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Plan your Labor Day family getaway

Make plans now to enjoy your best Labor Day ever with a family getaway
Make plans now to enjoy your best Labor Day ever with a family getaway
Virginia Tourism Corporation

In many families, Labor Day weekend offers the opportunity for a last blast family getaway. Labor Day is considered the unofficial end of summer. With the kids back in school, the 3-day weekend gives families a chance to reconnect and relax.

The beach is a favorite Labor Day getaway destination for local families
Sandy Wallace

An survey of 1,000 drivers in the U.S. reported that as many as 75 percent of Americans are likely to take a road trip by Labor Day.

Adult drivers surveyed love the open road. More than 92 percent of those surveyed would be willing to drive up to 500 miles for a vacation; of this group, 49 percent would drive cross-country.

Nearly half of the parents responding to the survey say they will threaten to turn the car around at least once on a road trip. Of those surveyed, 80 percent say they had road trips in mind when shopping for their car.

If a beach trip is on your mind, head to Virginia Beach and enjoy surf, sand and music. The American Music Festival always draws a crowd to Virginia Beach on Labor Day weekend. This year's 3-day event includes performances by Train, Hunter Hayes, Blues Traveler and Creedence Clearwater Revisited.

Myrtle Beach is also a favorite beach destination for area families. You'll find deep discounts for Myrtle Beach hotels and attractions during late August and early September.

If history is your family's thing, dig into Virginia's history at Colonial Williamsburg, Yorktown or Jamestown Settlement. Enjoy hands-on activities as you learn about the history of the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Head north and take in the sights in our nation's capital city. From monuments and memorials to museums and the zoo, there's plenty to do in Washington, D.C. and most of it's free.

Many families will travel to a Virginia State Park. With 36 parks across the state, there are plenty of choices. Geocaching, hide and seek played with a GPS, is a favorite family activity at many Virginia State Parks.

Head to Natural Bridge for a nearby day trip. In addition to the beautiful Natural Bridge, your kids will also love the nearby zoo and Safari Park.

Busch Gardens and Kings Dominion are perfect family Labor Day destinations. Choose one or visit both of Virginia's favorite theme parks. Take in a few shows, ride the roller coasters and enjoy a family getaway.

Hit the Blue Ridge Parkway or the Skyline Drive and enjoy time together in the mountains. The Peaks of Otter is a favorite stop for many families on the Parkway. Walk around the lake, take a hike to Johnson's Farm or make a day of it and hike to the top of Sharp Top Mountain.

If you're staying close to home, visit one of the many children's museums in Virginia. From Lynchburg's Amazement Square to the Children's Museum of Richmond, there are lots of activities to keep your kids busy.

School age kids will love a trip to the Virginia Museum of Natural History in Martinsville, Virginia Museum of Transportation in Roanoke or the Danville Science Center.

As you make plans for your Labor Day getaway, here are a few more figures from the Edmunds survey. GPS, music and traveling companions are important to about 25 percent of those surveyed and 34 percent of road trippers plan to take selfies along the way.

Almost 90 percent of respondents said they could last over an hour without checking their phones while on a road trip. Of course, no one should ever check their phones while driving.

Whether you're traveling far away or just around the corner, enjoy a Labor Day getaway with your family and make memories that will last a lifetime.

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