05/01/2013 03:43 pm ET Updated Jul 01, 2013

Summer Road Trips: Weekend Getaways from 5 Major U.S. Cities (PHOTOS)

Summertime is fast-approaching and we can't wait till the days of top-down convertibles, cover-ups and flip-flops dress codes, and mini weekend getaways. After all, a share can be great but there's something about a spontaneous trip to the beach to really make it feel like summer. So whether your home base is New York or Los Angeles, D.C. or San Francisco, or even Boston, we have a beach destination that can easily be reached via a quick road trip. So grab a map, your sunglasses, and some road trippin' munchies, and make your escape!

-- Jane Reynolds,

Summer Road Trips: Weekend Getaways from Major US Cities (PHOTOS)