Last-Minute Labor Day Getaways
Labor Day is the perfect time for an easy, last-minute lake getaway that doesn’t require tons of prep, expensive airplane tickets, or something special to wear. The best way to enjoy lake lounging is entirely up to you! Relax with a good book, jet-ski, kayak, or fish, and enjoy quality time outdoors before the season ends.
Labor Day lake escapes
Plan your lake escape. Rent a waterfront lake house and spend long days wading, paddling, boating and enjoying the view. Check with your rental owner, as some vacation rentals even come with extras like a canoe or water sports equipment. Or you can rent SUP boards, kayaks and boats at marinas and local outfitters in many resort towns. The fall routine will start up soon enough, so make plans to play in the water and soak up some sun this Labor Day weekend.
Lake Placid, New York
Take advantage of the three-day weekend to take it easy in Lake Placid. Close enough for city commuters to get to, the Adirondack village is surrounded by great hiking and mountain biking trails. Paddle, fish, or simply take in the view of the lakes; a lake house on Lake Placid, East or West Lake, or Mirror Lake is a perfect place to retreat for a long weekend. It's casual and laid-back, so pack your flip-flops and favorite paperback.
Lake Tahoe, California
While it’s known as a premiere downhill skiing destination, Lake Tahoe in the Sierra Nevada Mountains has tons to do all year round. It's big: After the Great Lakes, Tahoe is the largest and second deepest lake in the U.S. Lake Tahoe straddles the California-Nevada state line, with swim beaches and marinas, towns to explore and fresh mountain scenery all around. Whether you prefer the high-end luxury of South Lake Tahoe, the fun and games on the Nevada side, or the laid-back outdoorsy lifestyle of North Tahoe, you’ll find any trip to Tahoe’s a treat.
Lake Havasu, Arizona
Four hundred miles of coastline (in Arizona!). Three hundred days of sunshine a year. Three days to enjoy a quick Labor Day vacation. Clearly the numbers point to Lake Havasu City, a traveler-friendly town near the border of Arizona and California. Lake Havasu City is a destination for fun, 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 has been home to the restored 1831 London Bridge since 1971—a fun photo-op for the folks back home.
Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri
The Lake of the Ozarks winds through central Missouri with over 1,150 miles of lakeshore and hundreds of perfect fishing, boating, and playing spots. Float, waterski, join a fishing guide, or even practice SCUBA here. The towns around Lake of the Ozarks provide plenty of lake-front eateries, shops to explore and the gear you need to get out on the water.
Lake Travis, Texas
Heading to the heart of Texas just as the heat of summer is fading is not for the faint of heart. But a dip in Lake Travis, just oustside of 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 like boating, fishing, paddling and swimming, your family will find plenty of ways to beat the heat and celebrate summer. Take advantage of having a fully equipped kitchen or outdoor grill to fix up some Texas-style barbecue of brisket, beef ribs, and plenty of spicy sauce.