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14 Last-Minute Memorial Day Getaways You Won’t Want to Miss

Even if you haven't booked a vacation getaway for Memorial Day weekend yet, there are plenty of great options around the United States where you can kick back and enjoy the first rays of summer sun even at the last minute.

Virginia City/Nevada/USA - May 9, 2015: Locomotive that runs on the Virginia and Truckee Railroad. A short train ride from Virginia City to Silver City Nevada.alexroch/Shutterstock

Ride the rails around Reno

Explore the beauty of the Lake Tahoe area with a trip from Carson City to Virginia City on the V&T Railroad, an unique stream train that starts its season Memorial Day weekend. Virginia City is host to the Celebration of Heroes Parade on Saturday, May 26, at noon. While you're there, explore antique shops, take an old time photo and mingle with the characters of this historic mining town. Reno, Nevada bordering Lake Tahoe, also serves up a Memorial Day experience like no other, including a feast of the city's culinary offerings at "Food Truck Friday." There are also plenty of aquatic offerings on the shores of Lake Tahoe, including swimming, paddle boarding, and whitewater rafting. Check out more fascinating facts you never knew about Memorial Day.

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Run for a cause in Nashville

A great Memorial Day weekend getaway, Nashville offers a number of celebration and commemoration ceremonies, such as the Fort Negley Memorial Program, held annually on the Saturday before Memorial Day, to honor all serving members of the U.S. Armed Forces, and the 2019 Memorial Day 1 Mile, 5K and 10K Virtual Race, in which participants can run, jog or walk at their own pace and 15% of each registration is donated to Operation Gratitude. Stay at the Hutton Hotel located in the city's lively West End neighborhood, just steps from the heart of Music Row where you can spend part of your holiday weekend discovering Nashville's creative music culture.

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Be dazzled in Miami

Miami explodes with celebrations and events in honor of Memorial Day weekend, including the Miami Beach Air & Sea Show; Music Explosion and Fireworks Extravaganza; Best of the Best Memorial Day Concert at Bayfront Park; and the Flamingo Gardens Memorial Day Kidz Fest. After the festivities, there's a number of beaches where guests can go to relax in the sun. Stay at the Dream South Beach which provides the perfect respite for travelers looking to stay in Miami. Occupying the former shells of two Miami Beach Art Deco icons—the Tudor Hotel and Palmer House—the 108-room property is nestled against the former Versace Mansion and a mere 50 yards from the beach.

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Colorful houses line the hillside over looking the beach in San Juan, Puerto RicoMartin Wheeler III/Shutterstock

Soak up the sun in Puerto Rico

Finally, for many Americans, Memorial Day weekend is all about hitting the beach for the first bit of summer sun. However, in May, water temperatures don't always agree with jumping into the waves. That's why it's the perfect time to head to the U.S. Commonwealth of Puerto Rico known for its year-long warm weather, pristine beaches (nearly 300 miles, to be exact!), and rich history and culture. With no passport or currency exchange required for U.S. citizens, the island is the perfect warm-weather neighbor to the south and the ideal destination for a last minute trip during Memorial Day Weekend.

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