10 Most Popular Memorial Day Destinations
Priceline.com shared their top searched destinations for Memorial Day weekend. See the results and Travel Channel editors' picks for each.
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Celebrate Memorial Day by visiting a city defined by history. Erected in 1970, the John Fitzgerald Kennedy Memorial, designed by renowned American architect Philip Johnson, is a great way to teach children the value of learning from the past.
9: San Francisco
San Francisco is blessed with temperate weather, gorgeous parks and ample activities to keep you busy on Memorial Day weekend. If you long to experience this city in all its beauty and diversity there is no better stop than the spectacular Japanese Tea Garden, a sublime celebration of nature's beauty where you can also enjoy a snack and drink in the atmospheric Tea House.
For many, Miami is all about the beaches. Some of the prettiest (and less crowded) are located in the relatively chill community of Surfside, where a charming downtown strip of Mom and Pop businesses offers plenty of walkable restaurant options.
7: New Orleans
Great food and friendly people make New Orleans the ideal destination for a holiday getaway. Celebrate Memorial Day by visiting the city's top-rated tourist destination, the National WW II Museum for an educational and inspiring taste of America united in a common cause.
Steeped in history, Boston is a great place for learning how the United States came to be, and what better way to observe Memorial Day than by learning about those who bravely fought for our freedom. The Freedom Trail is a 2.5 mile red brick lined walking path that takes you throughout the city to 16 different historical stops.
Orlando is the natural destination for families in search of some Memorial Day fun. Theme parks like Walt Disney World and Universal Studios, are the obvious choice, but there are also a number of below-the-radar, more eclectic options in Orlando. Just make sure you plan your trip ahead of time, because there is so much to see and do you’ll want to make sure you cover it all.
4: Los Angeles
With shows and attractions, too many to name, there is plenty to see and do on your Memorial Day vacation to Los Angeles. To experience the dazzling views of L.A. and the iconic Hollywood sign make a point to visit the Griffith Observatory also featured in the classic 1955 Nicholas Ray film Rebel Without a Cause, which you can watch with the family when you get home.
It's easy to fill your Memorial Day weekend in Atlanta when you center your visit on the Atlanta BeltLine. This walking and biking trail is a great way to experience the city as you stop at restaurants and coffee shops along the way. For food, cocktails and shopping, two large mixed-use, repurposed historic developments Krog Street Market and Ponce City Market located on the BeltLine offer plenty of diversions, including an old-fashioned carnival Skyline Park on the rooftop of Ponce City Market.
2: Las Vegas
If you need a break from the slot machines and spectacular shows, Vegas has a plethora of options to keep you entertained, including the Neon Museum, where you can check out some of Vegas’ history in a variety of restored neon signs from the past.
A great way to spend Memorial Day would be to explore the Windy City's stunning public sculptures on view at Millennium Park, including British sculptor Anish Kapoor's beloved "Cloud Gate" (a.k.a. The Bean). If you are looking for an uninterrupted view of the city be sure to check out the Willis Tower Skydeck, where floor-to-ceiling glass panels give you a complete view of the city or take a Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise down the Chicago River to marvel at Chicago's remarkable, historic skyline.