Life gets busy. You move to a new city, start a new job, or finish school and suddenly, you’ve been living in the same zip code for forever but the only “sightseeing” you’ve done is cruising restaurant reviews online before ordering from the takeout menu and climbing back, exhausted, into bed. We surely appreciate the pleasures of home (and Netflix), but we’re also huge fans of taking the time to appreciate yourself. While most of us can’t light out for a vacation on a whim (to be an Instagram influencer!, le sigh), there is a better way to feel like you’re away from it all on a budget. Just ask The New York Post.
With Boxed Hotels, you’ll save up to 45% on thousands of hotels worldwide… AND the ones right next door. Get insider access to your own hometown at prices that will let you enjoy yourself — and the place you call home — even more. To get you started, here’s a list of staycation thought-starters.
Sure, New Yorkers have “Hamilton” (OK, and SF and soon LA, too), but Austinites have been low-key rocking Hamilton for years — Hamilton Pool, that is. The natural swimming pool and waterfalls are ready-made for Instagram — and your #StaycationGoals. Oh, and that breakfast taco tour you and your friends have been talking about doing for years? Now’s the time. Breakfast in a new bed, anyone?
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Photo: Lauren Johnson, South Congress Hotel, Austin
With everyone focused on the Executive Mansion, why not lose yourself in The Mansion on O Street? With everything from bizarre antiques to Beatles memorabilia and a wooden hot tub (yes, really), this brings home decor to a new level. If you want some more relatively undiscovered DC, head to the National Cathedral and see if you can spot a bizarre Sci-Fi carving in the stone exterior. Hint: It involves another kind of father-son relationship rarely seen in churches.
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Photo: Christine Hsu, Hotel Palomar, Washington, D.C.
Los Angeles, CA
If only LA could feel like that dancing on the highway opening scene in La La Land IRL. The next best thing? Feeling like you’re floating on top of the world at Griffith Observatory. Want to feed your inner Ryan Gosling jazz enthusiast? Check out Time Out’s roundup of the best places to catch live jazz in LA.
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Photo: Atsuna Matsui, Beverly Hills Marriott, L.A.
This city never sleeps — especially when it comes to culture. If you’re always busy during the week and think museums can’t be for you, never fear. These museums are open during select nights so you can get your culture in post-cocktails. Speaking of cocktails, New York is a city of speakeasies just waiting to be explored.
Or, if the heat gets too much, cool off in one of the city’s many pools, from Williamsburg’s McCarren Park Pool, to uber blogger Joanna Goddard’s secret swimming spot at Le Parker Meridien in midtown.
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Photo: Joanna Goddard, Le Parker Meridien, NYC
You drive through the city every day… but have you ever wondered about the stories behind the skyscrapers? Play tourist in your hometown with a Chicago Architecture River Cruise and see your city in a whole new light (we promise, things will be looking up from here on out). Not a fan of boats? Hop on a bike and take a quirky Chicago food tour with Bobby’s Bike Hike Chicago and see for yourself why Conde Nast Traveler named Chicago “America’s Best Restaurant City.”
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