Are you sitting at home contemplating what you and your family could do for Labor Day weekend?
Thinking about all of the possibilities to end the summer with a bang can be overwhelming.
Well now you have no excuse, because we have five awesome ideas to consider – even if you’re on a budget!
Bojangles’ Southern 500
Do you like the rip-roaring sounds of a NASCAR speedway? If so, then you’re going to love the tradition of Bojangles’ Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway in South Carolina on September 2nd. Nicknamed “The Lady in Black,” the track is located about an hour from the state’s capital, Columbia.
Bojangles’ Southern 500. Nicknamed “The Lady in Black”
The biggest stars in NASCAR will be there and tickets range anywhere from as low as $50 to as much as $750 if you want an infield suite with some of the legends of the sport.
There’s nothing quite like the experience of witnessing 200-plus mile an hour cars zipping by you. Word to the wise; don’t forget to bring your earbuds. Your ears will ring.
College Football Kickoff Weekend in Atlanta, Georgia
College football is finally upon us. If you’re sick of NFL professional athletes making a mockery out of the American flag and national anthem, then college football is your go-to, no-nonsense alternative of America’s greatest sport.
The Chick-fil-A Kickoff game features No. 7 Washington vs. No. 8 Auburn on Saturday September 1st at 3:30pm ET. And guess what, it’s already one of the most highly anticipated games of the upcoming season. Ticket prices are reasonable, between $100-$250 for lower level, mezzanine, or upper level. Or you can splurge on $500 VIP seats. Compare that to the outrageous prices of an NFL game and you’ll see why this is a great deal.
Come catch a glimpse of two of the elite teams of the PAC-12 and the SEC to get your annual football fix. Attending this event is one of those once-in-a-lifetime memorable moments that you’ll cherish the rest of your life, so don’t hesitate. Pull the trigger and go.
Grand Tetons or Yellowstone National Parks
There are places in the United States where you can escape the blistering heat on Labor Day weekend. One of those places is Yellowstone or Grand Teton National Parks. These world-class parks are only 31 miles apart and encompass 4,000 square miles of breathtaking views.
Two World-Class Parks
The first thing you’ll want to do is fly into Jackson, Wyoming, where flights are considerably inexpensive due to the time of year. Aside from the expansive views, hiking, kayaking and rafting are among the exciting things you can do on this trip. You can also check out Old Faithful, the world-famous geyser that erupts every 35 to 120 minutes.
So if you’re an outdoors person and you haven’t yet been to these parks, stop everything you’re doing and make this happen now.
Martha’s Vineyard or Cape Cod, Massachusetts
The northeastern part of the U.S. is a real blast in September. And don’t fly. Make the drive. Get in the car and head north along Interstate 95 and stop at Cape Cod or Martha’s Vineyard. Admittedly this may seem like it would be an expensive trip, but it’s not as bad as you’re probably thinking. Cape Cod is much more reasonable in price for the long weekend—according to Expedia, rooms are a staggeringly low $150 per night on average!
The hook-shaped peninsula is loaded with some of the best seafood in the world, amazing lighthouses, and a ton of history. You might also be surprised that the northern Atlantic Ocean is at its warmest this time of year. So bring your bathing suit and check out The Cape Cod National Seashore. Because it is extraordinary.
There’s a reason why Martha’s Vineyard is home to some of the wealthiest people in America. So you’ll just have to go see why for yourself.
In conclusion, don’t spend your Labor Day weekend at home mourning the end of summer!
And definitely don’t let money hinder you from having one last hoorah before the fall festivities set in. Because as always, Proud American Traveler has got you covered!
(h/t Proud American Traveler)