Government Vacation Rewards Presents: The 5 Hottest Memorial Day Weekend Vacation Destinations


Start off your summer right with these can’t-miss Memorial Day weekend hotspots.

Summer might still be a few months away, but it’s never too early to start planning the perfect Memorial Day weekend getaway! From tanning poolside at an idyllic SoCal oasis to soaking in the sights and sounds of America’s most historic cities, here are a few vacation ideas for savvy travelers looking to save a few bucks by booking through Government Vacation Rewards.

1. Palm Springs

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San Francisco might be famous for its foggy summers, but Palm Springs — just an hour south of L.A. — boasts blue skies year-round. From world-class spas and pristine pools to the breathtaking views of Joshua Tree National Park, everyone in the family can find something to do in this picturesque Californian paradise.

Whereas most other summer vacation spots are just warming up in May, Palm Springs (located in the Palm Desert) gets too hot for comfort by June, so Memorial Day is the perfect time to take advantage of the resort town’s end-of-season specials.

2. Columbia Gorge

If you want to go wine tasting on the west coast without paying Napa Valley prices, consider kicking off your summer in Oregon’s beautiful Columbia Gorge.

In honor of Memorial Day weekend, more than 30 wineries and tasting rooms in Columbia Gorge host open houses, which often feature special-release vintages. Whether you’re a wine connoisseur or just looking for a relaxing weekend escape, you’re sure to enjoy your time wandering these picture-perfect coastal vineyards.

3. Washington D.C.

Memorial Day honors those who gave their lives serving our country — so, what better way to pay tribute to American heroes than to pay a visit to the nation’s capital?

From the National Memorial Day Parade to the National Memorial Day Concert, there are plenty of opportunities to celebrate the troops while enjoying the beautiful D.C. summer weather with your fellow patriots. At Government Vacation Rewards, we truly appreciate the sacrifices of military service members and their families, which is why we offer affordable vacation options and deep discounts to fit any budget.

4. Charleston

There’s no denying that Charleston is a charming city — but did you know that it was also one of the first places to celebrate Memorial Day? Since 1865, Charleston’s Memorial Day celebrations have been putting other cities to shame, and this year will be no exception.

Whether you’re a history buff or a lover of the arts, the Spoleto festival (which takes place in locations all across Charleston) is an absolute must-see. Be sure to reserve your tickets sooner rather than later, so you can enjoy all of the art and culture Charleston has to offer without suffering from last-minute price hikes.

5. St. Louis

For Midwesterners on the hunt for a killer bargain, nothing beats the Gateway City’s annual Gypsy Caravan, an enormous flea market that takes place every Memorial Day. Organized by the St. Louis Symphony, this flea market is an excellent opportunity to support local artisans, all while taking in the sights and sounds of a city whose military history dates back to the Revolutionary War. If you’re traveling with kids, consider taking a lunch break to visit Crown Candy Kitchen, an old-fashioned soda fountain and St. Louis family favorite.

Have a different destination in mind, but not sure how to get there? Government Vacation Rewards can help you find the lowest possible price for your next trip, guaranteed.

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