Memorial Day Weekend Getaways 2011

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Memorial Day kicks off the unofficial start of the summer season. From grilling outdoors to spending long lazy days at the beach, this holiday that honors the men and women who have sacrificed their lives for our nation offers Americans some time to get away and enjoy time with family and friends. Before you start making those travel plans, check out our picks for five affordable Memorial Day 2011 weekend getaways.

Cape Cod, Massachusetts: This New England location becomes a serious travel destination once the temperature rises. An absolute ideal Memorial Day 2011 weekend getaway, Cape Cod is the perfect place to kick off the unofficial start to the summer with some lobster and locally made ice cream. Other ways to spend a day in Cape Cod include sipping wine at the Cape Cod Winery and riding your bike along the Cape Cod Rail Trail, which is a 25 mile bike path from Dennis to Wellfleet (just don't do these two activities together).

Austin, Texas: "Keep Austin Weird" is the slogan of Texas' capital city. So chances are you will enjoy a truly unique Memorial Day 2011 weekend getaway when visiting. Let loose by Lake Travis with locals and visitors or head over to Fiesta Amistad for food, music, games and more! Stop by the Austin Wine and Music Festival, which offers up live music and Austin restaurants provide free samples from their menu.

Atlantic City, New Jersey: This Memorial Day 2011 weekend getaway will only remain affordable if you spend less time by the slot machines and more time by the beach. While it is always fun to try your luck at the games in the casinos, Atlantic City offers up plenty of inexpensive things to do like strolling along the wildly popular boardwalk and playing games at the various arcades. A weekend at the Jersey Shore can be both relaxing and eventful on the cheap.

Yellowstone National Park: National Parks are becoming more and more popular again as affordable vacation ideas for travelers. Celebrate Memorial Day 2011 at America's oldest national park - Yellowstone. Located in both Montana and Wyoming, this 139-year-old park offers up such amazing sites as mountains, geysers and waterfalls. The most popular attraction to check out is Old Faithful, which erupts every 90 minutes to the amazement of onlookers.

Washington D.C.: What better travel destination to spend a Memorial Day 2011 weekend getaway than our nation's capital. You will truly feel like a patriot as you visit various the monuments throughout the D.C. area. Special Memorial Day 2011 events include the annual wreath laying ceremony at several monuments and memorials in Washington, DC, a free National Symphony Orchestra concert on the Capitol's West Lawn and a fun-filled Memorial Day parade that runs down Independence Avenue.

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