Last minute Labor Day getaways
Labor Day is one of the busiest holiday weekends with so many people trying to squeeze in one more summer vacation before getting back to school and work routines.
Where will you go? Is it too late to plan something? Are you destined to spend your Labor Day weekend binging on Netflix reruns and wishing you were out exploring?
Don’t fret if you’ve waited until the last minute to plan where to go for summer’s unofficial goodbye party for the last long-weekend before cooler weather, pumpkin spice lattes and chunky sweaters become a daily thing.
Luckily for you, it’s not too late. While many of the more popular Labor Day destinations are probably already booked up, there are popular cities and getaways offering great deals, affordable activities and events.
So it’s time to pick a place, book your ticket and head off before it’s too late!
During this time of year, the politicos are on break and so is the humidity, making this is an excellent time to visit. A trip to D.C. makes for a fun escape for families, couples and solo travelers alike. There are always plenty of free or inexpensive things to do in the U.S. Capitol.
- The National Symphony Orchestra concert on Sunday, on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol at 8 p.m. No tickets are required, but it is recommended that you get there early to get a good spot—gates open as early as 3 p.m.
- The 27th DC Blues Festival on Saturday, Sept. 5,at the Carter Barron Amphitheater from noon to 7:30 p.m.
Another budget-friendly Labor Day getaway is the Windy City. The Magnificent Mile, Wrigley Field and Millennium Park are just a few noteworthy attractions that Chicago has to offer, as well as a jazz festival and free art fair that weekend.
- This year, from Sept. 3 to Sept. 6, the 37th annual Chicago Jazz Festival takes place at the Chicago Cultural Center in Millennium Park and is open to the public.
- The 26th Annual African Festival of the Arts, an event featuring exhibitions by Chicago’s best artists, will be available to view from Friday to Monday in Washington Park.
A lot of travelers think of heading to the northeast or overseas for Labor Day weekend, but it pays to head south, and in Atlanta there’s plenty to pique visitors’ interests. Shopping, touring the Civil War museums, and strolling through picturesque Piedmont Park at just a few things to do in the ATL.
- DragonCon is the world’s largest sci-fi/fantasy/comic book convention and will be in Atlanta from Sept. 4 to Sept. 7. The parade is Saturday morning and you can pay to attend some of the events or just walk around for free.
- Starting Sept. 5, you can get a special deal on a fixed-price meal for brunch, lunch, or dinner during Midtown Restaurant Week.
If you’re looking to head west, Las Vegas is a great Labor Day weekend destination offering affordable activities for both children and adults.
- Named the “Best Free Attraction” in Las Vegas, check out the Silverton Casino’s 117,000-gallon reef aquarium’s dazzling array of tropical fish. In addition, the Mermaid Lounge features two 500-gallon jellyfish aquariums lit with LED lights.
- The thrill seekers in your group will definitely want to make stops at the Big Shot at the Stratosphere, Adventuredome in Circus Circus and Big Apple Coaster in New York-New York.
For those who want to get outdoors this holiday weekend, Colorado Springs offers plenty of great options for fun.
- In Colorado Springs, Labor Day means liftoff. This event in Memorial Park from Sept. 4 to Sept. 7 features colorful balloons floating into the morning sky.
- The Commonwheel 41st annual Labor Day Weekend Art Festival from Sept. 5 to Sept. 7 offers live entertainment, prizes, Bristol Beer/Wine Garden, art/craft booths, food booths and kid’s art and craft activities. Admission and shuttles are free.
If Labor Day means a weekend in the sun and sand, head south to Miami!
- While there are plenty of pool parties happening around Miami, only one encourages you to BYOF (bring your own float). Floatopia Miami at South Point Park on Saturday, Sept. 5 welcomes anyone to bring their favorite float and good vibes to the beach to celebrate Labor Day.
- For a more calm and budget-friendly beach experience, Miami is home to seven miles of sand so you can spend your weekend staking out the best spot at your favorite beach.
Now it’s over to you – where are you heading this Labor Day weekend? Tell us in the comments below.