The Labor Day long weekend, marking the end of summer for most people is the most important holiday of the year. The 3-day weekend falling on the first weekend of September deserves to be marked in style. There are loads of activities to enjoy on this weekend from hiking, camping to beach festivals. I have prepared a list of 5 of the best destinations for this year's Labor Day.
Hike the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in Michigan
The Sleeping Bear Dunes in Michigan is certainly the most beautiful place to visit during the Labor Day weekend. It is a hiking heaven for those who enjoy hikes. The Dune Climb offers plenty of pure wind-blown sand for everyone to enjoy the pleasure of the climb. The climb is strenuous but magical as you get to the most panoramic view of Lake Michigan and Lake Glen. At the bottom of the dune, there is a modern rest room and bookstore. The magical experience of climbing the dune is experienced when running back from the top since gravity is your side. Thanks to the vistas and open country created by the dunes, the Lakeshore offers the day hiking activity for summers' final destination.
Lakeside Camping and Biking in Wyoming
The Wyoming border trail offers a hidden gem for the best camping grounds and biking routes for a Labor Day Weekend. The trail Curt Gowdy route is the best biking route combining loops of a 20-mile trail for the last day of summer. The terrain shifts from the Rocky Mountains to Great Plains, which give you a wimp to enhance your riding skills. In the evening, make your way to the Granite campground by the shores of the Fish Creek Reservoir for the best camping experience. There are eight campsites available consisting of 4 drive up sites and 4 walk-in tents with a vault toilet. The campsite allows non-motorized boating and fishing giving you maximum utilization of the site. You can team up with the other vacationists on the ground, fish your dinner and light up a bonfire to mark the last day of summer.
Explore Latourell Falls in Oregon
The Latourell Falls is the most unique and beautiful waterfall along the Columbia River Gorge. With its spectacular cascade, it is the most easily accessible waterfall since it is visible from the highway. The 2-mile loop from the parking lot leads through to the falls and down to the Talbot State Park where you can end your adventure with a picnic spread. The dirty trail goes further left near the creek where you get the magnificent view of the fall, which has two-tier falls. The first fall is hidden while the second plunges into a pool 249 feet below. There will be no better way to end your Labor Day Weekend in Portland than an adrenaline hike to the creek of the Latourell Falls.
The Fisherman's Village Pirate Festival, Florida
Every year, droves of pirates and thousands of spectators make their way to Punta Gorda in Florida for the Labor Day Pirates Festival. During the three-day event, pirates storm the Fishermen's Village and plunder the local shops, restaurants, and the street vendors at this family and pet-friendly Festival. There are lots of pirate themed activities and events with the highlight being the pirate flotilla and invasion. Boaters assemble in a central area then go around decorating their vessels to compete for cash prizes, trophies, and bragging rights. The peak of the festival builds when the participants, usually flotilla boater, threaten patrons at the dockside with an assortment of water weapons. The patron retaliates with a barrage of super soakers. Meanwhile, the pirates who normally have a collection of real cannons and black powder weapons repel the attacking flotilla from the patrons in a smoke-filled exhilarating battle in the fun infested waters of Charlotte Harbor. This is the only time of the year you get to dress in pirate costumes and enjoy being in an interactive pirate life.
Back-Pack to St-Paul Minneapolis
Minneapolis St. Paul area is a must go this Labor Day weekend. The area is a diverse twin town full of glamour and demeanor. Whether you are an outdoor lover or indoors person, there is so much to do and see from the quaint town celebrations to one of the largest state fairs taking place at the end of summer. In the afternoons, you can enjoy a Twins baseball game at the Target Field or at St. Paul's league stadium. Saturday morning in Minneapolis should kick start at the Downtown Farmers Market for a sip of Bloody Mary at Hell's kitchen then sprawling the banks of the Mississippi River with a picnic at the Wabun picnic area. You can end your holiday in the twin city with a visit to the Walker Art Center, see the captivating modern and contemporary art comprising of paintings and sculpture by American and European artists.
Pack your bags, enjoy the beauty of nature, and mark the end of summer in glamour.