A long holiday weekend is a perfect time to indulge in a relaxing getaway somewhere new. The Southeast offers a wealth of wonderful destinations to choose from. Whether you are looking for luxury, history or time near the sea, places like Hilton Head, Pigeon Forge and Jekyll Island have a lot to offer. Find out what the best long weekend destinations in the Southeast United States have in store for your next fabulous getaway.
Hilton Head, N.C.
Hilton Head is a barrier island off the coast of North Carolina. A popular destination, Hilton Head caters to visitors year-round. The beaches are ideal for romantic getaways or family fun.
When you are getting ready for your long weekend on the island, you’ll need a compact and convenient bag to pack your stuff. The SwissGear 7272 19-inch Carry On USB Energie Expandable Hardside Spinner Luggage is perfect for traveling light when time is tight. It can carry everything you’ll need for your whirlwind vacation, from clothing to daily essentials.
With a tuck-away telescoping handle, this carry on luggage is easy to stow before lift-off. The rugged design of the hardside spinner luggage helps it hold its own in the overhead bin during your flight. Plus, its stylish profile and choice of colors are always in fashion. When you arrive on Hilton Head, simply grab your carry on luggage and go.
Plan on spending some quality time exploring the incredible beaches of Hilton Head. Another must-see is the Coastal Discovery Museum on the 68-acre Honeyhorn Estate. This free destination features hiking trails and a fascinating butterfly habitat. The museum and grounds provide you with a look into Hilton Head’s true nature. You can sign on for guided kayaking tours and dolphin cruises, too.
Jekyll Island, Ga.
Jekyll Island is among the Golden Isles of Georgia, a group of barrier islands off the Atlantic Coast. You can get there on a direct flight from Atlanta. If you’re driving, Jekyll is about an hour from Savannah or Jacksonville.
Before leaving home, pack your clothing and daily essentials in the SwissGear 6283 21-inch Expandable Carry On Spinner Luggage. It has a telescoping handle, so it stows neatly as you travel. It also expands to accommodate the seashells and treasures you collect over your long weekend vacation. The softside exterior is fluid and forgiving should space be tight on a full flight.
The native flora and fauna of Jekyll Island – a state park – is sure to charm you. From Turtle Crossing signs to stately live oaks, the environment is enchanting. The Georgia Sea Turtle Center provides a great visitor experience that you simply shouldn’t miss. It’s a rare opportunity to learn more about these endangered animals and how to help preserve the species. The center includes turtle hospital facility where visitors can observe medical care. The center has field trips and turtle patrols too.
Pigeon Forge, Tenn.
Dollywood, dinner theater and Smoky Mountain trails are all part of the landscape of Pigeon Forge, Tenn. If you are celebrating a special date, treat yourselves to a stay at the luxurious Riverstone Resort and Spa. The resort offers spacious condos complete with kitchens. Pamper yourself with Riverstone’s full menu of spa services too.
Get outdoors during your stay to drink in the spectacular scenery around Pigeon Forge. Before you go, load your SwissGear 1900 Travel Laptop Backpack with your water bottle, trail mix and tablet, snug inside its protective sleeve. You can take lots of photos or check a map on your laptop if you get lost.
Laurel Falls, a breathtaking 80-foot cascade, is one of the favorite hikes near Pigeon Forge. It’s an awe-inspiring sight that is sure to be a highlight of your trip. Just 2.6 miles from trailhead to falls, it’s an easy jaunt with your ergonomic travel backpack filled with all your daily essentials.
Natchez has a marvelous vibe that wraps you in a warm welcome. Steeped in antebellum history, this Mississippi River city is a gracious destination for your long weekend retreat.
If you like architecture, you’ll swoon at all the meticulously maintained estates. You can even stay in one of the pre-Civil War mansions that prvide bed and breakfast accommodations.
During your stay, you should make a point of hiking the Natchez Bluff Trail. Once you reach the top of the bluff, your reward is a breathtaking vista of the Mississippi River Valley. Your travel backpack will keep you provisioned, so you can take your time enjoying the scenery and resting benches along the way. At the trail’s end, a 200-foot staircase provides a shortcut back to the trailhead.
Sanibel & Captiva Islands, Fl.
Make the most of your long weekend holiday with a trip to Sanibel & Captiva Islands, which lie off the Florida Coast near Fort Myers. Famous for their beaches, which offer a trove of seashells for beachcombers, the islands are a great couples or family destination. You can do a tour of beaches that begins at Lighthouse Park on Sanibel and ends with a spectacular sunset on the beaches of Captiva.
A can’t-miss destination on Sanibel Island is the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge. If consists of 5200 acres harboring the most extensive natural mangrove ecosystem in the U.S. You’ll need to bring a handy day pack where you can safely stow everything from your tablet or laptop to a water bottle. Bring your binoculars to spot some of the exotic bird life in the refuge.
The 2610 Mono Sling Bag from SwissGear is just the kind of day pack you need. Built to be rugged yet designed for style, you sling it on your back with the single padded strap. Organizer pockets keep your small essentials near to hand. The roomy main compartment will hold a change of clothing, guidebooks and rain gear, just in case.
Swiss Gear luggage and day packs simplify the logistics of getting away to new Southeast destinations. You’ll be organized, mobile and prepared. That means relaxing long weekends in exciting destinations are more doable than ever before.