Labor Day is just around the corner, which means summer is nearly over. We all know what’s coming: sweater weather, shorter days, and the start of school. For many travelers, the three-day holiday weekend represents a last-ditch opportunity to bask in the sunshine and let loose.
Last year, approximately 80 million people embarked on a getaway over Labor Day weekend, and travel experts expect this record to be broken in 2019. If you haven’t booked your Labor Day vacation yet, don’t worry. Some of the best deals are available to those who wait until the eleventh hour.
Here at Vacasa, we try to keep the needs of all of our guests in mind—and yes, that includes our last-minute planners. This one’s for you.
Featured Vacasa home: Newport Oceanfront Estate
Often dubbed the capital of the Oregon Coast, Newport has a lively culture with funky flair. The picturesque Yaquina Bay, Oregon Coast Aquarium, and seabird aviary are just a handful of the unique attractions that draw visitors from across the country.
Featured Vacasa home: The Crimson Pelican at the Highlands
We found that 70 percent of summer travelers are flocking to the beach, so we weren’t shocked that Oregon Coast destinations claimed the top two spots on our list. North of Newport sits Gearhart—a small town with pristine beaches and zero traffic lights.
Featured Vacasa home: West Wing Cabin
Just off the shores of an expansive reservoir, Silverthorne is an intimate mountain community that offers close proximity to iconic hiking trails and parks filled with wildlife. It’s a near-heavenly getaway for travelers seeking outdoor adventure.
Featured Vacasa home: Desert Solstice
For those who don't mind the heat and prefer a luxury vacation, Scottsdale is a great option. The popular city has plenty of spas and golf courses, combined with the natural beauty of desert landscapes and mountain ranges.
Featured Vacasa home: Pelican Beach 1802
Miles of white sand beaches, an exciting boardwalk, and wildlife—what else could you ask for? Labor Day lands just outside of Destin’s peak travel season, so it’s easier to find flights and accommodations at a lower cost.
Featured Vacasa home: Watercrest 1409
A breathtaking oceanfront town along the Gulf of Mexico, Panama City Beach is known for its warm turquoise waters, fishing piers, and Shipwreck Island Water Park. Families, retirees, and young couples alike adore vacationing in Panama City Beach and keep coming back year after year.
Featured Vacasa home: Everness Dawn Retreat
A coveted vacation rental destination all year long, South Lake Tahoe is nestled on the largest alpine lake in North America. With bustling nightlife, water sports, and family activities, South Lake Tahoe has it all.
Featured Vacasa home: Hawthorne District Bungalow
A Pacific Northwest favorite, Portland also made our list of the top 10 most popular summer travel destinations. The city’s mantra is “keep Portland weird,” and it’s celebrated for its artsy culture, craft breweries, and zany-yet-friendly residents.
Featured Vacasa home: Ocean Breeze
We learned that 52% of U.S. summer travelers consider themselves to be chill masters, preferring a more laid-back vacation style. Fort Bragg is made for these individuals, with a relaxed vibe and gorgeous scenery, including a shoreline full of multicolored stones.
Featured Vacasa home: The Shoreline Cottage
Lake Champlain is surrounded by dozens of classic New England towns, all of which are true hidden gems, so we really couldn’t choose just one. If you’re interested in American history and outdoor recreation, Lake Champlain is the Labor Day destination for you.