VACATION IDEAS: MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND

Photos: Memorial Day Getaways

Considering a Memorial Day Getaway? We rounded up 12 convenient Memorial Day escapes from coast to coast—click through our slideshow to see how each of these places celebrates this quintessential American holiday.

  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. While most beach seasons are just beginning, Memorial Day marks the end of bearable temps in Palm Springs, so hotels and operators are running specials for the holiday. Dillon Road leads through the desert near Palm Springs to the San Bernardino Mountains.

    (Courtesy Philip James Corwin/CORBIS)
  3. Hot Air Balloons over Palm Springs.

    (Courtesy Galen Rowell/CORBIS)
  4. The pool at The Curve Palm Springs looks tempting doesn't it? Call and mention "Budget Travel" for 20 percent off bookings over Memorial Day weekend.

    (Courtesy The Curve Palm Springs)
  5. 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. Here, the Washington Monument rises above the city's famous cherry trees.

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

    (Courtesy Capitol Concerts)
  7. The Capitol Concert is one of the most popular Memorial Day celebrations in Washington D.C.

    (Courtesy Capitol Concerts)
  8. 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)
  9. 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 Monday thru Thursday, with reduced rates before 2 p.m. Friday thru Sunday.

    (Courtesy Caesars Palace)
  10. This year, Soldier's Memorial Park in St. Louis will host the Bluesweek Festival, free from Friday to Sunday, with performances by over 50 musicians, including blues legend Mavis Staples.

    (Courtesy Entertainment Saint Louis)
  11. Head to the Schlafly Tap Room in St. Louis on Saturday 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)
  12. Contrary to popular belief, Atlantic City was not hit hard by hurricane Sandy last fall 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)
  13. Steel Pier is open for business as well, debuting eight new rides this summer.

    (Courtesy The Atlantic City Alliance)
  14. 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)
  15. 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)
  16. 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)
  17. 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)
  18. A carriage ride through Charleston.

    (Courtesy Charleston CVB)
  19. 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)
  20. 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)
  21. Looking East up the Columbia River Gorge, from Crown Point in Oregon.

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

    (Courtesy ofoncz/Wikimedia Commons)
  23. The Downtown Denver Arts Festival kicks off its 14th year on Friday, May 24, hosting more than 135 local artists from all over the state. The free festival lasts all weekend at Denver Performing Arts Complex, and everything from 3D mixed media to jewelry to photography will be featured.

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

    (Courtesy Larry Johnson/Flickr)
  25. While Fleet Week may be off this year—most likely as a result of the federal sequester budget cuts—Memorial Day Weekend is still a great time to visit the Big Apple for free holiday concerts, films, and parades throughout the five boroughs.

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

    (Courtesy United Military Veterans of Kings County)
  27. The 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)
  28. The Atlanta Jazz Festival turns 36 this year and fills the Piedmont Park area with music from May 25 through 27.

    (Courtesy Hatchett Marketing & PR)
  29. 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. Saturday through Monday.

    (Courtesy Hatchett Marketing & PR)
  30. A closer look at the carvings on Stone Mountain in Stone Mountain Park, Georgia, just a 30 minute drive from downtown Atlanta.

    (Courtesy jimbowen0306/Flickr)
  31. The Best of the Best Concert is a 10-hour long music extravaganza starting at 2 p.m. in downtown Miami's Bicentennial Park. General admission tickets start at $52 per person.

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

    (Courtesy Best of the Best Concert)

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