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PHOTOS: 11 Spectacular Labor Day Getaways

Looking for the ultimate long-weekend escape? Relax! Budget Travel has done all the homework. Whether you're craving one more trip to the beach or are searching for the perfect end-of-summer festival, getting away has never been quicker, easier—or more affordable.

  1. Miami is the perfect place to party year-round, and Labor Day weekend is no exception.

    (R. Gino Santa Maria/Dreamstime)
  2. Take a spin on Miami's public bike sharing program,Citi Bike Miami (operated by Deco Bike Miami), for a spin, and rent a bike anywhere from 30-minutes to a full day. 30-minute passes are available for $4; one-hour passes for $6; two-hour passes for $10, four-hour passes for $18; and one-day passes are available for $24.

    (Felix Mizioznikov/Dreamstime)
  3. Stake out the perfect spot on any of Miami Beach's seven miles of sand. The best part: it's free.

    (Courtesy of the Miami Beach Visitor and Convention Authority)
  4. Chicago is home to a number of free art and music festivals on Labor Day weekend.

    (Bagiuiani Constantin/Dreamstime)
  5. The 37th annual Chicago Jazz Festival takes place this year from Sept. 3rd to Sept. 6th at the Chicago Cultural Center in Millennium Park.

    (Courtesy afloden/Flickr)
  6. Airfares to this sizzling U.S. island (no passport required!) are around $445 for Labor Day travel. Sound good?

    (Courtesy Dreamstime)
  7. Spend some time exploring Puerto Rico at your own pace with this travel package to San Juan that includes ocean view accommodations at La Concha Resort, a Renaissance Resort located in San Juan's trendy Condado neighborhood. You'll also get daily breakfast for two at the resort's Ocean Café Restaurant among other perks, from $186 a night.

    (Courtesy La Concha Resort)
  8. This Labor Day weekend, pay a visit to one of New Jersey's many beachside waterparks, like Raging Waters at Morey's Piers in Wildwood, for a fun way to cool off in the hot summer sun.

    (Courtesy Morey's Piers & Beachfront Waterparks)
  9. Spend the long weekend blissfully floating down the lazy river at Morey's Piers & Beachfront Waterparks, Raging Waters, in Wildwood, New Jersey.

    (Courtesy Morey's Piers & Beachfront Waterparks)
  10. Take on adrenaline-pumping attractions like WipeOut! at the Ocean Oasis Waterpark & Beach Club at Morey's Piers.

    (Courtesy Morey's Piers & Beachfront Waterparks)
  11. Washington D.C. is home to a number of free concerts over Labor Day weekend.

    (Vacclav/Dreamstime)
  12. Each year on the Sunday of Labor Day weekend, the National Symphony Orchestra performs a free concert for the public on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol at 8 p.m.

    (Courtesy Andrew Bossi/Wikimedia Commons)
  13. Want to enjoy the great outdoors during your long weekend? Consider renting a kayak or canoe from the Thompson Boat Center for a totally different view of the city from the Potomac.

    (Kippy Spilker/Dreamstime)
  14. A three-day weekend in Paris? Yes, you can! In fact, Budget Travel Senior Editor Jamie Beckman just did it. Find a neighborhood that you like, book a comfortable hotel, and relax—don’t overschedule and you’ll enjoy exploring on foot, visiting green spaces, and soaking up the romance.

    (Courtesy Dreamstime)
  15. Though average airfares from the U.S. to Paris are around $1,063 right now, WOW airlines has round-trip flights to Paris out of Boston and Washington, D.C., starting at about $384 after taxes.

    (Courtesy Dreamstime)
  16. Enjoy live music with an impressive fireworks display over Lake Tahoe Sunday night starting at 8:30 p.m.

    (Courtesy Amazing Imagery by Kurtis Rix)
  17. On Saturday, Sept. 5th, you'll have the opportunity to board one of South Shore's two Mississippi paddlewheeler boats, California's Tahoe Queen or Nevada's M.S. Dixie II, for the 23rd annual Great Lake Tahoe Sternwheeler Race, a unique only-in-Tahoe experience.

    (Courtesy ScottSchrantz/Flickr)
  18. Cheer runners on from the sidelines as they compete in the third annual Heavenly Mountain Run, racing from the California Base Lodge at 6,565-feet all the way up to the Tamarack Lodge at 9,150-feet.

    (Courtesy Heavenly Mountain Resort)
  19. Another notable weekend event is the 6th annual Sample the Sierra Festival on Sept. 6th from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Bijou Community Park, where you can sample fresh farm-to-table food and wine creations by local chefs and farmers.

    (Courtesy Dan Thrift)
  20. The calm before the storm: This year, more than 20 bands will take the stage in Virginia Beach for the Verizon Wireless American Music Festival, playing all kinds of music—rock and roll, jazz, blues, country, and R&B—by local, regional, and national bands.

    (Mvogel/Dreamstime)
  21. Those seeking a more active vacation can sign up for the Rock 'n' Roll Virginia Beach Half-Marathon, a race through the streets of the city on Sunday, Sept. 6th, that raises money for St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital.

    (Courtesy of the Virginia Tourism Corporation)
  22. Baseball lovers can watch the Daytona Tortugas play ball on Sept. 4th, 5th, and 6th at the Jackie Robinson Ballpark, where dogs are welcome and the kids will have a chance to run the bases—don't miss their fireworks show Saturday night.

    (Courtesy Daytona Beach Area Convention and Visitors Bureau)
  23. Labor Day is more commonly referred to as Park City Miner's Day in this part of Utah—a tradition dating all the way back to 1898.

    (Courtesy Vicki Gaebe)
  24. Each year there's a celebration in honor of the area's rich mining heritage, complete with a community pancake breakfast, live music, races and games for the kids, the Funky 5K Fun Run, and the annual Miner's Day Parade down Historic Main Street.

    (Courtesy Vicki Gaebe)
  25. This is Historic Main Street in Park City, Utah, home of the Running of the Balls, an event held each year on Labor Day.

    (Courtesy Posi66/Wikimedia Commons)
  26. If you’ve got little ones, LEGOLAND is like Paris for kids—always a good idea. With fun rides, hands-on activities, and a hotel that feels like it’s built out of those iconic colorful blocks, the theme park’s So. Cal and Florida locations are a fun way to say bye-bye to summer.

    (Courtesy Dreamstime)
  27. If you purchase LEGOLAND dollars (now available on the TravelEx currency exchange) through Labor Day you’ll get free parking, free admission to the park’s water park, and a free order of the theme park’s famous Granny’s Apple Fries.

    (Courtesy Dreamstime)

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