25 Awesome Adventures for Labor Day Weekend
Get outside and take advantage of that extra day off.
There's nothing better for a weekend warrior than a three-day weekend and with Labor Day just around the corner, it's time to start making your plans. If you're anything like us, your plans won't really start being made until today (or tomorrow, let's be real) but we thought we'd give you a little dose of inspiration with this list of 25 awesome adventures to get you stoked for whatever you end up getting into this weekend. Whether it's hiking, biking, climbing, swimming, fishing or just chillin...be sure you get outside and enjoy that extra day off. You earned it!
Photo: Whitney James
This trail system is somewhat of a hidden gem to mountain bikers south of the Wyoming border. Those who know their way around the best trail systems, though, hail Curt Gowdy as one of the best. Learn more.
Photo: Kathleen Buenviaje
The Bell Rock Trail in Sedona is a relatively easy hike with a majestic reward. It is a well maintained trail that with plenty of views to keep your eyes happy. Don't be surprised if you catch yourself turning around every 5 minutes and saying, "wow, this is gorgeous!" Learn more.
Photo: Michael Matti
Latourell Falls is a beautiful and unique waterfall in the Columbia River Gorge in Oregon. This amazing waterfall is just a few hundred yards from the road and parking lot. Once you park, there is a viewpoint for the falls that is straight ahead. Learn more.
Photo: Nick Oman
Big Cottonwood Creek is a fun little creek that is often overlooked by the more popular fly-fishing waters of the Provo, Weber, and the Green Rivers of Utah. The fish aren't as big, but make up for it by being less selective with flies and a willingness to go after dry flies any time of the year. Learn more.
Photo: Jake Young
There are many trails in the Purisisma Creek Redwoods, but Whittemore Gulch is by far the most beautiful and fun single track to descend on. Enjoy fast, flowy single track through lush and dense redwood forest. Learn more.
Photo: Em Renly
This natural spring is easily one of the best hidden gems in Florida. The pool of water is crystal clear for swimming, scuba-diving, and jumping in from off on a cliff to the side. The water is also about 70 degrees - a perfect compliment to the hot, humid climate of Florida. Learn more.
Photo: Christin Healey
This little hike is one of the most popular in the area, and for good reason! It's a short and steep one mile to the top, but the views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and Shenandoah National Park to the east, are some of the best around. Learn more.
Photo: Ashlee Langholz
Glacier-fed Lake Wenatchee is only 2 hours east of Seattle, nestled in the Okanogan- Wenatchee National Forest. The park is fully equipped with all the amenities you'd expect - camping spots, a sand/rock beach, picnic tables, bathrooms and a boat launch. Learn more.
Photo: Daniel Brittain
You can make this a day trip for hiking the lake or you can grab a spot on its shore line for a day of swimming and relaxation. If you're looking to fish, this lake has tons just waiting to be caught. Learn more.
Photo: Ethan Fichtner
This area is ideal for over-night car-camping. The expansive vistas above thousands of acres of national forest land make this a great place for a hiking and exploring during the day but the sunset followed by the star-gazing is the best part of this place. Learn more.
Photo: Robin Pfeifer
Hiking the dunes is worth the reward once you reach the shoreline of Lake Michigan. You'll start seeing a sliver of blue as your descend the last major dune climb. The trail ends at a wooden staircase leading you down to the beach. The view from the top will take your breath away. Learn more.
Photo: Sarah Vaughn
Sculpture Falls is a hidden gem that is part of the 7.9 mile long Barton Creek Greenbelt in Austin. It's considered an urban oasis and is part of the Edwards Aquifer making the water temperatures in the summer about 70 degrees, and is a perfect way to cool off in the Texas heat! Learn more.
Photo: Christin Healey
This little lake close to Charlottesville is the perfect place for an after work kayak, SUP, or just picnic by the water. It's a 20min drive from town, and the perfect place to watch the sunset over the Blue Ridge with water views. Learn more.
Photo: Rob Giersh
You can easily spend hours wandering the green singletrack Bent Creek has to offer. This area epitomizes the fun and beauty to be found biking in the North Carolina mountains. Learn more.
Photo: Brian Walker
Grab your paddleboard or rent one from Baldwin Beach, and head out along the southwest shores of Lake Tahoe towards Emerald Bay. Enjoy the pristine blue water and keep your head up for the occasional osprey or bald eagle. Learn more.
Photo: Gemina Garland-Lewis
Hiking at Tent Rocks is a must-do for anyone in the northern New Mexico area. It's an accessible trail that gives you incredible rewards with little effort. The cone-shaped "tent rocks" are the result of erosion following a volcanic explosion 6-7 million years ago, making for some incredible and unusual hoodoo formations. Learn more.
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