The 3-Day Memorial Day weekend May 27-29 is the unofficial start of the summer. The holiday honoring people who have died in service of the country has become synonymous with amazing sales on cars, clothes, home appliances, and hitting the beach.
But choosing to spend money on experiences, as opposed to items, can cost you. This is a busy time – more than 30 million people travel – and some places boost their prices too much. Going to the beach is free, but you should expect to see huge crowds.
You want comfortable temps, fewer crowds, free events or at least discounted hotel rates, as well as not going broke if you have to buy a plane ticket. The key word to finding deals is “flexible.” The best prices are usually for flights on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Booking hotels as early as possible is also a good idea. The same applies if you are looking for cheaper options on Airbnb – the earlier, the better.
The places on the following list offer a combination of rich history, bustling local culture, lively entertainment, and adventure opportunities.