With the Labor Day long weekend quickly approaching, many people are left making their last-minute plans. Make the most of your family’s last long weekend before school starts. Get out of town and enjoy the September sunshine and scenery in one of our top ten places around the country.
Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin
Soak up the last of that summer sunshine in the self-proclaimed “waterpark capital of the world”. Wisconsin Dells is home to an impressive amount of outdoor waterparks such as Noah’s Ark Water Park and Mt. Olympus Water & Theme Park, with countless wild rides to keep the whole family entertained. Get your heart pounding on the ‘world’s largest king cobra’ ride the Raja, or spend the day floating along the lazy river – with so many rides available there’s something for absolutely everyone!
Cannon Beach, Oregon
Say goodbye to summer with one last beach weekend at Cannon Beach. Stay at one of the many ocean-front Inns, catch the end of the annual summer sandcastle contest. Then explore the National Wildlife Refuge to admire the massive Haystack Rock and examine the tidepools for shells and sea life. Bring a picnic along as you stroll along the trails of Ecola State Park, enjoy the view of the historic Tillamook Rock Lighthouse, and keep your eyes peeled for Tufted Puffins.
Lake Tahoe, California
If you’re looking for the best party this Labor Day weekend, head down to Lake Tahoe for live music and craft brews along the South Lake Tahoe Beer Trail. Spend your days on the beach or enjoying watersports around the picturesque lake. In the evening, get moving and grooving at the end of the Summer Concert Series, or one of the many other live events happening all weekend long.
Escape into the red Arizona desert and find the lush oasis of Sedona. Spend the long weekend at one of the countless luxury resorts overlooking the red rock desert, and exploring the winding canyon trails. For the best views of the surrounding state parks and landmarks, grab your camera and jump aboard a pink jeep tour. In the evening, tour the city’s numerous art galleries, boutiques, and unique craft village.
The perfect place for a romantic weekend for two or a girl’s only shopping extravaganza, Savannah is a charming spot to spend the long weekend. Hit the city’s unique boutiques to find eccentric antiques and oddities. Then spend an afternoon strolling through the local parks and historical Bonaventure Cemetery to admire the nature and statue art. Or, tour the town in a horse-drawn carriage along the cobblestone streets.
Bar Harbor, Maine
Spend the weekend enjoying the colorful fall foliage of the New England countryside in Bar Harbour, Maine. The scenic drive along the 27-mile Park Loop Road of Acadia National Park will take you past the oceanside cliffs and through the lush forest. Enjoy fresh seafood along the seaside and take advantage of the last summer weekend to kayak, paddleboard, and whale watch. Don’t miss the annual Labor Day Weekend Craft Fair for a chance to grab a handmade souvenir.
Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Wyoming has become a celebrity hotspot in recent years with many popular stars (like Kim & Kanye) opting for a secluded second home near Jackson Hole. It only takes a weekend there to find out why. Its expansive landscape and proximity to the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone National Parks make this city a great vacation destination for nature lovers. Enjoy mountain biking adventure tours, white-water rafting, and ‘Via Ferrata’ rock climbing in the impressive mountainside. Then spend your evening sipping cocktails as you watch for your favorite celebrities to stop by.
San Antonio, Texas
The perfect place to get your whole family excited about going back to school, prepare to be inspired by historical San Antonio. In the heart of downtown San Antonio, the Alamo offers interactive tours, exhibits, and historical reenactments of the Texas Revolution. Immerse yourself in the history of the city and learn the true story of Davy Crockett. After your history lesson, take the opportunity to admire the largest urban ecosystem in the country as you stroll along the 15 miles of the San Antonio River Walk or hop aboard the river barge tour. The artists and Instagrammers in your group won’t want to miss Hopscotch, the unique art gallery featuring interactive installations from local and international artists.
Black Hills, South Dakota
Famous for the legendary Mount Rushmore and the Cathedral Spires of Custer State Park, Black Hills offers an array of exciting sites to explore on your long weekend. From the wondrous caverns of Wind Cave to the otherworldly landscape of the Badlands; there are plenty of hiking trails and tours to adventure along. If you’re not up for the challenge of rock climbing at the colossal Devils Tower, stick around town for the Labor Day car show and Mount Rushmore Rodeo.
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