The experts at Fodor’s Travel recommend local escapes less than three hours from 13 popular cities nationwide

NEW YORK, NY (June 5, 2015) – Fodor’s Travel, the leading name in travel guides for almost 80 years, is encouraging travelers to make the most of their summer weekends with its Weekend Getaways tool. The tool offers 42-hour itineraries to top destinations within a three hour drive from popular cities including New York City, Philadelphia, Atlanta, among others, tailored to interests and location.

“Summer goes by fast and we want our readers to make the most of their weekends,” said Arabella Bowen Editor in Chief of Fodor’s Travel. “Our Weekend Getaways tool makes planning a local escape easy with recommendations on where to eat, shop, and stay from 13 cities nationwide.”

Fodor’s Travel is going even further to encourage travelers to get away by giving away $5,000 in cash prizes to five lucky winners to use toward a weekend of their choice. To enter, visit and tell Fodor’s where you want to weekend this summer. In New York and Philadelphia travelers can also stop by the Fodor’s ice cream truck (locations and times below) to scoop up a free treat with an instant scratch off. One in-person winner will be awarded $1,000 instantly each day.

New York, NY:
When: Monday, June 8 from 11:30am to 3:00pm*
Where: Rockefeller Center (50th St. and 6th Ave)

When: Tuesday, June 9 from 11:30am to 3:00pm*
Where: Madison Square Park (Madison Ave and 23rd St.)

Philadelphia, PA:
When: Wednesday, June 10 from 11:30am to 3:00pm*
​Where: Rittenhouse Square (Locust St. and West Rittenhouse Square)

When:Thursday, June 11 from 11:30am to 3:00pm*
Where: JFK Plaza

*or until supplies last


To follow the truck and to join the online conversation, be sure to use the hashtag: #TravelwithFodors.


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