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Didn't Plan a Labor Day Vacation? Take One of These Great Day Trips

Posted: 08/29/2013 10:23 am

Here it is. Your last (unofficial, anyway) weekend of summer. If you haven't booked a vacation yet, fear not. We've rounded up a few perfect day trips, so you'll have something cool to talk about around the water cooler Tuesday morning...

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  • <a href="" target="_hplink"><strong>IF YOU'RE IN NEW YORK CITY…</strong></a> …Hike the Appalachian Trail Little-known fact: You can take the Merto-North commuter train right to The Appalachian Trail train station in Pawling, New York and hike some of the path. You don't have to embark on any crazy, 30-pound-backpack-two-weeks-in-the-woods kind of hiking, but instead take easygoing day hikes from the trailhead, just two hours outside Manhattan and accessible by public transit. As you'd expect, it's beautiful. And there are cows.

  • <strong><a href="" target="_hplink">IF YOU'RE IN HOUSTON…</a></strong> …Rest on the Boardwalk Tower At Kemah Boardwalk, hitting the Ferris wheel, the rainforest exhibit, and the Boardwalk Bullet (the only roller coaster on Texas' Gulf Coast) can wear you out. Rest and take in the view of them all from atop the Boardwalk Tower—it costs just $4 to ride to the top of the spire and look out over Galveston Bay.

  • <strong><a href="" target="_hplink">IF YOU'RE IN CHICAGO…</a></strong> …Explore the Indiana Dunes Soft, sandy dunes give way to miles of pristine beachfront along Lake Michigan. But the real treat are the five homes re-located from the 1933 World’s Fair. Designed to showcase the latest developments in design, building materials and techniques, the houses include the especially notable flamingo-pink, terraced Florida Tropical House and the twelve-sided House of Tomorrow, featuring an in-house airplane hangar. Find the homes along the 100 block of West Lake Front Drive—three sit on a cliff that overlooks the water, while the other two are on the beach directly below.

  • <strong><a href="" target="_hplink">IF YOU'RE IN SAN FRANCISCO…</a></strong> …Spend a Sunday at the Sausalito Farmer's Market You know "the dock of the Bay" that Otis Redding was sittin' on? That's in Sausalito, and so is an awesome Sunday farmer's market. Walk along Bridgeway to Dunphy Park, where the market is held every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

  • <strong><a href="" target="_hplink">IF YOU'RE IN RICHMOND…</a></strong> …De-Stress Like Jefferson at Canyon Ranch SpaClub Lose a few at the new Canyon Ranch SpaClub at Virginia’s historic Homestead resort, not far from the geothermal springs where Jefferson used to take the waters. There’ll be a thermal pool and showers, a healthy-eats café, and fitness classes galore (800-838-1766; massages from $155).

  • <strong><a href="" target="_hplink">IF YOU'RE IN INDIANAPOLIS…</a></strong> …Take a dip at White Rock Park in St. Paul Adventure-seeking water fiends can find plenty of diversions at this three-quarry water hole. When a simple dunk just won’t cut it, there’s high diving from three platforms (the highest of which is 10 meters), scuba diving, rope swinging, and zip lining to keep you busy.

  • <strong><a href="" target="_hplink">IF YOU'RE IN BALTIMORE…</a></strong> …Ride Trimper's Rose at the Ocean City Boardwalk The 110-year-old carousel at Trimper's Rides is a standout on the Ocean City boardwalk. Constructed in 1902, the Herschel-Spellman spinner is the oldest continuously operating in the country. The two tiers of 45 intricately carved and painted animals, three chariots and one rocking chair were originally driven by a steam engine, when rides cost only a nickel.

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