The Most Popular Labor Day Weekend Destinations and What to Do in Each of Them
Labor Day may be just around the corner, but that doesn’t mean it’s too late to make a quick three-day weekend getaway happen. To help all would-be travelers plan, Yelp compiled a list of the top 10 “must-see” U.S. destinations for the unofficial end of summer weekend.
To compile the list, Yelp explained it looked at cities across the country that saw the biggest spike in search traffic during Labor Day Weekend in 2017. To ensure geographic diversity for travelers from all regions of the nation, Yelp then limited the list to two cities per state. They also included some of the highest-rated things to see, do, and eat in each location.
Buy a ticket, pack your bags, and head to one of these hotspot destinations next weekend.
Half Moon Bay, California
Half Moon Bay is an adventurer's paradise thanks to its various hikes, including the Half Moon Bay Coastal Trail. Visitors can walk for miles along the shore between Seymour Bridge and Pillar Point Harbor Boulevard. On the route, guests may even run into a wild critter or two including local birds and even jumping crabs. Just make sure to arrive early as parking is limited.
St. Augustine, Florida
Fly south for the weekend to St. Augustine, Florida. There, travelers can take in a little culture by visiting the Castillo de San Marcos, which once functioned as a Spanish fort. Now, it welcomes people as one of the oldest standing structures in the United States. If that’s not enough history for you, you could also swing by the Oldest House Museum, which is just as the name implies — it's believed to be the oldest home in St. Augustine.
Miami Beach, Florida
Going to Miami is always a good idea, but it’s an especially stellar place to kiss summer goodbye. One of the best ways to see this vibrant city is by taking a drive in a classic car with American Dream Tour Miami. The one- to four-hour tour will take guests through both popular tourist sites and secret spots. Following the tour, make sure to stop in at the Miami Botanical Garden to see the end of the summer bloom.
There may be nothing better than a slow drive through the gorgeous countryside in Savannah. In town, take advantage of all that southern hospitality by taking a free guided tour by a local with Free Savannah Tours. The company comes with a perfect five-star rating on Yelp, so you know it must be something special. Following the tour, head over to Wormsloe Historic Site to take a drive down its famed oak-lined drive.
Labor Day Weekend was made for spending time at the beach. And there may be no better place to soak in the sun than Capitola City Beach. There, sand and sea lovers can lay on the warm sand, or walk all the way out to the end of the pier for an even better view. Once you’re sick of the sun, hop aboard the Bruz Cruise, which takes guests on an area tour of local breweries in a fully restored school bus that will most certainly earn you some style points.
Charleston, South Carolina
Charleston is a history lover’s dream, and while you're in town make sure to spend time at Magnolia Plantation & Gardens. Each day, the absolutely enormous property — which boasts 464 acres — offers several different tours, including house tours, a nature train ride, a leisurely boat tour, a tour of a reconstructed slave cabin, and more. But, if these tours aren’t enough, you could also see the city by horse and buggy with Palmetto Carriage Works.
Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin
While those on the coasts will likely be spending Labor Day by the ocean, in Wisconsin, you'll find plenty of river banks to spend your weekend on instead. In Wisconsin Dells, the best thing to do is go for a spin down the Wisconsin River with Dell Boat Tours. Not only will they show you everything you need to see, but the charismatic guides will ensure you have a ridiculously fun time doing it. For an added adventure, stop by Bigfoot Zipline Tours and test your limits by zipping from one treetop to another.
Corpus Christi, Texas
Corpus Christi is a hidden art mecca you need to see to believe. Spend a bit of time in this Texan town and get some culture in while you’re at it at the Art Museum of South Texas. Inside, guests can view breathtaking modern art, which also happens to be situated right on the waterfront. If you're more into history than art, head to the floating USS Lexington Museum.
Saratoga Springs, New York
Labor Day Weekend is the last chance for guests to take guided tours of the natural springs around Saratoga Spa State Park, so get in while you still can. After a trek through the park, reward yourself with more long weekend fun by hitting up Sinclair Saratoga, which is both an arcade and a bar. Really, what more could you want?
Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Hilton Head Island is the ideal destination to sit back, relax on the shore, and maybe even sip on a cocktail to watch the August sun set into September. To further appreciate this coastal community, pay a visit to the Coastal Discovery Museum to learn all about the local wildlife and culture. Once you’ve learned about the surrounding waters, hop aboard with Live Oac Outdoor Adventure Company to go for a fishing or pleasure boat ride.