4 Classic US Cities to Visit Over Labor Day Weekend

Americans typically have less vacation time than their European counterparts, but nineteenth century workers who fought for fair work hours and vacation time earned Americans a three day weekend at the end of August. The long weekend marks the “end of summer” for many returning from school holidays, and traditionally it’s a huge weekend of travel in the States.” Visiting one of the following classic American cities ensures a Labor Day Holiday to remember:

New York

New York is always a top destination for tourists on Labor Day, as there’s so much to see and do: Visitors can see the famous sights such as the Statue of Liberty and Times Square, take in a Broadway show, and relax in Central Park.


The Electric Zoo dance festival takes place over the weekend, as does the West Indian-American Day Carnival in Crown Heights, and lucky tennis fans can snag tickets to the US Open.


The 35th annual jazz festival in Millennium Park is a fantastic way to wind down the summer – visitors should be sure to check out their reflection in “The Bean” sculpture while in the park.

Other musts while visiting Chicago include riding the “L” and eating some deep dish pizza or a Chicago-style hot dog – perhaps at Wrigley Field while enjoying a Cubs game?  Social Media savvy travelers can pick up highly discounted hotel rooms by letting their friends on Facebook know about the great deals they got.


Home of the Space Needle, and boasting endless mountain and water views, Seattle is a great place to enjoy the last days of summer. Its most famous musical exports include grunge and Jimi Hendrix, but its annual Bumbershoot music festival draws big attractions from all over the world and from all genres.

Watch fishmongers toss their wares with precision at the bustling Pike Place Market, drink a perfect cup of coffee, and enjoy the sunset over Elliot Bay from the new Ferris wheel installed on the waterfront.


Sports fans will be in heaven over Labor Day weekend in Atlanta, as Alabama’s Crimson Tide takes on Virginia Tech at the Georgia Dome on Saturday the 31st. There will be no shortage of tailgating and boozy pre-game festivities.

Visitors can embrace their inner redneck by checking out the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Qualifying & Sprint Car Shootout, but shouldn’t be alarmed by any zombies, klingons, and superheroes walking down the street – the Dragon Con parade also takes place this weekend.  Midtown Atlanta is a great place to stay, and visitors won’t be far from any of the action.

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