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Top Places to Go for Memorial Day Weekend 2019

Where will you go for the three-day weekend?

Top Memorial Day Flight & Hotel Deals

Flight deals below are based on travel between May 22nd-31st, 2019

Departure CityDestinationRound-Trip Fare*Hotels From*
WashingtonNew Orleans$114$34/night
DallasLos Angeles$158$65/night
DenverLas Vegas$145$80/night
Los AngelesPortland$188$117/night
Los Angeles New York$270$111/night
San FranciscoLas Vegas$149 $75/night

*These prices were valid as of May 10, 2019, and may not always be available. Be sure to double check prices before completing your final booking

Need inspiration on places to go for Memorial Day Weekend 2019? Here are some great ideas for escapes alone, with your family, or on a romantic getaway. Click on the below images for the best car rental deals in that destination.

Key West, Florida

Get a sweet taste of summer by packing up the car and driving it all the way down to mile 0 for Memorial Day Weekend. Boating, fishing, surfing, and tanning out in the Florida sun is probably a recurring dream you’ve been having all winter anyway, so go ahead and make it a reality while you have an extra day to enjoy it.

Key West is one of the most popular destinations for Memorial Day each year. While it might not be the best idea to stay on the island (it’s a bit pricey) you can find more reasonable rates on the surrounding Keys, and head over to Key West during the day. Try staying at one of these hotels in Marathon if you’re on a budget. Don’t forget to grab a slice of key lime pie before heading back to reality!

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Cancun, Mexico

Always a popular destination, Cancun sometimes gets overlooked for Memorial Day. Now that the spring break students are back in school, Cancun is a great destination for Memorial Day travels. Miles of white sand, beaches, sun and Caribbean flare all await you. Couples can find romantic private hotels, families can pack the day with outdoor adventures, and friends can enjoy the great food and drinks.Check out our Travel Guide to Cancun.

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Consistently ranked in the Top 10 Family Beach Vacation spots in the US, Myrtle Beach is a great choice for Memorial Day because it has something for everyone in the family. 60 miles of sandy beaches are the main attraction of course, but it also boasts outlet malls, 100+ golf courses in addition to amusement parks and more family-friendly fun.

Reykjavik, Iceland

Reykjavik has been enjoying a surge in popularity in the last couple years due to the direct flights to the US, along with the eye dropping vistas and blue water of the Blue Lagoon all over social media. The hype is worth it – from food & nightlife to outdoor adventures and scenery – Iceland has something for couples, families and friends, especially during warmer seasons like Memorial Day Weekend. Read more about our recommended destinations, things to do in our Reykjavik Travel Guide for more inspiration.

Outer Banks, North Carolina

If you’re looking for sand and surf without traveling to Florida, you could try heading to the Outer Banks in North Carolina instead. The water here is a bit more frigid than down in the FL Keys so you might not be spending all your time swimming, but the shores sure make for a picturesque picnic location. It’s also a great place to practice your drive out on the golf courses, and eat your weight in delicious seafood. Have a look at some hotels to stay in North Carolina and check out the deals for last minute flights for Memorial Day weekend.

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Washington, D.C.

Memorial Day weekend is a time to honor of those who served our nation, so it would be appropriate to celebrate it in our nation’s capital. Head to the Museum of American National History (and the rest of the Smithsonian Institute if you have the time), and of course stop by all the must-see monuments, from the Lincoln Memorial, to the White House, to the Capitol Building. For the long weekend, you can stay at one of these hotels in Washington DC.

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Denver, Colorado

The Mile-High City will not disappoint for Memorial Day. Looking for an outdoor adventure? Head to the Red Rocks Amphitheater for a picnic or hike or drive up to the peak of Mount Evans (14,000 feet!) and enjoy the views. Looking to stay in the city? From the 16th Street Mall to Larimer Square and Coors Field, there’s plenty to see. Looking for a cultural weekend? Spend some time at the Denver Zoo, Denver Art Museum or the Botanic Gardens. Our Denver Travel Guide and list of the Top 10 Things to do in Denver are helpful guides to plan further.

New Orleans, Louisiana

NOLA! Even though Mardi Gras is the ultimate time to enjoy New Orleans, some argue you can truly appreciate the beauty of this city without the craziness of the celebrations. For the foodies, you cannot resist getting beignets at Cafe du Monde or Morning Call, followed by a meal at one of the many well-established restaurants in the city; Antoine’s happens to be the oldest restaurant in the entire country. For those looking to let loose NOLA-style, head to the French Quarter in the evenings and end the night on Magazine Street. Our guide to the Best Things to do in New Orleans have more tips to enjoy this great city.

Chicago, Illinois

Chicago always has a spectacular Memorial Day parade, which is, of course, a staple of the holiday. The parade also includes a wreath laying ceremony to honor our nation’s fallen soldiers, a very meaningful way to pay your respect. From there you can head to Navy Pier for a spectacular fireworks show to round out the weekend. Check out some of these hotels in Chicago.

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Gatlinburg, Tennessee

Gatlinburg is a great place to go if you’re looking for some peace, quiet, and adrenaline inducing adventure. Oxymoron? Maybe, but it’s a whole lot of fun. From mountain hikes to white water rafting, Gatlinburg is a perfect getaway spot for those looking to stay active on their vacations. It is also home to many breweries, distilleries, and wineries, all with that rustic Tennessee feel. Don’t miss out on the fun and check these hotels to stay in Tennessee.

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Cape Cod, Massachusetts

A classic getaway destination for Memorial Day travelers, Cape Cod offers scenic lighthouses, miles of beautiful beaches, and a breath of fresh air for anyone suffering from workaholic syndrome. Oh, and not to mention all that delicious lobster. Every Memorial Day Weekend Cape Cod hosts their annual Figawi Race Weekend, a yacht race from Hyannis to Nantucket. So grab a few drinks, relax, and spend your weekend watching the boats glide across the water. Skyscanner can help you find the best hotels in Massachusetts. to enjoy this vacation.

Not interested in flying?

More and more, Americans are choosing to stay close to home, since local spots have plenty of places to go for Memorial Day Weekend 2019. Jump in your car to a lovely quaint American town nearby and stay at a unique hotel or bed & breakfast. Don’t have a car? Rent a car – dare we suggest a convertible? – and find a historic route or highway to escape the city rush. We’ve collected some of the Top 10 American Road Trips to help inspire you.

Make Memorial Day weekend 2019 your time to escape and relax, since it allows you a whole extra day of time to be spent with your family. Don’t waste that rare Monday off moping around your house! Get out of town, see some fireworks, have an adventure, and most importantly, honor those who serve while you’re away.