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15 Best Weekend Getaways from New Orleans, Louisiana (within a 4-hour flight)


15 Best Weekend Getaways from New Orleans, Louisiana (within a 4-hour flight)
15 Best Weekend Getaways from New Orleans, Louisiana (within a 4-hour flight)

New Orleans, Louisiana, is a vibrant and culturally rich city renowned for its unique blend of French, Spanish, Creole, and African influences. Located along the Mississippi River, New Orleans is famous for its lively music scene, particularly jazz, which permeates the city's historic French Quarter. This area is also known for its stunning architecture, bustling Bourbon Street, and iconic landmarks such as Jackson Square and St. Louis Cathedral. The city hosts numerous festivals throughout the year, with Mardi Gras being the most famous, drawing visitors from around the globe. Culinary delights are abundant, with New Orleans offering a distinctive cuisine that includes dishes like gumbo, jambalaya, and beignets. With its rich history, cultural diversity, and vibrant nightlife, New Orleans provides an unforgettable experience for residents and visitors alike.


If you're a local and looking to escape for a weekend, keep reading. 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 New Orleans, Louisiana, 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.






Denver, Colorado (DEN) - 2 Hour 50 Minute 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: $150+

Where can you stay?

Who will pick you up?






Las Vegas, Nevada (LAS) - 3 Hour 45 Minute Flight


Why go?

  • Gambling, Hoover Dam, Death Valley National Park, Valley of Fire State Park, Partying, more Gambling.

What to do?

When to go?

  • Year-Round

Who can fly you there?

How much will it cost to get there?

  • Airfare: $100+

Where can you stay?

Who will pick you up?


Atlanta, Georgia (ATL) - 1 Hour 25 Minute 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: $50+

Where can you stay?

Who will pick you up?

Pro Tip:

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






Boston, Massachusetts (BOS) - 3 Hour 10 Minute 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: $90+

Where can you stay?

Who will pick you up?



New York, New York (JFK, LGA, EWR, ISP, HPN) - 3 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: $90+

Where can you stay?

Who will pick you up?







Miami, Florida (MIA, FLL) - 1 Hour 50 Minute 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: $20+

Where can you stay?

Who will pick you up?

Pro Tip:

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






Orlando, Florida (MCO) - 1 Hour 50 Minute 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: $20+

Where can you stay?

Who will pick you up?






Washington, DC (IAD, DCA, BWI) - 2 Hour 30 Minute 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: $40+

Where can you stay?

Who will pick you up?

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) - 2 Hour 30 Minute 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: $40+

Where can you stay?

Who will pick you up?

Pro Tip:

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


Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (PHL) - 3 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: $40+

Where can you stay?

Who will pick you up?






Montreal, Quebec (YUL) - 3 Hour 10 Minute Flight


Why go?

  • More restaurants per capita than any other North American city.

What to do?

When to go?

  • Summer

Who can fly you there?

How much will it cost to get there?

  • Airfare: $700+

Where can you stay?

Who will pick you up?


Nashville, Tennessee (BNA) - 1 Hour 30 Minute Flight


Why go?

  • Music (not just country), endless bars, brewpubs, hot chicken.

What to do?

When to go?

  • Spring, Summer and Fall

Who can fly you there?

How much will it cost to get there?

  • Airfare: $150+

Where can you stay?

Who will pick you up?

Pro Tip:

  • Stay in the Gulch or near printer's alley.



Salt Lake City, Utah (SLC) - 3 Hour 40 Minute Flight


Why go?

  • Skiing, Salt Flats, Mormons, and great National Parks within a moderate drive.

What to do?

When to go?

  • Year-Round

Who can fly you there?

How much will it cost to get there?

  • Airfare: $400+

Where can you stay?

Who will pick you up?






Charlotte, North Carolina (CLT) – 2 Hour Flight

Why go?

  • Diverse Cultural Attractions, Thriving Food Scene, Outdoor Activities, Sports Hub, Historical Significance, Shopping, Festivals and Events.

What to do?

When to go?

  • The best times to visit Charlotte are March–May and September–November.

Who can fly you there?

How much will it cost to get there?

  • Airfare: $300+

Where can you stay?

Who will pick you up?






Cancun & Tulum, Mexico (CUN) - 2 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?

Who will pick you up?







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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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