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With the Memorial Day weekend fast approaching, it’s almost the unofficial arrival of summer. After a long and cold winter, this three-day-long extended weekend kicks off the summer vacation season when you can welcome summer in the best way by embarking on a family-friendly vacation destination with family and friends. Whether you would like to sunbathe and relax in sun-kissed beaches or soaking in the culture is your idea of a vacation, take advantage of the long Memorial Day weekend to discover the place you wished to explore for a long time.
Here is the list of 5 offbeat Memorial Day getaways across the country to get the best out of your long weekend. Visit any of these below destinations to indulge in some fun and get the year’s first sunburn.
Catalina Island is a perfect-island gateway for the upcoming long weekend for those looking to unwind in an island retreat dotted with white-sand beaches, swaying palms, luxurious resorts, plenty of watersports opportunities and great seafood. Snorkeling, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, golfing and even gambling in glitzy casinos, you name it, and this place has it. Catalina Island which is a short ferry ride away from Los Angeles is one of the few spots in the country which guarantees a fantastic underwater fun experience. You can go snorkeling in the clean waters studded with an array of marine life here. Rated among the top 10 snorkeling destinations in the world, you’ll be amazed by a rich marine life including eels, sea stars, garibaldi fish and octopuses while snorkeling. A visit to Catalina Island Museum, the Art-Deco landmark and the non-gambling-style Catalina Casino is must while here.
The beautiful forested islands of San Juan scattered throughout the north of Puget Sound in Washington is a great vacation gateway. Take a short flight from Seattle and visit this island paradise where you can enjoy beautiful views of the ocean, a number of farm-to-table restaurants, fantastic art galleries, splendid museums, and chic boutiques. Rent a kayak for a wonderful kayaking session. The beaches of San Juan are best for viewing Orca Whales, seals, sea lions and otters. The island also hosts a small town parade on Memorial Day that’s worth attending and makes this destination even more special.
With its miles of beautiful stretches of beaches, scenic landscapes, historic sites, art galleries and great culinary scene, Cape Cod in Massachusetts is among the top attractions ideal for an extended weekend retreat. Famous for outdoor activities such as golfing and fishing among many others, Cape Cod will keep you enthralled. Go for a swim in the gentle waters surrounding the Cape, enjoy a stroll down the sand, play beach games or head to some of the area’s famous lighthouses; you can do a lot here. Don’t miss out on a guided Botanical Walk at the Bank Street Bogs Nature Preserve to get a rejuvenating experience.
Soaking in the serenity and indulging in some fun activities on Florida’s beaches is always a great idea. If you are looking to spend the upcoming Memorial Day weekend sans the crowds you usually experience in Miami or Fort Lauderdale, visit Florida’s another gem, St. Augustine. Nestled on the beautiful Northeastern coast of Florida, St. Augustine is a historic city that boats stunning colonial architecture, vibrant urban atmosphere, an amazing culinary scene, lots of sunshine and world-class beaches.
One of the prettiest historic towns in the country, Savannah will mesmerize you with its old world charm comprising of antebellum architecture, cobblestone streets, and horse-drawn carriages. The city’s multiple historic districts dotted with magnolia trees and lush green parks are also known for offering a fantastic culinary experience. The scenic town has all you will need for a memorable Memorial Day weekend.
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