Short or week-end trips are sometimes the best. But how do you make the most of your time?
These are my suggestions...
Stick to one or two stops and explore them well.
Be flexible. If you are flying and Spain is too far...try Santa Fe, New Mexico or San Miguel, Mexico.
If you are driving, explore different areas close to home. You can always do what my dad did...figure out how many miles you want to go, get out a map, draw a circle with that number of miles and decide what to see within that distance. Always worked for him. And sometimes those close to home trips give you a new perspective on your neighborhood, so to speak.
Do some research in advance. Familiarize yourself with a map or your GPS. Take just the necessary guide book pages or maps you will need. No need to waste time looking through a bunch at your destination just to find the one you want.
Your ultimate decision will depend on how much time you have and how much you want to spend. Whatever it is...enjoy the journey.