4 Places to Visit for Memorial Day Weekend


Memorial Day kicks off the summer travel season. But, deciding where to go and where to stay for Memorial Day weekend can be tough, with so many fun places ready to explore.

Last year, AAA estimated that 41.5 million Americans would travel over Memorial Day weekend. Planning your trip early can help you save money and ensure that you can book a dream of a vacation rental property to create one of your most memorable holiday weekends.

The first step in deciding where to stay for Memorial Day weekend is settling on a destination and what kind of trip suits your style, whether it’s relaxing on the beach, bustling about a city, or jumping into a rugged adventure.

Still not sure where to go for Memorial Day weekend? We have some suggestions.



Fort Lauderdale, Florida

A beach vacation is a top choice for many travelers gearing up for summer, and Conde Nast Traveler ranked Fort Lauderdale, and nearby Miami, as a top Memorial Day destination last year. While Fort Lauderdale promises plenty of sun and sand, the city also celebrates Memorial Day each year with the Great American Beach Party, featuring live music, vintage cars, sand castle contests, art shows, and lots of family-friendly activities.

TurnKey Vacation Rentals offers many great places to stay for Memorial Day Weekend in Fort Lauderdale. The Las Olas Tropical Oasis with a pool and spa is a 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom home, with a private pool and covered patio, and it’s just a short drive to the beach. Another option is the Waterfront 2BR/3BA with a pool and views of Port Everglades and lots of other amenities.



Chicago, Illinois

If cityscapes are more your travel style, Chicago should top your list. For Memorial Day, there is something from everyone to enjoy—the expansive Memorial Day Parade, fireworks at Navy Pier, and plenty of activities on the Lakefront Trail. Visitors can also explore the city’s parks and museums, and enjoy shopping the Magnificent Mile and checking out the many restaurants and bars.

This Lincoln Park Tri-Level 2-bedroom/2-bathroom condo would make a rejuvenating home base for exploring, as it’s within walking distance of most of Chicago’s most popular attractions. Or, stay in one of the city’s beautiful residential neighborhoods, like the Landmark House Near Oak Park that was built in 1871 and is a short walk to public transportation so activities are easily accessible.



Scottsdale, Arizona

Scottsdale offers a peaceful desert oasis for Memorial Day weekend. The city is full of relaxing spas, golf courses, and amazing views of saguaro—the giant cactus. Visitors can enjoy outdoor activities, like hiking, rafting and more.

In Scottsdale, if you’re looking for somewhere to stay for Memorial Day weekend, check out this 5-bedroom home with a private lagoon pool that’s just a short walk away from Old Town Scottsdale, which features lots of restaurants and shops. Or, stay at the Modern Old Town Getaway, near the entertainment district and galleries.



Asheville, North Carolina

Asheville was named one of the “coolest towns in the U.S.,” by Matador Network. The Appalachian city has received buzz for its food scene, breweries, mountain landscapes, and all-around hip vibe. During Memorial Day weekend, the city hosts the Mountain Sports Festival, which features running, paddling, live music, and plenty of local beer.

To get the most out of your Memorial Day in Asheville, stay at this Brand-New Trendy South Slope 2-bedroom, which is walkable to the city’s best eateries, breweries and events, and nature destinations are also nearby. Another of the many places to stay is a Retro-Chic 1920s Bungalow, near downtown and a variety of outdoor activities, like hiking, biking, fishing, zip lining, and more.

Memorial Day weekend is a great time to get away, and there are plenty of ways of enjoying the long weekend—lounging on the beach, exploring one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world, relaxing in the desert, taking in the hipster vibe, or having a rustic adventure. And, TurnKey has plenty of vacation rentals to offer a memorable experience when you’re looking for where to stay for Memorial Day weekend.


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