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How to Plan a Last-Minute Labor Day Weekend Getaway

If you've got your heart set on a last-minute Labor Day weekend getaway, be of good cheer. You should be able to find plenty of end-of-summer travel bargains.


  • Step 1: Watch for hotel bargains Be on the lookout for hotel bargains. Some hotel rates are nearly half of the high season rates during Labor Day weekend. Search travel websites for hotel bargains to get started.
  • TIP: Some restaurants offer Labor Day discounts.
  • Step 2: Visit a large city Consider visiting a larger U.S. city. There won't be any business travelers there during the holiday, so hotels with extra rooms may be offering deals.
  • Step 3: Watch for other deals Keep your eyes peeled for other deals. Cruise ships, Amtrak, and airport parking garages may all offer discounts during the weekend.
  • Step 4: Be flexible If you just have to get away, and you don't care where you go, search for last-minute package deals that online travel sites were not able to sell. They'll be cut rate as the holiday weekend approaches. Now have a great holiday!
  • FACT: The first Labor Day holiday was celebrated on September 5, 1882, in New York City.

You Will Need

  • Airfares
  • Internet access
  • Hotels
  • Cities
  • Discounts
  • Restaurants (optional)

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