The Labor Day holiday is eagerly anticipated by Americans across the country as a long weekend to relax and destress. While any getaway is likely to provide a much-needed break from working life, these seven destinations have a little something extra. Start planning your trip today!
Plan Your Labor Day Vacation In These Places
1. Las Vegas
While Las Vegas is a fun destination at any time of year, this gets turned up a notch around Labor Day—spend the day at one of the city’s many holiday pool parties and dance the night away at a nightclub. While you’re there, make sure to stop by some of Las Vegas’ grandest hotels, including the Bellagio, MGM Grand, and The Venetian, for a true taste of luxury.
There’s no better place to celebrate Labor Day than in our nation’s capital—and with plenty of free activities, it’s perfect for travelers on a budget. Over the holiday weekend, plan to check out the National Symphony Orchestra’s Labor Day concert Don’t miss the awe-inspiring Washington Monument and snap a selfie with the White House.
In Chicago, the end of summer doesn’t mean the end of seasonal fun—while Labor Day marks one of the probable last warm-weather weekends of the year, there is still plenty to do. Catch one of the season’s last fireworks displays at Navy Pier on Saturday or soak up the sun at the new Maggie Daley Park (great for kids).
While New York City is a thrilling destination at any time of year, music lovers should book a trip for this Labor Day for to attend the popular Electric Zoo music festival, held every year in Randall's Island. Another exciting event in the city over the weekend is the Labor Day Parade on Fifth Avenue—get there early for the best view.
Over Labor Day weekend, Atlanta is buzzing with activity—from the Chick-Fil-A kickoff game held at the Georgia Dome to Dragon Con, a celebration of everything nerdy, there’s something for everyone. While in the city, make sure to set aside some time to visit popular attractions like the Georgia Aquarium and the World of Coca-Cola.
Labor Day weekend is the perfect time to visit the theme parks in the area—with most kids being back in school, it makes for low crowds with enjoyably warm weather if your schedule permits it. Stay off property to get some of the best deals of the year. Even without kids, there’s plenty to do in the area—try some of the thrill rides at Universal Studios to get your heart racing!
If you visit Seattle over Labor Day weekend, the Bumbershoot festival is a must—as the city’s largest yearly arts and culture festival, the celebration draws people from all over the country to enjoy music and art together. Another popular option for Labor Day travelers is a boat tour on Lake Union—relatively warm temperatures combined with picturesque views make for a perfect weekend activity.
This article was written by Kaitlyn Lannan.