Memorial Day is right around the corner, and we all know that three-day weekends are a rare occurrence. Take advantage of that extra day off, and treat yourself to an epic—and well-dserved—getaway.
Los Angeles, California
The end of May is a great time to visit Cali’s iconic La La Land. Ride a ferris
wheel at the Santa Monica Pier, splash around in the cool ocean, drive around Bel Air, rollerblade through Venice, build your own sushi burrito, see the stars along the Hollywood Walk of Fame, hike around Griffith Park, and jam to Weezer's Beverly Hills and Ocean Avenue on repeat.
With country music, strong whiskey, epic pancakes, and cowgirl boots, Nashville offers a city-country experience. Head to Pancake Pantry for sweet potato pancakes—the line is worth it; wander Broadway Street for live music, cheap shots, and karaoke; explore urban parks like the Riverfront
and Centennial; and gorge yourself with Five Daughters Bakery donuts—undoubtedly the best donuts, made of 100 layers of doughy goodness. The fusion of cowboy and upscale hipster makes Nashville unlike anywhere else—except maybe Austin…
This city is absolutely unbelievable in terms of its urban park systems, outdoorsy activities, incredible food options, great bars, and phenomenal barbeques. If you’re into cocktails and beers, start day drinking on Rainey Street—hitting hotspots like Container bar—and 6 th Street. Grab a gourmet, vegan coffee mixture at the very hip airstream Picnik, and feast like a carnivore at Franklin BBQ. And don’t miss
kayaking or SUP-ing along the river.
Seattle is undoubtedly one of the hippest cities in the country right now, with
awesome breweries and eateries, a booming tech industry, and a plethora of ridiculously beautiful coastal outdoor opportunity. There’s a little bit for everyone in this city, whether you’re a creative artist, a scientist or engineer, or a dirtbag climber or hiker. Bucket list items include a visit to Puget Sound for whale watching and an overdose of nature, as well as a pit-stop at the Chihuly Garden and Glass, for a truly one- of-a-kind exhibition. Shop at the Pike Place Market, overlooking Elliot Bay, and add a piece of gum to the area’s famous Gum Wall. Ride the Great Wheel, gaze upon the Space Needle, and give your tastebuds the gift of delicious microbrews.
With close proximity to the mountains, Denver offers incredible outdoorsy activities, while also providing the city life necessities, like top-notch breweries, five-star restaurants, compelling museums, and rowdy theme parks. Go to the Red Rock Amphitheatre, regardless of if there’s a concert for a musician you know. The open-air theatre offers workout classes and social gatherings daily, of various types. Explore Confluence Park, wander hole-in-the wall record shops, slurp brews at the Great Divide Brewing Company, and try hiking your first “14er”—a 14,000-plus-foot mountain.
Hilton Head, South Carolina
In need of a beach vacation? Hilton head’s harbors and beaches are the perfect way to fill your lungs with salty air. Check out the Harbour Town Lighthouse at the city’s southwest tip, and meander your way through the Pinckney Island Wildlife Refuge’s salt marshes. Take a shot at bird-watching or fishing, kayak through the mangroves, and treat yourself to some of the best seafood around at spots like The Sea Shack or Whaley’s.
Newport, Rhode Island
At this time of year, Rhode Island is just warming up, and though the ocean isn’t
quite warm enough for swimming, it’s spectacular for boating and sailing. Be sure to check out the town’s yacht-filled harbor, its spectacular architecture at Bellevue Avenue, and its very scenic Fort Adams State Park. Walk along the Newport Cliff Walk and order lobster at The Newport Lobster Shack.
Whatever you decide to do this Memorial Day weekend, make sure it’s something new and different. You deserve some time to get out of town and live a little.