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5 Labor Day Ideas to Start Planning Now

September 2nd, 2013 by The JetSetter Team | Comments Off on 5 Labor Day Ideas to Start Planning Now

of holiday tourists and hefty price tags ruining a perfect vacation. But rest assured! Holiday travel can be a fun way to relax outside the comfort of your city, and, you can beat the holiday crowds relatively inexpensively.

Lake of the Ozarks

For a vacation that is a bit off the beaten path, visit the Lake of the Ozarks. Not actually a lake, this man-made reservoir boasts 1,050 miles of shoreline and is home to a variety of activities, including caving, horseback riding, fishing, birding, water sports, and boating. On Labor Day, there are usually a variety of festivals and themed events available for little to no charge.

Park City

Since 1898, Park City, Utah has been celebrating Miner’s Day on Labor Day. The area has a history of mining heritage, and recognizes it by hosting breakfast, fun-runs, music, and parades in historic downtown. Most spectacular is the Running of the Balls—an event where balls sponsored for charity are released and raced down the street.

Washington DC

Though somewhat crowded, Washington DC is a must-see. During Labor Day, the National Symphony Orchestra gives a free concert at the Capitol, though music is being performed just about everywhere. There’s also a Blues festival and a variety of family-friendly events available at no cost, and the still warm temperatures are likely to keep some in doors. If you don’t mind a bit of heat, this long weekend is for you!

Scottsdale, Arizona

Because Arizona summer is so warm, many crowds are detoured from these places for long weekends. This means cheaper hotels and fewer crowds—and, thanks to the miracle of air-conditioning, those brave enough to visit will hardly notice the heat. There are a variety of hotels with extensive pools guaranteed to keep you chilled for cheap.

Lake Tahoe

Over Labor Day, the South Lake Tahoe Community fair offers carnival rides, live music, and fireworks over the lake. There are paddleboats and races, as well as food and wine festivals. Tahoe is also home to the Great Lake Tahoe Sternwheeler Race, a must-see for anyone looking for something unusual to do on this holiday weekend. (photo credit: Loozrboy via photopin cc)
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