The Best Cities to Visit for Labor Day (and how to find last-minute deals on hotels!)

Summer is, all too quickly, coming to a close, which means that we’re doing all that we can to maximize our time in the sun. Labor Day marks the unofficial end of the summer season (and the last of summer Fridays for many), so we’re scheming ways to plan a couple of last-minute getaways in the States. Whether you’re looking for a poolside escape or a mountain getaway, there’s an abundance of places to visit for the long weekend, and we’ve got the scoop on the best cities to visit for Labor Day. And of course, our guide wouldn’t be complete without options to find last-minute deals on hotels, so we’ve got some tips for the savvy traveler.

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Miami, Florida

Ah, Florida — known for vacations on two completely different sides of the spectrum, spring break and well… visiting your grandparents. But Miami has been making a solid argument to establish the city as more than just a beach town. From the burgeoning art scene in Wynwood to the incredible Cuban food in Little Havana, Miami has got something for the foodie, adventurer and artists alike. And what better escape than during Labor Day to lay by the pool with a perfect mojito than Miami?

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To find the best deal on a hotel in Miami, we did a quick search on AllTheRooms for a hotel deal near Wynwood, and it took us about two seconds to see that the Ace Miami has rooms available over Labor Day weekend for just $66 a night. We also spotted a deal for the Regency Hotel in Miami for just $88 a night. El mago de las fritas, we’re coming for you.

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Lake Tahoe, California

If you’re looking for an escape into the wilderness, we recommend Lake Tahoe. Often overlooked by tourists for popular northern California destinations like SF or Big Sur, Lake Tahoe is an ideal getaway for the nature-lover. Between your time by the lake, be sure to pencil in Sample the Sierra, a farm-to-fork festival celebrating the diversity of the Sierra Nevada region with tastings, shopping & more.

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There are 112 hotels available in Lake Tahoe during Labor Day weekend (we know, cause we checked with our real-time availability search engine), and our hearts have been stolen by just one: the Tahoe Lakeshore Lodge & Spa. Sunsets, lake views and a fireside evening; we couldn’t imagine a more perfect weekend.

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Puerto Rico

Many Americans don’t consider visiting outside of the 50 states for a Labor Day weekend retreat, which can actually be huge oversight when you consider the appeal of (and ease to get to) Puerto Rico. Since Puerto Rico is a US territory, you won’t have to go through customs at the airport, saving you time in line so that you can spend more of your weekend by the gorgeous blue beaches. Ready to start planning your vacation? We’ve got a full guide for your weekend getaway.

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We found hotel deals for as low as $70 a night during Labor Day weekend in Puerto Rico, but our top choice for the savvy traveler is just a tad more expensive, but we love the value because of the design of the space. Manati World Point Inn has rooms available for $94 a night, and we’re already daydreaming of lounging by that pool…

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Chicago, Illinois

Fancy a getaway in the city? Look no further than the windy city of Chicago, which has ideal weather in September and an awesome line-up of activities during Labor Day weekend. We recommend checking out the Chicago Jazz Festival for good vibes and music — admission is free and you’ll have the opportunity to listen to all forms of jazz, perfect for the seasoned jazz listener or a great introduction for the newbie. We dig it.

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You could check out all of the hotel deals that are available in Chicago, or you could take our word for it and just head straight over to the Ginosi Basics Loop Apartel, our top pick for Labor Day weekend. Located in the heart of Chicago, Ginosi offers travelers the ideal space urban-chic getaway. Oh and did we mention that there are BBQ grills? Let’s get the weekend going.

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Washington, DC

Labor Day is a day to celebrate the contributions the working class has made to the strength and well-being of our country, and we couldn’t imagine a more all American way to celebrate than by visiting Washington, DC. Start your visit by visiting some of the United States’ most noteworthy monuments like the US Capitol Building and Jefferson Memorial. After you’ve checked off the top sites, seek out some off-the-beaten-path adventures like close-up encounters with airplanes in flight near Gravelly Point Park and visit The Fridge, a gallery in Capitol Hill that specializes in street art.

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Washington, DC has some hotel deals with current availability for Labor Day weekend. Our top budget pick is the Tysons Corner Marriott ($69 a night) and our luxury choice is the Ritz-Carlton in Georgetown ($392 a night). For the travelers looking for an ideal in-between for budget & value, we recommend the Kimpton:

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What are your plans for Labor Day? Let us know @alltherooms!

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