Spring Break Bound: 5 Long Weekend Trip Ideas Under $500

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Try as I might, I’m not sure we will ever be spring break vacationers. My husband can really only go on one “vacation” per year, so if we took a spring break excursion we likely wouldn’t do anything else throughout the year. I can, however, usually get him to commit to a long weekend getaway or two throughout the year and I’m currently trying to convince him that we should go on a mini spring break trip.

I get a lot of travel deals sent my way and I just received this list of weekend getaway ideas from Hilton. Each trip, including hotel and airfare, can cost less than $500 (depending on your starting location and destination). Of course, now I’m itching to book a trip pretty much anywhere.

Tip: If you are a Hilton HHonors member you can take advantage of Hilton’s Stop Clicking Around policy. You’ll be guaranteed to receive the lowest possible rate — an additional savings of 3-10%. You’ll also get free wi-fi during your stay!

Destination: Chicago

Chicago Skyline via Tony Webster

(image via Tony Webster)

Traveling from New York to Chicago

  • Hotel Options:
    • Palmer House, A Hilton Hotel: $179
    • Hilton Garden Inn Chicago Downtown/Magnificent Mile: $189
    • Hampton Inn & Suites Chicago-Downtown: $179

Check Trip Advisor for reviews of hotels in Chicago

  • What to do:
    • Visit Millennium Park: free
    • Visit the Skydeck at the Willis Tower: $22 for adult admission; $14 for children under 11
  • Where to eat (my personal recommendations):
    • Sienna Tavern (Fabio from Top Chef’s restaurant)
    • Girl and the Goat (Stephanie Izard from Top Chef’s restaurant)
    • Do-Rite Donuts

Destination: San Francisco

Golden Gate Bridge photo by Jeff Gunn

(image via Jeff Gunn)

Traveling from Chicago to San Francisco

  • Hotel:
    • DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel San Francisco Airport North: $107
    • Parc 55 San Francisco – a Hilton Hotel: $170
    • Hilton Garden Inn San Francisco Airport North: $134

Check Trip Advisor for reviews of hotels in San Francisco

  • What to do:
    • Hike the California Coastal Trail: Free
    • Take a day trip to Napa


Phoenix by Maxim B.

(image via Maxim B.)

Traveling from San Francisco to Phoenix

  • Hotel:
    • Hilton Phoenix Airport: $161
    • DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Phoenix Tempe: $169
    • Hilton Garden Inn Phoenix Airport North: $179

Chick Trip Advisor for reviews of hotels in Phoenix.

  • What to do:  Take a trip to the Wild Wild West at Goldfield Ghost Town and Mine Tours: Free Admission

New York City

New York City by Aurelien Guichard

(image via Aurelien Guichard)

Traveling from Phoenix to New York City

  • Hotel:
    • DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Metropolitan – New York City: $107
    • Hilton Manhattan East: $152
    • Hampton Inn Manhattan-Times Square North: $179

Check Trip Advisor for reviews of hotels in New York City

  • What to do:
    • Go Ice Skating at the Bryant Park Rink: $19 skate rental
    • Visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art: $25 per Adult ticket; free admission for children
    • Try to score tickets to Hamilton on Broadway
  • Where to eat (my personal recommendations):
    • Malatesta Trattoria
    • Milk Bar
    • Levain Bakery


Miami by Mohmed Althani

(image via Mohmed Althani)

Traveling from Washington DC to Miami

  • Hotel:
    • Hampton Inn Miami-Airport West: $169
    • Hilton Miami Airport: $202

Check Trip Advisor for reviews of hotels in Miami

  • What to do:  Enjoy Miami’s annual Carnival festival


If you have the opportunity, where do you want to go on a mini getaway?


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