Photos: Take a Bite Out of The Big Apple

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  1. A full moon rises over the skyline of New York City, as seen across the Hudson River in Weehawken, N.J., on April 25, 2013. (Gary Hershorn / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. Commuters move through the grand hall of Grand Central Terminal in New York City on Jan. 25, 2013. Since its grand beginnings in 1913, when it was dubbed the greatest railway terminal in the world with an $80 million price tag, Grand Central has been an integral part of New York City. (Brendan Mcdermid / REUTERS) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. Revelers cheers under falling confetti at the stroke of midnight during the New Year's Eve celebrations in Times Square on Jan. 1, 2014. (John Minchillo / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. One World Trade Center overlooks the wedge-shaped pavilion entrance of the National September 11 Museum, lower right, and the square outlines of the memorial waterfalls in New York. (Mark Lennihan / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. Derek Jeter of the New York Yankees walks back to the dugout after flying out in the fifth inning against the Cleveland Indians on June 13, 2011, at Yankee Stadium. Located in the South Bronx, the new stadium opened in 2009. (Jim Mcisaac / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. Central Park was the first public park built in America. Its 843 acres include woodlands, lawns and water. Central Park was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1965 and a New York City Landmark in 1974. More than 25 million visitors enjoy Central Park each year. (Mario Tama / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. Saint Patrick's Cathedral is the largest decorated gothic-style Catholic cathedral in the U.S. The cathedral's construction began in 1858, and it opened its doors in 1879. (Vincenzo Pinto / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. Skaters glide around the rink at the Rockefeller Center Ice Rink. The ice rink, open between October and April, has attracted more than 250,000 people a year since it first opened on Dec. 25, 1936. (Spencer Platt / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. Patrons line up outside the Apollo Theater in Harlem to see Amateur Night. Since 1934, Amateur Night at the Apollo has launched the careers of famous entertainers such as Billie Holiday, James Brown, The Isley Brothers, Luther Vandross, Michael Jackson, Lauryn Hill, and many others. (Jonathan D. Woods / msnbc.com) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. The South Pool at the National September 11 Memorial in New York City commemorates those who died in the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks after two hijacked planes crashed into the World Trade Center. (Justin Lane / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. Pedestrians pass along a walkway under falling snow on the Brooklyn Bridge on Jan. 3, 2014, in New York. One of the oldest suspension bridges in the U.S., the Brooklyn Bridge connects Manhattan and Brooklyn. (John Minchillo / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. The Statue of Liberty looms over a visitor as he uses binoculars to look out onto New York Harbor on Oct. 13, 2013, in New York. About 4 million people visit the Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island each year. (John Minchillo / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  13. Coney Island features entertainment parks, rides, an aquarium, a public beach, a boardwalk, fishing and Nathan's restaurant. (John Minchillo / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  14. New York City Subway dancer Marcus Walden aka "Mr Wiggles" performs acrobatic tricks on the subway while passengers watch Nov. 23, 2010. More than 4.3 million people ride the New York subway system every day. (Timothy A. Clary / AFP/Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  15. The Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park on the southern tip of two-mile-long Roosevelt Island - between Manhattan and Queens - was dedicated in 2012. (Paul Warchol / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  16. The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York has been around since 1924 and includes large balloons, floats and performances. (Gary Hershorn / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  17. Visitors view the Manhattan skyline from Rockefeller Center's "Top of the Rock" observation deck. (Mario Tama / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  18. Pedestrians walk along a path on the High Line park on June 7, 2011, in New York City. The High Line was formerly an elevated railway 30 feet above the city's West Side that was built in 1934 for freight trains. (Spencer Platt / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  19. The moon rises at sunset behind New York's Empire State building, which opened in 1931. At 102 stories high, the Empire State Building is the fourth tallest skyscraper in America. (Gary Hershorn / REUTERS) Back to slideshow navigation
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Travel by: Through September

The deal
Labor Day signals summer's grand finale — and if, like us, you're sad to see summer go, squeeze in one more weekend of warm-weather fun to close out the season in style. We've rounded up five hot holiday getaways to help you enjoy summer's last hurrah.

Pick from a summer in the city package in New York; a Florida beach and golf break in Naples; a lakeside family getaway in Maine; and more. Best of all, these close-to-home Labor Day weekends are extremely affordable with rates starting from only $179/night.

New York City: Park Central Hotel from $179/night
Just steps from the sprawling green meadows of Central Park and Broadway’s world-class theaters, the landmark Park Central hotel provides a great base for a classic New York City adventure this holiday weekend.

Rack rates for superior king guestrooms at this time of year cost about $250/night, but you’ll save almost 30 percent with the hotel’s Labor Day Special. Holiday rates start at just $179/night, a price that covers breakfast each morning at the Park Central’s elegant, bistro-style café.

Naples, Florida: La Playa Beach and Golf Resort from $193/night
Surrounded by gorgeous white-sand beaches and beautiful bays, the resort town of Naples is an ideal mini-vacation destination on Florida’s southwestern coast. At La Playa Beach and Golf Resort, guests enjoy elegant beachfront accommodations with amenities like an award-winning seafood restaurant, a lavish 4,500-square-foot Asian-themed spa, and an 18-hole championship golf course set amid tropical mangroves and exotic wildflowers.

Extend your Labor Day weekend with the resort’s holiday special and receive your fourth night free. Plus, travel anytime through November 14 to save up to 55 percent off the cost of your stay. All guestrooms have wrought-iron furnishings, goose-down pillows, and four-poster canopied beds. Rates are now available from just $193/night.

Texas Hill Country: Barton Creek Resort from $199/night
The Barton Creek Resort in Texas Hill Country, an area praised for its remarkable natural scenery and up-and-coming wineries, is located just 30 minutes by car from Austin, and is a 4,000-acre family-friendly resort with a spa, country club, and 312  elegant guestrooms with views of the surrounding countryside.

Book your stay over Labor Day weekend to enjoy perks like all-American cookouts, family activities, and wine and food receptions. For $20 per person, guests can attend A Taste of America, the resort’s special evening wine tasting on Saturday, September 5. Holiday rates for standard guestrooms start at $199/night.

Maine: Pointe Sebago Labor Day weekend package from $200
Situated on the shores of Southern Maine’s largest lake, the Point Sebago resort is the perfect setting for a magical Maine getaway this Labor Day. Guests of this 775-acre family destination will discover a gorgeous marina with private boat rentals, an 18-hole championship golf course, and free kids programs. For the best value, we’d suggest the Labor Day Weekend Package.

This 3-night special includes eight buffet meals (with one lobster dinner); daily family activities and games with prizes; unlimited paddle boat, canoe, and kayak rentals; nightly entertainment; and a special 1-hour cruise aboard the canopied Point Sebago Princess. Choose from tent-site accommodations, park trailers, resort cottages, or 2-bedroom vacation homes. Package rates start from $200 per adult. Kids age eleven and under pay just $35.

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Pismo Beach, California: Labor Day summer finale from $659
Perched atop rocky bluffs along Central California’s stunning coastline, the recently renovated Cliffs Resort boasts a spectacular seaside spa, heated oceanfront pool, and laid-back Latin-themed restaurant with sweeping views of the Pacific.

Wind down the summer hours by visiting over 80 nearby wineries of the Paso Robles, Templeton, and Arroyo Grande regions, or spend the long weekend stretching out on the sand at one of the area’s pristine beaches. The Labor Day Summer Finale package covers three nights’ accommodation for a family of four. Package rates start at $659, and include breakfast, barbeque lunches, and nightly wine tastings.

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Taxes and fees are additional.

The catch
The Labor Day weekend is a popular holiday for travel, so book soon for best availability.

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