VACATION IDEAS: MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND

Photos: Great Memorial Day Getaways

From Palm Springs to D.C., we've rounded up 12 convenient Memorial Day escapes from coast to coast to ensure that you spend more time enjoying your blues festival (or pool party) than you do deciding where to go.

  1. Though other parts of California will be in the midst of "May Gray" and "June Gloom," Palm Springs is almost always sunny over Memorial Day.

    (Courtesy Palm Springs Bureau of Tourism)
  2. Palm Springs also makes a great base camp for exploring the striking desert landscape of Joshua Tree National Park through hikes, mountain biking, or rock climbing.

    (Courtesy b2squared/myBudgetTravel)
  3. Don't miss a scenic ride on the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, one of Budget Travel's most beautiful cable car rides.

    (Courtesy bossco/Flickr)
  4. As you might guess, D.C. is the most patriotic place to celebrate the holiday with a parade and plenty of pomp and circumstance taking place during special military ceremonies.

    (Courtesy vicnaire/myBudgetTravel)
  5. The color guard before the Memorial Day Parade in Washington D.C.

    (Courtesy Capitol Concerts)
  6. Don't miss the National Memorial Day Concert Sunday, May 25, on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol from 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., an event that is televised on PBS each year.

    (Courtesy Capitol Concerts)
  7. Memorial Day weekend in Las Vegas is one of the busiest times of the year, along with New Year's Eve. Parties held around the resorts' elaborate pools are the big events, and become daylight nightclubs with DJs, drink carts, bottle service, cabanas and more.

    (Courtesy Glenn Pinkerton/Las Vegas News Bureau)
  8. Grab a chair at the posh Venus Pool Club at Caesars Palace to get in on the action. Ladies always get in free, while admission is free for men on Thursday, with reduced rates before 2 p.m. Friday thru Sunday.

    (Courtesy Caesars Palace)
  9. This year, Chesterfield Ampitheater will host the Bluesweek Festival Saturday and Sunday, with performances by musicians including blues legend Otis Clay—admission to the Festival Zone and Bunge BBQ Blast is free; tickets to the ampitheater shows are $10 when ordered online, $15 when purchased the day of the show.

    (Courtesy Entertainment Saint Louis)
  10. Head to the Schlafly Tap Room in St. Louis on Saturday, May 24, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for Pork Shop, a combination community garage sale and neighborhood bar-b-que, featuring local pork and plenty of Schlafly beer.

    (Courtesy Schlafly Tap Room)
  11. Contrary to popular belief, Atlantic City was not hit hard by hurricane Sandy in 2012 and was back on its feet within a week of the storm. The area continues to bounce back post-Sandy with new openings and events along its iconic stretch of New Jersey coastline.

    (Courtesy The Atlantic City Alliance)
  12. Steel Pier is open for business as well. The popular oceanside amusement park debuted eight new rides last summer.

    (Courtesy The Atlantic City Alliance)
  13. Memorial Day kicks off boating season in Austin. This time of year visitors can expect plenty of sunshine and temperatures in the 80s. Here, a look at the city's lakefront.

    (Courtesy Stewart Seeger/Flickr)
  14. This family is boating on Lake Travis in Austin. To get in on the action, check out Austin's REI store's schedule of events to find out what classes and events are on offer this weekend.

    (Courtesy Austin Convention & Visitors Bureau)
  15. Things get started at the CapTexTri with a swim at Lady Bird Lake before athletes break out the bikes for a race through Austin, leading up to a foot race around the southern part of the lake.

    (Courtesy Austin Convention & Visitors Bureau)
  16. Charleston, South Carolina is a city that is known as much for high art and history as it is southern charm. The plantation house in the above photo, called Drayton Hall, is a living example of Georgian-Palladian architecture.

    (Courtesy BlackburnPhoto/Flickr)
  17. Treat yourself to a carriage ride through the historic streets of Charleston.

    (Courtesy Charleston CVB)
  18. The world-renowned Spoleto Festival starts its two-week run in South Carolina over Memorial Day weekend, filling the historic city's theaters, churches, and outdoor spaces with opera, theater, jazz, symphonies, choruses, and visual arts. The finale is celebrated with fireworks.

    (Courtesy William Struhs/Spoleto Festival)
  19. Over Memorial Day weekend, more than 30 wineries and tasting rooms in the scenic Columbia Gorge area of Oregon will be holding open houses featuring such events as barrel tastings and concerts. At Maryhill Winery (shown), patrons gather around the outdoor amphitheater.

    (Courtesy Maryhill Winery)
  20. Looking East up the Columbia River Gorge, from Crown Point in Oregon.

    (Courtesy Hux/Wikimedia Commons)
  21. Scenic waterfalls such as this one are common in Columbia River Gorge.

    (Courtesy ofoncz/Wikimedia Commons)
  22. The Downtown Denver Arts Festival kicks off its 16th year on Friday, May 23, hosting more than 135 local artists from all over the state. The free festival lasts all weekend at the Denver Performing Arts Complex, and everything from 3D mixed media to jewelry to photography will be featured.

    (Courtesy Downtown Denver Arts Festival)
  23. The Downtown Denver skyline lights up at night.

    (Courtesy Larry Johnson/Flickr)
  24. After a brief hiatus last year, Fleet Week in New York City is BACK! You'll be able to see military band concerts, aerial demonstrations by the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps, and search and rescue demonstrations by the U.S. Coast Guard, and tour the ships at Pier 92 in Manhattan and at The Sullivans Pier in Staten Island.

    (Courtesy DVIDSHUB/Flickr)
  25. The Joint Color Guard leads the Brooklyn Memorial Day Parade down Third Avenue.

    (Courtesy United Military Veterans of Kings County)
  26. The Brooklyn Memorial Day Parade starts at 11 A.M., runs along 3rd Ave. towards Marine Avenue, and continues to 4th Ave. before making its way to John Paul Jones Park for a ceremony in honor of those who have paid the ultimate price for our freedom.

    (Courtesy United Military Veterans of Kings County)
  27. The Atlanta Jazz Festival turns 37 this year and fills the Piedmont Park area with music from May 23 through 25.

    (Courtesy Hatchett Marketing & PR)
  28. The Atlanta Jazz Festival normally brings in 225,000 attendees over the three-day weekend. Kid-friendly activities like face painting and balloon art take place by the playground near the stage, while the live music plays from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday through Sunday.

    (Courtesy Hatchett Marketing & PR)
  29. A closer look at the carvings on Stone Mountain in Stone Mountain Park, Georgia, just a 35 minute drive from downtown Atlanta.

    (Courtesy jimbowen0306/Flickr)
  30. Fans of AMC's hit show, The Walking Dead, will love the Zombie Run on May 24th, a 3.1-mile obstacle course at Durhamtown Plantation that participants (who register as either humans or zombies) must conquer over the course of the day.

    (Courtesy Zombie Run)
  31. The Best of the Best Concert is a 10-hour long music extravaganza starting at 2 p.m. in downtown Miami's Bayfront Park. General admission tickets start at $54 per person.

    (Courtesy Best of the Best Concert)
  32. Crowds take over Miami's Bayfront Park during the Best of the Best Concert.

    (Courtesy Best of the Best Concert)

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