VIDEO: Top Memorial Day Destinations

Take advantage of the three-day weekend by going on a memorable trip. discusses our favorite vacations for the Memorial Day weekend.

Top Memorial Day Destinations
Memorial Day marks the first long weekend of summer, and it’s the perfect opportunity to kick off the season with a trip. has picked three destinations that promise to deliver a fun weekend getaway.

For many travelers, Memorial Day is synonymous with the beach. And we suggest heading to Hilton Head Island in South Carolina. Beach bums are sure to find a spot to soak up the sun on the island’s 12 miles of sandy coastline, while active types can explore 100 miles of bike trails or tee off at one of the 20 golf courses.

Want a weekend dose of the great outdoors? Look north to Portland, Maine.  This “Jewel by the Sea” has a relatively new arts scene, but it has long been revered for its lobster shacks and lighthouses. Hiking or sea-kayaking on Casco Bay is a great way to take in all the sights.

For any barbeque lover, a trip to Memphis, Tennessee, is a must.  This southern belle of a city might be the “Home of the Blues,” but it’s also the home of more than 100 barbeque joints. When you’re hardest decision all weekend is whether to have your ribs wet or dry…you know it was a good vacation.

So round up the crew and start the summer off right with a weekend escape for Memorial Day.

Published: 18 May 2012 | Last Updated: 7 Sep 2012
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication


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