Can you hear that? It’s the sound of a three-day weekend calling your name. Memorial Day offers the perfect opportunity for a weekend getaway, but the big question is: Where to go? Check out these three across-the-country hot spots that offer everyday excitement, plus a dash of something extra for the holiday weekend.
While you’re in the city, make time to visit some of the capital’s many fine attractions. Visit at least one of the Smithsonian’s 19 museums and galleries, shop and eat in the Georgetown neighborhood or tour a government building.
For those who whose holiday experience wouldn’t be complete without a beach experience, Maryland’s Sandy Point State Park is less than an hour drive from Washington, D.C. The park offers swimming beaches, wildlife viewing opportunities, fishing, crabbing and more.
If blues aren’t your thing, there’s still more than enough to do for three days in Saint Louis. Ride to the top of the famous Gateway Arch or watch the butterflies at the Butterfly House in Faust Park. Children will have a blast at City Museum or the Magic House.
One of the best things about this city is just how affordable a trip can be, thanks to a number of free attractions. General admission to the Saint Louis Art Museum, the Missouri History Museum, Grant’s Farm, the Saint Louis Zoo and the Saint Louis Science Center all free.
There are plenty of other attractions to keep you busy during the rest of your visit to San Francisco. Catch a performance of the San Francisco Symphony at Davies Symphony Hall, enjoy the various shops and tourist attractions of Fisherman’s Wharf and have hands-on science fun at the Exploratorium in its brand-new facility that just opened last year.
Of course, San Francisco also offers the opportunity to take a stroll on one of the area’s lovely beaches or to hop in the car for a quick drive over to the wine country of Napa Valley.
From coast to coast, Americans will be celebrating Memorial Day weekend with food, music, patriotism and a whole lot of fun. Make plans now for a holiday weekend you won’t soon forget.
Meghan Ross is a freelance writer covering all things home and living. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.