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Top 10 | Memorial Day Road Trips

Best Memorial Day Destinations


Memorial Day is the real start of summer for most people, so what better way to enjoy this lovely time of the year than to take a trip.  Across the country there are many wonderful places to celebrate the coming of summer. It is also a good time to celebrate and reflect on the holiday itself. Here are a few great options for your Memorial Day vacation.


San Francisco, California

This California city has plenty of Memorial Day events to enjoy, including the Memorial Day Ceremony and Parade, the Carnaval San Francisco and the events held at the USS Hornet Museum and USS Pampanito submarine. San Francisco also nice weather during this time of year. The Golden Gate Bridge is one of the most iconic images of California, and every visitor should at least stop to take a family photo with the bridge in the background. San Francisco also has fun cable cars, which children will love to ride. Visitors will find the Aquarium of the Bay and much more at Fisherman's Wharf. Another great attraction with historical significance is Alcatraz Island, where visitors can take a cruise out to the island and enjoy a tour of the historic attraction.


Washington, DC

Filled with monuments and memorials, Washington, DC is a good place to reflect on the importance of those who have served the country this Memorial Day weekend. There are also many events on this holiday, including the Memorial Day Parade, the wreath-laying at Arlington National Cemetery and the National Memorial Day Concert. The capital of our country offers the ultimate historical and cultural family vacation. There are a wide variety of museums to interest everyone, visitors should especially make sure to stop at the Smithsonian during a stay. Many of this nation's treasures are located in this city too, including the White House, the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument, and the National Mall.


Jacksonville, Florida

Florida is a wonderful destination for Memorial Day and Jacksonville is a great Florida destination. Jacksonville has thousands of acres of parks and preserves. The city covers area on three rivers, including the St. Johns River. Between the rivers and the the parks, there are numerous options for recreation. Visitors to Jacksonville will love the miles of beaches. There are over 20 miles of beaches for visitors to Jacksonville to explore. The Jacksonville Beach Fishing Pier is a boardwalk, great for walking and views of the coast. Jacksonville Beach's beautiful white sands are another popular destination to enjoy all of the fun of the Florida coast. From fine dining to outdoor recreation, Jacksonville has something for everyone.


Chicago, Illinois

Chicago is a wonderful big city with many attractions to explore. During Memorial Day weekend the city puts on one of the largest parades in the country. The Chicago Memorial Day Parade is a must see for visitors during the holiday weekend. Visitors to Chicago can also visit the Field Museum, where visitors will find a wide array of exhibits with amazing history and culture. The Field Museum has permanent exhibits about nature, animals, fossils, culture, and much more information. The museum also has temporary exhibits that regularly change. Another fun attraction in Chicago is the sign at Grant Park on Adams Street marking the official beginning of Route 66.


Las Vegas, Nevada

The city of Las Vegas has a bit of everything, and is a great destination for an extended weekend vacation. The city is filled with amazing shows, delicious dining and all of the fun of the casinos for adults. Visitors can enjoy the festive atmosphere at each casino and hotel, and enjoy the world class restaurants in each hotel. Visitors can relax at a spa, play poker at the casino and even enjoy a gondola ride at the Venetian.


New York City, New York

The Big Apple offers a wide variety of attractions like no other city in the United States. Visit the Statue of Liberty, view New York City from the Empire State Building Observatory on the 86th floor, experience the hustle and bustle of Times Square, or see The Lion King on Broadway. During Memorial Day weekend visitors can reflect on the importance of the day by visiting Fleet Week, which commemorates the Navy and Marines. Visitors can take a tour of a ship and watch musical acts put on by Sailors. Memorial Day weekend also features the Memorial Day Parade in Manhattan.


Charleston, South Carolina

The rich history of Charleston and South Carolina makes a fantastic attraction for a weekend getaway. Visitors can enjoy the Magnolia Plantation and Gardens. These beautiful gardens and the plantation have a long history. The gardens are open year-round and are in bloom year-round. The Old Slave Mart Museum in another must see Charleston destination. The Old Slave Mart Museum is housed in a building that was once used as a slave auction gallery. Today the museum gives visitors a glimpse into the history of the slave trade in South Carolina. The Old Slave Mart museum especially focuses on the history of the building, which was once part of a complex known as Ryan's Mart.


Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

This beautiful South Carolina barrier island is a wonderful getaway for a Memorial Day vacation. Visitors can enjoy relaxing on the beach and enjoying all of the amenities of the resorts.While staying visitors can enjoy taking bike rides and kayak tours as well as dining on the delicious cuisine and much more.


Austin, Texas

This Texas city is a great summer escape for music lovers. Austin is filled with live music, it is even known as the live music capital of the world, and it truly deserves its reputation. There are over 200 live music venues in the city and you can catch a live show any day of the year. Austin City Limits is one of the well known music events in the city, and you can even take a tour of the the studio. Visitors seeking to learn more about Texas music, a visit to the Texas Music Museum is in order. Another great Austin destination is the Austin Bat Bridge, or the Congress Avenue Bats. It is the largest colony of urban bats in North America, and is comprised of over 1 million Free-Tailed bats. Visitors that stay on the bridge for sunset will get to see the bats come out from under the bridge throughout the spring.


Seattle, Washington

Seattle is a great spot to experience the splendor of the Pacific Northwest. Visit the touch pools at the Seattle Aquarium to learn about the sea-life of the Puget Sound, visit the Woodland Park Zoo and see the newly renovated penguin exhibit. Ride the monorail to the Pacific Science Center and have a meal at the top of the Space Needle. Explore the Pike Place Market and walk along the waterfront before taking a scenic ferry ride. Northwest Folklife Festival is held over Memorial Day weekend. This festival is a great opportunity to enjoy the unique atmosphere of Seattle as well as enjoying music, food and more from around the world.



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