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13 Best Weekend Getaways from Columbus Ohio (within a 4-hour flight)

Updated: Jan 20


Here are some weekend getaway ideas for locals in the Columbus, Ohio area within a non-stop 4-hour flight.

Columbus, Ohio. Lots of large corporations call this city home and as a result has attracted top talent from around the country. This resulted in Columbus being named the most intelligent city in the US more than once. Let's explore some weekend getaways for the residents of Columbus!


With a vast array of short domestic destinations, there are also some international destinations within reach. Here are some weekend getaway ideas for locals in the Columbus, Ohio area within a non-stop 4-hour flight. More importantly, these trips are all possible without having to request PTO (for you M-F 9-5'ers), it just depends on what you want to do at your destination.


Bear in Mind: When traveling internationally, you may be required to show proof of a negative Covid-19 test or proof of vaccination. Check relevant embassy websites for the most up to date information.





Miami, Florida (MIA, FLL) - 2.5 Hour Flight


Why go?

  • Beaches, outdoors activities, clubs, restaurants, culture. I just ask that you please please please venture out beyond Miami Beach.

What to do?

When to go?

  • Any time of the year, but best is October - February for perfect weather. Avoid the spring break crowd in late Feb/early March the best you can.

Who can fly you there?

How much will it cost to get there?

  • Airfare: $50+

Where can you stay?

Pro Tip:

  • Visit the following neighborhoods to step away from the "typical Miami": Wynwood, Brickell, Coral Gables, Coconut Grove, Midtown, Edgewater.





Orlando, Florida (MCO) - 2.5 Hour Flight


Why go?

  • Theme parks. Disney & Universal. Bring bug spray and an umbrella if you go during the summer. It's not my favorite city, but there's a reason why it's the #1 tourism city year after year in the US.

What to do?

When to go?

  • Year-Round

Who can fly you there?

How much will it cost to get there?

  • Airfare: $50+

Where can you stay?





New York, New York (JFK, LGA, EWR, ISP, HPN) - Just Under a 2 Hour Flight


Why go?

  • It might not be the same city it was before, but it'll always make for a great weekend getaway.

What to do?

When to go?

  • Summer for the best weather, but you’ll pay peak rates for solid hotels.

  • Winter for Christmas festivities!

Who can fly you there?

How much will it cost to get there?

  • Airfare: $100+

Where can you stay?





Toronto, Ontario (YYZ, YTZ) - Just Over a 1 Hour Flight


Why go?

  • Food, people, cleanliness, Hockey Hall of Fame.

What to do?

When to go?

  • Summer

Who can fly you there?

How much will it cost to get there?

  • Airfare: $350+

Where can you stay?





Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (PHL) - 1.5 Hour Flight


Why go?

  • History, sports, cheesesteaks

What to do?

When to go?

  • Summer and Fall

Who can fly you there?

How much will it cost to get there?

  • Airfare: $150+

Where can you stay?




Washington, DC (IAD, DCA, BWI) - 1.5 Hour Flight


Why go?

  • Museums, walking tours, great mass-transit and cherry blossoms. Fly to DCA for convenience.

What to do?

When to go?

  • Year-round (spring season for cherry blossoms)

Who can fly you there?

How much will it cost to get there?

  • Airfare: $150+

Where can you stay?

Pro Tip:

  • For avid runners, pack your running shoes and go for daily runs around the White House, Washington Monument, Lincoln and Jefferson memorials.





Chicago, Illinois (ORD, MDW) - 1.5 Hour Flight


Why go?

  • Food, bars, sports, rivers!

What to do?

When to go?

  • Summer

Who can fly you there?

How much will it cost to get there?

  • Airfare: $150+

Where can you stay?

Pro Tip:

  • For bourbon enthusiasts, visit Untitled Supper Club on W Kinzie for an incredible speakeasy experience.





Atlanta, Georgia (ATL) - Just Over a 1.5 Hour Flight


Why go?

  • Brew pubs, art, nightlife, Mexican food.

What to do?

When to go?

  • Year-round

Who can fly you there?

How much will it cost to get there?

  • Airfare: $200+

Where can you stay?

Pro Tip:

  • Walk some of the BeltLine and stop at stores, bars, and restaurants.





Raleigh, North Carolina (RDU) - 1.5 Hour Flight


Why go?

  • Outdoors activities, restaurants, college sports, booming tech sector.

What to do?

When to go?

  • Spring, Summer and Fall

Who can fly you there?

How much will it cost to get there?

  • Airfare: $100+

Where can you stay?




Cancun & Tulum, Mexico (CUN) - 3.5 Hour Flight


Why go?

  • Your money goes a long way in Cancun: all-inclusive hotels, nightlife, and activities.

  • Your money doesn’t go very far in Tulum: boutique hotels (some are grossly overpriced), many hotels have no air conditioning, taxis and bike rentals will try to rip you off.

  • If you’re looking for clubs and nightlife, go to Tulum Beach.

  • If you’re looking for culture and less expensive eats, go to Tulum Centro.

  • Tulum is actually a great experience if you have the right mindset going into your vacation.

What to do?

When to go?

  • December to April for the best weather.

  • Avoid March Spring Break travel if you want to be at peace.

Who can fly you there?

How much will it cost to get there?

  • Airfare: $350+

Where can you stay?




Boston, Massachusetts (BOS) - 2 Hour Flight


Why go?

  • History and cool summertime temps!

What to do?

When to go?

  • Summer for the best weather, but peak rates for solid hotels.

Who can fly you there?

How much will it cost to get there?

  • Airfare: $200+

Where can you stay?




Denver, Colorado (DEN) - 3 Hour Flight


Why go?

  • Mountains, beer, National Parks, hiking, clean city, nice people.

What to do?

When to go?

  • Year-round. Ski in the winter. Hike in the summer.

Who can fly you there?

How much will it cost to get there?

  • Airfare: $100+

Where can you stay?




Charleston, South Carolina (CHS) - 1.5 Hour Flight


Why go?

  • History, culture, family-friendly attractions, and water sports.

What to do?

When to go?

  • Spring, Summer and Fall

Who can fly you there?

How much will it cost to get there?

  • Airfare: $100+

Where can you stay?





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Hey! I'm Jordan, a native New Yorker who is addicted to adventure travel, photography, content creation, investing, and fitness. Read on, enjoy, and Never Run Out of First Times!

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