Last-Minute Memorial Day Destinations

This post was originally posted by TheHipmunk on Hipmunk’s Tailwind Blog on April 29, 2016.


Maybe you thought it wasn’t in the budget. Maybe you’re still dating checks with “2015” and didn’t realize that we’re nearly halfway through the new year. Maybe you thought you had to work, but you were just able to switch your shift. Or maybe you’re just a procrastinator. (Hey, no judgement here.) Whatever the reason, maybe you thought you wouldn’t be enjoying Memorial Day weekend this year—and now that you can, you’re not sure where to go.

That’s where we come in. If you’re planning a last-minute Memorial Day getaway, then we’ve got you covered. Just book a flight to any of these great destinations, and you’ll be well on your way to a fun and relaxing holiday.

1. Austin, TX

Austin is one of the hippest cities around, and May is a great time to visit. You’ll beat the summer heat while still getting to enjoy the stellar shopping, music, culture, nightlife, and food that make this city so darn great. The city also boasts nearly 200 miles of walking trails and boating opportunities on Lake Travis, so you’ll be able to soak up plenty of sunshine.

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2. Bar Harbor, ME

The end of May is a perfect time to visit Maine—the crowds are smaller, the weather’s great, and the state is (as always) beautiful. In Bar Harbor, you can enjoy the best of all possible worlds: From gorgeous water views, to great shopping, good food, adventurous water sports, ocean-side sunbathing, and amazing hiking opportunities in Acadia National Park, you’ll have no shortage of fun things to do.

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3. Charleston, SC

Historic charm, colorful gardens, and ocean views all make Charleston a truly relaxing destination. If you’re more into rejuvenation than you are into wild nightlife, then this southern town has got your number. Bonus: Memorial Day weekend ushers in the city’s world famous Spoleto Festival. Running from May 27 to June 12 this year, the festival showcases amazing dance, opera, theater, and music performances across several of Charleston’s historic venues.

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4. Palm Springs, CA

Palm Springs boasts abundant sunshine even at the end of May—so if you’re in need of some outdoor time and/or some vitamin D, you’ll have come to the right place. The city isn’t far from Joshua Tree National Park, which boasts great hiking, mountain biking, and rock climbing opportunities. If you’d prefer a more urban experience, hit up the city’s art exhibitions, shopping destinations, or sporting events. When you’ve had your fun of outdoor adventure, pamper yourself at any of the city’s many acclaimed restaurants.

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5. Philadelphia, PA

Get patriotic in one of the country’s oldest cities. In addition to its historic attractions—which include the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, and the Edgar Allen Poe House—Philadelphia also boasts a vibrant arts scene, great nightlife, green parks, world-famous museums, a ton of renowned music venues, and seriously stellar food. You really can’t go wrong with a trip to the City of Brotherly Love.

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6. Washington, D.C.

What better place to remember those who died while serving in the armed forces than in the nation’s capital? Each year, the city hosts a variety of military ceremonies as well as the National Memorial Day Parade and the National Memorial Day Concert. If you want to avoid the crowds, simply head to any of the city’s great museums, gorgeous parks, or 131 diverse neighborhoods, which range from historic Georgetown to party-friendly Adams Morgan.

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