After the new year, everyone heads back to work and school without an end in sight. For those of us who are not lucky enough to have a spring break any more, there is very little to look forward to. If you are able to make it to May then you begin to see the light at the end of the tunnel. With May comes the first holiday weekend and the official beginning of summer. Memorial Day is a great three-day weekend for you and the family to get away for a while and for the nation to come together to celebrate all of those individuals who have fought for and protected everything that we treasure in our country. If you are going to celebrate the holiday there are few places that are always a fan favorite.
If you are looking for sand and sun what better place to go than Miami? Miami is one of Florida’s most culturally diverse cities and offers tourists great beaches, food, and nightlife. For those that are looking for the sand, sun, and surf then head to South Beach. South Beach is known for great surfing and for spotting celebrities hanging out. Looking for a great place to stay? Well then the place to be is on Ocean Drive. Here you will get to see some of the most iconic hotels and transport yourself into the past. Miami is known for having a rich Cuban heritage, and the best place to experience it is to head off to Little Havana. Here you will get a taste of the cuisine and their culture. Though you might be with the family, still find a little time to get away and hit up the nightlife. Many of the clubs are celebrity hotspots so be ready to impress.
With the beginning of summer comes the heat. If you are looking for a place that you can escape to, then head to New York. The city offers tourists everything that they could possibly need on one small island. While in New York you can choose to see the sights or head off to enjoy all the shopping that the city can offer. Remember to pace yourself though, with all that you can do in New York it is easy to get overwhelmed. Only in this city can you have lunch in China and then dinner in Italy. There is history on every corner and a busy atmosphere that will make sure that you understand why it is the “city that never sleeps.”
Texas is probably the last state that you would think to see on our list of places to go for the long weekend, but don’t discount the state or the cities that it has to offer. San Antonio is one of the most culturally diverse cities in the whole state. While in the city you can enjoy all the history that it has to offer. Take a tour of the Alamo and learn about how the Mexican forces beat the Texans on their epic road to independence. Afterwards you can enjoy a nice stroll along the Riverwalk and enjoy the best food and shopping that the city can offer. If you want to get away from the city, you can also enjoy the hill country views will lots to see and lakes to enjoy.
Since this holiday is all about celebrating the brave lives that have fought to defend our country, what better way to honor them then to head to Washington D.C.? This city is full of tourist spots to learn about our government and to celebrate those in past wars. When you tour the city you will be able to take a dive back into the past and then celebrate everything about our world today. If you are in love with history then you will want to check out The Martin Luther King, Jr, Lincoln, and Thomas Jefferson memorials along with the Washington monument. Each has something separate to offer tourists. If you have been to Washington D.C. before and seen them already or if monuments are not your thing, then you can always head over to the National Mall. Don’t expect to get much shopping done though; this mall is full of museums and other historic sites to check out. Home of the Smithsonian, the National Mall, will provide you with lots of art, landscaping, and even archives to spend your hours poring over. While you are in the city don’t forget to take pictures at the Capital and the White House before heading off to enjoy the local cuisine.