Best Last-Minute Memorial Day Getaways

The only thing better than celebrating Memorial Day with parades and barbeques is booking a weekend getaway. It’s also the perfect way to kick off the unofficial start of summer after the long, cold winter we had. Whether you wish to stay local or explore the East Coast, these six spots have you covered with fun and scenic views.

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Cape Cod, Massachusetts

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Cape Cod is a great place to get in touch with your outdoorsy side. The water may not yet be warm enough for a swim, but visitors can take a leisurely stroll along one of the many beautiful beaches, participate in beach games and visit some of the region’s lighthouses. The High Pointe Inn is a gorgeous place to stay during your visit. It overlooks Cape Cod Bay, has stunning garden suites and a breakfast spread fit for a king. Not to mention, if guests book a two-night stay in May or June they save 10 percent. Click to book

Montauk

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One of Long Islanders favorite spots to kick off summer is Montauk. Between the lighthouse, state parks, beautiful beaches and delicious restaurants, there is no shortage of tranquility. Gurney’s Resort and Seawater Spa is the perfect place to unwind as it is situated on a pristine 2,000-foot private beach. Lounge on a king-size daybed in the sun or take a dip in the ocean inside—Gurney’s indoor pool uses local seawater that has been filtered and heated. Click to book

Atlantic City, New Jersey

Known as the “Las Vegas of the East,” Atlantic City has a reputation for its casinos (slot machines, cards, the whole nine yards!). But the iconic boardwalk can be just as thrilling with family-friendly rides and delicious places to eat. In the spirit of the holiday there’s also the Bradley Beach Memorial Day Parade, Atlantic Highlands Memorial Day Parade and Beach Haven Memorial Day Parade, all of which include firework displays. Click to book

Charleston, South Carolina

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Home of the world-famous Spoleta Festival, which runs for two weeks starting the Friday before Memorial Day, Charleston is filled with various arts and music related fun. Think opera, theater and dance and chamber, symphonic, choral and jazz music. Visitors can also enjoy the town’s famous horse-drawn carriage rides and strolls through the colorful gardens. Click to book

Atlanta, Georgia

There are many things that make this destination a great choice for a Memorial Day getaway (world-class restaurants, a hip nightlife and sporting events), but the Atlanta Jazz Festival (May 26-27) is one of the best. This event fills Piedmont Park with music featuring both jazz legends and up-and-coming artists. Explore the park and visit vendors showcasing some of the city’s finest arts and crafts and food and drinks. Click to book

Surfside, Florida

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Many people may be heading to Miami for the weekend, but Surfside is a great option for those looking for a more relaxing weekend. The beach town has remained under the radar compared to some of South Florida’s more lively destinations. Sit by the pool, indulge in some delicious meals or go shopping in an area renowned for its luxury retail offerings. Plus, The Surf Club at the Four Seasons Hotel is offering a complimentary fourth night, making Memorial Day Weekend bookings even more appealing. Click to book