The best back-to-school weekend staycations in each state

For many families, this is the sign that it’s time to squeeze in one last trip before it’s time to think about homework and school activities again.

Huntsville is nicknamed “Rocket City,” which is fitting because it’s home to the U.S. Space & Rocket Center.


It’s hard to visit Alaska in the summer and not enjoy the great outdoors (without freezing).


The Grand Canyon is a classic family vacation spot, and for good reason. Even if you and your family have been there before, there are few things as breathtaking as the Grand Canyon.


At the Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, you can stay in a safari lodge, treehouse or tent (or just a suite, if you’d like) while seeing – seriously – lions, tigers and bears (and leopards, ligers and bobcats).


Staycation options in California are nearly limitless. But it’ll start cooling off soon enough, so get one last waterpark trip in while the weather is still warm.


Cave of the Winds has activities for adventurers of every level, both aboveground and under. You can take a cave tour, learn the basics of spelunking, and hear folklore and ghost stories.


If you want your kids enjoy their last minutes of summer vacation before they take a plunge into books and pop quizzes, head over to New Milford.


Reward them with a trip to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando.


When anyone thinks of Hawaii, they likely think of days with their feet in the sand — and rightfully so, as there are some of the most beautiful beaches here.


So pack your weekender bags and enjoy the last moments of summer at these perfect back-to-school weekend staycations.

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