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Making Memorial Day Count: More Than a Day Off

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Americans all over the country are looking forward to Memorial weekend. It’s a holiday that unofficially kicks off summer and it’s a great time to enjoy outdoor activities with family and friends.

According to research and surveys from the American Automobile Association (AAA) , 42.3 million Americans will be traveling on Memorial Day weekend. That’s a huge increase over the last years. Of the 42.3 million travelers, 88.6 percent will be taking road trips, 7 percent will book airplane tickets, and 4.4 percent will take other transportation like buses and boats.

Previous travel forecasts have found that most Americans use this Memorial weekend to visit family and friends (59 percent) or dine out (53 percent). Other popular activities include shopping (39 percent), going to the beach (36 percent), and sightseeing (32 percent).

Take a Look at These Memorial Weekend Suggestions

  1. Amusement/theme parks: If you’re looking for a way to entertain the kids consider a theme park. Only 10 percent of travelers plan to visit them during the Memorial holiday. Some great amusement parks to consider include Six FlagsUniversal StudiosBusch GardensKings Island (Ohio), and Cedar Point (Ohio).
  2. Festivals: If you’re looking for food and live entertainment then consider a festival. It’s said that 18 percent of travelers attend Memorial Day festivals. Music lovers should try the Sasquatch Festival in Washington or the Atlanta Jazz Festival in Georgia. Food fans, consider the Taste of Cincinnati or Blues, Brews, & BBQ in Colorado.
  3. National/state parks: If you’re looking to spend your Memorial weekend reconnecting with nature, why not consider visiting a national or state park. According to surveys, 20 percent of Memorial travelers visit parks. Some destinations to consider are Yellowstonethe Grand CanyonMount Rushmore, and the Great Smokey Mountains.
  4. Historic sites/museums: Memorial Day is all about honoring fallen soldiers who defended our country. So why not honor them by visiting a historic site or a museum? Consider visiting the Pearl Harbor Historic sites, the Gettysburg National Military Park, or the Arlington Memorial Park.
  5. Memorial sites: Of course, don’t forget to pay respect to your relatives or friends that gave their lives to defend the United States. Make a special visit to their graveside and take a moment to honor them in silence.

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