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Best Domestic Destinations to Spend Your Labor Day
Unofficially, Labor Day marks the end of summer and the last chance for people to take full advantage of being outdoors before fall. Observed the first Monday in September, Labor Day is officially an annual celebration of American workers’ social and economic achievements that gives people an extra day off from work.
AAA predicts more people are traveling for Labor Day 2023 than in 2022, as agency data shows domestic bookings are up by 4%. According to AAA, the top five destinations are Seattle, Orlando, Anchorage, New York, and Las Vegas.
If you haven’t booked a flight yet, there’s still time for a domestic flight deal to make the most of your long weekend.
Las Vegas, Nevada For $150 Round-Trip Or Less
Las Vegas is the perfect destination year-round because the weather is perfect, and there is always something to do between restaurants, day parties, concerts, casinos, and attractions.
For Labor Day Weekend 2023, Drake and 21 Savage are performing at T-Mobile Arena on September 1 and September 2. Rick Ross is making an appearance at Drai’s Beachclub at The Cromwell Las Vegas on September 2. There will also be several day parties at Stadium Swim at Circa Resort & Casino, Resort Pool at Red Rock Casino Resort Spa, and Elia Beach at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas.
Flights to Vegas are priced for less than $150 round-trip from various departure cities including Denver, Dallas, Louisville, San Francisco, Miami, Atlanta, and New Orleans.
The cheapest option leaves from Phoenix on August 30 through September 5 for $89 round-trip on Expedia.
Denver, Colorado For $150 Round-Trip
Denver, Colorado is doing it right for Labor Day Weekend. Flights are reasonably priced, and city leaders are highlighting hotels that are perfect for getaways during the long weekend. There’s much to do in the Mile High City between the Denver Botanic Gardens, Denver Art Museum, Denver Zoo, Red Rocks Park, and Amphitheatre.
The best way to see top attractions is with the Denver City Pass. You can choose between visiting three to five attractions starting at $43 on Expedia. This allows you to save both time and money.
Flights from Miami, Minneapolis, Phoenix, Atlanta, Dallas, Chicago, Durham, Houston, and Tampa are $150 round-trip or less, but the cheapest option departs from Las Vegas for $73 round-trip. Use August 31 through September 5 as your travel dates on Expedia.
Washington, D.C. Area For $150 Round-Trip
Spending the last summer holiday in the nation’s capital means you should prepare your bellies for what’s to come. Labor Day weekend marks Summer Restaurant Week in Washington, D.C. More than 150 restaurants are participating with specialized menus and pricing.
Don’t worry about gaining weight because there’s plenty to do to keep you active. Dance the evening away at the D.C. JazzFest, kayak while sightseeing on the Potomac River, or hit the ground running (or walking) along the National Mall.
Round-trip flights from Miami, Orlando, Fort Lauderdale, Chicago, Houston, Dallas, Minneapolis, Cleveland, New Orleans, and New York can be purchased for less than $150.
Flights departing from Atlanta are the cheapest to Baltimore on Frontier Airlines. Plug in August 30 through September 5 as your travel dates on Expedia for a round-trip ticket for $78.
Portland, Oregon For Less Than $250 Round-Trip
Art and music are coming to life in Portland during Labor Day Weekend. There’s an entire weekend of events for people to enjoy good music and unique local artistry. More than 100 artists will come together for Art in the Pearl, an art festival featuring paintings, handmade jewelry, custom furniture, food vendors, and live music.
Like Washington, D.C., Portland plans to bring D.C.’s best jazz musicians to the Pacific Northwest at the Montavilla Jazz Festival. Travelers also can’t miss the Dahlia Festival, where visitors can stroll through more than 35 acres of beautiful dahlia flowers.
Round-trip flights from Miami, Orlando, Chicago, Dallas, and Phoenix are available for less than $250.
Thanks to Frontier Airlines, Las Vegas is the cheapest option to Portland. Use August 31 through September 5 as your travel dates for a round-trip ticket priced at $94.
Phoenix, Arizona For Less Than $250 Round-Trip
Labor Day Weekend in Phoenix will allow you to check off the bucket list item of attending the Arizona Black Rodeo. It’s the largest and most popular event celebrating Black rodeo culture, and it happens during Labor Day Weekend.
Another unique experience in Phoenix is a flashlight tour. It’s the last tour of the year, allowing guests to beam their flashlights on a self-paced trail to see the desert and wildlife after dark. When you finish the first two activities, prepare to roll out to The Gila River Resorts & Casinos. Grammy-Award-winning artist Ludacris is celebrating 50 years of hip-hop alongside Fat Joe and Lil Jon.
Flights from Houston, San Diego, Salt Lake City, Dallas, Boston, Durham, Portland, Philadelphia, New Orleans, Detroit, Chicago, New York City, and Washington, D.C. are less than $250 round-trip.
The cheapest option departs Las Vegas on August 31 and returns on September 5 on Frontier Airlines for less than $100 round-trip on Expedia.