7 Last-Minute Memorial Day Weekend Getaways
With Memorial Day weekend right around the corner, many Americans look forward to spending quality time with their families. Some will head to the beach, while others will stay at home and enjoy a delicious barbecue. If you’re still undecided, here are some last-minute Memorial Day weekend getaways your entire family can enjoy.
1. Palm Springs, CA
Located in Southern California, Palm Springs offers the right amount of sunshine and warmth this time of the year. Temperatures are still mild in May and perfect for enjoying outdoor activities. While Palms Springs is mostly known as a destination for relaxation, the area also offers various alternatives for food and nature lovers. If you want to explore the desert, Palms Springs is located at the base of Joshua Tree National Park and miles of hiking and biking trails.
2. Las Vegas, NV
If you live on the West Coast, Las Vegas is one of the most accessible weekend destinations. Sin City is known for its casinos and nightlife, but there are many things you can do with your family such as visiting the Neon Museum or enjoying outdoor shows at the Bellagio, Mirage and Treasure Island casinos. Speaking of outdoor activities, visiting the Hoover Dam is another popular option.
3. Miami, FL
The end of May is a particularly good time to visit Miami. The city is less crowded than usual, temperatures are warm but not as humid as Summer and Hurricane Season doesn't officially begin until June. Miami is a vibrant city that offers myriad activities to its visitors. Whether you want to spend a relaxing time at the beach or attend the annual hip-hop festival, there is something for everyone. Take advantage of the long holiday weekend and visit Miami for Memorial Day.
4. Washington, DC
The nation’s capital is undoubtedly an ideal destination to plan a last-minute Memorial Day weekend getaway. Similar to all the other options shared in this article, May is an excellent time to visit Washington DC due to warm temperatures. Plus, our capital's infamous humidity usually isn't an issue in May. If you choose to visit DC this coming weekend, be sure to attend the National Memorial Day Parade. Additionally, Washington DC has numerous museums worth taking a look at with your family such as the National Air & Space Museum, Museum Of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution Information Center in the Castle, and the US Botanic Gardens. Better yet, admission is free!
5. Cape Cod, MA
Unlike Miami, the water at the beach in Cape Cod won’t be warm, but the view of the area is well worth a stroll. The seashore extends for miles. Weather permitting, May can be an excellent time to visit the lighthouse or go sailing. Cape Cod also has art galleries and museums that the entire family will enjoy visiting.
6. Phoenix, AZ
Just like Palm Springs, May is the last month to enjoy Arizona without enduring three-digit temperatures. Lake Pleasant lives up to its name. Your family can also enjoy the natural splendor of North Mountain Park and Rio Salado Habitat Restoration area. Can't make it to Miami from the West Coast? Phoenix has you covered with their Caribbean Carnival this holiday weekend. The Heard Museum features American Indian art and is an excellent indoor activity. If you go, don't miss the American Indian Veterans National Memorial adjacent to the museum.
7. Atlantic City, NJ
If you’re on the East Coast and going to Sin City isn’t doable, you should visit Atlantic City, which is known as the “Las Vegas of the East.” Get ready to gamble and have a good time in New Jersey. Just like Vegas, Atlantic City has plenty to offer the entire family. Walk its famous boardwalk or enjoy some rides at the amusement park. The city also hosts North America’s largest kite festival during Memorial Day weekend,.
We hope these last-minute getaway ideas will provide you with some alternatives to enjoy a good time with your family and friends. Have a wonderful holiday weekend!
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