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.

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    Newport, Rhode Island

    GET THERE: The posh harbor town is about 200 miles north of New York City.
    STAY: The year-old Attwater (from $229; theattwater.com), a 12-room nautical-inspired hotel, is within walking distance of restaurants, shops, and the Cliff Walk (cliffwalk.com), a 3.5-mile footpath that borders the shoreline.
    CHEAP THRILL: Mansion tours. The city is famous for its 11 historic Downton Abbey–esque estates (newportmansions.org), which used to be summer homes for America’s wealthiest. Tour The Breakers, the grandest of the Vanderbilt family’s former vacation escapes (tickets, $24 each).

    Courtesy of the Breakers
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