8 Weekend Trip Ideas for the Dog Days of Summer

July 4th has passed and we are now officially in the Dog Days of Summer (yes, it’s a real thing, not just an expression — who knew?). For the working and kid-less folks, summer isn’t a whole lot different than the rest of the year, apart from the weather. For those with kids, and in particular younger, school-aged kids, this time of year really feels like the dog days. The initial excitement of being out of school has weakened, and now it’s just a matter of finding one more movie, one more day at the pool, one more craft project… whatever it takes to get through another day.

But I’m here to tell you not to let the dog days get you down! Plan a weekend getaway! There are so many things to love about a quick weekend trip: you only need one or a half day off of work; packing is super easy; you can find a spot that’s driveable; and even though it’s only two days, you’ll come back feeling refreshed and ready to take on another week. Or, at the very least, you’ll have a lot of fun and need two more days to recover.

So, whether you’re with kids, flying solo, or planning a romantic getaway, Gordo’s has some fun suggestions for you.

Gordo’s Cheese Dip Amazing 8 Weekend Getaways

St. Augustine, Florida

History, artifacts, quaint city strolling and shopping, and beaches to boot. St. Augustine offers something for everyone of all ages. If you do nothing else, make sure you take a Trolley Tour and walk through Castillo de San Marcos.

Lake Gaston, North Carolina

Looking for good, old-fashioned fun? Lake Gaston offers 20,000 acres of it! It’s a great spot for hiking, fishing, boating, water sports, and plain ole’ relaxing.

Shenandoah Valley, Virginia

Need a way to reset your clock and appreciate the natural beauty our country has to offer? Shenandoah offers some magestic views and landscapes, best seen on horseback, hiking, or paddling on the river. After seeing the outside, be sure to check out the insides of the many spectacular caverns.

Mackinac Island, Michigan

Take a step back in time and indulge in the sweet life by the sea — literally. In addition to the picturesque views and family fun activities, Mackinac Island is known for its world-famous handmade fudge. Be sure to also check out the limestone bluffs found at the state park.

Leipers Fork, Tennessee

City livin’ got you down? Retreat to one of America’s beautiful quintessential small towns. Leipers Fork will have plenty of antiques stores to while away the afternoon. When you’re done, pull up a chair at Puckett’s Grocery and Restaurant for some live country music.

Jekyll Island, Georgia

Beaches, wildlife, hiking and walking trails, golf, and even a water park await you at this barrier island off of the Georgia coastline. Since Jekyll Island is protected from further development, the area offers a true escape from the hustle and bustle. While you’re there, stop by the Georgia Sea Turtle Center to learn more about coastal marine life.

Mentone, Alabama

How can you go wrong in a place that literally means “music mountain spring?” This small town gem is nestled on the rim of Little River Canyon, and is a true nature-filled getaway. Stay in a cozy cabin, historic hotel, or charming bed and breakfast. Spend your day taking in the natural splendor, including the breathtaking Desoto Falls.

Red River Gorge, Kentucky

Sometimes referred to as the South’s best kept secret, this naturally carved beauty provides awe-inspiring views of more than 100 sandstone arches surrounded by lush forests. Hike, paddle, meander, or drive through to experience this beautiful spot.


Wondering how to make your weekend getaway even more convenient and enjoyable? Pack your own food, including lots of Gordo’s Cheese Dip, of course! Pair with cut veggies and chips to keep it simple. All of these weekend adventures are located in states where Gordo’s Cheese Dip can be purchased — lucky for you!


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