The summer is coming to an end, and some of us are still desperately clinging to the final days of warm weather, water sports and fun in the sun.
For many, the Labor Day Weekend is the ultimate opportunity for folks to soak up the best of summer before it’s over - and this year, Labor Day holiday will be on Monday, September 4, 2017. So instead of calling off the party and prepping for the fall, we say squeeze the most out of this season and take one last summer trip to clear your head before it's back to the grind. Priceline revealed the most popular Labor Day destinations and it's no surprise that all our favorite cities made the list. So from gambling in Vegas to sunbathing in Florida, here are the best Labor Day long weekend destinations of 2017.
Las Vegas, Nevada
Topping the Labor Day destination list is the sinfully spectacular city of Las Vegas, because who doesn't want to spend the last days of summer cavorting and casino-hopping on the strip? Relax and get pampered at the Bellagio, max out your credit card at the Venetian, then turn it up at one of the city’s most notorious pool parties at DAYLIGHT Beach Club or Drai’s Beach Club, which get pretty lit during Labor Day Weekend with DJ’s, booze and beautiful people everywhere. And if you want to avoid the lines and really make a splash, be sure to reserve a poolside cabana VIP style, because, hey, it's Vegas baby!
The Windy City is a wonderfully multifaceted place to end the summer, celebrating, feasting and taking in the city’s local art and culture. Jam out in the park at the 39th annual Chicago Jazz Festival, the city’s oldest lakeside free concert series, catch an end of summer Cubs game at iconic Wrigley Field, or take in a glorious sky show at Navy Pier’s last free summer fireworks spectacular. Then mix it up at the venerated North Coast Music Festival at Union Park, where you can dance the night away to an electronic mix of indie, hip hop, and rock. For perogies, potato pancakes and all things polish, check out the worldly Taste of Polonia festival with live music and myriad Polish festivities.
One of the more metropolitan cities of the south, Atlanta is a fun place to spend the long Labor Day weekend grooving at free concerts, catching football games, checking out the local festivals and dining to your heart’s content on savory southern comfort food. The mammoth Mercedes Benz Stadium hosts two Chick Fil A kickoff games with some of the top teams in the nation, and Calloway Gardens gets lit at their annual Sky High Hot Air Balloon Festival and Friday Night Balloon Glow. Dance the night away at Taste of Soul, a citywide free soul music festival, or geek out at Atlanta’s Dragon Con, one of the largest pop culture, sci-fi and fantasy conventions in the nation!
San Diego, California
For some end of season beachside fun and summer sun, head to the sun-drenched city of San Diego this Labor Day weekend, where you can enjoy a variety of indoor and outdoor activities ranging from symphonies and sand castles to sailing and sky shows. The US Sand Sculpting Challenge and Dimensional Art Expo Draws hundreds of thousands of visitors each year to see spectacular sand sculptures created by some of the world’s finest artists. And Seaworld becomes a nocturnal, bioluminescent sea of energy packed with music, beauty, and super cool special effects during the Electronic Ocean nighttime spectacular. And visitors and locals just can't get enough of the annual San Diego Bacon Fest, where you can sample a plethora of bacon (of course) and food and drink from the city’s various vendors.
New York City, New York
Labor Day was organized by the Central Labor Union of New York way back in 1882, so it's actually quite fitting to spend this annual worker’s holiday in the city that started it all. And the best part about spending a long Labor Day weekend in New City is that most of the locals have fled to the Hamptons for a beachside escape, leaving the city open to tourists and explorers. Have a leisurely lunch at the quaint Serendipity Cafe then head to Staten Island to check out the Richmond County Fair, a fun family friendly festival with circus performers, crafts, food, music and more.
A cultural and artistic melting pot, Seattle is a great place to spend the Labor Day Weekend gallery hopping, people watching and catching all the free concerts and movies you can. This eclectic city is packed with art, music, inspiration, and individuality abounds, so you can spend the whole day exploring and discovering without having to spend a dime. Feed your creative side at the downtown Issaquah and Fremont art walk, take a free tour of the historic Paramount Theater, then end the weekend with a blissful series of free outdoor concerts at Ballard Locks.
San Francisco, California
The beautiful bayside city of San Francisco is a spectacular place to visit any time of year. And during Labor Day Weekend, you can take advantage of a host of unique and unforgettable opportunities in a city with more culture and personality than it knows what to do with! For art lovers and creatives, you can spend the weekend musing in museums and admiring art at the Sausalito Art Festival. Football fans can see the San Francisco Giants in an action packed home game. Or for something totally different and out of this world, check out the iconic San Francisco Comicon, with hardcore cosplay, comic book legends, nerdy speed dating, fantasy film festivals and so much more.
Orange County, California
The OC isn't just for the ultra rich and the real housewives of the east coast. This family-friendly oceanside city is brimming with festivals, art, history, and excitement at every turn. For food, live music, and world culture, check out the gigantic Orange International Street Fair, a world marketplace representing 15 ethnicities with 42 food and alcohol booths, a handmade arts and crafts section and 8 stages of world music performances. And for classic car lovers, hop on the 34th annual Great Labor Day Cruise and enjoy a 1.25 mile trip around the OC fairgrounds where you can see thousands of vintage autos, classics and street cars, as well as peruse over 100 vendors.
When we think of Orlando, one thing comes to mind: theme parks! This warm city is a little slice of summer all year round. But in September, visitors can take advantage of special pricing, “magical dining” and fewer crowds because the season is winding down. Bring out your inner child at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom and Seaworld Orlando. And enjoy specialty menus and discount prices at restaurants all over the city during Orlando’s Magical Dining Month. And don’t miss the chance to visit NASA’s legendary launch and landing facilities at Kennedy Space Center, which is home to some of mankind’s greatest achievements.
St. Louis, Missouri
When it comes to outdoor activities, recreation, and adventure, St. Louis Missouri takes the cake as a Mecca for music lovers, foodies, and outdoor enthusiasts. This midwestern city is the ideal place to spend a long Labor Day weekend, with an endless list of things to do and see at dozens of parks, events, and festivals. Splash around at one of the St. Louis’s water parks like Raging Rivers Six Flags before noshing on some shish kabobs, baklava and moussaka at the St. Nicholas Greek Festival. Don't forget to stop by the iconic annual Big Muddy Blues Festival for some soulful outdoor sets from over 50 local and national musicians.