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By homeis  ·  April 26, 2019

Vacations under 5 hours flight

The best vacations are the ones where you don't spend all day in a plane. Quick flights from the city get you to exotic destinations. Find out which ones and add your recommendations to the list!

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Aspen

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Why fly into Denver and road trip when you can land right in Aspen on a quick two-hour-and-15-minute flight? Although It’s on the pricy side, but consider it money well spent to maximize your three-day weekend. (Plus, no rental car required.)
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If the words Seven Mile Beach don’t mean anything to you, it’s time to get acquainted with one of the Caribbean’s greatest hits. Other attractions like Eden Rock and Devil’s Grotto make it absolutely clear (no pun intended) why these breathtaking beaches are easily worth the three-and-a-half-hour flight.
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Montego Bay

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Get in the island spirit in Jamaica, where there's something for everyone. Whether you want to relax with rum punch or let loose in the Caribbean sun, it's easy to hop on a short four-hour flight and land right in the heart of reggae music and jerk chicken. Spend an hour or two touring the haunted Rose Hall estate, or take a day trip to Ocho Rios, where you can climb the waterfalls at Dunn’s River Falls or go bobsledding through the forest.
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Cayman Islands

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It is under 4 hours from Chicago. The Caymans are three islands, each with a different vibe. On a short trip, you’ll get the most out of your time on Grand Cayman, the largest. Visit the Cayman Turtle Centre to swim with sea turtles (and learn about local marine life).
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Las Vegas

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Fun, party, gambling
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Mount Rainier National Park

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Best time to visit, right after the end of snow season.
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Bermuda

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It's a short nonstop flight from Boston and families love to go biking together on the Bermuda Railway Trail that covers the island from end to end, and the Crystal Caves are fascinating to explore. Don’t miss the postcard-perfect beach at Horseshoe Bay, with its sand particles colored the same hue as cotton candy. For stay, Fairmont Southampton is one of the many family friendly resorts on the island.
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Azores

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The remote islands of the Azores in the North Atlantic belong to Portugal, but their rugged, wind-swept and verdant good looks appear to be a mix of New Zealand and Hawaii. You’re in a very exotic corner of the world here, and 4 hour flights from Boston make it surprisingly easy to get to the Azores. Intrepid families who love hiking and whale-spotting and don’t mind chilly ocean waters will have it made exploring the archipelago. Islands hardly get more exotic than the Azores.
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San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino

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While the flight to San Juan, Puerto Rico is not a hop on, hop off affair as it’s approximately four hours from Boston, once you arrive, you’ll realize it’s worth the travel time. The vibrant city of San Juan has everything you need for four days of fun. San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino, which happens to be about a 10-minute drive from the airport, has direct access to Condado Beach, several restaurants and bars, and a casino if you’re feeling lucky — which, let’s face it, you are because you’re in Puerto Rico. The resort has enough to explore (there’s a spa with sauna, a pool complex with swim-up bar, and more), but there’s plenty of culture to be found beyond it. The historic Old San Juan and its attractions are a short, 15-minute car ride away. While there, take in the pastel colors and colonial houses, sculptures, museums, and more.
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Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana

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When you only have a limited amount of time, staying in a place that has plenty of first-class amenities can be a dream. The all-inclusive Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Punta Cana is one such spot. And after an approximately four-hour flight plus a 35-minute taxi ride to the resort, guests will appreciate having everything they need close by. With 1,790 rooms, 13 pools, multiple restaurants, 23 bars, an 18-hole golf course and mini-golf course, casino, a kids’ club, and not to mention, a spectacular beach, the resort gives you the option of staying on-site for the entire duration of your stay. As cliche as it sounds, there really is something for everyone here. However, if you do want to explore Punta Cana, a fun way to get around is by water taxi, which will pick you up from your resort and sail you along the coast.
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Hotel Meliá Habana

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Combining a resort vacation with a city break, Havanaoffers two-for-one appeal. And it’s not just last year’s lift on travel restrictions that will lure you to Havana, which is just 20 to 30 minutes from the airport. The historic sights and architecture of Old Havana are enough to fill a weekend, as are the beaches and nature hikes available in the iconic city. Stay at Melia Habana, an upscale resort with sea views and a huge pool that’s the largest of any hotel in the city. Combining resort relaxation and the city’s numerous pleasures is easy thanks to a shuttle bus that runs to Old Havana six times a day. Bonus: Katy Perry and Mick Jagger have both stayed at the Melia Habana — if celebrities are your thing.
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Hamilton

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Bermuda is a weird bird. It’s not tropical, but it is warm and sunny and has pink sand beaches and sunsets over the North Atlantic. You can visit The Swizzle Inn for an iconic rum swizzle, and then seek out authentic local fare in St. George’s or drop some cash at Marcus Samuelsson’s chic eatery Marcus’
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British Virgin Islands

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BVI is, quite simply, the nicest destination in the Caribbean. Despite being a British territory the islands are distinctly Caribbean, where small fruit markets, windy roads with rickety cars, and slow-moving roti shops abound. But because the people who frequent the BVI have money, the infrastructure is better than you’ll find in most of the Caribbean.
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Belize City

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This little country on Mexico’s knee has more than 200 small islands that roll out some of the clearest turquoise waters and blindingly white sand you’ll ever see. For roughly the cost of your flight you can do it up Johnny Depp-style and Airbnb an entire island for the weekend. If you’d rather mingle with locals, and maybe drink your weight in daiquiris, the most popular choices are Ambergris Caye and Caye Caulker.
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Exuma

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Exuma’s got pinch-yourself idyllic beaches, and water that hovers in some supernatural place between blue and green. It’s a prime spot for resorts (Grand Isle is the pick, for its hillside pool above the sand), and a winner for water sports (kitesurfing, paddleboarding, scuba diving etc). To really nail Exuma though, the trick is not to do too much -- just find a hammock and set yourself up, ideally somewhere with ice-cold beers and a good conch salad, like the much-loved Chat ‘n’ Chill.
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São Miguel Island

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São Miguel, the largest of nine islands that make up the Azores, is a naturalist’s dreamscape that combines dramatic, fog-crowned lakes and relaxing hot springs along with slender waterfalls and even colorful, Hydrangea-lined highways. Everywhere you go, there’s a moment that’s begging to be Instagrammed. To make sense of it all, sign up for a full-day tour with Holistika Azores, which takes a more contemporary, off-the-beaten-path approach to its itineraries.
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Denver

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Colorado in the summertime is one of the most glorious places you’ll ever experience, and lucky for Houstonians, daily direct flights into the Mile High City are plentiful and usually budget-friendly. Whether you’re looking for some action with altitude, a Colorado Rockies game, a concert at famed Red Rocks Amphitheatre, hiking, or something else, Denver tops our list of best direct flights from Houston during the summer.
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Nashville

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One of the most authentic, accommodating and of course accessible cities to make our summer bucket list is Nashville. The city boasts a music scene that is second to none and provides adventure for a girl’s weekend getaway, a romantic vacation, or even a family-friendly trip everyone can enjoy. Music aside, Nashville’s dining options runs the gamut, including James Beard-award-winning Henrietta Red, Rolf & Daughters, and world famous Hattie B’s Fried Chicken. Be sure to check out the The Rolling Stones exhibit at Nashville's Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum, which tells the story of one of the most influential rock bands in history through more than 500 artifacts and memorabilia.
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Puerto Vallarta

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Houstonians already know a quick, direct flight to Mexico can be faster and cheaper than traveling to many East Coast spots, which is why Puerto Vallarta makes our list. Located on the Banderas Bay, one of the largest bays in the world, Puerto Vallarta is uniquely situated where the jungle meets the sea and provides a picturesque landscape.
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San Lucas

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Another can’t miss direct flight is into San Jose del Cabo Airport, to experience all that Cabo has to offer. The Mexican beach town is no secret to Houstonians, offering at least four non-stop flights a day (that’s less than 3-hours in the air). Soon, you’re on the beach and posting on Instagram in no time.
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Fort Lauderdale

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Houstonians can quickly and easily fly over to one of the best East Coast beaches. Fort Lauderdale has become a hotbed for art, fashion, and design (check out what Nylon has to say about the city's booming art scene), with a monthly art walk in FAT Village and a bustling beach year-round. If you want shopping, fancy drinks and just all-around beach time, consider Fort Lauderdale this summer.
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Alberta

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Many people are surprised when they realize the beautiful Canadian Rockies are just a three-hour-and-50-minute flight due north. Whether you’re interested in visiting the adorable resort town of Banff or the majestic shores of Lake Louise, it all begins with this nonstop flight into Calgary.
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Santa Barbara

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We’ve been avoiding LAX at all costs since American Airlines launched this route two years ago. Hop a morning flight (three hours and 20 minutes) and you’ll be sipping an iced coffee and strolling Stearns Wharf before most of your Dallas friends have even queued up for brunch.
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Wilmington

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Discover the beauty of some of the best beaches in North Carolina by booking yourself a ticket on this new nonstop (just under three hours). Beaches not your thing? Take a sightseeing tour and discover the charming town that was put on the map by shows like Dawson's Creek and One Tree Hill.
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Turks and Caicos Islands

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Picture powder-white sands and crystal-clear turquoise waters that are characteristic to the area. With a quick four-hour flight from Philadelphia, this tiny island will instantly transport you to a better place, and have you forgetting about the dreary weather back home. We suggest getting adventurous by parasailing for aerial views of the island, horseback riding on the beach, snorkeling, or just hanging out beachside with drinks in hand.
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Playa del Carmen

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Romance, adventure, and glamour awaits you after a short four-hour flight from Philly right to Playa Del Carmen. Live out all your tropical fantasies in this charming seaside village on the Riviera Maya. Dare to get out of your comfort zone, and snorkel in the cenotes and caves, or take a day trip to explore the nearby ancient Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza, one of the seven wonders of the world.
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St Lucia

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If you've been itching to travel to Honolulu but dread the 13-hour flight, Then just 4 hours and 30 mins away is Saint Lucia, the Caribbean cousin of Hawaii. You'll be able to indulge in glorious scenes of the island's lush greenery, volcanic mountains, and a dazzling array of activities. Ideal for nature lovers, there are plenty of hikes where you can glimpse sweeping views, an underwater marine park where you can go scuba diving, and crystal clear waters perfect for kayaking
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Grand Cayman

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After an easy four-hour flight, step off the plane and feel the welcome embrace of sunshine, soothing breezes, and wonderful hospitality. Don't forget that this is also a place where you can swim with stingrays, hold a turtle at Cayman Turtle Farm, or be your own captain and sail the sparkling teal Caribbean waters.
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Turks and Caicos Islands

By Divneet
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From Chicago, The flight is less than four hours. You should be able to get a round-trip ticket for comfortably under $500. Keep an eye on Southwest Airlines, which often features discounts to Caribbean destinations. As activities go, there’s a beach full of puppies you can play with, so that’s a start. A massive barrier reef makes the waters ideal for swimming and snorkeling.
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Lake Louise

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You can fly into Calgary in about four hours from Chicago. Look for tickets in the $300 range.Situated in the Banff National Park, the glacier-fed Lake Louise is where, from December-ish to April-ish, you can avail yourself of what many consider to be the world’s best ice-skating rink -- go after dark for night skating. In the summer, go rock-climbing or horseback riding, and if you have the extra coin there’s heli-hiking.
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San Juan

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With travel in between 3 to 5 hours,Puerto Rico, could use your tourism dollars right now. Carve trails in Old San Juan and stumble upon offbeat spots like Mi Pequeño, a shop that makes and sells hand-painted reproductions of San Juan’s doors and building facades. Stop by Caribar at Caribe Hilton, birthplace of the piña colada, and treat yourself to one. Explore the brilliant street art of the Santurce neighborhood. Then day-trip: Among the best excursions are Vieques’ bioluminescent bay; the adventure park of Toroverde, where visitors can hop zip-lines -- some of the world’s longest.
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Vancouver

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It will take you about 4.5 hours to reach this destination even sometimes a little extra due to flight schedule but believe me Vancouver is a city so sexy, so filmable -- overshadows its smaller, harder-to-reach provincial capital. But the Garden City offers a mix of the bold and the British that makes its tourist-friendly yet genuinely rad Downtown one of the chillest little vacation nooks on the West Coast.
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