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Last-Minute Labor Day Getaways

Last-Minute Labor Day Getaways

Summer is almost over, but procrastinators and the budget-conscious still have a chance to plan an inexpensive Labor Day weekend getaway.

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Last year, 25 percent of hotel bookings for stays over Labor Day weekend were booked the day before or the same day as check-in, according to travel site Expedia.com. And it seems that procrastinating paid off, because customers who booked one day before paid, on average, 11 percent less than customers who booked a hotel one week prior to their intended check-in date.

Need inspiration for Labor Day getaway destinations? Atlanta, Philadelphia, and Charlotte, N.C., are recording higher demand according to Expedia, but for those who are looking for quieter options that won’t break the bank, Expedia suggests Denver, which has, at $120 a night, some of the lowest rates in the country, and Myrtle Beach, S.C., which has lower-than-average occupancy rates.

Along with Atlanta and Orlando, Las Vegas, New York, Chicago, Anaheim, Calif., New Orleans, and Dallas are some of the most popular destinations for the holiday weekend, according to Orbitz. For those seeking an overseas trip, London and Dublin are in the top 10 destination picks, and average hotel rates have dropped this year from $208 to $171 a night in London and $141 to $139 in Dublin. Airfare to both destinations has also dropped from $958 to $944 to London and $941 to $932 to Dublin.

The Bahamas topped Travelocity’s list of the Top 10 Up-and-Coming Labor Day Destinations, but you’ll have to book by Aug. 20 to take advantage of the travel booking website’s $350 instant savings promotion on air-inclusive packages of six nights or longer to the Bahamas.

Other top destinations include Vancouver, Madrid, the Dominica Republic, Dublin, and Toronto, which all topped the list ahead of domestic destinations like Raleigh-Durham, N.C., Madison, Wis., Savannah, Ga., and Burlington, Vt.

No matter where you choose to spend the three-day weekend, The Daily Meal has dozens of inspiring trips to ensure your last weekend of summer is memorable.

Lauren Mack is the Travel Editor at The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @lmack.


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It's not too late to book a Labor Day Weekend getaway. Here are 8 options for a last-minute vacation, whether you're craving the city, the country or a few more beach days before the season is over.

Asbury Park, New Jersey

Just over an hour or so outside of Manhattan, this town on the Jersey Shore has been experiencing a cultural revival. Asbury Ocean Club, the Jersey Shore's first luxury boutique hotel, opened this summer and offers luxury loft and suite accommodations, an in-house spa and a pool terrace with a waterfront bar. Nearby, Asbury Lanes is a bowling alley that has been totally redone to house a music venue, and The Stone Pony is where Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi got their starts.

Huron, South Dakota

South Dakota's vast fields of sunflowers and majestic mountains are especially beautiful in late summer, but that's not the only reason to visit: the South Dakota State Fair takes place August 29-September 2, with agricultural events, a carnival midway and performances by The Beach Boys and Little Big Town. The Crossroads Hotel-Huron Event Center and The Best Western of Huron are hotels close to the fair.


The 3-Day Getaway: Last-Minute Labor Day Vacation Ideas

This story was written in collaboration withForbes Finds. Forbes Finds covers products and experiences we think you’ll love. Featured products are independently selected and linked to for your convenience. If you buy something using a link on this page, Forbes may receive a small share of that sale.

It's not too late to book a Labor Day Weekend getaway. Here are 8 options for a last-minute vacation, whether you're craving the city, the country or a few more beach days before the season is over.

Asbury Park, New Jersey

Just over an hour or so outside of Manhattan, this town on the Jersey Shore has been experiencing a cultural revival. Asbury Ocean Club, the Jersey Shore's first luxury boutique hotel, opened this summer and offers luxury loft and suite accommodations, an in-house spa and a pool terrace with a waterfront bar. Nearby, Asbury Lanes is a bowling alley that has been totally redone to house a music venue, and The Stone Pony is where Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi got their starts.

Huron, South Dakota

South Dakota's vast fields of sunflowers and majestic mountains are especially beautiful in late summer, but that's not the only reason to visit: the South Dakota State Fair takes place August 29-September 2, with agricultural events, a carnival midway and performances by The Beach Boys and Little Big Town. The Crossroads Hotel-Huron Event Center and The Best Western of Huron are hotels close to the fair.


The 3-Day Getaway: Last-Minute Labor Day Vacation Ideas

This story was written in collaboration withForbes Finds. Forbes Finds covers products and experiences we think you’ll love. Featured products are independently selected and linked to for your convenience. If you buy something using a link on this page, Forbes may receive a small share of that sale.

It's not too late to book a Labor Day Weekend getaway. Here are 8 options for a last-minute vacation, whether you're craving the city, the country or a few more beach days before the season is over.

Asbury Park, New Jersey

Just over an hour or so outside of Manhattan, this town on the Jersey Shore has been experiencing a cultural revival. Asbury Ocean Club, the Jersey Shore's first luxury boutique hotel, opened this summer and offers luxury loft and suite accommodations, an in-house spa and a pool terrace with a waterfront bar. Nearby, Asbury Lanes is a bowling alley that has been totally redone to house a music venue, and The Stone Pony is where Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi got their starts.

Huron, South Dakota

South Dakota's vast fields of sunflowers and majestic mountains are especially beautiful in late summer, but that's not the only reason to visit: the South Dakota State Fair takes place August 29-September 2, with agricultural events, a carnival midway and performances by The Beach Boys and Little Big Town. The Crossroads Hotel-Huron Event Center and The Best Western of Huron are hotels close to the fair.


The 3-Day Getaway: Last-Minute Labor Day Vacation Ideas

This story was written in collaboration withForbes Finds. Forbes Finds covers products and experiences we think you’ll love. Featured products are independently selected and linked to for your convenience. If you buy something using a link on this page, Forbes may receive a small share of that sale.

It's not too late to book a Labor Day Weekend getaway. Here are 8 options for a last-minute vacation, whether you're craving the city, the country or a few more beach days before the season is over.

Asbury Park, New Jersey

Just over an hour or so outside of Manhattan, this town on the Jersey Shore has been experiencing a cultural revival. Asbury Ocean Club, the Jersey Shore's first luxury boutique hotel, opened this summer and offers luxury loft and suite accommodations, an in-house spa and a pool terrace with a waterfront bar. Nearby, Asbury Lanes is a bowling alley that has been totally redone to house a music venue, and The Stone Pony is where Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi got their starts.

Huron, South Dakota

South Dakota's vast fields of sunflowers and majestic mountains are especially beautiful in late summer, but that's not the only reason to visit: the South Dakota State Fair takes place August 29-September 2, with agricultural events, a carnival midway and performances by The Beach Boys and Little Big Town. The Crossroads Hotel-Huron Event Center and The Best Western of Huron are hotels close to the fair.


The 3-Day Getaway: Last-Minute Labor Day Vacation Ideas

This story was written in collaboration withForbes Finds. Forbes Finds covers products and experiences we think you’ll love. Featured products are independently selected and linked to for your convenience. If you buy something using a link on this page, Forbes may receive a small share of that sale.

It's not too late to book a Labor Day Weekend getaway. Here are 8 options for a last-minute vacation, whether you're craving the city, the country or a few more beach days before the season is over.

Asbury Park, New Jersey

Just over an hour or so outside of Manhattan, this town on the Jersey Shore has been experiencing a cultural revival. Asbury Ocean Club, the Jersey Shore's first luxury boutique hotel, opened this summer and offers luxury loft and suite accommodations, an in-house spa and a pool terrace with a waterfront bar. Nearby, Asbury Lanes is a bowling alley that has been totally redone to house a music venue, and The Stone Pony is where Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi got their starts.

Huron, South Dakota

South Dakota's vast fields of sunflowers and majestic mountains are especially beautiful in late summer, but that's not the only reason to visit: the South Dakota State Fair takes place August 29-September 2, with agricultural events, a carnival midway and performances by The Beach Boys and Little Big Town. The Crossroads Hotel-Huron Event Center and The Best Western of Huron are hotels close to the fair.


The 3-Day Getaway: Last-Minute Labor Day Vacation Ideas

This story was written in collaboration withForbes Finds. Forbes Finds covers products and experiences we think you’ll love. Featured products are independently selected and linked to for your convenience. If you buy something using a link on this page, Forbes may receive a small share of that sale.

It's not too late to book a Labor Day Weekend getaway. Here are 8 options for a last-minute vacation, whether you're craving the city, the country or a few more beach days before the season is over.

Asbury Park, New Jersey

Just over an hour or so outside of Manhattan, this town on the Jersey Shore has been experiencing a cultural revival. Asbury Ocean Club, the Jersey Shore's first luxury boutique hotel, opened this summer and offers luxury loft and suite accommodations, an in-house spa and a pool terrace with a waterfront bar. Nearby, Asbury Lanes is a bowling alley that has been totally redone to house a music venue, and The Stone Pony is where Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi got their starts.

Huron, South Dakota

South Dakota's vast fields of sunflowers and majestic mountains are especially beautiful in late summer, but that's not the only reason to visit: the South Dakota State Fair takes place August 29-September 2, with agricultural events, a carnival midway and performances by The Beach Boys and Little Big Town. The Crossroads Hotel-Huron Event Center and The Best Western of Huron are hotels close to the fair.


The 3-Day Getaway: Last-Minute Labor Day Vacation Ideas

This story was written in collaboration withForbes Finds. Forbes Finds covers products and experiences we think you’ll love. Featured products are independently selected and linked to for your convenience. If you buy something using a link on this page, Forbes may receive a small share of that sale.

It's not too late to book a Labor Day Weekend getaway. Here are 8 options for a last-minute vacation, whether you're craving the city, the country or a few more beach days before the season is over.

Asbury Park, New Jersey

Just over an hour or so outside of Manhattan, this town on the Jersey Shore has been experiencing a cultural revival. Asbury Ocean Club, the Jersey Shore's first luxury boutique hotel, opened this summer and offers luxury loft and suite accommodations, an in-house spa and a pool terrace with a waterfront bar. Nearby, Asbury Lanes is a bowling alley that has been totally redone to house a music venue, and The Stone Pony is where Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi got their starts.

Huron, South Dakota

South Dakota's vast fields of sunflowers and majestic mountains are especially beautiful in late summer, but that's not the only reason to visit: the South Dakota State Fair takes place August 29-September 2, with agricultural events, a carnival midway and performances by The Beach Boys and Little Big Town. The Crossroads Hotel-Huron Event Center and The Best Western of Huron are hotels close to the fair.


The 3-Day Getaway: Last-Minute Labor Day Vacation Ideas

This story was written in collaboration withForbes Finds. Forbes Finds covers products and experiences we think you’ll love. Featured products are independently selected and linked to for your convenience. If you buy something using a link on this page, Forbes may receive a small share of that sale.

It's not too late to book a Labor Day Weekend getaway. Here are 8 options for a last-minute vacation, whether you're craving the city, the country or a few more beach days before the season is over.

Asbury Park, New Jersey

Just over an hour or so outside of Manhattan, this town on the Jersey Shore has been experiencing a cultural revival. Asbury Ocean Club, the Jersey Shore's first luxury boutique hotel, opened this summer and offers luxury loft and suite accommodations, an in-house spa and a pool terrace with a waterfront bar. Nearby, Asbury Lanes is a bowling alley that has been totally redone to house a music venue, and The Stone Pony is where Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi got their starts.

Huron, South Dakota

South Dakota's vast fields of sunflowers and majestic mountains are especially beautiful in late summer, but that's not the only reason to visit: the South Dakota State Fair takes place August 29-September 2, with agricultural events, a carnival midway and performances by The Beach Boys and Little Big Town. The Crossroads Hotel-Huron Event Center and The Best Western of Huron are hotels close to the fair.


The 3-Day Getaway: Last-Minute Labor Day Vacation Ideas

This story was written in collaboration withForbes Finds. Forbes Finds covers products and experiences we think you’ll love. Featured products are independently selected and linked to for your convenience. If you buy something using a link on this page, Forbes may receive a small share of that sale.

It's not too late to book a Labor Day Weekend getaway. Here are 8 options for a last-minute vacation, whether you're craving the city, the country or a few more beach days before the season is over.

Asbury Park, New Jersey

Just over an hour or so outside of Manhattan, this town on the Jersey Shore has been experiencing a cultural revival. Asbury Ocean Club, the Jersey Shore's first luxury boutique hotel, opened this summer and offers luxury loft and suite accommodations, an in-house spa and a pool terrace with a waterfront bar. Nearby, Asbury Lanes is a bowling alley that has been totally redone to house a music venue, and The Stone Pony is where Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi got their starts.

Huron, South Dakota

South Dakota's vast fields of sunflowers and majestic mountains are especially beautiful in late summer, but that's not the only reason to visit: the South Dakota State Fair takes place August 29-September 2, with agricultural events, a carnival midway and performances by The Beach Boys and Little Big Town. The Crossroads Hotel-Huron Event Center and The Best Western of Huron are hotels close to the fair.


The 3-Day Getaway: Last-Minute Labor Day Vacation Ideas

This story was written in collaboration withForbes Finds. Forbes Finds covers products and experiences we think you’ll love. Featured products are independently selected and linked to for your convenience. If you buy something using a link on this page, Forbes may receive a small share of that sale.

It's not too late to book a Labor Day Weekend getaway. Here are 8 options for a last-minute vacation, whether you're craving the city, the country or a few more beach days before the season is over.

Asbury Park, New Jersey

Just over an hour or so outside of Manhattan, this town on the Jersey Shore has been experiencing a cultural revival. Asbury Ocean Club, the Jersey Shore's first luxury boutique hotel, opened this summer and offers luxury loft and suite accommodations, an in-house spa and a pool terrace with a waterfront bar. Nearby, Asbury Lanes is a bowling alley that has been totally redone to house a music venue, and The Stone Pony is where Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi got their starts.

Huron, South Dakota

South Dakota's vast fields of sunflowers and majestic mountains are especially beautiful in late summer, but that's not the only reason to visit: the South Dakota State Fair takes place August 29-September 2, with agricultural events, a carnival midway and performances by The Beach Boys and Little Big Town. The Crossroads Hotel-Huron Event Center and The Best Western of Huron are hotels close to the fair.


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