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Top 10 Labor Day escapes

Labor Day weekend translates to the last hurrah of summer, when sun-lovers prepare for a bittersweet farewell to the season.
/ Source: Sherman's Travel

1. Great Falls
2. Hawaii
3. Iles de la Madeleine
4. Jekyll Island
5. Lake of the Ozarks
6. New England Cruise
7. Niagara-on-the-Lake
8. Reykjavik
9. Santa Catalina Island
10. Turks & Caicos

Labor Day weekend translates to the last hurrah of summer, when sun-lovers prepare for a bittersweet farewell to the season. We’ve rounded up a list of top to help you get out and enjoy the great outdoors while the days are still warm, whether your pleasure be lounging on island shores (we've got five to pick from), hiking in the big country of Montana, or relaxing waterside at one of the Midwest’s premier lake resorts. Travelers who prefer a more cultured vacation needn’t fret – we’ve got those covered too. Consider these destinations to stimulate the mind – exotic Reykjavik beckons with its Nordic culture and animated nightlife, while Niagara-on-the-Lake lures visitors with a renowned theater festival just minutes from the famous falls. Or, leave land behind altogether, and take to the high seas onboard a tall ship, with its billowing sails guiding the way through New England.

Follow the trail of Lewis, Clark, and Sacagawea into the Old West and spend your holiday weekend under the Big Sky.

While many head to Hawaii for a warm reprieve during the long winter months, Labor Day – and fall – are actually better times to hit the surf, as they fall outside the Aloha State’s rainy months (which run from December to March).

Remote, beautiful, and altogether unique, these stellar islands some 130 miles off the coast of Quebec are the ultimate off-the-path end-of-summer escape.

Spend the last bit of summer in the former playground of the Rockefellers, Pulitzers, and Morgans – Jekyll Island, off the coast of Georgia.

Lake escapes and Labor Day go hand and hand, making the magnetism of Missouri’s Lake of the Ozarks simply irresistible for the long holiday weekend.

For your last blast this summer, take to the high seas, for a unique cruising experience aboard the Arabella.

Niagara-on-the-LakeThis quaint village a short drive from the natural wonder that is Niagara Falls offers a different kind of Labor Day away, what with its equal servings of world-class theater and wine tastings.

While Iceland might not be an obvious choice for an end-of-summer hurrah, this frigid-sounding place is in fact one very “hot” destination.

Santa Catalina IslandJust a high-speed ferry ride from the California coast, the fabled Santa Catalina Island, makes a perfect end-of-summer Pacific destination.

Turks & Caicos
Whether as a place to regroup from too much summer fun or to gear up for the long, vacation-free haul ahead, the Turks & Caicos are tailor-made for a long-weekend beach vacation. 

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