Labor Day marks the unofficial end of summer. For many, the 3-day weekend offers one more opportunity to treat yourself to a last-minute summer getaway.
Here are the 10 trending cities where Airbnb is seeing the most bookings for Labor Day weekend 2022. Find fun things to do in each location. If you decide to go, you can book one of the Airbnbs we found that are still available.
1. Columbus, Ohio
Ohio’s capital doesn’t get much attention, but it actually makes for a great weekend getaway. Right in the middle of the state, Columbus is a hub of culture, cuisine and creativity. Filled with charming neighborhoods, cool shops and fascinating museums, “Cap City” offers tons of fantastic things to do.
Columbus truly has something for everyone, including world-class museums, trendy boutique hotels, food halls, and plenty of parks, trails, and outdoor activities. It is home to one of Ohio’s beautiful state parks, Alum Creek State Park. It is also home to the nation’s largest college campus, Ohio State. This Labor Day, you can catch the big Buckeyes football game against our Lady.
2. Raleigh, North Carolina
Another capital known for its universities, Raleigh is a great Labor Day getaway. Attractions include the North Carolina Art Museumthe North Carolina Museum of Natural Scienceand the North Carolina State Capitol building. For outdoor fun, go hiking and biking at Umstead Park near the airport, or ride a pedalo at Pullen Park just west of downtown. Chapel Hill and Durham are about 25 miles away for those who want to explore further.
3. Tampa, Florida
Less than 2 hours from Orlando amusement parks, Tampa’s largest amusement park is Busch Gardens. It also houses ZooTampa at Lowry Parkthe Florida Aquariumand Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. Other fun things to do in Tampa on Labor Day weekend include meandering along the Tampa River Walkeat a Cubano at the Columbia restaurant in Ybor City or go for a hike.
4. North Kingstown, Rhode Island
Rhode Island also offers scenic hikes. We’re not sure exactly why North Kingstown made Airbnb’s most-booked towns list, but that might be because it’s just a hop, hop, and hop from Jamestown, one of the best small towns to visit in Rhode Island. It is also close to Newport, Rhode Island’s coastal jewel, where you can experience rich history, amazing cuisine and charming views.
5. Jacksonville, Florida
On Florida’s Atlantic coast, Jacksonville is in the northeast corner of the state. This Labor Day weekend, getting away from it all will appease everyone, from foodies to outdoor enthusiasts. Dozens of local breweries make up the Jax Ale Trail and the culinary scene is not to be overlooked.
Jacksonville has 22 miles of white sand beaches. The closest and most popular beaches are Atlantic Beach, Jacksonville Beach and Ponte Vedra Beach. Surrounded by stunning national parks and preserves, Jacksonville is home to the the largest network of urban parks in the country. Explore hidden gems like Big Talbot Island State Parkwhich is north of the city.
Vibrant, historic and cultured, Cambridge, Massachusetts is home to Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. This college town features hip and trendy restaurants, homes of American heroes and thought leaders, and classic architecture mixed with state-of-the-art buildings. It’s also just 20 minutes from Boston, where foodies, theatergoers and sports fans are spoiled for choice. But history buffs have it best of all.
7. San Francisco, California
Classic things to do in San Francisco, like visiting Fisherman’s Wharf and riding a cable car, probably aren’t great ideas for Labor Day weekend, when tourists flood the city. Instead, now would be a great time to explore more of the Bay Area’s hidden gems. The weather at this time of year is ideal for outdoor activities like hiking. You can even drive to Half Moon Bay, which offers several things to do besides the beach.
8. Reno, Nevada
“The Greatest Little City in the World,” Reno is an often overlooked vacation destination. Sure, you have your casinos, but this Nevada city’s emerging downtown is surrounded by a plethora of outdoor adventures. Explore it Reno Riverwalk, dotted with parks, pubs, restaurants and shops. A spectacular 70,000 square foot facility designed to resemble the striking geological formations surrounding Reno, the Nevada Art Museum is well known for its American Western art as well as its photography collection. There are also several day trips nearby, including the alpine splendor of Lake Tahoewhich is only 20 miles away.
9. St. Petersburg, Florida
St. Petersburg has become a go-to destination for those looking for sand in their toes. From Treasure Island to Tierra Verde, beaches attract sun-seekers year-round. Once you’ve had enough fun in the sun, visit The Dali museum, then discover the restaurants and nightclubs of the city center.
10. North Charleston, South Carolina
Famous for its hospitality, Charleston is a charming southern city. Its palm-lined lanes are paved with cobblestones and dotted with pre-war houses. Known as the “Holy City,” Charleston is home to several churches whose spiers tower above you as you walk into the historic downtown area. From its stunning architecture and rich history to its rich Low Country cuisine and vibrant nightlife, this southern city has everything you need for the perfect Labor Day vacation.