Short Vacation Ideas

When time constraints and a tight budget won't allow a lavish extended vacation, you need ideas for short and sweet vacations that won't break the bank. Renting a recreational vehicle for the weekend or a partial week is one method of getting away from home and being flexible as to where you travel for rest and recreation. If you have only one day for your minivacation, spend it on a whale-watching cruise. Explore the majestic mammal's world in its natural surroundings. Spend a weekend skiing or playing on the water as part of your short vacation getaway.
Cape Cod Provincetown Port

Planned with care, you can schedule your time to sample all of Cape Cod's charms. Experience the excitement of whale watching in the animal's natural habitat on a cruise in Cape Cod's Provincetown Port. Visiting whale-feeding grounds at certain times guarantees a chance to see these magnificent mammals as they glide through the water. Whale watching is appropriate for all age groups and is handicap-accessible. Dockside parking is available for all customers.

Provincetown Port Whale Watch Cruise
132 Bradford St.
Cape Cod, MA
(800) 987-9852

Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe is 22 miles long and offers 72 miles of shoreline for your enjoyment. In the summer or the winter, Lake Tahoe is a hive of activity. With its crystal-clear water and 275 days of sunshine a year, it's a boater's paradise. Water sports can be seen in action all over the lake during the warm, summer months, but the local snow pack draws a large skiing and snowboarding crowd during the winter. Lake Tahoe's snow pack averages 20 feet, with 40 feet snowfall annually.

(866) 749-4797

RV Rental National Parks

Renting an RV for the weekend and taking off with the family on a short vacation to a nearby national park is bound to be a hit. Renting an RV has many distinct advantages, such as cooking for babies and small children--much easier when it's done in your own private home on wheels. Self-containment means that if you don't like the facilities at one campground, you can drive off in search of more suitable grounds. Family-friendly national parks include Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona, Crater Lake National Park in Oregon, Great Smoky Mountains National Park on the North Carolina-Tennessee border and Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming.

Grand Canyon National Park
(928) 638-7888

Crater Lake National Park
(541) 594-3000

Great Smoky Mountains National Park
(865) 436-1200

Yellowstone National Park
(307) 344-7381

Victoria Ries is a freelance writer whose work has been published in print magazines including Guideposts, BackHome and Mother Earth News. Ries enjoys working on diverse topics such as travel, animal rescue, health, how-to and home business.