3 unforgettable Memorial Day Travel Itineraries

Elsie Young

1. Walk in the Footsteps of Giants: Historic Battlefields

Immerse yourself in history by exploring the hallowed grounds of significant battlefields. Here are two options:


Year of Battle​



Gettysburg National Military Park1863Gettysburg, PennsylvaniaTurning point of the American Civil War
Vicksburg National Military Park1863Vicksburg, MississippiUnion victory that split the Confederacy in two

2. Arlington National Cemetery: A Place of Solemn Reflection

Arlington National Cemetery, nestled across the Potomac River from Washington D.C., serves as the final resting place for over 400,000 American heroes. Pay your respects at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, a poignant tribute to unidentified soldiers lost in battle. Witness the Changing of the Guard ceremony, a solemn tradition that has taken place for over 70 years (since 1932).

3. The Heart of the Nation: Memorial Day Weekend in Washington D.C.

Washington D.C. transforms into a center of national remembrance during Memorial Day weekend. Immerse yourself in the following experiences:

  • The National Memorial Day Parade: Witness this long-standing tradition (established in 1925) that honors veterans and fallen soldiers with marching bands, military displays, and veteran floats.
  • War Memorials: Pay tribute at iconic memorials like the Lincoln Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial (The Wall), and Korean War Veterans Memorial. Many of these memorials host special events or wreath-laying ceremonies during Memorial Day weekend.