Memorial Day Weekend is upon us and no one wants to spend the three-day weekend stuck at home with nothing to do. Pack your bags and book a ticket to one of these prime MDW getaways to kick off summer.
This city of dramatic red rocks and jagged sandstone formations is full of natural beauty and outdoor adventures. There are plenty of scenic hikes, horseback rides, and off-road trails to take advantage of, as well as nearby kayaking and river tubing opportunities at Verde River. When you’ve had enough action and want to take it easy, recharge at one of Sedona's world-class spas, stop by a winery, or head uptown to explore the chic shops and vibrant art scene. Keep your eyes peeled near the end of the day for towering rock formations that glow a psychedelic red and orange after sunset.
San Diego, CA
Take it to the Pacific with a jaunt to beachy San Diego, where you can try your hand at surfing with the locals or sightseeing at the charming lighthouses surrounding Point Loma. Or, for a bit of glamour, pay a visit to Hotel Del Coronado, which has played host to many American presidents—even Marilyn Monroe, who filmed Some Like It Hot there. Be sure to pass through La Jolla, a ritzy seaside town glittering with hidden coves, skinny palm trees, and plenty of glam eateries to sip rosé by the water. Plus, don't miss the Friday night (May 26) summer opening of Balboa Park After Dark, with food trucks and entertainment along with extended hours at eight museums around town.
This laidback mountain town near Denver is a mix of artsy, free spirts and luxury cabins under the stars. Take advantage of the great outdoors by biking through winding trails surrounded by emerald green trees, hiking through majestic gorges, river rafting through Browns Canyon, or taking a ride on the Monarch Scenic Tram for sky-high views (hope you’re not afraid of heights!). Three-day weekends always fly by, but stretch out your time with some R&R—Salida is known for its natural hot springs, so take a dip followed by well-deserved time at the spa.
What better place to spend the holiday weekend than the capital of the land of the free? There’s no shortage of iconic museums and patriotic monuments to keep you occupied all weekend long. Visit Union Market, a warehouse full of creative culinary vendors, where you can participate in test kitchen demos, listen to live music, and sample tons of food and drink. Stroll the historic streets of Georgetown for trendy shops, gourmet hot spots, and buzzing nightlife. Don't forget to honor our veterans by attending the annual star-studded National Memorial Day Concert on the West Lawn, tributes at the National Mall and Arlington National Cemetery, and the National Memorial Day Parade.
This quirky city is full of foodie favorites, like the food cart pods at Alberta Street, Pip’s Original Doughnuts, Salt & Straw ice cream parlor, and Stumptown Coffee. When the clock strikes beer-o-clock, pay a visit to one of the many breweries that make Portland tick—locals are so obsessed with craft beer they nicknamed the city, "Beervana." Chill in "Portland’s living room," the lively open plaza of Pioneer Courthouse Square, home to concerts, festivals, rallies, farmers markets, outdoor movie nights, picnics, and sunbathers galore. Check out Portland Rose Festival for a day of games, rides, live music, food stalls, and even opening night fireworks at Tom McCall Waterfront Park starting on May 26.
Palm Beach, FL
Make your way down south to this swanky coastal town full of pristine beaches, extravagant mansions, and high-end shops. Visit Worth Avenue for luxury shopping, galleries, and fine dining among the whitewashed buildings or make your way to West Palm Beach for a more low-key atmosphere. Play golf at one of the many lavish courses or check out the scene at Sunday Polo at the International Polo Club in Wellington. Rent a bike and cruise through town or kick back with your toes in the sand. No matter where you are, you’ll never be more than a few blocks from the water.