A Labor Day weekend getaway is, for many, the last bash of the summer before getting back into the groove at work or school. This year, Labor Day weekend is from Friday, September 2nd to Monday, September 5th, 2022. This holiday marks the end of summer vacation for many (unless you’re in sunny Los Angeles, like me). However, everyone loves a day off, so this year, let’s make the most of Labor Day weekend.
The Best places for a Labor Day Weekend Getaway:
1. Los Angeles, California
I’ve said it once, I’ll say it again: You can never go wrong with a trip to Los Angeles. It’s always sunny, always bustling and there’s a million events going on at any given time, making it one of the best Labor Day weekend getaways. From Friday to Monday, there will be a ton of food and music festivals happening in different neighborhoods. LACMA will be hosting a jazz series every Friday night, where you can start your weekend early. 626 Night Market is back and more mouth-watering than ever. You can purchase those tickets here. If you’re looking to explore the neighborhoods better, try a mystery picnic!
2. WAUPACA, Wisconsin
Waupaca may be a small town, but it’s sure to leave you with an unforgettable weekend. If you’re looking to get outdoors, you can go boating on the Chain O’ Lakes, kayaking down the Crystal River, or fishing and hiking at Hartman’s Creek. Chain Bar, The Indian Crossing Casino and Harbor Bar and Grill will have plenty of cold drinks waiting for you, as well as live music. Otherwise, take the day off and lounge in the sun at South Park Beach.
3. CAPE COD, Massachusetts
Cape Cod is another small town that thrives during the summer months. It’s a bit of a choose-your-own adventure, depending on your mood. If you feel like relaxing, spend the day at the beach or rent a bike to take down the peninsula. There’s almost surely a fair or festival going on, as well, like the Labor Day Festival Of The Arts. Peak whale watching season is from June to September and you can find tours in both Hyannis and Provincetown.
4. Half Moon Bay, California
Half Moon Bay is a picturesque place for Labor Day weekend getaways, especially if you’re road tripping because the drive up Pacific Coast Highway is not to be missed. This small-town coastal city is known for its scenic views, historic roots and charming hospitality. Take a hike down the Coastal Trail, lounge at the beach, scavenger hunt for nearby lighthouses, or grab a local brew while shopping locally downtown. Though their most famous event (The Pumpkin Festival) doesn’t occur until October, you’ll be able to peruse the Coastside Farmer’s Market every Saturday from April-December. For more public events, check out the Odd Fellows Calendar.
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5. New Orleans, Louisiana
You can’t honestly be surprised that this one is on the list, as it’s a top destination for Labor Day Weekend. Not only that, but New Orleans is a year-round party destination and they are always looking for an excuse to bring it up a notch. Southern Decadence (the street festival) will be going all weekend long with plenty of drag shows, pool parties, bar events and more. The best part is that the festival is FREE, although individual parties and events may have a cover.
6. Charleston, South Carolina
I’ve now been to all 50 states in the United States and I have to say, Charleston was one of my favorite cities of all time. You’ve got the sun, the sand and all the salt water taffy you could dream of. On Saturdays, you can go down to historic Marion Square for the Farmer’s Market from 8AM-2PM. If you’re looking to relax, check out the Music on The Green, Edisto Beach Music & Shag Festival or the Lowcountry Jazz Festival. If you’re more of the outdoorsy type, the Cast Off Fishing Tournament might be calling your name.
7. Sedona, Arizona
So, maybe you’d rather use Labor Day Weekend to relax instead of party. Sedona is the perfect place for you. From the gorgeous sunsets and a shimmering night sky to peaceful hikes and spiritual vortexes, this destination is one of the most relaxing in the world for a retreat. Rest up before business gets back into the groove this fall.
8. Mystic, Connecticut
The entire city of Mystic (a seaside port in Connecticut) thrives on the marine theme and you can enjoy plenty of museums and aquariums along the coast. Strolling through the Old Mystic Village is free and a must-do while in the area. Downtown, you can shop the boutiques, grab a locally brewed beer and some fresh seafood to end the night. Check the calendar to learn more about live music and upcoming events in Mystic.
9. Cape May, New Jersey
Another seaside port, Cape May, is on the east coast at the very southernmost tip of New Jersey and is deemed as the oldest seaside resort in America. Apparently, tourists have visited Cape May since the first whalers arrived here in the 1600s. In fact, Harriet Tubman was one of the most famous residents who lived in Cape May during the Underground Railroad. From historic sights like museums, old lighthouses and Victorian mansions to natural wonders like whale watching, butterfly migrations and the endless horizon at Sunset Beach, you’ll be sure to find entertainment all weekend long.
BONUS TIP: You can take the Cape May- Lewes Ferry for a mere $40 to hop the states on a two-hour-full-bar-ride and save a TON of gas money by avoiding an 8 hour drive around the peninsula if you are next-door.
10. Pigeon Forge, tennessee
Pigeon Forge is a small town in Tennessee, right next-door to the Smoky Mountains. If you like hiking, you already know where you need to go. However, if you’re more into vacay vibes, I recommend doing the Rocky Top Wine Trail. You will get to visit and do sampling at five different wineries just down the road from each other. Once you get a stamp from visiting each one, you get a secret prize at the end of your journey to take home as a memory! If you have young ones, check out the 80+ attractions nearby for non-stop fun. Oh, and don’t forget to enjoy an award-winning dinner show, like Country Tonite or Pirates Voyage at the theater.
Your Labor Day Weekend is a time not to be wasted. So, go ahead and book that flight or plan that roadtrip. You deserve it.