Need a vacation but strapped for time? We hear you. Here are several quick getaways from the States, all seven days or less.

5 Days in Baja

Relax and unwind on one of Ker & Downey's quick getaways to Baja California Sur. Mexico’s wild peninsula is the second longest in the world. And with ocean and mountain views, its beauty can’t be beat. Spend two nights by the beach enjoying delicious tacos and gorgeous Pacific sunsets. While there, ride the waves at Los Cerritos during a private lesson with a veteran surf instructor. Then move inland to the beautiful Sierra de la Laguna mountains to enjoy a two-night stay in a luxury tent situated in a mango and grapefruit grove. Spend time birdwatching or stargazing in the tranquil UNESCO-designated Biosphere Reserve.

Nearly every major airport hub in the USA offers direct flights to Los Cabos International Airport (SJD). Furthermore it's less than 3 hours from Houston to Cabo, making it an ideal quick getaway. From Los Cabos, the rest of the Peninsula is within easy reach. Plus, for most of the year, Baja is in the same time zone as U.S. Mountain Time.

Baja Quick Getaway

6 Days in Costa Rica

Explore the rich biodiversity Costa Rica has to offer on a luxurious quick getaway. A perfect blend of nature, culture, and relaxation, this unique journey will delight your senses. Take in the panoramic jungle views over majestic Lake Nicaragua from your remote mountainside lodge near the Tenorio Volcano and the stunning Llano de Cortes Waterfall. Then stay at an exclusive ocean retreat where you can picnic on a pristine, secluded beach on the untamed Gulf of Papagayo and savor exquisite cuisine prepared by your personal chef. After a few days of “pura vida,” you won’t want to leave this vibrant and beautiful country.

Costa Rica is just about a 4 hour flight from Dallas or Atlanta. Costa Rica is also on Central Time, so travelers don't have to worry about jet lag, which is ideal for a quick getaway.

Costa Rica Quick Getaway

7 Days in Colombia

Spend a week soaking in the tranquil beauty and rich culture of Colombia. Your stay in an exclusive-use Andean hacienda will offer unparalleled views of majestic mountains and stately coffee plantations. Visit scenic waterfalls in verdant jungle by horseback. Then return to your accommodation for a feast of local and seasonal delicacies. Spend a day in Medellin learning about the city’s recent social transformation before you fly to Barichara for a few nights in an iconic private villa, previously occupied by a former president. Steeped in history, Casa del Presidente showcases local arts and crafts and offers a unique view into the history of the region, from indigenous stories to German colonial influence and modern life in the traditional town.

From Miami, you can be in Medellín in just 3 hours and 30 minutes. Dallas, Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta, Boston, Tampa, and New York also have direct flights to Medellín.

Colombia Quick Getaway

6 Days in Cuba

A last minute getaway to Cuba allows you to uncover the essence of this captivating island nation. In our Classic Cuba journey, embark on a comprehensive exploration of Havana and the nearby Viñales Valley. Cruise the Malecón in a vintage automobile, immerse yourself in a salsa dancing class, and go on a horseback journey through the picturesque countryside. During your stay, engage with the warm-hearted locals, artists, musicians, and entrepreneurs who will unveil the true spirit of Cuba for you.

Many commercial U.S. airlines -- including American, Southwest, JetBlue, Delta, and United -- offer daily non-stop service from South Florida to Havana. The flight from Miami to Havana is a quick 1 hour 20 minutes.

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5 Days in Paris

See the best of Paris on this whirlwind four-night Paris luxury tour. This Paris quick getaway has it all, but it also pairs well with other destinations in France and Europe should you wish to extend your stay. From the Eiffel Tower and the Mona Lisa to Versailles and the Seine: enjoy the very best Paris has to offer in just five days.

Several key U.S. hubs offer direct flights to Paris, including Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, DFW, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New York, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C. Just a 7 hour flight from the East Coast, the City of Lights and Love never felt so close.

Paris Quick Getaway

London Quick Getaways

Short on time but need a quick getaway to recharge and refresh? A few days in town & country could do the trick. London is also just a 7 hour flight from New York. So it's an ideal destination for R&R.

We've got a number of fantastic 4- and 5-day London getaways that explore everything from London's highlights to its history, world-renowned literary figures, and royalty. There truly is something for everyone in London.

London Quick Getaway

6 Days in Switzerland

This option is ideal for those looking to pack in the highlights in a short amount of time. While you can certainly pair this quick getaway with a Rhine river cruise or with another neighboring European country, this five-night Switzerland tour captures a wealth of Swiss beauty from Lucerne to Lake Geneva for those short on time. Enjoy chocolate workshops, historic railways, epic mountain summits, and idyllic lakeside towns, all in Ker & Downey style.

Several airlines, including Swiss Air, offer direct flights to either Geneva or Zurich. Flight time from the East Coast to Switzerland is generally around 7 hours and 30 minutes.

Switzerland Quick Getaway

5 Days in Amsterdam with the Family

Looking for a quick getaway with the whole family? Look no further than Amsterdam. Travelers of all ages will love this four-night stop over. It comes jam-packed with all sorts of family-friendly activities. Cruise the city on a boat, and explore the windmills, canals, and cheese factories in the countryside. The best outing? A family bike ride, of course! Travel like the locals do around the city, then visit a medieval castle outside town.

Nearly 20 U.S. hubs have direct flights to Amsterdam, and flight time from the East Coast is around 7 hours.

Amsterdam Quick Getaway

Quick Getaways with Ker & Downey

Ker & Downey is a multi-award winning tour operator. Our designers are at their best when crafting a journey unique to you, whether you've got two weeks or five days. Contact a designer to start planning your journey. Then pack your bags and enjoy the trip. In the meantime, follow us on Facebook and Instagram for daily travel inspiration.