Labor Day marks the unofficial end of the summer, and for many people it’s probably their last chance to take a long weekend getaway.
We understand that, unfortunately, three days aren’t enough to go to Hawaii or travel to a different part of the world. But the good news is that there are tons of destinations within the U.S. that you can go to and celebrate the end of summer.
Continue reading for last minute Labor Day weekends worth the splurge.
Although this city is known to be a bit pricy, spending Labor Day weekend here is well worth it. Head to New York City for some of the best parties and barbeques in the country. Attend the Great North River Tugboat Race & Competition, party with your friends at Riis Park Beach Bazaar, cheer on America’s workforce at the Labor Day Parade and dress up and dance at the West Indian-African American Day Carnival.
If you are a sports fan, you will not want to miss Labor Day weekend in Atlanta. Stay at the Hilton Garden Inn Atlanta Downtown for close proximity for watching college football at the Georgia Dome. Stay at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta Downtown for the sci-fi Dragon Con convention. Other fun things to do in Atlanta over the weekend include watching fireworks at Stone Mountain, listing to music at The Atlanta Weekender DJ festival and have fun at the Sky High Hot Air Balloon Festival.
End your summer with a bang in Washington, DC. Their annual Labor Day Capitol Concert is not to be missed; it’s taking place on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol on September 4 at 6pm. If you’re a baseball fan, look no further because the Washington Nationals are facing off against the Atlanta Braves on Labor Day. Other things to do include taking a Segway ride on the National Mall and boating along the C&O Canal National Historical Park. But for the most luxurious experience, stay at The Liaison Capitol Hill Hotel -it’s in a prime location and serves happy hour on its rooftop after 5pm.
Head to Charlotte for an adventurous Labor Day weekend. Join others in the Labor Day Celebration and Trail Race; a 5k and 15k trail race that kicks off the festivities. There is also live music and tons of other outdoor adventures. Attend the Matthews Alive Festival and the Charlotte Labor Day Parade. If you’re looking to relax over the holiday weekend, stay at the luxurious Ballantyne Hotel and Lodge. Although expensive, it’s definitely worth the splurge. Enjoy three outdoor tennis courts, comfortable rooms, a spa facility, an indoor pool and fine dining.
Spend your weekend at the beach Labor Day weekend. Stay at the Hotel Del Coronado, situated right on the beach. Take advantage of their luxurious amenities, some of which include a fitness center, outdoor pool, fine dining and spa facility. Also enjoy boating, golfing, jet skiing, sailing and biking. Over Labor Day weekend make sure to attend their US Sand Sculpting Challenge and Dimensional Art Exposition, the Festival of Sail and Nighttime Zoo at the San Diego Zoo.
What’s better than spending a relaxing weekend on a beach in a luxurious resort? The Acqualina Resort and Spa is located on Florida’s Riviera. It offers you 4.5 acres of beachfront and 400 feet of Atlantic Ocean coastline. They have a ton of activities available for you to choose from, some of which include hiking, boating, golfing, scuba diving, jet skiing, biking, horseback riding and fishing. While you are there for the weekend, don’t pass up on their exciting Labor Day events. We all know Miami likes to party – have a drink at the Soak Fest Labor Day Pool Party, head to the Labor Day Weekend Cooler Fest at McDonald Water Park, and go for a night swim at the Delano Beach Club.
New Orleans is known for their unique and exciting festivals, which is why it should definitely be on your radar for Labor Day weekend. Eat delicious foods at the Louisiana Seafood Festival, experience the incredible New Orleans Burlesque Festival and attend the 41st Annual Official Southern Decadence Parade. Tip: Stay at the Astor Crowne Hotel, they are offering a special festival rate for the Burlesque Festival. Enjoy 24-hour room service, their outdoor swimming pool, bar/lounge and hotel restaurant.
Gather your family together and head to Myrtle Beach for tons of exciting festivals. The Beach, Boogie & BBQ Festival is a three-day family-friendly event with free beach music concerts, arts and crafts vendors and jet-ski demonstrations. Although a bit pricy, the Island Vista Myrtle Beach is the perfect resort to spend your weekend – it’s definitely worth every penny. It’s an oceanfront resort that consists of three indoor and outdoor pools, indoor and outdoor hot tubs and unique ancient ruins, themed kids styled area with a waterfall and lazy river. While you are there make sure you also take a trip on the Myrtle Beach SkyWheel and attend Legends in Concert – voted #1 tribute show.
Virginia is a popular destination for many holidays, and there is no question as to why - they offer some of the most incredible festivals in the country. This Labor Day weekend, Virginia Beach is hosting the 23rd Annual American Music Festival from Sept. 2-4. Stay at the Oceanaire Resort Hotel for a great way to wind down after a crazy day partying at the festival. Enjoy their four oceanfront pools, 10th floor lounge and sundeck, luxurious fitness center overlooking the ocean and an adult only indoor infinity pool with bar service.
Get ready to splurge this Labor Day weekend. Las Vegas will make every penny you spend totally worth it. Other than spending your money at the casinos and paying for a zip line down Freemont street, you should consider attending their famous pool parties – Encore Beach Club, Wet Republic, Liquid Lounge and Marquee Day Club, just to name a few. Stay at one of their luxurious hotels for access to tons of parties. Other things to do over the weekend include Stratosphere rides – SkyJump, Big Shot and Insanity.
Deciding where to go last minute? How about Cleveland. There are tons of events going on over Labor Day weekend. The most famous event – Cleveland Oktoberfest. It’s been a tradition for years and is known as Ohio’s largest end-of-the-summer party. Enjoy German food, music and, of course, beer. While you are in Cleveland also visit the Cleveland Botanical Garden, the Metroparks Zoo, JACK Cleveland Casino and the Greater Cleveland Aquarium.
Daytona Beach is an ideal family-friendly vacation destination. Don’t miss the free Grunge Lives Concert – a Nirvana/Stone, Temple Piolts/Foo Fighters Tribute on September 2 and the Bruce Springsteen Tribute & Fireworks show on September 3. While you are there, visit the Daytona International Speedway, Tuscawilla Park and the Ocean Walk Village. Make sure you stay at the luxurious Plaza Resort and Spa; it’s the perfect resort to head back to after a long day. Enjoy their incredible spa services – massages, facials, hydrotherapy tubs and an eucalyptus steam room, just to name a few.
People are traveling from all over the world Labor Day weekend to enjoy one of Sonoma County’s biggest wine events of the year – Sonoma Wine Country Weekend. There are tons of events going on throughout the weekend – Sonoma Starlight, Sonoma Harvest Wine Auction and the Taste of Sonoma party on Saturday at MacMurray Estate Vineyards, are just a few. Enjoy winery barbecues, winemaker lunches and winemaker dinners.
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Fireworks, events and exhibits are just some of the many things you have to look forward to over Labor Day weekend in Chicago. Attend the free Chicago Jazz Festival, the Chicago SummerDance, North Coast Music Festival, African Festival of the Arts, Taste of Polonia and the Great American Lobster Fest. But don’t miss the chance to see spectacular fireworks; head to Navy Pier on Sept. 3 and watch as the fireworks light up the night sky. For close proximity to the fireworks show, stay at W Chicago-Lakeshore. It’s a high-end hotel which features a spa and indoor heated pool.
Get ready for the most incredible Labor Day experience you may ever have. Watch Stevie Wonder perform at the Jazz Aspen Snowmass Labor Day Festival on Sept. 4. Stay at the Snowmass Village for close proximity to the festival and enjoy a fun filled weekend. Go on a guided hiking tour, play paintball, try mountain-boarding, take your chances on their climbing wall, learn how to play disc golf and go fishing.