Top Labor Day Destinations and What to Do in Them for the Best Weekend Ever
Yelp compiled some of the top cities for Labor Day vacations, as well as some of the best things to see and do in each of them.
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To ensure geographic diversity, there are no more than two cities from each state. If you're headed to one of these cities, here's how to spend those waning days of summer.
And if you haven't yet booked a Labor Day vacation, it isn't too late: You can book a getaway (or arrange a staycation) today and take advantage of last-minute deals. Sometimes, procrastinating does pay off.
Key West, Florida
The Florida Keys are a gorgeous coastal reason with an appeal to vacationers that requires no explanation. Key West, the most famous stop, has the southernmost point in the continental United States, so don't forget to get a selfie. If you're looking to relax, Yelp recommends the Prana Spa. And if history is more your thing, check out the Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum.
Gatlinburg has it all: The natural beauty of the Smoky Mountains, the family-friendly entertainment options in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, and Dollywood. Never forget Dollywood. To enjoy some of the natural attractions, check out Grotto Falls, a 2.4-mile hike into the national park. Once you work up an appetite, head to Delauders BBQ, which was featured on Yelp's Top 100 Places to Eat 2017 list. Then get back out into the mountains on horseback at the Smoky Mountain Riding Stables. Consider booking a cabin for the perfect mountain getaway.
Lake George, New York
Bar Harbor, Maine
“Bah Hahbah” is gorgeous on the ground — so just imagine how amazing it'll look if you see it from the sky. Acadia Air Tours has helicopters, biplanes and gliders to give you aerial views of the national forest. And the perfect way to complement a flight over Acadia is with a kayak tour. It's hard to go wrong with a lobster roll in Maine, but for one of the best check out Thirsty Whale. (And don't leave the state until you find some lobster ice cream.)
Visitors to this Nevada outpost shouldn't miss Mr. Hobo, a local artist who makes sculptures with river rocks. For a relaxing activity, check out Spa Toscana, which has a secret garden. And for entertainment of the culinary variety, check out the rib cook-off that takes place in Sparks every Labor Day.
Lake Tahoe, Nevada
On the border of California and Nevada, Lake Tahoe is great for skiing in winter, and for relaxing on the lake in summer. For Labor Day, it's an absolute haven. You can get out on the water on a chartered boat: Tahoe Wakebusters is a top-rated option, spend a day at the Blue Water Day Spa, or hit the links at the Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course.
Big Bear Lake, California
Carmel Beach, California
The many towns, cliffs and beaches along the California coast make it impossible to pick any one “best,” but Carmel Beach is a thing of beauty. The Refuge offers spa services and an outdoor pool (for enjoying the natural surroundings), and don't feel like you're tied to the land: Highlands Guiding Company has kayak tours to see some of the local wildlife.