Top 10 Last Minute Labor Day Vacation Ideas

Skyline of Orlando, Florida

Some of you have yet to make plans for the upcoming Labor Day weekend, while others might have existing plans which are threatened by the current path of Hurricane Earl.  If you are looking for an affordable last minute vacation for this weekend, then this list should provide ample options for both outdoorsmen as well as city-dwellers.  Furthermore, due to the weak economy, many of these vacation opportunities are predicted to remain available for the duration of 2010 for those who already have solid plans for this weekend.


Atlanta is an excellent vacation destination providing for outdoors activities from kayaking to mountain climbing juxtaposed next to a vibrant culinary and nightlife scene existing in Buckhead.  Atlanta also boasts  museums and other cultural attractions in addition to, of course, really hot chicks.  Travelers can avail themselves to deeply discounted rates at luxury hotels in Buckhead this weekend with an average current price of $117 per might.  Mid-tier hotels can be had for under $75 per night.



Cape Cod could very well be impacted by the hurricane, and last minute prices in Hyannisport or Martha’s Vineyard are prohibitively expensive.  However, a nice taste of New England can be had in Boston itself — with bargain rates at luxury hotels averaging only $125 for last minute bookers.  This represents a substantial discount from the typical prices of upwards of $300 a night for the same room.  Between historical attractions, the Italian section and a large array of nightclubs — Boston is an excellent choice for a quick getaway this weekend.



The Windy City is one of the nation’s finest — except during the bone-chilling winter months.  Now is the ideal time to take in all Chicago has to offer including its food, culture, nightlife — and, of course, midwestern corn-fed women.  The Chicago area is also a golfer’s paradise — few realize that Illinois has the most courses per capita of any state.  Median rates for luxury hotels this weekend are only $114 — and you can be sure that Hurricane Earl won’t disrupt a vacation to this locale.



When most guys hear “Denver”, the first thing that comes to mind is skiing.  However, the summer months offer outdoors men in Denver a wide variety of activities including climbing, biking, whitewater rafting and golf.  Denver also has a hard driving nightlife scene.  Rates for luxury hotels this Labor Day Weekend sit at only $81 per night at luxury properties — discounts not likely to be seen again during holidays in the future.


Las Vegas

Room rates in Vegas during major holidays usually skyrocket, but the current struggles Sin City is experiencing because of the economy has prompted top Strip hotels to offer historically low rates.  Premium rooms can be had for under $75 over Labor Day weekend, and some packages also throw in several meals.  We need not enumerate the various partying venues which proliferate Vegas, but many guys are surprised to learn of the wide range of outdoors activities available in surrounding Clark County.  Flights to Vegas are also priced quite reasonably, and this is another destination where Mother Nature won’t ruin your holiday.


Los Angeles

Travel to LA is typically quite expensive — especially during peak times like Labor Day.  However, this year luxury properties are still offering last minute deals with rates under $100 per night.  Whether you want to party like a movie star at the Mondrian, or strut your stuff on Venice beach — now is an ideal time to visit Tinseltown.


New York

The Big Apple is a notoriously expensive place to visit, but during both Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends luxury hotels are forced to lower prices in order to make up for the absence of business travelers.  Hurricane Earl might bring a bit of rain to the City, however, nothing that will damper the huge array of restaurants, shows, museums and hot chicks at your fingertips when enjoying a New York City vacation.  Luxury hotel rooms can be had for just under $175 per night — not especially cheap, but for NYC this represents over a 50% discount from what you’d ordinarily pay.



Orlando isn’t just for kids going to Disney World, however, kids of all ages can still appreciate a day at the various parks in Orlando.  Additionally, the area boasts several world renowned golf courses along with scenic trails and waterways.  Usually, rooms at the higher end Orlando hotels during a holiday weekend are priced north of $150, however, this year they can be had for under $75.


San Francisco

The City on the Bay is another very expensive vacation destination offering previously unheard-of low rates for last minute travelers this holiday weekend.  Some of the city’s top properties are offering rooms at prices as low as $99 per night.  San Francisco boasts some of the world’s finest restaurants and myriad cultural attractions.  Local beaches like Half Moon Bay are only a stone’s throw away.  The Sonoma wine country to the north and Monterrey Bay to the south also provide for good day trip opportunities during your stay in San Fran.



Known since the 80’s for its vibrant music and nightlife scene, Seattle also offers visitors a wide array of restaurants, culture and outdoors activities.  With luxury hotel rooms priced at under $80 this weekend, now is one of the best times for budget travelers to experience the home of Starbucks and grunge.

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