Weekend Trip Ideas

Weekend trips are a great way to travel without having to take vacation time. With my work schedule, I can block my days so that I don’t always have to use my hard-earned PTO; however, Justin’s schedule is a little different. To maximize our time away and minimize his time off of work, we like to plan trips over the weekends. Holiday weekends–especially those over the summer–are usually peak travel times. This means more tourists and higher prices. So, to avoid crowds and save money, we usually decide to plan our own long weekends away.

Here are a just a few weekend trips that we have taken recently.

Las Vegas

Justin, myself, my brother, and my sister-in-law trying out a restaurant in Vegas!

Las Vegas is one of our favorite places to go for a weekend trip. The drive is only about five hours for us. We love to walk the strip and try new restaurants. Even though I’ve been a few times, I feel like there is always something new that I want to do while I’m there. Some ideas for activities include: The High Roller, The Neon Boneyard Museum, one of their many shows, The Fremont Street Experience, zip-lining, and so forth! While it’s a little pricier, my favorite place to stay is the Encore at the Wynn. I highly recommend it.

San Francisco

San Fran is an hour and a half flight from the valley. There are a lot of sights to see, including The Painted Ladies, Lombard Street, and The Golden Gate Bridge. We loved riding the trolley to the shopping district. I will say that the hills here are NO JOKE. We stayed at the Marriott Marquis during our visit, and we really enjoyed it.

Los Angeles

We love going to LA! It takes about six hours to drive from the valley, but the traffic there is brutal. So, if we can find a good deal, I prefer to fly. Hollywood, Beverly Hills, and the Santa Monica Pier are just a few of the great attractions in the area. My favorite activity, though, is definitely to visit DISNEYLAND! I am always down for a trip to The Happiest Place on Earth!


Sedona is such a beautiful city. It’s about a three hour drive from Phoenix. Sedona is a nice place to relax and enjoy some cooler weather. When Justin and I go, we like to hike and watch the sunsets. In the past, I did one of their famous Jeep Tours with a few of my friends. It was fun and scary all at the same time! Overall, I definitely think the city of red rocks is worth visiting at least once.

San Diego

View from our room at the Hilton Bayfront!

Lastly, San Diego is also a great weekend destination for us in AZ. It is only a six hour drive from the Phoenix area. I love that there is so much to do there! We like to visit to Coronado Island or Mission Beach during the summer. Last year, we went to a Padres game for the first time. The stadium was really nice! We stayed at the Hilton Bayfront during our trip. The hotel was nice and close to everything we wanted to do.