretching your legs. If you’re a local sightseeing in Chicago, head to Grant Park to skate, walk, or run with the Windy City as your backdrop.

3. Explore the Nearby Museums

USS Midway by: Prayitno (CC)
USS Midway by: Prayitno (CC)

Paris museums may house some of the world’s finest art, but you don’t have to go that far to discover outstanding collections of photographs, paintings, or sculptures. Include Getty Center on your local holiday in Los Angeles to view a vast collection of pre-20th century European art and wander the six-building complex noted for its innovative architecture and expansive gardens. Enrich your staycation in San Diego by exploring the city’s famed open-air museums, which include USS Midway Museum.

4. Devote a Day to Local Shopping

Playland at Mall of America by: Jeremy Noble (CC)
Playland at Mall of America by: Jeremy Noble (CC)

Take a short trek to one of your city’s big malls or discount outlets to spend the day hunting for bargains, watching movies, and eating out with friends. Big shopping complexes often resemble self-contained cities, featuring everything from bowling alleys and movie theaters to trendy restaurants and spa centers. Add Mall of America to your local Minneapolis itinerary and become one of 40 million annual shoppers exploring this giant indoor complex, the largest of its kind in the world. Alternatively, take a break from your Gatlinburg daily routine by exploring Great Smoky Arts and Crafts Community, a 13 km (8 mi) two-lane stretch of shops, studios, restaurants, and galleries.

5. See a Local Ball Game

Fenway Park by: dannymac15_1999 (CC)
Fenway Park by: dannymac15_1999 (CC)

Even if big sporting events don’t usually appeal to your sense of fun, remember that rooting for the local baseball team also means a chance to hang out with friends, get some sun, and chow down on a few hot dogs in the relaxed setting of a Major League stadium. Add some history to your stay-at-home Baltimore vacation by attending a game at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, the first of a series of retro ballpark constructions from the 1990s. A standout among local Boston attractions, historical Fenway Park is America’s oldest baseball stadium still in use. If you don’t manage to score game tickets, take a guided behind-the-scenes tour of this great American landmark.

6. Amuse Yourself at the Nearby Theme Park

Disney World, Orlando by: Aanjhan Ranganathan (CC)
Disney World, Orlando by: Aanjhan Ranganathan (CC)

Ideal for families with toddlers or teens, amusement parks provide countless opportunities for fun in a safe environment packed with modern amenities. Spend time together on your Orlando vacation by exploring the area’s famous entertainment complexes, filled with characters from popular movies and geared towards parents and kids alike. To travel around the world without ever leaving Missouri, head to Six Flags St. Louis, featuring themed sections dedicated to Spain, France, and England.

Turn a Staycation into a Great Adventure

Shake up your daily routine by taking a few days to discover the attractions and activities just beyond your doorstep. You don’t have to go far for a rewarding vacation: check out Inspirock for fun things to do on a staycation, and create a local itinerary suited to your interests, budget, and schedule.

Tamara

Tamara

Educated in Chicago and based in Serbia, Tamara travels with passion and believes that one written word can be worth at least a thousand pictures. When she's not conquering the world one blog post at a time, she likes to eat pizza and take long naps--preferably at the same time.
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