This Memorial Day weekend, you may find yourself with extra time to spend with family and friends, and perhaps take a trip. Are you a history buff? Beach bum? Or, maybe you’d like to spend time in the great outdoors.
We’ve broken down five different types of tourists and a weekend vacation destination for each that could best suit their interests.
What better way to spend Memorial Day weekend than visiting our nation’s capital?
On top of the museums and monuments in Washington D.C., the district also hosts the National Memorial Day Parade; you can also pay your respects to those who have given their lives in the U.S. Armed Forces at a memorial service and wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery.
According to About Travel, Memorial Day events you don’t want to miss include:
- Sunday, May 28 – Free concert on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol at 8:00 p.m.
- Monday, May 29 – The National Memorial Day Parade begins at 2:00 p.m. at the corner of Constitution Avenue.
- Monday, May 29 – Wreath-laying ceremony and concert held at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at 11:00 a.m.
Some honorable mentions include visiting the National Mall and the Flags-in ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery.
For those who want to get away from it all and experience the great outdoors, check out Camp Wandawega in Elkhorn, Wisconsin.
This unique camp has been in operation since 1925 and offers boating, canoeing, fishing and a private beach for summertime fun. Guests can enjoy a cookout with grills and barbecues available throughout the resort, plus unique housing options like a vintage cabin, bungalow, bunkhouse, tree house, tepee or tent.
According to the Wandawega website, two side-by-side vintage cabins start at $650 per night and can accommodate six guests. To see a list of availability and booking options, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org or check out their surplus inventory on AirBnB.
Get ready to hang ten during your three-day weekend with a trip to Miami Beach in Miami, Florida.
Not only are the temperatures lower and crowds much smaller in the month of May, you can also find discounted hotel and flight rates. You’ll find the best beach party in the country, with music, dancing, great food and an abundance of summer activities.
The Miami Beach Air & Sea Show and Music Explosion will honor military and first responders at this free, two-day event filled with flying jets, offshore powerboat racing demonstrations, water-based activities and a fireworks display. The event is held Saturday, May 27 – Sunday, May 28 and is located on Miami Beach.
There’s a lot more than just gambling, gourmet food and good weather in Las Vegas. This Memorial Day weekend, opt for a jam-packed weekend of local activities that are interesting as well as exciting. Skip the casinos and expand your horizons by seeing the breathtaking sights that surround the Entertainment City.
Smart Destinations recommends all kinds of sightseeing:
- Grand Canyon South Rim Tour – A bus tour of the Grand Canyon’s South Rim, with lookout point, museums, Native American artwork and sculptures.
- Hop-on Hop-off Las Vegas Bus Tour – A bus tour of Las Vegas featuring various hotels and the iconic “Welcome to Las Vegas” sign.
- High Roller Observation Wheel – A 30-minute ride up takes you 550 feet above ground to see the sights of the city.
- Hoover Dam Tour – Visit the National Historic Landmark for its history and unique views.
Smart Destination recommends saving on admission to these popular attractions by purchasing a Go Las Vegas Card, saving you up to 55% more on combined admission versus paying at the gate.
The Eclectic Traveler
Austin, Texas is a city that has experienced recent revitalization and growth; it offers everything from scenic walking trails to hip restaurants and cafes on Sixth Street. It’s a great place for the young hipster.
According to Trips to Discover, Memorial Day weekend in Austin entails promising warm weather and lots of sun.
Austin has a renowned nightlife for those who like to stay up when the sun goes down. Take a walk down Sixth Street for drinks, dancing and music. A popular destination is the Blind Pig Pub, which has live bands and a rooftop dance venue.
For more recommendations, check out the Visit Austin website.
Something for Everyone
Whether you want to relax in the great outdoors, tour a historic landmark or take a dip in a scenic lake, there’s something for everyone this Memorial Day weekend.
Are you planning a vacation? Let us know where you’ll be this Memorial Day in the comments below!
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