Labor Day is the perfect time for an easy, last-minute lake getaway that doesn’t require passport photos, airplane tickets, or something special to wear. Lake-lounging (and its dress code) is entirely up to you, whether it’s relaxing with a good book, jet-skiing, wake-boarding or fishing. This may be your last chance to spend some quality time outdoors before the fall weather returns, so don't fritter away your precious Monday off.
Labor Day Lake EscapesRent a waterfront lake house with its own boat slip for the most convenience. If you have questions, ask the owner of your vacation rental about how to rent equipment. Some vacation rentals even come with ‘extras’ like jet-skis or paddle boats, another reason why vacation homes are a better alternative to hotels.
With lake rentals all over the U.S., it’s easy to find a vacation home that fits your wish list -- and price range.
198 miles from Boston, MA
244 miles from New York City, NY
It should be obvious by now that the bright lights of the big city aren’t enough to recharge your inner battery to last you until your next break. Take advantage of the three day weekend to take it easy at Lake Placid. Close enough for city commuters to get to, Lake Placid is a popular and affordable getaway for New Yorkers making those last-minute decisions. Perhaps the best part about Placid is that it isn’t the Hamptons. You’ll see everything from flip- flops to crop- tops, so be prepared and pack casual clothes.
200 miles from San Francisco, CA
485 miles from Los Angeles, CA
While it’s known during the winter as a premiere skiing destination, the weather is still warm and the water inviting during Labor Day weekend. Escape the city smog for a breath of fresh air in Tahoe. One of the largest fresh water lakes in the U.S., Lake Tahoe is located in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. If you’re traveling without kids, consider crossing over to Nevada to play the slots in nearby Carson City. Whether you prefer the glamor of South Lake Tahoe or the laid back vibe of North Tahoe, you’ll find any trip to Tahoe’s a treat.
Las Vegas, NV
200 miles from Phoenix, AZ
400 miles of coastline. 300 days of sunshine a year. 3 days to enjoy a quick Labor Day vacation. Clearly the numbers point to Lake Havasu City, a tourist-friendly town near the border of Arizona and California. With a little bit of everything, from dining and shopping, to off-roading and every water activity imaginable, like fishing, boating, wakeboarding and jet-skiing, you’ll quickly catch on to why they call it “Arizona’s Playground.” Fun travel fact: You don’t have to cross the Atlantic to see the London Bridge; Lake Havasu’s got a London Bridge of its own, a fun photo-op for the folks back home.
113 miles from Branson, MO
Though it’s called a ‘lake’ the Lake of the Ozarks is actually a reservoir, and is the largest man-made lake in the United States. But just because it's not natural, doesn’t mean you can’t do your regular run-of-the-mill lake activities. In fact, there’s even lake Scuba, which is a great way to get acclimated to deep sea diving before that big beach trip you planned in December. For travelers who prefer the booze cruise over the kid-friendly paddle boat, there’s the infamous mile-long Party Cove known for its floating parties.
Austin, will cool you off in a big way. Get a group together in a Texas-sized lake house rental overlooking the water. With things to do in the water like boating, fishing, and just plain old swimming, you and the kids will leave the weekend ready to face another school year ahead. Take advantage of having a fully equipped kitchen or outdoor grill and learn how the locals do up barbecue: brisket, beef ribs, and plenty of spicy sauce.
Find even more vacation rentals at these spectacular lakes:
Flathead Lake, Montana
Beaver Lake, Arkansas
Lake Cumberland, North Carolina
Lake Leelanau, Michigan
Lake Winnipesaukee Area, New Hampshire