Weekend Getaways

 Weekend Getaways allow you to experience the great outdoors, polish your skills (or learn some new ones) and meet other fun outdoor enthusiasts

Weekend Getaways are shorter adventures close to home, making it easier to match your schedule and your budget. With more than 40 trips from coast to coast, we're sure to have an adventure that lets you to experience the great outdoors, polish new skills, and meet other outdoor enthusiasts. Last minute signups are available. Get outside on an REI Weekend Getaway!

Arizona Trips

Grand Canyon Backpacking – North Rim

Grand Canyon Backpacking – North Rim

  • Days: 4
  • Activity Level: Activity Level 5
  • Activity: Backpacking

Leave the crowds behind and explore the Grand Canyon on a challenging backpack trip deep into the canyon. Our North Rim itinerary takes us into some of the most remote and pristine areas of the park. See stunning vistas, ancient rock formations, and traces of past civilizations. The Grand Canyon is a milestone achievement for any backpacker.

Grand Canyon Backpacking – South Rim

Grand Canyon Backpacking – South Rim

  • Days: 4
  • Activity Level: Activity Level 5
  • Activity: Backpacking

Challenge yourself with a memorable backpacking trip from the Grand Canyon's South Rim to its floor. See jaw-dropping views from the rim and explore the intense contours of the canyon walls, while staying at remote, scenic campsites. Get away from the crowds and see this natural wonder on foot.

Phantom Ranch Weekend Getaway

Phantom Ranch Weekend Getaway

  • Days: 4
  • Activity Level: Activity Level 3-4
  • Activity: Hiking

Grand Canyon Phantom Ranch Weekend—Cross a stay at the legendary Phantom Ranch off your bucket list with our 4-day trip from the South Rim, with a full day to explore the canyon's depths.

Superstition Mountains Backpacking

Superstition Mountains Backpacking

  • Days: 4
  • Activity Level: Activity Level 3-4
  • Activity: Backpacking, Hiking

Home to the legend of the Lost Dutchman's Gold, the Superstition Mountains have long been considered one of the premiere hiking destinations in the southwest. Join us on our northbound, one-way through-hike exploring the eroded rock spires and blocky sheer walled mesas that define this region.

California Trips

Death Valley Cycling

Death Valley Cycling

  • Days: 4
  • Activity Level: Activity Level 3-4
  • Activity: Cycling

Escape to one of the greatest surprises in the West and a biking experience that simply can't be duplicated anywhere else on the planet. Wildlife and wildflowers animate the spaces between salt spires and sand dunes. Join us for a weekend spinning wheels through Death Valley, reviving the soul and opening your mind to the exceptional cycling terrain.

Joshua Tree Rock Climbing & Backpacking

Joshua Tree Rock Climbing & Backpacking

  • Days: 3
  • Activity Level: Activity Level 3-4
  • Activity: Backpacking, Rock Climbing

Joshua Tree is home to amazing granite monoliths and formations—twisted rock that creates a surreal and unique landscape. Not only do we marvel at these wonders, but we rope up and climb them! Backpack in to our campsite and spend 3 days learning and practicing rock climbing skills for a one-of-a-kind weekend getaway.

Joshua Tree Rock Climbing & Base Camping

Joshua Tree Rock Climbing & Base Camping

  • Days: 3
  • Activity Level: Activity Level 3
  • Activity: Camping, Rock Climbing

Joshua Tree is an amazing location to learn how to rock climb. Unique rock formations among stunning scenery provide the perfect backdrop for a weekend of climbing instruction. Join our professional guides to build or hone your skills, while staying at a nearby front-country campsite.

Lake Tahoe Paddleboarding & Hiking

Lake Tahoe Paddleboarding & Hiking

  • Days: 4
  • Activity Level: Activity Level 3
  • Activity: Paddleboarding, Hiking

New Trip! Lake Tahoe offers something for everyone, and our weekend getaway lets adventurous travelers explore the Sierras by land and water. Join us on a trip that includes stand up paddleboarding and scenic hiking, while we camp near the shores of Donner Lake. Our experienced guides help you explore the majestic vistas and stunningly-clear waters of Lake Tahoe.

Mount Shasta Climb – North Face

Mount Shasta Climb – North Face

  • Days: 3
  • Activity Level: Activity Level 5
  • Activity: Mountaineering

Mt. Shasta is the perfect challenge for new mountaineers around the United States. Its challenging slopes are a great place to learn and hone mountaineering skills. Our trip provides instruction on skills and tools before trying for the second-highest volcanic summit in the lower 48.

Mount Shasta Climb – South Face

Mount Shasta Climb – South Face

  • Days: 3
  • Activity Level: Activity Level 5
  • Activity: Mountaineering

At 14,179 feet, Mt. Shasta is the second highest volcanic peak in the lower 48 states. Our South Face route takes advantage of early season conditions to help you accomplish this challenging feat, perfect for the beginning mountaineer. REI guides provide instruction and training before setting out for the summit.

O.A.R.S. Rafting

O.A.R.S. Rafting

  • Days: 2 to 4+
  • Activity Level: Varies
  • Activity: Rafting

REI Adventures and Outdoor Adventure River Specialists (O.A.R.S.) bring you over fifteen itineraries on nine different rivers from half-day floats to weekend and longer trips.

Tahoe Sierra Backpacking

Tahoe Sierra Backpacking

  • Days: 4
  • Activity Level: Activity Level 3-4
  • Activity: Backpacking

Enjoy the 'quiet' side of Tahoe on this stunning backpacking trip through the Tahoe National Forest. We'll head out in to the backcountry and establish a base camp, allowing us to explore further with lighter loads. We'll seek out pristine swimming holes, sculpted granite basins, and cascading alpine streams as we get away from civilization and soak in the sunlight under a sapphire blue Sierra sky. Old growth forests will shade our tents and campfire camaraderie awaits just a few convenient hours away from Reno, Sacramento, or the San Francisco Bay Area.

Yosemite Backpacking – Hetch Hetchy

Yosemite Backpacking – Hetch Hetchy

  • Days: 4
  • Activity Level: Activity Level 3
  • Activity: Backpacking

Explore the "hidden Yosemite" as you learn the basics of backpacking on our exploration of Hetch Hetchy in Yosemite National Park. We'll learn route finding, backcountry travel utilizing minimal impact practices, outdoor cookery, and natural history as we enjoy Yosemite Valley's "little sister."

Yosemite Backpacking – The High Country

Yosemite Backpacking – The High Country

  • Days: 4
  • Activity Level: Activity Level 3-4
  • Activity: Backpacking

Learn the basics of backpacking in this introductory course. While enjoying the beauty of Yosemite's high country, learn route finding using map and compass, establishing a camp while employing minimal impact practices, the basics of packing light, outdoor cookery and menu planning, natural history and personal care.

Yosemite Backpacking – Yosemite Valley

Yosemite Backpacking – Yosemite Valley

  • Days: 4
  • Activity Level: Activity Level 3-4
  • Activity: Backpacking

Experience the real power of place as you learn the basics of backpacking around one of the most incredible valleys in the world. Enjoy the eagle eye views as we gaze from above at iconic formations and features of the Yosemite Valley and learn the basics of minimal impact backcountry travel and cooking, as well as natural history.

Yosemite Half Dome Backpacking

Yosemite Half Dome Backpacking

  • Days: 4
  • Activity Level: Activity Level 4
  • Activity: Backpacking

Yosemite's Half Dome is considered the most iconic rock face in the country! REI Adventures has designed the perfect itinerary for your big climb! Join us for a four day hike along Yosemite's most spectacular ridgeline overlooking the Yosemite Valley, destination: Half Dome.

Colorado Trips

O.A.R.S. Rafting

O.A.R.S. Rafting

  • Days: 2 to 4+
  • Activity Level: Varies
  • Activity: Rafting

REI Adventures and Outdoor Adventure River Specialists (O.A.R.S.) bring you over fifteen itineraries on nine different rivers from half-day floats to weekend and longer trips.

Rocky Mountain Backpacking – North Inlet

Rocky Mountains Backpacking – North Inlet

  • Days: 4
  • Activity Level: Activity Level 3-4
  • Activity: Backpacking

Our backcountry voyage begins from the Rocky Mountain National Park's quiet western border outside the beautiful town of Grand Lake, CO. Following the superbly designed and maintained Continental Divide Trail we traverse idyllic flower and wild life studded meadows, rushing creeks teeming with trout, tumbling waterfalls and clear alpine lakes surrounded by a sea of craggy peaks reaching heights over 14,000 feet. Join REI in Rocky Mountain National Park on its quiet trails, learning little known secrets from your guides as we help craft your perfect weekend wilderness escape.

Rocky Mountain Backpacking – Thunder Lake

Rocky Mountains Backpacking – Thunder Lake

  • Days: 4
  • Activity Level: Activity Level 4
  • Activity: Backpacking

We've been having such a great time on our North Inlet itinerary, that we felt it was time to add a Thunder Lake route. This trip is perfect for those looking for a higher altitude experience, seekers of a slightly more challenging Rocky Mountains route, or for backpackers who've already experienced our North Inlet route and would like to see more of the park. High altitude vistas and dramatic scenery await you as you ascend above 10,000 feet to camp near a sparkling alpine lake. Challenge your body and refresh your soul with this beautiful escape to the backcountry!

Hawaii Trips

Active Kauai Weekend Adventure

Active Kauai Weekend Adventure

  • Days: 4
  • Activity Level: Activity Level 3
  • Activity: Kayaking, Hiking, Surfing, Snorkeling

Explore the best of Kauai, Hawaii's Garden Isle. Snorkel or try stand-up paddle surfing in Hanalei Bay, hike the ridges and gorges of Waimea Canyon, and kayak the famous Na Pali Coast.

New Hampshire Trips

Appalachian Trail Hut-to-Hut Hiking – Pemigewasset Wilderness

Appalachian Trail Hut-to-Hut Hiking – Pemigewasset Wilderness

  • Days: 4
  • Activity Level: Activity Level 4
  • Activity: Hiking

See the best of New Hampshire while hiking from hut to hut through the White Mountains. Experience a beautiful stretch of the iconic Appalachian Trail while staying in comfortable, charming huts along the way. Summit peaks while taking in stunning views.

Appalachian Trail Hut-to-Hut Hiking – Presidential Peaks

Appalachian Trail Hut-to-Hut Hiking – Presidential Peaks

  • Days: 4
  • Activity Level: Activity Level 4
  • Activity: Hiking

Journey through the dramatic high peaks of New Hampshire's White Mountains on a guided hut-to-hut hike. Our days will be spent following sections of the famed Appalachian Trail. Along the way, we'll summit peaks and taking in breathtaking vistas.

Ice Climbing Basics

Ice Climbing Basics

  • Days: 3
  • Activity Level: Activity Level 3
  • Activity: Ice Climbing

New England winters create the perfect conditions for world-class ice climbs to form consistently each season in the idyllic White Mountains of New Hampshire. For those wishing to discover the thrill of this exhilarating and fast-growing sport, this introductory course features a great environment, furnishes all the necessary technical equipment, and boasts outstanding instruction from experienced guides.

Mount Washington Winter Climb

Mount Washington Winter Climb

  • Days: 3
  • Activity Level: Activity Level 4
  • Activity: Winter Mountaineering

REI Adventures is proud to offer this challenging winter ascent of New Hampshire's legendary peak! At 6,288ft, Mt. Washington is the highest peak in the White Mountains and home to the planet's most severe weather, retaining the world record for wind speed. Join our world class mountaineering guides on this extraordinary winter adventure!!

White Mountains Hut-to-Hut Snowshoe

White Mountains Hut-to-Hut Snowshoe

  • Days: 3
  • Activity Level: Activity Level 3-4
  • Activity: Snowshoeing

This hut to hut snowshoeing getaway in New Hampshire's White Mountains will take you on an exceptional loop from picturesque Crawford Notch to the remote, snow-covered Zealand Valley and back. If clear weather prevails, we'll enjoy breathtaking views of the surrounding forest, peaks and ranges from numerous summits and viewpoints along the way.

New York Trips

Rock Climbing the Gunks

Rock Climbing the Gunks

  • Days: 3
  • Activity Level: Activity Level 3
  • Activity: Rock Climbing

New York's "Gunks" are one of North America's world-class rock climbing destinations. Located only 90 miles from the heart of the big city, this is a legendary climbing getaway. Our three-day rock climbing program is well suited for beginners and intermediate climbers alike.

North Carolina Trips

North Carolina Rock Climbing

North Carolina Rock Climbing

  • Days: 3
  • Activity Level: Activity Level 3
  • Activity: Rock Climbing

On this introductory course we spend time at two climbing areas in Pisgah National Forest learning rope handling, knots and belaying as well as lots of practice on the rock.

South Carolina Trips

Coastal Carolina Sea Kayaking

Coastal Carolina Sea Kayaking

  • Days: 4
  • Activity Level: Activity Level 3
  • Activity: Kayaking

Coastal Carolina barrier islands provide some of the most spectacular wilderness ecosystems in the country, teeming with diverse wildlife and untouched shorelines. Capers Island Heritage Preserve will serve as our ocean front base camp on this expedition style weekend paddle, exploring miles of undeveloped beachfront and over 8000 acres of pristine maritime forest.

Tennessee Trips

Great Smoky Mountains Backpacking

Great Smoky Mountains Backpacking

  • Days: 4
  • Activity Level: Activity Level 4
  • Activity: Backpacking

The Appalachian Trail through the Great Smoky Mountains offers fantastic hiking and expansive mountain views. We backpack from one primitive shelter to the next on this short section of a classic route to experience a taste of the Appalachian Trail thru-hiker life.

Great Smoky Mountains Family Backpacking Adventure

Great Smoky Mountains Family Backpacking Adventure

  • Days: 3
  • Activity Level: Activity Level 3
  • Activity: Backpacking
  • Minimum Age: 9

Experience the magic of the Great Smoky Mountains on this backpacking adventure designed specifically for families with children ages 9 and up. We'll carry all we need comfortably on our backs as we take our time enjoying this loop hike among old growth Hemlock and Spruce trees along streams, pools and cascading waterfalls. Spend the weekend with REI Adventures creating family memories to last a lifetime in one of our National Parks where the scenery and resources are protected, and nature is allowed to run its course.

Utah Trips

Bryce Hiking Weekend – REI Signature Camping

Bryce Hiking Weekend – REI Signature Camping

  • Days: 3
  • Activity Level: Activity Level 3
  • Activity: Hiking, Camping

Our new and exclusive REI Signature Camp at Bryce Canyon features the best REI camping amenities and provides outstanding access to the park's great hikes and sights for an exceptional Bryce adventure as only REI can provide.

Family Zion Hiking Weekend – REI Signature Camping

Family Zion Hiking Weekend – REI Signature Camping

  • Days: 3
  • Activity Level: Activity Level 3
  • Activity: Hiking, Camping

Our exclusive REI Signature Camp at Zion Canyon features the best REI camping amenities and provides outstanding access to the park's great hikes and sights for an exceptional Zion Family Weekend adventure that only REI can provide.

O.A.R.S. Rafting

O.A.R.S. Rafting

  • Days: 2 to 4+
  • Activity Level: Varies
  • Activity: Rafting

REI Adventures and Outdoor Adventure River Specialists (O.A.R.S.) bring you over fifteen itineraries on nine different rivers from half-day floats to weekend and longer trips.

Zion Hiking Weekend – REI Signature Camping

Zion Hiking Weekend – REI Signature Camping

  • Days: 3
  • Activity Level: Activity Level 3
  • Activity: Hiking, Camping

Our exclusive REI Signature Camp at Zion Canyon features the best REI camping amenities and provides outstanding access to the park's great hikes and sights for an exceptional Zion Family Weekend adventure that only REI can provide.

Moosalamoo Inn to Inn Hiking

Moosalamoo Inn to Inn Hiking

  • Days: 4
  • Activity Level: Activity Level 3
  • Activity: Hiking

Hiking from one charming country inn to the next is a perfect way to experience the Moosalamoo region of Vermont's Green Mountain National Forest, recognized by National Geographic for its outstanding local heritage, nature conservation and tourism stewardship.

Washington Trips

San Juan Islands Weekend Kayaking

San Juan Islands Weekend Kayaking

  • Days: 3
  • Activity Level: Activity Level 3
  • Activity: Kayaking

This three-day sea kayaking adventure features secluded, picturesque camping and world class paddling among the wonders of the San Juan National Wildlife Refuge. When conditions permit, we'll also visit the premier destination in the lower 48 for paddling among orca whales.

Wyoming Trips

Yellowstone Backpacking – Bechler River

Yellowstone Backpacking – Bechler River

  • Days: 4
  • Activity Level: Activity Level 3-4
  • Activity: Backpacking

Explore the wonders of Yellowstone National Park with a fun, safe, and experienced naturalist guide. Our Bechler River itinerary gets you off the beaten path to explore teeming rivers, remote geysers, and relaxing hot springs.

Yellowstone Backpacking – Black Canyon

Yellowstone Backpacking – Black Canyon

  • Days: 4
  • Activity Level: Activity Level 3-4
  • Activity: Backpacking

Backpack along the mighty Yellowstone River, taking in its roaring waterfalls and abundant wildlife. Relax along riverbanks each night, spend time fishing, and take in the spectacular scenery of this world-famous national park.

Yellowstone Backpacking – Gallatin Mountains

Yellowstone Backpacking – Gallatin Mountains

  • Days: 4
  • Activity Level: Activity Level 4
  • Activity: Backpacking

Visit a little-known corner of Yellowstone National Park on this challenging, yet rewarding, backpacking trip. The Gallatin Crest Traverse provides expansive views away from the crowds. Lace up your boots and join us on the majestic trails of Yellowstone!

Yellowstone Kayaking

Yellowstone Kayaking

  • Days: 4
  • Activity Level: Activity Level 3-4
  • Activity: Kayaking

Paddling the lakes of Yellowstone National Park is one of the most exciting and unique adventures in North America! Break away from the crowds and paddle to the remote corners of this stunning environment, take a deep breath, and enjoy one of America's great natural adventures.

Canada Trips

Whistler Backpacking

Whistler Backpacking

  • Days: 4
  • Activity Level: Activity Level 3-4
  • Activity: Backpacking

Board the gondola in The Village and continue to the top of Whistler Mountain to hike the beautiful alpine trails overlooking the entire valley below. Delight in flower-filled meadows and spectacular views in every direction as our trail crosses the rolling Musical Bumps and alpine ridgelines on route to Russet Lake. Getaway to the Whistler Alpine with our guides who will share their in-depth knowledge of the areas cultural history and the story of natural forces that have shaped this spectacular landscape.

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