Sure, you've already got your big summer vacation planned. But the season will be infinitely more fun with at least one other getaway: a three-day escape that you can make happen on a moment's notice. Here are 15 fantastic ones - at all prices - and what makes them special: outdoor adventure, insanely good food or urban culture. Best of all, none of these spots are more than a four-hour drive (or flight) away.
Where to Soak Up Some Culture
Go to the heart of country music
The Country Music Hall of Fame, currently prepping for a massive expansion, it still a must-visit for any first-timer to Nashville. But some would argue that the real cultural treasure is a 15-minute walk southwest: Historic RCA Studio B, where more than 35,000 songs have been recorded (including 200 by Elvis), in the process, defining the quintessential Nashville sound. From Studio B, stroll the outskirts of stately Victory Park toward the Hermitage Hotel, where classic martinis are served with no fuss in the iconic Oak Bar. Better yet, make the pilgrimage to West End's Elliston Place Soda Shop, a kind of living memorial to the city's grand ole days of burger flipping and soda slinging. Die-hard foodies should keep an eye out for the scheduled early-summer opening of Husk, the sibling location of chef Sean Brock's acclaimed restaurant in Charleston. The best time to visit? The Fourth of July, when everyone's down on the Lawn at Riverfront Park. This year's annual Let Freedom Sing concert pairs fireworks with music from all fronts - country (Band Perry), blues (Keb' Mo'), and classical (Nashville Symphony).
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