The Best Getaway Places for Labor Day Weekend
With the last days of summer on the horizon, we need one last hurrah over Labor Day weekend to make it count. Consider some of these the best getaway places to go over the long weekend, because we both know Disneyland is going to be packed with greasy people and giant sweaty furries. But for the love of all that is holy, do not go to Las Vegas, unless you like loud noises, HPV and losing all your money.
Sequoia National Park
Of all the best national parks, Sequoia offers the clean water of low-lying streams mixed with the high-flying trees. You may need to check up on camping do’s and don’ts before you do, but once you’re out there, it’s one of the best places to set up camp.
Big Bear Lake
Boating, hiking, getting lost in the woods with no cell signal: These are just a few of the things you can find in the wonderful land of Big Bear Lake. If you can find lodging, this is the place to be as the sun sets on summer. If we can offer a suggestion, get some friends out on a pontoon (with very functional life vests) and practice your 12-ounce curls while you work hard on your last tan lines of 2016.
San Onofre State Beach
Beach camping is the best. You back up in the sand, pop the tailgate and get a better view than any five-star hotel. Get out in the water, play with the pups, cook your dinner over the fire pit and then dance naked under the stars until someone calls a park ranger on you.
Glacier National Park
In terms of national parks, Glacier ranks one of the most awe-inspiring, given that Montana is one of the last great untouched places in America. Enjoy it while you can before someone builds a parking lot on top of it, but also before it gets cold. If you’re a bit of a traveler, Glacier ranks up top of must-see places to pop a terrible selfie.
Yosemite National Park
If you’re terrified of camping alone and being eaten by bears, this is a great time to go to Yosemite, when there are plenty of other campers around to get eaten. In terms of hikes, this is easily a great place to do a multi-day jaunt, mixing mountain cliffs of El Capitan with woods and waterfalls of Bridalveil Fall. Stroll into Yosemite Village for a bit of lodging, shops, great galleries and restaurants.
If you can make your way to the upper northwest of America into Washington, you’ll get some rural gems east of urban areas like Seattle. If you’re into raging waterfalls, this is a good one to catch, but if you’re into pancakes, this is the place to go to see what all the fuss is about.
Now, if it’s pizza and scenery you’re after, Colter Bay might be the trick. Follow traveling photographers like @bohemian.dreamer on Instagram for plenty of tips of where to go. Places like Colter Bay remain a quiet option among busy park places and other outdoor weekend adventures.
Arches National Park
Utah, another great state with underrated views, hosts Arches National Park, a monument of sandstone arches along the Colorado River. Check out Devils Garden and Balanced Rock, or just get chased by some wildlife. Either way, it’s a great workout with plenty of opportunities for a sexy Instagram shot.
This volcanic hot spot is likely enjoyed during its dormant moments, and Labor Day weekend seems like the best of those kinds of days. This massive national park, primarily displayed in Wyoming, also reaches into the beautiful outback of Montana and Idaho. If you’re hoping to run into some elk or antelope, scream at some bears or howl with the wolves, maybe Yellowstone is just a Labor Day away.
Lined along the northern edge of California, Big Sur needs no introduction, especially if you watched the “Mad Men” finale as many times as we did. With ancient hot springs hanging off the high cliffs, a road that runs along the edge, a library commemorating one of Big Sur’s greatest authors (Henry Miller) and a coffee shop that understands the importance of caffeine while camping, Big Sur is easily the best in California for decompressing and upping your Instagram following. Or you could just shut off your phone this Labor Day and live your actual life. You pick.