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The Most Budget-Friendly Destinations for Labor Day

August 19, 2019

Labor Day is the last day to get that beach time in, enjoy a picnic at the park, or book a long-weekend getaway (and maybe squeeze in holiday shopping at some point).

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If you need some ideas for affordable places to travel on Labor Day weekend, Priceline crunched some numbers and found the top cities that’ll get you the most bang for your buck between August 30 and September 2. Here are the most budget-friendly Labor Day destinations people are traveling to in 2019 (ADR stands for “Average Daily Rate”):

1. Houston, TX (ADR $100)

Cool things to do: Check out the Waugh Bridge Bat Colony, go bar and restaurant-hopping downtown, and eat all the BBQ you can handle.

2. Kissimmee, FL (ADR $106)

Cool things to do: Check out the Everglades and book an airboat tourgo on a helicopter ride over Orlando, and eat a Caribbean island-inspired meal at Savion’s Place.

3. St. Louis, MO (ADR $109)

Cool things to do: Visit The Loop (the Harvard Square of St. Louis, with over 145 restaurants and shops), the Cahokia Mounds (the largest archaeological site in North America), and the iconic Gateway Arch.

4. Las Vegas, NV (ADR $110)

Cool things to do: Hit up a hotel pool party (there are endless amounts of them on The Strip), get the best pizza you’ll ever have at hidden pizza shop Secret Pizza, and check out the eclectic Neon Museum if you love all things vintage.

5. Kansas City, MO (ADR $117)

Cool things to do: Eat Kansas City BBQ at Joe’s (the original gas station location, of course), go to a show in the jazz district, and hit up one of the greatest drag shows at Missy B’s.

6. Miami, FL (ADR $122)

Cool things to do: Go to the beach (the water is warm and the waves are calm—perfect for taking a floaty with you!), check out Ocean Drive at night (all the buildings are lit up and you’ll feel like you’ve time-traveled back to the ‘80s), and eat some Cuban food in Little Havana.

7. Phoenix, AZ (ADR $127)

Cool things to do: Go Salt River tubing, visit the iconic Crescent Ballroom (and try to catch a show if you can), and take a ride in a hot air balloon.

8. Washington, D.C. (ADR $130)

Cool things to do: Go to the Smithsonian Natural History Museum, visit the historic Old Town Alexandria, and go on a wine tour (check out wineries like Greenhill, Stone Tower, and North Gate).

9. Anaheim, CA (ADR $130)

Cool things to do: Obviously you have to visit Disneyland, go to an Angels baseball game since it *is* baseball season after all, and drive about 45 minutes west to hit up the beach.

10. Minneapolis, MN (ADR $140

Cool things to do: Visit the Mall of America (and after you’re done shopping, go to the largest indoor theme park, Nickelodeon Universe), go to Shady Oak Beach in Minnetonka for swimming and picnicking, and take yourself to one of the best farmers markets in the U.S., the Mill City Farmers Market.

Even if you’ve planned a staycation for yourself for Labor Day this year, nothing really beats a long weekend with zero commitments. Set your OOO email auto-reply, and make room for some end-of-summer R&R.

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