10 Excellent Memorial Day Weekend Destinations That Don’t Require Going To A Crowded Beach

Best Memorial Day Weekend Destinations


Memorial Day weekend will be here before you know it, and while a very, VERY large chunk of you will be heading to the beach, there are some of you who would like to do something a little different.

So if you are one of those people who prefer not to get sand in your various crevices, then this list of Memorial Day weekend getaways published by The Travel Channel and created by Oyster.com is going to be just what the doctor ordered for the upcoming holiday weekend. (Many of these cities do also offer a beach, in case you change your mind.)

10. Providence, Rhode Island

• Downtown shopping centers and high-end boutiques
• Numerous music venues and theater productions
• More restaurants per capita than any other city in the country
• Nightlife based around the nearby universities
• The stunning light installations of WaterFire

9. Atlanta

• Restaurants, parks, shopping, hundreds of arts and culture venues and museums
• The world’s largest aquarium
• The High Museum of Art
• The Atlanta Jazz Festival
• Numerous outdoor activities including a laser show at Stone Mountain Park

8. Chicago

• Museums, parks, dining, shopping, and cutting-edge architecture
• Annual Memorial Day parade
• Fireworks at Navy Pier
• The Belmont-Sheffield Music Festival
• The Red, White and BBQ festival and competition

7. Charleston, South Carolina

• Horse-drawn carriages and colorful gardens
• The Citadel’s full-dress parades
• Numerous historic attractions and Civil War sites
• The Spoleto Festival with theater, dance, opera, symphonic and jazz music

6. St. Louis

• The Gateway Arch
• Forest Park with its art museums, theaters and golf courses
• The Bluesweek Festival
• Shakespeare in the Park
• The Missouri River Irish Fest
• Guided hikes through the Cahokia Mounds

5. Denver

• The Denver Zoo
• The Denver Museum of Nature & Science
• The Denver Botanic Gardens
• Downtown shopping, entertainment and restaurants
• Denver Day of Rock with live music, food stands and beer gardens
• The Downtown Denver Arts Festival

4. Austin, Texas

• The governor’s mansion and State Capitol
• Over 193 miles of scenic walking trails
• Sixth Street nightlife, restaurants and coffee pubs
• Boating on Lake Travis
• Austin’s South Congress (SoCo) neighborhood, known for its great music

3. Palm Springs, California

Hiking the Indian Canyons and visiting ancient Native American sites
• Palm Springs Air Museum’s Annual Memorial Day Flower Drop
• Golfing, art gallery browsing and numerous resorts

2. Las Vegas

• Numerous shows, clubs, restaurants, bars, pool parties and casinos
Wiz Khalifa, The Black Eyed Peas, Ludacris, Questlove and Chris Brown rock the The Palms Casino Resort pool

1. Washington, DC

• A variety of military ceremonies
• Numerous monuments and memorials
• The National Memorial Day Parade
• The National Memorial Day Concert at the Capitol Building
• The Rolling Thunder Run to the Wall motorcycle rally

Visit The Travel Channel for the full rundown on each destination.

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