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Saturday, August 23, 2014

Staycations offer budgeters affordable Labor Day destinations

Labor Day travel does not have to be expensive. Numerous booking agents compile listings of the most popular locations for Labor Day travelers and some of these locations have free venues, affordable sites and fares that cost less.

Although Las Vegas and New York have been among the most popular Labor Day travel destinations in past years, other cities such as Washington D.C. and Chicago offer locals on staycation several affordable options to enjoy the last holiday of the summer season.

This year, Labor Day falls on Monday, September 1st and will mark the 132nd U.S. Labor Day Holiday since the tradition began. This three day holiday gives many vacationers, workers and students a last opportunity to enjoy the summer weather before returning to less travel orientated activities. Since in many other countries Labor Day occurs on different dates, travel plans vary based on seasonality, tradition, and locales.

Las Vegas, Nevada

Las Vegas, Nevada has ranked high as both a Labor Day and Memorial day destination by travel booking firms such as Orbitz. What's more, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, 78 percent of Americans travel between 50 – 249 miles on holidays making Las Vegas a largely South Western Labor Day destination. For those seeking to venture away from the casinos, shows and the NASCAR Speedway,  nearby scenic opportunities are abound in the Grand Canyon.

New York, NY

New York City is a home to the labor movement because in 1882 the city hosted a respite for local workers per National Public Radio. This traditionalizes New York City as a symbolic place to celebrate the holiday. In late August and early September the weather is still quite warm in New York City, and New York is filled with many interesting things to do over a long-weekend. For easterners, it is also a closer and more practical destination point than Las Vegas. New York was ranked among the top five Labor Day Holiday locations by Hotwire.

Chicago, Illinois

Chicago has also been listed among the most booked travel destinations according to Priceline. This was  also  the case for Memorial Day 2012 per PRNewswire. Among the places to visit in Chicago are Millennium Park, Chicago Gardens, and the well renowned Shedd Aquarium. For vacationers without a fear of heights, Willis Tower's Sky Deck offers a spectacular view of the city from nearly 1,343 feet up. Chicago is also known as the home of  deep dish pizza; this pizza is the rival to New York thin crust pizza.

Washington, D.C.

For Washingtonians seeking a “staycation,” or Americans seeking to visit the nation's capital, Washington D.C. has a lot to offer. For baseball fans, the Washington Nationals are leading their division as of late July, and are scheduled to play the Cardinals and the Cubs during Labor Day weekend. The District also has lots of shopping opportunities, historical tours and all kinds of free museums. There is essentially something for everyone in Washington D.C., and for students taking government classes, a trip to D.C. is like fun homework.

San Francisco, CA

Another hot Labor Day weekend destination is San Francisco according to ABC News. San Francisco offers a variable pace, and pleasurable activities such as a hike on Angel Island, or a stunning ferry tour of San Francisco Bay. For those looking to stay in the city, San Francisco has plenty of sites that express its diversity, and honor its rich history including one of the biggest Chinatown's the U.S. has to offer, the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, Haight Ashbury and Union Square.

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