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  • Writer's pictureJordan Hinsch

19 Best Weekend Getaways from Charlotte (within a 4 hour flight)

Updated: Jan 21



Residents of Charlotte are in a unique position geographically and logistically. CLT serves more small market, hard-to-reach destinations than any other airport on the east coast.


With a vast array of short domestic destinations, there are also many international destinations within reach. Here are some weekend getaway ideas for locals in the Charlotte area within a 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 what you want to do at your destination.





Miami, Florida (MIA, FLL) - 2 Hour Flight


Why go?

  • Beaches, outdoors activities, clubs, restaurants, culture. As a current resident in Miami, this is at the top of the list of weekend trips from Atlanta! I just ask that you please please please venture out beyond Miami Beach.

When to go?

  • Any time of the year, but best is October - February for perfect weather.

Who can fly you there?

How much will it cost to get there?

  • Airfare: $100+

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.





Denver, Colorado (DEN) - 3.5 Hour Flight


Why go?

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

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?



Nassau, Bahamas (NAS) - Just Over a 2 Hour Flight


Why go?

  • Turquoise waters, friendly people, and close proximity to Florida make the Bahamas a popular destination.

When to go?

  • December to July to avoid hurricanes and tropical storms.

  • May to August to avoid crowds and surcharges.

  • November to February to avoid the summer heat.

Who can fly you there?

How much will it cost to get there?

  • Airfare: $400+

Where can you stay?

Pro Tip:

  • Rent a car! Be prepared to drive on the left side of the road.



Puerto Rico - 3.5 Hours to San Juan (SJU)


Why go?

  • Surfing, culture, and hiking. Oh and you don't need a passport to travel.

When to go?

  • December to July to avoid hurricanes and tropical storms.

  • April to June to avoid the busy winter and the upcoming rainy season.

Who can fly you there?

How much will it cost to get there?

  • Airfare: $400+

Where can you stay?



Boston, Massachusetts (BOS) - Just Over a 2 Hour Flight


Why go?

  • Great city for history buffs and seafood enthusiasts.

When to go?

  • Summer

Who can fly you there?

How much will it cost to get there?

  • Airfare: $200+

Where can you stay?



Toronto, Ontario (YYZ) - 2 Hour Flight


Why go?

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

When to go?

  • Summer

Who can fly you there?

How much will it cost to get there?

  • Airfare: $300+

Where can you stay?



Montreal, Quebec (YUL) - 2.5 Hour Flight


Why go?

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

When to go?

  • Summer

Who can fly you there?

How much will it cost to get there?

  • Airfare: $300+

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.

When to go?

  • Year-round (spring season for cherry blossoms)

Who can fly you there?

How much will it cost to get there?

  • Airfare: $100+

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) - Just Over a 2 Hour Flight


Why go?

  • Food, bars, sports, rivers!

When to go?

  • Summer

Who can fly you there?

How much will it cost to get there?

  • Airfare: $100+

Where can you stay?

Pro Tip:

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


Kansas City, Missouri (MCI) - 2.5 Hour Flight


Why go?

  • BBQ! BBQ! BBQ!

When to go?

  • Year-round

Who can fly you there?

How much will it cost to get there?

  • Airfare: $300+

Where can you stay?

Pro Tip:

  • Visit the Power & Light District for a unique nightlife experience & go to Arthur Bryant's for BBQ.





Bermuda (BDA) - 2.5 Hour Flight


Why go?

  • Pink sand beaches and diving.

When to go?

  • Year-round (might want to avoid hurricane season)

Who can fly you there?

How much will it cost to get there?

  • Airfare: $500+

Where can you stay?


Charleston, South Carolina (CHS) - 1 Hour Flight


Why go?

  • History, culture, family-friendly attractions, and watersports.

When to go?

  • Spring, Summer and Fall

Who can fly you there?

How much will it cost to get there?

  • Airfare: $200+

Where can you stay?


Nashville, Tennessee (BNA) - 1.5 Hour Flight


Why go?

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

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?

Pro Tip:

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


Asheville, North Carolina (AVL) - Just Under a 1 Hour Flight


Why go?

  • Art, craft beer, and the Smoky Mountains. I'd recommend driving instead of flying, but it's your call!

When to go?

  • Spring, Summer and Fall

Who can fly you there?

How much will it cost to get there?

  • Airfare: $200+

Where can you stay?



Cancun, Mexico (CUN) - 3 Hour Flight


Why go?

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

When to go?

  • December to April for the best weather.

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

Who can fly you there?

How much will it cost to get there?

  • Airfare: $500+

Where can you stay?




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


Why go?

  • Sure, many Charlotte residents come from New York. Why not go back for a nice weekend during the summer to see the sights in the city that never sleeps? Or take a trip during the holiday season and see the tree at Rockefeller Center and a Broadway play.

When to go?

  • Summer for the best weather, but 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?




Orlando, Florida (MCO) - Just Over a 1.5 Hour Flight


Why go?

  • Disney & Universal Studios. Bring bug spray and an umbrella if you go during the summer.

When to go?

  • Year-Round

Who can fly you there?

How much will it cost to get there?

  • Airfare: $100+

Where can you stay?




New Orleans, Louisiana (MSY) - 2 Hour Flight


Why go?

  • Jazz music, other music, culture, architecture, partying, passionate football fans.

When to go?

  • Spring, Summer, Fall

Who can fly you there?

How much will it cost to get there?

  • Airfare: $300+

Where can you stay?

Pro Tip:

  • Check out Bourbon Street for a little bit, but don't get sucked in. It's absolutely disgusting. Chartres Street is better for those looking to maintain their cleanliness.



Austin, Texas (AUS) - Just Under a 3 Hour Flight


Why go?

  • Food, Art, Music, BBQ, Tech, Bach Parties, and All-Around Fun!

When to go?

  • Year-Round

Who can fly you there?

How much will it cost to get there?

  • Airfare: $300+

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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