10 perfect spots for a Labor Day Weekend trip

5 last-minute Labor Day trips your family will love

As summer starts to wind down and days get noticeably shorter, most of us are turning our attention back to work or school and the business of being serious and responsible people.

But if you aren't quite ready to give up on traveling for the summer, you're in luck, as Labor Day is right around the corner. If you live in (or near) one of the following 20 most populous cities in the United States, consider these fun getaways for the upcoming long weekend.

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1. If You Live in New York City, Head to North Fork, Long Island

Hop on the train and head out to the North Fork of Long Island, about 75 miles east of the city. Not only will this adventure help you escape the chaos of the city and get a breath of fresh air, you can sip and swirl some local vino at one of the many wineries scattered along the countryside.

2. If You Live in Los Angeles, Head to Las Vegas

Every day here is a day at the beach, so why not take a road trip to Sin City to close out the summer. You can break up the four-hour drive (in good traffic, of course) with stops along the way, like in Baker to see the world's largest thermometer or an Instagram-worthy visit to Bottletree Ranch. Once you get to Vegas, you can enjoy the sun at one of the many pool parties or take in the views on the High Roller.

3. If You Live in Chicago, Head to Milwaukee, Wisconsin

You can get some of the best parts of Chicago in Milwaukee — German food, breweries and the lakefront — but for less. Plus, the Cubs are playing the Brewers on Labor Day weekend, so you won't miss out on seeing Kris Bryant while enjoying your long weekend. Added bonus: Tickets for a game at Miller Park are typically cheaper than at Wrigley Field.

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Avoid peak weekends
Prices for everything will be higher (especially lodging) and places will be more crowded. You could end up paying more for a getaway that you enjoy less, thanks to long lines and wait times.

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Choose a location where outdoor activities are common
A rural location is ideal for things like bike riding, hiking and exploring--all of which are free!

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Don’t fall for the shorter time, spend more each day trap
Don't budget the same amount for a weekend trip as you would for a full vacation--staying somewhere for a longer vacation will probably cost you more overall.

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Take advantage of local deals online
Be sure to visit sites like Groupon and LivingSocial, which specialize in subsidizing area-specific deal, for fun things to do in the area on the weekend you're visiting.

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Bring pets if you have them
The cost of a pet sitter or kennel for the weekend can be costly. Save by bringing your animals along.

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Buy admission tickets in bundles
Many websites and companies will bundle tickets together for several attractions in the area, so the overall price is almost always cheaper than buying tickets individually.

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Stay somewhere close to the main attractions
It will cut down on transportation costs and save you time, while ensuring you get the most out of your short time away.

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Avoid chain hotels 

4. If You Live in Houston, Head to Hill Country

A few hours in the car will land you smack in the middle of some of the most beautiful scenery in Texas. No matter where you decide to visit in the area, you can't go wrong with any of the 25 counties in the Hill Country region. If you want some adventure, you can kayak the Medina River or, if you want something more low key, see if any of the local farms have anything ready for harvest. Or simply take in the sights.

5. If You Live in Philadelphia, Head to the Jersey Shore

You're sure to have a nice change of pace if you venture from the City of Brotherly Love to the land that made GTL a cultural phenomenon. The Jersey Shore Boardwalk is filled with shops, rides and eateries, but you don't have to spend a dime in any of them to enjoy the experience. Simply walking down the boardwalk and enjoying the refreshing salty air is worth the trip! And, of course, there are countless beaches you can visit, too.

6. If You Live in Phoenix, Head to Sedona, Arizona

Yes, it is possible to stay in Arizona and escape some of the sweltering summer temps, thanks to the gorgeous city of Sedona. This red rock wonderland is an outdoor lovers' paradise, filled with places to hike, bike, rock climb or picnic. If that's not your thing, don't worry — some of the most luxurious spa resorts are in Sedona. Or you can even combine the two and try your hand at "glamping."

7. If You Live in San Antonio, Head to Austin, Texas

Get ready to put your dancing shoes on, San Antonians. Austin is home to several major music festivals throughout the year and hosts musical guests and local bands on a regular basis. And if you'd like to get outdoors, try your balance on a paddle board at Lady Bird Lake. Austin is filled with several bars and restaurants on Sixth Street that will certainly provide you with all the evening fun you want to close out your summer.

8. If You Live in San Diego, Head to Temecula Valley, California

Yes, even people who live in one of the most perfect places in the country want to leave occasionally. About an hour away from home is the town of Temecula, filled with wineries you can either tour on your own or with a guide. After you've had your fill, you can walk around Old Town or head to the Pechanga Resort and Casino.

9. If You Live in Dallas, Head to Glen Rose, Texas

Get a taste of small-town charm while exploring the past at Dinosaur World or Creation Evidence Museum. And for animal lovers, a visit to Fossil Rim Wildlife Center is a must. You'll tour the park where animals roam freely, potentially even coming up to greet you in your car. If you'd rather enjoy some recreational activities, there's plenty to choose from, including kayaking, biking and hiking.

10. If You Live in Seattle, Head to Portland, Oregon

This adventure should only take you about three hours by car. However, if you're looking to see the sights along the way, you can take the scenic route and see some of the gorgeous land as you go. Must-see places include Lake Sacajawea, Silver Lake and Point Defiance Park. Once you make it to Oregon, stock up on any back-to-school items you may need or just go on a shopping spree of any other variety — Oregon is one of the few states where you don't have to pay sales tax. (Just make sure you don't go overboard. Not paying sales tax is no reason to land in credit card debt.)

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