Last Minute Memorial Day Trip Ideas and Deals

If forgot to plan for the long weekend, don’t fret – there’s still plenty to do

Airfare? There’s no time. It is the Friday of Memorial Day weekend and you’ve been too busy pretending like going to your local zoo will be enough of a departure to make you feel like it’s a holiday weekend. So, instead of unpacking your laptop at an airport security line, pack the car up with delicious snacks, as many bags as you like, and an impromptu itinerary and enjoy. Take a peek at before hitting the road and pack some healthy snacks for a delicious journey that won’t break the bank.

Take a look at some of these great Memorial Day picnic ideas for longer rides (or if you really do decide to stay at home). (Photo courtesy of Flickr/Shelby PDX)

If you’re in New York — Philadelphia is an easy train ride away from the city and, with great food options, it makes a great last minute trip idea for the long weekend. Since most travelers are trying to get out of the bustling city, plenty of Philadelphia hotels are offering great prices for the weekend.

The Four Seasons Philadelphia from $325/night and the Loews Philadelphia has rooms available from

$179/night. Book a table for a delicious sushi dinner at Morimoto, stop in for a slice of pie a la mode at Franklin Fountain (pictured), and decide who has the best cheesesteak. We are partial to Tony Luke’s and Cosmi’s Deli. (Photo courtesy of Flickr/roboppy)

From Los Angeles — Palm Springs is already piping hot by this time of the year, making it ideal for some and less for other. If the sweltering heat appeals to you, book a room at downtown Palm Springs’ modern Zoso Hotel and munch on lunch at Jake’s Ready-to-Eat or El Mirasol. Cool down for dinner at the Ace Hotel’s King’s Hideaway.

Every Angeleno knows that debauchery is but a four hour drive away… in Sin City. Las Vegas will undoubtedly be crowded this weekend, but if that’s what you’re looking for — you can get a good deal at the Venetian (from $299/night) or the Trump Hotel (from $203/night). Find your new favorite sandwich at Capriotti’s, dine on Mexican cuisine at Diego, and indulge at the Wynn’s Bartolotta. (Photo courtesy of Flickr/ATLChris)

Getting out of San Francisco — Avid Daily Meal readers will remember our recent road trip guide to California’s Central Coast. San Franciscans looking to go off the grid this weekend should take our

advice and book a room at the quaint and charming Cass House Inn in Cayucos (from $165/night). That way, you can taste those delicious Brown Butter Cookies and spend some time exploring the farmers markets in nearby Paso Robles on your way home.

If you live in Miami — You can pretty much stay put because everyone’s coming to you. Stop by the Raleigh Hotel’s pool for a cool, Art Deco style swim or swim to the beat at the Delano Hotel. If you’re sick of gorgeous pools and beaches, then plan a food-lover’s day trip to the Keys where you can dine at the Islamorada Fish Company Restaurant or try the fresh produce at Robert Is Here.


From Boston Take advantage of how close you are to the infinitely charming and delicious

Providence, Rhode Island. Providence plays host to authentic Italian cuisine at Al Forno and classic American dishes at 1854 Stone House. A room at the Hilton Providence will set you back just $150/night this weekend or at the Westin for $250/night. (Photo courtesy of Flickr/motionblur)