The Memorial Day holiday weekend official kicks-off of the summer season. As the first warm long weekend in months, most people will be heading to the beaches, or celebrating with backyard barbecues and picnics in the park. If travel is on your mind, here are a some of the top destinations in the USA that are consistently popular for Memorial Day Getaways.
With it historic roots and number of monuments and events commemorating our countrymen’s historical service and sacrifices, Washington, DC is one of the top destinations for the Memorial Day Weekend. Pay tribute to unidentified soldiers interred at the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington National Cemetery, then catch the annual National Memorial Day Parade of veterans, military units, floats, balloons, and marching bands. If you come the night before, you can also catch the annual free National Memorial Day Concert at the Capitol’s West Lawn.
New York City
The Big Apple has lots of attractions to enjoy all year around and Memorial Day is no exception. Have an early-summer picnic in the greenery of Central Park or just take a stroll around the city to enjoy sidewalk dining, street fairs, rooftop drinks, and river cruises. To commemorate the occasion, stand at the feet of Lady Liberty or watch the Empire State Building lit up in red, white, and blue. New York City is home to several museums and other historical sights of interest, including the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, a military and maritime history museum with a collection of museum ships in New York City, set on a retired aircraft carrier at Pier 86.
Yellowstone National Park
Declared the nation’s first national park in 1872, Yellowstone National Park is the perfect destination for a Memorial Day camping weekend. The park’s 2.2 million acres stretch through portions of Idaho, Montana and Wyoming. Best known for Old Faithful, the naturally-occurring geyser, Yellowstone National Park is actually home to more than 300 steam-spewing geysers, 300-foot towering waterfalls, and an immense gorge known as the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. Bike around the park’s roads and designated routes, rent outboards or rowboats at Bridge Bay Marina or camp overnight. Fishing season in Yellowstone Lake and the park’s streams officially opens during Memorial Day Weekend.
Palm Springs, California
This resort city in the middle of the California desert makes an excellent getaway this time of the year. The desert outpost tends to heat up in summer months, so Memorial Day vacations are a good time to enjoy Palm Springs’ offerings with pleasant weather. Nature lovers can spend their time enjoying the desert vistas, doing canyon tours, go hiking at the Indian Canyons or visit ancient Native American sites. Leisure travelers can chill out with quality R&R time, go golfing, browse through art galleries or just relax by poolside.
Austin, Texas offers diverse attractions for all types of travelers. It is home to numerous galleries, museums, and music venues, while maintaining a laid-back Southern charm.
History buffs will appreciate the historical tourists spots such as the governor’s mansion and the State Capitol, while nature trippers can enjoy over 193 miles of scenic walking trails. Meanwhile, urban adventurers can enjoy a lively nightlife, tasty restaurants and hip coffee pubs, congregated along Sixth Street. Whatever your preference is, you can expect a relaxed, cultural-filled, Memorial Day Weekend here.