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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    Austin, Texas

    GET THERE: The Lone Star State's hipster capital is about 165 miles northwest of Houston and 200 miles south of Dallas.
    STAY: Located in the East Austin arts district, the new seven-room retro Heywood Hotel is a quick walk downtown and to sixth street and Lady Bird Lake. (From $179; heywoodhotel.com)
    CHEAP THRILL: Listen to live music. Mix the old and new: The Continental Club (continentalclub.com), which has been around since 1957, is the city’s most famous music venue, while The White Horse Honky Tonk (thewhitehorseaustin.com) opened two years ago and has live music seven days a week, along with Pac-Man, pool, and whiskey on tap.

    Marquito Molina
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