12 Best-Ever Memorial Day Getaways

A view of Palm Springs, CaliforniaJoshua Tree National Park near Palm Springs in CaliforniaView from the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway in CaliforniaNational Mall in Washington D.C.Memorial Day Parade color guard in Washington D.C.Capitol Concert in Washington D.C.Signs along the Las Vegas stripThe Venus Pool Club at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, NevadaAn aerial view of Atlantic CitySteel Pier in Atlantic CityGateway Arch in St. Louis, MissouriView from the st. louis arch in missouriLakefront in Austin, TexasBoating on Lake Travis in Austin, TexasRunners complete during the CapTexTriDrayton Hall in Charleston, South CarolinaHorse and carriage ride in Charleston, South CarolinaSpoleto Festival in Charleston, South CarolinaMaryhill Winery in Columbia River Gorge, OregonA view of the Columbia River Gorge from Crown Point in OregonA view of a waterfall in Oregon's Columbia River GorgeDowntown Denver Arts FestivalDowntown Denver skylineMarines view the Statue of Liberty during Fleet Week in New York City, 2011.Brooklyn Memorial Day Parade, Brooklyn, New YorkBrooklyn Memorial Day Parade, Brooklyn, New YorkAtlanta Jazz Festival, Atlanta, GeorgiaAtlanta Jazz Festival, Atlanta, GeorgiaClose up of the carvings in Stone Mountain Park, Stone Mountain, GeorgiaBest of the Best Concert in Miami, FloridaBicentennial Park, Miami, Florida
1 / 33 Photos
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
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.
Don't miss a scenic ride on the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, one of Budget Travel's most beautiful cable car rides.
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.
The color guard before the Memorial Day Parade in Washington D.C.
Courtesy Capitol Concerts
Don't miss the National Memorial Day Concert Sunday, May 29, on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol from 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., an event that is free to the public (gates open at 5 p.m.) and televised on PBS each year.
Courtesy Capitol Concerts
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
Grab a chair at the posh Venus Pool Club at Caesars Palace to get in on the action. Guests always get in free, while admission is $25 if you're not staying at the hotel.
Courtesy Caesars Palace
Contrary to popular belief, Atlantic City was not hit hard by hurricane Sandy back 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
Steel Pier is open for business as well. The popular oceanside amusement park debuted eight new rides in 2013.
Courtesy The Atlantic City Alliance
St. Louis, Missouri: Don't miss the largest flea market in the Midwest, Gypsy Caravan, an annual Memorial Day event organized for the 44th year by the St. Louis Symphony Volunteer Association. General admission between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. is $10; Early Bird tickets for early access to sales between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. are $20.
View from the top of the iconic Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri.
Courtesy dlj668/myBudgetTravel
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.
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
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
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.
Treat yourself to a carriage ride through the historic streets of Charleston.
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
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
Looking East up the Columbia River Gorge, from Crown Point in Oregon.
Scenic waterfalls such as this one are common in Columbia River Gorge.
The Downtown Denver Arts Festival kicks off its 18th year on Saturday, June 18, hosting local artists from all over the state. The free festival lasts all weekend at Stapleton's Northfield Area, and everything from 3D mixed media to jewelry to photography will be featured.
Courtesy Downtown Denver Arts Festival
The Downtown Denver skyline lights up at night.
Don't miss Fleet Week in New York City, a Memorial Day weekend tradition. 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.
The Joint Color Guard leads the Brooklyn Memorial Day Parade down Third Avenue.
Courtesy United Military Veterans of Kings County
The parade starts at 11 A.M. on 78th St. and Third Ave., runs along 3rd Avenue toward 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
The Atlanta Jazz Festival turns 39 this year and fills the Piedmont Park area with music from May 27 through 29.
Courtesy Hatchett Marketing & PR
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 Friday night through Sunday.
Courtesy Hatchett Marketing & PR
Don't miss Memorial Day fireworks and the Lasershow Spectacular in Mountainvision at Stone Mountain Park, just a 35-minute drive from downtown Atlanta.
Courtesy Stone Mountain Park
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 $57 per person when ordered online.
Courtesy Best of the Best Concert
Crowds take over Miami's Bayfront Park during the Best of the Best Concert.
Courtesy Best of the Best Concert
Courtesy Entertainment Saint Louis

No plans for Memorial Day weekend? No prob: There's still time to nab one of these dreamy escapes (from Palm Springs to D.C.) that won't break the bank.

Related Content