Aug. 26, 2013 -- Did you wait to make Labor Day weekend plans until the last minute? You're not alone.
Online searches for "labor day" spiked 304 percent in the last week, according to Yahoo! search data, with many Americans seeking out travel deals and cheap flights. Men seem particularly stoked about the holiday this year, making up 60 percent of Labor Day searches. Here is a handful of travel destinations guaranteed to appeal to the guys.
From bar crawls to blackjack, Harley Davidson festivals to helicopter rides, ideas for the perfect brocation abound. As of press time there were still hotel vacancies in each of the following cities. But don't procrastinate. Availability is subject to change.
Brewskis in BostonForget the tea. Suds are in high supply in beantown. Spend a day following the Freedom Trail for a dose of American history that will also take you past some of the country's most-storied taverns, such as the Green Dragon (an old Paul Revere haunt), Union Oyster House (our nation's oldest restaurant) and Hennessy's. Then, round out the weekend with stops at Bull & Finch, ("where everybody knows your name") and tours of the Harpoon, Boston, Trillium and Sam Adams breweries.
BBQ and Horseback Riding in Scottsdale, Ariz.For some outdoor bonding, consider Scottsdale Links. Located near the McDowell Mountains, the property boasts a fire pit and barbecue facilities as well as close proximity to an equestrian center. For those who prefer a bird's eye view of the local terrain, tourists can also explore the region by helicopter or small aircraft. Save 30 percent booking a room through Hotels.com.
Hog Heaven in MilwaukeeHarley Davidson's 110th Anniversary is taking over Milwaukee this Labor Day Weekend bringing 100,000 thundering motorcycles, 60-plus bands (including John Fogerty and Unle Kracker), and gut-busting food and drink for the three-day festival. Be prepared to return with a tattoo. Check out Visitmilwaukee.com for festival and lodging information.
Slots and Celebs in Las Vegas"Go big" for Labor Day while hitting up the casinos and concerts in Las Vegas over the holiday weekend. According to CheapOair, flights to the city are up 24 percent, and it's easy to see why: From David Guetta to Moby and practically every other hip hop artist in between (Snoop Dogg, Bustah Rhymes, Flo Rida, more), Sin City will be brimming with celebrities, musicians, and travelers getting their last summer fix at the slot machines.