5 Top Labor Day Destinations

It was much more than just 83-word law and President Grover Cleveland’s signature in 1894 that made Labor Day an official holiday. But in the decades since, it’s become one of America’s—and travelers’—most fun weekends of the year. Celebrations and festivals of all kinds pop up across the country, helping us take full advantage of the long weekend.

If you’re in search of some ideas for where to travel in your motorhome this Labor Day weekend, here are a few suggestions that offer a lot of fun options for everyone from the sports fan to the music buff.

Go tailgating

If you love a good outdoor party and some friendly revelry, you’ll be able to find plenty of it over Labor Day weekend. That’s because it’s a doubly glorious fun-filled-outdoor weekend across America this year thanks to college football kicking off in earnest. Campuses big and small, all across the country, will be invaded by colorfully clad tailgaters out to bask in the hope of a new season. Whether you have tickets for a game or not, check the week one schedule. There’s sure to be a tailgate tailor-made for your motorhome nearby.

Visit the Nation’s Capital

Considering it’s the annual celebration of America’s workers, it’s no wonder Washington, D.C. will be abuzz with festivities. If you’re a music lover, you can see the National Symphony Orchestra Sunday night on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol and the Lake Anne Jazz and Blues Festival in nearby Reston on Saturday. Readers love hearing from authors, illustrators and poets at the National Book Festival every year. You’ll also find all kinds of other fests celebratingeverything from delectable crabs to the Renaissance—and of course, America.


Swing through the Windy City

With several campsites in the surrounding suburbs and amazing public transit, Chicago is a great choice even if you aren’t pulling another vehicle. The city will be absolutely bustling. The Cubs will be playing at Wrigley Field. The Chicago Jazz Festival is scheduled at beautiful Millennium Park. And as with every weekend, street fests of all kinds will take over neighborhoods across Chicagoland.

Drop in on Niagara Falls

The breathtaking falls merit a trip all on its own, but the American side offers a lot to do over Labor Day weekend. Lots of live music, a War of 1812 reenactment, a classic car cruise, ghost walks and, of course, fireworks are among the many family-friendly activities going on over Labor Day weekend.

Head up to Seattle

The “Emerald City” comes to life around this time of year: the weather is perfect, multiple professional sports teams are in season and the revered music scene puts its best foot forward with several festivals and outdoor shows. Bumbershoot, in particular, combines major music acts with dance, visual arts, comedy and conversation, making for one of the most diverse and dynamic festivals anywhere. And it goes without saying, the waterways, mountains and forests make for an outdoor lover’s dream any time of year.

Summer may be winding down, but Labor Day offers some of the best opportunities all season to soak in the warm weather, fun and beautiful scenery. We hope you’ll be able to get out and enjoy it!


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