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Last Minute Labor Day Getaways

Labor Day Weekend signifies the end of summer, which leaves many itching to get out of dodge one last time before the new school years sets in. For families, Labor Day Weekend is their last chance for a trip out of town until Christmas vacation. It’s not too late to plan a quick getaway for the weekend, and there are a lot of places that are offering fantastic weekend deals. Break out the duffle bags and get ready for a fun time away. Don’t forget to pack the essentials for the whole family!


Take a beach trip. If you live within driving distance of the beach or shore, why not plan a quick weekend trip the beach? Commercial beaches like Myrtle Beach, SC may be quite crowded over the holiday weekend, so choose a beach that’s a bit more secluded like Oak Island, NC, the Outer Banks, Savannah, GA, Pompano Beach, FL, etc. These beaches offer a calm, relaxing atmosphere with a more residential feel to them. Rent a beach home or cottage for the weekend and cook meals in the home or condo to save a bit of money. If you’re looking for attractions, plan day trips to the more mainstream beaches for boating or fishing, great shopping, and dining, or daily excursions.
If you want to take a beach trip, don’t forget to pack essential items like sunscreen and swim cover-ups. UV protection clothing is also helpful if you have very young children. You’ll want to take along your digital camera to capture all of the fun memories you’ll make while on your trip. If you haven’t used a camera in a while and need a new one, check out these Labor Day deals!


If you’re more of a mountain person, pack up the family and head to a rented cabin. If you’d rather brave the outdoors and seek adventure, plan a camping trip! Just think… you could spend the long weekend chasing waterfalls, and hiking. If you enjoy walking tours, book a trip to the Biltmore House (America’s Largest Home) and plan to spend the day touring the mansion, winery, and enjoying the wonderful shops. Just want a quiet mountain retreat away from home? Find last minute cabin rentals in Maggie Valley, Shenandoah Valley, or in beautiful Amish country in Pennsylvania. Walmart has everything you may need for a fun mountain getaway- from tents and camping supplies to backpacks and snacks! Right now, you can save 10% site-wide! Don’t forget the pet supplies if you plan to bring your four-legged family members along.

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If you’d like to take the family on an educational trip, why not head to Washington, DC? The beautiful Capitol City has many stunning monuments and attractions that you can visit free of charge. Start at the National Mall, and walk your way around the monuments. Plan to eat from some of the city’s famous food trucks for a true taste of DC. If you’re looking for something sweet, swing by Georgetown Cupcakes for a special treat. The National Cathedral is a beautiful cathedral to visit and tour. You can also check out the many museums and the National Zoo. DC has an incredible nightlife for adults, packed with amazing restaurants, bars, and evening performances and shows.


If you love the midwest, why not take a trip to Chicago? Tour the famous city on foot and see popular landmarks and famous architecture. If you love to explore different cuisines, you won’t want to miss what Chicago has to offer. Try some authentic deep dish pizza, and a famous Chicago Dog! Looking for family fun? Navy Pier has it all! Take an evening cruise aboard a private yacht, stroll along the pier and ride the ferris wheel, enjoy games, and at the end of the day, crash at one of the local hotels. You’ll have such a blast that you’ll never want to leave!

No matter where you wind up over Labor Day Weekend, don’t forget to slow down and take the time to enjoy your trip and your traveling companions.