6 Last-Minute Summer Getaways

Haven't been to a beach or pool yet this season? Is the only sun you've seen lately through your office window? Then it's seriously time for a vacation. Here are six spots around the country with the perfect 48-hour trip equation: short travel time to your destination minus a car once you get there — plus, everything you need for your visit packed into one small bag. And you won't even have to submit your time-off card or break the bank.

By Jessica Flint

June 19, 2013 12:00 PM
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Courtesy of 21C Museum Hotel

Bentonville, Arkansas

GET THERE: The artsy town filled with Ozark charm is about 200 miles south of Kansas City, missouri.
STAY: The 21C Museum Hotel, which opened in February, is housed inside a 24/7 contemporary art museum. (From $159; 21cmuseumhotels.com)
CHEAP THRILL: Visit Crystal Bridges Museum (free admission; crystalbridges.org). Located just a quarter of a mile from the hotel, the two-year-old art museum founded by Walmart heiress Alice Walton includes five centuries of american art, ranging from the colonial era to current day—think iconic artworks such as Asher B. Durand’s Kindred Spirits, Norman Rockwell’s depiction of Rosie the Riveter, and Andy Warhol’s Dolly Parton. Plus, the grounds have 3.5 miles of walking trails to enjoy.

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