Labor Day is normally a popular one for travel, but we understand many people are opting to stay local this year and celebrate with outdoor festivities closer to home. As we soak up the end of summer, there are still plenty of things to do.
If you’re stumped for plans, below are a few ideas to help you organize a long weekend to remember:
Plan a long bike ride: What better way to spend a warm day than by cruising around on two wheels? You can ride around your city or town, explore a local park, or choose a destination like a restaurant, brewery, or ice cream shop for a day trip. The mid-ride treat will be a welcome pick-me-up for the bike home! This could be a fun group or family outing, or solo adventure.
Head out for a weekend road trip: If you’re not up for exploring on two wheels, how about four? A three-day weekend is the perfect amount of time to drive a couple of hours and check out a new place. Choose a new destination, decide what you’d like to see, and plot out your itinerary. Be sure to check for interesting stops along the drive -- a road trip must.
Get outside for a hike: If you didn’t take time to scope out local trails this summer, now is your chance! Grab some friends or round up your family and peek through AllTrails to find a hike nearby. Hiking is a great workout, and a trip into nature can be a welcome break from the hustle-and-bustle of daily life. If the drive is longer or you want to spend more time in the woods, turn a hike into a camping trip! Taking the kids? They can help carry their own essential items with a Kids' SPIbelt.
Fire up the grill: For those in the mood to entertain this LDW, now is a great time to host a last-minute, outdoor gathering. Message friends staying local for the holiday weekend and cook up your go-to seasonal recipes. Don’t have time to plan a big menu? Ask attendees to bring their favorite summer side, entree, or dessert for a summer potluck party. The potluck concept could also work well for a picnic, if there’s a nearby park you’d like to spend the day in.
Find a food or walking tour: Or a brewery tour, or a vineyard tour, depending on your location and preference! These are fun ways to spend the day outside, learn about local food and drink, and walk around a new part of your city with the company of family and friends. Check out Eventbrite for food tours, festivals, and other outdoor activities near you. Airbnb is another great option to find walking tours and more experiences in your city.
Hit the water: For many, this could be the last chance to get out on the water before the weather turns colder, so take advantage of it! Not only is it fun, you can make it a romantic date, a fun friends outing or even a new learning experience for the kids. See if there are boat rentals in your area or not too far from home. Many places even provide a captain if you don't know how to drive a boat. Do an online search for kayaking tours to learn more about the vegetation and wildlife. Or even plan a sunset picnic by the water.
Whether you’re hitting the trails or your local city streets, keep your phone, ID, keys and other items close and accessible with our new SPI Crossbody or SPI Crossbody PRO. (And there's always the Original or Large Pocket SPIbelt if you need something a little more compact and bounce-free.)