The summer season kicks off with Memorial Day weekend, making it an ideal time to take a vacation and start your summer off on the right foot. For most, it’s also the first holiday off from work in several months, which is reason in itself to spend the day celebrating. Sure, you can stay home and host a backyard barbecue that’s typical for Memorial Day — or you can take advantage of the day off and plan a quick trip away from the usual routine.
Party it up in Miami for Urban Beach Week down by South Beach, sip on endless amounts of wine in Oregon’s Columbia Gorge, or enjoy one of several festivals taking place in St. Louis — the Assumption Greek Festival, Ribfest, and (for the first time this year) the Mississippi Nights Festival. Regardless of where you ultimately decide to go, you won’t regret spending your long weekend at any of these destinations.