150 Last-Minute Memorial Day Getaways

150 Last-Minute Memorial Day Getaways

Memorial Day is a time to remember U.S. military personnel who died while serving our country. The holiday is observed annually on the final Monday in May, following a weekend that’s unofficially coined “the beginning of summer.”

We think this holiday weekend should be spent honoring our country’s heroes and paying respect to the lives lost in service. 

In addition to paying respect to lost loved ones, you can also spend your Memorial Day celebrating the arrival of summer. 

Many people use the holiday weekend as an excuse to steal away for a short vacation. Whether you prefer soaking up the sun or hiking a woodland trail, we’ve got you covered with last-minute travel ideas.

We’ve found three last-minute getaways in every state, so you can celebrate no matter where you are. These destinations are great for history buffs, nature lovers, and everyone in between.

Alabama

Visit the USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park in Mobile to learn about the contributions of American veterans. The museum features multiple war memorials, an artillery pavilion, tanks, aircraft displays, and historic battleships.

Entry to the USS Alabama Battleship Memorial is $6 for children under 11, $18 for adults, and $15 for seniors 55 and up. Veterans pay $15 for entry, and active-duty military personnel get in for free.

If you’re eager to kick off summer, visit Point Mallard Park for fun in the sun.

Located in Decatur, Point Mallard Park is the perfect place to spend the day biking, swimming, or camping. The park features a water park, golf course, bike trail, ice complex, and more.

Point Mallard Water Park tickets are $28 for ages 12 and up. Seniors and kids under 11 can enter for $23.

Fort Gaines is another one of Alabama’s Memorial Day attractions. 

Located at Dauphin Island, Historic Fort Gaines is “one of the key sites in the famous Battle of Mobile Bay.” Explore the site and view gun mounts, canons, and barracks from the War of 1812.

Alaska

Spend a day of your holiday weekend at the Anchorage Market

This free event at the Dimond Center Mall in Anchorage includes over 100 vendors selling artwork, jewelry, local honey, and clothing.

Drop by for a quick bite if you can’t spend a whole day exploring the market. Local food vendors serve fresh seafood and Alaskan cuisine. The event also features live performances from various artists, including buskers and clogging groups.

Visit the Jewell Gardens in Skagway for a perfect holiday weekend getaway. 

Located in the Garden City of Alaska, Jewell Gardens is an organic show garden, glassblowing gallery, and wedding venue.

Spend your Memorial Day ambling through brilliant flower blossoms, taking a glassblowing class, or enjoying the park’s model train exhibit. After enjoying the garden’s wonders, sit down for a delicious meal at Poppies Restaurant to sample the Jewell Garden’s fresh produce.

Complete your weekend getaway with a trip to the Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum.

This museum in Fairbanks is one of the first vintage car museums in the U.S. It features over 100 classic vehicles and thousands of fashion pieces from the 18th, 19th, and mid-20th centuries.

Museum admission costs $12 for kids 6 to 12 and $15 for ages 13 and up.

Arizona

Start your Memorial Day weekend at Arizona’s Lake Havasu State Park.

Located in Lake Havasu City, the park is a beautiful place to kick off summer with beach basking, trail hiking, and camping. The park has boat ramps, campsites, beach cabins, picnic areas, and hiking trails for you and your family to enjoy.

Entry to the park is $20 per vehicle on weekends and holidays. Admission for individuals or bikers is $3.

Honor fallen military aviators with a visit to the Commemorative Air Force Museum in Mesa.

The Commemorative Air Force Museum aims to educate visitors on the contributions of military aviators to the nation’s freedom. For $15 or less per person, you and your family members can explore the museum and appreciate the museum’s operational hangar and display of bombers and cargo planes. Top off your visit by purchasing a custom bomber jacket from the gift shop.

Tombstone is a small city in Arizona, affectionately known as “the town too tough to die.” 

A trip to Tombstone is an excellent way to spend your long weekend. This Old West attraction welcomes tourists with staged gunfights, stagecoach tours, and charming saloons. 

While enjoying Tombstone, stop by the Audie Murphy & Medal of Honor Museum to honor Audie L. Murphy, a decorated WWII combat soldier and Western film actor.

Arkansas

Start your Memorial Day weekend at the Ozark Folk Center State Park in Mountain View.

The park celebrates traditional Ozark music, crafts, and culture by offering visitors the “opportunity to watch artisans work, stroll through the Heritage Herb Garden, and hear live Southern mountain music.”

You can do these things and more at the Ozark Folk Center Memorial Day Celebration. The event will take place May 27-30 and will feature artisan demonstrations, live music, and blacksmithing lessons.

Take a weekend trip to the Arkansas Air and Military Museum for Memorial Day. 

The museum is located in Fayetteville and features military aircraft, aviation artifacts, and memorabilia from decades of wars. The Arkansas Air and Military Museum’s hangar was once the home of WWII training posts for American soldiers.

Admission pricing is $10 for adults, $5 for ages 6 to 16, and free for kids under 6. Veterans and active military personnel get in for $9.

Animal lovers and kids will love a holiday weekend trip to the Little Rock Zoo.

The zoo is one of Arkansas’ many treasures, featuring over 200 species of animals. Kick off summer right with a visit to Little Rock Zoo’s reptile house, tropical bird exhibit, and safari market. Then, finish the day with a ride on the park’s antique carousel.

Zoo entry is $9.95 for kids 3 to 12 years old and $12.95 for ages 13 and up. Veterans and active-duty military personnel get in for $10.95.

California

Head to Santa Monica for the annual MAINopoly: A Taste of Main Street event.

If you’d like the complete MAINopoly experience, upgrade your tickets to the VIP lounge for craft cocktails, live music, and a photo booth.

General admission tickets are $30, VIP tickets are $50, and kids’ tickets are $20.

Start your summer with a day of fun at the Sacramento County Fair

This annual Memorial Day weekend event is the perfect place to enjoy carnival rides, dance to live music, and taste delicious fair food.

Be sure to catch the agricultural displays and competitions while at the fair. You’ll see a host of farm animals, textiles, artwork, plants, and baked goods from Sacramento community members.

Take a trip to Hollywood for an unforgettable holiday weekend. 

While enjoying the star-studded walkways and sparkling beaches, don’t forget to attend the annual Memorial Day commemoration at the Los Angeles National Cemetery.

This yearly ceremony is one of the most significant commemoration events in Southern California. The cemetery itself is of great significance; it’s the resting place of over 90,000 service members and 15 Medal of Honor recipients.

Colorado

Plan a weekend getaway to Aurora for the Colorado Remembers Memorial Day tribute.

The event will take place at the Colorado Freedom Memorial on May 28. Participants can enjoy a free-will donation pancake breakfast before the Remembrance Ceremony. After the tribute, you can tour the memorial and view static military artifact displays.

Usher in summer with a visit to the Denver Botanic Gardens.

The Gardens will host a Seasonal Discoveries tour on Memorial Day weekend. This tour is the perfect opportunity for you and your family to experience the host of stunning blooms the park has to offer.

For $16 per ticket, you’ll get a guided tour of the Denver Botanic Garden’s living plant displays and art exhibits. 

Art lovers will enjoy a weekend at the Estes Park Art Market.

The event takes place on Memorial Day weekend in Bond Park. Dozens of Colorado artists join together to display their work and educate the public about fine arts. Shop amongst the art tents for pottery, jewelry, sculptures, metal crafts, etc. 

This event is free to the public, so you’ll have no problem coming and going as you please.

Connecticut

History buffs will love a weekend trip to Wethersfield’s Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum.

The museum provides a Revolutionary War Encampment for Memorial Day with an 18th-century regime in full colonial attire. You’ll love watching colonists reenact cooking, medicinal work, marching, and musket firing.

A bluegrass band will provide live music to amp up the day’s fun. This event will take place on May 28 and is accessible to the public.

Continue your Connecticut history tour with a visit to the Greater Middletown Military Museum.

The museum “pays tribute to State heroes and heroines of the past, honors the veterans of today, and demonstrates the appreciation we hold for their service.” 

View the museum’s extensive war library, military memorabilia, and helicopter display. Complete your trip to Middletown with a visit to the museum’s Connecticut Trees of Honor Memorial Park, where you can pay respects to the state’s fallen service members.

Plan a weekend trip to Connecticut’s Mystic Seaport to relax by the water. 

Take the kids to the Mystic Seaport Museum to explore a coastal village, operational shipyard, and hundreds of historic ships. Then, pop into the Mystic Aquarium to view whales, sea lions, and penguins.

After enjoying Mystic’s aquatic life, top off your weekend trip with a stroll through the Olde Mistick Village. This historic town offers a host of quaint cafes, specialty stores, and a boardwalk by the water.

Delaware

Check out the Fort Miles Historic Area in Lewes for an unforgettable Memorial Day. 

The area is home to the Fort Miles Museum, which features military displays, barracks, control towers, artillery parks, etc. Fort Miles played a crucial role in WWII, so history buffs and veterans will undoubtedly enjoy diving into the park’s rich history.

Continue your military history tour at the Air Mobility and Command Museum in Dover.

The museum “houses over 30 aircraft varying in roles and size, and has exhibits telling the story of humanitarian and air refueling history.” It’s the perfect day trip for aviation enthusiasts and those interested in the United States Air Force.

Check the museum’s schedule ahead of time and plan to catch one of Dover’s air shows for an impressive aviation experience.

Trap Pond State Park in Laurel is an excellent summer getaway.

Paddle a canoe through the park’s cypress swamp or hike through the Bob Trail woods. Sign up for a pontoon tour of Trap Pond to learn about the area’s history and maybe spot some wildlife. 

Plan a camping trip on the park grounds for an extended weekend visit. Celebrate Memorial Day by the campfire as you enjoy the sights and sounds of a Delaware summer.

Florida

Experience Florida’s rich military history at the National Naval Aviation Museum.

The museum is the perfect Memorial Day getaway for military and aviation enthusiasts. View “historic aircraft, cockpits, interactive exhibits, and a vast collection of artifacts” suited for guests of all ages.

One of the museum’s top attractions is its Virtual Flight Deck simulator. Climb into the cockpit and experience the sights and sounds of a flight aboard a C-2 Greyhound aircraft.

Head down to Miami Beach for the Hyundai Air & Sea Show.

This event, popularly known as “the Greatest Show Above the Earth,” honors veterans from all military branches with exhibitions, live reenactments, powerboat racing, etc. 

The two-day event kicks off with military boat exhibitions and moves into air force demonstrations and fly-bys. After experiencing the spectacular air and sea demonstrations, walk through the festival’s display village for interactive demonstrations and a fireworks extravaganza.

You don’t want to miss Tampa’s Memorial Day weekend Sunset Music Festival.

This 18+ event is excellent for couples and friend groups seeking a hot summer weekend of live music, drinks, and dancing. Electronic music fans will have a blast partying for hours in the Tampa heat. 

Get general admission tickets or opt for a VIP experience with table service, expedited entry, and private viewing areas. Tickets range from $99 to $330, depending on the package you select.

Georgia

Spend your Memorial Day weekend at Stone Mountain Park.

The park will host a four-day event to honor military personnel and their families. During the day, enjoy mini-golf in the park or ride on the Stone Mountain Scenic Railroad. Kids will love the park’s Dinosaur Explore exhibit, which features over 20 realistic dinosaurs that move and roar.

Once the sun goes down, enjoy Stone Mountain Park’s holiday laser show and fireworks, accompanied by a musical tribute to the troops. 

Active-duty and retired military members enter the park for free, and immediate family members receive 40% off tickets during Memorial Day weekend. 

Music lovers can kick off the summer with the Atlanta Jazz Festival.

The event features a three-day celebration of the “music, culture, and art of jazz.” This event is free and open to the public, so gather a group of family and friends and make it a weekend getaway.

Finish your Memorial Day trip in Georgia with a visit to the Walk of Memories tribute at American Legion Post 201 in Alpharetta. 

Wander along a brick walkway inscribed with the names of approximately 8,000 Georgian veterans. Then, learn about U.S. war history with the park’s display of WWII, the Korean War, and Vietnam War monuments.

Hawaii

Honor the work of brave service members with a visit to the Pearl Harbor National Memorial in Honolulu.

The memorial is a Hawaii must-see; its historical significance and poignant displays have made it one of the state’s most heavily visited destinations.

Learn about the 1941 attacks on the Pearl Harbor base and pay tribute to the hundreds of U.S. soldiers who lost their lives in the battle. Don’t forget to take a boat out to the USS Arizona Memorial, which surrounds the remains of the majestic U.S. battleship.

While you’re in Honolulu, attend the Shinnyo Lantern Floating Ceremony.

This annual event offers guests the opportunity to write personal notes, tributes, and resolutions. Guests will set the letters afloat in lanterns across a water display at Ala Moana Beach.

This event is a perfect Memorial Day tradition for those seeking a way to remember loved ones of the past and honor those of the present. 

Kick off summer at the 50th State Fair in Honolulu’s Aloha Stadium. 

Take your family to the fair for an unforgettable day of carnival rides, fair food, games, exhibits, and more. The fair will feature a petting zoo, circus performance, dog show, and hula competition.

Idaho

A trip to the Idaho Military History Museum is the perfect way to spend Memorial Day weekend in Boise. 

Encounter a wide array of Idaho’s military history, including genuine artifacts, arms displays, and a collection of armored vehicles. The museum’s Gowen Field Memorial park holds an annual ceremony to honor Idaho’s past and present military heroes. 

The memorial “provides a relaxing park for quiet and reflection honoring those from the State of Idaho who answered the call to duty.”

Experience the stunning outdoors of Idaho at Payette Lake in McCall.

Payette Lake is an excellent place to start your summer with hiking, boating, camping, and climbing. Bask in the park’s 5,000 acres of mountain scenery as you boat through the lake’s clear glacial water.

Anglers can spend their holiday weekend throwing a line into the lake from the sandy shores or rental boats.

Experience a touching Memorial Day tribute at the Field of Honor ceremony in Idaho Falls.

This annual event features rows of over 1,000 American flags in a display to honor fallen heroes. Drive through the memorial route and remember the service and defense of our nation’s military personnel. 

Sponsor a Field of Honor flag for $30. You can dedicate the flag to a personal military hero or those lost in wars throughout history. Your sponsorship fee will go towards helping local veterans and their families.

Illinois

Military enthusiasts will love a weekend getaway to the Air Combat Museum in Springfield. 

This museum features aircraft displays, aviation artifacts, and war memorabilia. The destination is relatively small, so you can spend a couple of hours enjoying some history and then head into downtown Springfield to look at the Lincoln Tomb & War Memorials.

Turn your weekend trip to Chicago into the ultimate celebration with the annual Memorial Day Parade. This event is one of the largest Memorial Day celebrations in the country, so you don’t want to miss it.

The parade begins with a wreath-laying ceremony to honor America’s fallen heroes. The event continues with a commemorative parade featuring patriotic floats, performers, and choreographed marching. 

The Forest Park Nature Center in Peoria Heights is a natural haven perfect for the start of summer.

Spend your long weekend hiking, bird-watching, and fishing among the park’s natural resources. After a picnic in the park’s rolling fields, head to the pickleball court for some family-friendly competition.

On May 28, the park will host a Party for the Planet. Kids will have a blast playing in inflatable houses, petting animals, and doing eco-friendly activities. 

Indiana

Ring in the summer with a visit to Monticello’s Indiana Beach amusement park. 

There’s no better way to enjoy a long weekend than thrilling park rides, live music, and water slides. The park has over a dozen roller coasters and small ride options that will suit guests of all ages. Tickets range from $19.99 to $39.99, depending on age.

Reserve lodging for an extended visit in one of Indiana Beach’s vintage cottages, beach resorts, and lakeside cabins.

Include the Indiana War Memorial Plaza District in your day trip to Indianapolis.

The district was established after WWII and now features an Indiana War Museum, three parks, memorial fountains, and commemorative sculptures. The plaza district makes Indianapolis the city with the most acreage dedicated to U.S. veterans, making it a must-see destination for Memorial Day.

After honoring real-life champions, head to the Hall of Heroes Superhero Museum for an unforgettable experience. 

The Hall of Heroes in Elkhart is “the only superhero and comic book museum in the world, preserving and covering the entire 80-year history of superheroes in comics, toys, film, and animation.”

This 5,000-square-foot facility is overflowing with comic books, toys, games, and animation displays that will please fans of all ages. Spend a day of your long weekend perusing superhero costumes from famous films or exploring the museum’s Bat Cave exhibit.

Iowa

Iowa State University’s Reiman Gardens is the perfect weekend getaway for Memorial Day. 

Kick off your summer in Ames with a walk through the garden’s rose collection, butterfly sanctuary, cypress grove, and shade garden. You’ll also see various art pieces and architectural displays as you explore the grounds.

For a Memorial Day treat, take the family to Reiman Gardens’ recycling event on May 27. The event is dedicated to transforming trash into treasure by recycling old bottles into faux succulent plants. This event is open to ages 12 and up.

Johnston’s Iowa Gold Star Military Museum is an excellent destination for your Memorial Day getaway.

Spend a few hours of your holiday enjoying a military-style breakfast and a Memorial Day observance ceremony at Camp Dodge. Live music performances and vendors will follow the breakfast and observance.

After the ceremony, enter the museum to learn more about the Gold Star, a symbol of someone giving their life for national freedom.

Pike’s Point State Park in Spirit Lake is a top Iowa destination for nature lovers, anglers, and hikers.

Laze away on the shore of Okoboji Lake or take a sailboat out into the sparkling waters. Plan a family picnic with hotdogs, hamburgers, and other patriotic snacks. For a long weekend trip to the park, reserve a spot in one of the park’s many campsites.

Kansas

Fort Scott National Historic Site is the perfect patriotic destination for your Memorial Day weekend in Kansas. 

Fort Scott was established in 1842 amidst the tumult of the Civil War. The fort had a direct role in the battle between pro and anti-slavery forces in America. 

You’ll have access to numerous historic buildings and sites during your visit. Take a stroll through history in the fort’s infirmary, stables, and barracks. Or, take a look at the bakehouse, parade grounds, and prison.

The Cosmosphere International Space Center and Museum is a must-visit in Hutchinson.

Learn about space history and the birth of modern rocketry in the museum’s reenactment of Dr. Robert Goddard’s 1930s laboratory.

Then, transport your holiday weekend to the stars at the Cosmosphere’s state-of-the-art planetariums, dome theaters, and space displays –  each dedicated to educating people about the wonders of outer space.

Spend your Memorial Day getaway at the Botanica Grand Lawn in Wichita Gardens.

Botanica is the perfect place to usher in summer with over two dozen individual garden displays. Take a woodland walk through the garden’s nature trail or peruse the impressive Schnitzler juniper collection. 

Stop by the Botanica Grand Lawn on Memorial Day for a patriotic musical performance by the Delano Wind Ensemble.

Kentucky

Visit the Perryville Battlefield for the Kentucky Civil War Medal of Honor Recipients exhibit. 

Enjoy a presentation on May 28 about the Medal of Honor’s history, meaning, and significance throughout military history. Entry to the exhibit is $5 for adults, $4.50 for seniors, and $3 for kids. 

After the presentation, visit the Perryville State Historic site museum, which the site’s website calls “a must-visit for Civil War buffs.” Learn about the 1892 Battle of Perryfield as you peruse informational displays, uniforms, and photographs of real soldiers. 

Take a weekend trip to Eckert’s Versailles Orchard for a well-spent Memorial Day weekend. 

The orchard is holding a Memorial Day Festival to kick off the unofficial start of summer. Spend the holiday picking berries, eating festival food, and greeting critters at the petting zoo. 

Tickets for field access and the children’s playground start at $6.

Old Friends horse farm in Georgetown is a must-visit Kentucky destination.

The farm provides Kentucky Derby racehorses with a place to retire safely. Visit Old Friends for a guided tour through the grounds and the opportunity to meet award-winning horses.

Tours cost $25 to $100 per person, depending on the package. Book a private tour with the farm’s founder Michael Bowen for an unforgettable experience.

Louisiana

Spend your Memorial Day at the National World War II Museum in New Orleans. 

The museum’s countless exhibits “highlight the role of world leaders” and “everyday men and women who found the strength and courage to accomplish the extraordinary.”

The museum features intimate exhibits, including the Arsenal of Democracy, the Road to Tokyo, and the US Merchant Marine Gallery.

The museum will host a Memorial Day commemoration ceremony to pay tribute to fallen WWII soldiers. The event is free for active-duty service members.

Alexandria’s Inglewood Harvest Barn Market is another summer favorite for tourists and Louisianans. 

Spend a day perusing isles of bakery items, fresh produce, local honey, and homemade soaps. Finish off your farmer’s market visit with a pack of delicious strawberries.

Lake Charles’ Downtown at Sundown festival is an excellent Memorial Day getaway for music lovers and festival-goers. 

This family-friendly concert series features local artists, musicians, breweries, and food trucks. There’s no better way to start your summer than with a day of live performances and delicious cuisine in the fresh air. 

Maine

Take a weekend trip to Acadia National Park for a Memorial Day you won’t forget. 

The park is overflowing with granite peaks, woodland walkways, and rocky beaches to explore. You might even spot a bear or moose on your drive through the park.

After bird-watching, hiking, and swimming through Acadia, stop for a bite in Bar Harbor. This charming coastal town is the perfect place to relax and take in the beauty of Maine.

Plan a weekend getaway to Damariscotta – also known as the “Oyster Capital of Maine.”

Climb aboard a Damariscotta River Cruise for a boat tour of the area’s wildlife. Learn about the town’s influence on the oyster industry and watch as harbor seals bask in the sun. Tours are $35 for adults and $21 for children.

The cruise company offers private charter tours with oyster and wine tastings for those seeking a romantic boat ride through Damariscotta.

A quick visit to the Kittery Historical & Naval Museum is an excellent idea for Memorial Day weekend.

Kittery – Maine’s oldest town – is home to rich military traditions and naval accomplishments. The town’s Naval museum may be small, but it’s home to a collection of exhibits and informational displays dedicated to Kittery’s military heritage.

After learning about Maine’s maritime history, head over to the Kittery Trading Post for some shopping.

Maryland

The Sowebo Arts and Music Festival is a summer kick-off event in Baltimore. 

The annual festival is about “bringing together local music, visual artists, entertainers, great food, neighbors, and fun for all ages.” This event is sure to create a memorable Memorial Day weekend in Maryland.

Sowebo Fest features hundreds of local artisans and crafters ready to show off their work. After browsing the festival’s impressive array of local art, stop by one of the event’s three stages for a full lineup of musical talent. The festival is free and open to the public.

Don’t forget to stop by Baltimore’s Fort McHenry National Monument for a unique patriotic experience. 

Fort McHenry is famous for its defense during the 1812 Battle of Baltimore – a victory that inspired “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

The park will host a full-day event titled Decoration Day: Remembering the Civil War Origins of Memorial Day on May 28. Spend your holiday weekend watching marching demonstrations, taking guided tours, and viewing presentations on the origins of Memorial Day.

Plan a relaxing weekend getaway to Chesapeake Beach’s Rod ‘N Reel Resort.

This waterfront hotel is a Memorial Day destination for couples or the whole family. Spend the first days of summer hitting the jackpot in the game room or brunching at the Boardwalk Cafe. 

After a long day of boating in the Chesapeake Bay, head back to the resort for live music and a drink at the Rod ‘N Reel Tavern.

Massachusetts

Head to Boston for the Boston Calling Music Festival

This three-day annual event is an excellent getaway idea for pop rock and indie music fans. In addition to over 50 live music performances, the festival will include various delicious food options, life-sized games, and art exhibits. 

Watch artists light up the stage from a seat in the festival’s 100-foot-tall Ferris wheel. This year’s headliners are Metallica, the Foo Fighters, and The Strokes – so tickets will go fast. 

Head to Battleship Cove Maritime Museum in Fall River for an educational Memorial Day experience.

Battle Cove is a museum and memorial “featuring the world’s largest collection of World War II naval vessels.”

The museum will hold a Memorial Day ceremony that’s open and free to the public. The event will include a traditional military observance to honor those lost in the service.

Active-duty military personnel and veterans can enjoy free entry to the museum on Memorial Day.

Plan a tour of Boston’s Freedom Trail for an outdoor learning experience. 

The Freedom Trail is a 2.5-mile trail that meanders through Boston’s most historically significant neighborhood. Stroll through 11 historical sites along the famous route as a historically costumed tour guide educates you on each area’s significance.

You’re sure to feel patriotic while walking past the site of the Boston Massacre and Bunker Hill Monument.

Michigan

Stop in Novi for a Memorial Day celebration at Fuerst Park. The event will take place on May 25, so you can plan an extended Memorial Day getaway in Michigan starting at Fuerst Park. 

Take the whole family for an afternoon of refreshments, patriotic music, and the commemoration of U.S. heroes.

The event will mark the opening of the Fuerst Field of Honor and close with a candlelight vigil, wreath-laying, and a moment of silence.

Start your summer off right at the 2nd Annual Ferndale Wellness Fair.

The wellness fair is the perfect place to relax and rejuvenate for the start of the new season. Enjoy food trucks, vegan cuisine, coffee, and other handmade items. Then, attend the fair’s full lineup of wellness yoga classes.

You’re sure to end your holiday weekend in Ferndale feeling refreshed and ready to take on summer.

Top off your Memorial Day getaway with a visit to the Michigan Heroes Museum in Frankenmuth.

The museum works to preserve the memory and honor of Michigan men and women who devoted their lives to the service. The site has over 850 exhibits featuring the most extensive collection of Medals of Honor in the country.

Museum entry costs $3 to $7, depending on the guest’s age.

Minnesota

Spend your holiday in the sunshine and fresh air with a weekend trip to Minneapolis’ Minnehaha Regional Park

The park is one of the state’s oldest parks, featuring a well-known 53-foot waterfall and stunning river overlooks. The park is great for travelers with dogs; Minnehaha has seven off-leash dog parks for your pets to enjoy.

Water lovers will have a blast relaxing at the park’s beaches, fishing on the docks, and sailing through the water in a boat rental. 

The Mall of America in Bloomington is a must-visit destination for your Minnesota getaway.

Kids and adults will have a field day wandering through the mall’s 500+ stores. If you get hungry while shopping and playing, you have a selection of over 60 restaurants to explore.

The Mall of America isn’t just for shopping; the complex is home to a 7-acre amusement park, full-scale aquarium, gaming centers, mini-golf courses, and much more. 

Head to Saint Paul for the Kickoff to Summer at the Fair.

This event is the perfect excuse to spend all day munching on fair food, dancing to live music, and browsing local artisan vendors. There’s also a trivia competition, yard games, and a giant slide for visitors with a playful side.

Tickets are $12.50 for ages 4 and up. Kids under 4 get in for free.

Mississippi

Your weekend trip to Mississippi isn’t complete without stopping at Hattiesburg’s African American Military History Museum.

The museum’s mission is to honor the lives and services of African American soldiers, aviators, and nurses. It’s a place where “their acts of valor and bravery while under fire are presented with honor.”

The museum includes exhibits for the Revolutionary War, Civil War, World War I, World War II, and more. You’re sure to leave the museum in awe of the nation’s heroes.

While you’re in town, stop by the Hattiesburg Zoo.

This family-friendly destination will put a smile on kids’ faces as they stroll through miles of animal exhibits. Animals aren’t all the zoo offers; the park also has a mining expedition activity, ropes course, carousel, and electric train. 

Tickets are $6 for kids, $8 for adults, and $7 for seniors. Active military personnel also get in for $7.

Check out the Crosby Arboretum in Picayune to experience the Southeast’s premier native plant conservatory. 

You’ll have a blast beginning summer with a walk through the park’s 104 acres of native plant life and impressive display of biological diversity.

Stop by the arboretum this Memorial Day weekend for the Botany Field Walk event. The conservatory’s director will lead a tour through the grounds and offer tips for using Mississippi plants in your home garden.

Missouri

Visit the National World War I Museum and Memorial in Kansas City for a meaningful holiday activity. 

The museum is the country’s most significant World War I museum, so you’re sure to leave with fresh perspectives and knowledge.

The museum is hosting various events across Memorial Day weekend to honor the lives and work of American veterans. Stop in for educational presentations and commemoration ceremonies. 

Veterans and active-duty personnel get in for free, and the general public gets half-off tickets for the holiday weekend. 

Say goodbye to the spring season at the Missouri Botanical Garden in Chesterfield. 

The destination is the oldest botanical garden in the United States, making it a well-established place for travelers to appreciate the beauty and wonder of nature.

Those interested in going green will love the garden’s mission to conserve plant life and protect precious ecosystems. You and your family will have a wonderful time exploring the park’s 79-acre garden, butterfly house, and nature reserve. 

Spend a day of your holiday weekend at the Saint Louis Zoo.

The park is home to nearly 500 species of animals, so you’ll greet furry, scaly, and feathery friends at every turn.

The zoo will host the Jungle Boogie Friday Night Concert for Memorial Day weekend. This event will include a full menu of craft drinks and entertaining live music. 

Montana

Montana is a haven overflowing with natural scenery. Glacier National Park is a “showcase of melting glaciers, alpine meadows, carved valleys, and spectacular lakes” in the top corner of the state.

The park is a perfect weekend getaway for those seeking some adventure and U.S. history. Glacier National Park features the famous Going-to-the-Sun Road, a significant feature of the country’s transportation system and engineering achievements.

You’ll undoubtedly enjoy driving through the park and viewing beautiful scenery and wildlife.

The American Legion Department of Montana in Bozeman will host a week of events for Memorial Day. 

The celebrations start on May 25 with a Bingo Nite fundraiser. All proceeds from the game will go toward the legion’s Gold Star Family Memorial Monument.

On May 26, the legion will post flags on the graves of veterans in Sunset Hills Cemetery. The holiday weekend will conclude Memorial Day with a parade, including a free lunch, floats, and walking. 

Attend the Bigfork Whitewater Festival for an unforgettable holiday weekend. 

The annual festival is a must for adrenaline lovers and adventure seekers. It lasts from May 26 through May 29 and features a full schedule of rafting races, camping, and live music.

If you aren’t interested in braving the rapids, relax along the river bank and watch the competition. Then, wrap up the excitement with a scenic dinner in downtown Bigfork.

Nebraska

The Civil War Veterans Museum in Nebraska City is “dedicated to preserving the history of the Civil War, its impact during and after the war,” and the organizations the war created.

The destination is Nebraska’s only Civil War museum, so it’s a Memorial Day must-see. Stop in and enjoy authentic war artifacts, military boat replicas, and countless informational displays.

Museum entry is $3 for adults, $1 for children over 12, and free for kids under 12.

The 20th Century Veterans Memorial in North Platte is another Nebraska holiday weekend destination. The site memorializes veterans lost in the five major wars of the 20th century in stunning brick murals. The murals accompany the Walk of Honor, a brick path engraved with thousands of veteran names.

Make your Memorial Day special by donating and dedicating a Walk of Honor brick to a beloved veteran in your life.

Embark on an outdoor adventure with the Nebraska Wildlife Safari in Ashland.

This family-friendly destination will give you a holiday weekend filled with unique North American wildlife.

Drive along the park’s 4-mile-long scenic route to view bears, wolves, and bison from the safety of your car. Then, stop by Elk Meadows to watch the majestic American Elk roam across the prairie.

Safari tickets are $7-$9, depending on age. Military families can enter for $6-$8.

Nevada

Start your weekend trip to Nevada with a stop at the Hawthorne Ordnance Museum.

The museum’s mission is to preserve a collection of items that have significantly impacted the freedom of Americans. Among its features are weaponry displays, artifact exhibits, and life-sized replicas.

Entry to the Ordnance Museum is free, making it a quick, affordable stop among your Memorial Day festivities.

An Emerald Cove Kayak Tour is a must for outdoorsy travelers.

Spend your holiday kayaking through Lake Mead’s clear green waters and impressive canyon tunnels. Hop from your boat to swim in the lake’s sparkling waters or picnic on the rocky shore.

Your guide will point out geological features and wildlife, helping you learn about the area as you go.

A weekend trip to Nevada isn’t complete without a night in Las Vegas.

Reserve your spot in the Memorial Day Weekend Las Vegas Club Crawl for an action-packed evening of dancing, drink specials, and VIP party bus rides. The package includes express entry to participating clubs, live performances, group photo ops, and a designated party host.

If you’d rather manage your evening in Sin City, hit the town and explore the wonders of Vegas. Party at Zouk Nightclub for a techno-dance experience of lasers, light shows, and smoke machines. Then, pop into OMNIA in Caesars Palace for a clubbing experience of extravagance and modern design.

New Hampshire

Soar above New Hampshire’s scenery with a Bretton Woods Canopy Tour.

Bretton Woods is an excellent stop for your holiday weekend trip to New Hampshire. The canopy tour takes approximately three hours, so you’ll be able to pack your weekend full of other fun activities. 

The tour provides participants with a zip-lining adventure through New Hampshire’s White Mountain range. A tour guide will help you safely navigate the ropes courses while pointing out native plants and wildlife that make Bretton Woods unique.

After your high-flying adventure, stop at the Wright Museum of WWII in Wolfeboro.

The Wright Museum features thousands of historically significant items and memorabilia displays from World War II. 

Learn about the nation’s history with the museum’s special exhibits, including The Untold Story, D-Day photographs, Anne Frank: A History for Today, WWII Quilts, and the Associated Press’ Memories of World War II display. After viewing the museum’s 14,000 items, stop at the Remembrance Garden to pay your respects to fallen heroes.

Admission is $14 for adults, $11 for military personnel and seniors, and $8 for kids 5 to 17. A family of five can enter for a discounted rate of $40.

Complete your holiday trip with a day at Jenness State Beach in Rye.

This New Hampshire state park is the perfect location to swim and picnic the day away with your family. Wallis Sands State Beach is another Rye attraction to help you kick off the summer season by lazing by the water or lunching in the sun.

New Jersey

The Wildwoods International Kite Festival is the ultimate summer kick-off.

The annual kite festival is a popular attraction perfect for families, couples, and single travelers. Guests of all ages will have a blast participating in outdoor games, viewing creative exhibits, and watching as hundreds of themed kites soar.

This year’s festival features the new Boardwalk on the Beach food court, complete with various dining options and local vendors.

Top off your weekend in the sun with the free World Indoor Kite Exhibition at the Wildwoods Convention Center on May 28-29.

Monmouth Park’s Jersey Shore Food Truck Festival is the next destination for your Memorial Day weekend getaway.

Pop by Oceanport for a Saturday filled with “35 of the Jersey Shore’s most mouthwatering food trucks.” You can enjoy northern favorites like lobster rolls and macaroni and cheese or opt for festival favorites like deep-fried Oreos. 

The festival will serve up some fun for your holiday weekend, no matter what you pick.

The National Guard Militia Museum will add a patriotic touch to your weekend trip to Sea Girt.

The museum is home to one of the most extensive New Jersey Civil War collections, including authentic memoirs, articles, diaries, and newspaper clippings. It features the Veterans History Project, which preserves the memories and experiences of national heroes through recorded oral history interviews.

Enjoy free admission to the museum and access to its countless educational resources.

New Mexico

Riverfest is an annual event you don’t want to miss.

This free event is organized by the River Reach Foundation, a nonprofit aiming to protect New Mexico’s river system.

Head to Farmington to spend your Memorial Day weekend dancing, enjoying live music, and seeing art displays. The festival’s packed schedule includes other fun features like a Beer & Wine Garden, raft rides, wiener dog races, and yoga by the river.

Use the festival’s free shuttle service for a ride to the All Veterans Memorial Plaza.

The Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad in Chama is a beautiful destination for history buffs and sightseers. 

The railroad is 64 miles long, making it the nation’s longest authentic steam railroad. The road “crosses state borders 11 times, zigzagging along canyon walls, burrowing through two tunnels, and steaming over the 137-foot Cascade Trestle.”

You’ll have the opportunity to see impressive landscapes, geological formations, and native wildlife as you chug along in this historical landmark.

Military service members get 20% off tickets for Cumbres and Toltec coach class rides.

Spend your Memorial Day weekend at the New Mexico Wine Festival in Albuquerque.

This annual event features three days of wine tastings, food vendors, art displays, and live entertainment. You’ll start summer off right as you stroll through the city, sampling delicious wines from over a dozen New Mexico wineries.

New York

The Brooklyn Memorial Day Parade and Memorial Service is the oldest Memorial Day parade in the U.S.

This annual event is an excellent opportunity to celebrate the lives and achievements of the nation’s veterans.

This year’s parade will include marching, decorated floats, and military bands. The ceremony will conclude with a memorial service featuring bagpipes, a wreath-laying, and a 21-gun salute by the Veteran Corps of Artillery.

After the parade, continue your holiday fun with a picnic in Central Park.

Pick up tasty takeout from a favorite restaurant or pack a basket with homemade goodies. Then, pick a spot in the park to spread out a towel and bask under the backdrop of New York City.

Make the most of your holiday by barbecuing in Central Park. Grilling in the park is only permitted on Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Labor Day, so this is a rare opportunity for a patriotic meal in an iconic location.

Visit the New York State Military Museum in Saratoga Springs to learn about the state’s military history. 

The museum features interpretive exhibits, presentations, and artifact collections that preserve “New York State’s rich military history and the service and sacrifice of its citizens.”

While you’re in Saratoga, head to Ledge Rock Hill Winery and Vineyard for a Memorial Day weekend wine tasting. The tasting will include a sample of five wines, a souvenir glass, and food pairings.

North Carolina

Asheville’s Biltmore Estate is a must-visit weekend getaway.

This Gilded Age mansion sits on 8,000 acres of stunning gardens and wooded meadows. May 27 marks the start of the Summer at Biltmore event, complete with immersive art exhibits, wine tastings, and outdoor recreation activities.

Make a weekend out of your Biltmore visit by booking a room at one of the estate’s three lodging properties. Enjoy your extended stay with a stroll through the estate’s Italian garden or brunch in Antler Hill Village.

History buffs will love a weekend getaway in Raleigh at the North Carolina Museum of History.

The museum preserves artifacts and materials from North Carolina and across the globe. Current exhibits include The Story of North Carolina, the 1920s Drugstore, and the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame. Remember to see the Answering the Call military exhibit for a memorable Memorial Day experience.

Stop at the museum’s Sweet Tea & Cornbread eatery for a break from all the learning. You’ll enjoy southern favorites like barbecue, fried chicken, and fried okra.

You can enter the museum for free and without a ticket.

Spend your holiday by the water at the Outer Banks beaches in Manteo. The Outer Banks is a top-notch summer getaway destination with over 10 public beaches to explore.

If basking in the sun or splashing in the waves isn’t your forte, catch a history lesson at the Wright Brothers National Memorial, Elizabethan Gardens, or Lost Colony Outdoor Drama. These destinations will provide a fun weekend outing while teaching you about North Carolina’s historical significance.

North Dakota

Take your Memorial Day trip to Garrison for the Fort Stevenson State Park Sky Fest

This event welcomes guests of all ages to fly kites each day over the holiday weekend. Bring a kite of your choice, or come out to see professional flyers maneuver giant kites over the fort.

Fort Stevenson park admission costs $7 per car, but entry to Sky Fest is free. Military personnel can enter the park for free on Memorial Day.

The Red River Zoo in Fargo is an excellent day trip for you and your family. 

The zoo features native and exotic animals that thrive in climates similar to the Red River Valley. The zoo is home to “some of the world’s rarest cold climate species.”

Stroll through the park and view exotic critters like Bactrian camels, red pandas, grey wolves, and Eurasian lynxes. 

Park entry costs $8.75 for kids ages 2 to 14, $11.25 for adults, and $10.25 for seniors. Carousel rides are $3. 

Lake Sakakawea State Park in Pick City is a nature lover’s dream getaway. 

The park offers visitors a place to lounge on the lakeshore, hike through miles of stunning scenery, and windsurf across sparkling waters.

If traditional camping doesn’t fit your travel plans, rent one of the park’s cabins for a comfortable overnight stay. 

Anglers can use the park’s full-service marina, boat ramps, and fish cleaning stations as they try to catch wild salmon.

Ohio

The Champaign Aviation Museum in Urbana is a top-notch destination for aviation enthusiasts.

The museum is home to eight vintage B-17 aircraft, restored and displayed to preserve America’s aviation heritage. Its mission is to honor veterans and “educate the public about the experiences of past generations that flew in combat.”

Admission to the museum is free, but consider donating in honor of Memorial Day.

Stop at the Smoke Rise Ranch and Resort to experience the Old West in Glouster, Ohio.

This fully operational cattle ranch provides visitors with a place to watch professional cattle drives or hop into the saddle for a guided trail ride. 

The ranch will host a Memorial Day spanning the entire holiday weekend. The event will include a cattle drive, cow sorting workshop, lasso practice, trail rides, and a DJ by the campfire. 

Reserve your spot at the ranch’s campgrounds or cabins for a fun weekend of riding and wrangling.

A getaway to Cincinnati isn’t complete without visiting the Krohn Conservatory.

The park’s Butterflies of the Nile exhibit will take place over Memorial Day weekend, making it the perfect activity for your family getaway. 

The butterfly show will feature an exhibit dedicated to the flora of Ancient Egypt. Hundreds of the conservatory’s butterflies will flutter among the blooms, creating a truly spectacular scene.

Oklahoma

Head to Oklahoma City’s annual Paseo Arts Festival for a memorable mini-vacation.

The Historic Paseo Arts District welcomes over 60,000 guests per year for this popular festival. The event hosts approximately 100 acclaimed artists who gather to show off their skills in painting, sculpting, photography, woodworking, and jewelry making.

The festival’s attractions don’t stop at visual arts; enjoy over 50 musicians as they perform across two stages. Then, stop at one of the event’s 20 food vendors for a delicious meal or treat.

While you’re vacationing in Oklahoma City, visit the 45th Infantry Division Museum for some military history. 

The museum preserves one of the nation’s first World War II National Guard units, making it a significant feature of Oklahoma heritage. The museum is self-guided, so you can take your time appreciating its 27,000 square feet of exhibits and 15-acre outdoor park. Entry is free to all guests.

You should include the Boley Rodeo and Festival in your family trip to Oklahoma. This event takes place every Memorial Day weekend and includes fun activities for guests of all ages. 

Watch rodeo events and a holiday parade before settling down for a delicious southern dinner. 

Then, bring a blanket and lawn chairs to Boley’s Community Garden for a free movie at sundown.

Hang around the festival until Saturday evening for an unforgettable rodeo experience. Watch pro riders perform bareback riding, steer wrestling, barrel racing, and more.

Oregon

Sail over to the Eugene Yacht Club for the Memorial Day Regatta.

Based in Junction City, the club is the perfect place for a holiday getaway on the water. If you’d like to learn a new skill during your vacation, sign up for the club’s sailing classes and social events.

The Eugene Yacht Club Memorial Day Regatta will welcome sailors from all over Oregon as they sail an Olympic-style course on the Fern Ridge Reservoir. 

The race will conclude with food, drinks, and live entertainment. 

The Ashland World Music Festival is a family-friendly event to add to your Memorial Day weekend calendar. 

The event features artists, musicians, and performers from around the world. The festival’s mission is to offer “opportunities for connection and joy through the experience of world music.”

The festival will span the entire holiday weekend, so it’s an excellent option for a last-minute getaway. During the three-day event, you’ll gain exposure to various cultures through art installations, percussion workshops, storytelling performances, and dance shows.

Complete your trip to Oregon with a visit to Crater Lake National Park.

Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the U.S., making it a spectacular destination for sightseers and nature lovers.

Put on your hiking shoes and stroll through the park’s 90+ miles of trails. Snap pictures of the lake as you hike; Crater Lake has some of the clearest, bluest water in the world.

If you’d rather stay in your car, you won’t miss out on the lake’s beauty. The park features the historic Rim Drive with over 30 miles of scenic views and ample parking spaces.

Pennsylvania

Satisfy your patriotism with a visit to the Liberty Bell.

This historical icon and national symbol is one of Philadelphia’s most popular attractions. The bell, which once rang to call townspeople to meetings, eventually cracked so severely that it no longer worked. The bell later became known as an anti-slavery symbol that could “proclaim liberty throughout all the land.”

The Liberty Bell is a perfect site to visit during your Memorial Day getaway. It’s a must-see tourist attraction and a reminder of the fight to make America a better place for all.

Continue your celebration of America’s history and heroes at Harrisburg’s National Civil War Museum

The museum is the perfect place to spend a day learning about Civil War soldiers and events that shaped America. The museum features over 4,000 three-dimensional artifacts and over 20,000 archival materials. 

Museum entry costs $12 for students, $13 for seniors, and $14 for adults. A family pass for two adults and three students costs $50.

Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens will undoubtedly delight kids and art lovers alike.

The garden is a nonprofit museum created to “celebrate art in its many forms through community outreach, public programs, hands-on activities,” and more.

Book a Morning Magic Tour in the gardens over Memorial Day weekend. A tour guide will lead you through the grounds, teaching you about the neighborhood’s history, artists, and featured works. 

Then, you’ll have the chance to explore the garden independently. You’ll have access to the park’s mosaic basement, which is typically closed to the public. 

Rhode Island

Woonsocket’s World War II Veterans Memorial State Park is a great place to start your summer. 

The memorial plaza is located in Lincoln Woods State Park, a popular Rhode Island getaway. Spend the holiday swimming, fishing, hiking, jogging, horseback riding, or playing sports with your friends and family.

The World War II Veterans Memorial Park is equipped with a playground, footpath, volleyball court, and pavilion.

Blithewold summer estate should be the next step in your Rhode Island getaway.

This 33-acre estate in Bristol is one of the nation’s most authentic Country Place Era homes. The mansion features 45 rooms overflowing with authentic heirlooms and stunning decor. 

The exterior of the house is just as amazing; the estate grounds are covered in gardens of various themes and uses. You’ll feel like royalty as you stroll through acre after acre of garden paths, greenhouses, and vivid summer blossoms.

Complete your summer getaway with a trip to Bowen’s Wharf.

Lovingly known as “The Anchor of the Newport Waterfront,” Bowen’s Wharf is a popular shopping, dining, and social hub right on the Rhode Island Coast.

Start your summer season with a self-guided walk around one of New England’s best natural harbors. Or, visit the wharf’s Pilot House to reserve your spot on a Newport tour or outdoor excursion. You’ll have the opportunity to sign up for helicopter rides, parasailing, a railway tour, and more.

South Carolina

Plan your holiday getaway in Myrtle Beach with the Military Appreciation Days celebration.

This month-long celebration includes various events to honor the city’s military history and those who have served. The festival’s schedule includes a JROTC drill competition, beach picnic, Memorial Day parade, and military appreciation game night.

You won’t want to miss the many fun activities Myrtle Beach has in store.

Move away from the hustle and bustle of the beach with a weekend trip to Saluda Shoals Park in Columbia. 

This family-friendly destination is the perfect place to get away and enjoy the sights and sounds of nature. Relax as the kids play at the splash pad or go on a family hike through miles of woodland trails.

The park will host the Paddle and Pint event over Memorial Day weekend. Spend an hour paddling across the serene waters of the Saluda River. Then, enjoy a craft beer tasting on the shore. This event costs $47 per person.

Complete your weekend trip with a hands-on history lesson at Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum.

This Mount Pleasant museum includes the Vietnam Experience Exhibit, Medal of Honor Museum, Cold War Submarine Memorial, and the famous USS Yorktown aircraft carrier.

Participate in Operation Overnight for a night’s stay aboard the USS Yorktown. This is the perfect Memorial Day activity – you’ll experience the life of a Navy sailor by sleeping in bed compartments and eating in the ship’s galley.

Museum entry is $16 for kids, $19 for seniors, and $27 for adults. Veterans, teachers, and first responders get in for $21, and active-duty military members get in for $19.

Operation Overnight is $85 per person for a one-night stay and $145 for two nights.

South Dakota

A getaway to South Dakota isn’t complete without a stop at the Mount Rushmore National Monument.

This famous monument in Keystone is South Dakota’s most-visited attraction and one of the most iconic American landmarks. You’ll surely be impressed by the unbelievable carvings of four U.S. presidents surrounded by the natural scenery of South Dakota’s Black Hills.

Make the most of your visit with a self-guided audio tour of the park. 

For an $8 fee, you’ll have access to 29 tour stops and an audio presentation including exclusive interview content and information about the monument.

Wild Water West in Sioux Falls is a fun, family-friendly summer kick-off destination.

Spend your holiday weekend cascading down waterslides, splashing in the pool, or floating down the lazy river. Kids will love the go-kart course and batting cages, and adults will love the shaded cabanas and swim-up bar. 

The park is sure to leave you relaxed and ready for summer.

After a day in the sun, top off your visit to Sioux Falls with a day at the USS South Dakota Battleship Memorial

The memorial is surrounded by a full-scale concrete border of the original ship’s proportions. In the middle of the outline is the on-site museum that features authentic WWII memorabilia and artifacts.

The site’s mission is to “preserve the history of the USS South Dakota and its crew through the operation of a world-class museum that educates” visitors on the most decorated battleship of World War II.

Tennessee

Visit Nashville’s Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park for a day in the fresh air. 

The park is the permanent monument of the state’s Bicentennial Celebration of 1996. Today, it’s a place for locals and visitors alike to enjoy 11 acres of Tennessee history.

The park is hosting a free Memorial Day Tour event where visitors can stroll through the monuments, buildings, and nature and learn about their historical significance. The tour is free, but donations are encouraged.

The Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park is a great stop for your weekend getaway. 

The park was established to commemorate a Civil War battle between Union and Confederate forces in Chattanooga. The park now sits on 10,000 acres of land preserved for tours, hikes, and visitor centers with indoor museum exhibits.

Park entry is free unless you visit the Lookout Mountain Battlefield, which costs $10 per guest.

Dollywood Parks and Resorts is a must-visit destination in Pigeon Forge.

This well-known park features amusement park rides, fine dining, live entertainment, and the stunning scenery of the Great Smoky Mountains. 

You and your family will have the perfect getaway splashing at Dollywood’s water park and riding world-class roller coasters at the theme park. After a day of spectacular fun, you can head back to your room at the DreamMore Resort and Spa for some rest and relaxation.

For a true mountain adventure, book a stay at Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Cabins for an unforgettable Tennessee weekend.

Ticket prices range from $84-$114, depending on the package you select.

Texas

Plan a Texas getaway with a trip to Marble Falls.

This small city is only 50 miles outside of Austin, so you can get away from the bustle of the big city for a relaxing holiday weekend. Spend a day exploring the city’s picturesque wineries and craft breweries or paddling across Lake Marble Falls.

At the end of a busy day, head to the city’s downtown area for countless delicious dining options.

San Antonio’s iconic River Walk will be overflowing with art this Memorial Day weekend. 

Head to the Memorial Day Artisan River Walk Show to shop some of the city’s finest artisans. The art booths will include vendors specializing in woodworking, textiles, jewelry making, painting, pottery, and more. 

Finish your day of shopping with a boat ride and a meal on the water.

A day at Barton Springs Pool is a must for your getaway to Austin. 

The pool is a 3-acre natural spring located in Austin’s Zilker Park. The destination is perfect for couples seeking relaxation by the water or kids eager to swim in the spring’s cool water. The site also features an educational display that teaches guests about the park’s history and biological significance.

Entry costs $2-$9 depending on the guest’s age and residency status.

Utah

Wrangle in summer at the annual Bryce Canyon Country Rodeo.

Watch as real-life cowboys compete in bronco riding, bull riding, and steer herding. The event begins Memorial Day weekend and continues through mid-August, so you have plenty of time to catch the action. Tickets are $10 for kids and $15 for adults.

After the rodeo show, enjoy some barbecue and live country music at Ebenezer’s Barn and Grill.

You’ll love a weekend getaway to the Crystal Hot Springs in Honeyville. 

All your worries will melt away as you lounge in natural mineral pools and camp in Utah’s beautiful scenery.

The park includes a human-made pool area with hot tubs, water slides, and an Olympic-sized pool, all heated by the natural springs. Surrounding the spring is a campground with over 100 camping sites, fire pits, and shower facilities.

Camp Floyd State Park in Fairfield will host a Civil War Encampment on Memorial Day weekend.

This event will “allow visitors to experience camp life and participate in several activities performed by the soldiers of Johnston’s Army.” Actors will perform drills, marches, and fire real muskets. Children can put on colonial uniforms to learn drills and play outdoor games.

Pay your respects at the graves of veterans and tour Fairfield’s historic Stagecoach Inn for additional information on Camp Floyd.

Entry is $5 per person or $15 per family.

Vermont

Hildene, the Lincoln Family Home, is a perfect destination for history lovers.

This lovely Georgian Revival estate in Manchester was once home to Abraham Lincoln’s son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Mary Lincoln. 

You and your family will enjoy exploring the scenic estate grounds, Dene Goat and Dairy Farm, Pullman Car Sunbeam, and 12 miles of walking trails.

Book a 45-minute guided tour of the house or schedule a Behind the Scenes Archive Tour for an unforgettable experience.

Celebrate Memorial Day weekend at Stratton Mountain Resort.

The resort is overflowing with outdoor fun for your summer getaway. Sail over Vermont’s scenic mountain peaks in a gondola or race down the downhill mountain biking course

The park will host a Memorial Day event for the whole holiday weekend. Guests will have access to a host of outdoor activities and a live performance by a Rolling Stones cover band.

The Annual Vergennes Memorial Day Parade is a patriotic, family-friendly event for your Vermont getaway. This year’s parade is themed “Home of the Free, Because of the Brave” in honor of the courageous acts of service members.

Guests are encouraged to don patriotic attire and red, white, and blue decor for the parade, which will run through a 1.5-mile strip of Vergennes. 

The American Legion Post #14 will provide a barbecue chicken lunch following the parade.

Virginia

Ring in the summer season at the Pungo Strawberry Festival in Virginia Beach.

You and your family will have a blast strolling through lovely strawberry fields, picking fresh, ripe berries. The annual festival pays homage to the agricultural heritage of the Pungo area while honoring the region’s military personnel.

The festival features a parade, fair rides, pig races, and countless strawberry-themed goodies to savor.

Spend a day of your weekend getaway at George Washington’s Mount Vernon estate.

This national landmark is a must-see for history buffs and travelers. You’ll want to buy a full-day park pass to experience all the interesting sites at the park.

Along with a museum exhibit dedicated to the estate’s history and impact, you can view the estate’s outbuildings, farmlands, gardens, and surrounding trails. 

Tickets are free for children under 6, $15 for kids 6 to 15, and $28 for ages 12 and up.

The National Museum of the United States Army is a perfect stop in your Memorial Day history tour. The museum “pays tribute to soldiers who have made honor a matter of daily living.”

The museum will host family learning events throughout the holiday weekend. Kids 4 to 8 will love completing arts and crafts as they learn about the United States Army.

The holiday weekend schedule will conclude on May 30 with a moment of silence and the playing of “Taps,” the nation’s official song of remembrance.

Washington

Go sightseeing in Mount Rainier National Park for the ultimate weekend getaway.

Mount Rainier is an icon of Washington State; its 14,411-foot summit makes it the most prominent mountain in the continental U.S.

Spend a day of your holiday weekend hiking through the park’s 260 miles of trails, dappled with woodland canopies, sparkling lakes, and lovely wildflowers.

For overnight camping in the park, a permit is required, so we recommend day hiking before heading back to a cozy lodge in Ashford.

Train enthusiasts will love a trip to the Northwest Railway Museum in Snoqualmie. 

The museum operates a historic depot, railway history campus, and full-service train rides, perfect for guests of all ages. The park will offer steam train rides for the Memorial Day weekend. 

Guests will get a discounted two-hour ride on the historic train cars of the Snoqualmie Depot. Memorial Day steam train rides are $3 for children, $5 for seniors, and $6 for adults.

Seattle’s Northwest Folklife Festival is a holiday must for art and culture lovers.

This annual festival spans Memorial Day weekend and celebrates the heritage of the United States’ Pacific Northwest region. It features thousands of artisans, over two dozen stages, and nearly 200 food and craft drink vendors. 

This year’s theme – Metamorphosis: In with the Old, In with the New – will celebrate the human ability to adapt and change to life’s many journeys.

West Virginia

Honor the lives of military heroes with a trip to the West Virginia Veterans Memorial.

This oval-shaped monument in Charleston honors the lives of over 10,000 West Virginians who lost their lives in battle. The memorial features statues honoring veterans from both World Wars, the Korean Conflict, and the Vietnam War.

Celebrate summer at Fairmont’s Three Rivers Festival.

The event once took place in September but eventually moved to Memorial Day weekend to function as a summer season kick-off event. It now lasts from May 26 through May 28, providing hours of family-friendly fun in the sun.

The celebration will include a parade, carnival, car show, bake-off, and the annual Pepperoni Roll Eating Contest. 

Arrive hungry at the bake-off event; the audience will sample the entries and select this year’s winner. Stick around for the festival’s closing fireworks show over Fairmont.

Steal away to Stonewall Resort in Roanoke for a thrilling holiday weekend. 

The resort will host a Memorial Day celebration complete with lake recreation, face painting, lawn games, scavenger hunts, and a bounce house. 

When the sun goes down, the celebration will continue with fireworks and homemade s’mores. Plan a date or family meal with the fireworks dinner party at Lightburn’s Restaurant. Savor delicious Appalachian cuisine before spectacular explosions light up the night sky.

The resort will host an artisan market on Saturday and Sunday, so remember some extra cash for shopping.

Wisconsin

Jellystone Park in Warrens is a kid-friendly destination the whole family will enjoy. 

The park is the perfect place to celebrate the start of summer. With over 50 amenities at your fingertips, you can spend the sunny holiday weekend playing mini-golf, racing down a water slide, or eating a tasty treat from the park’s ice cream parlor.

Jellystone will host a Memorial Day parade and ceremony for guests to attend. Day passes cost $34.99 per person.

Experience the Jewels of Lake Superior with a trip to the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore in Bayfield.

The lakeshore includes 21 islands and 12 miles of the Wisconsin mainland, so there’s no shortage of things to do. Plan a day on the water with a kayaking tour or sailboat excursion. After a long hike or boat ride, extend your day in one of the park’s 19 campgrounds. 

A visit to the Wisconsin Veterans Museum is a great way to top off your weekend getaway.

Stop in Madison for a firsthand look at Wisconsin’s military heritage. The museum features exhibits like the Souvenirs of Service, Working Warriors, and Wisconsin Remembers display, which is especially poignant for Memorial Day. 

The exhibit puts faces to names by displaying photos of each Wisconsin veteran featured in the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.

The museum will host a couple of special events over Memorial Day weekend, including a movie night and presentation on the legacy of fighter pilot Fritz Wolf.

Admission to the museum is free.

Wyoming

Spend a day of your Wyoming getaway visiting the Military Memorial Museum in Cheyenne.

The museum’s collection of genuine uniforms, saddles, and firearms will please history lovers and patriotic travelers. The museum includes sections for each military branch and a display dedicated to Medal of Honor recipients.

According to the museum’s website, its primary goal is “to provide serious collections and interested parties a collection that will help them meet their research goals.” You’ll undoubtedly finish your trip with new knowledge and perspectives on American veteran history.

Head to Jackson for the Old West Days festival this Memorial Day weekend.

This tribute to Western heritage will include craft Wisconsin ales and scratch-made chili from a host of local restaurants. 

Indigenous community members will provide live dance performances and traditional ceremonies from their rich cultures.

Then, lasso in the holiday weekend with the Teton County Fair’s Rodeo display in the Old West Days Parade. You’ll have an absolute blast kicking off the summer and kicking up dust.

Spend your getaway at the Big Horn Hot Springs State Reserve – Wyoming’s first state park.

Founded in 1897, this park is a peak destination for travelers in need of a therapeutic experience among majestic scenery.

Laze the day away in one of the park’s 104-degree mineral springs. Then, take a stroll on the Bighorn River Swinging Bridge, which will provide you with a birds-eye view of the mineral baths and river beyond.

If you’re lucky, you might catch a glimpse of the park’s wild bison herd roaming about the plain.

Big Horn Hot Springs entry is free and accessible to the public.

We hope this list of 150 last-minute getaways helps you plan a Memorial Day weekend you love. 

Whether you peruse artifacts in a museum, visit a garden, or attend a summer music festival, you’ll undoubtedly have a holiday to remember.

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