Best Last-Minute Labor Day Getaway Destinations

Lake Geneva, Wisconsin

For adventure-seekers and outdoor enthusiasts who are seeking a getaway that has something action-packed for land, water and air, Lake Geneva, WI, is the perfect place to spend your Labor Day weekend in!

This shore-side attraction was voted "Best Small Town for Adventure” in the latest “10Best” poll from USA TODAY, beating out the rest of the nation's contenders.

There are endless end-of-the-summer events happening in the sprawling lake-side community, including live music, festivals and all the water-related activities one could want - even an indoor waterslide! 

Nature lovers can take advantage of the stunning scenic trails available for bikers and hikers alike at the Adventure Center at Grand Geneva, located at the top of a ski hill where participants can also practice archery. 

For thrill-seekers reaching for even greater heights - the sky's the limit, literally! Lake Geneva offers high rope excursions and even hot-air balloon rides to keep you floating through your Labor Day adventures. 

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Aspen, Colorado

The Aspen slopes of Colorado are usually famous for their ample skiing and snowboarding activities during the colder months, but the breathtaking community packs just as much punch during warmer months when gorgeous greenery blankets the bucolic rolling hills. 

You can embark on a scenic two-hour hike to the top of Aspen mountain, where you'll land on a Sundeck for brunch. Afterwards, catch a free gondola ride down the mountain! Make sure you go on a Sunday, as Bluegrass Sundays are free with a sightseeing ticket purchase! Enjoy some of the finest bluegrass tunes while you munch on a delicious meal atop a gorgeous mountain. 

Feeling adventurous? Visit their many hiking and biking trails that will take your breath away with stunning views, or attend their Motherlode Volleyball Classic event, where BBQ and pro-volleyball keep you on your toes - you can even sign up to participate! 

And the events are just as plentiful here - especially for lovers of music! 

The JAS Labor Day Experience is among the most popular music festivals to occur over Labor Day weekend, featuring iconic acts such as Weezer and Sting in their lineup. Or catch "Best World Music Album" Grammy winners,   The Gypsy Kings, at The Belly Up. 

For our hungry visitors, the Rocky Mountain Oyster Festival is the event to attend for an endless supply of food and drink, music and fun. 


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New Orleans, Louisiana

Get your fill of art, a mixing of cultural influences in architecture and cuisine, as well as rich historical sightseeing in the world-renowned city of New Orleans! Catch jazz performances, the most delicious Creole or French restaurants, a plethora of fine art galleries, antique havens and even famous graveyard sites!

Visitors can float their way through the bayou with New Orleans Swamp Tour Boat Adventure, or go on any of the historical guided tours that showcase the vast history emanating throughout this festive town. 

Bring your family to Freedom Fest at the Lake in Kenner, where the country music festival brings together visitors from across the nation. 

Or surround yourself in a flurry of fun and festivities at the French Quarter, where parties and parades fill the streets during the LGBTQ community's annual Southern Decadence event. Indulge in a delicious brunch with bubbly mimosas and decadent foods, then head over to a dance party or a block party with thousands of other attendees who are celebrating the event's 46th run!


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Santa Barbara, California

Make your way to the  central coast of California where Santa Barbara dazzles you with colonial Spanish-style architecture, endless shopping boutiques and copious wine spots. 

There, you'll find no shortage of Labor Day events that will have you soaking up the sunny California seaside and enjoying delicious food everywhere you go. 

Make sure to save time for a trip to Santa Barbara's historic mission, founded in 1786, home to practicing Franciscan Friars and a museum. 

Visitors can get their fill of brews, ciders and delicious wines at the 3rd Annual California Brew & BBQ Festival, located at the breathtaking Chase Palm Park. There, you'll not only find the best BBQ and dining, but experience live reggae music by the water. 

Danish-food enthusiasts can partake in all things Danish, from fashion and folklore, to food and even an axe-throwing area at the 83rd Annual Solvang Danish Days Festival, where friends and family can enrich their knowledge of Danish culture, or imbibe a gamut of spirits. The event will even feature an authentic rune stone interpreter to read your fortune! 

If you're taste-buds want something tart, you're in luck! Pucker up at the Goleta Lemon Festival, a family favorite event where citrus-fanatics can indulge on a variety of lemon-flavored treats and delicacies. 

You'll find something for everyone in Santa Barbara, with more festivals featuring sea glass art, hot air balloon rides, stand-up comedy shows, live world music by talented acoustic guitarists - even a flamenco festival! Your labor day won't go to waste at this illustrious destination. 


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