Labor Day Adventurous Weekend Getaway Ideas

Labor Day Getaway Ideas

The final holiday of the summer is a month away, and that means it’s time to finalize your plans for the long weekend. A family barbeque is always great, but if you’re looking for something a bit more adventurous, this post is for you.

Climbing in Canyonlands National Park, UT

Canyonlands National Park has four main areas, and all are breathtaking--but if you’re looking to scale some heights over Labor Day weekend, the sandstone towers at Island in the Sky are your best bet. Make sure you have your permits in order, whether you’re going out for a day trip or for an overnight backpacking experience.

Hiking in Helen, GA

Known for its Bavarian architecture and Oktoberfest, Helen, GA offers a variety of activities for the outdoorsman. From alpine hiking to ziplining, there’s all sorts of outdoor adventures available. But one of the things the area is most known for (aside from its brews) is its proximity to Anna Ruby Falls. A brief drive from the city are trails that will give you a breathtaking view of the twin waterfalls at the junction of York and Curtis Creeks. These two creeks become Smith Creek, which travels down from the falls all the way to the Gulf of Mexico.

Whitewater Rafting outside Pigeon Forge, TN

Rafting in the Smokies offers guided trips down Class III and IV rapids along the Upper Pigeon River. This is another trip that could be great solo or with family, as the location also offers a variety of other activities like nature trails, ropes courses, ziplining, and a rock wall. For accommodations, you can stay nearby in historical Pigeon Forge, or camp out at one of the nearby campgrounds.

Trail Riding in Santa Cruz, CA

While a guided trail ride might not seem like the most daring thing to do, exploring an area on horseback offers perspective unlike any other. Places like Horseback Rides Santa Cruz offer mountain rides complete with a lunch, making this a great option for a couple’s getaway. After the trail ride, there’s plenty of other adventurous offerings in the Santa Cruz area, so you’ll have plenty of things to do to fill your time.

Kayaking in Cranberry Lake, NY

The inlets and coves along the edge of this 11 square mile lake beg to be explored by kayak. Launch from the Oswegatchie River in Wanakena to avoid the summer congestion, and enjoy the contemplative and wildlife-filled journey to the lake proper. Once there, you’ll have several state-run campsites you can rest at if you want to make a multi-day trip out of it.