What are the best Memorial Day weekend getaways?

The Memorial Day long weekend is fast approaching and it's the perfect opportunity to kick off the unofficial start of summer by traveling somewhere exotic. If you're looking for celebratory parades to commemorate the holiday or simply spend time on the beach, here are the perfect destinations for you! 

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    Miami is a city in the USA and popular tourist destinations in the world. It's an important financial center and a place where the arts, entertainment, and commerce coexist. its famous spots include South Beach and the Art Deco district.



    Eugene Watson
    Written on May 20, 2019
    "Miami's South Beach is the place to go if you find yourself in Florida. Yes, I know Miami hasn't had the best reputation recently but it's still a great place to experience electric people, crazy parties and beautiful old Art Deco buildings. Now it's nearly Memorial Day and I and my partner have booked a weekend getaway at one of the beachfront hotels. So excited to return there!"
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    #2New Orleans

    New Orleans

    New Orleans is a city located along the Mississippi River in the state of Louisiana. It is a major port and is an economic center for the Gulf Coast region of the US. It is known for its music, cuisine, dialects, and festivals, especially Mardi Gras.


    Jaime Vázquez
    Written on May 20, 2019
    "You go to New Orleans to enjoy the amazing music, mouth-watering Creole cuisine, and magnificent architecture. There's no shortage of shops, sights, and activities. I was particularly impressed with the St Louis Cathedral. The flea market was also hugely enjoyable where I bought trinkets and T-shirts. I'm in love with this city! Already booked a flight to New Orleans for Memorial's Day. "
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    #3Santa Catalina Island

    Santa Catalina Island

    Santa Catalina Island is an island off the coast of California in the Gulf of Santa Catalina. It has a  Mediterranean-like climate that makes it a popular tourist vacation spot. It has many reefs that make it ideal for scuba diving and snorkeling. 


    Roberto Godínez
    Written on May 20, 2019
    "My wife and I just spent our anniversary on the island of Santa Catalina. We took a boat ride from Long Beach and was greeted by the breathtaking beauty of the island. We stayed there for 3 days and it was amazing. There are a lot of local shops to buy souvenirs. We dined at Bluewater Grill and The Lobster Trap where the food was excellent. The waters were crystal clear and perfect for snorkeling. Our favorite vacation spot in California and one of the best memorial day weekend getaways for couples!"
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    #4Washington, D.C.

    Washington, D.C.

    Washington, D.C. is the capital of the United States of America. It was named after the first president of the US, George Washington. It is where you can find the White House, the United States Capitol, and the Lincoln Memorial,


    Barbara Williamson
    Written on May 20, 2019
    "What best way to spend your Memorial Day getaway this 2019 than in the nation's capital? There are several places that you can visit: the White House, the Smithsonian National Air, and Space Museum, the National Museum of African Americans, etc. The people are nice and friendly. The only problem is the city has become too congested. Washington is still my favorite city to visit for a short holiday. "
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    #5Key West

    Key West

    Key West is a tropical island and city in the Straits of Florida. It is a popular tourist destination. Its notable places include Old Town, Casa Marina, the Winter White House, and the Ernest Hemingway house. 


    Amit Nair
    Written on May 20, 2019
    "We took a Keys tour for our Memorial Day getaway in the west coast last year and I'd definitely recommend it. It was a great experience! Our driver and guide were friendly and gave fun little tidbits about the places we visited. We did snorkeling and parasailing which were a lot of fun at good discounted prices. I will definitely return to Keys at the end of the year. "
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    #6Myrtle Beach

    Myrtle Beach

    Myrtle Beach is a city on the East Coast of the US in South Carolina. It is home to a large 60-mile stretch of beach known as "The Grand Strand". It is a major tourist center because of the city's warm subtropical climate and numerous beaches. 


    Samantha Oliver
    Written on May 20, 2019
    "The boardwalk on Myrtle Beach is insanely crowded, especially on Memorial Day.  It has mini amusement parks, bars, arcades, museums, tacky souvenir shops, restaurants, literally every establishment known to man. Everything costs so much now and frankly, I'd rather spend a vacation someplace else. "
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    #7Bar Harbor

    Bar Harbor

    Bar Harbor is a town in Maine, United States of America. It is a popular tourist destination and the location of the College of the Atlantic, Jackson Laboratory, and MDI Biological Laboratory. It accounts for the largest area of Acadia National Park. 


    Betty Ruiz
    Written on May 20, 2019
    "Bar Harbor will always have a special place in my heart. We often stay at Gallagher’s Travels which is lovely and well-furnished. It's also near the National Park and downtown area. Walking through the park is wonderfully relaxing. The village's architecture is quaint and picturesque. I would gladly live there if I can. ❤️"
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    #8Big Bear Lake

    Big Bear Lake

    Big Bear Lake is a small city in California, located in the San Bernardino Mountains along the Big Bear Lake, and surrounded by the San Bernardino National Forest. It is a popular year-round resort destination. 


    Rachel Zhao
    Written on May 20, 2019
    "Lovely village that looks magical during winter, like something you see on a Christmas postcard. It reminds me of European towns a lot. There are so many cute shops and restaurants. The entire downtown area is pet-friendly and seeing so many dogs make my heart swell. It is very relaxing in Big Bear and I look forward to spending autumn there next year. "


Best What are the best Memorial Day weekend getaways
1MiamiPlaces 19 Free
2New OrleansPlaces 15 Paid
3Santa Catalina IslandPlaces 6 Paid
4Washington, D.C.Places 4 Paid
5Key West Places 3 Paid
6Myrtle BeachPlaces 2 Paid
7Bar HarborPlaces 1 Paid
8Big Bear LakePlaces 0 Paid

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