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It's time to take a fresh look at how to make the most of your 48 hours of weekend freedom. From high-adrenaline blasts to ultimate Zen sessions, we've created 37 custom plans to match every mood. Start packing—your adventure starts Friday.

MONDAY WHO? Floating it off on Parrot Cay, in the Turks and Caicos.     Photo: Maura McEvoy

Carpe Weekend!
There's a lot to be said for the easy get-out-of-town escape: You roll out a map at five o'clock on Friday, choose a point an hour or two away, pack the ice chest, and throw everything in the car with the dog. Sweet freedom. But be honest: You keep going back to the same spot, don't you? This summer, break out a bigger map, one that has all your dream getaways on it. In the pages that follow, we present a varied menu of tasty adventures, whether you're looking for epic bragging rights, a quiet escape for two, an easy-to-reach nexus for a group gathering, or a wild road trip. With the Internet awash in last-minute-travel sites and package deals, the choice is yours. All it takes is two or three days to kick the lazy-summer habit, so extricate yourself from that inflatable pool toy and let the weeds live another day: Now's your chance to steal away to someplace completely different.

» Extreme Relaxation: When nothing but epic downtime will do

» The Road-Trip Cure: Because sometimes you've just gotta roll

» The Group Dynamic: Amazing places for a harmonic convergence

» Wilderness Therapy: Lose (and find) yourself in the great wide open

» Just Hit Escape: Point, click, go. Plotting a last-minute getaway is almost that easy.

» The Hub Club: Where you can find the season's best airfares

» Fast Cultural Fix: Go international without going far

» Bragging Rights: Be the hero of your Monday-morning meeting

» Saturday-Night Special: Even when you're short on time, you can go long on adventure

» Romantic Hideouts: Feel the love, without the heart-shaped bathtub

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