10 Best U.S. Cities for Workcations

Combine work (or school) and vacation for the ultimate workcation in one of these U.S. cities.

The era of cubicles and water-cooler chitchat as we once knew it feels like a world away, even despite the fact that some employers are insisting on returning to office life, whether full-time or with a hybrid schedule. These days, many people in the U.S. are still clocking in from home and wearing their favorite cozy PJs well into the afternoon. While being able to stay home is a luxury in itself, as anyone who has worked remotely before knows, the best thing about working from home is that you don't actually have to work from home. As long as the Wi-Fi is reliable and your computer is charged, you can conduct your business from a hotel room, Airbnb, beach, mountaintop, or poolside cabana. Enter a recent trend — workcations — which brings together two things that always seem to be at odds with one another: work and vacation.

What are workcations?

The concept of workcations involves being able to log-in remotely from anywhere on earth while enjoying the places you're working from during your off-hours as if you were on vacation. It's an interesting mix of flexibility and obligation, though you'll have more control over the places you consider to be "your office" during working hours, as well as the freedom to get out there and sightsee as soon as you clock out — or even before you clock in, if that's how the time difference shakes out. In a way, it's like working from your favorite vacation spot, though it's up to you and your boss to determine whether it's just for a short stint or more of a long-term thing.

These days, workcations are not only doable, they're enjoyable. Hotels are offering workcation packages, long-term rentals are being outfitted with desks, and destinations are making it easy for remote workers to experience life in their world.

That said, some U.S. cities and locales are just a little better equipped and more welcoming for those seeking workcations than others, providing plenty of amenities and speedy internet (as you'd expect), as well as easy access to certain things we look for in a vacation: white-sand beaches, skiing, amazing food, and a relaxing escape.

Seattle, Washington

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Seattle is the sort of place you can wander around for hours — after you've finished your work, of course. Cruise down the eight-and-a-half-mile Seattle Waterfront Pathway and enjoy the views of Elliott Bay, or check out some of the things this city is known for, like Chihuly Garden and Glass and the Space Needle. And of course, no trip to Seattle is complete without a stop at Pike Place Market, which is just a five-minute walk from the wonderfully central Fairmont Olympic Hotel.

On the weekend, make the drive to Mount Rainier National Park or Olympic National Park — both are about two hours away by car.

Phoenix, Arizona

Overton Trail Loop is a 3.5 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Cave Creek, of the city of Phoenix Arizona

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It doesn't matter when you visit Phoenix, the city is always welcoming and warm — literally — and that goes for those doing workcations, too. Book a stay at the uber-hip Found:Re Phoenix Hotel to enjoy easy access to downtown Phoenix and the Japanese Friendship Garden, or try out Hyatt's "Work From Hyatt" package at the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch or the Royal Palms Resort & Spa, where you'll find private work areas and speedy internet.

When you're ready to explore, check out urban hiking, available at nearby Camelback Mountain, McDowell Mountain Regional Park, or South Mountain Park & Preserve. Cruise around on the city's Hopr bike and scooter share network or plan a day trip to Saguaro National Park, home of giant saguaro cacti and ancient petroglyphs.

Aspen, Colorado

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We're betting that a trip to Aspen has always been on your bucket list, so if not now, when? You can kick it at The St. Regis Aspen Resort in downtown Aspen, located just a few blocks from Aspen Mountain, or escape the hubbub in the neighboring village of Snowmass, located about 20 minutes from Aspen by car. Snowmass is home to the largest ski resort in the area — the Aspen Snowmass Ski Resort — with endless options for ski-in, ski-out accommodations and easy access to the great outdoors.

When you're not skiing (or working — this is supposed to be a workcation, after all), book a day at the 7,000-square-foot Spa at Viceroy Snowmass or take a hot air balloon ride for bird's-eye views of the surrounding mountains.

Honolulu, Hawaii

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Honolulu is a beautiful, multicultural city that just so happens to sit right near Oahu's famous Waikiki Beach. If that wasn't reason enough to make it your dream workcation destination, the nearby islands of Kauai, Maui, Molokai, Lanai, and Hawaii Island (also called The Big Island) are all a 30- to 45-minute flight away, giving you a chance to go island hopping and see everything the Aloha State has to offer.

Rooms at The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Waikiki Beach come with full kitchens, a work space, and washer and dryer, making extended stays a million times more comfortable. Just down the beach, the 'Alohilani Resort, Waikiki Beach and Outrigger Waikiki Beach both offer spacious rooms and suites with ocean views. When you're ready to explore (beyond your luxe accommodations and Waikiki Beach, that is), the Wiliwilinui Ridge hiking trail, Honolulu Museum of Art, and historic 'Iolani Palace — the only royal palace in the United States — are all nearby.

Jackson, Wyoming

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Jackson may be small, but because it's a resort town, you'll find plenty of big-city amenities. Book a room at The Lodge at Jackson Hole (just don't get too used to the daily breakfast service) or settle into a spacious two- or four-bedroom suite at the Caldera House, perfectly situated in the heart of all the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort action.

When you're not working, there's plenty to see and do. You can spend the day skiing at one of the area's three world-renowned ski resorts, check out the National Elk Refuge (home to one of the largest elk herds in the U.S.), or plan a day trip to nearby Grand Teton National Park. Foodies will want to grab a slice from Pinky G's Pizzeria (made famous by Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives) or grab dinner at the delicious Coelette. When the weekend rolls around, the less than two hour journey to Yellowstone National Park is well worth the drive.

Sonoma, California

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If a work day followed by a glass of pinot noir and a leisurely walk through a 19th-century plaza sounds appealing, a workcation in Sonoma, California, might be in the cards. Stay at the Sonoma Bungalows in downtown Sonoma — each comes with its own gourmet kitchen and open living spaces that are perfect for working (or schooling) from. Looking for a something a little more upscale? Just outside of town, is the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa, a laid-back luxury property that's home to its own geothermal pool.

Once work and school have let out for the day, there's plenty to do. Start by visiting the animals at the Jack London State Historic Park or the Safari West wildlife preserve. Those looking to find the next great wine should head to Walt Wines, known for its pinot noir offerings, or the stunning Ledson Winery & Vineyards.

New Orleans, Louisiana

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There's more to New Orleans than just jazz and Mardi Gras; it's a city with a rich history, excellent food, and plenty of things to see and do in a surprisingly small radius. Those on workcations won't be disappointed with a stay at the Residence Inn New Orleans French Quarter, where you'll be treated to a full in-suite kitchen, separate living and sleeping areas, and a hot daily breakfast.

After a day "at the office," explore the historic French Quarter on foot, book a swamp tour, or grab a po' boy from Killer Poboys. Whatever you do, don't forget to head to Café Du Monde for some beignets — NOLA's signature fried-dough-dipped-in-sugar pastry — for dessert.

Miami Beach, Florida

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For a beachy escape on the mainland, Florida is hard to beat — and when you're looking for a sun-filled getaway, Miami Beach is where you'll want to be. Stay in the heart of the island city at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach, which makes that workcation feel just a little more luxe. For families taking both work and school on the road, the Shelborne South Beach offers high-speed Wi-Fi and the charm of a 1940s Art Deco building by the water.

When the work (or school) day has come to an end, there's more to do than sit on the sand. Check out The Bass Museum of Art's outdoor installations or grab a bite at Pubbelly Sushi. If you need a full-day escape, head to Everglades National Park, located just a one-hour drive from Miami Beach. While you're there, keep an eye out for alligators and turtles along the Anhinga Trail or climb the 70-foot Shark Valley Observation Tower for stunning views of the everglades.

Asheville, North Carolina

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For those who enjoy being in a scenic and mountainous environment without missing out on big-city attractions like great restaurants and breweries, Asheville makes an ideal workcation spot. Whether you're into outdoor activities like hiking, cycling, fishing, and zip-lining, want to visit all your favorite places from The Hunger Games, or like touring historic homes and museums, you're bound to find something that piques your interest.

Once work is done for the day, spend some time unwinding at the Asheville Pinball Museum, where you can spoil your inner child with classic arcade games, or dig into the city's vibrant beer and cider scene at Archetype Brewing, Barn Door Ciderworks, or any of the region's other well-known establishments. History buffs and wine lovers can visit the Biltmore Estate's historic home, gardens, and winery — or, for a real treat, stay at one of its onsite accommodation offerings, the Village Hotel, The Inn, or the Cottages on Biltmore Estate. After a long workcation stint, treat yourself to a relaxing day of pampering at The Horse Shoe Farm's Stable Spa, located about 30 minutes south in Hendersonville.

Savannah, Georgia

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This charming southern city offers plenty to see and do whenever you're not on the clock — picturesque streets and squares, a vibrant riverfront district, and tons of eateries and nightlife spots, just to name a few. Spend some time relaxing among the live oak trees and fountains in Forsyth Park, learning about the city's intriguing history on a ghost tour with Old Town Trolley Tours or Old Savannah Tours, wandering the beautiful but haunting Bonaventure Cemetery — featured prominently in Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil — or chilling on the beach in nearby Tybee Island.

Back in the historic city center, grab a scoop at Leopold's Ice Cream as you stroll through the walkable downtown historic district, then shop 'til you drop along River Street. Treat yourself to a classic Southern-style lunch at Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room, a cash-only spot serving favorites like fried chicken, black eyed peas, corn bread, biscuits, and okra gumbo as you dine around a large table with your fellow foodies. Stay anywhere from historic inns and B&Bs to haunted hotels like The Marshall House, Kehoe House, and the 17 Hundred 90 Inn, Savannah's oldest. Upscale (and less-likely-to-be-haunted) accommodations such as The Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa and The Bohemian Hotel Savannah Riverfront can be found along the scenic Savannah River.

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