When there's no time to take a full-length vacation, a weekend getaway can be just as enjoyable. There are a number of U.S. locations that offer breathtaking sights and fun activities for the weekend. Many of these places are suitable for couples or families.

Here are the top 7 weekend getaways in the U.S., and why these locations are so popular.

1.) Sedona, AZ

Sedona is ideal for hikers and those who want to take in the beauty of nature. Vacationers can enjoy vistas at the Chapel of the Holy Cross and go shopping for antiques and artistic decor at Tlaquepque. The Sedona Rouge Resort and Spa is one of the best places to stay in the area, since people can lodge comfortably and receive spa services such as facials and massages.

2.) Charleston, SC

Charleston, South Carolina is another weekend getaway that is particularly appealing to couples who want a relaxed mini vacation at a bed and breakfast. Vacationers can also take a horse and carriage ride through the streets of the city, and take in vintage aspects of the area such as cobblestone streets and old-time shops. There are a number of interesting places to eat in the city, and Charleston is also home to the Spoleto Festival, which takes place every year. Individuals who love the charm and relaxed pace of the American South will likely enjoy a vacation in Charleston.

3.) Monterey, CA

Monterey, California is an attractive weekend destination because the weather is nice all year round. Pebble Beach is the ideal golf destination for enthusiasts, and Cannery Row is a great place to relax and take in the beauty of the city. Families may enjoy this location since it is home to the Point Lobos State Natural Reserve and the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

4.) Colorado Springs, CO

Colorado Springs is home to majestic mountains and plenty of places to ski. Families and sports enthusiasts may want to visit the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. The Air Force Academy is located in the city as well, and the public can view demonstrations from both facilities. Not too mention, Denver is only a short drive away.

5.) Austin, TX

Vacationers who'd like to indulge in some great music should take a short vacation to Austin. This Texas city is home to a number of amateur and unsigned talented artists, and showcases are all around the city on Friday and Saturday nights. Zilker Park is one of the best places to enjoy the outdoors when in Austin. The city is also known for its award-winning barbecue.

6.) Williamsburg, VA

Williamsburg, Virginia is the site of many historical events in the United States. History buffs will likely enjoy their weekend vacation in the city. Williamsburg is home to colonial reenactments, and wine enthusiasts are bound to have a great time at a Williamsburg Winery tasting. Water Country USA and Busch Gardens are ideal Williamsburg locations for family fun.

7.) Tucson, AZ

Tucson is another weekend vacation destination that is perfect for those who love warm weather. The Catalina Foothills boasts an extensive golf course, and there are a number of museums on the University of Arizona's campus. Saguaro National Park is the ideal place to spend time outdoors when vacationing in Arizona.

These top 7 destinations all have something different to offer. Whether a family or couple enjoys warm weather or snowy vacations, the U.S. cities can provide the activities and attractions that make for a memorable retreat.