Labor Day Weekend is the last big hurrah of the summer season. Why not take advantage of the three-day break from work and school to explore somewhere new? Pack light in a Gomatic bag and hit the road for Labor Day weekend getaways. Not sure where to go for Labor Day? Here are a few of our favorite places to check out in that last, perfect weekend of summer.
There is so much to love about Monterey. Located an easy two-hour drive south of San Francisco, Monterey is a one-time fishing village turned tourist hotspot. There are miles of coastline perfect for exploring by car, bike, or foot. Set up a picnic beach on the sand while watching sea lions ride the surf. Walk Cannery Row (made famous by the John Steinbeck title of the same name) while you slurp tiny cups of seafood chowder handed out by the restaurants that line the wharf. Makes sure you’ve filled up your water bottle before slipping it into the magnetic pocket of your Gomatic bag so you can stay hydrated. If you have a car, don’t miss a day trip to nearby Big Sur to experience some of the most beautiful and rugged miles of coast in the United States.
If northwestern Arkansas isn’t on your radar, it should be. This corner of the state is full of places to explore for adventure, culture, and great food. Start by walking the Downtown Square and stop at the Visitor Center to pick up maps, brochures, and to get advice from the knowledgeable staff. Hiking and swimming abound at Devil’s Den State Park, and experienced mountain bikers will want to ride the Slaughter Pen Loop in nearby Bentonville. And don’t worry while you’re enjoying the outdoors: your Gomatic bag is made of waterproof materials to keep your things dry. Also, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art is one of the best free art museums in the country, and shouldn’t be missed.
If you love a good meal and carefully-crafted brews, then Portland is for you. Located on the coast of Maine, two hours north of Boston, Portland is full of quirky eateries, over a dozen breweries, and working fishing wharves. The small city oozes charm around every corner. Be sure to check out the Portland Farmers Market on Saturdays in Deering Oaks Park before heading to the Portland Observatory for one of the most stunning views on the New England shore. Bring your camera to show your friends what they’re missing; the Gomatic backpack includes a compartment for tech.
White Sands National Monument, New Mexico
If you’re looking for where to go for Labor Day weekend, here’s one that’s truly unique. Check out White Sands National Monument near Las Cruces, New Mexico. White Sands National Monument is a gypsum dune field and is unlike any other landscape you’ll see in the United States. Rolling dunes of white sand stretch to the horizon, turning spectacular shades of pastel when the sun rises and sets. Buy a sandboard from the Visitor Center and sled down the white slopes while the sun blazes overhead. Hiking trails take visitors into the heart of the dunes (stop in the Visitor Center for tips on how to hike in this mind-bending environment) and backcountry camping is available. Nearby Las Cruces has lodging, great restaurants, and a vibrant university culture. If you’re able to stretch your visit, the Gomatic travel pack can fit 1-3 days worth of packing, and the Gomatic travel bag holds 3-7 days—all thanks to an innovative design to maximize organization.
Make the most of your last weekend of summer with a quick getaway to somewhere new. With the help of your Gomatic bag to stay organized, you’ll be off to explore without the burden of heavy luggage or too much gear. Happy traveling!