It's Not Too Late to Plan a Fun Labor Day Weekend

Have you been so busy lately with the new back-to-school routine, work and life in general that you didn’t see the Labor Day weekend sneak up on you? You’re probably not alone either. So here’s a list of last-minute Labor Day ideas to make the most of the first long weekend after schools have reopened.

1. International Destinations

If you’ve been dreaming of an international trip, this may be the right time because there may still be some last-minute deals available. Travel experts recommend locations like Riga, Latvia and Balearic Islands, Spain. They may not be on the list of top tourist spots, but they could be just perfect for those bitten by the travel bug.

2. Pick a National Park or Two

If international travel is not your cup of tea, there’s enough you can do locally too. The U.S. is home to many national parks, so pick one or two that fancy you, pack your bags and head out for an adventure. While there is no dearth of options, experts often recommend Yosemite, Death Valley, the Grand Canyon, Zion, Glacier National Park, Yellowstone and Acadia.

3. Escape to the Beach

Everyone loves a relaxing beach holiday and nothing should keep you from having one of your own. Find some affordable getaways to your nearest (or farthest) beach town depending on your taste. Pick from places like Laguna Beach, California; Cape Cod, Massachusetts; Cannon Beach, Oregon; Maui, Hawaii and Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.

4. Find a Local City to Explore

If you want to get away from the bustling city, look for smaller cities or towns in your own state that can offer a quaint escape for the weekend. A few suggestions include Sonoma, California; Sedona, Arizona; Gatlinburg, Tennessee and Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

5. Head to an Amusement Park

If your kids have been nagging you to take them to their favorite amusement park all summer, this may be the right opportunity. With parks like Six Flags, Busch Gardens, Hersheypark, Universal Studios and Disney parks, there are plenty to choose from.

6. County Fairs Can Be Fun Too

If big-budget traveling is not in the cards, find county fairs in and around your area and you might be surprised at how much fun you and your family can have while enjoying thrilling rides, fun shows and lots of deep-fried goodies.

7. Plan a Staycation

Last, but definitely, no less fun than the other options is a staycation. Have family over, plan a fun picnic for the kids, play entertaining games and camp out in the backyard while making s’mores under the stars.


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Born and raised in India, Aparna has made Orange County her second home. She loves being in a creative environment, and when not writing about health and wellness, this shutterbug/foodie can be found cooking for friends and family and clicking photographs of nature.