Alright, lazy travelers—you’ve got 3 days. That’s a pretty short period of time.
In the spirit of Labor Day, you should be headed out on a lovely weekend trip, celebrating all the hard work you’ve done all year. What better time to kick back and relax than Labor Day weekend? Lucky for you, we’ve created a nifty quiz to help you decide which vacation destination is ideal for your traveling personality type. You’re welcome!
But after you’ve decided on a vacation spot, then what? Planning out a 3-day weekend trip can be a job within itself. And you’ve worked more than enough this year, am I right?
So, to make things just a little bit easier, we’ve done the work for you. Behold, 3-day guides for a few of the cities you’ll find in our handy Labor Day personality quiz. No excuses, folks!
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 check out 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. If you’re a film buff, Clay Theater and Sundance Kabuki Theatres have your name all over them!
For an interesting meal out, grab a table at State Bird Provisions, where you can actually eat California’s state bird, the quail. Sounds gross – but definitely still fun!
And of course, 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…
Start your trip off right by indulging in some deep-fried goodness. Head over to the famous Buddy’s Pizza for a taste of the real Detroit.
Once you’re well fed, it’s time to do what you came here for. Head over to the casino and the MGM Grand Detroit – and if you want to end your night there too, you can crash at their hotel.
If you feel like you want to get a little artsy during your stay, you’re heading 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.
Don’t get upset because your day of culture doesn’t stop there. Not too far from where you risked it all last night, you’re checking out whatever’s going on at the beautifully decorated Fox Theatre, a performing arts center and movie palace located in Downtown Detroit. Feel free to top the night off with dessert nearby at the Astoria Pastry Shop.
If you’re looking for a way to unwind after your exhilarating weekend, take a stroll down the Detroit Riverwalk to take a good look at 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 one. A really fun, exhilarating thing to do in Denver is white water rafting. Go online and research 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. Bonus points if you try the zip lining offered there.
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.
In the same area where you hopefully rafted the day before, during a visit to the Argo Gold Mine Mill, you’ll get to experience a historic mining museum and maybe find some gold along the way!
Finally, you’ll reflect on your trip by appreciating beautiful views – on horseback! On the A & A historical trails, your options are really 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. Amazing city views to be seen 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 Mt. 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. Along with its rating as TripAdvisor’s #1 thing to do in Seattle, its location right next to the Space Needle also makes it a must.
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 tonight. La Dolce Vita is delicious and right in the middle of Fort Lauderdale’s historic shopping and arts district. Perfect!
Your plans include doing next to nothing. Your trip will be spent almost entirely at the beach! Fort Lauderdale Beach is a really large, clean, popular beach, 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 of indulging on the beach, you’re going to indulge some more. 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, I think most people would find themselves pretty happy ending their night here.
If you want to sink in a little deeper, go scuba diving at the Tenneco Towers, the largest man-made reef in Southeast FL. For divers that want to know specifics, you can go as shallow as 65 feet and as deep as 195 feet.
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 known to have THE best beach in the US. Coronado Beach is why the city gets this title, so that’s obviously where you’ll be all day long. As you lounge out on the beach, you can give yourself a self-guided tour of some of the unreal real estate that lines Ocean Boulevard (where the beach is located).
After lounging all day, you need to be a little more active today. You’re in San Diego, so after all, you’re basically obligated to surf. If you’ve never surfed before, the best place to try is the 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 this holiday weekend? Let us know in the comments!