Alright, lazy travelers—you’ve got 3 days to get away. Where will you go, what will you do?
In the spirit of Labor Day, you should be headed out on a lovely weekend trip to reward yourself for all the hard work you’ve done all year. If you’re planning to take a relaxing vacation to any of the cities listed below, here’s your head start to completing an itinerary. But, if you have yet to book a trip and still unsure of where to go, then we advise you get to it and start planning. Luckily, to make things just a little bit easier, we’ve done the work for you.
If You’re Headed to San Francisco…
Start your trip off on Fillmore Street! Considered to be one of America’s best shopping streets, you’ll find everything from antiques to clothing, art, books, flower shops, and more. In the evening, check out the famous funky jazz club, Boom Boom Room, or the San Francisco Jazz Heritage Center, if you’re looking for a more educational sort of experience. Sheba Piano Lounge is also a cozy, intimate bar where you can hear live music 7 days a week. And, if you’re a film buff, Clay Theater and Sundance Kabuki Theatres have your name all over them!
Lastly, plan to make a stop at the Golden Gate Bridge. Get your cameras ready and wrap up your stay at this iconic landmark.
If You’re Headed to Detroit…
Once you’re well fed, it’s time to head over to the casino at the MGM Grand Detroit – and if you want to end your night there too, you can book a room at this hotel.
If you feel like you want to get a little artsy during your stay, head to the Red Bull House of Art, where you’ll see some eye-popping pieces. As a second option, you could get your fill at the Detroit Institute of Art.
Your day of culture doesn’t have to stop there. Check out whatever’s going on at the beautifully decorated Fox Theatre, a performing arts center and movie palace located in Downtown Detroit. Top the night off with dessert nearby at the Astoria Pastry Shop.
If you’re looking for a way to unwind after your weekend, take a stroll down the Detroit Riverwalk to capture Detroit’s skyline and get a real feel for the city – located right near the airport, for those worried about timing.
If You’re Headed to Denver…
Make sure to bring some waterproof clothing for this trip. If you get bored of lounging around and are looking for a fun and exhilarating thing to do in Denver, try white water rafting! Spend your day rafting at Clear Creek, an approximately 35-minute drive from downtown Denver. Their location at Idaho Springs also offers a lot to do after your raft trip such as zip lining.
If you want to eat at a restaurant that’s both healthy and delicious, you’re definitely going to be happy at Root Down. Don’t let the healthiness fool you, your taste buds will not suffer here. The menu is considerate of vegetarian/vegan needs as well as gluten-free needs.
Finally, you’ll reflect on your trip by appreciating the beautiful views – on horseback! On the A & A historical trails, your options are endless while you can choose to have some help on a guided ride or take the other route as a trailblazer on a personal ride with no restrictions.
If You’re Headed to Seattle…
To get the full view of this city, take a stroll through Kerry Park Franklin Place on your first day here. The next day, you can wake up bright and early to visit Pike Place Market. As one of Seattle’s main tourist attractions, this farmer’s market really gives visitors a pretty authentic feel for the city with an incredible, yummy selection of foods.
After you’ve had a little bite to eat, you’re ready to hike the Seattle Mountains the way you’re meant to. Evergreen Escapes tours offer a Mount St. Helens National Monument Tour. With your naturalist guide, you’ll learn a lot about the recovering ecosystem and the U.S. Forest Service’s reforestation efforts of the area. You’ll see craters and the steaming volcano up close.
On your last day, you should celebrate your trip over brunch the Seattle way – eating locally and sustainably. At Local 360, asking where the food on your plate comes from is encouraged.
Before we send you off, you’ll have to see what some amazing artists have done in a glass sculpture garden to complement their love for the outdoors at Chihuly Garden and Glass which is conveniently located right next to the Space Needle (in case you were looking to squeeze that into your itinerary, as well).
If You’re Headed to Fort Lauderdale…
We hope you’re not too self-conscious about how you look in a bathing suit because you’re about to stuff your face with some of the best Italian food in town. La Dolce Vita is delicious and right in the middle of Fort Lauderdale’s historic shopping and arts district. Perfect!
While in Fort Lauderdale, it’s obvious that your trip will be spent almost entirely at the beach! Fort Lauderdale is a really large, clean, popular shoreline of gorgeous sandy beaches, and is known as one of the most popular spring break destinations. Park yourself here for an hour or two – or five!
Once you’re done with your day soaking up the sun, you’re going to be hungry. Tonight for dinner, you’re headed to Steak 954 (from the same owner of NYC’s Buddakan). Between the assortment of meats, the jellyfish aquarium, or the outdoor garden, it’s safe to say, most people would find themselves pretty happy ending their night here.
If You’re Headed to San Diego…
If you arrive before 3 PM, you need to get a fish taco at Las Cuatro Milpas. If your plane gets in more on the later side, you can get some dinner at the “Best of the Best,” Truluck’s La Jolla, specializing in their crab and steak.
San Diego is recognized to have some of the best beaches in the U.S., and Coronado Beach is a big reason why the city gets this title — so you’ll probably find yourself here all day long. As you lounge out on the beach, you can give yourself a self-guided tour of some of the breathtaking real estate that lines Ocean Boulevard (where the beach is located).
After lounging all day, you’ll be energized and ready for some fun. You’re in San Diego, so after all, you’re basically obligated to surf. If you’ve never surfed before, the best place to learn is with Pacific Surf School. You can also try windsurfing or kitesurfing here!
There you have it, lazy travelers! Your planning has been done for you. No excuses for not making the most of your Labor Day weekend! Where are you headed for the holiday weekend? Let us know in the comments!