Where to go for Labor Day weekend 2022: weekend getaways in Florida, Maine, Washington and more

With the Labor Day long weekend approaching, you might think the time for planning a weekend getaway is long gone. Last year, some 49.2 million Americans hit the road to make the most of the summer shutdown in what is typically one of the busiest travel times in the country. But don’t let the looming flood of road-trippers deter you from embarking on a last-minute excursion. Just outside every major city awaits an abundance of easy-to-reach getaways, ideally located for easy weekends away.

Below, you’ll find recommendations for less-visited weekend getaways across the country — the solution to avoiding the Labor Day weekend crowds on short notice. Those in Chicago should consider hitting the beach, while Southerners might want to look inland. New Yorkers can rely on North Fork, and Floridians descending the Keys need not go all the way. National parks, ocean views, and historic neighborhoods are all on the menu — here are some Labor Day weekend getaways to consider for 2022.

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Olema House in Point Reyes

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Point Reyes, California

While the scenic Big Sur south of South Francisco draws the most attention, Highway 1 runs in both directions. An hour north of Golden Gate City is Point Reyes, a national coastline that hugs Tomales Bay and dotted with an assortment of small towns. Expect seafood in spades: Osteria Stellina and Tony’s Seafood Restaurant are just a few outstanding options. Fill in the time between meals with a 2.5-mile hike on the Tomales Bay Trail or a kayaking excursion.

Stay here: Nick’s Cove is the perfect jumping-off point for all things Point Reyes, with waterfront views and oysters delivered to your door. A little further from the shore, the boutique hotel Olema House Point Reyes still benefits from the proximity of a babbling brook.

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