The perfect town-and-country vacation is a time-honored tradition that blends urban sophistication and wide-open wilderness. Our picks below are based around vacation destinations where a vibrant metropolitan scene is just a couple of hours from fresh air, dense forests, rushing rivers, windswept beaches, mountain peaks, and quaint small towns full of adventurous possibilities. The combination — while it may make packing a little trickier — is a great way to maximize your next long weekend. When done correctly, even the travel time between the two shifts from hassle to some of the most memorable moments of your whole getaway.
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