September’s almost here, believe it or not. Soon the leaves will turn, the temps will drop, and the layers will pile on with each and every shiver. Before you know it, winter will be on it’s merry—



Oh, you’re not ready for that yet?

Well, don’t pack away your summer duds just yet! We’ve got your long Labor Day weekend all planned out. Grab your shorts and your swimwear, because these  getaways are just what you need to feel like summer never has to end.

If the kids are driving you bonkers…

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StacieStauffSmith Photos/Shutterstock

So your little ones (and not-so-little ones) are headed back to school, which is simultaneously sad and super exciting. On the one hand, you loved having them around for some quality family time and will seriously miss those day trip adventures! On the flip-side, you’ll also breathe a bit easier when they’re not home all day, literally bouncing off the walls, eating you out of house and home, and traipsing through with friend after friend after friend.

Why not take one last family-bonding hurrah before school starts? San Francisco has all the hills you could possibly need to help burn off all of that energy. Take the fam on a boat ride in the Bay Area, then hit up a few museums. Leave a whole day open for Golden Gate park, if you want to see everything it has to offer: lakes, gardens, meadows, playgrounds—the fun just doesn’t stop.

If you’re not really feeling the California sun, head to Seattle for culture, ferry rides, glass museums, and even more beautiful nature-loving adventures. Have the kids ever seen snow in the summer? Mt. Rainier will blow their minds.

You’re welcome.

If you and the S.O. are in need of a break (from work!)

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Netfalls – Remy Musser/Shutterstock

You two have been working nonstop, and could totally use a long weekend to breathe, reconnect, and reinvigorate the romance. Leave the kids, pets, work-worries, and chores at home. The world is your oyster, and all you have to do is figure out what you want to do as a couple.

If you’re looking for a beach getaway, Florida‘s got sun, fun, and some really great beaches. You can also opt for some peace and quiet, if that’s what you’re in the mood for. There are tons of resorts where you can lay out and read with a cocktail. When it’s time to cool off, grab a paddle board or kayak, or even rent a boat so you can watch the dolphins play.

If hiking is more your thing, head to Phoenix, AZ, or Denver, CO. Both locations offer up plenty of opportunities to stay active. Hit the trails along the Grand Canyon, just outside of Phoenix,  and burn off some of that excess energy in the great outdoors, with kayaking, horseback riding, or even a cave hike. Bring some of those layers we mentioned though—those caves can get pretty chilly.

Phoenix is definitely the warmer spot, while Denver’s downtown life can supplement your nature-loving adventures with a little bit of culture (and antiquing!), as well as some super romantic views.

If you’re ready for a real party…

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Cecilia Lim H M/Shutterstock

You and your closest friends have been talking for years about taking a vacation together. Isn’t it time to finally treat yourselves, after that big promotion you worked so hard for?

Las Vegas and New York City are some of the best places to get your party on, because the nightlife is legendary. Check out a few world-renowned shows, hit up a club, or just oooh and ahhh at the pretty, blinking lights. Having trouble deciding where to go? Pick Vegas for heat and non-stop fun. You won’t have to ever leave the casino, unless you feel like sleeping or swimming. New York City has the all-night food options, glitzy clubs, and the glamour of feeling like a New Yorker for a few days, but with endless transit options and some really famous museums to help you pack in a little more culture.

Either way, you can’t go wrong for a fun-filled friend trip. Celebrate engagements, singledom, baller career moves, or just years and years of untouchable friendship. You know you deserve this trip.

You’ve worked hard all year long, and totally deserve that vacation. Labor Day weekend is the perfect time to treat yourself, so why not turn it into an adventure? Tell us in the comments what kind of traveler you are, and then get packing!


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Katrina Koski

Katrina Koski writes content for CheapOair and OneTravel. When she's not traveling or writing about travel, she spends her time strategizing Scrabble and Words with Friends moves -- her magnum opus was 'unrequited' for 139 points. Katrina's favorite words are 'kiosk' and 'usurp.'