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Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK) Day: Where To Spend The Long Weekend

Travel somewhere new this Martin Luther King Jr. Day or try a new adventure. With an extra day off on Mon, Jan 15, 2024, you can book a long weekend trip or tack that day on to a more extended trip. Travel in mid-January is relatively inexpensive compared to peak holiday dates that fell a few weeks prior, so you’ll be sure to find something in your budget. 

The Best 3-Day Weekend Trip for MLK Day

Enjoy an added day to your weekend and make the best out of a long weekend trip. Whether you're looking to head toward the mountains for a ski trip, or looking to break away somewhere warm and sunny for a beach vacation, we have you covered for the best places to visit for a long weekend.

Puerto Rico

Winter in Puerto Rico is still such a splendid time to travel to this Caribbean island. With average temps in the 70s, it makes for the perfect beach vacation. Flights to San Juan or Ponce are often quite affordable. Budget airlines Spirit and Frontier even fly there for less than $100 round trip with nonstop options from several airports across the US. Full-service flights like JetBlue also offer great-value flights.

Banff, Canada

Visit our neighbor up north and explore the Canadian Rockies. With Canadian budget airlines Flair and Lynx which have routes to Calgary or Edmonton. it's never been easier to fly up to Canada. You can often find hotels near Banff National Park for less than $100 a night during the winter months.

Quebec City, Canada

Quebec City offers a ton of fun winter activities. Zip down on a toboggan through the city center, and visit the ice castle that freshly opens each year around this time. It's easier than you'd expect to travel to one of North America's oldest cities. You can fly into Montreal and take a two-hour train to Quebec City.

Honolulu, Hawaii

Honolulu is within easy reach of major airports on the West Coast. Spend a three-day weekend soaking up the sun. The average temperature in Honolulu in January is also in the 70s. Need we say much more? It's Hawaii, there's never a bad time to visit.

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Where to Go to Honor MLK?

If you are looking for places to visit to properly honor the late MLK, here are a few suggestions for your long weekend away.

Washington D.C.

If you are looking to properly honor MLK, then Washington D.C. might be the perfect place to spend your long weekend. Visit the MLK memorial and pay your respects. Though the weather is not the best in Washington D.C. during January, there are still lots of great things to see and do in the city. Visit one of the Smithsonian museums or the National Mall.

Atlanta, Georgia

Another great place to honor MLK is at his birthplace in Atlanta, Georgia. This was also the place where MLK was laid to rest. While there, you can visit the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change

San Diego

San Diego hosts the largest parade dedicated to MLK in the country. Enjoy average temperatures in the 60s. Though, it's not the best weather for a beach getaway, there's still so much to do with San Diego's nightlife and great food options.

Memphis, Tennessee

The most infamous location where, unfortunately, Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated. The hotel where he was killed is now a museum that highlights all things civil rights.