What to Do on Labor Day: Last Minute Getaway Ideas & Activities

Looking for ideas on what do do on Labor Day weekend? Send the summer out with-a-bang on a last-minute trip over Labor Day weekend to some of these great U.S. destinations:

Labor Day Weekend in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Last-minute Labor Day weekend trip in the Smoky Mountains

The area of the most visited national park in the U.S. has everything you need for end-of-summer fun from famed theme parks and dinner theatre to beautiful views and amazing hiking. To the mix, add the 48th Annual Smoky Mountain Folk Festival from August 31 - September 1 for a taste of the finest traditional music and dance from Southern Appalachia. You’ll find the finest fiddlers, banjo players, string bands, ballad singers, buck dancers, and square dance teams as well as the marvelous sounds of dulcimer, harmonica, jew's harp, bagpipes, spoons and saws.

For a romantic couples retreat, try The Grand Legacy in Pigeon Forge.

Try Labor Day in Destin, on the Emerald Coast of Florida

Labor Day beach activities in Destin

The dreamy emerald water of the Gulf is reason enough to spend the last sultry days of summer in Destin for a last-minute Labor Day trip. But for more motivation, try its world-famous fishing, fresh seafood, and sugary white sandy beaches for added fuel. Labor Day activities will have you listening to live music at the HarborWalk Village, admiring local art at the Baytown Art Walk and oo-ing and ahh-ing at the impressive firework display lighting up the sky at the Destin Harbor.

For a Labor Day getaway on the beach, try Happy Days at Destin Pointe.

Steamboat Springs, Colorado is a Great Labor Day Weekend Spot

Steamboat Springs Labor Day trip ideas

Geothermal hot springs with swimming and soaking pools against the background of the Rocky Mountains of the Yampa Valley. Does this Labor Day weekend spot get any more relaxing? Visit this fabulously authentic ranching-town this Labor Day and hike, bike and rest your way to a fabulous end-of-summer. For added fun, the Wild West Air Fest takes place on September 1, featuring nationally renowned performers providing edge-of-your-seat excitement as they perform thrilling aerobatics and formation flying. Highlights include WWII Navy Torpedo Bomber TBM-3 Avenger performing a bombing simulation, Rocky Mountain Renegades with their nine ship formation team, dressing in a flight suit and helmet and sit in a real fighter jet cockpit to get your picture taken and meeting Astronaut Steve Swanson.

For a large family vacation, try Trailhead Lodge 5124.