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Check out one of these four direct flights this summer for a visit to Charleston, Watch Hill, Toronto or Reykjavik. (Image: Courtesy Restoration Hotel)

Direct from DC: Four of the summer's best nonstop flights

Washington, D.C. is one of the country's best destinations for easy-access travel, thanks to its three international airports within easy reach. If you're looking for some fun in the sun this summer, these four destinations offer up something for everyone - and best of all, direct flights are offered, landing you at your destination in less time than it would take to drive to Rehoboth or Ocean City!


Charleston, South Carolina

In recent years, Charleston has caught up to its buzzier southern counterparts (read: Nashville and Austin) in hot new restaurant openings. Innovative chefs are experimenting not just with farm to table fare, but also in transforming southern cuisine from the expected fried n' smothered variety to a creative takes that push the boundaries of traditional. We'd stay at the newly renovated The Restoration, and dine at southern-focused hotspots like Fat Hen, which serves French country fare with a local focus, fine dining at Charleston Grill, the always impeccable Husk, or perennial favorite McCrady's. Flights from $150, 90 minutes.


Watch Hill, Rhode Island

Think of preppy summer escapes and areas like Nantucket, Cape Cod and Martha's Vineyard come to mind. But we'd much prefer the semi-secluded town of Watch Hill, just a 45-minute drive from Providence. There's no better place to stay than the Relais & Chateaux hotel Ocean House, with its private beach, award-winning spa and restaurant, croquet lawn and fleet of BMW house cars. See if you spot one of the town's most famous residents, Taylor Swift, who owns the mansion next door to the hotel. From here, it's an easy drive to spend the day in Newport (don't miss the historic mansion tours) or the scenic port town of Mystic, where new sister property, a romantic eight-room historic home turned hotel, Spicer Mansion, is located. Flights from $150, 45 minutes.


Toronto, Canada

We've heard the rumors - you're threatening to move to Canada if X or Y gets elected. Why not do a test visit? Our lovely northern neighbor is just under a 90 minute flight, with direct options from both DCA and IAD. Visit in early September for the popular Toronto International Film Festival (book the Ritz-Carlton for the best celebrity sightings) or explore posh Yorkville, with its "Mink Mile" of ritzy shops like Holt Renfrew, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Hermes and more, and stay at the boutique chic Hazelton or the flagship Four Seasons. Dine at the buzzy Café Boulud in the Four Seasons or Momofuku in the sleek Shangri-La hotel. With the U.S. dollar at an all-time high, most shopping and dining equates to a 30 to 40 percent discount. Flights from $250, 75 minutes.


Reykjavik, Iceland

The coastal capital of Iceland, Reykjavik is well known for its late night club culture and geothermal Blue Lagoon spa. Flights are only six hours direct from IAD on low cost carriers WOW and Iceland Air. An easy stopover on your way to Europe or a destination unto itself, Iceland is the perfect long weekend summer getaway. We'd suggest the Ion Luxury Adventure Hotel, which features design-centric accommodations and views of the active Mount Hengill volcano. The days are long, the landscape lush and temperatures, while cool by D.C. standards, hover in the low to mid 50s from June through August. Flights from $500, 6 hours.