Ah, Labor Day. The traditional last big hurrah of summer is upon us. Have you been lazy about booking your flights and procrastinated your Labor Day travel plans? Never fear. CheapAir.com is here. There are still a lot of easy, fun trips you can take at a reasonable price. Here are just a few options.
Laid-Back Style in Denver, Colorado
Denver’s popularity year-round is testament to its fantastic weather. In the winter, the proximity to world-class skiing and in summer locals are blessed with amazing hiking, cycling and fishing weather. Denver’s culinary scene is pretty casual – but don’t let its laid-back style fool you. Restaurants are top-notch and the craft beer scene is hopping (pardon the pun). Basically, this town has everything you need to relax and watch the summer wind down in style.
Flights: Fly Phoenix to Denver nonstop on American $272*.
Where to Stay: The Hilton Garden Inn at Cherry Creek is a very reasonable $143/night**, but there are more affordable and luxury options, depending on your budget.
Go Big or Go Home in Dallas, Texas
Dallas more than lives up to its “larger than life” rep in Texas, the state where nothing gets done halfway. World-class shopping and dining, a vibrant club scene, rooftop bars, and hip hotels all combine to make Dallas a much more cosmopolitan town than you might expect from cowboy country. But that’s there too! You can learn to twos-step or ride a mechanical bull if that’s the Texas experience you’re craving.
Flights: Fly Los Angeles to Dallas nonstop on Spirit $121.*
Where to Stay: The Omni Mandalay Hotel at Las Colinas $152/night** is a great value for the money. Tastefully appointed rooms, an outdoor pool, three restaurants and a full service spa are the standard amenities at the Omni.
Variety is the spice of life in Los Angeles
It’s true that tinseltown and the many sandy beaches are the obvious draws to Los Angeles, but there’s a lot more to this historic city than the beach babes and movie stars. Ethnic dining sectors (Koreatown! Highland Park!) coupled with some of the best fine dining in the country will make choosing where to eat an exciting prospect, no matter the meal or time of day (the late night dining scene is stellar). Plus, if you stay downtown you’ll have easy access to Dodger stadium, the hipsters of Silverlake and Echo Park, the Hollywood Bowl and the Greek Theatre (two of the best outdoor concert venues in the world). Try to score one of the LA Philharmonic’s “Master of the Movies” tickets, led by conductor John Williams at the Bowl (yes, that John Williams).
Flights: Fly Seattle to Los Angeles nonstop on United $219.*
Where to Stay: The Westin Bonaventure located downtown $179/night** is a great, moderately priced option and base for exploring the city’s many neighborhoods.
Next level fun in Madrid, Spain
Now, flying to Spain may seem to be quite a hop for a long weekend, but for the lucky ducks living on the east coast it’s a very doable trip! There’s more to see in Madrid than you can hope to tackle in a long weekend, so why not treat this vacation as a “taste” of Spain – an entry point to this fascinating country. The capital hosts some of the best museums in the world – we do recommend a visit to the Prado, if you can squeeze it in to your plans. Madrid is also known for having some of the best clubs and bars in Europe, if not the world. You’ll want to pace yourself if you plan to do it right – keep in mind most Spaniards head out to dinner around nine or ten in the evening.
Flights: Boston to Madrid on American for just $473.*
Where to Stay: The Room Mate Mario $126/night** is a perfectly located budget boutique hotel steps from the Plaza de Isabel II and Royal Theatre. It’s also within walking distance of the Prado. Room Mate Mario is one of the best value hotel properties in the city, outfitted with whimsical décor and excellent reviews on TripAdvisor.
Desert vibes in Tucson, Arizona
Arizona is famous for its sunsets, and you’ll experience some of the best when you visit Tucson. Just 1.5 hours from Phoenix, Tucson is like the scruffy, shaggy cousin to its bigger Sonoran desert relative. There’s a thriving art scene and the proximity of the University of Arizona as well as the Mexican border give Tucson a colorful, diverse feeling not found in other parts of the state. Authentic Mexican cuisine can be found all over the city, as well as traditional Indian fry bread. To top it off, Tucson is home to some of the world’s best spa properties. Delicious Mexican dining and spa services to die for? Where can we sign up?
Flights: Portland to Tucson on United $224.*
Where to Stay: We like the 4-star JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa $219/night** which is nestled in the mountains surrounding the city and is close to Greasewood Park and Sentinel Peak. Pillow top beds, private patios, two outdoor pools and designer toiletries assure relaxed elegance, and you’ll want to make sure to pamper yourself with a visit to the spa, offering a menu of massage and spa treatments.
For more inexpensive Labor Day ideas, check out Where to Go for Labor Day 2017. Happy travels!
*Fares include taxes and fees and are valid as of 8/23/17 on select dates between 09/1/17 and 9/5/17. Lowest fare seats are capacity controlled and may not be available on every airline, flight, or date. Fares subject to change without notice.
**Double accommodation prices for Labor Day weekend dates are current as of publication date, August 23, 2017.