Even though summer doesn't officially start until a month or so after the Memorial Day weekend, most of us treat this three-day holiday as if it does mark the onset of the season. Of course, it helps that it's often the first warm long weekend in months, which means barbecues in the back yard, alfresco concerts, picnics in the park, hitting the links - you name it, so long as it's outdoors! Our top 10 Memorial Day getaways won't require extensive travel - or, an extensive budget, for that matter - but will definitely help you have a most memorable weekend.
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Charleston, South Carolina
Where better to pay tribute to fallen heroes and days gone by than in the history-rich capital of the Old South - Charleston, South Carolina? Saturated with history, this colorful city's streets are lined with well-preserved architectural remnants such as plantations and stately homes - hundreds were built prior to 1850, with 70 dating back to the pre-Revolutionary War era. You can even hire a horse-and-carriage for a tour of the along the city's cobblestone streets. The unique feel of days of yore, coupled with the legendary hospitality of the South, makes Charleston a great bet for Memorial
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Palm Springs, California
A desert oasis with a glamorous past, Palm Springs has been attracting Hollywood glitterati for decades. In its heyday, this California hot spot was a playground for the stars, touting glitzy resorts and leisurely pursuits like golf, swimming, and tennis. Today, you don't have to be rich and famous to enjoy the abundant greens and posh resorts. There's more than just swanky pastimes here, though, and nature buffs can easily spend their time enjoying desert vistas, canyon tours, and hikes. As expected, this desert outpost tends to heat up in summer months, so Memorial Day vacations reign supreme, as they're one of your last chances to enjoy Palm Springs' lush offerings with equally lush weather.
Austin has made a name for itself that extends far outside of Texas. Largely enriched by the dynamic energy of the homegrown University of Texas, this up-and-coming city manages to offer not just the Lone Star State's best cultural offerings, but also the finest in all of the Southwest. Indeed, the city has numerous galleries, museums, and music venues (the latter number nearly 200 in all!), but maintains an appealing Southern flair. With more than 300 days of sunshine a year, you could easily visit this Texan capital any time, but we particularly like it for a relaxed, cultural-filled, Memorial Day getaway; what's more, you'll be able to see Austinites racing up and down historic Congress Avenue as part of the weekend's annual Capital of Texas Triathlon.
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