20 Stunning Getaways You'll Want To Take Now

Blame it on the long holiday break we just had, but we're already scheming up how we're going to spend the weekend. Don't get us wrong, we'd love to hop on a plane and jaunt off to Bora Bora, but we might have to just settle for a quick, local escape instead.

That doesn't mean we can't dream, though, right? We've turned to the Instagram of one of our favorite S.F.-based travel sites, AFAR magazine, to ignite our wanderlust. From the crystal-blue waters in Portugal to the picturesque scenery in Yosemite, these breathtaking images are bound to kickstart your sense of adventure. Click ahead for the virtual vacation of your dreams.
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Destination: Amalfi Coast

You’ll want to arrive on an empty stomach to feast on all of the Amalfi Coast’s local fare.
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Destination: Santa Cruz, California

Feel like a kid again with a spin on the swings at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. Sun, rides, sand, and nostalgia — what more could you want?
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Destination: Khao Sok National Park, Thailand

Heading to Thailand? Hop on a boat to get a stunning and up-close view of the lush Khao Sok National Park.
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Destination: Curaçao

It turns out the Painted Ladies aren’t just in San Francisco. These brightly colored Caribbean homes can be found in Curaçao’s Pietermaai District.
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Destination: Taiwan

Brave the heights and surround yourself with the Taiwanese clouds on this mountain gondola ride. The view will be more than worth it.
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Destination: Portugal

Sit back, relax, and enjoy your favorite book with this breathtaking beachfront before you. Don’t forget the sunscreen!
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Destination: Green Mountain Falls, Colorado

Unplug and take in the fresh mountain air at this classic log cabin in Green Mountain Falls, Colorado. S’mores, anyone?
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Destination: Coney Island, New York

A visit to New York’s Coney Island calls for a sweet treat (or two).
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Destination: Nevada

Avoiding the Las Vegas strip? Start your day off right with a sunrise yoga session on some of Nevada’s stunning rock formations.
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Destination: Sa Pa, Vietnam

Who says you can’t get a homemade meal on the road? One of the best perks of traveling is trying new cuisine you can’t find in your neighborhood.
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Destination: Santorini, Greece

One of the classic views you’ll want to take in when visiting Greece. Santorini is a dreamy place straight out of a travel postcard.
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Destination: Zambia

This Tongabezi tub is ideal for a warm bubble bath. All you’ll need is a good book and some soothing candles.
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Destination: Bucharest, Romania

Can you believe this Romanian bookstore is a 19th-century former home? Bookworms won’t want to leave this place without scouring through the various titles at least once.
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Destination: New Orleans, Louisiana

One of the most classic stops in New Orleans is Café du Monde. Café au lait is best paired with a warm serving of beignets. The best part? Café du Monde is open 24 hours.
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Destination: Yosemite, California

Outdoor enthusiasts are sure to fall in love with the breathtaking scenery. This incredible shot of Yosemite Falls will prompt you to grab your hiking boots and prepare for an excursion you won’t forget.
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Destination: Lac Blanc, France

Looking to get off the grid? This waterfront home in Lac Blanc, France, is a great option to consider. Not to mention the beautiful mountain scenery you’ll have right in your backyard.
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Destination: Vevey, Switzerland

If a stunning view is a must on your travel list, Hôtel des Trois Couronnes has one unlike the rest. You may even skip out on sleeping in — a beautiful view tends to do that to you.
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Destination: Big Bend National Park, Texas

Spending the weekend in Texas? Get a good look at the night sky with an overnight trip to Big Bend National Park.
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Destination: Mason, Ohio

If you consider yourself a thrill-seeker, a spin on a 360-degree loop will be nothing to you. Kings Island is located northeast of Cincinnati and offers guests a variety of attractions, from steel coasters to wet rides. Buckle up!
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Destination: Norway

The Norwegian fjords will have you feeling like you’re living life on the edge. This shot will certainly leave you with a giddy sensation.
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