The best equipped spots for Memorial Day weekend

Get ready -- Memorial Day weekend is just around the corner! And whether you are traveling or staying put, some locations are perfect for the holiday while others may leave you wanting (some may even have you planning a last-minute road trip).

The map above measures the "Memorial Day Factor," taking into account the number of ice cream parlors, sailing outfits, swimming clubs, recreation clubs and veterans organizations, per capita, as well as the percentage of the population who is currently enrolled in the armed forces (They are who we're celebrating after all!).

You may be surprised by the results. How do your weekend plans stack up?

Wondering how the weather will be in the area you are celebrating? Here's your Memorial Day weekend forecast:
Memorial Day Forecast Brings Rain East

Want more? Dr. Beach's list of best beaches for 2015:
Dr. Beach's list of best beaches for 2015
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The best equipped spots for Memorial Day weekend

Barefoot Beach, Bonita Springs, Gulf Coast, Florida, USA

(Ian Dagnall/Alamy)

Beach at St. George Island State Park


Hana, Maui, Hawaii, United States, North America

(Ann Cecil via Getty Images)

Cape Hatteras, Outer Banks, North Carolina

(Matt Purciel/Alamy)

Key Biscayne Florida USA Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park lighthouse.

(Richard Wareham/Alamy)

Paddle board surfer heads out to catch a wave at Coast Guard Beach. (Photo by John Greim/LightRocket via Getty Images)

(John Greim/Getty)

Kiawah Beachwalker Park on Kiawah Island, SC.

(Richard Ellis/Alamy)

Some beachgoers relax in the shade while others go for a run at Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park in Naples, FL. Travel photos for package on Naple, FL. (Credit Image: © J. Gwendolynne Berry/The Palm Beach Post/

East Beach, Santa Barbara, California USA.

(Blaine Harrington III/Alamy)


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