A long weekend is a great opportunity to get out and explore without taking too many days off from work. Don’t waste Presidents’ Day weekend sitting on the couch in front of the TV this year. There are amazing places waiting to be discovered. Whether you want to immerse yourself in culture, marvel at awe-inspiring natural wonders, or relax on a picture-perfect beach, these fantastic Presidents’ Day weekend deals will recharge and rejuvenate you.
Grand Canyon: An Awe-Inspiring Natural Wonder
There is a reason the Grand Canyon is on so many people’s list of “places to see before I die.” This stunning natural wonder, nearly 300 miles long, was carved by the Colorado River over millions of years. The dramatic scenery and enormous size of the canyon are a testament to the power of nature. Visitors can see the spectacular landscape with Grand Canyon tours starting conveniently in major West Coast cities. Highly recommended is a walk on the glass-bottom Grand Canyon Skywalk accessible from the West Rim. Gazing down at the canyon floor 4,000 feet below will give you a real sense of the scale and magnificence of the Grand Canyon. Make the most of the Presidents’ Day weekend with a 3-day tour of the Grand Canyon, in which you’ll also visit the ethereal Antelope Canyon, have the chance to test your luck in Las Vegas, and go bargain hunting at outlet stores.
Yosemite National Park: Nature’s Exquisite Showcase
Located in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of central California, Yosemite National Park is one of the best places in the world to witness the incredible beauty of nature. With its rolling meadows, deep valleys, gushing waterfalls, and ancient giant sequoias, it is the ideal Presidents’ Day weekend escape. Leave city life behind and recharge your batteries on one of the many tours to Yosemite starting in Los Angeles, San Francisco, or San Jose. See all the highlights of this majestic national park, such as Half Dome, El Capitan, and the Bridalveil Falls on an in-depth Yosemite tour. There’s lots to do in the great outdoors, from energetic hikes to relaxing on the riverfront. And if you want to see more of what the Golden State has to offer, consider an express California bus tour from LA visiting the breathtaking Carmel-by-the-Sea, Hearst Castle, Yosemite National Park, and San Francisco.
Viva Las Vegas: Unlimited Fun
What better way to spend Presidents’ Day weekend than a few days of hedonistic fun and excitement in Las Vegas? This sparking city in thedesert has something for everyone. The resort-lined Las Vegas strip has recreated glamorous places from around the world. If you want to pose in front of the Eiffel Tower and ride a gondola in Venice without ever leaving the country, this is the place to be. From dancing fountains to erupting volcanoes, spectacular shows to street performances, there’s much more to Vegas than the casinos. And the best thing about a Las Vegas weekend is the amazing variety of places within easy reach. You can tour the South Rim of the spectacular Grand Canyon with convenient pick-up and drop-off on the strip. Got only one day to spare? A bus tour to Zion and Bryce Canyon from Las Vegas is a great way to see some stunning desert terrain. Or, head to the surreal Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend and capture photos that will make you a social media darling.
Washington DC: A Date with History
If you’re looking to kindle your patriotic spirit this Presidents’ Day weekend, why not head to the nation’s capital Washington DC? More than just monuments and memorials, this city of eclectic neighborhoods is a true representative of the American life. Pick up a City Explorer Pass and save big on top Washington DC attractions. See all the classic Washington DC sights, or go off the beaten path and discover the real DC. There’s so much more here than federal government buildings. Did you know there’s a larger-than-life statue of one of the world’s greatest geniuses, Albert Einstein, outside the National Academy of Sciences? Or that DC is home to one of the world’s biggest chairs, the 19-foot Big Chair in Anacostia? Exploring Washington DC doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg either. There are lots of free things to do in DC, such as the Smithsonian museums. This world-class city is a great weekend getaway, so go ahead and book one of the many Presidents’ Day Washington DC trips today.
Aloha Hawaii: Paradise on Earth
Have you had enough of the cold? Ready for some sunshine? Travel to the paradise islands of Hawaii for Presidents’ Day weekend for a healthy dose of Vitamin Sea. Few places in the world can match the stunning beauty of Hawaiian beaches. Swim, surf, and snorkel in the calm waters or simply relax on the spectacular white sand beaches. Boasting of some of the best ocean views anywhere in the world, Honolulu is more than just a beach paradise. There’s something to do for the whole family from the Honolulu Zoo to the Iolani Palace. Explore vibrant Waikiki on the hop-on hop-off trolley. Spend a fun afternoon trying your hand at water sports such as jet skiing, stand-up paddle boarding, and canoeing. Or, tour the USS Arizona Memorial and Pearl Harbor. And when the hunger pangs strike, there is a range of restaurants to tantalize your taste buds.
Hello San Francisco: The Golden City
Is there any other city in the world that has survived almost everything from earthquakes to dot-com busts? San Francisco, the city where everyone has permission to be a little outlandish, will surprise you. First, there’s the food and drink. Dinner decisions here are never easy. From some of the world’s most famous restaurants to farmers markets, the city is, arguably, the food capital of America. Then, there is the architecture. From the iconic Golden Gate Bridge to the crooked rooftops, you’ll find splendid panoramas at every turn. And just a short distance away is one of the world’s most famous wine-growing regions. On a day tour of Napa Valley, visitors are treated to not only award-winning wines but beautiful countryside scenery for the perfect weekend escape. If you’re spending Presidents’ Day weekend in San Francisco, there will be no shortage of things to do. Visit the breathtakingly beautiful Yosemite National Park for some well-deserved rest and relaxation. Or, head to the storybook town of Carmel by the Sea, driving on one of the most beautiful routes in the world.
Niagara Falls: A Legendary Natural Wonder
Imagine more than 2,200,000 liters of water crashing down 150 feet every second and you’ll realize why Niagara Falls is one of the world’s most stunning natural wonders. Formed by receding glaciers millions of years ago, today it is a world-class tourist destination famed for its incredible beauty. The falls have spawned a whole tourism industry with activities for the whole family. There is an indoor water park and a falls history museum. You can journey behind the falls or zip through the gorge on a jet boat. There’s a mind-boggling variety of restaurants and dining options. And the falls host a number of events, shows, and festivals year-round. Niagara Falls tours from New York, New Jersey, Boston, Philadelphia, Washington DC, and Toronto are a great way to spend Presidents’ Day weekend. And there is more than one way to marvel at the falls. See them from the air on a Niagara Falls airplane tour. Or, see them from the water on a Niagara Falls boat tour.
New York City: Sights, Shopping, and More
You can never get bored in New York. The city is a whirlwind of activity with iconic landmarks at every turn. If you’ve already seen the Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building, Central Park, Brooklyn Bridge, and all the sights in lower Manhattan, there’s world-class shopping and dining. The city is home to some of the best museums in the country where you can easily spend a few hours admiring contemporary art or marveling at historic artefacts. Then of course, there are top Broadway shows and musicals in New York. And you don’t have to spend big bucks to have a good time in the Big Apple. There are some wonderful free things to do in New York, like a picnic in Central Park, a cruise on the Staten Island Ferry, and a visit to the majestic Rose Reading Room of the New York Public Library. If you’re looking for Presidents’ Day weekend trip ideas, New York City is bustling with options to create great memories.
Seattle: Urban City Meets Natural Beauty
The perennial greenery surrounding Seattle has earned it the nickname of Emerald City. And February is the perfect time to visit this iconic West Coast destination, where if you stay in one of the 50-plus participating hotels you could receive half-price admission to many of the city’s museums. See all the sights on a city tour of Seattle, including the imposing Space Needle and the world’s first ever Starbucks store. Or, head out of the city for a day trip to Mount Rainier or Olympic National Park for some well-deserved time with nature in scenic surroundings. You don’t have to travel to the far corners of the world to taste international cuisines. Seattle’s diverse dining options allow you to eat your way around the globe. From street fairs to public art displays, comedy performances to classic concerts, Seattle for Presidents’ Day weekend will not disappoint.
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