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These days, people aren’t just traveling for business. Bleisure (business travel and leisure travel in one trip) has become all the rage. In fact, according to our “Unpacking Bleisure Traveler Trends” study, since 2016, there’s been a 40 percent increase in bleisure travel. And since you’ll be criss-crossing the country at some point for work in the coming year, we thought we’d give a list of some of the top cities to extend your bleisure trip.

1. San Diego, California – Julian, California

Traveling to Timbuktu for work is never fun. But when you have to spend a few days in America’s Finest City for work, well, that’s a different story. There’re beautiful beaches. An amazing zoo and wildlife park. A thriving nightlife scene. You won’t have a problem staying busy after the workday ends.

Want to get away?
Hop in your car and head 62 miles northwest to the small mountain town of Julian. Get yourself a freshly baked apple pie from the Julian Pie Company before hiking it off at Volcan Mountain Wilderness Preserve.

 

2. Seattle, Washington – Bellingham, Washington

Whether you’re heading to the Pacific Northwest because you’re trying to close a tech deal or sweet talking a client, Seattle isn’t a bad place to conduct business. After your last meeting, wander the stalls at Pike Place Market and explore the nightlife options in the Belltown neighborhood.

Want to get away?
A mere 90 miles north along Interstate 5 will bring to the scenic city of Bellingham. This is the perfect town to escape the big city for a day or two. Take a scenic cruise around Chuckanut Drive and then add to your library at Village Books.

 

3. Boston, Massachusetts – Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Hopefully, part of your working time in Beantown involves conducting business over hot dogs and beers during a Red Sox game at Fenway Park. And even if it doesn’t, you won’t have a problem distracting yourself from work in this city. From historical sites and fantastic restaurants to great sporting experiences, you’d be lucky to travel here for business.

Want to get away?
Extend your trip to New England by a day or two with a quick 62-mile drive north to Portsmouth, New Hampshire. You’ll have quite the appetite after an hour’s drive, so stop off at Jumpin’ Jay’s Fish Café. Enjoy a bowl of New England clam chowder and some oysters and call it a day.

 

4. Minneapolis, Minnesota – New Ulm, Minnesota

This half of Minnesota’s Twin Cities is so delightful you may consider a transfer at work. Especially after you eat your way through Nicollet Avenue and attend a concert at the brand-new U.S. Bank Stadium or wander through the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. And those are just three reasons why you’ll like it here.

Want to get away?
If you want to visit the second oldest family-owned brewery in America, drive 98 miles south to the town of New Ulm and check out the August Schell Brewing Company. If you want to stay a night or two, book a room at the cozy Deutsche Strasse Bed & Breakfast. You’ll think you’re at a house in the Bavarian Alps.

 

5. Atlanta, Georgia – Athens, Georgia

Even if you’re heading to Atlanta for work, consider yourself lucky. This place is a great city for a bleisure trip. Lunch breaks can be spent at places like the Varsity drive-in fast food restaurant. And evenings can be spent listening to live music at Eddie’s Attic. That sounds very bleisurely to us.

Want to get away?
Since you’ve got some extra time on your hands, make the 72-mile drive east to the city of Athens. Take a guided tour of historic Athens and learn everything you’d like to know about this place. After, wander the stalls of the J&J Flea Market looking for hidden treasures.

 

6. Washington, D.C. – Charlottesville, Virginia

We’re willing to bet you’re not going to the nation’s capital because you’ve got a meeting at the Treasury Department, but you never know. Anyways, there’re not too many other places that are better for bleisure than D.C., with after-work activities like museums, historical tours, and food tastings at fantastic restaurants. This town isn’t just about politics.

Want to get away?
After a few days of meetings, meetings, and more meetings, driving 116-miles to Charlottesville, Virginia, is exactly what you need. Pay a visit to Tommy Jefferson’s home of Monticello. Come back to town and take a CVille Hop on Tour. Take your pick between a beer or wine tour and then call it a night at the Dinsmore Inn. Work will be far from your mind.

 

7. Denver, Colorado – Colorado Springs, Colorado

When your boss tells you that you’re going to Denver for a few days for the next sales conference, you should be very happy. Denver is absolutely awesome! How do you forget about the stress and nonsense of long work days? You head to Larimer Square and relax with fine food and cocktails.

Want to get away?
As great as the city of Denver is, it never hurts to see other parts of the state. Seventy miles to the south of the “Mile High City” is Colorado Springs and your perfect escape from the boardroom. Wander amongst the animal exhibits at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo or go for an unforgettable hike through the Garden of the Gods. The word “stunning” doesn’t do it justice.

 

8. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – Hershey, Pennsylvania

The “City of Brotherly Love,” crazy sports fans, tasty cheese steaks, and endless business conferences. No doubt you’ll be attending one of them, but don’t worry because Philly is a mecca for bleisure travel. Flip a coin to decide where you want to get lunch; Pat’s King of Steaks or Geno’s Steaks. No matter happens, your decision will be hotly contested.

Want to get away?
As good as those cheese steaks may be, you won’t be able to quell that craving of chocolate. Follow that delicious smell 95 miles to the town of Hershey, yes, that Hershey. Once you step inside Hershey’s Chocolate World you may never, ever want to leave.

 

9. Phoenix, Arizona – Sedona, Arizona

Who wouldn’t want to travel to Phoenix for work? It’s sunny. Temperatures are tolerable—most of the year. Business deals are struck up on the putting green and signed by the hotel pool. You can sign us up for a business trip to Phoenix any time.

Want to get away?
Being in meetings all day can make you feel like you’re in some sort of weird corporate vortex, but it’s not real. What is real are the vortexes 116 miles north in Sedona. Sign up with Sedona Rock Tours and your guide will take you to all sorts of spiritual vortexes. For dinner, head to Cress on Oak Creek and treat yourself to a lovely end-of-trip meal.

 

10. Dallas, Texas – Shreveport, Louisiana

Everything is bigger in Texas: steaks, ribs, beers, cowboy hats, and boardrooms. But don’t be afraid, those oversized boardrooms are more bark than bite, making your business trip to the “Big D” more bleisurely than professional. When the business day ends, catch the sunset from the top of Reunion Tower or wander through the shops in the Bishop Arts District. Yee haw!

Want to get away?
A hop, skip, jump, and 187-mile drive straight east will bring you to the fine city of Shreveport, Louisiana. Why? Because you can explore the awesome Gardens of the American Rose Center. When you’re ready to let your hair down, head to the downtown Red River Entertainment District. You’ll be close to cool attractions like the Shreveport Aquarium and two casinos. Good luck!

Okay, folks, there it is. Hopefully we’ve given you what you need to turn your next business trip into a bleisure trip. We’re willing to bet with the cities listed above, you won’t have a problem doing that.

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