Summer vacation is already close, but for those looking to get a head start on the vacationing, Memorial Day weekend is a good opportunity to pack your bags, let your hair down and get away for a few days before muddling through that last push to summer.
For those traveling opportunity-grabbers who want to make the most of their long weekend, here are four fun getaways that will help you get some much needed R&R.
Situated far enough from the madness of the Hamptons, Montauk is a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of New York and other nearby metropolitan areas. This family-friendly beach town boasts a cute downtown area, three state parks, breathtaking cliffs by the water, and lots of hiking and outdoor activities.
Besides a nice beach and entertainment in the form of numerous casinos, Biloxi offers excellent seafood and a number of outdoor activities like marine tours, airboat rides and ferries to nearby Ship Island. For people who prefer indoor activities, the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum, the Mardi Gras Museum and the Biloxi Lighthouse offer a peek into the unique history of the Gulf Coast.
The Gateway City has much more to boast about than just a spectacular and good jazz. St. Louis has tons of history to explore, with places like the Missouri History Museum and the Caholia Mounds. For shopaholics, there’s tons of browsing to be had in the Garment District, where you can find lots of cool wares by local designers and artisans. And for the outdoorsy set, St. Louis plays host to one of the top public gardens in the world, with 1,300 acres of lakes and walking paths.
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For the West Coasters, San Diego boasts La Jolla beach, known for its staggering seaside cliffs and picturesque beaches. San Diego proper offers more amenities such as the historic Victorian-esque Gaslamp Quarter in the downtown area, Old Town, Seaport Village and San Diego Bay. And if time allows, a quick jaunt up to Mt. Laguna offers excellent hiking.
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