These Are the Top Labor Day Travel Destinations This Year

The most popular places domestically and internationally, according to new data.

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Andrew Zarivny/Shutterstock
Andrew Zarivny/Shutterstock

For those of you in denial about how we’re going to be losing daylight every day for the remainder of 2023-I have worse news: the unofficial end of summer is right around the corner. Labor Day weekend is mere weeks away, and people are planning to seize those final moments of heated freedom with a bit of travel.

According to new data gathered by Chase Travel, these are going to be the top domestic and international travel destinations for the long weekend.

The top 10 domestic destinations:
1. New York, New York
2. San Francisco, California
3. Los Angeles, California
4. Seattle, Washington
5. Chicago, Illinois
6. Boston, Massachusetts
7. Denver, Colorado
8. Washington, DC
9. Las Vegas, Nevada
10. San Diego, California

The top 10 international destinations:
1. London, United Kingdom
2. Rome, Italy
3. Tokyo, Japan
4. Paris, France
5. Athens, Greece
6. Cancun, Mexico
7. Calgary, Canada
8. Seoul, South Korea
9. Barcelona, Spain
10. Dublin, Ireland

Some other useful intel supplied by Chase Travel? The busiest airport days will be Friday, September 1, and Monday, September 4-those will also likely be the priciest travel days too. If you haven’t finalized your plans yet, consider planning a bit around those busy days to save some time and money.

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Opheli Garcia Lawler is a Staff Writer on the News team at Thrillist. Follow her on Twitter @opheligarcia and Instagram @opheligarcia.


Mad Mex’s New Menu Item Is Inspired by a Popular Mexican Street Food

mad mex chicken al pastor

Mexican restaurant chain Mad Mex has dropped a new protein, and it’s one of the most popular street foods in Mexico.

Enter, Chicken Al Pastor. It’s traditionally made with pork and grilled on a spinning rotisserie with a pineapple sitting a top, but Mad Mex has put its own spin on it, serving chicken bathed in an Al Pastor marinade with a touch of juicy pineapple.

You can order the protein-packed filling in your favourite burrito, bowl, quesadilla, nachos, or in a taco.

As always, these things are here for a good time, not a long time. Pop into your local Mad Mex restaurant, order delivery or through the Mad Mex app today.

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