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  • Writer's pictureJordan Hinsch

23 Best Weekend Getaways from Austin (within a 4-hour flight)

Updated: Jan 20



Austin is the capital of Texas and is a very fun city! If you live there, I don't need to tell you that. There's no shortage of nightlife, comedy clubs, restaurants, and outdoor activities. If you're looking for a change of scenery or somewhere to venture off to for a weekend, you found the right post.


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 Austin 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.





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.

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.

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) - 3.5 Hour Flight


Why go?

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

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?





Toronto, Ontario (YYZ, YTZ) - 3 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: $400+

Where can you stay?






Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (PHL) - Just over a 3 Hour Flight


Why go?

  • History, sports, cheesesteaks

When to go?

  • Summer and Fall

Who can fly you there?

How much will it cost to get there?

  • Airfare: $400+

Where can you stay?






Washington, DC (IAD, DCA, BWI) - 3 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: $250+

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) - 2.5 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: $200+

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 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: $150+

Where can you stay?

Pro Tip:

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





Nashville, Tennessee (BNA) - 2 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: $150+

Where can you stay?

Pro Tip:

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






New Orleans, Louisiana (MSY) - 1.5 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: $150+

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.






Atlanta, Georgia (ATL) - Just Over a 2 Hour Flight


Why go?

  • Brew pubs, art, nightlife, Mexican food.

When to go?

  • Year-round

Who can fly you there?

How much will it cost to get there?

  • Airfare: $150+

Where can you stay?

Pro Tip:

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




Raleigh, North Carolina (RDU) - 2.5 Hour Flight


Why go?

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

When to go?

  • Spring, Summer and Fall

Who can fly you there?

How much will it cost to get there?

  • Airfare: $175+

Where can you stay?




Lake Tahoe, CA & NV (RNO) - 3.5 Hour Flight


Why go?

  • Gorgeous Lake Tahoe! Skiing, water sports, gambling, great scenery, interesting people. Reno is the closest airport, about 45 minutes away.

When to go?

  • Year-Round

Who can fly you there?

How much will it cost to get there?

  • Airfare: $275+

Where can you stay?





San Diego, California (SAN) - 3 Hour Flight


Why go?

  • Surfing, Hiking, Zoo, Mountain Biking, Partying.

When to go?

  • Year-round

Who can fly you there?

How much will it cost to get there?

  • Airfare: $200+

Where can you stay?





Los Angeles, California (LAX, BUR, SNA, LGB, SBA, ONT) - 3.5 Hour Flight


Why go?

  • Surfing, Hiking, Sports, City Life, Culture, Fame, Disneyland, Food.

When to go?

  • Year-round

Who can fly you there?

How much will it cost to get there?

  • Airfare: $75+

Where can you stay?





Portland, Oregon (PDX) - 4.5 Hour Flight


Why go?

  • Surfing. Oregon coast is only 1 hour away. Mt. Hood is nearby as well.

When to go?

  • Year-Round

Who can fly you there?

How much will it cost to get there?

  • Airfare: $250+

Where can you stay?





Los Cabos, Mexico (SJD) - 2.5 Hour Flight


Why go?

  • Beaches, fun, great vacations.

When to go?

  • Year-Round

Who can fly you there?

How much will it cost to get there?

  • Airfare: $175+

Where can you stay?





Cancun, Mexico (CUN) - 2.5 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 at peace.

Who can fly you there?

How much will it cost to get there?

  • Airfare: $150+

Where can you stay?





Boston, Massachusetts (BOS) - Just Under a 4 Hour Flight



Why go?

  • History and cool summertime temps!

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?





San Francisco, California (SFO, SJC, OAK) - 4 Hour Flight


Why go?

  • Tours, Food, Silicon Valley, Golden Gate Bridge, Surfing

When to go?

  • Summer

Who can fly you there?

How much will it cost to get there?

  • Airfare: $175+

Where can you stay?





Las Vegas, Nevada (LAS) - 3 Hour Flight


Why go?

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

When to go?

  • Year-Round

Who can fly you there?

How much will it cost to get there?

  • Airfare: $50+

Where can you stay?





Denver, Colorado (DEN) - 2.5 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: $75+

Where can you stay?





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



Why go?

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

When to go?

  • Year-Round

Who can fly you there?

How much will it cost to get there?

  • Airfare: $250+

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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