Looking to do something a little different for Memorial Day weekend this year? If you want to get away from the typical Miami and Vegas party scene you may want to try visiting a few of these family friendly destinations. Based on searches for Memorial Day weekend this year, I’ve compiled 5 travel destinations that saw some of the highest year over year increases in flight searches. So if you’re still not sure about what you’re going to do to celebrate, here are a few tips on where to go and what to do.
As you might guess, D.C. is the most patriotic place to celebrate the holiday, with events such as the National Memorial Day parade and special military ceremonies. There’s so many thing to do while visiting D.C. Make sure to see the National Mall located between the Capitol, Washington Monument, White House, and Lincoln Memorial the National Mall is a 2-mile walking park with memorial and monuments including The Smithsonian museums, Capitol Hill and the National Monument. DC also has many large parks offering walking, hiking, and sportsfields. Near the Mall are Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, the National Arboretum, Meridian Hill Park and the C&O Canal Towpath. Rock Creek with the Anacostia River is full of deer, squirrels, rabbits, raccoons, birds, and a few coyotes.
Sarasota Springs NY
Saratoga Springs, NY, saw an 804% year-over-year increase in flight searches, which may be largely in part due to the Saratoga 150, a five-month long celebration of the 150 years of horse racing at Saratoga Race Course and Dave Matthews Band’s regular summer show at SPAC. Saratoga Springs is known as the Spa City for it’s numerous luxury spas. Travelers can also enjoy music festivals, parks, horse shows, NYC day trips and waterfront festivals.
Known as the Live Music Capital of the World, Austin doesn’t disappoint, with a plethora of free outdoor music concert series, like Blues on the Green and Unplugged at the Grove. In fact , there’s a music festival every month in Austin, highlighting any one of several genres and ethnic sounds, such as Brazilian and Latino sounds at the Carnaval Brasileiro or Latino Music Month, respectively. Once you’re done, you can cool off with a dip into Barton Springs, a 68-degree swimming hole. Memorial Day weekend is the perfect time to enjoy boating season and outdoor fun. At sunset, you can watch millions of bats take flight from the Congress Avenue Bridge.
Fine art and pop culture descend on the Rockies over Memorial Day weekend. The Downtown Denver Arts Festival kicks off its 15th year on Friday, May 24, hosting more than 135 local artists from all over the state. The free festival lasts all weekend at Denver Pavilions, and everything from 3D mixed media to jewelry to photography will be featured. Known as “The Mile High City”, Denver has a flourishing outdoor and brewpub culture. There is skiing, biking and rafting. The city is absolutely beautiful and is located by the Rocky Mountains and several National Parks.
Celebrate Memorial Day in Nashville TN. Downtown Nashville has a variety of entertainment, dining, and attractions. With over 99 public parks such as Public Square and Riverfront Park there’s so much to do. Tennessee State Museum, State Capitol and The Hermitage along with several Civil War sites and battle forts are popular attractions in the city. Warner Parks has hiking and horseback ridging trails. This park is home the annual Iroquois Steeplechase. Fishing, waterskiing, sailing and boating is popular at Old Hickory Lake and Percy Priest Lake. Also in the area are the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art and other museums. There will be several concerts, music festivals and cookouts this Memorial Day weekend so be on the look out.