Plan Ahead: The Best Labor Day Weekend Destinations For 2022

published on June 7, 2022 by

With Memorial Day behind us, we’re on the cusp of one of the biggest summer travel seasons in recent memory. Want proof? RedWeek bookings for Labor Day weekend are currently over 5 times higher than the pre-pandemic summer of 2019. People are ready to travel, and they’re planning ahead. That’s why, even though it’s only June, it’s time to start mapping out your Labor Day getaway for 2022 now — and taking advantage of RedWeek’s low, by-owner rates in some of the best destinations in the U.S. and beyond. Need a little inspiration? We’re here to help. 

Sunshine State Perfection: Palm Beach

The Destination: Florida is filled with excellent options when it comes to Labor Day travel, whether you’re in the mood for the magic of Disney or the mellower delights of the Gulf Coast. But one spot to consider this year is Palm Beach, located in south Florida on the Atlantic side of the state. Here, you’ll find everything you’re looking for in a Sunshine State vacation, from golden tropical beaches to legendary golf courses. 

Palm Beach Travel Tip: Every September brings Flavor Palm Beach, a month-long celebration of Florida cuisine, with the area’s best restaurants offering great prix-fixe menus.  

Where To Stay: One of RedWeek’s Top Picks for 2022, Marriott’s Ocean Pointe is situated in the exclusive Palm Beach Shores enclave, offering easy access to the picturesque Singer Island Beach.

A Caribbean Escape: Aruba

The Destination: Many Caribbean islands have been tough to get to, thanks to various travel restrictions over the past few years. Now with more streamlined health requirements, Aruba is welcoming visitors once again to this island paradise. Offering 70 square miles of gorgeous beaches, luxurious resorts, and unique Dutch-Caribbean culture and cuisine, Aruba is an ideal escape from the stresses of modern life. If you’re in the mood for sun, sand, relaxation and a touch of glamor, it can’t be beat. 

Aruba Travel Tip: Aruba’s famed Natural Pool is a must-visit for those with a taste for adventure. Located in Arikok National Park, this remote spot features a unique volcanic rock formation that creates a serene pool. Discover more great things to do in Aruba

Where To Stay: Voted RedWeek’s Top Pick Resort for 2022, Marriott’s Aruba Ocean Club is perfectly placed right alongside Palm Beach, Aruba’s most iconic sandy shore. 

Late-Summer Aloha: Maui

The Destination: Another island very much worth considering, Maui is everything you’ve dreamed about in a Hawaiian vacation. Whether it’s your first trip or you’ve visited a dozen times, this destination is nothing short of breathtaking, with lush rainforests leading to spectacular waterfalls, and secluded beaches that seem too beautiful to be real. Maui is also filled with opportunities to discover authentic Hawaiian cuisine, from roadside fruit stands to catch-of-the-day seafood restaurants. 

Maui Travel Tip: The Road To Hana is an unforgettable road trip, taking you on a scenic 52-mile journey along Maui’s northeastern shore. Check out RedWeek’s Maui Travel Guide. 

Where To Stay: Located on the world famous Ka’anapali Beach, the Kaanapali Beach Club is an ideal Maui timeshare resort, offering charming tropical landscaping, a one-acre pool and family friendly amenities. 

A Coastal Carolina Gem: Hilton Head Island

The Destination: Hilton Head Island is a bit less tropical than the places we’ve mentioned so far, but this South Carolina favorite is no less enticing. Here, you’ll explore more than 12 miles of beaches, sample the region’s famed Low Country cuisine, and play a few rounds on some of the best golf courses in the country. Hilton Head is known as “America’s Favorite Island” — and after a vacation here, it’ll be easy to understand why. 

Hilton Head Island Travel Tip: The destination’s coastal location makes it easy to get out on the water, whether you’re kayaking, standup paddle boarding, deep sea fishing or setting out on a fun dolphin cruise. 

Where To Stay: Set within Hilton Head’s renowned Sea Pines Plantation, Marriott’s Monarch at Sea Pines offers guests six acres of oceanfront beauty to enjoy. For more outdoor exploration, the Sea Pines Forest Reserve is just moments away. 

Rocky Mountain Majesty: Vail

The Destination: If you’re looking for a spectacular Labor Day vacation option that’s nowhere near a beach, Vail will do the trick. Located in the heart of Colorado’s awe-inspiring Rocky Mountains, Vail is known the world over for its ski slopes. But it’s just as fun in the summer, including a full schedule of cultural offerings, miles of hiking and biking trails and a charming Alpine-style village with shopping and dining options galore. 

Vail Travel Tip: Home to countless exotic wildflowers and plants, the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens is in full bloom during the summer. Open daily from dawn to dusk, it’s a refreshing spot to stop and smell the roses (among other flowers). 

Where To Stay: Indulge in a little Rocky Mountain luxury at the Ritz-Carlton Club, Vail. The spa here is known as one of the finest in the state, with treatments that will rejuvenate the mind, body and soul. 

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