Best Labor Day Weekend Getaways in Every State
Here’s what to do and where to go in every state over Labor Day weekend to celebrate the final days of summer.
Alabama: Gulf Shores
It still feels like summertime at the beach in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, Alabama, on Labor Day, but the kids have been back in school for weeks, so the beaches are less crowded. It’s also a fun time to see volunteers protecting sea turtle nests—and possibly even the opportunity to see them hatch! Opened in 2018, the Lodge at Gulf State Park, a Hilton Hotel, is beachfront and eco-friendly. Check out these Labor Day facts you never knew.
Alaska: Denali National Park
Visit Denali National Park for fantastic mountain views and opportunities to see wildlife while there are still long hours of daylight. In early September, you may discover fall colors and even have a chance of seeing the Northern Lights at night. While in the park, enjoy a hike along the Savage River and attend a Ranger Program to learn more about the geography. Check out the Denali Backcountry Lodge or the Skyline Lodge for rustic accommodations.
Arizona: Lake Powell-Glen Canyon Recreation Area
Rent a houseboat and hang out on Lake Powell over this holiday weekend. One of the top houseboating locations in the United States, prices drop significantly in late summer and early fall. You might also want to consider a Signature Airstream rental from Lake Powell’s RV and Campground for a quiet, but luxurious camping experience. These are more of our favorite RV parks around the country.
Arkansas: Hot Springs
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For a festive Labor Day celebration, book a stay on Lake Hamilton in Hot Springs. On September 2, the lake will host a free fireworks display. While there, visit Hot Springs National Park featuring naturally-heated water for thermal baths and offering free admission. The town, where former President Bill Clinton grew up, also has Magic Springs/Crystal Falls theme and water parks, the Gangster Museum of America and is known for its thoroughbred racing. Check out the Wharf Resort on Lake Hamilton for an overnight stay.
California: Santa Barbara
Bring the whole family to explore the beauty of this coastal California town at the Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort, which is just steps from the beach. Hop in the ocean, which is at its warmest around Labor Day, for a final dip before fall arrives. The resort has a pool, oversized games like checkers, as well as cornhole, a morning breakfast buffet, and bike rentals. Take advantage of their book three nights, get a fourth free deal to extend your Labor Day weekend, and enjoy the annual Open Studios Tour of local artists August 30 to September 2.
Attend the unusual CRUSH Walls festival in Denver on Labor Day, which celebrates graffiti and street art in the city’s RiNo Art District. Also over the weekend is the free A Taste of Colorado food festival. Book a stay at the boutique Source Hotel + Market Hall, which is convenient to both events and will be hosting CRUSH-related parties all weekend. On Sunday, enjoy an Israeli brunch buffet at Safta, along with live jazz in the market hall. Don’t miss more of our favorite food festivals around the country.
Connecticut: New London
Take a Labor Day cruise aboard a tall ship along the Thames River. You’ll get a chance to raise a sail, learn about the history of area lighthouses, and nosh on clam chowder. Afterward, enjoy time at Ocean Beach Park, the United States Custom House & Maritime Museum, and the 1678 Hempsted Houses. The Holiday Inn New London makes an affordable place to experience all the area has to offer.
Delaware: Bethany Beach
Visit Delaware’s beaches for a last summer celebration by the sea. Bethany Beach is a small, quiet beach resort with quaint shops, a Boardwalk, and yummy restaurants like DiFebo’s, Mango’s or Bluecoast Seafood Grille. On September 2, attend the Bethany Beach Jazz Funeral at the beach bandstand, which is a fun parade that bids farewell to summer. Stay at the quintessential New England Addy Sea bed and breakfast with beach views, a large lawn, and comfy front porch.
Florida: Sanibel Island
For a quiet getaway, consider sleepy Sanibel Island on the Gulf of Mexico, which is largely untouched by development with no stoplights and buildings taller than a palm tree. Famous for its shelling (though please leave them on the beach), other outdoor activities include kayaking, exploring the Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge, and biking around the island and to its lighthouse. The oceanfront Sundial Beach Resort makes a great home base on the island with beach chairs, pools, games, and water rentals, or visit South Seas Island Resort on nearby Captiva Island to join their Labor Day Yacht Rock Festival with live music.
Georgia: Blue Ridge Mountains
Get away to the mountains of North Georgia at Barnsley Resort, a rustic hotel offering many outdoor activities including fly-fishing, horseback riding, hiking, and golf across its 3,000 acres. The property has an outdoor beer garden with fire pit, the gourmet Woodlands Grill, and a spa, and is offering 20 percent off on stays through September 9 in celebration of its 20th anniversary.
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Enjoy temperatures in the mid-80s in early September on Maui. Over Labor Day, the water is also at its warmest, and the summer travel crowds are beginning to dwindle. The Grand Wailea makes an upscale spot for a Hawaiian getaway. Travelers can enjoy a deluxe spa, a jungle-style river pool, rope swings, and eight restaurants in between biking down a volcano and enjoying these 19 other reasons Maui is the best Hawaiian island.
Love bargain hunting? Head to Wallace, listed on the National Historic Register, over Labor Day for the Under the Freeway Flea Market held August 31 to September 2. Hundreds of flea market peddlers showcase their wares to thousands of shoppers with booths set up under the raised I-90 interstate and along the Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes cycle path. Be sure to get a Huckleberry Shake at the Red Light Garage and book a stay at the Wallace Inn.
Take in Chicago’s Jazz Festival August 29 to September 1 at the city’s Millennium Park, and enjoy live performances from world-renowned jazz musicians. Kimpton Hotel Allegro is within walking distance to Millennium Park and is offering a Farewell to Summer package starting at $229 per night, which includes accommodations, two pints of Jeni’s ice cream, and complimentary bikes to ride to the Jazz Festival. The hotel is also in the city’s Theatre District if you also want to catch a show while in town.
Over Labor Day weekend, Indianapolis will host Harry Potter: Wizards Unite live-action game at White River State Park, which will be transformed into a real-life Harry Potter world. Hotel prices are lower than average at this time of year, as well, with options like the JW Marriott right at the park, the hip Le Meridien or the Crowne Plaza Historic Union Station where you can sleep an original Pullman train car, both within walking distance downtown.
Iowa: Madison County
Spend your Labor Day weekend discovering the romantic covered bridges of Madison County featured in the novel and film, The Bridges of Madison County. The five bridges were each constructed in the late 1800s with one even said to be haunted. Wander through charming Winterset with lunch at the Northside Cafe and a stop at the John Wayne Birthplace and Museum. You can even stay at the Covered Bridge Inn just off of Highway 92. Find out the most iconic novel set in your state.
Kansas: Kansas City
In Kansas City, you can eat your fill of Kansas City barbecue, attend the Kansas City Renaissance Festival, or catch a Kansas City Royals or T-Bones game over Labor Day Weekend. Bring the family and stay at Great Wolf Lodge with deals starting at $84 per night. Kids can have a ball at the indoor water park, play mini-golf, and go on a MagiQuest adventure.
Head to the Bluegrass of Lexington for a weekend filled with all things horses and bourbon. Visit the Kentucky Horse Park to see horse shows and demonstrations, or take a tour of the area’s famous horse farms with their rolling green hills and white picket fences. Then, check out local bourbon distilleries like Buffalo Trace and Wild Turkey. The Embassy Suites by Hilton Lexington Green is a great spot for shoppers close to Lexington Green, Fayette Mall, and The Summit at Fritz Farm and is an easy drive to downtown.
If you’re looking for some seafood before summer comes to a close, head to Louisiana’s Cajun Bayou about 45 minutes from New Orleans. A wonderful way to eat your way through the region is to explore the Cajun Bayou Food Trail, which is a network of restaurants and food-centric events. Lay your head overnight at the Carmel Inn in downtown Thibodaux, which is owned by local Cajuns who treat you like your part of the family. Not surprisingly Thibodaux is one of the most charming small towns in the United States.
Maine: Cape Neddick
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Get active before summer ends at the Cliff House Hotel in Cape Neddick on the southern coast of Maine, near Ogunquit. Take your pick of hiking and biking, surfing and sailing, kayaking on the York Harbor and Ogunquit River, or fishing and lobstering trips around Bald Head Cliff. On Labor Day Sunday, join in a lobster and clam bake followed by a fireworks display over the Atlantic Ocean. There’s also a spa and 18-hole golf course for even more end-of-summer fun.
Maryland: Havre de Grace
For a relaxing end-of-summer escape with ideal temperatures, consider the quaint Vandiver Inn in Havre de Grace, Maryland. Stroll the Havre de Grace Farmer’s Market on Saturday, catch a show at the Havre de Grace Opera House, and enjoy a meal at The Vineyard Bar. A short drive away, you can take a guided canoe tour at the Eden Mill Nature Center.
Since many people will head to the state’s beaches in Nantucket, Cape Cod, and Martha’s Vineyard, an escape to the city may be a less-crowded and more affordable choice over Labor Day. Hotel Commonwealth, located in the heart of Kenmore Square overlooking historic Fenway Park, makes it easy to access the House of Blues, Lucky Strike Bowl, and the iconic Irish Lansdowne Pub. You can even book a stay in the Rathskeller Suite, designed in tribute to the famous underground music venue, “The Rat.”
Michigan: Ann Arbor
This utterly-charming university town, which is home to the University of Michigan, will put you in the fall spirit ready for football season. Stroll through the downtown into the State Street district to explore historic architecture, shopping, art, and fine dining, or make your way to Kerrytown and grab a sandwich at the famous Zingerman’s Deli. The boutique Graduate Ann Arbor hotel is across the street from the University and offers free bike rentals for exploring town, loaner headphones, and a cocktail lounge.
Over Labor Day, the Minnesota State Fair will be in full swing with fun rides and crazy foods—including some of these wacky fried foods if you’re lucky—and Taylor Swift will be in town performing at U.S. Bank Stadium on August 31. If you’re up for some shopping, spend a day at the Mall of America or browse local farmers markets and bookstores like Milkweed Books. For a stylish spot to stay the night, reserve a room at Hotel Ivy.
Mississippi: Ocean Springs
The coast of Mississippi on the Gulf of Mexico makes for an ideal ocean escape before summer’s end. Historic and quaint Ocean Springs is a small town with plentiful southern live oak trees that are known for its arts and festivals. You’ll find more than 200 shops, art galleries, restaurants, and bars to raise a glass to toast the end of summer. The Gulf Hills Hotel & Conference Center, built in 1927, once served as Elvis’ home and makes an interesting and fun spot to stay a night or two.
Missouri: Lake of the Ozarks
Celebrating Labor Day weekend at Lake of the Ozarks is a tradition for many families, and the newly-opened Margaritaville Lake Resort has a jam-packed schedule of events to accommodate. The resort will host a burger cookout with a poolside DJ along with limbo and hula hoop contests, an ice cream social, and more. Watch fireworks on Sunday evening, or opt for a fireworks cruise to see the display from the lake for $30. Stay three nights or more and take advantage of a special $159 per night rate.
Montana: Big Sky
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Lone Mountain Ranch in Montana’s Big Sky is a great mountain getaway to celebrate the end of summer. Situated at the base of the northern Rocky Mountains and established in 1915, the resort offers 27 historic log cabins for a rustic escape. Book the Summer Discovery package, and enjoy three daily meals, a ranch-style barbecue, live Western music, a tour of Yellowstone National Park, as well as horseback riding, canoeing, and paddleboarding.
Attend the popular SeptemberFest Omaha for your Labor Day vacation. Enjoy carnival rides, Omaha’s largest parade, a beer garden, live music, a kids’ area, and more. Omaha also offers a Children’s Museum, zoo, and an aquarium, and don’t miss a chance to explore its Old Market neighborhood with shops, dining, and art galleries. The EVEN Hotels Omaha Downtown is a wellness-themed property where you can enjoy in-room fitness equipment, healthy eats, and a state-of-the-art gym for staying fit on the go.
Nevada: Lake Tahoe
Get your fill of both the mountains and a beautiful lake in gorgeous Lake Tahoe. Zephyr Cove Resorts and Marina offers a lodge, cabins, and an RV and campground with newly-built Airstreams. There are so many activities to do in the area, including lake cruises, horseback riding, parasailing, fishing, and hanging out on the beach one last time before the close of summer.
New Hampshire: White Mountains
The New England town of Lancaster in the state’s White Mountains celebrates the close of summer with the Lancaster Fair. A 146-year-old tradition, the fair features farm animal competitions, carnival rides, lots of food, top-notch live music acts, games, and more. The White Mountain Cog Railway is also a fun activity that takes visitors on a three-hour guided round trip ride through the mountains. The grand Omni Mountain Washington Resort in nearby Bretton Woods is an elegant property set at the base the mountains, offering jaw-dropping vistas.
New Jersey: Cape May
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Spend Labor Day weekend on the beaches of Cape May, New Jersey, at Congress Hall, America’s oldest seaside resort and a former vacation spot to several U.S. Presidents. Over Labor Day, families will find lots of kid-friendly activities like soccer on the lawn, dive-in movies in the pool, and live entertainment. Known for its Victorian architecture, Cape May has miles of coastline, quaint shopping, and a picturesque lighthouse. Find out the most historical hotel in your state.
New Mexico: Taos Ski Valley
To escape the heat of summer, Taos Ski Valley offers visitors cool and crisp temperatures typically in the mid-60s and ideal for outdoor activities. Discover the scenery on new mountain biking trails, as well as hiking trails and chairlift rides. Other options include rock climbing, electric bikes, fishing, and hot air balloon rides. The Blake is a convenient spot for your home base.
New York: Cooperstown
While summer is the busiest season for Cooperstown, Labor Day is a great time to visit with fewer crowds, lower hotel rates, and milder weather. Top attractions in the area include its historic village, the National Baseball Hall of Fame, area apple orchards, and Lake Otsego. The Double Play Package at the lakeside Otesaga Resort Hotel includes Hall of Fame tickets, a souvenir bat, and a breakfast buffet for baseball aficionados.
North Carolina: Outer Banks
For a quiet beach retreat, the Outer Banks of North Carolina has some of the largest stretches of undeveloped beaches on the East Coast. Take a drive along the Outer Banks Scenic Byway with miles of natural coastlines. Comprised of four islands, the Outer Banks are home to several national and state parks with a history that dates back to the first English colony at Roanoke Island, the Wright Brothers’ first flight near Kitty Hawk, and the tallest lighthouse at Cape Hatteras. The ocean side Sanderling Resort in Duck offers a beach, pools, and spa.
North Dakota: Medora
Plan a visit to lovely Medora, North Dakota, an old west town in the area’s Badlands. Discover its charming downtown where you can even take a stagecoach ride and watch the famous Medora Musical. It’s also a great home base to visit Theodore Roosevelt National Park. The Americinn by Wyndham offers Jacuzzi suites, a free daily breakfast, and indoor pool all within walking distance to Medora’s downtown.
Enjoy the beauty of this city set along the Ohio River that is filled with activities from a zoo to museums to Great American Ballpark, home of the Cincinnati Reds. Explore the city’s trendy Over-the-Rhine District with a stop for a meal at the Sacred Beast diner and to take a free tour of the historic Findlay Market. The AC Hotel Cincinnati at the Banks is a convenient place to stay close to many downtown attractions, including Ohio River cruises with BB Riverboats. These are the top weekend getaways in every state year-round.
Kick off the end of summer with a few days of fun at Safari Joe’s H2O Water & Adventure Park in Tulsa, which is open through September 2. Families will find ten different water attractions like a wave pool, waterslides, and a lazy river. Safari Joe’s also has a reptile exhibit with exotic animals like snakes, lemur monkeys, parrots, and more, as well as entertainment, including magic shows, karaoke, and concerts. The Tulsa Club Hotel offers upscale accommodations in the Deco District of downtown. These indoor waterparks are open year-round so you can keep the fun going even when summer is over.
How does floating down a river in an inner tube as a way to soak in the last days of summer sound? You can do that and more in Bend, where the Deschutes River flows right through town. The city also offers world-class rock climbing, hiking, fly-fishing, whitewater rafting, mountain biking, and 18 breweries along the Bend Ale Trail. The Pronghorn Resort puts you in the center of the action and offers your fourth night free when you book three nights as part of the Summer Savings package.
Pennsylvania: Lackawanna County
Lackawanna County is an affordable getaway just west of the Poconos in northeast Pennsylvania with most hotels offering rates less than $200 per night. Over Labor Day weekend, the area hosts La Festa Italiana in Scranton to celebrate its Italian heritage with live entertainment, an Italian mass, and authentic food. Other fun options include the chance to tour an 1860 coal mine and a trolley ride through the mountains. At Montage Mountain Resort, guests can zip line, play mini-golf, splash around an outdoor water park, and more.
Rhode Island: Providence
Providence offers a range of activities for all ages from the Providence Children’s Museum for kids to its large collection of Colonial buildings on Benefit Street that will appeal to architectural buffs. Labor Day is also a great time to visit one of the city’s many farmers markets that run through October. You can also take a WaterFire boat ride, which showcases bonfires on the city’s rivers, with the Providence River Boat Company. The Renaissance Providence Downtown Hotel is convenient to many area attractions and offers an artistic ambiance.
South Carolina: Hilton Head Island
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In South Carolina, book a weekend on the beaches of Hilton Head Island to enjoy some last days of sun, sand, and surf. Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort offers something for everyone with three championship golf courses, an inland lagoon, the beachfront Dunes House restaurant, as well as bike, kayak, and paddleboard rentals. Head across the street to Shelter Cove Harbour and Marina for shopping, more dining, and lots of water activities, including fishing charters.
South Dakota: Black Hills
Take one last outdoor adventure before the cooler weather descends on the Black Hills of South Dakota, which is home to famous American landmarks like Mount Rushmore, Custer State Park, and the Crazy Horse Memorial. Enjoy a hike around the famous carvings of U.S. presidents or hop on a bike to discover the region in the open air. The K Bar S Lodge offers scenic mountain views near Mount Rushmore.
Celebrate Labor Day in Memphis, which also happens to coincide with the city’s annual “901 Day” holiday on September 1. The holiday, named for the Memphis area code and the day it falls on, honors everything there is to love about the city with lots of special activities and deals at local attractions. Check out the Memphis music scene on Beale Street, wander the grounds of Elvis’ Graceland, and get some fantastic views atop the Bass Pro Pyramid. Book a stay at the Hotel Indigo Memphis Downtown filled with local art and memorabilia from music legends.
With more domestic nonstop flights than any other U.S. city, Dallas is easy to reach from around the country. Over Labor Day, take your pick of a range of festivals and activities, including the Riverfront Jazz Festival, the State Fair of Texas, Dinos at the Dallas Zoo, and more. Outdoor lovers can walk through The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, while architecture fans can take an architectural walking tour through Dallas’ architecture districts. The Hilton Anatole is located in the city’s Design District features a spa, pool with lazy river, and an extensive art collection.
Utah: Park City
Expect mild temperatures in the low 70s in late August in Park City, the perfect weather to join in the city’s Miners Day fun on September 2. The holiday honors the city’s mining heritage with marching bands, community floats, and a quirky release of 10,000 golf balls down Main Street to see which ball goes through the chute first. The newly-renovated Sheraton Park City is a comfy spot to lay your head and is convenient to all the festivities.
Get active in Vermont’s Green Mountains over Labor Day at the family-friendly Smugglers’ Notch Resort, known as “Smuggs,” in Jeffersonville. While it’s still warm, indulge in their four water playgrounds, make your way through a treetop obstacle course, hike the mountains, or play a round of disc golf. Choose from a mix of condos to host groups of various sizes. Events over the weekend include the Burlington Farmers Market on August 31 and the weekly Monday Farmers Market.
Experience the scenic landscapes of Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley over Labor Day at Massanutten Resort in McGaheysville. Enjoy one last hurrah at the outdoor portion of the resort’s award-winning WaterPark, as well as a family-friendly movie on an oversized blown-up movie screen at the base of the resort’s ski slopes. With the property’s Beat the Beach package, guests get four passes to the resort’s water park when they book at least two nights in a one- or two-bedroom resort condo.
Washington: Cle Elum
While the summer crowds are gone at Cle Elum’s Suncadia Resort, the property is still buzzing with activity. With an average temperature in the mid-70s, the weather is just right for outdoor fun like beer and bike tours, kayaking, horseback riding, hiking, fly-fishing, and more. You can also get in one last splash at the Nelson Farm Pool with a lazy river, splash pad, and whirlpool.
West Virginia: White Sulphur Springs
Take a trip back in time at the historic Greenbrier Resort in West Virginia, a National Historic Landmark built in 1778. The resort, which has played host to many a president and celebrity, offers many amenities and activities to entertain all interests. Choose from golf courses, spa, gaming, and lots of upscale restaurants.
Madison is hosting a variety of festivals over Labor Day weekend, including the free Brewgrass Festival with local craft beer and a fish fry, as well as a Taste of Madison with more than 80 Madison restaurants on Capitol Square. The Edgewater Hotel, located along the shores of Lake Mendota, is convenient to both and close to other area attractions like the State Capitol, the shops of State Street, the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Children’s Museum, and top restaurants on the Square.
Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Labor Day is the perfect time to visit Jackson Hole, as the weather is still dry, the fall colors are changing, there’s active wildlife, and nearby National Parks are still open. The Snake River Sporting Club offers outdoor-lovers a mix of adventure, luxury, and solitude. Visitors can book “tiny homes” with their own patio and fire pit. Want to keep the fun going all September and October long? Don’t miss the 15 best fall weekend getaways.
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