Memorial Day weekend marks the unofficial start of the summer. The first chance to head to the beach, spend time with family, and work on your base tan.
On FlipKey, we have over 170,000 vacation rentals available in the USA for MDW. No matter where you choose to celebrate our military heroes, consider booking a rental which has the space, privacy, and amenities you’re used to at home.
To help with your decision-making process, we’ve picked 10 top destinations that are not only generating interest, but that all have a median nightly rate under $100 (2BR) over the long weekend. Here’s to your best Memorial Day yet!
Lewes, Delaware | Median Nightly Rate: $50
Rich in history, Lewes, DE is known as ‘The First Town In the First State”, and is one of Delaware’s top summer destinations for MDW and beyond. Situated where the Atlantic Ocean and Delaware Bay converge, visitors flock to Lewes for the Maritime Festival on Sunday (featuring historical reenactments and ship tours) and the traditional Memorial Day parade on Monday.
Washington, Utah | Median Nightly Rate: $60
Grab your hiking gear and your fishing pole and head to Washington, Utah for the long weekend. Located next to the beautiful Zion National Park and Snow Canyon State Park, southwestern Utah is an outdoorsy-type’s dream.
Seminole, Florida | Median Nightly Rate: $67
All the sandy beaches, palm trees and flawless weather of Clearwater and Tampa, but none of the crowds. Seminole is an affordable alternative to some of the other major west Florida locales. The Memorial Day Sunset Ceremony in nearby Largo, featuring a color guard demonstration and live military music, is well-worth a visit.
Stone Harbor, New Jersey | Median Nightly Rate: $71
A family-oriented alternative to nearby Atlantic City, Stone Harbor has resisted the development of high-rise buildings and large tourist numbers common in many other beach towns. Stone Harbor has a full slate of events for MDW including a touch football tournament right on the beach. Game on!
Fayetteville, West Virginia | Median Nightly Rate: $80
Adventure in West Virginia starts in Fayetteville, a town right in the heart of the New River Gorge. Kayaking, whitewater rafting, mountain biking and the world’s best rock climbing are all outside your door. And speaking of the great outdoors, park movie showings and a spring trail run both top the Memorial Day weekend activities. When you’re feeling hungry from all the action, don’t miss out on a meal at Cathedral Cafe, a turn-of-the-century converted church with towering stained-glass windows.
Nokomis, Florida | Median Nightly Rate: $80
Bordered by the cities of Sarasota and Venice, Nokomis is justifiably known for its beautiful seashore. Visitors to Nokomis enjoy friendly small-town living and a relaxed, beach-town atmosphere. Don’t leave after the long weekend without stopping at Nokomis Groves, a farm where families can fill a self-picked bag of oranges and try a cone of fruit-infused soft serve ice cream.
Southport, North Carolina | Median Nightly Rate: $85
Southport is located on the North Carolina coast, where the Cape Fear River meets the Atlantic Ocean. This small, 2.2 square mile village is a stunning combination of historic residences, lush coastal landscaping, and miles of water in every direction. Take cover during MDW, though. Southport’s annual Memorial Day observance, Days of Remembrance, features a firing of the Historical Society’s cannon “Thor.”
Yucca Valley, California | Median Nightly Rate: $88
Yucca Valley is the gateway to Joshua Tree National Park, an incredible desert setting with rock formations and undiscovered trails that beg to be explored. Try not to spend all your time out in the park, though, because within the town limits there are plenty of fun activities for your holiday weekend. Known locally as the “Grubstake Events”, sign up for horseshoe tournament, a round of golf, and even a tug-of-war.
Greenwood Village, Colorado | Median Nightly Rate: $90
With more than 300 acres of parks and 100 acres of undeveloped open space, Greenwood Village is a smart alternative to staying in downtown Denver. The trail system provides 40 miles of scenic walking and biking areas. Prefer a slower pace to your weekend? Check out the public art exhibits at Samson Park, or see a concert at The Curtis Arts & Humanities Center.
Henderson, Nevada | Median Nightly Rate: $95
South of Las Vegas and west of Lake Mead and the Hoover Dam, Henderson comes alive over Memorial Day weekend. Golf any of eight championship courses or explore the Botanical Cactus Garden, the world’s largest cactus collection. Henderson lets you come up close and personal with wildlife, too. Take your binoculars to the Bird Viewing Preserve or spend the day among the big cats at the Lion Habitat Ranch.