New Orleans, Louisiana
Head to the Crescent City for fun-filled Labor Day travel. New Orleans' culinary scene will leave you satisfied no matter where in the city you're dining. Plus, a three-day visit still allows for plenty of time to take a cemetery tour, spend some time on Bourbon Street, and go shopping in the Garden District. Laissez le bon temps rouler!
The late summer is a gorgeous time to visit the Mile High City. Plan to divide your time between the stunning outdoors and downtown Denver. There are hiking and mountain biking trails just a quick ride from metro Denver, while the downtown area has inventive restaurants, art museums, and one-off festivals.
Las Vegas, Nevada
Close out your summer and start the fall with one last hedonistic jaunt to Las Vegas. Lounge by the highly stylized resort pools on the Strip before spending your evenings at the blackjack tables or nightclubs. Don't forget to book tickets for one of the many shows in Vegas: there's something for everyone from Cirque du Soleil to Britney Spears.
Indulge in the Southern hospitality of this riverside city. The historic downtown area is perfectly walkable as the city was planned around a series of squares and parks. Dine along the river before you head over to Broughton Street to find the perfect souvenir. At the heart of the city is an arts college, so you might even find some original artwork to commemorate to your trip.
Quirky, artsy, and absolutely unique, Provincetown is a perfect destination for your end-of-summer travels. Wander Commercial Street to admire the artwork from the bevy of local artists or dine al fresco at one of the sidewalk cafes. At night, the downtown area comes alive with cabaret shows, nightclubs, and bar hops.
You don't have to be a country music fan to fall in love with Nashville. It's a terrific and engaging city. For lovers of country music, there are dozens of bars and restaurants where you can catch a set by an up-and-coming singer; the city also houses the Grand Ole Opry and the Johnny Cash Museum. For foodies, don't leave the city until you've tried the legendary hot chicken--if your taste buds can handle the heat!
St. Petersburg, Florida
With an average of 351 days of sunshine each year, it's easy to see why you need to head to the St. Pete area. You can find some incredible art galleries and museums like the Dali Museum and the Chihuly Collection in the clean, walkable downtown, as well as some avant-garde dining options. Nearby are the wide white sand beaches of St. Pete Beach and Clearwater, where you can laze away those last few days of summer.
Charleston, South Carolina
If you're looking for city that's both quaint and lively for your Labor Day travel plans, look no further than Charleston, South Carolina. With a unique mixture of centuries-old buildings, Southern culture, and award-winning dining, the Holy City makes for an excellent long weekend getaway. Linger in the sunshine along the Battery before diving into the offerings at local hot spots such as Prohibition, the Ordinary, Halls Chophouse, or the Macintosh.
Stunning sea views and crisp weather await you in Seattle. Stop by the iconic Pike Place Market for fresh seafood, fruit, and veggies, then head into one of the city's many venues to experience the thriving music scene. History buffs can't miss trips to the city's museums including the Museum of History and Industry, the Museum of Flight, and the Nordic Heritage Museum. Cap your trip with a tour to the observation deck of the iconic Space Needle.
With an incredible live music scene and a funky atmosphere, Austin is a great destination when you're looking for somewhere fun and original. The city's unofficial logo is "Keep Austin Weird," and the population has pushed for a focus on small, independently-owned businesses. Because of this, you're sure to find shops and restaurants unlike anything you've visited before. Don't leave without catching one or two live music shows!