Is the looming end of summer getting you down? We feel you. But it’s not over yet! Luckily, we have one last chance to escape the city before the fall grind begins: Labor Day Weekend. If you’re anything like us, you’re still trying to figure out where all the time’s gone and haven’t even started planning your summer finale. But fear not—we’ve put this list of Labor Day getaways together so you can celebrate the end of summer like never before.
Newport, Rhode Island
If you’re looking for a nearby escape by the sea, Newport is just the spot for you! Once known as the main summer hub for some of the country’s wealthiest families, Newport offers historical sites with a flare of modern influence. From sailing, to the town’s quirky shops, to the famous cliff walk and mansions, this destination has a little bit of everything for anyone to enjoy.
Lake Tahoe, California
If you’re looking to swap coasts for a weekend filled of outdoor fun, look no further than Lake Tahoe, California. This freshwater lake is a vacation hotspot at any time of year, offering epic hiking trails, swimming, kayaking, jet skiing, and wakeboarding. If that’s not enticing enough, the 24-hour casinos and late night venues offer a vibrant nightlife so you can celebrate the end of summer up to that very last hour.
Key West, Florida
Looking for a tropical paradise without the stress of leaving the country? Look no further than the southernmost point in the United States: the Florida Keys. The Keys are known for historical sites, such as The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum, white sandy beaches, and lively nightlife. For the beer lovers out there, this is the perfect vacation to indulge by taking part in the annual Key West Brewfest, scheduled over Labor Day weekend.
Dreaming of a French bohemian escape but dreading long distance travel? Consider Montreal for your Labor Day vacay. This French-Speaking city has it all, from cobblestoned neighborhoods covered in sidewalk sales, to local beaches and cuisine (like Canada’s famous poutine), you can soak up those European vibes and taste Canada’s culture—without having to fly overseas.
Yearning for a more rugged excursion to wrap up summer? Take to the Pocono Mountains for an adventure-filled weekend of zip lining, white water rafting, fishing, canoeing, or hiking. While there are plenty of accommodation options in the Poconos, these rolling mountains offer breathtaking views, hidden waterfalls, and thriving forests—perfect scenery to pitch a tent and experience the outdoors under the stars.
Hamptons, Long Island
If staying local is more your speed, hop on the Long Island Rail Road and be swept away to the sandy beaches of the Hamptons. For New Yorkers it’s the ultimate weekend summer haven: a string of sea towns known for their shingled windmills, varying quirky antique shops, and high end restaurants and nightlife. Often referred to as NYC’s playground, you can indulge in anything from designer boutiques to late night parties at Surf Lodge or Ruschmeyer’s for the ultimate summer send off.
Finger Lakes, New York
Wine Country. Need we say more? And no, we’re not talking about Long Island. If you’re hoping for a relaxing wine-filled weekend outdoors, look no further than Finger Lakes, New York. This region is known for its adventurous water sports, rolling hills, plentiful wineries, stunning shorelines, and did we mention wine? The farmlands and vineyards are known to produce some of the country’s best rieslings, so pack your bags and head upstate to relax and unwin(e)d.
Saratoga, New York
If you’re looking for some action (not that kind of action), then head upstate to Saratoga for some good ol’ BBQin’ goodness at the race track. Labor Day Weekend, known as the Final Stretch Weekend, brings all kinds of activities to the streets of Saratoga. From Fashion Saturdays, to Taste NY, to lounging trackside, you can bet your horses that your end of summer weekend will be one helluva hurrah.