15 Holiday Trips To Book Now (No Passport Required)

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In what will feel like the blink of an eye, the leaves are about to change to a dazzling heap of reds, yellows, and oranges. Then, a quick flash-forward later, winter (with its frigid temps and cozy layers) will be upon us. It's not that far away, and you need to plan ahead. Namely, for that holiday vacation you probably haven't booked yet — but should. Claim your time off now, because we've lined up 15 incredible trips — from a world-class ski spot to a relaxing ocean town — that make staycationing a non-starter.
Ahead, we're highlighting cities and towns from New York to California. These trips feature a range of coastal treasures, arts and culture, culinary delights, hidden-gem boutiques, beautiful hiking and skiing trails, and more. With lodging that covers hip hotels, venerable institutions, quaint inns, and well-designed budget picks, we've found an excellent abode for every type of traveler. And, since there's not a cent of international airfare included, you can totally make this happen on the cheap — if you plan ahead.
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Charleston, SC

Charleston is an easy choice for its pleasant weather (hovering in the mid-50s), southern hospitality, original cobblestone streets, gas-lit alleys, and stellar dining. Taste-test city darlings like Husk and Hominy Grill as well as newbies like the French-focused Chez Nous and chef Sean Brock's taqueria Minero.
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Stay here: The charming, stylish, and historic boutique Zero George adopts mod decor, handsome design, and bespoke food. The 18 guest rooms are spread among five buildings punctuated with sweet courtyards and gardens. Try your hand at chef Vinson Petrillo's on-site cooking classes.

Zero George, 0 George Street (between Alexander and East Bay streets); 843-817-7900.
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Photo: Courtesy of Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado.
Santa Fe, NM

Expansive and sublime skies reign in the magical city of Santa Fe, the oldest capital in the United States. Hit the slopes on Ski Santa Fe, get in touch with your Zen side at Japanese spa Ten Thousand Waves, stroll the historic Canyon Road, dine at the venerable Compound Restaurant, and try the new, hip gastropub Fire and Hops.
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Stay here: The site of an old dude ranch nestled in the peaceful Sangre de Cristo foothills, the small, 65-room Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado is an intimate retreat. Sit outside with a hot toddy around the circular fire pit and gaze at the stars. Hop the complimentary shuttle for the quick 10-minute drive to Santa Fe’s downtown plaza.

Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado, 198 State Road 592; 505-946-5700.
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Catskills, NY

Greetings from the beautiful Catskill Mountains. Just over two hours from Manhattan, there are ample outdoor activities for the hiker, skier, scenery-observer, and snowshoe enthusiast. Choose from numerous scenic drives to neighboring towns. Try breakfast at the no-frills Mama’s Boy Coffee Shop and wood-fired pizzas at Table on Ten.
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Stay here: It’s all about the downtime and bonfires at the laid-back, sparsely designed Spruceton Inn. Take a nearby hike to Diamond Notch Falls and West Kill Mountain for spectacular views. Back at the Inn, nab a spot in a hammock or one of the outdoor reading chairs (weather permitting), and bundle up to enjoy s'mores by the fire pits.

Spruceton Inn, 2080 Spruceton Road (near Ad Van Road); 518-989-6404.
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Big Sur, CA

Between San Francisco and Los Angeles, and along the breathtaking coastal California 1 Highway, Big Sur provides glorious sights among the ancient redwood trees. Choose a hike through one of nine National Parks, lunch at the scenic Nepenthe Restaurant, and compose the perfect vacation selfie at the popular Bixby Creek Bridge.
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Stay here: This late-1950s motor lodge has been resurrected as Glen Oaks Big Sur, a warm and rustic homestead with eight cabins, two cottages, and 16 eco-friendly rooms (think organic cotton sheets and bamboo floors). Fires crackle inside cast-iron stoves during winter, and the ambiance is only made cozier with Pendleton blankets. This sans-TV spot is one to choose if you hope to get some reading done on your getaway.

Glen Oaks Big Sur, 47080 California 1 (in Los Padres National Forest); 831-667-2105.
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Las Vegas, NV

Vegas, baby! Home to various cinematic and pop cultural references, Las Vegas isn’t just about vice (or disaster). Leave the strip for inventive food in Chinatown, or nosh on mini-burgers downtown at Carson Kitchen. Don’t miss Michael Jackson One by Cirque du Soleil, a moving tribute to the late King of Pop.
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Stay here: The shiny new Delano Las Vegas brings a softer side to the city of sin. A chic, all-suite hotel with gold flourishes, it's an homage to the Mojave Desert landscape (expect muted whites, browns, grays, and gold). The vibe is decidedly unlike most casino-driven hotels and the sleek Bathhouse Spa features hot and cold plunge pools and a variety of massage rituals. Plus, you can bring your dog.

Delano Las Vegas, 3940 South Las Vegas Boulevard (near Mandalay Bay Road); 877-632-5400.
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Houston, TX

Skeptics, don’t dismiss Houston. For art and ambiance, start with the brilliant collection at the light-filled Menil and the stark, reflective Rothko Chapel. The Cullen Sculpture Garden is a nice break from the hustle, too. The hungry will love regional Mexican spot Caracol and the thirsty should venture to Anvil.
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Stay here: Long a local favorite, the boutique Hotel Zaza is popular for its proximity to the Museum District and its plush decor (each room is styled differently). Be sure to get your dance on at the Monarch, where a rotating DJ lineup keeps the audio stylings interesting.

Hotel Zaza, 5701 Main Street (between Ewing Street and Hermann Drive); 713-526-1991.
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Kansas City, MO

The younger, friendlier Kansas City (Hint: It's in Missouri, not Kansas) is hardly your ordinary cow town. It's more like a shopping destination you need to know about, now. On the market: the fashion favorite Baldwin Denim, a store devoted to jeans; a new boutique department store, Halls Crown Center; and the curated lifestyle shop, George. Don’t miss the hip eats at Port Fonda and finger-lickin’ burnt-ends BBQ at the newly renamed Joe's Kansas City.
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Stay here: Hotel Sorella is mere steps away from the famed Spanish-influenced Country Club Plaza (which strings colorful lights for the holidays). The hotel’s rooftop Bar Rosso, with its moody red backdrop, provides a perfect spot for a nightcap.

Hotel Sorella, 901 West 48th Place (at Roanoke Parkway); 816-753-8800.
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Nashville, TN

You don’t have to love country music to visit Nashville. There’s an incredible abundance of arts and culture here, as well, and the culinary scene never misses a beat. The Patterson House has a great selection of bourbons, while Rolf and Daughters is all about warm pasta and rustic sauces. Roberts Western World (a.k.a. “Hillbilly Heaven”) is still aces for brews and live music.
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Stay here: An urban newcomer with close proximity to downtown, 404 Hotel and Kitchen stays grounded in its Nashville roots — everything from the furniture to the photos is the handiwork of local artisans. Chef Matt Bolus' 56-seat restaurant, The 404 Kitchen, dedicates itself to the local flavor with the help of neighboring farms and its own rooftop garden.

404 Hotel, 404 12th Avenue South (near Pine Street); 615-242-7404.
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Miami, FL

When there's a chill in the air, birds flock to Miami for favorable weather and warm, oceanfront breezes. This year, skip the crowds at Art Basel and nab some culture with a Miami City Ballet performance or a concert by The New World Symphony. Or, visit the sleek Pérez Art Museum of Miami.
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Stay here: Iconic 1930s art deco reigns at the Metropolitan by Como, which opened in March. The 74 contemporary rooms are drenched in sunlight and subtly designed with whites and calming pastels. Enjoy walks on the private swath of beach, get your health on at the poolside juice bar, snooze beneath palms at the beachside pool, and don’t miss a massage at the famed COMO Shambhala spa.

Metropolitan by Como, 2445 Collins Avenue (between 24th and 25th streets); 305-695-3600.
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Napa, CA

In wine country, you’ll never go thirsty. Drop in on the new B Cellars winery and tasting room to check out the charming garden cloaked with stunning oak trees. Nab lunch at a community-style table for farm-to-fork treats and a glass of wine. Later, visit the unique, imaginative outdoor sculpture garden at di Rosa Art. Flavor! Napa Valley brings together top chefs and renowned vintners — a great reason for foodies to visit.
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Stay here: Situated in the heart of Napa Valley, the iconic, 50-cottage Auberge du Soleil looks like a postcard from Provence. Designed by the late Michael Taylor (an influential California talent) and perched atop 30 acres of hilly vineyard, the classic, airy rooms are a perfect spot to lay your head. You may never leave.

Auberge de Soleil, 180 Rutherford Hill Road (near Auberge Road); 707-963-1211.
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Willamette Valley, OR

There are plenty of snowy mountain peaks, plus art, culture, food, and wine in Willamette Valley. Over 250 wineries make up the region (known for its pinot noir), and tasting opportunities abound. Archery Summit, Ponzi Vineyards, and Ayres are great places to commence your sipping. For a dose of culture, take in a ballet or symphony performance at Hult Center.
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Stay here: Sunsets, wine, and food. Only 45 minutes south of Portland and situated in the beautiful Willamette Valley, The Allison is a perfect getaway for the sipping-and-spa set. Surrounded by gardens and grapevines, the 85 casual guest rooms include gas fireplaces, soaking tubs, and stellar views. The on-site spa makes use of local bounties like roses, honey, and of course, wine.

The Allison, 2525 Allison Lane (near North Springbrook Road); 503-554-2525.
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Bentonville, AR

This small town in northwest Arkansas is the home base of Wal-Mart and its heiress, Alice Walton (who's responsible for the addition of Crystal Bridges, a 50,000-square-foot American art museum with free admission). There’s also a slew of nature trails peppered about the property, appropriately titled the “Art Trail” and “Dogwood Trail.” Once you've seen all of that, get caffeinated at Press Room Coffee and dine on big plates at Table Mesa Bistro (don’t miss the sweet fries).
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Stay here: The unfussy 104-room 21c Museum Hotel offers a range of different guest rooms with a light palette and high ceilings. The property also hosts its own rotating art exhibits. The on-site Hive Restaurant is perfect for local “High South” cuisine, like smoked pork belly and charcuterie plates.

21c Museum Hotel, 200 Northeast A Street (between Northeast Blake and 2nd streets); 479-286-6500.
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Kennebunkport, ME

Away from the summer hustle, the small town of Kennebunkport along the Maine coast is a haven of brewpubs and lobster rolls. Bundle up and walk or snowshoe the National Estuarine Research Reserve or take a traditional sleigh ride at Rockin’ Horse Stables. Later, curl up fireside with a book from Kennebooks and a warm scotch.
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Stay here: Be the captain of your own ship at the chic, historic, maritime-designed Captain Fairfield Inn. It's got a hushed bed-and-breakfast vibe with mod, navy-and-white striped wallpaper and in-room fireplaces. And, you’re mere steps away from the quaint Dock Square shops.

Captain Fairfield Inn, 8 Pleasant Street (between Green and South streets); 207-967-4454.
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Park City, UT

There’s no shortage of winter activities in the old silver-mining town of Park City. Ski bunnies and snow-lovers flock for the world-class slopes, snowboarding, and sledding. On a chilly night, stay warm with whiskey flights at famed High West Distillery & Saloon and head to the luxe lanes of Jupiter Bowl.
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Stay here: Just downtown, the intimate, 12-room boutique hotel Washington School House (est. 1889) is equipped with gloriously comfortable beds and Pratesi linens. Don’t miss the heated pool and Jacuzzi surrounded by spruce and aspen trees. Later, sit in the living room with a roaring fire and a cup of tea.

Washington School House, 543 Park Avenue (between Heber Avenue and Fifth Street); 435-649-3800.
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Marfa, TX

The cool factor is strong in the tiny, sparse, and minimalist high-desert town of Marfa. It's a perfect getaway for the art lover (don’t miss Prada Marfa, obviously), and you can expect a fusion of funky bars, cowboys boots, and gallery shows. The Chinati Foundation showcases contemporary art (the likes of founder Donald Judd). Big, delicious burritos and fresh coffee happen at the no-frills Mondo’s Restaurant and Bar.
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Stay here: Located on 18 acres off the Marfa strip, the unique, low-key El Cosmico provides for the budget-savvy traveler with a yen for design. There’s an array of safari tents, retro trailers, and teepees for sleeping, as well as hammocks for daytime naps. The strong coffee is a rite of passage, and dogs are welcome.

El Cosmico, 802 S Highland Avenue (at West Madrid Street); 432-729-1950.
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