Make the Most of Your Memorial Day Weekend!

California

The sun is shining high in the sky, the flowers are blooming, and shorts are back in season. This year, Memorial Day, the holiday dedicated to honoring those who gave their lives in the United States Armed Forces, falls on May 25th. Both students and many workers get the day off, allowing for a long weekend that can often provide families with a final break before moving into the last few weeks before summer kicks off. At TakeTours, we’ve always got a few ideas handy if you need any help to decide where you’d like to go. Keep reading below for some of our suggestions, and visit our Memorial Day Deals Page if you’ve got something else in mind.

West Coast & National Park Grand Circle Tours

Let’s start on the West Coast for anyone looking for some California Love this May. Because the American Southwest has such an abundance of beautiful national parks, you can take a route known as the Grand Circle that takes you to the major parks of the region, which include the Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, Zion, and many more. Most people are at least slightly familiar with the first of these destinations, as the Grand Canyon is regarded as one of the most magnificent natural wonders of the world. However, the others each have their own unique beauty to offer as you explore the hoodoos (thin rock towers) in Bryce Canyon and the diverse landscapes of Zion. You’ll be able to book a variety of Grand Circle Tours – starting at just $270 per person – that depart from Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Las Vegas.

Arches National Park, Utah

 

East Coast Tours

Jumping from coast to coast, we find ourselves in Boston, which is finally thawed out after a winter with record-breaking snowfall. One of the most popular tours departing from the “Beantown” is available for just $369 per person, and is a trip you won’t want to miss! Book this 5-Day U.S. Eastern Tour if you want to see the main highlights of the northeastern U.S.; this is the complete package. From Boston, the tour travels to New York City, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., and Niagara Falls, visiting attractions from the country’s past and present. Philly is a city with a lot of history and played a big role in the American Revolution, and you’ll get to visit Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence was signed during this conflict. In Washington, you will see the most important buildings in this country’s government. New York will offer glimpses of the nation’s most bustling urban area, and in Niagara, you will see a natural wonder that has amazed visitors for hundreds of years. If you can think of a better way to see more in 5 days, we’d love to hear it!

White House, Washington DC

 

Martha’s Vineyard

Looking for somewhere a little more quiet for a weekend getaway? Martha’s Vineyard has attracted visitors since the early days of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. With plenty of Martha’s Vineyard tours from New York, seeing this beautiful island, full of rolling green fields, quaint New England beaches, and adorable seaside cottages, has never been easier. For only $128, you can book this 2-day Essex, Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard Tour from New York for a quick getaway! Once on the island, you’ll get to take a cruise around the shores and embark on a whale watch. A bus tour will take you to the most notable landmarks and give you a good idea of what the typical cottage looks like, and you’ll spend some time in the villages of Aquinnah and Edgartown. Many of these Martha’s Vineyard tours also travel to Cape Cod (which is essentially Florida for Massachusetts residents) and Plimouth Plantation, a living-history museum that recreates the life of the Pilgrims after they landed on these shores in 1620. These tours are perfect if you are looking for a calm, relaxing vacation, perhaps with a loved one you are especially close to.

Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts

 

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