The Memorial Day is just around the corner and people are already settled where to go.
But for those who aren’t yet Travel Channel and Oyster compiled 10 places to visit which are not on the beach (everybody goes there, right? Don’t be like everybody.).
From Washington DC to Palm Spring, from Denver to Austin these places guarantees you and your family will have a wonderful time.
1) Las Vegas
If you’re looking to party — and party hard — then Vegas is the obvious choice for a summertime weekend getaway. You can of course expect large crowds in Vegas during this 3-day weekend, but what would Vegas be without the masses of pool-goers, booze-guzzlers and daring gamblers?
Pool parties on the Strip will be a priority for most visitors this Memorial Day, but there are also countless clubs, restaurants, bars and shows to attend.
2) Washington DC
If you want to go hardcore patriotic, there really isn’t any place better to be this Memorial Day weekend than Washington, DC. In addition to a variety of military ceremonies taking place around town, visitors can also attend the National Memorial Day Parade or the Rolling Thunder Run to the Wall motorcycle rally (nothing quite like high-fiving riders on the parade route).
The National Memorial Day Concert, hosted at the Capitol Building, is always a special event, and this year’s affair features appearances by General Colin Powell and actor Gary Sinise, in addition to several military bands and the National Symphony Orchestra.
3) Palm Springs
This resort city smack-dab in the middle of the California desert is an excellent getaway for some quality R&R, found through golfing, art gallery browsing and poolside sunbathing. The natural beauty here – including sweeping mountain vistas — is stunning, offering nature lovers plenty of chances to explore the desert landscape. Hiking is especially popular at the Indian Canyons, as is visiting ancient Native American sites.
This Memorial Day, don’t miss the Palm Springs Air Museum’s Annual Memorial Day Flower Drop, during which 3,000 red and white carnations are dropped from a B-25 bomber in dedication to America’s servicemen.
Once known as the epitome of the Old West — complete with gold mines and cowboys — Denver has morphed into a beautiful, cosmopolitan destination. The city offers plenty of attractions for families, including the Denver Zoo, Denver Museum of Nature & Science and Denver Botanic Gardens.
Denver is also an increasingly popular place for young 20- and 30-somethings as well; Denver’s downtown, or LoDo as the locals call it, is chockfull of shopping, entertainment and restaurants.
With its horse-drawn carriages, colorful gardens and cool ocean breezes, Charleston exudes old-world romance. But many visitors also head to Charleston in the hopes of exploring its numerous historic attractions. The Citadel, a nearly 200-year-old military college, offers full-dress parades that are free and open to the public every Friday afternoon, and various Civil War sites can be seen throughout the city and in the surrounding areas.
Memorial Day kicks off Charleston’s world-renowned Spoleto Festival, which brings 17 days and nights of theater, dance, opera, symphonic and jazz music, and more to Charleston’s historic venues.
A rapidly evolving yet mellowed-out metropolis, Austin draws a diverse crowd — from inked artists to chic urban entrepreneurs. With its recent revitalization and growth, Austin gives visitors a little bit of everything: political hot spots such as the governor’s mansion and the State Capitol, over 193 miles of scenic walking trails, plus a lively nightlife, tasty restaurants and hip coffee pubs, congregated along Sixth Street.
Visitors should also check out Austin’s Lake Travis this Memorial Day weekend, where boating season is officially in full swing.
7) St. Louis
St. Louis is a thriving Midwestern city, perhaps best known for the Gateway Arch, the “gateway to the west.” St. Louis has plenty of historic character, and Forest Park is a major draw for locals and tourists alike with its ample grassy space, art museums, theaters and golf courses.
This Memorial Day weekend, be sure to check out the Bluesweek Festival, featuring 3 days of blues, food and cold beer at the Soldiers’ Memorial in downtown St. Louis.
Even on its infamous windy winter days, Chicago has a lot to offer travelers. World-class museums, great parks, top-notch dining and shopping, and cutting-edge architecture make Chicago one of the most fascinating cities in the Midwest.
On Memorial Day, check out Chicago’s annual parade before watching the fireworks go off at Navy Pier in the evening. The Belmont-Sheffield Music Festival will also be taking place Saturday and Sunday.
The “blink-and-you’ll-miss-it” Rhode Island state capital has seen some serious revitalization over the years. Shopping centers and high-end boutiques are now main attractions in downtown Providence, a thriving artistic and creative community has brought with it music venues and theater productions, and the culinary scene in Providence is red hot; the city reportedly has more restaurants per capita than anywhere else in the country.
Once the kitchens close, droves of students from nearby universities (Brown, Johnson & Wales and Rhode Island School of Design are in the area) keep the city’s nightlife bustling. Providence’s popular WaterFire event, with beautiful light instillations, will take place this Memorial Day weekend.
Wonderful restaurants, fabulous shopping, hundreds of arts and culture venues, world-class museums … there’s more to do in Atlanta than many realize. Home to the world’s largest aquarium, the new World of Coca-Cola, dozens of beautiful parks and the High Museum of Art, the hometown of civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr. is one of the most attractive cities in the region.
The Atlanta Jazz Festival is always a popular event this Memorial Day weekend, drawing crowds to Piedmont Park for free performances from top names in the jazz circuit.
(via Travel Channel)